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PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30

Go ahead. Have fun in the sun. This weightless, shine-free formula fights signs of aging while protecting your skin from UV damage.
Item #: 873
  • Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Protects skin against signs of aging
  • As seen in Ebony

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Customer Ratings:

80 out of 100
(Based on 21 Reviews)
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  1. Chris N.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best sunscreen ever
    • I have extra sensitive skin and surprisingly, I find that mineral sunscreens actually irritate my skin more than chemical sunscreens. This one is all chemical and being a guy, I totally love this stuff! It has more masculine packaging and that's definitely a plus! If the paula's choice team is listening, the only complaint I have is that it is too runny and the product gets everywhere. I think it would be better in a bottle with an applicator tip (like the skinceuticals one)

  2. Dunc
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    A bit dry
    • This is a fairly thin liquid which applies easily. The smell is pleasant and mild, and I'm happy it's an effective sunscreen. But this isn't suitable for anything other than a somewhat oily skin, in my opinion. It dries matte, which many guys will like, but your skin feels dry as a result. And for any skin areas that are a touch dry, you'll find there's little if any moisturising effect. I'm sure this product works for some people, but I won't be buying it again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Hello, and 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 exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. Eve
    Reviewed on Monday, April 27, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Drying
    • I'm new to Paula's Choice and have heard wonderful things about the products. Unfortunately this one does not work for me. I read that the men's version was the same as the women's but cheaper due to the packaging so decided to give it a whirl. My skin is a bit dry except for the t zone. I found when I put it on, my skin looked really dry with every wrinkle emphasized, especially around my eyes and on my upper lip. I tried for 3 days in a row, no change. This product is not for me.

  4. Brittney S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for Women also
    • I LOVE this spf! I know it's targeted for men but ladies can definitely use it as well. It's so lightweight dries to a beautiful matte finish that isn't dull or flat looking. It wears beautifully under makeup and doesn't turn greasy. It's not irritating around the eyes either. Would love a water resistant/sport version!

  5. c3r3br0
    Reviewed on Monday, March 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good product. Goes on easy. Dries quickly.
    • I like this sunscreen. I'm actually on my second bottle. It goes on easy and dries quickly. It works well on my face but it causes my fingers to peel.

  6. Clint P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The holy grail of sunscreens with synthetic actives!
    • It's practically liquid and unlike many (most) sunscreens with synthetic filters, I experience no irritation. I do with it came in a dispenser pump, but it still deserves five stars!

  7. MICHAEL E.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    something missing
    • I appreciate the 3% avobenzone for UVA protection and all the anti-oxidants, but where are the peptides? I want a sunscreen that is multi-tasking and it seems any product worth it's weight these days has at least a couple of peptides in it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    Thanks for your review! We like peptides, too, but don't include them in every formula for numerous reasons, from stability to compatibility and the fact that peptides aren't must-have anti-aging ingredients. They're but one of many options, and we went a different route with this formula, including a high amount of skin-defending green tea plus cell-communicating phospholipids and adenosine.

    —Admin
  8. Cory F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Stuff!
    • This has been perfect for me. It makes me look healthy but not shiny.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Not for All Skin Types
    • Although this is marketed as appropriate for all skin types, it's not quite emollient enough for dry skin types (which is unsurprising, considering this is a repackaging of Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30!) It's best for normal to slightly oily skin. That aside, this is a light, lovely, and fluid chemical sunscreen that finishes matte.

  10. CHRIS W.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • This is the only product in PC's men's line I actively dislike. I have normal skin (i.e. combination) which can get slightly dry in winter time. No doubt it's a good sunscreen and 10/10 for being fragrance free etc. But I do not like the liquid runny texture of this product and I don't like how it matinees on my face, almost setting like a cast. I have also found, to my surprise, that it dries and irritates my skin and none of PCs sunscreens have done that before. Please re-think this product!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  11. Matt M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for sensitive or dry skin
    • I really enjoy the cleanser and toner from the men's line so I was more than disappointed when this did not work for my skin. My skin is sensitive and dry especially during the winter. This product is billed as a moisturizer and sunscreen for all skin types. This product is not for all skin types, I believe it is only for combo/oily skin. The amount of active ingredients between chemical sunscreens and peptides will leave skin line mine raw. Plus, it is super watery. It only adds to the mess.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Hello, and 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 exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. MICHAEL E.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    pretty good
    • This is a great formulation, but it still leaves my skin with some shine, not a matte finish. At least there is no white powdery residue that some SPF (usually 50 or higher) can leave behind.

  13. Y.L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great
    • My husband likes this sunscreen. It's not greasy and leaves the skin matte. Didn't cause irritations ot breakouts. Great product. I'll re-purchase it for sure.

  14. Chris H
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Would like a sport version
    • I would like to see a "Sport/Active" type SPF product in the PC4MEN collection that is sweatproof/waterproof for those with active lifestyles. When jogging or participating in outdoor activities, the non-sweatproof SPF products run into my eyes and sting terribly.

  15. ERIK D.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Was hoping this was the one!
    • I gave this five stars for the great texture and light formula.I tried a sample knowing that my skin reacts to synthetic sunscreens,but was hoping perhaps it could be the magic bullet.I hate having sensitive skin and having to wear mineral spf because of the white cast,I also have the Resist light SPF 30 but tends to look like makeup and over any kind of beard scruff its hard to blend it in.A light fluid mineral spf that does not have a tint or emollients and blends in well please.

