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

Expiration Date 3/2016

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Customer Ratings:

75 out of 100
(Based on 292 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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!

  8. Emily
    Reviewed on Monday, September 15, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Make it tinted
    • I've got dry skin and this definitely moisturizes it. But the SPF leaves such a white cast that I can't use it. If you tinted this one, like the other Resist moisturizer, I'd definitely continue using it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 15, 2014

    Thanks for the suggestion! You can also mix in a drop or two of a liquid bronzer (Laura Mercier makes a good one) to eliminate the potential for a white cast.

    —Admin
  9. REUT A.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Don't like this at all.
    • I have been using Resist products for most of my skincare regimen but I had always used the Skin Recovery moisturizer (which is great). I thought I'd try this moisturizer since I like the Resist line so much but I was badly disappointed. It's a very heavy and somewhat oily moisturizer. Way too much for my skin. I'm hoping I'll be able to exchange it for the Skin Recovery Moisturizer which I do really like.

  10. Deb
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Terrific product!
    • I have purchased this product twice now and I couldn't be happier with this product. My complexion is fair and I have sensitive skin and I have been wearing this product year round without any sensitivity issues. I spend a considerable amount of time outside so sun protection is a must for me, and this product works great- better than other products on the market! This moisturizer does hydrate my skin and I even think that it has improved my skin's appearance.

  11. PHYLLIS B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    tried it for a long time
    • Okay, so it has been at least a year since I first started using this moisturizer. I only use it in the warmer weather, when I am going to be outside, and wear no makeup or Paula's Tinted Moisturizer but that does not alter my opinion. It is heavy and white and truly not that moisturizing. I just started my most recent tube and much to my disappointment, can not bring myself to continue using it. There are great products in Paula's line, this one just is not for me.

  12. dmihlhauser
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Ugh! Dried out my skin
    • Although i have oily skin, after applying this product it felt like my face couldn't move it was so dry and tight. I guess it was too "mattifying" for my skin. I have rosacea and had high hopes for this product :-(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    We're sorry this product didn't work for you. It is defnitely matte, but what you experienced isn't typical and may do the combinatin of this SPF product with other products in your routine, including topical prescriptions for rosacea.

    —Admin
  13. NATHAN R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    It's grown on me!
    • I've come around to titanium as a viable option. It brings the usual baggage with it: A WHITE CAST. Can't get rid of it, I'm afraid. You can, however, mix it with the lovely RESIST SPF 30, which is nicely tinted to get a sunscreen that utilizes both mineral actives and leaves no evidence of titanium. For my normal/dry skin, this works wonders, as the RESIST SPF 25 has lots of skin conditioning and emollient ingredients in it.

  14. KARA S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    VERY NICE
    • Gave this a 5 star becuase its all around a great moisturizer. I have extremely sensitive skin and also Rosacea. And have not found a Spf that I can use without breaking out, face getting blotchy and red or eyes tearing up. So far so good. No reaction at all! I like the finish and texture of this as well, No smells to this or fragrances like some of her other moisturizers have fruit extracts in them. This is very natural! It has a white cast that if you dont over apply it disapears. Luv it!

  15. Brenda S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great for dry days
    • This sunblock is too moisturizing for my face on most days and can never be used on my nose but it is great for dry days (comforts skin) because of using PC AHAs or retinol. I apply it mid day after my PC moisturizer and other sunblock have set in and my face is feeling dry or just the eye area @ mid day. This is the only facial sunblock I can use from PC. The super light tinted version is too dark for me. It's nice to have while I work from home cause it does make my face whitish.

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Very heavy formula
    • I got this as part of the Resist starter pack. While it certainly works for sun protection, I found it to be a very heavy formula. This is not the product if you want something light that soaks into your skin easily, but if you need extra hydration and are in a dry climate, it might be a good pick for you.

  17. Laura V
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Greasy mess!
    • My skin is drier now that I'm using Differin, and while summer means It is only a bit dry, I don't think I'd like this cream even in the driest winter. It left my face super greasy and shiny, plus I sunburnt a bit the week using it, so it didn't protect that well. So glad I only bought a bunch of samples, and not the full size!

