What makes this product unique?
If you have oily, breakout-prone skin, Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ is the daytime moisturizer with sunscreen you’ve been waiting for! Specially formulated with advanced dispersion technology, this first-of-its-kind lotion has a water-light, fluid texture that’s unbelievably weightless and provides high daily broad-spectrum sun protection that keeps your skin clear, smooth, and healthy.
Its non-greasy, liquid texture sets to a soft finish that minimizes the appearance of pores and keeps excess shine in check. A blend of soothing, plant-based antioxidants works to fade red marks and stimulate collagen production for firmer, younger-looking skin. Ideal for use under makeup (so you can skip the foundation primer) and gentle enough for use around the eyes.
Who is this product for?
Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ is for anyone with breakout-prone skin who wants a moisturizer with sunscreen that feels super-light, and keeps excess oil in check while minimizing enlarged pores. Ideal for those struggling with oily skin, enlarged pores, and signs of aging.
Sources to support the claims made for Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2013, pages 429–440;
Cutis, December 2012, pages 321–326 and August 2005, pages 15–18;
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, November 2012, pages 37–47;
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2012, pages 1,013–1,024;
Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2012, pages 742–746 and July 2008, Supplement, pages S2–S6;
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259;
Lipids in Health and Disease, December 2010, ePublication;
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Volume 10, Supplement, 2009, pages 1–6; and
Clinical Experiments in Dermatology, January 2007, pages 88-90.
octocrylene, black elderberry, hydrogenated lecithin, green tea, goji fruit extract, octinoxate, matricaria flower extract, octisalate, dill extract, tocopherol, glycerin, oat bran extract, grape seed extract, pomegranate extract, avobenzone
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.00%, Avobenzone 2.00% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Silica (absorbent agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (anti-irritant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Titanium Dioxide (thickener/opacifying agent), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone slip agent), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (skin protectant), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate (stabilizers, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbomer (thickeners), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).
DIRECTIONS: Use as the last step in your morning skincare 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 Skincare Routine article.
Why isn’t there a nighttime moisturizer in the Clear line?
There may be one at some point, but for now our Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel works beautifully as a nighttime moisturizer when using Clear. For extra anti-aging ingredients without making breakouts worse, you can also use our Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.
Does Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ absorb excess oil as well as the Skin Balancing SPF 30 product?
Yes, if not better, though it always depends on the other products you apply beforehand. For example, an emollient cleanser or moisturizer will prevent adequate oil absorption. You will find that Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid does a wonderful job keeping excess shine in check while not feeling the least bit slick or heavy on skin.
Does Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ have acne-fighting properties?
Not directly. Its ultra-light texture is unlikely to make breakouts worse, and simply protecting skin from daily sun damage means it will act younger and heal faster and more efficiently than if it were routinely exposed to damaging UV light. One more bonus: The antioxidants this product contains not only help fight multiple signs of aging, they also work to speed healing of red marks from past breakouts!
Will Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ cause me to breakout?
Although we cannot state with 100% certainty that any product, whether from Paula’s Choice or another brand, won’t cause breakouts, we’re confident stating that it’s extremely unlikely that this Clear daytime moisturizer will cause breakouts. Not only is the formula super-light, but it lacks the heavier thickening agents and potentially pore-clogging ingredients found in moisturizers with a creamy texture.
Is Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid drying? If my skin is dry and I have breakouts, can I use this?
Will Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid fade red marks from breakouts?
Because of the excellent sun protection it provides, this will help fade those lingering marks from past breakouts, especially when used as part of a comprehensive, gentle skin-care routine that includes a good exfoliant (such as what’s part of the Clear line) and serum loaded with anti-aging ingredients, such as Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.
Is Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid suitable if I have rosacea?
It’s hard to tell exactly what will cause someone with rosacea to have a reaction. Because this is 100% guaranteed you can always try it and see how your skin responds. If you have rosacea and combination to oily skin you can also try our Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 instead.
I have extra-sensitive skin that breaks out. Can I use this Clear daytime moisturizer?
The potential cause for concern is the active ingredients that create this product’s broad-spectrum sunscreen can be a problem for those with extra-sensitive skin, but it’s always hard to determine what amount of risk that presents for each person. Because this product is 100% guaranteed you can always try it to see how it works for your skin. Or, your skin may do better with the mineral active ingredients in our Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30.