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 312 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 from pure mineral zinc oxide sunscreen 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).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.2

(based on 312 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (187)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective protection (46)
  • Not greasy (42)
  • Rubs in well (37)
  • Non-comedogenic (10)
  • Non-greasy (10)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (56)
  • Beach (9)
  • Sports (8)
  • Sensitive skin (6)
  • Water sports (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (25), Budget shopper (17), Beauty conscious (5), Beauty expert (3), Survivalist / minimalist (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (7)

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5.0

Good for winter

By gj123

from ct

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    I wish there was a way to update my previous review without posting a new one. I did not like this sunscreen at all because I was trying it in summer. I cannot use this in summer. It makes me shiny and is not water resistant so its not good for summer anyways. I have combination skin. I use the ultra sheer spf 30 for summer and its very light. Have been using that for years. The ultra light one from Resist made me more oily even though it is light as water. I tried the hydralight one in winter to use it up and I love it. It does not make me shiny at all. My skin looks healthy. I want to buy it again. I think this will be my winter spf from now on.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Always quick. Love PC customer service.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    Absolutely love this for my skin and so does my pre-teen

    By Momof2

    from San Diego

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy
    • Rubs in well
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin
    • Zinc

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Sensitive Skin

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I even have my 12-year-old daughter use it. No complaints from either of us about the whiteness from the zinc. It absorbs quickly and looks fantastic under makeup. This is a great product that I use all year round and only need to add my PC moisture boost cream before I apply this in areas that are drier during winter months. Really great product that keeps my skin (and neck/chest) happy. A little goes a long way!

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      Love love love

      By Molly

      from Rochester NY

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Sensitive Skin

        Thank you so much for bringing this back!! I was distraught when this product was discontinued. I apply it every day after cleansing, toning and using serums. It never irritates my skin and I can apply a primer afterwards with zero issues. Five stars!!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        Just the best - I recommend this to all my friends

        By Jane

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Minimalist

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          This is the best facial moisturizer with sunscreen I have used. Please do not ever discontinue it!!
          Chemical sunscreen makes my eyes sting but most physical sunscreen doesn't rub in very well. This stuff is magic - it rubs in easily and feels totally weightless. I also noticed that my acne improved after I started using this on a daily basis. One bottle lasts me about 4 months of daily use. Highly recommended!

          • Skin Type:
          • Normal
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          5.0

          Doesn't smell like sunscreen!!!

          By Gallerina

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Doesn't stink like sunscreen
          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Absolutely the best facial sunscreen I have ever used. I am so happy that Paula's Choice has brought this product back. Please never discontinue!
            The only mineral sunscreen product that doesn't make me look like a white ghost and that doesn't smell like anything. Never irritated my skin and never broke me out. Love it so much!

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            5.0

            Exceeded my expectations!

            By Hildy

            from Illinois

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              I love Paula's Choice products but have failed to enjoy any SPF moisturizers in the past. They are always greasy, burn my eyes & never feel adequately moisturizing. My age spots are accelerating and I wanted to try again & see if I could find a suitable product. After reading reviews...I was so hopeful. I am pleased to say this product exceeded my expectations! Moisturizing, non-greasy & comfortable near the eyes. So pleased...

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 30-44
               
              5.0

              The Perfect Sunscreen For Super Sensitive, Combination Skin!

              By Mike

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin

                Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30 works wonders for me as it provides adequate sun protection, lightly hydrates, is truly shine-free, leaves virtually no white cast even when applied liberally and causes no redness or irritation! I have very sensitive skin that went from oily to combination when I started using Retin-A and I can only use mineral-based sunscreens since chemical sunscreens severely irritate my skin. Most skin care products cause some form of redness on my face anyway, however this product does not. Plus, unlike many other mineral-based sunscreens, this product is not heavy or greasy.

                From other reviews it seems this product had been discontinued then brought back due to customer demand. Please don't ever discontinue it again. I will never use anything else!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Super fast delivery as always.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                 
                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.

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