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Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Run along, wrinkles. Shield your skin from sun damage with a feather-light cream that leaves a shine-free finish. Slightly tinted, so you won’t see a white cast.
Item #: 776
  • Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Enlarged Pores, Extra Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Provides gentle, mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection
  • Shields skin from wrinkles and brown spots

Expiration Date 3/2016

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 480 Reviews)
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  1. Quintin
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best!
    • This is the only sunscreen I have ever used on my face that has not caused problems for me one way or another. It's perfect! I've repurchased many times and will continue to do so. I'd say it's one of the best sunscreens available! I used to not like the slight tint but now I'm thankful that it's in there.

  2. Marie S.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    GREAT SPF! My Skin is Happy!!!
    • This is the best SPF face cream I've ever used. Please don't change the formula. Usually sun screens, even though they claim to be oil-free, leave my skin oily. During the winter, this sun screen is perfect. During the hot sticky summers in NYC, my skin still is a bit oily, but still not as horrible as with other sun screens. I'm guessing I'm also getting help from the combo of great PC products that I use, that have helped my skin balance out. Whatever the case, I LOVE this product!

  3. Jude L.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product, but just not for me
    • So this gets 5 stars because I think for the intended skin type and shade, this is an unrivalled product.It's an amazing base for foundation, no scent, and I never burned when wearing this. My issue is with the tint, and also that over a period of three months this became to drying for my skin. I'm fair-light toned, strawberry blonde, blue eyes, and for some reason this comes out very pinkish on my skin initially, and then oxidizes to a darker shade by the end of the day.

  4. rbkh
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    my new hg summer moisturizer
    • I have only been able to find one high-end moisturizer with spf 30 (the perfect amount, no less no more for the face!) that suited all my needs until I came across this one, being a PC newbie! Love, love , love! I have combo dry AND combo oily skin which is pretty impossible to placate! Very light for spring/summer, with a nice silky finish. I am fair/light (NC20) and tint disappears on me. hours later, my makeup looks great and NO oily buildup in t-zone and less dry patches. buying more!

  5. Camille M
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    great multitasker - I'll never buy foundation again!
    • Best tinted moisturizer I've ever used! I was blown away at how even my complexion looked using this product. No foundation necessary. I am extremely fair skinned (I use the lightest available shade of every product I own) and the tint was just right when paired with a translucent powder. It also serves as a bit of a primer for powder, with its slightly tacky finish, which I loved too. It IS just a teeny bit drying but a light layer of another moisturizer underneath solves that problem.

  6. Isa
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best sunscreen for oily sensitive skin
    • I love everything about this sunscreen: it feels light yet hydrating, it mattifies my skin for longer than any oil-controlling product out there and it doesn't leave a ashy cast on my face. On my oily skin it wears comfortably, although for my eye area is a bit drying so I either use a richer moisturizer underneath or I use the Skin Recovery sunscreen. I have light skin tone and the tint doesn't clash or show at all on my skin.

  7. Diane V
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love It
    • I love this product! I have been using the original Resist sunscreen which can leave a bit of a white cast on the skin. I tried this and am very pleased. It goes on smoothly, blends perfectly and the tint works great with my fair/light/warm skin tone. I use it daily, occasionally under foundation and it works wonderfully either way. I still use the original product on my neck/chest area. Highly Recommend.

  8. Lola C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for fair skin, sadly
    • The quality of the product itself is great, I agree with the other reviewers. Great texture, very matte and applies well. I'm lucky in that I have perfectly normal skin, so can wear this or the more moisturizing ones. My issue though is the tint. It turns my skin a very noticeable orange shade. It's much, much too dark. I would advise if you have fair skin to get a sample first, because sadly I can't use it on myself. Too bad, because otherwise this would be a great product.

