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 1/2016

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Customer Ratings:

89 out of 100
(Based on 401 Reviews)
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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this
    • This goes on easily and has a slight tint which disappears on my light skin tone. Some days I use it as a very light foundation. Love that it has 30 SPF! Doesn't clog my pores. I can layer a regular foundation over it and it acts a the perfect base. I love it! Please don't stop making this!

  2. Carrie M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Try this combo if you have fair yellow toned skin
    • I have pretty fair yellow based skin color (MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NC 20-25 or Bobbi Brown Sand foundation colors). I mix this in my palm with an equal amount of the Hydralight Shine Free SPF 30 and it is perfect! It makes this a bit more moisturizing for my combo skin and lightens up the tint enough so that all I need is a quick brush of a powder foundation and my skin is flawless! My skin has never looked better thanks to PC!!!

  3. Cindy M.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product
    • I love this! For me it's everything in one bottle - moisturizer, SPF, and a light foundation. I rarely use traditional foundation now that the weather is warmer. I just apply powder over it as I would my foundation and it's great.

  4. Amanda M
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Only SPF I'll buy
    • This is the only SPF I will buy. I have a medium skintone and the tint in this SPF does not make me look chalky. I layer this over my Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and even after applying makeup there is no heaviness whatsoever. Completely satisfied with this SPF and will buy as long as available.

  5. Trisha M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It didn't irritate my skin, but it's not right for it either.
    • Unfortunately, Paula's Choice doesn't make products for people with Normal/Dry/Combination skin, so they either tend to be not moisturizing enough or too emollient. None of them, for me, have been just right, including this one. I should have clicked on the product details tab. It says "best for combination to oily" and left my skin matte, dry, and dull. Why it's going back. I'll try the Hydralight moisturizer with SPF next. Fingers crossed.

  6. Deborah
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Paula's products are the best!
    • I am dedicated to Paula's Choice, and this product is a new favoritie! It is the perfect primer, and the necessary tinting of the product due to the natural white color of the sunscreen ingredient works to hide a few imperfections in my skin. Concealer is no longer necessary! I appreciate being able to use on my face what I consider to be the healthiest sunscreen available. The matte finish is perfect for my combination skin. Thanks Paula, for products your customers can trust!

  7. Robin
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    One of My Favorite Items!
    • After using this for several months it has become one of my favorite items, along with BHA 2% and Resist C15. I love that it is a sunscreen that moisturizes and the slight tint gives my face a subtle glow - better than any BB cream. With this, I only need a bit of PC concealer and I'm ready to go. It lasts all day and does not feel greasy or make my face look oily. Love it so much and I hope it never gets discontinued. The tube makes it great for travel too. Thank you!

  8. Joan P
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love This
    • I've used this tinted product faithfully for the last 6 months and will continue using it, as a replacement for sunscreen on my face. I have combination skin so love the matte finish and it flows so smoothly and evenly on the skin. Thank you Paula.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Almost love it
    • I have combination skin. This is my 1st time using this product and while I mostly love it, there are things I would change. First, the positives-it's an amazing primer for makeup! My makeup goes on so smoothly and lasts so long. I also love the tint. I could get away without wearing any foundation when I use this. The only things I would change are to make it a little less matte (although I'll love the matte-ness come summer), and a little more moisturizing.

  10. GLORIA C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I've found my holy grail!
    • Hallelujah! It's the best sunscreen for my oily face. Paula's mineral-based formula is perfect for me: it doesn't cause breakouts and I haven't experienced any sensitivity (as I do with synthetic-based sunscreens). It's also excellent as a primer underneath powder foundation. Since I wear makeup, the tint has not been an issue. Thank you for creating this! Please don't ever discontinue it. I hope you make a lip balm version, too.

  11. Jennifer K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    wow!
    • This is one of the best sunscreen I have ever tried. My skin is on the dry side, but if I use moisturizer before this sunscreen it is fine. It dries to a comfortable matte look, with the tint providing a tiny amount of coverage. (For the record I am very fair skinned.) I think I could get away with no makeup! I will probably use this in the summer and the Skin Recovery sunscreen, which is more moisturizing, in the winter.

  12. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 29, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Lovely formula, but tint makes it awful for non-Caucasians
    • I wanted to love this so much as it has so much going for it! Lovely smooth non-gooey formula that sinks right into my skin (unlike thicker, stickier physical sunscreens). Unfortunately it leaves a pinkish-grey tinge to my face that just looks awful and masklike even when covered with foundation. I have Asian light-medium skin and I just can't see this working for anyone without pink-based skintone (unless you don't care about the masklike effect)

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 31, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your experience Doris! We would note that the RESIST SPF 30 isn't just for those with fair, cool skin tones (many of our staffers and customers can attest to that), but we understand that mineral sunscreens may not be the preference for all. We would recommend contacting our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund, exchange as well as samples to experiement with.  Consider our Skin Balancing SPF 30, which is a fluid lotion synthetic sunscreen (which dries clear). 

    —Admin
  13. Adrianna
    Reviewed on Friday, March 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Quite surprised
    • I have very, very oily skin and this actually mattifies my skin the whole day. I do feel that it's not as moisturizing as I'd like it to be. The tint kinda makes my skin appear powdery up-close, and emphasizes fine lines..probably because I have acne scars and large pores as well. Also may be due to the harsh winter here in Toronto, or maybe I'm just used to seeing a sheen on my face from my face's natural oils. I won't return it though, saving it for the Summer see how it goes.

