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Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30

Back off sunshine, I’ve got back-up. Protect your skin from the #1 cause of wrinkles and brown spots, and hydrate while you’re at it.
Item #: 172
  • Acne Breakouts, Brown Spots, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Great for sensitive skin and rosacea

Expiration Date 1/2016

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Customer Ratings:

84 out of 100
(Based on 191 Reviews)
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  1. Stephanie H.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A+++
    • I tried the Skin Balancing SPF lotion first and it was a bit too runny for me, so I ordered one sample of this product to see how I liked it. Well, I'm really regretting only getting one sample because I absolutely love it! It's got a smooth creamy consistency that's easy to blend and dries down to a nice powdery finish, perfect as a foundation primer. This is what I've always wanted in an SPF moisturizer. I ordered 2 tubes! I never wanna be without this stuff! A+++

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good for oily t-zones
    • This stuff is nice! I have sensitive, pale, acne-prone combination skin, so I just used this on my forehead and my nose area (I used a heavier moisturizer on my cheeks and chin). It was indeed very light and it didn't seem to add more shine to my skin. I got a sample of this and I'm definitely considering purchasing the full size!

  3. Sheryl B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    not for me
    • I have dehydrated, oily, rosacea skin and this daytime moisturizer is not for me. While it was very good at controlling shine (kudos for that because by midday I am an oil slick) , it was not moisturizing enough for dehydrated skin. I believe this could be a great moisturizer for someone else, just not dehydrated oily skin, therefore this will remain in my cupboard.

  4. Tina S.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not Shine-free.
    • I wanted to love this sunscreen, but it made my combination skin extremely shiny. Tried to offset the shine with powder, but within half an hour the shine was back. I ended up using it on my neck and chest so as not to waste the product. The positives are that it is very light-weight, uses physical sun protection (zinc and titanium dioxide) and leaves no white cast to the skin once it's rubbed in. But sadly, the shine factor is a deal breaker for me.

  5. Gina K
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • Makes my oily acne prone skin soft and moisturized without breaking out! Love it!

  6. Christina M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 13, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Not for Dermatographic Urticaria
    • I like the texture of this sunscreen and it doesn't leave much of a white film. I found this product too moisturizing for the humid climate I live in. If I went outdoors, my face would quickly start to sweat and hold on to moisture from the air. It felt nice when I was indoors though. My face tingled slightly the entire time I was wearing this sunscreen. It triggered an acne breakout and inflamed my existing acne. This sunscreen did not work for my particular sensitive skin condition.

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    must use a lot to get spf 30
    • I really love this product's consistency year round which I thought I would never say about any mineral sunscreen. There seems to be one big drawback though. In the summer I need to apply more than other spf 30 sunscreens to prevent a tan. It makes me concerned that I'm not getting the sun protection that I need. Specifically, I've noticed that mineral sunscreens without nano particles seem to cover better than those that have nano particles. I bet SPF 50 would resolve that.

  8. Isabel A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Strong and Light
    • Love it! Not thick or heavy, no organics sunscreen (which I seem to be sensitive to), and protected me all day on the beach, not a shade pinker. Simply a life-saver.

  9. Kelsey A.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful!
    • This mineral sunscreen is amazing. Other sunscreens make my eyes sting, not this one! Perfect for oily, acne prone, and sensitive skin. Can leave skin white, but that fades after a few minutes. Slips well over skin, a little goes along way. Really wonderful product!

  10. Erica C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Meh
    • I bought this as a backup moisturizer for when my current one ran out, I finally got around to using it and was less than thrilled. The moisturizer is very very thick and I ended up looking like an oil slick all day. Not flattering!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 05, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry you didn't care for this product, as it's one of our lightest daytime moisturizers and its formula is quite absorbent. Perhaps it didn't work well with the other products you applied, but in any event, feel free to contact us for a refund or exchange!

    —Admin
  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not matte
    • I've been using this moisturizer for over a month now, and no matter how much or how little I use, and how long I try to rub it in (or don't), this has never been matte for me. In fact, it seems to make my skin even more shiny than before I put it on. It also feels quite heavy throughout the day. (I use the Skin Balancing Cleanser beforehand.)