  9. Elizabeth H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this!
    • I love the super light silky feel of this sunscreen! A little bit goes a long way, it doesn't show up on my combo skin the way thicker sunscreens do, it just sinks right in and feels great. My M.A.C. foundation is too thick so I started mixing this with it so it glides onto my skin so much better! It saved M.A.C. from being returned! The slight tint does not provide any color to my fair uneven skin tone so unless your complexion is near perfect (unlike mine) don't rely on this as foundation.

  10. Amanda D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very natural
    • Without makeup this product looks very natural and matte- very surprising for a sunscreen. I have light olive toned skin and the pinky-beige tint disappeared. With foundation however (I use MUFE HD), this product tends to accentuate any uneven texture. I've tried varying the time I put foundation on after and mixing with the foundation but have similar results. This sunscreen also seems to absorb excess oil because I'm much less oily in the T zone throughout the day- a nice unexpected benefit.

  11. Yvonne B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me!
    • I was really wanting to like this product, but it is far too drying for my combination skin. It accentuates every tiny line and pools in any enlarged pores. Although it feels very dry on the skin, it also has a tacky texture- weird but true. The colour is very unattractive and the opacity makes for a "flat" look. Back to the Hydralight for me!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Seems you had a very different experience with this porduct than many others, and we encourage you to return it for a refund or exchange for the Hydralight formula you prefer. Outcomes like yours are precisely why we offer a variety of SPF options, as not everyone will be pleased with the results if we just offered one!

    —Admin
  12. Susanna in Seattle
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Great texture and feel - awful color!
    • I love Paula's Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad SPF 30 but wanted to try this tinted non-chemical sunscreen as an alternative. Great texture and ease of application. Unfortunately, the tint is both too dark and a peculiar yellowish orange on my skin.

  13. SANDRA S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 12, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great with one flaw
    • I received/ bought quite a few samples of these and loved the formula, however, I need this to be water resistant. I can't use your other water resistant formula because it causes a rash on my skin after about 4 to 5 days of use. I use almost all of your products, but if you look at my account, I rarely buy your sunscreens, therefore, I have to buy MD Solar Sciences sunscreen. Make this formula water resistant and I will gladly buy a tube a month!!!! Love your company and all of the staff.

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

    Thanks for your review! Although we haven't done official testing to make a water-resistant claim, the main ingredients and the actives are water-resistant, and we've found this works quite well during periods where skin is wet from water or perspiration. As with any sunscreen, routine reapplication is needed if you're perspiring heavily or after toweling off.

    —Admin
  14. ANNETTE P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Feels pretty good on, but...
    • ...it does throw a white cast, maybe not as much as others but it's really obvious in pictures and over time on my oily skin it seems to separate under my makeup and look...mottled... for lack of a better word. Also, the mineral sunscreen does not offer enough protection. It IS sooooooo gentle though for those who can't use chemical. Thank you PC for this rare choice of a well made/non greasy physical sunblock!

  15. Ashly
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really great for oily skin
    • I've been using this sunscreen since it came out. It really has an awesome texture for oily skin types. The only downside whatsoever for me is that I'm fair and it's too dark. It doesn't look so bad when I first apply it, but after makeup (mineral powder), it's just too tinted for me. I've even tried lighter powder- no go. What DOES seem to work is mixing it with Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid spf 50 (PC best). Would love if PC came out with a much lighter option or maybe light, medium, dark!

  16. Leslee C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love Love Love
    • I looked hours trying to find a daytime MOISTURIZER with SPF. I tried the highly rated one by Olay but after a sticky/tacky face realized I just bought overpriced sunscreen. I'm so glad I bought this product. It's creamy, smooth, moisturizing, slightly tinted & best feature is the SPF30. I've been using this product for 1-2 months now and it is great, some days I just wear this no makeup. (on good skin days). The tint is slightly light for me, but will be better come winter. dew-like vs sticky

  17. Rachael L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Would be perfect...except for tint
    • Adding my thoughts that the only thing this product needs to make it absolutely perfect is a change in tint - from the current pink-based to something more yellow. Still love it though!

