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Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30

Bye, bye dry. Hello cushiony layer of moisture that protects your skin from wrinkles and brown spots. Now that’s a welcome change.
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  • Brown Spots
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Shields skin from the #1 cause of signs of aging

Expiration Date 6/2015

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 112 Reviews)
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  1. Kara S
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Made me breakout
    • I so wanted to live this. I haven't found a moisturizer with SPF that dosent irritate my sensitive skin. For some reason it caused me to breakout. I like the way it looks, not a shiny finish. It also hydrated my combo skin. But didn't feel it soaked into my pores. Feels as if it sits on top of your skin. Still in search of a SPF my skin can tolerate. Ugh

  2. Jai P.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect Match.
    • This is without a doubt my perfect SPF moisturiser. The Skin Balancing really stung my skin and made my quite wary of "chemical" sunscreens, but physical barrier sun protection congests my skin. I eventually ordered the Moisture Boost SPF and have not looked back. No stinging (just be careful around the eyes), perfectly moisturising and have never had a burn (in fact my freckles are lightening). A QUICK TIP: powder before applying any makeup (liquid or otherwise) and it will not slip and slide

  3. Dorion H
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The one I have been looking for....
    • Ever since Clinique began testing on animals again, I have been on the hunt for a great daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Almost impossible. Almost. This is it! A word to others, this is not for dry to very dry. My skin is combination/oily. The normal and oily sunscreen moisturizers were waaaaaaaaaay to dry for me. Don't be turned off if you don't have dry skin!

  4. LINDSAY B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Stinging
    • I wanted to give this a try while traveling and see if it would be moisturing enough for summer. The good: once absorbed it left my skin smooth and matte. Not as good: I use a moisturizer with sunscreen recommended by PC with a 30 SPF and I love it. I use it under my eyes without a problem. Sadly I did the same with this one and after about 3 min my eyes began to sting and water.

  5. Shirley A.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    A bit chalky
    • I found this moisturizer to be a bit too chalky.

  6. Chris
    Reviewed on Friday, January 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I would die if this ever got discontinued!!!!!
    • The BEST moisturizer with sunscreen that I have ever used. It's so affordable too. Sunscreen is something that "a little does NOT go a long way!" It must be applied liberally and because it is so affordable, I feel like I can actually put the correct amount on face. Lets face it guys, a pea size amount of sunscreen is not enough so ditch your department store product, get a more affordable one like this one because you know that in the end, this is probably better for you and your wallet anyways

  7. Brenda W
    Reviewed on Friday, January 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Moisture Boost is Great
    • I used the moisture boost system this week and i love it. Every product works great. Brenda W.

  8. KS
    Reviewed on Friday, December 27, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Daytime Moisturizer for Winter Skin
    • This is a great daytime moisturizer to wear underneath my (Paula's Choice) foundation. I do have to make sure that I rub it in quite well, otherwise I notice that it can glob up around my eyebrows, nose, and jaw area, but this is emollient enough to hydrate my dry, flaky skin during the day without feeling heavy or adding to my shiny T-zone after a full day of work.

  9. KATIE K.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 28, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Figured out cold weather solution for skin!
    • I love this for fall winter, and it is a staple. I also switched to the Moisture Boost Cleanser but kept the Skin Balancing Toner. Wow is all I have to say. This combo works so darn well on my skin! During the day, I wear it over the C15 and Resist Ultra Light serum. It took some trial and error, but I found the perfect combination of products! Love Paula's Choice.

  10. Cristina C
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best of the best, I have never found anything like it.
    • I'm writing this review in the hopes that Paula NEVER discontinues this. I have rosacea and this product is one of the holy grails that helped me forgo makeup for good. I always thought that I would never be able to use chemical sunscreens because they always seemed to flare my rosacea, but Paula's Skin Recovery daily SPF moisturizer was just too heavy and of course gives the inevitable slight white cast. This lotion does neither and looks wonderful on. I've NEVER found anything that comes close

  11. Jan
    Reviewed on Monday, October 07, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    great product
    • After years, no, decades of searching for a product that will moisturize and not cause breakouts, I am now an avid fan of Paula's Choice. This is a wonderful product and I can finally stop searching for something that works for me.

