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Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

This silky lotion keeps right on smoothing and calming sensitive skin. It shields your skin from wrinkles and brown spots as it coaxes youth-reviving repair.
Item #: 146
  • Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Antioxidants stimulate collagen growth
  • Gentle, mineral-based UVA/UVB protection from the #1 cause of signs of aging

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 204 Reviews)
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  1. Christine Proctor
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 28, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    3 Stars
    • Pros: Blends easily, lightweight, non-irritating Cons: Not moisturizing enough by itself, slightly oily looking (takes time to sink in) From someone with dry, sensitive, skin

  2. Amy A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • I have skin that changes from dry to combination, depending on weather. I have gone through several of these tubes now and love it. It is very moisturizing but doesn't sit on top of your skin (which some people seem to think is necessary for their skin to feel moisturized). Makeup goes on well over it. Does not irritate my eyes (yay--no eye cream needed). I also appreciate the simple packaging...I HATE paying for fancy department store packaging. Us gals need to realize what's important!

  3. HOWARD D.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 22, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not moisturizing enough
    • I am a 54 year old male user with normal to dry/sensitive skin. My skin is not ultra dry as I live in Florida and the humidity sort of helps there, but I found this almost pasty with no slip feel to it. It worked okay when I used another moisturizer underneath. I also use a lightly tinted foundation over the top, so that gets into layering too many products on. I don't like the feel of so many products sitting on my face. If you are willing to layer, this should work if you have dry skin.

  4. Sarah V
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I was really hoping this would work for me. I have acne prone, very red dry skin. This doesn't make me break out but it doesn't help. More importantly, it doesn't seem to moisturize. In fact, it doesn't seem to do anything except make my foundation extra oily, even with a primer. I'm bummed it didn't work for me at all. :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Eilla Sikén
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 16, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not moisturizing enough for me
    • I love the SPF but I hate the greasy finish. I have very dry skin most of the year. I actually layered another moisturizer underneath this. Without another moisturizer, this is just not moisturizing enough and stings my upper cheeks a bit upon applying. The stings go away within a few seconds later though. This is a total failure when I use my AHA/BHA exfoliant.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, May 18, 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 for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  6. Caroline B.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favorite of all PC (so far)
    • I love this moisturizer. My face is typically dry & is also extremely sensitive to the sun. I use this every day (sometimes multiple times a day) and my skin feels nourished & protected. The small white tinge it leaves is far less than other zinc products & it fades quickly. Thanks PC!

  7. Rebeca Mera
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Bad moisturizing
    • I have dry skin, I was so excited to try PC products for all the reviews on YouTube and here. I had an awesome service of customer service. I am so disappointed, it doesn't moisturizer at all, my skin felt greasy but not smooth. My skin felt dryer and with new problem oily skin. The appearance becomes dull and wrinkle, the make up was mess after applying this Moustirzing. I am glad to stop using this product.

  8. Joan
    Reviewed on Friday, April 10, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Really nice!
    • I am 66 with very sensitive skin, mostly dry, except for T zone. Tried an experiment: put a babies' sunscreen/moisturizer on one side, this product on the other. Hours later, there was less wrinkling on the Paula's Choice side! A friend agreed. Couldn't believe my eyes! Nope, I'm not affiliated with Paula's Choice! Product dries to a nice matte finish but is moisturizing too. One star off because it feels a bit heavy, but I'm used to no makeup and very light moisturizer w/o sunscreen.

  9. Allyn R.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome moisturizer
    • This is my favorite moisturizer by far, helps my skin greatly from looking horribly dry. Awesome product

  10. Leah J.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 27, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This has sunscreen in it!?!
    • I tried a sample of this moisturizer and couldn't believe this had sun protection. It was so light and hydrating. I do smell the cucumber extract, but the scent is light, doesn't bother me (kind of like it), and doesn't last long. I have been using the CeraVe day moisturizer w/ the spf - it is was nice and did well for me for a couple years but I seem to need more moisture for my dry skin. When this sample ran out and I went back to my CeraVe, I knew I had to get this one in a full size asap

  11. Kathy J.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Reaction to Mineral Sunscreen in Product
    • I am new to PC and I am happy with most of the products I have tried. This one just wasn't right for me. First, I liked the consistency and the matte finish of this product for daytime. However, after using it for two consecutive days I started to develop some bumps under my skin along with some itchiness. I will have to try another moisturizer without the sunscreen and apply some clear zinc oxide first.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, March 19, 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
  12. Elena S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    PErfect dun protection for rosacea affected skin
    • You should know ow I love this sunscreen. I've always hated using sunscreen under makeup as it was messing up all the look due to grease and dryness at the same time. Now I only get glow and moisture from this formulation of PC. None of the ingredients works wrong for me. I had mild irritation from Skin REcovery Moisturizer but this cream with SPF makes wonders for my skin. In the end of the day when I wash it off I feel my skin is happy and moisturized.

