• Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser Full size
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Defense Cleanser

11 Reviews
  • This silky cleanser gently removes dirt, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants.

  • Skin Type: All skin types
  • Concern: Anti-Ageing, Dull skin
  • Ingredients: Amino acids, Lauric acid, Phospholipids View all
  • Routine: Cleanser


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Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser Full size

Defense Cleanser

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  • What does it do?

    Erase the effects of daily pollution with this gel-to-cream cleanser.

    Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser gently removes makeup, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. The exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend with a triple superfood complex of green tea, liquorice and soy works to neutralise surface pollutants and restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Starting as a refreshing gel then morphing into a cushiony cream, this silky cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed.

  • Is this suitable for my skin?

    What is your skin type?

  • Key Features

    Removes makeup

    Strengthens skin's natural barrier

    Protects skin against the harmful effects of pollution.

  • How to use

    Use morning and evening. Splash the face and eyes generously with water. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your face using vigorous yet gentle circular motions. Rinse well. Repeat or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup.

  • Reviews

    11 Reviews
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    Laura - excellent product
    As almost always PC product are very good quality, except few which are overpriced in my opinion but this is great <3

    Customer Care: Hi Laura. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of our Defense Cleanser. We're so glad that you love it and trust that you find that the quality of the products and ingredients and benefits they provide are all worth it. If you're ever looking for other product recommendations or routine advice, please reach out to our Customer Care Team who will be more than happy to help. Kind regards, Shannon - Paula's Choice Customer Care
    SK - Perfect for Dry and Sensitive Skin
    Skin is brighter, clearer, smoother. I have sensitive skin and other cleanser products have been slightly irritating, but this is the perfect cleanser. My skin gets more dry in cold weather and this is perfect to use as makes my skin feel more hydrated. Also bonus for removing make up really well. Have repurchased twice and now on my third bottle! Definitely my favourite cleanser

    Customer Care: Hi SK. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of our Defense Cleanser. It's great to hear how well this product has worked for your sensitive skin. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and is a great option for those who are looking for something that gently removes makeup, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. We're so glad that you've found this to be true. If you're ever looking for other product recommendations or routine advice, please reach out to our Customer Care Team who will be more than happy to help. Kind regards, Shannon - Paula's Choice Customer Care
    Zakia - Disappointing!
    I have been in need of a cleanser to replace my usual creamy Vitamin C one and thought the texture of this sounded good, combined with its hydrating qualities. My face is really sensitive - even water can make it burn - but I took a chance on this after having a good experience with Paula’s Choice AHA. But this burns like hell - the only time it doesn’t is if I lay off any other product for a few days and avoid using anything afterwards for at least another day. Obviously, this isn’t very convenient! I am sad that I can’t combine this with any other product but it’s not worth the pain/potential damage.

    Customer care: Hi Zakia! We're sorry the Defence Cleanser wasn't a fit for you! Our Calm line is great for sensitive skin and might be a better fir for you. We are glad you used our returns policy. Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.
    Shell - Perfecf during winter!
    This was my go to morning cleanser during the colder months, I'm oily combination but during winter my face gets really dry and this really helps to add hydration and moisture back in from where it just dries up during the night
    Kim - What a dream
    Living in London, and commuting you are constantly exposed to dirty environments - this product has changed the game for me. My skin is notably brighter and clearer. It removes my makeup after one wash and I wear waterproof mascara. Its a dream to use
    molivIer - Love this stuff!
    This is one of the best cleansers I have tried! It leaves my skin feeling clean and very soft with the amazing gel to foaming texture when applying. Definitely will be buying again and 100% recommend.
    Clm84 - Not for me unfortunately
    I was really looking forward to this. I have combination skin that is also sensitive. After the first use my skin felt tight, not hydrated at all. I tried to use for a couple of days but it just wasn’t comfortable and my skin felt hot to touch. Definitely not for me :(

    Customer care:
    Hi Charlotte, 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.
    SarahM81 - Not for me
    Bought the travel size to try instead of my usual hydration cleanser f from murad but unfortunately it just doesn’t work for me.
    RT - Great gentle cleanser
    I have been using this cleanser for around 1 month now and I’m so impressed. I use it twice a day. In the morning my skin feels refreshed and silky soft. In the evening I use it to take of makeup, no wash cloth needed, and second cleanse once in shower. Couldn’t recommend this enough, I’ve noticed an improvement in skin texture massively. After starting with the trial size I have now purchased the full size.
    MT - Removes makeup in one step!
    I've been trialling this just in the evenings for just under a week. For reference I have dry, breakout prone, type 1 rosacea-rpone skin with patches of dermatitis that come and go. A few weeks ago I tried a different fragrance free Jelly cleanser for sensitive skin and fell in love with the way it removed all my makeup in one step. Unfortunately I also found it rather drying and possibly a little irritating.

    This cleanser removes heavy duty foundation and sunscreen well like the other one (without the need for a cloth I have found! Great for me as my skin hates too much rubbing) and so far no irritation or stripped feeling after cleansing. As it does foam up a bit I might not use it every single night (might alternate with a double cleanse with Skin Recovery cleanser) but so far a big thumbs up from me!
    Christina - Great product
    My new favourite cleanser! It foams up really nicely and leaves my skin feeling fresh but not dry or tight. I usually have to double cleanse but with this, I am able to remove makeup in one go.
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  • Ingredients

    What are the key ingredients?

    Amino acids
    Amino acids are the building blocks of peptides and proteins. Every amino acid has a specific role such as maintaining skin’s hydration, texture, resilience, and a healthy appearance.

    Lauric acid
    A fatty acid obtained from coconut oil and other natural fats. Has calming benefits for the skin.

    Type of lipid (fat) composed of glycerol, fatty acids, and phosphate. Acts as water-binding and skin-restoring agent.

    Aqua, 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), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Glycine (amino acid/hydration), Alanine (amino acid/hydration), Serine (amino acid/hydration), Valine (amino acid/hydration), Isoleucine (amino acid/hydration), Proline (amino acid/hydration), Threonine (amino acid/hydration), Cocoyl Proline (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Sodium Lactate (hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), PCA (amino acid/hydration), Histidine (amino acid/hydration), Phenylalanine (amino acid/hydration), Lactoperoxidase (hydration), Glucose Oxidase (hydration), Aspartic Acid (amino acid/hydration), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

  • FAQ

    What makes this cleanser different to other Paula's Choice cleansers?

    This water-soluble cleanser turns from a gel into a cream when mixed with water. It gently removes impurities, makeup and excess oil, while neutralising skin-dulling pollutants. It is ideal for all skin types, and is designed for anyone concerned with pollution and free radical damage.

    Can I recycle this product?

    This packaging is made of two components. The tube is made from HDPE plastic and the cap is made from PP plastic. Please check with your local council before recycling this product.

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