SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 15
Based on 444 reviews
This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturiser helps protect skin against premature ageing with broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection.

SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 15

Based on 444 reviews
This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturiser helps protect skin against premature ageing with broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection.
  • Helps maintain an even, younger-looking complexion
  • Helps keep excess shine in check
  • Fluid formula leaves a soft matte finish
  • Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Combination Skin
Large Pores
Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 15 feels wonderfully light, but its broad-spectrum, oil-absorbing formula gives skin a nourishing supply of antioxidants to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone and to smooth away dryness for younger-looking skin! It is the perfect option to help prevent premature ageing of skin.
What does it do?
Provides trusted protection from the ageing rays of the sun while offering weightless, healthy hydration and a matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check. Meanwhile, an exclusive blend of skin-restoring ingredients and research-proven antioxidants work to help prevent the appearance of signs of ageing.
How to use
Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you don’t apply liberally, you will need to reapply every two hours after your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to swim or perspire you must apply a water-resistant sunscreen.
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Product Ingredients Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 7%; and Octocrylene 2%; Oxybenzone 4%; (sunscreen agents).
Other Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Silica (texture-enhancing), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (texture-enhancing), Cetyl Dimethicone (hydration/texture-enhancing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (hydration), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Colloidal Oatmeal (skin-soothing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba Bark Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Steareth-21 (texture-enhancing), Steareth-2 (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabiliser), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbic Acid (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Works a treat!


Great all round sunscreen for everyday wear! Doesn't leave a residue like most sunscreens. Easily absorbed into the skin.




Wow, wow, wow! So impressed for the price.


Wow, I have been using the Resist Wrinkle Defence SPF30 for some time now, which I really like but my 45 year old skin is going through a greasy period so ummed and ahhed about getting the Skin Balancing daily defence for a while now but thought it may not be moisturising enough for my combination with dry patches skin. I decided to buy because it was on special. So I opened it this morning and have been wearing for six hours now and my make-up feels and looks amazing still. Usually by lunch time I have had to blot my skin and re-apply my powder. It was so smooth to put on, however it came out quite fast and I probably used too much so will have to be aware of that but it was amazing as a base for my makeup, so much better than any primer I have ever used. I can't stop touching my face it feels so great. So only my first time using this product but I have never felt so amazed by a product on the first application. I am so looking forward to seeing the long term results. In saying that I may have to use my Resist SPF30 for the days when I am in the sun as our NZ sun is very harsh - or wear a hat!


New Zealand


Love it


This is perfect for my skin. It's so sheer, rubs in nicely and sets my foundation perfectly.




Works so great!


I would suggest this for anyone who has combination/oily/normal skin, but not dry skin. It probably isn't quite enough moisture for anyone with really dry skin. I have oily and dry spots, and this works great! It does a fantastic job as a sunscreen and since I started using Paula's Choice 4 years ago, this has prevented me for all sun damage on my face. It also does a great job at minimizing my pores!

No-Make-Up Jenna

Warren, Michigan


Best Anti-Ager Ever


I've been using this ever since it came out (ten years ago? I'm just guessing), along with the DESERVEDLY bestselling 2% BHA liquid. The two work so well that people are shocked to hear I'm 50 years old; they say, "I would have thought early 30s." And, every once in a while, I still get carded.

Megan McInnis

Seattle (Issaquah)


BEST sunscreen I've ever used!


I have skin prone to eczema, and it is sometimes dry even when I don't have active eczema on my face. This sunscreen has been excellent for me, as it provides hydration, does not irritate my sensitive skin, soothes my skin, and looks very nice on! There is no white cast and it dries quickly. I have a subtle "glow" when I'm wearing this. Additionally, I feel like my skin looks nicer ever since I started using it! Not as much dryness and an overall supple, youthful appearance. I also use other Paula's Choice products, and I hope they'll never discontinue this! It works great under makeup as well.


Toronto, ON


I'll never stop buying this product as long as it's made.


Years ago, Paula published an article saying that sunscreen tests used huge amounts-as in a whole ounce of sunscreen spread out over face and body-to determine efficacy, and she asked the question, "Are any of us using enough?" Since then, I've been slathering on the sunscreen-and I'm on a fixed income, but that's how important skin care is to me. I have a history of facial acne, but either I've outgrown it or Paula's 2% BHA Liquid does the trick, because I RARELY have a blemish. When I do, I use Paula's Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment, 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, and it's gone within days. I wouldn't dream of going outside for even ten minutes without smearing sunscreen liberally onto my face. I'm not as diligent as I should be with arms and hands, but I'm trying to do better because I can see the difference: the skin of my arms is looser and more wrinkled than that on my face. If I had to live with two skincare products, I'd choose Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 and Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. I might add something like SunCare Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 for arms and legs. I just turned 50 years old, but people guess that I'm in my twenties or thirties-and, once in a while, I even get carded. . . . I always tell people I've been using a daily sunscreen and exfoliant for YEARS, which I get from Paula's Choice.






I tried all three Resist Sunscreens and was not happy...two made made me look pasty, and caused white bumps on my face, and the third was wonderful but gave me a red rash every time I used it. Then I tried this one. Perfect! At least for me. It glides on effortlessly over Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum. Just a tiny hint of coverage, which is great because now that my complexion looks so much better from PC products, I don't bother with foundation any more, but makeup does slide on over this just fine (with serum underneath). This doesn't cause any rashes or make me break out. The coverage is matt. Hardly any shine. I had had problems with burning eyes with an earlier, different product I'd tried. With this, I don't have that problem. This is a lovely, light lotion, and I'm planning to stick with it. Highly recommended.


San Jose, CA


Finally found my sunscreen!


I Have struggled for years to find a daily sunscreen that works with my oily skin under makeup without being too heavy,or adding more oils to my face. This is it! Lightweight and effective, plus added good things for my skin. I Plan to never be without it. Thanks, Paula!

Bird lady

Indianapolis, indiana


Can't live without it!


I love this sunscreen! I use it everyday, even when I run in the morning. I love all the anti aging ingredients and it does not cause me to break out and it gives my skin a healthy slightly dewy glow. I am 43 and my skin has greatly improved since using this. Adenosine is a superstar ingredient for wrinkles! I like the packaging, and the fluid texture of the product. It feels like I am giving my skin a great anti aging boost by using it. Love, Love, Love it, please don't ever change it! It is perfect for my combination skin!


York, PA



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