Defense Moisturiser SPF 30
This day cream with SPF 30 brightens, hydrates and protects against pollution and UV rays.
- Skin Type: All skin types
- Concern: Anti-Ageing, Dull skin
- Ingredients: Kiwi, Licorice root extract, Argan oil View all
- Routine: Moisturizer AM
Product out of stock
Defense Moisturiser SPF 30
What does it do?
Your daily defence against UV rays, pollution and blue light.
Illuminate, hydrate and protect your skin with Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. This lightweight day cream features an exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend with over a dozen plant- and vitamin-powered antioxidants to neutralise the effects of environmental pollutants and blue light. Mineral sun filters protect the skin from UV rays, while an innovative brightening mix – including liquorice and resveratrol – brightens the complexion, improving uneven skin tone and dark spots.
Is this suitable for my skin?
What is your skin type?
What skin concern would you like to address?(Please select one option)
Light cream for easy application
Protects skin against the harmful effects of pollution.
How to use
Apply as the last step in your morning skincare routine. Allow a moment to dry before applying makeup.
Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.VERY thick and leaves a white layer on your face (I'm black). Imagine rubbing a handful of white paint all over your face...
Customer Care: Hi Mary-Marie, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sorry that our Defense Essential Glow SPF 30 Moisturizer isn't a good fit for you. This product uses mineral sun filters. A disadvantage of mineral sun filters is that they can sometimes leave a white-cast on the skin when applied. This can often be remedied by using less of the product or by taking more time to fully rub the product in until it absorbs. However, unfortunately, these solutions may not work for everyone! Please reach out to us as we may be able to help you with a return for this product. Kind regards, Marissa - Paula's Choice Customer CareVery thick and leaves a white layer on your skin for a while - wouldn’t suggest for Asians or those with darker skin as it shows up a lot more instead of leaving a ‘glow’. Wish I’d bought a travel size to try it out instead of the larger one!
Customer Care: Hi Rhea. Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts on our Defense Moisturiser SPF 30. I'm sorry to hear that this product is not a good fit for you. This moisturiser is one of our mineral SPF moisturisers. Mineral sunscreens contain ingredients of a natural origin that work to protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays and are recommended for sensitive skin due to their mild nature. A disadvantage of mineral sun filters is that they can sometimes leave a white-cast on the skin when applied. Please feel free to reach out to our Customer Care Team who will be able to recommend an alternative SPF for you and to see if you are eligible for a refund as per our 60 day return policy. Kind regards - Shannon, Paula's Choice.Easily one of the best SPF day creams I've used. Hydrating, gives a nice glow, and most importantly for me, super moisturising. I am glad I got it in travel size to try it out as I was skeptical reading some of those other reviews.
On the upside, it is also a mineral sunscreen (which a lot of people -including myself quite often- tolerate better, and it doesn't sting the eyes. Will definitely re-purchase!
Hi Eleanna. Thank you for your positive review. Great that you have found a daytime moisturiser that suits your skin. The Defense SPF moisturiser fits perfectly for sensitive eyes and skin. It combines nicely with the rest of the Defense range. So it's worth giving them a try out, if you haven't already done so. If you need advice on products, feel free to contact us at Customer Care! Kind regards, Natasha - Paula's Choice Customer Care TeamIt has been very hard for me to find a sunscreen that both doesn't dry me out and doesn't run into my eyes and irritate them. I had almost given up until I bought a travel size of this product from a different retailer, and I am almost certainly buying the bigger size (unless I find a better one, which will most likely be from Paula's choice again).
This is hydrating, it sets very well on top of my moisturiser (cerave moisturising lotion), no white cast, and gives a nice non oily glow (more on the subtle side). Well done PC.
Customer Care: Hi Elly, thank you for your positive review! The Defense line is a great hydrating choice for all skin types. The mineral sunscreen in the Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 provides moisturization without being heavy all while protecting from the sun and other environmental pollutants. As it is a moisturizer on it's own, it doesn't need to be layered over another moisturizer. If you're struggling with dry skin you can also consider the Resist Anti-Aging Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50. If you need advice here, feel free to send us a message. We are happy to help you! Kind regards, Marissa - Paula's Choice Customer Care TeamI was so excited when this came back into stock, so I purchased it! BUT this is awful for my skin, it’s thick, takes ages to melt into the skin, leaves a white cast and it peels. Not good under makeup. It might be perfect for someone else but just not for me unfortunately.
Customer Care: Hello Becky, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you, but we are glad that you used our return policy.This broke me out and it leaves a very shiny film on your face. One of the worst spf products I've ever used.
Customer care: Hi there! We're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.It's lovely for a couple of hours but by noon my skin feels flaky and very dry. It's a shame cause on paper it looked perfect and I was very excited to try it.
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who might be able to provide you with a refund and assist you with a possible alternative.I'm sorry to announce you but my wonderful face defense moisturiser spf 30 is not working for me😢.