  13. Victoria H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Sunscreen That Does Not Irritate
    • It's nice to use a daytime moisturizer with spf that does not irritate my sensitive skin. This does leave a whitish cast but after a few minutes that is absorbed. This does feel a bit sticky on the skin but in the summer when my skin is more oily this is going to be perfect. I am so glad that I found PC products at this point in my life...my skin is crazy right now...all kinds of issues at once. But PC skincare is really helping to resolve those issues without any irritation at all!

  14. Susan K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Caused Flakiness and Irritation
    • I chose the Skin Recovery SPF 30 moisturizer for use in the winter when dry skin is more of a problem. I was surprised to find that this moisturizer exacerbated the problem. When I started to use it, my skin became dry, flaky and irritated. I stopped using it, switched back to my summer SPF (contains different SPF ingredients), and my skin is much less dry and no longer flaky and irritated. I still wish I had an SPF moisturizer that would be more helpful with the dryness.

  15. Erin L.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 05, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    underwhelmed
    • I was very disappointed with this product. I love Paula's choice and am a huge fan of the skin recovery mosturizing cream so I thought I would give the daily moisturizing lotion a try. I haver very sensitive dry skin and had high hopes however, this lotion was not mosturizing enough for me and my makeup (tinted moisturizer) "stuck" to it. It also left a terrible white hue on my face even when I applied a serum underneath. I will continue to purchase from Paula's choice however, I will not be

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, February 05, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this product 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
  16. Joe S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • This moisturizer is perfect for me. It's designed for sensitive skin, it is very moisturizing for my dry skin, and it consists of physical sunscreens. I can't tolerate chemical sunscreens as they irritate and sting my skin. Well done Paula's Choice!

  17. Anastasiya A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Mineral sunscreen that works on dry skin
    • Great mineral sunscreen that somehow is not drying. Works lovely on my normal to dry skin. Doesn't sting my eyes. Spreads easily and sinks in quick without leaving white cast.

  18. britt h.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 24, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    stings!
    • It smells very nice, but this lotion stings and burns when I apply it. My skin becomes red and super blotchy! I had such high hopes for this product being something that would soothe my skin, and be an spf I could tolerate. Not a good choice for me:(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 26, 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
  19. Jen G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good but...
    • I actually love the texture of this and I feel like it leaves my face in good condition. The white cast quickly goes away after the product is rubbed in. But...once the cream sets, it feels almost hard and cakey on my face; I can see that my skin looks moisturized, but it feels super dry. Fortunately, PC's customer service team is sending me some other samples to try, so major points to them.

  20. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, January 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love
    • The texture is fantastic, and I think you should disregard reviews that describe it as a very thick cream. When you first put it on, it looks white, but it gets soaked in. Sadly, not super moisturizing by itself a few hours into the day (I have dry skin, oily t-zone). However, when worn over my CeraVe PM facial moisturizer, it's perfect! It's hard to find facial sunscreen options that are mineral AND include antioxidants. Also, this is a great base for makeup, I find I don't need a primer.

  21. Lynn F.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    At Last, A Suncreen I can use.
    • I have been looking for months for a sunscreen I could use after I suddenly developed an allergy to chemical sunscreens. This one works great. I like that it disappears into my skin after a few minutes without leaving a white film. I have had compliments on my skin, even on those days I don't wear foundation.

  22. Kristy M
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good
    • My two biggest worries about a daytime moisturizer are: that it could make my face look shiny(even through my makeup) and that it will make my mascara run. This moisturizer does not cause either of those to happen:). I like that this product has a fairly high SPF rating. My only complaint would be that a little bit does not go a long way....so I'm afraid I will use up the tube quite quickly. Overall though, I'm loving this product.

  23. Susan R
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My perfect daily sunscreen!
    • I have sensitive skin and can only use the mineral sunscreens on my face, neck & chest area. Most others I have tried have either been too dry, too thick or horrible smelling. Paula's Skin Recovery Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is the perfect formula! It has the perfect texture, the right amount of moisture with the added benefit of antioxidants. (No separate lotion to apply!) It does have a bit of a sheer white tint with a slight smell, however, both disappear within a few minutes.