  18. Fleur.N
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Did not protect my skin!
    • I have been using Paula's Choice products for a while and overall I love them. However the Resist with SPF25 was very poor at protecting my skin from getting sun-burned. I used it an hour before attending an outdoor lunch and made sure it covered my neck, face, ears and chest as I have fair skin. After 3 hours in mild sun (I'm in the Pacific Northwest) my skin was burned from the sun and turned red. I am very disappointed. The texture of the moisturizer is also sticky and unpleasant.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Thanks for your review! All of our SPF products are tested and able to provide the stated level of sun protection, but fair skin spending three hours in direct sun would absolutely need to reapply at least once to maintain the level of protectoin or you can consider layering various SPF-rated products, such as this daytime moisturizer, then a foundation with sunscreen and finally a pressed powder with sunscreen. As with any sun protection product, when in direct skin we also advise the use of hats and protective clothing, as no sunscreen can provide complete, 100% protection (one reason the term "sunblock" is no longer permitted in the U.S.).

    —Admin
  19. SARAH B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No more leaky top, whoohoo!
    • Haven't ordered this in a way so I was thrilled to see the old cap has been replaced. I have dry skin that is also acne prone and this product doesn't break me out or leave my skin feeling tight. The key to it not being greasy is to apply just enough to cover my skin and to use a setting powder over my foundation. In fact, I wish there was a version of this product w/o sunscreen suitable for nighttime use. I do switch to a lighter moisturizer in July and August.

  20. Lindsay
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No sunscreen smell.
    • This is by far my favorite daytime moisturizer. Not only does it work well, but there isn't that sunscreen smell that is typical of spf moisturizers. I am sensitive to smells, so no matter how well other spf moisturizers have worked in the past, I have stopped using them due to the lingering sunscreen odor.

  21. Ann
    Reviewed on Friday, April 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Pretty Darn Good
    • My thirsty skin drank this up - if only it were ever so slightly tinted! Right now, my acne spots are healing and my other tinted sunscreen camouflages the white-dry-skin healing spots better. Once my skin clears completely, I'll use this.

  22. Nancy C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    white is right
    • I love this formula, I suffer from Rosacea but not with your fine products.This moisturizer has done wonders for my over 55 skin. Also swear by Retinol serum.

  23. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    bothers my eyes
    • I have alot of trouble with moisturizers, although I don't have sensitive skin, since I had laser eye therapy alot of cream products that I use for the face tend to bother my eyes. It is usually products that are very thick. I can not really most sunscreens because of this. There are a couple of mousurizers that I can use and I am ok with tinted moisurizers. This unfortunatlely was one of the worst. It is very thick and the product bothers my eyes so much that I really can't use it at all.

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Caused acne. Bummer.
    • I bought this along with Resist anti-aging clear skin hydrator, intending to use the hydrator at night and the cellular defense during the day (for its SPF 25). I got acne galore until I switched to the hydrator only. When the hydrator ran out last Sunday I started using the moisturizer again, but now I've got a red bump forming (after having clear skin for 2 months). So yep, it's really this stuff causing it. Bummer. I'm going to go order more of the hydrator.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 03, 2014

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we're sorry the RESIST SPF 25 wasn't a fit for you. We should note that the RESIST Cellular Defense SPF 25 is a dry/very dry skin formula, which it sounds as if you have more a oily/combination skin type?  We would encourage you to try our RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30, which was designed to be the AM counterpart to the RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. Please contact our Customer Care team, as they would love to help with an exchange, refund as well as samples to try.

    —Admin
  25. Megan S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    GIves a smooth even skintone
    • I dont think of my skin as "very dry", I'm usually oily on my nose and forehead by the afternoon and in need of a blotting. However, this moisturizer really agrees with my skin, and gives me a very even, healthy looking glow, and soaks into my skin really well too. I find that it works for me both in the hot weather and in the winter. I'm on my 4th tube of this stuff, so it definitely has become a favorite, since I used to just change moisturizers every time I need a new one!

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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.

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: 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 15?

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 offers a greater amount of sun protection. The Resist formula contains titanium dioxide as its active ingredient while Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 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 skin will appreciate best. Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 leaves less sheen on skin when compared to Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15.

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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