  14. Deanna M.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Interesting...
    • It feels like a mixture of foundation and cream. The colour is a little bit too pink for my yellow toned skin. But it does its job well.

  15. Sarah
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Didn't work for my oily skin
    • I really wanted this to work for my skin because of all the great ingredients and the fact that it has spf but unfortunately, it just was not mattifying enough for my oily skin. While my skin was slightly less oily than with other brands - it still left slightly too much sheen and oil that needed to be blotted away by midday. Still hoping to find a mattifying moisturizer with spf...sigh.

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best
    • I've tried many sunscreens in the past and all of them either broke me out, were too oily, drying, or just weren't good for my skin. This is the best sunscreen I have ever used! My only nitpick of this product is I wish the tint wasn't in it.

  17. Kelly M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    not quite in love
    • Moisturizer is light-wearing and tint works well with my skin, which I appreciate b/c I don't wear foundation, just apply a light powder afterwards. Have been using for over a week and hasn't caused any breakouts. But it's not quite enough moisture for me in a very cold weather climate. I have to use another moisturizer first, and then apply this on top, otherwise I my combo skin gets pink-tinged flakies. May work better on its own come summer. Still have other PC day moisturizers to try...

  18. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, March 24, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Made my face look white. Great formula though.
    • "Slightly tinted, so you won’t see a white cast." - I bought this product for this very reason! BUT this was NOT true in my case. I have olive skin and this product made my face look VERY white. Although I really loved how this product felt on my skin: not greasy, absorbed really well, made it feel smooth, unfortunately I cannot use this product.

  19. MICHELE L V.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It's just irreplaceable!
    • I ordered this because a previous product had been discontinued. This is absolutely the best primer for my face. It evens out my skin tone (redness) with a light sheer tint. It also provides the PERFECT base for my foundation. My foundation doesn't slide all over and lasts. I live in a very humid climate and I had become accustomed to my makeup wearing off by the end of the day. No longer the case. Please don't ever discontinue or change the formula!

  20. Cynthia M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Two thumbs up!
    • Has a nice creamy texture to it, but not too heavy so it works great for oily skin. Provides good protection & has by no means increased breakouts for me. In fact, I think it works in perfect harmony with the other RESIST products to help maintain clear skin in my case, anyway. I don't mind the tint at all... it gives a little extra coverage for those who don't have too much time for intricate makeup application in the morning.

  21. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I will not be without this! In fact, I'm ordering a spare bottle right now :) I have fair freckled skin and this serves as both a spf and a primer but since I do use things that tend to dry out my skin, especially in winter, I also use a moisturizer under it during the winter months. I use this and another moisturizer under my makeup or on weekends when I just want to run out the door I wear it alone. LOVE IT!!

  22. Vanessa V.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Wish it weren't tinted
    • I really like this because it's a physical sunscreen and it doesn't seem to break me out. It also doesn't make my skin flaky like some physical sunscreens are prone to do. But, and this is a big but, I hate the tint! I have very fair skin and supposedly this is for all skin colors but it is not. It goes on OK at first but then it even shows through a tinted moisturizer! This also makes it impossible to use on my neck! Please release a non-tinted version!!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Hi Vanessa! We're sorry the RESIST SPF 30 didn't work out for you. We've heard from many with very fair skin that don't experience a visible tint (including during our developmental testing stages), but nonetheless some, like yourself, have!  We considered an untinted version, but the white cast of a high zinc% was so intense it was universally rejected in panel testing; it's either a subtle tint or full on Kabuki makeup.  :)

    We certainly don't want you feel stuck with a product that didn't work out, so please contact our Customer Care Team and they would be happy to help with a refund or exchange.  We would also encourage you to try our Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30, which in untinted and uses a mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (ask Customer Care to send you a few samples to experiment with).

    —Admin
  23. Krissy S.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I was feeling optimistic about this sunscreen when I purchased it, however after just a couple days my skin was breaking out with small red pimples all over. I like that it's tinted because on a busy morning I could get away with just this moisturizer and some mascara (the only reason I rated it two starts) but the end result is really disappointing. I have yet to find a sunscreen that doesn't break me out.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Hi Krissy! We're sorry that the RESIST SPF 30 wasn't what you had hoped! We would recommend contacting our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund, exchange and/or with samples to try!

    —Admin
  24. Katie N.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Broke me out...
    • When I tried my sample I was so thrilled that I ordered a full bottle right away. However, by the time I received my order, my skin was already starting to breakout from the sample. I so badly want a Paula's Choice moisturizer to work for me, but the first one I tried (hydralight spf) was too drying, some of the others are for very dry skin, and this one broke me out! Every other step in my skin care routine is Paula's Choice except moisturizers.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 17, 2014

    Hi Katie! We're sorry the RESIST Super-Light SPF 30 wasn't a fit for you! Please contact Customer Care and they will be happy to help with alternative suggestions / samples!

    —Admin
  25. ANNETTE P.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Simply the best
    • You won't find unscented, non-greasy, physical sunscreen anywhere but here. Not in North America anyway! Many Asian products are advanced but we just don't have access here in NA. This product isn't greasy under my foundation, in fact, it's a perfect primer. It doesn't slide off or slimy (extremely oily skin) like other sunscreens I've tried. It doesn't irritate my eyes. I haven't seen what it looks like in pictures yet but in person, there is NO white cast what so ever. It's perfect, ty!

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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 spots, and oily skin plus breakouts.

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), Hydrolyzed 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 skin-care 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 Skin-Care 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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