HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30
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HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30
This antioxidant-enriched formula provides gentle, pure mineral broad-spectrum sun protection to defend skin from premature aging.

HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30

Based on 305 reviews

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This antioxidant-enriched formula provides gentle, pure mineral broad-spectrum sun protection to defend skin from premature aging.
  • Diminishes the appearance of redness
  • Renews skin tone and vibrancy
  • Lightweight lotion leaves a soft matte finish
Skin Types:
Combination Skin

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Why is it different?
HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 with Antioxidants provides gentle, broad-spectrum pure mineral sun protection in a lightweight lotion that leaves a soft imperceptible finish on skin. Its smooth texture applies easily and works beautifully around the eyes and under makeup. Soothing ingredients work to restore skin and defend against environment concerns.

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What does it do?
Provides ample hydration and vital broad spectrum sun protection while delivering a soft matte, naturally radiant complexion with potent but lightweight hydration. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and even suitable for skin prone to rosacea.
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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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Research

Experimental Dermatology, June 2011, pages 477–482

Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2011, pages 178–187

Journal of Investigative Dermatology, August 2009, pages 56–59

British Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23–34

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, pages S139–S148

Acta-Dermatovenereologica Croatia, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2007, pages 92-95 and Volume 11, Issue 3, 2003, pages 158–162

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, September 2007, pages 1–4

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 6%; Titanium Dioxide 2.32% (sunscreens).
Other Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80 (texture enhancers), Caprylyl Methicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollients), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancesr), Isohexadecane (dry-finish solvent), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Propylene Glycol (moisture-binding agent), Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate (emollient), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (soothing agent),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agents), Allantoin (soothing agent), Glycerin, Panthenol (skin-replenishing ingredients), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Alumina, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid (texture enhancers), Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone (skin-conditioning agent), Diethylhexyl Carbonate (emollient), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

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4.1

(based on 305 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (180)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective protection (46)
  • Not greasy (42)
  • Rubs in well (36)
  • Non-comedogenic (10)
  • UVA/UVB protection (9)

Cons

  • Greasy (10)
  • Doesn't rub in well (9)
  • Runs easily (6)
  • Smells bad (3)
  • Stings eyes (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (49)
  • Beach (9)
  • Sports (8)
  • Water sports (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (25), Budget shopper (17)

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2.0

I wanted to like it so bad...

By Moony

from Canada

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

  • broke me out
  • Irritates Skin
  • Not Effective

Best Uses

    I am so disappointed with that product, I wanted to love it so bad! I have combo/dry/sensitive/dehydrated skin and this looked amazing because it's very light so it would not clog my pores while still hydrating my skin. Don't get me wrong, it does hydrate the skin, but it's not crazy moisturizing. My chin and cheeks, which are the driest part of my face, were still a little dry, but the rest of my face was okay. The real problem is that it broke me out so bad! The last time I used a product that broke me out like that it was a super drying acne treatment. My theory is that it has something to do with the whole sunscreen thing. I am sad because I really wanted to like it, but I guess it's just not for me. I may try the moisture boost line.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    3.0

    Not for super oily skin

    By Karen

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Minimalist

    Pros

    • Moisturizes

    Cons

    • Greasy

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    There's not much of a matte finish as I thought. You can definitely tell it's a sunscreen because it does its job, but it still leaves an oily residue.

    • Skin Type:
    • Oily
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    5.0

    A sunscreen that I didn't hate!!

    By Joey

    from Maryland

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Non-comedogenic
    • Not Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

      It took me a long time to find a sunscreen that didn't feel awful on my face, but this is the one! As far as my skin is concerned, this is the Skin Balancing Invisible Gel but with SPF. Big thanks to PC customer service for helping me decide on this one; it's exactly what I needed.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite SPF!

      By Echoic

      from San Mateo, CA

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Effective Protection
      • Non-comedogenic
      • Not Greasy
      • Rubs In Well
      • UVA/UVB Protection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

        I'm so happy they brought this back! I tried the Calming Redness SPF they suggested as the replacement but it was much to runny in texture. Hydralight is great because it goes on smoothly and doesn't make my face feel dry. There is a slight tint due to the mineral sunscreen, but it goes away quickly once you rub it in.

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I want to weep with joy!