Is making my skin very dry, roughly and when I apply it feels burning. I don't know why all of this because i love your acid salicilic which i recommend to all my friends and all of them are very happy.
I use it some days to see if will be ok in time but no😔is making my skin going worse.I love this moisturiser/spf it’s the perfect base before applying my makeup! It’s always a challenge finding the right formula.. this one is fab. I seriously enjoy AM routine with this in it :)After using the Resist Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defence for years I thought I'd try this as I spend most of my day outdoors and I'm so glad I did. It suits my mid-50s combination, now more dry skin and sits so comfortably after leaving to settle that I don't need to use a foundation. It hasn't clogged my skin or caused any breakouts but probably because I follow a PC skincare routine, and have for many years, and adapt it to suit my skins needs for the seasons and as the years go by. A keeper:)This moisturiser has a nice consistency and feels really good to apply but sadly I seem to get small breakouts every time I apply it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work for my dry skin so will be looking for a new day time moisturiser.
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I’ve been a big fan of Paula’s choice products and have been raving to my friends. Unfortunately, upon using this moisturiser, it immediately gave me huge pus-filled zit. I’m very disappointed because I really liked its texture, concept and that it has spf.
Hi there! We're sorry the Defense Moisturiser SPF 30 wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.Was really hoping to like this but the advertised ‘glow’ was really more of an oily sheen. It caused breakouts for me. And despite layering a light moisturiser underneath, this is still not moisturising enough. Will be returning this.
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who can help you with a refund and advise on a suitable alternative product.Not made for east Asian skin. Leaves my skin looking ashy after I apply my makeup.I got the travel size of this to try it’s a nice texture but unfortunately broke me out, I’m prone to this happening with lots of products unfortunately. The youth extending fluid spf 50 was much better for me.I’m have olive Indian skin with yellow undertones. This unfortunately leaves a very noticeable white cast. Which is a shame as the formula feels nice on my eczema prone skin. Doesn’t stick to dry flakes which is why I gave it a 2 star. Would be good for very pasty white skin, otherwise stay away from this one. Really wish Paula’s Choice made mineral SPF protection suitable for coloured skin.
Customer Care: Hi there. We're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.After cleansing and putting on the exfoliating skin perfecting 8% glycolic gel, I waited about 10- 15 minutes before putting this spf on and not only did it leave a white cast but it pilled! All over my face! I’m so disappointed and glad I only got the travel size which is expensive anyway! Not happy at all would not recommend.
Customer Care: Hello. We're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department for assistance.Although I have applied it and rubbed it in very well, it leaves a white/ashy cast. Very disappointing. This cream is not sheer enough for black people unfortunately, so it's going in the trash.
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! Glad to see you contacted our customer service department and received a refund.I recently started using this moisturiser on my holiday and the SPF is the bonus factor for me- my skin which is prone to sunburn did not burn. It moisturises the skin very nicely and is in fact an excellent prep for makeup application. I am really impressed with this moisturiser and looking forward to trying the night version (sample sent with my order)I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and I am finding this SPF to be great at the moment. It smooths over skin really nicely, starts off kinda too shiny but then dries down perfectly to have a bit of a glow but doesn’t accentuate my oily areas, and in actual fact helps with them a bit (probably down to the mineral SPF ingredients). Would really recommend this (I have fair skin).I have broken out after using facial suncreams in the past, this one though is a pleasure to use. It has a good consistency - not runny or sticky, It leaves my skin soft & healthy looking without any greasiness. No breakouts! Very happy.Went on very well, but since using it for a few days my skin has become very dry and now using any products is causing stinging and burning due to my skin being so dry. So won’t be using this product again .
Customer care: Hi there! We're sorry the Defense Moisturiser SPF 30 wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance regarding alternative product advice.I love it on my face, does give a bit of a 'just been outside' freshness to your face. I really like that it doesn't have that typical SPF smell, but I can't use it on my eyelids - too sensitive, stings them. I do have very sensitive eyes anyway, there are many makeup products I can't use because of it. I'd recommend it, but won't repurchase it myself - seems a bit extravagant to buy an alternative SPF just for eyelids.
