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Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25

Protect your skin from the telltale signs of sun damage like brown spots and wrinkles. Go ahead, smooth and brighten while you're at it.
Item #: 768
  • Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Ideal for very sensitive or rosacea-affected skin

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Customer Ratings:

74 out of 100
(Based on 310 Reviews)
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  1. Carole F.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 20, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not great for my sensitive skin
    • Unfortunately this sunscreen didn't work for me. It caused an allergic reaction around my eyes (itchiness, dryness, swelling) that has lasted for several days. PC's customer service (which is awesome) gave me a full refund. Hopefully I'll find another sunscreen that agrees with my sensitive skin.

  2. Jan
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Sticky!
    • I like to use a daytime moisturizer with SPF, so I ordered this. To me it is very sticky after application and stays that way. It doesn't seem to completely soak in and leaves a film on my skin. Applying foundation evenly over it is difficult because of the stickiness. I will not purchase this again, but I love all other Paula's Choice products I have tried.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 16, 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
  3. Jessica C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    please make a tinted version
    • This is one of the only moisturizers that does not irritate my skin while adding the hydration I need. The only thing I would change is if you would PLEASE make a tinted version like the Resist Super-Light Daily Defense(RSLDD). I use the RSLDD more in the warmer months but it is not moisturizing enough during the winter when everything is so dry. I have to add foundation to this lotion to give it a tint. It can be tricky to get the right consistency. Thank you!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Hello, and thanks for your feedback! We're always looking at ways to improve our products, so we can pass this on to our Product Development Team!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. PAUL W.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great
    • This is my go to sunscreen. I have moderate rosacea and super-sensitive skin that doesn't tolerate anything but jojoba oil and this product. It's hard to find a titanium dioxide sunscreen that moisturizes and provides sufficient sun protection (zinc oxide irritates my skin and causes breakouts). Hope the formula never changes and this product continues to be manufactured. A little goes a long way. Now I'll have to try some of Paula's other products that might help people with rosacea.

  5. JEAN T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • I have liked most of the PC products I've used, though some work on my skin better than others. This moisturizer, though, was really problematic for me. It didn't blend in well, left little pills of product on my face and left my face sticky. Even though I use skin balancing serum before this product, I still had to use a primer afterwards or my foundation wouldn't blend in. This is the first product I just Can't use up. I switched to the Resist superlight wrinkle defense and love it.

  6. Joan
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointing
    • I really wanted/expected to love this. My skin is mostly dry, except for slight sheen in my T-zone. This product was too heavy for my skin, and left it shiny. Also, it made my skin feel a little itchy.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 09, 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
  7. Cathryn W.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 27, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this product
    • This is my favorite daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. I've tried others (PC and other brands) but I always come back to this one. Yes, it does leave a whitish sheen initially, but it disappears. I always use it after exfoliating and serums. If my face feels dry, I add a couple of drops of PC's new facial oil to my serum.

  8. Saskia
    Reviewed on Monday, March 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect daytime care!
    • I was looking for a moisturizer, with a high mineral-based SPF, hydrating and nourishing texture, ingredients to protect my skin from aging, and NO tint. PC's "Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer" has it all. I highly recommend this outstanding product, especially for fair and dry skin-types.

  9. Chris
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 12, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I LOVE IT!!
    • Everyone seems to hate this because it is white and pasty, BUT I LOVE IT EXACTLY FOR THIS REASON, this actually helps my dry skin. you have to lather it in the skin nicely, it feels as if though this is really long lasting. This product is great and i will buy it all YEAR!! THANK YOU, and this actually doesn't make me break out when other sunscreen does. So you will either love it or hate it!

  10. Rebecca O.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 05, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    my new go-to hand cream and lip protection
    • A month of daily use of this product as a hand cream has slightly but visibly improved the texture of the skin on my hands. It also makes a (surprisingly) good lip balm when gently rubbed on to the lips.

  11. Jennifer C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    GO-TO
    • I had been using MAC Studio Fix Moisturizer with SPF 15, great stuff but had hoped for additional SPF. When I ran out I decided to try the Resist Moisturizer. I am so glad that I did, it has everything I love about Studio Fix but with extra sun protection and WITHOUT the greasy feeling of sunscreen. Some reviewers have mentioned the white cast but considering this is a dry skin formula, it goes without saying you that you need to gently work this into the skin. Works PERFECT!

  12. Anastasiya A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good
    • Good day moisturizer. But I find that similar one from Skin Recovery line spreads a little bit easier and sinks in a little bit faster. Otherwise this one has more antioxidants/other superb ingredients and worth trying if you have dry skin. Be ware that all mineral sunscreens are a bit drying, so layer a serum underneath, if you have really dry skin. White cast goes away in 2-3 minutes.

