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Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

This silky lotion keeps right on smoothing and calming sensitive skin. It shields your skin from wrinkles and brown spots as it coaxes youth-reviving repair.
Item #: 146
  • Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Antioxidants stimulate collagen growth
  • Gentle, mineral-based UVA/UVB protection from the #1 cause of signs of aging

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Customer Ratings:

85 out of 100
(Based on 179 Reviews)
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  1. Corinna, B
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love
    • This is more cream than lotion, consistency-wise. Although this is marketed for dry or very dry skin, it's absolutely suitable for combination skin. It's not too heavy or greasy, but still very moisturizing, perfect for the dry winter. It leaves a white cast at first. It needs to be rubbed well into skin, so the white cast is even. In a couple minutes, it will disappear. It smells quite pleasant, but lacks fragrance. It feels very smooth going on, takes a while to sink in.

  2. Laura F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!
    • I'm so glad I went with this one! I bought a sample of the Moisture Boost sunscreen and it stung and made my skin irritated (I think my skin didn't like that it is a chemical sunscreen). This one is very gentle, yet powerful. No stinging or redness and the perfect amount of moisture. It takes a little for it to sink in and there is a bit of a white cast when first applied but it goes away. Definitely reordering!

  3. Paige W.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    SPF that never burns. No allergy inducing odor!
    • Even when my painful environmental and chemical allergies have never been triggered, this moisturizer has soothed, protected, and relieved my skin. This is the first SPF product that has NEVER burned my face in times of heightened sensitivity, nor has the smell set off nasal rhinitis. This product is perfect for everyday use has made me a believer in PC products!

  4. CARRIE W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Sunscreen For Dry Skin
    • I am absolutely smitten with this stuff. It takes little effort to blend well into the skin, and once it settles, it doesn't give you that tight, bone-dry feeling that a lot of sunscreens have (which is problematic for dry and sensitive skins). Unintentional tautness is just a step away from itching and redness. My one tip that I'd like to offer is this: after applying, take a cotton swab dipped in micellar water cleanser or toner and swipe gently over your eyebrows. It makes 'em look pristine!

  5. AMBER H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Another home run
    • Ugh, yet another PC product that I love. How many different moisturizers can one person use? I don't particularly have dry skin so I never thought to use this product. Some of the SPF lotions of hers weren't moisturizing enough or were so matte and quick drying that they weren't ideal as a base layer for my foundation. I got a sample of this and I LOVE IT. It's a bit heavier than what I usually use but it makes my skin so soft and absorbs really quickly. It's especially great for winter.

  6. Mary C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Nice but a little drying
    • 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. Of the 3 PC mineral sunscreens, I liked this 2nd best (my fave turned out to be Resist Super Light, even tho it's not meant for dry skin). The white cast this Skin Recovery Lotion leaves fades when dried, & it leaves a nice glow to my face. But it leaves my skin feeling dry, even when I put on serum underneath.

  7. Kristen P.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I love it!
    • This is the best sunscreen for my dry and sensitive skin. It is so gentle and moisturizing. And I love that it's full of great anti-aging ingredients. My makeup goes on wonderfully over this. A+!

  8. Stephanie H.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice
    • Very silky and smooth. There is a bit of a white cast when applied, but keep working it in and it will go away. Also, if you're going to apply makeup on top, the white cast won't matter much anyway. Very moisturizing.

  9. Sabrina.H
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally found it!
    • I had tried EVERYTHING. No matter what sunscreen, what price, what ingredients. It always made me break out in little white bumps on my forehead, or was brutally sticky with a bad white cast. When I found Paula's choice, I ordered a ton of samples, and this beaut has been perfection for the past 6 months that I've been using it. My dry acne prone skin is finally happy and I am too!

  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Effective,gentle cream
    • This is a lovely gentle moisturizer. Glides on smoothly, and absorbs quickly. I have normal to dry sensitive skin but is prone to breakouts. Many products I have tried such as Clinique, have made my forehead breakout in tiny red dots, yuck. This product seems to calm yucky red dots. I love that it's fragrance free and has such a high SPF. I am not convinced however that this product will be moisturizing enough for very dry skin.

  11. Samantha P
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Sunscreen without Benzones
    • I haven't bought the sunscreen yet, but it took a LOT of reading for me to figure out that the ingredients that were causing rashes were oxy & avobenzone. With rosacea, you can't use these if you'll actually be in the sun. Paula's rosacea formula doesn't contain these. I will order this when I run out of my current formula, and to the previous reviewer - it's titanium dioxide that leaves a whitish cast, but that's the sunscreen that's safe for rosacea.