  12. Cora S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A must for your dry skin!
    • I love this product! When I have a very dry skin, and live in Scandinavia, a thick moisturizing daycream are very necessary for my type of skin. The cream is thick in texture but easy to spread on the skin and withdraws quickly into the skin. My experience with thick creams is that they are often difficult to spread and become too thick, and shiny under makeup, but not this one. I have a light golden brown color, but the cream is not white on my skin. Thanks!

  13. aenlow
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Kind of burns
    • I gave this three stars because it really burns on my face, especially around my eye area, but I also think that's due to my particular reaction. I think I'm probably sensitive to one of the ingredients. I really like the moisturizer/sunscreen from the RESIST line, though.

  14. Karen M
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 25, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    A bit drying
    • I received a sample and on first try found it too drying and pasty. I'm on my second tube of RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 which works for my normal skin type. I will continue with this product.

  15. Kristen F
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Bad for my combo skin
    • This was a bad product for my acne-prone combination skin. I wanted more moisture than the Skin Balancing lotion, and the description for this product indicates that it is appropriate for combination skin that is prone to breakouts, but iafter a few days I found that it caused acne, particularly on my drier spots where I don't ordinarily break out. Also, I did not like the texture--it didn't absorb well and felt more like a 1970s drugstore sunscreen than a modern skin care product.

  16. WILLA
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 11, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Thick
    • I ordered three packets of mositurizer with SPF, two packets had only about 1/4 t. which only covered half my face. I found this moisturizer too thick, didn't glide on my face as I'd hoped. I've been using Netrogena oil free moisturizer SPF which Paula gives a thumbs down rating, I like it because it glides on my face very nicely, however since I use Paula's products I am trying to find a suitable moisturizer with SPF with Paula.

  17. POPPY C.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 26, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great moisturizer
    • I have used this product for years, and while it is a tiny bit thick for slightly oily skin like mine, it does absorb quickly and leaves a soft and smooth finish. I have acne-prone skin but this has never caused breakouts for me. I use the BHA gel every morning then top with this and it's the perfect combination. Love Paula's stuff, so glad I discovered her years ago. I'm sure my skin is 10 times better for it!

  18. ROBERTA s.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 20, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    second try
    • I had bought this a couple years ago and it was like putting on paste. I have dry skin and this should have absorbed nicely. I recently purchased this again hoping the ingredients had changed a bit. Again, just like paste. every other purchase I make from Paula's is excellent.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, May 10, 2013
    Thank you for your review, and we're sorry your experience wasn't what you had hoped! We would recommend contacting our Customer Care Department via phone or email. They will be happy to discuss your routine and the possible reasons for your experience. They can assist with a credit or exchange, too!
    —Admin
  19. AMANDA D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 18, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It does the job
    • I've been using this moisturizer for about 6 months. It's a good value- still on the same tube. It does what it claims- provides moisture and sun protection, and also doesn't break out my blemish-prone skin. However I feel like it could be better. Maybe it's just on me, but it makes my skin look super shiny and almost plastic-like, but not in a good way. Even underneath foundation and loads of powder, it still comes through. I would have rated this product 5 stars if it wasn't for this flaw.

  20. d.r
    Reviewed on Monday, April 15, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Perfect winter susnscreen
    • I've been using this for over a month. I have combo acne prone skin that can get both very oily/dry. So far this has not caused any breakouts and has done an excellent job of hydrating the dry parts, while not overly exasperating the oily parts. This does take a bit to soak in for me, but once it does, it leaves a nice dewy finish. Perfect for winter, but I suspect the 'Skin Balancing SPF 30' will be better for the the humid summer, when my skin is extra oily. I'm going to give that a try too!