  12. Samantha R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    not shine free...
    • Alright, I'm throwing in the towel. I usually looove my Paula's Choice products, but it has been a month plus and I still can't stand this stuff. It feels thick and goopy and doesn't spread easily over my skin. It doesn't seem to absorb and is definitely NOT shine free. Also, it seems to take a lot of product to get full coverage on my face/neck area. Super disappointing :( On the plus side, this has never irritated my sensitive skin, not even my eye area.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 05, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry you didn't care for this product, as it's one of our lightest daytime moisturizers and its formula is quite absorbent. Perhaps it didn't work well with the other products you applied, but in any event, feel free to contact us for a refund or exchange!

    —Admin
  13. Stephanie K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great product, wish formula could be thicker
    • This is the only sunscreen I can use around my eyes because it's mineral-based. I find it goes well under makeup. However, I wish the formula could be thicker! It's a little too watery for me, to the point where I use this around my eyes and use Olay Regenerist on the rest of the face as I much prefer its consistency.

  14. Ranessa K.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Beware acne prone skin
    • Loved the lightweight feel and the matte finish of this product, but something in it broke me out. I have been dealing with cystic acne for years, so I have to be very careful with product ingredients. I may be sensitive to algae extract; I have used products with algae extract before and notice that it makes me breakout. My advice is to try some samples first and see how your skin reacts to this one.

  15. Caitlin A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Watery
    • This is an okay moisturizer. I thought it was thick and would make my face oily and shiny - but it did not. My one complaint was that mine tended to come out watery. Although the end result was an effective moisturizer I did not like the consistency and will probably try one of Paula's other moisturizers next time.

  16. Jill M
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally!
    • My long journey for sunscreen is finally over! Other sunscreen products irritated my skin, made my face burn, made me break out, or left my face unmanageably greasy. This product has changed EVERYTHING. It acts and feels like a high quality moisturizer, but protects your skin. It soaks in within a few minutes, and leaves skin smooth and primed for makeup. A little goes a long way but I echo requests for larger bottles - I want to use this to moisturize and protect chest and arms too! Thanks PC!

  17. Jake Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good product, not for me
    • This is a good product, but I found it left a white cast on my face, and in my beard. So now I'm using Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer SPF 30, which doesn't have that effect. I also tried a sample of the Resist Super Light Daily Defense SPF 30 which has a slight tint in it, that I will be ordering in the future.

  18. kim
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Left white cast on face
    • After doing a lot of research on Paula's website, I realized during the day it is important to use sunscreen. So today I applied this, not too much mind you, and it left a white cast all over my face. I'm not sure if it's not for people of darker skin complexions as I'm African American. Did I do something wrong?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Thanks for your review! You didn't do anything wrong; in all likelihood the combination of mineral actives in this product is simply too light for your skin tone, so the cast it leaves is much more visible. We suggest trying our Skin Balancing SPF 30 formula or the SPF 30 facial moisturizer from our CLEAR line. Happy to provide an exchange; please contact us for details!

    —Admin
  19. Naomi P.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Bigger size, please!
    • The one and only sunscreen + moisturizer that has worked for me. This was the #1 product that helped me get control of my acne/scarring. Love the fact it's only using mineral, not chemical suncreens (not that chemical sunscreens are bad, I just don't like them). Please make a larger size because I use this every day on my face, neck and ears! My skin just loves this stuff.

  20. NATALIA
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Fantastic sunscreen
    • I really like this sunscreen, it absorbs quickly and does leave face completely matte. No shine all day. I like that it's physical sunscreen as I don't trust the chemical formulations due to several studies suggesting that the chemicals break down in the sun too quickly. The only thing I don't really like is the container, I would much prefer a pump because the product is just too runny and ends up being all over the cap. Looks very messy. Otherwise, it's a great product!

  21. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great moisturizer
    • I really like the light coverage and heavy protection this moisturizer provides. I do get some shininess from time to time, but I live in south LA and there is no such thing as something that stays matte in every weather--heat and humidity just doesn't allow for matte finishes year round. I try to always wear two forms of SPF on my face, but even with just this on I've never gotten sunburned when being out for a while by a lake or park.

