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Paula's Choice Skincare

DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser

6.70 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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Paula's Choice Skincare's DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser checks all the right boxes for thoroughly cleaning skin, while leaving it soft and soothed. The "transformative" texture strikes a nice balance for all skin types, earning this face wash a top spot among our favorites.

The fragrance-free formula's gel texture morphs into a semi-creamy lather as it mixes with water, whisking impurities away from skin. As claimed, it easily removes oil, makeup and other pore-clogging debris, including environmental pollutants that can easily build up on skin, especially for city dwellers.

Its superfood complex (a.k.a. a mix of antioxidants) supposedly helps "neutralize damage from surface pollutants on contact." The brief contact time with skin before being rinsed down the drain limits this cleanser's ability to do so, but if it even helps just a little, that's beneficial in the long run. Plus, no question they assist with soothing skin during their brief contact.

All told, this is a great face wash for any age and any skin type, and its gel-to-cream texture makes for a more luxurious cleansing experience.

Pros:
  • Thoroughly removes oil, makeup and debrisall without drying out skin.
  • Gel texture morphs into a creamy lather, leaving skin soft and smooth.
  • Soothing/hydrating ingredients enhance the cleansing experience.
  • Well-balanced formula for all skin types.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Thoroughly removes excess oil, makeup, and skin-damaging debris, leaving skin softer and smoother. A triple-superfood complex helps neutralize damage from surface pollutants on contact.

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (cleansing agent), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing/lather agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate (texture enhancer/emulsifier), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing agent), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer/texture enhancer), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Lauric Acid (cleansing agent), Lactic Acid (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids (skin-soothing), Sorbitan Laurate (cleansing agent/emulsifier), Coconut Acid (cleansing agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Cocoyl Proline (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Sodium Lactate (hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine (amino acids/hydration), Potassium Citrate (chelating agent), Lactoperoxidase (hydration), Histidine, Phenylalanine (amino acids/hydration), Glucose Oxidase (hydration), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate (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.