  13. Chelsea N.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not what I was hoping for
    • I love all of the PC products I have tried so far, but this moisturizer isn't for me. I've got fair skin that's a little dry. When I used this product my skin wouldn't absorb the moisturizer and then there would be a visible layer of product on my face. It also didn't feel very moisturizing. I'm going to be trying a different moisturizer from PC.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, January 27, 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
  14. Megan K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this Moisturizer
    • I love this moisturizer! I'm about to hit 40 and am careful to moisturize my skin every time I wash, and as a fair-skinned gal, it's important that I use SPF every day. I have not seen the white cast that other users have experienced. A small amount of this product goes a long way, the bottle will last you quite a while. Buying my third bottle today!

  15. Cathy V.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product
    • I tried this for the first time today. It absorbed into my skin quickly. For those complaining about a white cast to their skin with this, smooth/pat it into your skin and the white cast goes away. I used a cream foundation over this since it's very cold here and my face is not greasy at all. Absorbs very nicely.

  16. Lydia M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Didn't care for
    • I have been using Paula's choice for over 5 years now. I have pretty much tried everything they've offered. The sunscreen I bought once and never fully used it and threw it away. I tried it a few times, but the sheen it left plus the smell turned me off. Not to mention that I did breakout with it. I hope PC can come out with a sunscreen product that doesn't break me out or have a sheen to it. Looking for just a sunscreen product. With all the other products I use I really do not need moisture.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 29, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Sounds like Resist Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 would be ideal for you! It has a shine-free, lasting matte finish and works beautifully under makeup.

    —Admin
  17. Lynneanne B.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this!
    • Absolutely love this gentle moisturizing sun screen. Love it! Besides the sun protection it provides, it makes my skin happy. I have been using the whole Resist line for normal to dry skin for about a month now and my former dry skin is now normal! My over 50 skin glows and looks a good decade younger than it really is. Every day when I walk into work, someone compliments my skin. I am a nurse who works with young women and they can't stop marveling about my skin. Thanks Paula's choice!

  18. HOWARD D.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 12, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Very disappointing...consistency is like paste
    • This is why it is an absolute MUST to sample all products before buying their full size, and I am glad PC offers the samples. I have normal to dry/sensitive skin with mild rosacea, and I did not find this to be all that moisturizing. And the white pasty cast is annoying. If you layer some serum or oil underneath, then the result is better, but I get rather irritated that so many products have to be purchased when the bottle claims to do so much already. Definite thumbs down.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, December 12, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - 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. Elba L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Ok I love All PC products so...
    • I love this one as well. At first I thought the same as others, oh too thick, oh what is that white cast it leaves? Then I realized that it is meant to be thick and that the cast is probably from the sunscreen but also noticed that its not even a white cast its like a moonlight glow! The secret is in application, wash leave the skin moist, use sparingly and let your skin drink it all up. You will have soft protected skin with a beautiful glow that goes well with any foundation.

  20. India F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love
    • After reading all the reviews I too thought it was too thick and made my face too white BUT then I let it sink in and it dried matte and i have no residue on my face at all. LOVE it.

  21. Donna Cluny
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love This!
    • I think I've been using Paula's Choice products for at least 6 months now (or more) so it's time to review. I love this daily moisturizer! It's just right for my dry skin that breaks out easily with eczema and has a sunscreen. And the price is definitely right! I've been using Estee Lauder products which didn't work as well and cost about 3 times as much, so I am very, very happy!

  22. Pamela
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I have dry skin and carefully chose this product for my daytime moisturizer. It broke me out in little bumps all over my forehead and is terrible to wear under makeup because it made my face a greasy mess unlike any other moisturizer I've used for my dry skin. I've loved most of my Paula's Choice products, but this one is a major disappointment and I can't use it on my skin. It says it's ideal for sensitive skin, which I have, but this did not work for my sensitive skin at all.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    Hi, and thanks for letting us know about your experience with this product. We recommend contacting a member of our Customer Care team, who might be able to help you out with an exchange or refund for this product.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  23. ANETA D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great winter moisturizer!
    • I love this as my a.m. moisturizer in the winter. In the summer I use the tinted Resist moisturizer SPF 30. I use tretinoin almost every night, so I really appreciate how this lotion moisturizes and soothes my skin in the morning. It does take a couple of minutes to set and absorb into the skin, so don't try to put makeup on right away. I do agree that it should be slightly tinted just like the other sunscreen in the Resist line, but otherwise it is perfect for dry skin.