  18. DEANNA B.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    beutiful finish
    • I just found and used a sample of this last week. I love the finish and feel of my skin with it on! Best for my normal skin in the warmer months. I agree with the other reviewers who want a less "pinkish" tint. I have light/medium skin with yellow undertones. The tint is too light pink. Would love to see you add a more yellow tint choice. Everything else is great!

  19. Clare R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    not for me!
    • I wanted to like this product, I really did, but had to wash it off within five minutes. I could feel the irritation starting, and wasn't about to wait around to see what happened. A shame, really, because I've been very happy with ALL the other Paula's Choice products, but just couldn't tolerate this one.....

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

    How strange, as this is definitely a super-gentle sunscreen. In any event, seems you did the right thing by removing this, and we'd be happy to work with you find an alternative sunscreen as an exchange for this product.

    —Admin
  20. KatByteK
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Requesting Lighter Tinted Formula
    • Absolutely the best tinted moisturizer/sunscreen I've tried! Would give it 5 stars if it came in a lighter tint. PLEASE consider offering a lighter tint in this product.

  21. Laura V
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    not for me
    • This sunscreen is super light, has wonderful coverage, and protects from the sun. It goes on smoothly, and sits well under make-up too! However! Unless you're super oily, it'll probably be too drying for you. My skin is normal to dry in the summer, due to Differin, and this left it as dry as a bone.

  22. Lavinia
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very nice luminous face!
    • I bought a few samples to test and I can tell it is wow from the first use. I usually use makeup but by the end of the work day I always see my face looking dull and pale and makeup gone forever. After aplying this and following it with my foundation (using less), at the end of the day I was amazed by how luminous my face was and makeup was still there. I got some compliments on my good looking skin. I have normal to combination skin and no skincare issues. Love and daily use PC!

  23. Lisa C.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Too much tint for my super-fair skin
    • Although I really love the finish and performance of this product, the tint is just too dark for my skin tone. However, if you're not the palest of the pale and find that most sunscreens turn your face into an oil slick, chances are you'll really enjoy this product. I was impressed by how long the matte finish lasted. Unfortunately it's just too dark for me and looks orangey against my neck. Perhaps Paula will consider making an untinted version in the future? A pasty girl can dream.

  24. Briana Y
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Almost perfect
    • The texture of this is truly beautiful. It doesn't feel greasy at all but dries to a natural slightly tacky finish. It really just looks like nice healthy skin. However I found this waaayyyy too drying and my skin is extremely extremely oily. I usually have to blot 6-8 times/day to give you some idea. It left my face feeling tight and uncomfortable, even when I put it on over a moisturizer. I have no clue how anyone could use this as a moisturizer on its own.

  25. S. Lana P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Oh my..
    • ...It IS super light. Hmmm... maybe I should start believing commercials. Used it today for the first time, can't tell you much. However, it has amazing light light creamy texture that moisturizes my skin leaving kind of very soft glowing look with just a hint of tint. And by that I don't mean shiny/greasy sunscreen deal. Nice. By the feel of it, I think it would go great under the foundation.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 is a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen designed for combination to oily skin with signs of aging. Its multi-purpose formula not only protects skin from sun damage, but also fortifies it with potent antioxidants to repair and stimulate collagen production for firmer skin. You will see a more even skin color, fewer visible lines and wrinkles, and the return of a younger healthy-looking glow.

This gentle, mineral-based formula has a sheer tint that works beautifully for all skin tones, whether worn alone or under foundation. An amazingly silky lotion texture leaves a soft matte finish that perfectly preps skin, allowing makeup to apply smoothly and evenly (no primer needed).

Pure, refined zinc oxide provides remarkable broad-spectrum protection without making skin more oily or triggering breakouts. It is perfect for sensitive skin or rosacea and great for use around the eye area. Daily sun protection is crucial for preventing wrinkles and brown spots, while still allowing skin to look fresh, even, and healthy.

This product is 100% fragrance-free.