  16. theyhaveways
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Surprisingly Matte, but Potentially Irritating
    • I only tried a sample of this product. This moisturizer is surprisingly matte! It's liquid like. Similar in texture and smell to the Skin Balancing moisturizer with SPF but leaves a finish like the Hydralight moisturizer with SPF. The finish of this moisturizer is what a no frills guy should be looking for. Don't get me wrong, this product was nice, and I assume that it will be liked by most guys. The reason I give it two stars is because my skin cannot tolerate oxybenzone with prolonged use.

  17. Patrick M
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great if you can tolerate chemical sunscreen ingredients
    • I would definitely recommend this sunscreen for all the guys out there looking for something that is really light, not noticeable and reliably protects your skin from the sun. The only catch, and why I won't repurchase, is that my skin is too sensitive to tolerate chemical sunscreen ingredients. I tried this and ended up with burning and itching and a red rash. But I know I'm in the minority who need to stick to physical sunscreens, any chance of a repackaged Resist Ultra Light SPF30 for PC4Men?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We may be expanding the SPF options for PC4MEN in the future. In the meantime, please contact us to discuss returning this product or exchanging it for the RESIST option you mentioned.

    —Admin
  18. David L
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    PC4Men Rocks
    • Thank you Paula for introducing a simple men's line. This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is perfect for the summer - light yet effective

  19. Justin H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Pleasantly Surprised
    • My history with sunscreens has been poor at best. I tend not to wear them because they make me break out or make my skin greasy. I read a Paula's Choice article on acne and skin irritation, and learned that direct sunlight can also be an irritant. So I took a gamble and bought this: turns out it works really well for me. It moisturizes well and goes on matte. I've noticed a reduction in breakouts and my skin is less irritated, too. Pretty cool stuff.

  20. Dustin L
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    surprised
    • Had never used this type of product before. Was a little hesitant about the product, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overly oily when applied to head and face.

  21. Dorian G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfect
    • Perfect sunscreen, no white mark, really light, not shiny at all. I think its light because the texture is really liquid

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What makes this product unique?
PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 offers multiple anti-aging benefits for all skin types while providing complete sun protection. It feels so light you’ll barely even know you have it on. The shine-free formula prevents and reduces wrinkles, rough skin, brown spots, and other forms of sun damage. When used daily, this product strengthens skin against further damage and prevents premature skin aging.

This product contains no added dyes, is 100% fragrance-free, and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.

Who is this product for?
PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 is an anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen that’s perfect for all skin types and designed for daily use. It’s ideal for men who don’t like the feel of sunscreen. It works great whether you have rosacea, sensitive skin, or are prone to breakouts.

Expiration Date 4/2016

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30

Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298–1,307; Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Volume 72, pages 796–806; Future Oncology, December 2008, pages 841–856; Journal of Pathology, January 2007, 241–251; International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, July-September 2005, pages 497-502; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2002, pages 117–125; Clinical Experimental Dermatology, October 2001, pages 573–577; and Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, September 1999, pages 661–665.

Key Ingredients: homosalate, oxybenzone, colloidal oatmeal, Camellia sinensis, phospholipid, Salix alba extract, Ginkgo biloba leaf extract, ascorbyl palmitate, avobenzone, bisabolol, silica, superoxide dismutase, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, adenosine , octocrylene, tocopherol

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Oxybenzone 4%; Avobenzone 3%; Octocrylene 2%; Homosalate 7% (sunscreen agents). Other Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Silica (absorbent), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (water-binding agent), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant enzyme), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/anti-irritant plant extract), Colloidal Oatmeal (plant-based anti-irritant), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (anti-irritant), Cetyl Dimethicone (silicone-based emollient), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (absorbent/thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying agent), Sorbic Acid (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Polysorbate-20 (emulsifiers), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Use as the last step in your morning skincare routine. Apply liberally to face, eye area, and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours if skin is exposed to sun.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your PC4Men products can be found in our Men's Skincare article.

I’ve tried SPF products in the past and hated how they felt. Is this one different?

Yes! You’ll be amazed at how light this fluid formula feels; actually you won’t feel it at all! PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 was formulated for the man who knows the remarkable benefits of sun protection but doesn’t want to feel that protection on his face. PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 slips over skin, won’t grab in the beard area, and sets to a long-wearing, weightless, unnoticeable, shine-free finish.

How does PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 differ from your other Paula’s Choice facial moisturizers with SPF?

Our PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 is actually identical to our Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, except for the change in packaging and placement in our men’s line. We chose to duplicate this formula for the guys because of its weightless and shine-free qualities. The last thing guys want to put on their face is something heavy that they’ll notice throughout the day. This moisturizer has all the benefits they need without anything they don’t want in a daily product.

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 has a mix of active ingredients and antioxidants that’s great for all skin types, whereas our other moisturizers with sunscreen meet the needs of specific skin types and preferences. The textures are different, as well, depending on the formulation and what concerns it is targeting. Some are lotions, others are creams, and some have a satin finish while others are matte.

Is PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 suitable for breakout-prone skin?

Yes. Its lightweight, fluid texture and soft matte finish are ideal for breakout-prone skin.

Do I need to apply this at night, too?

No, because sun protection isn’t needed at night. Finish your evening skincare routine with PC4Men Nighttime Repair, and you’ll wake up to stronger, younger-looking skin.

What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?

No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (read: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

Do I need to apply this at night, too?

No, because sun protection isn’t needed at night. Finish your evening skincare routine with PC4Men Nighttime Repair, and you’ll wake up to stronger, younger-looking skin.

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