  24. Mary C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Stays sticky feeling
    • I'm in my early 50s and have dry, fair skin w/yellow undertone. I've been looking for a mineral sunscreen b/c of concerns about the long-term safety of using chemical sunscreens. This moisturizer stayed sticky-feeling & white after drying. PC's Skin Recovery Lotion SPF 30 is better (the white cast fades when dried) but leaves my skin feeling a bit dry. Finally settled on Resist Super-Light instead (not meant for dry skin, yet it feels more moisturizing & leaves a soft, matte finish when dried).

  25. Taylor S
    Reviewed on Monday, October 20, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great product!
    • I was skeptical after reading the other reviews but thought I'd take a chance. I just used this product and it is lovely! Definitely gives you a 'glow' and moisturizing but not too much! Feels so good on my dry skin. And I don't notice any white cast at all. Perfect on my pale complexion!

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What makes this product unique?
This ultra-gentle yet effective formula has a lightweight, silky-cream texture that hydrates and enhances radiance while providing extremely effective mineral-based, broad-spectrum sun protection. It includes potent antioxidants to defend your skin from environmental stressors, allowing the skin to repair itself on a cellular level, and restoring skin's ability to Resist further signs of aging. Used daily, this moisturizer will help reduce wrinkles and brown spots, while rebuilding collagen and improving skin tone.

Fragrance-free, colorant-free, and formulated to work beautifully under makeup. 100% Guaranteed.

Who is this product for?
Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 is specially formulated for normal to dry or very dry skin skin. It is a gentle mineral sunscreen that is also excellent for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. The creamy texture is not ideal for oily or oily areas of combination skin.

Expiration Date 3/2016

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, January 2011, pages 193–199; Collegium Anthropologicum, September 2010, pages 1,145–1,153; Planta Medica, June 2010, pages 869–875; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2009 Supplement, pages 19–24; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, pages S149–S154; Pharmazie, January 2008, pages 58-60; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, August 2010, pages 78–83; and October 2007, pages 181–189; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, November-December 2005, pages 253–262; Cutis, September 2004, pages 32–34; and www.naturaldatabase.com.

Key Ingredients: tocopheryl acetate, squalane, Leontopodium alpinum extract, soy extract, coenzyme Q10, Buddleja davidii extract, sodium hyaluronate, aloe juice, tocopherol, Aloe barbadensis, Thymus vulgaris, Glycine soja seed extract, titanium dioxide, thyme extract, ubiquinone, vitamin E, antioxidant, glycerin, oryzanol

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Other Ingredients: Water, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters (skin conditioning agent/thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate (silicone slip agents), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Caprylyl Methicone (skin conditioning agent), Stearic Acid, Squalane (emollients), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidants), Ubiquinone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Oryzanol, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract (antioxidants), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate (emollient), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone film-forming agent), Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickeners), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (thickener), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate/Triethoxycaprylylsilane Crosspolymer (polymer-based texture enhancer), Triethoxycaprylylsilane Crosspolymer (binding agent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Thymus Vulgaris Extract (antioxidant), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alumina (thickeners), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally every day before sun exposure as the last step of your morning Resist skincare routine. Do not apply any other skincare product over this sunscreen. Once absorbed, proceed with your normal makeup application.

More 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 Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than four hours total time out in the sun, it is not necessary to reapply this moisturizer with 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 every few hours to maintain the stated level of protection.

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

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 offers a slightly greater amount of sun protection. Both formulas use mineral sunscreen actives and contain antioxidants to help defend skin against signs of aging.

Texture-wise, these two daytime moisturizers with sunscreen are quite similar. Both provide hydration and a silky, radiant finish those with normal to dry skin will appreciate best. Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 leaves less sheen on skin when compared to Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.

Is Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 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. Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 contains an antioxidant blend that complements the other Resist products from Paula's Choice, including the Daily Smoothing Treatment and Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

I notice I get a white cast after applying Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer. Anything I can do to minimize this?

Some people, typically those with medium to tan or olive skin tones, will notice a bit of a white to pale violet cast after applying Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25. This is due to the amount of mineral active (titanium dioxide) this moisturizer with sunscreen contains. If this happens to you, here's what you can do to eliminate the white cast:

Experiment by applying a drop or two of a sheer bronzing gel (Clinique makes a good one) over Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer. You can also mix a drop or two of the bronzing gel with this daytime moisturizer before applying. The bronze will offset the white cast and should make your skin tone look more natural without losing the anti-aging sun protection this provides. Of course you can also apply a Paula's Choice foundation with sunscreen over Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer, too.

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