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Paula's Choice Skincare

DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 29.00
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DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 from Paula’s Choice promises to help protect skin from the negative effects of airborne pollutants, blue light and UV rays, and thanks to its generous blend of highly curated antioxidants + mineral sunscreen, it can do exactly that.

The aesthetics are equally bragworthy, with a lightweight cream texture that hydrates skin without feeling heavy, making it a great option for any skin type other than extremely dry or excessively oily. Its “illuminating” finish lends a dewy glow that enlivens skin (we especially love the effect for the under-eye area), and it wears well under makeup. The fragrance-free, gentle mineral sunscreen formula is also great for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.

Skin is treated to licorice, kiwi and several other research-backed antioxidants to counteract free radical damage from common airborne pollutants (hello, smog!) and other environmental aggressors. Additionally, the niacinamide and vitamin C in this formula help brighten and even out skin tone over time.

The air-restrictive, opaque, squeeze-tube packaging helps ensure that those air- and light-sensitive ingredients stay stable so they work effectively from first to last application. All told, this is a great addition to the list of top-notch daytime moisturizers outfitted with mineral sun protection and a generous mix of antioxidants.

Note: If you’re a Paula’s Choice customer who previously loved the brand’s RESIST Cellular Defense SPF 25 moisturizer for its luminous sheen, DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 is quite similar. In fact, you might prefer it, as the DEFENSE version is all-around more protective.

Pros:
  • Loaded with antioxidants to counteract free radical damage and environmental aggressors.
  • Fragrance-free, mineral sunscreen formula works great for even the most sensitive skin.
  • Lightweight cream texture hydrates skin without feeling heavy.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Illuminating finish lends a dewy glow that instantly enlivens and brightens skin.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Every morning, skin faces environmental threats that chip away at its appearance. This daytime hydrator protects from UV and blue light, plus helps neutralize airborne pollutants before they cause damage. Works all day to visibly repair and brighten skin so it looks younger and more vibrant.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5.25%; Zinc Oxide 6.12%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient/texture enhancer), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Dimethicone (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Tetrapeptide-30, Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring agents), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids, Lecithin (skin-restoring agents), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Pullulan (texture enhancer), Sodium Gluconate (hydration), Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Alumina (texture enhancers), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (dispersing agent), Caprylyl Glycol (hydration), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Ceteareth-20, Aluminum Stearate (texture enhancers), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), 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.