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Paula's Choice Skincare

DEFENSE Antioxidant Pore Purifier

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 31.00
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Paula's Choice Skincare claims DEFENSE Antioxidant Pore Purifier works to "neutralize airborne pollutants AND blue light exposure for healthier, fortified skin"—and thanks to its stellar mix of research-supported ingredients, it really can do just that for all skin types.

The antioxidants in this sheer, water-based serum are proven to counteract free radical damage caused by everyday pollutants and exposure to blue light from smartphones and other digital devices.

Skin is also treated to an azelaic acid derivative, vitamin C, and niacinamide that help clarify skin tone, while ceramides strengthen skin's barrier against environmental damage. Better yet, a small dose (0.5%) of salicylic acid helps ingredients can penetrate more effectively.

As is always the case for Paula's Choice, this product is 100% fragrance free and is packaged in a way to preserve the stability of its beneficial ingredients. We also appreciate that the fluid formula layers well with other skin care products; for example, it works well under your sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen.

The bottom line: Antioxidant Pore Purifier earns our strong recommendation for enhancing skin's environmental defense during the day and helping to neutralize the cascade of pollutant damage at night.

Pros:
  • Antioxidant-rich formula counteracts free radical damage from airborne pollutants.
  • Ceramides strengthen skin's natural defenses against aging environmental elements.
  • Azelaic acid derivative, vitamin C and niacinamide help clarify skin tone.
  • Salicylic acid helps antioxidants penetrate more effectively.
  • Lightweight, non-greasy texture compatible with any skin type.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Pore-refining salicylic acid and antioxidants neutralize airborne pollutants and blue light exposure for healthier, fortified skin. Azelaic acid and vitamin C help brighten, and skins natural defenses are reinforced with non-fragrant plant extracts and niacinamide.

Water, Propanediol (solvent/hydration), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer/hydration), Ethoxydiglycol (solvent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Panthenol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (exfoliant), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (skin-brightening), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Ceramide NP (skin-replenishing/restoring), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract (antioxidants), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Phytic Acid, Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Calendula Officinalis (English Marigold) Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (skin-soothing agents), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Centella Asiatica Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Sucrose Stearate (emulsifier), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (chelating agent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate (emulsifiers), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture enhancer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

 

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.

Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.