  12. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It's okay
    • I think it's a good moisturizer, it didn't irritate my face or cause break outs. But it did leave a white cast, I'm wondering if Paula has any moisturizers for dry skin that doesn't leave a white cast.

  13. SARA C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Shiny finish and break outs
    • This sunscreen does not irritate at all, which is one thing I really like about it. There is also no white-cast, as others have mentioned. Unfortunately I won't be purchasing again. It definitely leaves an oily sheen on my face, despite applying powder after. I also started to get pimples after about a weeks use. I will test it out again in the winter to see if my skin handles it a bit better then.

  14. Elizabeth S.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A must buy for dry skin!
    • Wow, wow, WOW! I'm so impressed with the skin recovery line. This sunscreen is especially amazing for problem dry skin. It feels so buttery, it almost has a whipped texture. It's very soothing and comforting on my skin. It's hard to describe how amazing the texture is but I actually look forward to putting my sunscreen on in the morning because this feels so good!

  15. Meghan M
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it so far!
    • Only had this for a week but love it so far. I'm 29 and looking to prevent wrinkles esp crows feet an was looking for a spf I could use not only on my face but around my eye area. As long as I dont get it in my eye its amazing. Not only do you get benifits of 30 spf but its also a great everyday moisturizer. I thought it would be a think cream but its not an I dont get any white cast it blends an sinks into the skin right away.

  16. Lola C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Slightly less shiny than the Resist SPF 25
    • I've been using the Resist Cellular Repair SPF 25 for the past couple of years, but my big complaint was always that it left my skin a bit shiny. I figured I would try a different one, and I'm glad I did - this is great. Still a shine, but more "glow-y" and less greasy than the Resist . My skin sits right at "normal", but can get dry with harsh products or in the winter. This is my new every day moisturizer. Works well under makeup or on its own.

  17. Pete
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    SPF 30 for Australia please
    • This product has a great feel and consistency but again it seems that only SPF 15 is available to Australians (at www.paulaschoice.com.au) whereas it's SPF 30 internationally (on www.paulaschoice.com). I can't see any logical reason for this - unless you're flogging your old stock to Australians, which is not acceptable either. Australia has some of the world's highest levels of solar radiation, melanomas and skin cancers - we need the higher SPF products, not the lower ones.

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

    Hi there! Rest assured, there's been no flogging of old stock to Australia. We love our Australian customers! Here's the deal: Due to Australia's testing regulations on sunscreens, at this time, we are unable to claim higher than an SPF 15 on our packaging.  Each of our SPF-rated products is currently going through Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration’s extra testing to verify that these sun protection products can indeed sport the higher SPF ratings we know that they offer based on results from U.S. regulations. All SPF-rated products purchased from Paula’s Choice Australia website are the exact same formulation as if you purchased through the Paula’s Choice U.S website, just with the specific labeling currently necessary for us to be allowed to sell them in Australia.  Once these sunscreens have passed the TGA’s regulatory processing, we will be cleared to show the actual SPF ratings on each sun protection product.

    —Admin
  18. CATHERINE b.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A solid winner and faithful friend
    • I have used this gentle and effective moisturizer for 10 years - it has never let me down and my skin looks great! Zinc oxide is the only sunscreen I can use on my face (my skin is dry and sensitive). Some may be put off by the thick texture and initial white cast of this moisturizer, but the white fades quickly and makeup goes on smoothly. Not only is it gentle and moisturizing, but an effective sunscreen.

  19. Martha P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome moisturizer!
    • I really enjoy this one because of how moisturizing it is for my dry skin. It makes my skin look dewy, soft and smooth. Make up looks great because of lack of flakiness when I use it. Plus it has SPF! This is just what my skin has been craving for a long time!

  20. Stan
    Reviewed on Friday, June 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Possibly the best mineral sunscreen
    • This is my first paulas choice purchase and I must say I really like this product. I cringed applying other mineral sunscreens when I couldn't find it one morning. This has the most natural look of all sunscreens and the best ingredients. Cons: I have oily skin and I find that it's not hydrating? It feels great and hydrating at first but then dries a bit tacky and tight performs exactly like a gel moisturizer. Can anyone relate?

  21. Amanda C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    NO White Cast, Non-Greasy!
    • Every SPF face moisturizer I have used in the past has made my face look "rough" or dull. They didn't make my face look good at all. This daytime moisturizer is perfect! You only need to use a little bit to get nice coverage on your face. This SPF does not leave a white cast on my pale skin! It sinks right in and takes away flakes or rough patches, & makes my face feel super soft. It might feel greasy at first when you apply it, but for me, once you rub it in carefully, there is no greasy feel.