  22. Marshal
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Was not shine-free
    • After several people praised about PC online, I was very much looking forward to her products. However, after using her Hydralight Shine-Free SPF 30 for a few days, I was rather disappointed. This moisturizer was in fact not shine-free. It made my dry skin look shiny right away and very shiny over the next few hours. I have dry skin with small pores and this product made them look darker and larger. I will not be ordering this product in the future.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We encourage you to try one of our other SPF-rated products, and are happy to help you pick the right one for you (this formula is not for dry skin). For reasons we cannot explain, your experience with this product was the opposite of what the ingredients it contains do in terms of not looking shiny. Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  23. Stan
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm in love with this natural sunscreen
    • 0 white cast, hydrating, healthy glow as soon as it's applied, not greasy or overly dewy, very natural fresh face with amazing ingredients and SPF ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxides. Nothing else I can say it's amazing. The hydra light lotion without SPF is great too

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this stuff!
    • I am so glad I discovered this Hydralight spf 30! I don't have particularly oily skin, in fact my skin is dry to very dry. But it is also ultra sensitive. I have tried all kinds of moisturizers with spf over the years and if they didn't irritate, I settled for the inevitable sticky, tacky feeling. This leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized and looking much better in the mirror! My skin can breathe again and I am honestly unaware of having an spf 30 on my face, which is a miracle.

  25. Anita H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    not shine free!!
    • I usually love Paulas Choice products but this is an exception. I have found this to be EXTREMELY greasy with a shine and I usually need make up just to combat this which I want to avoid due to breakouts. Disappointed.

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

    Thanks for your review! Your experience isn't typical for this product, as most find it to be quite matte. It may be due to the combination of products you're using, but in either case, we'd be happy to provide a refund or exchange, so please contact us to initiate this process.

    —Admin
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What makes this product unique?
Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex with SPF 30 with Antioxidants provides gentle, broad-spectrum mineral-based sun protection in a lightweight lotion that leaves a soft, powder-like, practically imperceptible finish. Its smooth texture applies easily and works beautifully around the eyes and under makeup. Soothing anti-irritants and antioxidants work to repair and strengthen skin so it looks and acts younger. With daily use, skin will resist and repair multiple signs of aging, while maintaining a shine-free appearance.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex is ideal for those with normal to oily or combination skin, who want light hydration with a soft matte finish and gentle, but extremely effective, broad-spectrum sun protection. Also excellent for those with oily yet sensitive skin and those struggling with rosacea or reactive skin.

Sources to Support the Claims Made for Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30

Experimental Dermatology, June 2011, pages 477–482; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2011, pages 178–187; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, August 2009, pages 56–59; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23–34; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, pages S139–S148; Acta-Dermatovenereologica Croatia, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2007, pages 92-95; and Volume 11, Issue 3, 2003, pages 158–162; and Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, September 2007, pages 1–4.

Key Ingredients: dimethicone, zinc oxide, glycerin, panthenol, titanium dioxide, Camellia sinensis, cyclomethicone, Glycyrrhiza glabra, algae extract, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, allantoin

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 6%; Titanium Dioxide 2.32% (sunscreens).

Other Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (thickener),Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents and skin protectants), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Methicone (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (emollient thickeners), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming agent), Isohexadecane (dry-finish solvent), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Propylene Glycol (moisture-binding agent), Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate (emollient), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agents), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Glycerin, Panthenol (skin-repairing ingredients), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Alumina, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid (thickeners), Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone (skin-conditioning agent), Diethylhexyl Carbonate (emollient), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (silicone slip agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally before sun exposure and after using Paula's Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser and Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner. May be applied over any Paula's Choice exfoliant or serum. Reapply as needed after swimming, toweling off, 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 Skincare Routine article.

How does Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 differ from Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Broad-Spectrum SPF 30?

These two daytime moisturizers with sunscreen have different active ingredients. Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, while Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 contains a blend of avobenzone with other non-mineral sunscreen actives. The Hydralight SPF 30 is a light cream with sheer moisture, whereas the Skin Balancing SPF 30 is more like a liquid/fluid lotion. BOTH of these daytime moisturizers provide excellent broad-spectrum sun protection and treat skin to the beneficial antioxidants it needs to look and act younger. Also, both formulas were designed to work well under makeup (they won’t cause it to slip off or make oily areas look shiny).

Should I reapply Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex 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, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen should be reapplied. You also have the option of touching up with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater, such as Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15.

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