DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 15
Based on 21 reviews
This illuminating moisturiser shields skin with all-mineral sun protection plus antioxidants to help protect against the effects of environmental damage.

DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 15

Based on 21 reviews
This illuminating moisturiser shields skin with all-mineral sun protection plus antioxidants to help protect against the effects of environmental damage.
  • Creates an instant, healthy glow for makeup-optional skin
  • 12 antioxidants visibly diminish the signs of environment-based ageing
  • Lightweight, illuminating cream
  • Apply as the last step of your morning routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
This daytime anti-ageing moisturiser combines all-mineral, broad-spectrum sun protection with licorice, kiwi, argan, niacinamide, vitamin c and other plant and vitamin-derived antioxidants specifically chosen for their ability to defend skin against air pollution and the harmful effects of blue light exposure.
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What does it do?
Every morning, skin faces environmental threats that chip away at its appearance. This daytime hydrator protects from UV and blue light, plus helps neutralise airborne pollutants before they cause damage. Works all day to visibly repair and brighten skin so it looks younger and more vibrant.
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How to use
Apply liberally to face, neck, and eye area as the last step in your morning skincare routine.
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DEFENSE Skin Care System - Our multi-layer defense system to combat around-the-clock environmental skin damage.
Research

Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, June 2018, pages 123-130

International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, ePublication

Antioxidants, January 2018, ePublication

Nutrients, August 2017, ePublication

The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, July 2017, pages 113-123

Food Technology and Biotechnology, December 2016, pages 462-467

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublication; and June 2014, pages 273-283

Indian Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2012, pages 335-342

Fitoterapia, October 2013, pages 160-184

Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, April 2011, pages 58-67

Ingredients
Key Ingredients
Product Ingredients 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).

Ratings & Reviews

Love this!

5

Was looking for a moisturiser and physical sunscreen in one when this was released, and while initially I thought this was a bit thick and heavy, I absolutely love it! It sinks in straight away, doesn't leave a residue or white cast, and gives such a beautiful glow to the skin. Definitely would repurchase!

JMM90

Melbourne

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Favourite SPF

5

This is the best sunscreen I've used so far. It's so easy to put on quickly, I can apply this liberally and it will never get greasy. The sunscreen dries down and sets very quickly so I don't have to wait too long to apply makeup, which is quite rare for a sunscreen. That said, it isn't matte or drying either, rather it keeps my skin moisturised and glowy. It's the perfect balance between being lightweight and moisturising.

Nguyen

NSW

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Nice dewy sunscreen !

5

I am thrilled with this new sunscreen by PC. The other mineral based sunscreens are just too drying for my skin but this one is much more moisturising. I love the glow it gives my skin and I'm pleased there are no 'absorbent' ingredients in this one as I have dry skin.

Indiana

Melbourne

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Great product. My new go to

5

This is a great product. The 'white cast' sinks in pretty quickly. The glow is soft and not shiny (I have a very oily t-zone and I live in the tropics). I love the soft, smooth feel of my skin that lasts all day. It spreads really well, and my sensitive skin does not react at all. A new favourite product!

Storm

Up north

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Love the glow!

5

I almost never leave reviews on products I purchase, but this moisturizer is so fantastic I want to shout about it! I am 70, so the glow is a real plus. The first time I used it, my skin looked so good that I did not even use foundation. I have dry skin, so a good moisturizer is a must. This product totally delivered, with the plus is a beautiful glow. Love, love, love this product!

Mimi

Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Wow, wOW

5

I was way too excited to try this for months, and it's even better than I expected. I've tried every other PC mineral sunscreen, for both oily and dry skin, and this is just it. It's luxurious, glowy, smooth, AND it's protecting me from the nasty NYC air. Ugh. With just a little concealer and blush, I look like I'm right out of a Glossier ad. For cooler days, I wear another moisturizer under it. It's probably too heavy for summer wear for me, but we'll see. I'm looking forward to seeing how it does on my dry winter skin. So far, SO good.

Molly

New York, NY

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Highly Recommend This Moisturizer With Sunscreen

5

I have been using the Skin Recovery Moisturizer for a long time. I wanted to try the new Defense Glow Moisturizer and after using it for the past few weeks I am very pleased with the results The feel is light, moisturizing and gives a soft glow. Great for dry skin too....I like that it has SPF 30 and is perfect under make-up. This will be a new favorite in my daily routine.

Donna C

Boca Raton

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This stuff is GAME CHANGING

5

I love, love, love this moisturizer. Every morning I put it on I think about how I need to write a review ASAP to spread the word. I've used Paula's Choice products for about five years. I used to need the more acne focused lines, but have recently been looking for one that promotes healthy skin. This line does just that. The moisturizer is nice and light but still effective. It instantly changes the look of my skin and makes it more tight and glowy I think PC hit it out of the park with this line - it focuses on healthy, glowy skin through the power of good ingredients and antioxidants. LOVE IT!

eliser

Boston, MA

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Fantastic

5

I bought this as an experimental sunscreen assuming I wouldn't be crazy about it because of the glow. It's actually gorgeous. I substitute Paula's serum spf 30 for this when I'm in the mood for a very subtle glow. I have not noticed any lingering white cast whatsoever. Another outstanding product by this fabulous company.

mary

seattle

Gentle and Effective

5

It is very difficult to find an all-mineral sunscreen since most such products tend to be either thick, pasty, or white cast. However, this product is light, absorbs quickly, and leaves your skins moisturized. This product is neither greasy nor occlusive. I like that it has no alcohol, fragrance, or essential oils. It's packed with powerful antioxidants that make sunscreen more effective. I think this product would also be ideal for someone who is looking for a sunscreen for post-procedures, such Fraxel, microneedling, chemical peel, etc. This product was also not shiny at the end of the day, which is important for humid summer weather.

KLM-Schiphol

Washington, DC

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