Customer Care: Hi there! We're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for a possible alternative.Bought the small tube to try it out and I absolutely love it. I'm not in the least bit interested in sun protection but I have figured out that zinc oxide and titanium oxide work really well to prevent sebaceous filaments dots around the nose. They are in foundations and tinted moisturisers etc but I was looking for an SPF for no makeup days. This has a truly gorgeous finish, slightly - ever so slightly shimmery and with some sort of tint to take the edge off the white/bluish cast that can occur with mineral SPFs. It feels a little dry on the skin but doesn't dry the skin out, amazingly it prevents the shine that most bases give me. I use it over my usual moisturiser as my skin can be quite dry but those with oily skin could even get away with wearing it alone. It has worked wonders for redness from past cystic spots on my chin. Unlike chemical sunscreens which have made my acne instantly worse, I find mineral spf very soothing.I bought a sample to try prior to committing to the full product. I absolutely love this, I have oily skin so find it hard to get a good moisturiser that doesn’t clog the pores. It really is lightweight and did not break me out at all. Plus my complexion after application looked really healthy. Where at the moment I have been quite grey and washed out. I will be purchasing the full size. I highly recommend.I like the consistency, it's perfect for my combination skin. It leaves the skin nourished and it doesn't make me shine.I really like Paula's products but struggled to find a day moisturiser that would feel perfect for my skin. Till now. This moisturiser has improved the appearance of my skin, the skin feels hydrated but the same time not overly shiny on my T zone (I have dry cheeks and oily T zone). Just brilliant!I'm always looking for that perfect sunscreen as I suffer from melasma and need to wear sunscreen at all times. I had high hopes for this one. I loved the look and feel of this, but unfortunately it broke me out and made my skin red and irritated. I think it's too active for my skin unfortunately.I'm always looking for that perfect sunscreen as I suffer from melasma and need to wear sunscreen at all times. I had high hopes for this one. I loved the look and feel of this, but unfortunately it broke me out and made my skin red and irritated. I think it's too active for my skin unfortunately.
Customer Care: Thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who might be able to provide you with a refund and some advice.I’m delighted with Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF 30, no irritation, lovely texture and easily absorbed. Paula’s Choice discontinued Resist sunscreen for dry skin was one of my all-time favourites and I’m happy with this new mineral moisturiser. My skin is dry and sensitive. The only sunscreen additives I’m able to use without causing an allergic reaction are the two mineral ones, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This sunscreen not only has that gentle protection, it contains the finest ingredients protecting my skin. It has a lovely finish. I use this sunscreen as my last step after applying Paula’s Choice toner, exfoliant and serum or treatment. Using the sunscreen alone will certainly protect your skin but the combination of a good cleanser and exfoliant prior application of this moisturiser helps create the glow.This sunscreen is mostly a joy to use- much more so than other PC spfs I have tried which either felt extremely heavy on my skin or dried my skin out :( (I have rosacea and dermatitis and can only use mineral sunscreens so can only speak for those) It spreads easily, looks glowy and flattering and doesn't make my foundation overly matte or hard to blend :)
Unfortunately I am not sure about using this long term due to the vitamin c and niacinamide. My skin is particularly sensitive right now due to the weather and I have noticed a little bit of stinging on my areas of dermatitis on applying this. I suspect it is the above mentioned active ingredients. Please make a less active version of this for sensitive skin, I have liked it much better than the calm products!
Customer Care: Hi MT, thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry to hear you haven't found the right moisturiser with SPF yet. Please make sure to contact our skincare experts at the customer care team for further assistance.I wear an SPF everyday and this has become my new favourite! I love a dewy finish so the glow I get from this under make-up is perfect. Unlike other mineral SPFs it doesn't leave a white cast and absorbs quickly. If you like a glow then this is 100% for you!I am always excited to try new mineral sunscreens, and this one is my new favourite. It is moisturising without feeling heavy or greasy. It absorbs very nicely and doesn't leave a white cast, which can be an issue with mineral sunscreens. The reason it's my new favourite is the gorgeous glowy finish. It just makes my skin look better, especially on non-make-up days.I adore most of PC products and had really high hopes for this moisturizer, however, I was very disappointed :( very sticky, made my face look shiny and greasy, difficult to distribute the product due to the thick and not so runny consistency. expected it to be more lightweight and hydrating.
Customer Care: Hi Val, we're sorry the Defense moisturiser SPF 30 wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.
What are the key ingredients?
Rich in antioxidants that help defend the skin against visible damage from air pollution.
Licorice root extract
Plant extract that has potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Can be effective in improving the look of an uneven skin tone.
Skin softening and nourishing non-fragrant plant oil packed with skin-restoring fatty acids and vitamin E.
Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Zinc Oxide (nano, sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide (nano, sunscreen), 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 Kernel Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Tetrapeptide-30 (skin-restoring agent), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring agent), 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 (skin-restoring agent), Lecithin (skin-restoring agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Pullulan (texture enhancer), Sodium Gluconate (hydration), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Sclerotium Gum (texture enhancer), Alumina (texture enhancer), 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 (texture enhancer), Aluminum Stearate (texture enhancer), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
What makes the Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 different from other Paula's Choice day creams?
In addition to offering mineral sun protection, Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer contains a unique blend of antioxidants specially chosen to counter the harmful effects of environmental pollution and blue light. This day cream has a silky texture and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Can I recycle this product?
This packaging is made of two components. The tube is made from EVOH plastic and the cap is made from PP plastic. Please check with your local council before recycling this product.
This silky cleanser gently removes dirt, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants.
Lightweight lotion softens and hydrates skin while diminishing blackheads and blemishes.
A brightening treatment that neutralises the effects of daily pollution and blue light.
A sheer, radiance-boosting night cream that primes skin against pollution while you sleep.