Who is this product for?
Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 is best for combination to oily skin, and also suitable for sensitive, breakout-prone, or rosacea-affected skin. Ideal for those struggling with wrinkles, brown spo

Sources to Support the claims made for Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, August 2012, pages 2,909–2,616; and May 2012, pages 857–864; Journal of Dermatological Science, March 2011, pages 162–168; Rheumatology, July 2010 Epublication; Journal of Pharmacology, October 2008, pages 463-474; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298-1,307; Medicinal Chemistry, November 2005, pages 629–633; Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, May 2005, pages 405–430; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; Anticancer Research, September–October 2004, pages 2783–2840; Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, July 2004, pages 131–139; International Journal of Dermatology, July 2003, page 505; and www.naturaldatabase.com

Key Ingredients: adenosine , tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, resveratrol, Salix alba extract, lauroyl lysine, trihydroxystearin, bisabolol, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin, Haematococcus pluvialis extract, tocopheryl acetate, zinc oxide, pomegranate extract

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 13% (broad-spectrum sunscreen agent).

Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone (silicone-based thickener), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone suspending agent), PEG-12 Dimethicone (silicone-based thickener), Resveratrol, Quercetin, Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Lauroyl Lysine (skin-conditioning agent), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Trihydroxystearin (thickener), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (anti-irritant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Haemstococcus Pluvialis Extract (astaxanthin/antioxidant), Hydrolyzed Corn Starch (thickener/mattifying agent), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Hydrated Silica (thickener/mattifying agent), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (silicone-based binding agent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient thickener), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (texture enhancer), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Iron Oxides (natural pigment).

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 Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

Should I reapply Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than four hours total time out in the sun, it is not necessary to reapply sunscreen as you will be protected all day.

The FDA recommends you reapply sunscreen every two hours which is an option to consider. Alternately, you can touch up your sun protection by applying a pressed powder with sunscreen, such as Paula's Choice Healthy Finish with SPF 15. Those spending the majority of their day indoors do not need to reapply—you will be protected all day.

How is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 different from Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30?

Although both products provide excellent broad-spectrum sun protection, Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 does this via the mineral sunscreen zinc oxide while Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30 uses avobenzone and other sunscreen actives.

Both formulas offer anti-aging benefits: Each contains antioxidants to help defend skin against signs of aging as well as cell-communicating and skin-repairing ingredients to help skin look and act younger.

Texture-wise, the Skin Balancing formula is lighter and more fluid (it's a thin lotion) whereas Resist Super-Light has a incredibly sheer-cream texture. Either will feel wonderful on combination to oily skin, while the Resist Super-Light is the more mattifying of the two.

How is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 different from Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral SPF 30?

Both use mineral actives for gentle broad-spectrum protection, and both are excellent for combination to oily skin. The Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 uses only zinc oxide while Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral SPF 30 uses a blend of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

The Resist Super-Light contains a slight tint to counteract the white cast inherent in mineral sunscreens (it doesn’t provide coverage and nearly vanishes after a few minutes on skin). The tint is ultra-sheer, and is perfect for any skin tone.

Is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 the only Paula's Choice moisturizer with sunscreen that provides anti-aging benefits?

Definitely not! Every Paula's Choice daytime moisturizer with sunscreens as well as our "body" sunscreens (which can also be applied to the face) provide broad-spectrum sun protection and contain antioxidants for enhanced defense and antiaging benefits.

Is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 suitable for breakout-prone skin?

Yes. Despite containing 13% zinc oxide, this formula was designed so that the zinc oxide "floats" over skin rather than settling into pores. This is accomplished via silicone technology, which also enables the zinc oxide to be cosmetically elegant—a difference you will see and feel with each use!

Is Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 suitable for rosacea?

Yes. Not only is the formula fragrance-free (like every other Paula's Choice product) it contains the gentle mineral active zinc oxide plus proven anti-irritants and antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation. When inflammation is reduced, skin appears less red and looks more even.

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