        By skeeleyma

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Effective Protection
        • Non-comedogenic
        • Not Greasy
        • Rubs In Well
        • UVA/UVB Protection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

          This product was my introduction to mineral sunscreens and I've never looked back (sorry Avobenzone!) I was practically in despair when it was discontinued. I've tried other mineral based sunscreens, available from drugstores, but nothing beats Hydralight's multi-purpose perfection. It serves as a combination moisturizer, serum, sunscreen and I would no more start my mornings without it than I would without coffee. It soaks into the skin beautifully without feeling sticky. There's a very very slight sheen immediately after applying and at first it does appear to make your skin look lighter, but both effects fade quickly enough. The feeling on the skin at first application is almost a fluffy, mousse-like sensation. It's not at all heavy or gloppy. You don't feel any of the greasiness that's common to chemical sunscreens - even the best formulated ones. THANK YOU, Paula's Choice, for bringing this product back!!!

          (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not for me!

          By Liz D.

          from Wood-Ridge, NJ

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Extremely drying
            • Made me break out
            • Stings eyes

            Best Uses

              Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

              My skin is very particular. It was used to only two moisturizers for 20+ years, then those moisturizers were discontinued. So maybe it's just because nothing else will work on my skin, that this product was awful for me. I have acne prone skin that isn't oily. Moisturizers that say they are for acne prone skin typically drying because they are for oily/combination skin, but my skin is normal to dry. Just acne prone. This lotion made the surface of my skin so rough, dry, flaky, and dull, even for days after I stopped using the product, and it even gave me wrinkles that I didn't have before which I really hope will go away! I AM 43 but typically look like I'm in my 30s because I'm wrinkle-free. I understand the importance of using SPF (I used it daily in my old lotions) but not if it makes me look ten or more years older. I would rather wear a big floppy hat all the time and take my chances with that alone, then use this product again, unfortunately.

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As close to HOLY GRAIL as it gets!

              By Mikey

              from Toronto

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Effective Protection
              • Non-comedogenic
              • Rubs In Well
              • UVA/UVB Protection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                I feel like I've tried over 100+ mineral sunscreens and have spent countless amounts of Monday as well. This hydralight spf 30 is an absolute stunning formula that should NEVER be discontinued. Now I know why everyone was so upset when the hydralight range was taken away. I'm happy to see that Paula's choice listens to the feedback and ultimately brought it back. After trying this I'm definitely not going to be getting the hydralight cleanser as well. I believe they made a toner but I don't see that back. Anyway this spf 30 is lightweight, smooth, easy to rub in and does not leave a white cast. It feels lightweight and fresh and like it's full of water when it's applied. The finish is natural and makes the skin look radiant. This is absolutely something that I would purchase multiples of for future orders. Without a doubt the best mineral sunscreen formulation I have EVER found!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Pretty fast shipping!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Thank you for bringing back this excellent product line :)

                By Hydralight & Moisture Boost fan

                from New York

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Effective Protection
                • Non-comedogenic
                • Not Greasy
                • Rubs In Well
                • Sweatproof
                • UVA/UVB Protection
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Beach
                  • Daily Use
                  • Sports
                  • Water Sports

                  Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                  I can't thank you enough for bringing back the Hydralight and Moisture Boost product lines. I am so happy. These are the two cornerstone product lines that kept me with Paula's Choice since day 1, and they always provide the best results with absolutely no irritation or tightness, or dryness or redness....and they don't cause breakouts. These are absolutely the two best product lines that you offer (and the best products lines in any skin care line on the market). I'd like to say that I'll be ordering these items right away, but I have a little bit of those products already stocked up from when you announced that you were discontinuing these two lines. Rest assured, when my supply runs out, I will be ordering these products regularly, as I always have done. Please don't ever stop selling these two wonderful product lines.

                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Did not moisturize or hydrate my skin at all

                  By sam

                  from tampa, fl

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                  I was excited to try this after being disappointed in the Redness Relief moisturizer for not doing anything for my skin, but this was even worse! It is very liquidy and tricky to apply, although the initial white cast goes away in a few minutes after application. However, it did not dry matte at all and kept me very shiny throughout the day. The product itself actually made my skin dehydrated and tight, did not moisturize at all, and it just felt like putting water on my skin. A hydrating primer actually did more for my skin than the moisturizer, and it was a very expensive sunscreen, although I much prefer other sunscreens than this one. If you want a really matte finish, this will not do it, and if you have skin that needs a good moisturizer (even if you have oily skin), this is not it either. It was super disappointing after all the hype around it.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not bad

                  By Jane

                  from Canada

                  Pros

                  • Effective Protection

                  Cons

                  • Greasy or Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                  This is an effective moisturizer and sunscreen but doesn't keep me matte at all. It's not even matte when it sets.

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