  21. Betsie
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 14, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Mositurizer!
    • I have dry to very dry skin. This is the best daytime moisturizer I have ever tried (and I"ve tried several). It looks great under makeup and alone. Love the higher spf! It does go on more like a sunscreen. Kind of white and thick. And it smells a little sun screeny, even my husband notices. However, it only takes 2 minutes max to soak into my skin. And it keeps it hydrated and protected. And no problems applying makeup after 2 minutes. Love it!

  22. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 13, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for dry skin that breaks out!
    • I have dry skin that breakouts. When the SR spf gave me breakouts, customer service sent me this. They are so helpful when you problem and will find you something that does work. This is creamy and leaves your skin very soft and hydrated all day. This is great for older skin that still breaks out. It is quite gentle and caused no irritation. It feels like I am wearing lovely cream, not a ss. It is not sticky or pasty. Goes on easily and wears well under mu and has 30 SPF. On 2nd tube.

  23. Varvara S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    well done
    • Very good formula, not too thick, not too watery. Works great for acne prone, combination, dry skin.

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    for dry skin
    • This moisturizer wasn't for me, but it might work for someone with drier skin. I've been searching for a daytime moisturizer for a long time and was really hoping this would be it, but it's too rich and feels and smells very much like "sunscreen". I had hoped for something that would sink into the skin more. I actually consulted with the Paula's Choice reps prior to ordering this but it feels too heavy for me. It only works if I wear a matte foundation over it. too shiny otherwise.

  25. ANETA D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful
    • This is my favorite PC sunscreen. It goes on quite thick and opaque initially, but if you give it a few seconds it gets absorbed nicely and leaves the skin hydrated and protected, but not greasy or shiny. It works well under all kinds of make-up. I have tried it with liquid foundations or just powders and never had any issues. I wish it came in a larger tube, so I could use it on my neck, chest and arms daily. At $20.95 for 2 oz it's too expensive to do it -I would use it up within about 10 days

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What makes this product unique?
Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is an amazingly light yet substantially moisturizing daytime product that provides broad-spectrum sun protection with stabilized avobenzone to shield skin from wrinkles. It glides on weightlessly, providing a cushiony layer of moisture that leaves your skin satin-smooth and perfectly prepped for makeup. A blend of potent antioxidants boosts your skin's defenses and helps protect it from collagen depletion.

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is safe for use around your eyes and is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Moisture Boost SPF 30 is formulated for anyone with normal to dry skin (even if it's prone to breaking out). Its lightweight, creamy texture also makes it a great option for those with combination skin with stubborn dry areas.

Sources to support the claims made for Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex 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; Journal of Radiation Research, December 2004, pages 491–495; British Journal of Dermatology, October 2003, page 681; and Journal of Dermatological Science, volume 31, 2003, pages 193–201; and Journal of Investigative Dermatology, November 2003, pages 1,163­1,167; and January 2002, pages 117–125.

Key Ingredients: vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe extract, avobenzone, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, vitamin A

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 4%; Octisalate 4%; Oxybenzone 3%; Avobenzone 3%; Octocrylene 2%. Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate (emulsifier), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Picea Abies (Spruce) Wood Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient thickeners), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying agent), Bentonite (absorbent thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally every morning after using Paula's Choice Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser and Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner. May also be applied over any Paula's Choice exfoliant or serum. Reapply as needed after swimming or excessive perspiration.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skin-Care Routine article.

Should I reapply Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex 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. If you are perspiring or just spending a longer period of time outdoors, it should be reapplied.

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

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection and have the same SPF rating, 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 is designed to be used as part of the comprehensive Skin Recovery routine. Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is designed to be used with our Moisture Boost Kit for those seeking a simpler skin-care routine.

The other notable difference is that Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 is designed to be used as part of the comprehensive Skin Recovery routine. Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is designed to be used with our Moisture Boost System for those seeking a less complicated skin-care routine.

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