  24. LA
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful moisturizer
    • Love this! I use this in conjunction with RESIST SUPER-LIGHT WRINKLE DEFENSE SPF 30. These are the only two SPF moisturizers that don't sting my eyes. And they're amazing to boot! This gives me the extra moisture boost that I need. It also blends so well with the Resist SPF 30. Great stuff for my combo skin!

  25. Liz
    Reviewed on Friday, January 02, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great SPF!
    • This moisturizer is lightweight, silky, and has a pleasant smell. It does indeed soothe redness and irritation. I think for dry skin this works better with no exfoliant or wash cloth beforehand; only cleanser and toner/serum. Otherwise skin can feel a bit tight. However, the satin-matte finish works well for daytime (no makeup smudges). For me this is a great skincare staple!

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 goes above and beyond most moisturizers with sunscreen. It replenishes dry, sensitive skin and ensures a healthy barrier function while protecting from daily sun damage (the cause of wrinkles and brown spots) with gentle mineral sunscreens. Loaded with potent antioxidants, skin-identical ceramides and cell-communicating peptides to restore and help maintain healthy, radiant skin that looks and acts younger. Ideal for those with rosacea and specially designed to be worn under makeup.

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is specially formulated for normal to very dry skin. Suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin and ideal for use around the eyes (no need for a separate eye cream).

For use on children less than six months of age, consult a physician.

Expiration Date 6/2016

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30

Future Oncology, December 2008, pages 841–856; 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; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 136–149; Pharmazie, January 2008, pages 58–60; Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, March-April 2007, pages 80–85; Journal of Pathology, January 2007, 241–251; Journal of Dermatological Science, September 2006, pages 159–169; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2005, pages 215–223; Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, July 2004, pages 131–139; International Journal of Dermatology, July 2003, page 505; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2002, pages 117–125; and Clinical Experimental Dermatology, October 2001, pages 573–577.

Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, vitamin C, ubiquinone, palmitoyl oligopeptide, superoxide dismutase, hydrogenated lecithin, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, apricot kernel oil, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide NS, Glycine soja sterols, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, Avena sativa, titanium dioxide, cucumber extract

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.85%, Zinc Oxide 3.12% (mineral sunscreens). Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Isononyl Isononanoate (skin conditioning agent), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil (non-fragrant emollient plant oil), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (emollient thickeners), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickening agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant fatty acid), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (film-forming agent), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Ceramide 2, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Allantoin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), PEG-10 Dimethicone (silicone thickener), ), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Tribehenin (skin conditioning agent), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifier), Glycerin (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (skin conditioning agent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/skin-repairing ingredient), Methicone (silicone slip agent), Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Alumina, Aluminum Stearate (thickening/opacifying agents), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum (thickeners), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

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.

The Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 is now an SPF 30! Did you change the formula?

No to worry, the formula hasn't changed at all (not even a little bit)! We rested the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion to comply with the latest FDA regulations. We were thrilled to find out that not only does this sunscreen meet the FDA's new rigorous broad-spectrum protection standards, but also that its mineral-based SPF rating is higher than previous testing revealed. It's the same gentle, daytime moisturizer with sunscreen you've always loved—only now you're getting a greater amount of critical sun protection!

Should I reapply Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than two hours total time out in the sun, it is not necessary to reapply sunscreen as you will be protected all day. If you are perspiring or just spending a longer period of time outdoors, it should be reapplied. You may also touch up your sun protection by applying a pressed powder with sunscreen, such as Paula's Choice Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15.

How is Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 different from Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30?

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, they do so using completely different active ingredients. Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 contains mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) while Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 contains synthetic active ingredients such as avobenzone. Because of this, Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is preferred for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. The other notable difference is that Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 is a more sophisticated formula designed to be used as part of the comprehensive Skin Recovery routine. Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is a very good daytime moisturizer for those seeking a simpler routine that covers the basics.

How is Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 different from Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25?

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, the Resist formula contains titanium dioxide as its active ingredient while Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion contains a blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both formulas contain antioxidants to help defend skin against signs of aging, but each has its own blend. Texture-wise, these two daytime moisturizers with sunscreen are quite similar. Both provide hydration and a silky, radiant finish those with normal to dry or very dry skin will appreciate best.

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