  22. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, May 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent!
    • This sunscreen moisturizer is perfect for my extra-sensitive skin. I love the broad-spectrum SPF 30 and the light, non-greasy lotion. I use it daily and it has never irritated my skin -- a rare feat for a sunscreen. Thank you, Paula's Choice!

  23. MARY M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing Sunscreen
    • I have tried many sunscreen products in the past and haven't had luck with one, until Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. Most sunscreens I've tried were tacky, left my face shiny, stung, or just didn't work with my skin. Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is excellent for my dry, sensititve skin. I love that it's SPF 30 and that it had titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients. Avobenzone never worked for my skin. Worth every cent.

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Fantastic
    • This daily SPF combines my two favorite things: A satin finish moisturizer with a physical SPF of at least 30. The usability of this product comes with the finish: there is no need for someone with oilier combination skin to blot use a mattifier over this product, and it protects really well too. i will definitely be purchasing this line again. For people with oilier skin who still want a mineral based SPF the Hydralight version of the sunscreen is a wonderful option as well.

  25. KRISTI b.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    sun protection w/o irritation
    • This is the first moisturizer with sunscreen that didn't irritate or cause breakouts on my face. This is a HUGE deal for me because I have a history of skin cancer. I've tried so many in the past, and just had to deal with the redness and/or bumps/breakouts. I haven't been able to wear a foundation w/ sunscreen, so I wear this under my foundation. It actually makes my makeup look better!

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 goes above and beyond most moisturizers with sunscreen. It replenishes dry, sensitive skin and ensures a healthy barrier function while protecting from daily sun damage (the cause of wrinkles and brown spots) with gentle mineral sunscreens. Loaded with potent antioxidants, skin-identical ceramides and cell-communicating peptides to restore and help maintain healthy, radiant skin that looks and acts younger. Ideal for those with rosacea and specially designed to be worn under makeup.

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is specially formulated for normal to very dry skin. Suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin and ideal for use around the eyes (no need for a separate eye cream).

For use on children less than six months of age, consult a physician.

Expiration Date 6/2016

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30

Future Oncology, December 2008, pages 841–856; 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; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 136–149; Pharmazie, January 2008, pages 58–60; Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, March-April 2007, pages 80–85; Journal of Pathology, January 2007, 241–251; Journal of Dermatological Science, September 2006, pages 159–169; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2005, pages 215–223; Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, July 2004, pages 131–139; International Journal of Dermatology, July 2003, page 505; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2002, pages 117–125; and Clinical Experimental Dermatology, October 2001, pages 573–577.

Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, vitamin C, ubiquinone, palmitoyl oligopeptide, superoxide dismutase, hydrogenated lecithin, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, apricot kernel oil, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide 2, Glycine soja sterols, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, Avena sativa, titanium dioxide, cucumber extract

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.85%, Zinc Oxide 3.12% (mineral sunscreens). Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Isononyl Isononanoate (skin conditioning agent), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil (non-fragrant emollient plant oil), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (emollient thickeners), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickening agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant fatty acid), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (film-forming agent), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Ceramide 2, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Allantoin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), PEG-10 Dimethicone (silicone thickener), ), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Tribehenin (skin conditioning agent), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifier), Glycerin (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (skin conditioning agent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/skin-repairing ingredient), Methicone (silicone slip agent), Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Alumina, Aluminum Stearate (thickening/opacifying agents), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum (thickeners), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours if skin is exposed to sun.

Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early signs of skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; wear long sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses. Children under 6 months: ask a doctor.

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

The Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 is now an SPF 30! Did you change the formula?

No to worry, the formula hasn't changed at all (not even a little bit)! We rested the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion to comply with the latest FDA regulations. We were thrilled to find out that not only does this sunscreen meet the FDA's new rigorous broad-spectrum protection standards, but also that its mineral-based SPF rating is higher than previous testing revealed. It's the same gentle, daytime moisturizer with sunscreen you've always loved—only now you're getting a greater amount of critical sun protection!

Should I reapply Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than two 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. You may also touch up your sun protection by applying a pressed powder with sunscreen, such as Paula's Choice Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15.

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

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, 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 with SPF 30 is a more sophisticated formula designed to be used as part of the comprehensive Skin Recovery routine. Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is a very good daytime moisturizer for those seeking a simpler routine that covers the basics.

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

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, the Resist formula contains titanium dioxide as its active ingredient while Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion 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 or very dry skin will appreciate best.

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