SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturizer helps protect skin against premature aging with brilliant broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection.

SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Based on 268 reviews

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This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturizer helps protect skin against premature aging with brilliant broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection.
  • Helps maintain an even, younger-looking complexion
  • Helps keep excess shine in check
  • Fluid formula leaves a soft matte finish
  • Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Combination Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30 feels wonderfully light, but its broad-spectrum, oil-absorbing formula gives skin a nourishing supply of antioxidants to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone and to smooth away dryness for younger-looking skin! It is the perfect option to help prevent premature aging of skin.
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What does it do?
Provides trusted broad-spectrum protection from the aging rays of the sun while offering weightless, healthy hydration and a matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check. Meanwhile, an exclusive blend of skin-restoring ingredients and research-proven antioxidants work to help prevent the appearance of signs of aging. The SPF 30 is a significant benefit as it decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
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How to use
Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you don’t apply liberally, you will need to reapply every two hours after your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to swim or perspire you must apply a water-resistant sunscreen.
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Ingredients
Product Ingredients Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 7%; and Octocrylene 2%; Oxybenzone 4%; (sunscreen agents).
Other Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Silica (texture-enhancing), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (texture-enhancing), Cetyl Dimethicone (hydration/texture-enhancing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (hydration), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Colloidal Oatmeal (skin-soothing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba Bark Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Steareth-21 (texture-enhancing), Steareth-2 (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbic Acid (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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3.9

(based on 268 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Not greasy (37)
  • Effective protection (35)
  • Rubs in well (35)
  • UVA/UVB protection (18)
  • Non-comedogenic (15)

Cons

  • Stings eyes (10)
  • Runs easily (7)
  • Smells bad (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (47)
  • Beach (6)
  • Sports (4)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (21), Brand buyer (18), Beauty conscious (9)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (6)

Reviewed by 268 customers

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5.0

BEST sunscreen I've ever used!

By Lora

from Toronto, ON

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Smells Great
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    I have skin prone to eczema, and it is sometimes dry even when I don't have active eczema on my face. This sunscreen has been excellent for me, as it provides hydration, does not irritate my sensitive skin, soothes my skin, and looks very nice on! There is no white cast and it dries quickly. I have a subtle "glow" when I'm wearing this. Additionally, I feel like my skin looks nicer ever since I started using it! Not as much dryness and an overall supple, youthful appearance. I also use other Paula's Choice products, and I hope they'll never discontinue this! It works great under makeup as well.

    • Skin Type:
    • Dry
    • Age:
    • 18-29

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Burned my face

    By Christina

    from Florida

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Burns face
      • Stings eyes

      Best Uses

        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

        I normally love Paula's choice creams, but this one caused my face to burn. I am returning it, but I have to pay for shipping!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'll never stop buying this product as long as it's made.

        By Megan

        from Issaquah

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Effective Protection
        • I really slather it on but still non-comedogenic
        • Non-comedogenic
        • Not Greasy
        • Rubs In Well
        • Sweatproof
        • UVA/UVB Protection
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

          Years ago, Paula published an article saying that sunscreen tests used huge amounts—as in a whole ounce of sunscreen spread out over face and body—to determine efficacy, and she asked the question, "Are any of us using enough?" Since then, I've been slathering on the sunscreen—and I'm on a fixed income, but that's how important skin care is to me. I have a history of facial acne, but either I've outgrown it or Paula's 2% BHA Liquid does the trick, because I RARELY have a blemish. When I do, I use Paula's Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment, 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, and it's gone within days.

          I wouldn't dream of going outside for even ten minutes without smearing sunscreen liberally onto my face. I'm not as diligent as I should be with arms and hands, but I'm trying to do better because I can see the difference: the skin of my arms is looser and more wrinkled than that on my face. If I had to live with two skincare products, I'd choose Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 and Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. I might add something like SunCare Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 for arms and legs.

          I just turned 50 years old, but people guess that I'm in my twenties or thirties—and, once in a while, I even get carded. . . . I always tell people I've been using a daily sunscreen and exfoliant for YEARS, which I get from Paula's Choice.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect!

          By Lake

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Effective Protection
          • Non-comedogenic
          • Not Greasy
          • Rubs In Well
          • UVA/UVB Protection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

            I tried all three Resist Sunscreens and was not happy...two made made me look pasty, and caused white bumps on my face, and the third was wonderful but gave me a red rash every time I used it. Then I tried this one. Perfect! At least for me. It glides on effortlessly over Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum. Just a tiny hint of coverage, which is great because now that my complexion looks so much better from PC products, I don't bother with foundation any more, but makeup does slide on over this just fine (with serum underneath). This doesn't cause any rashes or make me break out. The coverage is matt. Hardly any shine. I had had problems with burning eyes with an earlier, different product I'd tried. With this, I don't have that problem. This is a lovely, light lotion, and I'm planning to stick with it. Highly recommended.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Excellent service; fast delivery, as always.

             
            4.0

            Great sunscreen if you *hate* the greasy sunscreen feeling

            By ali

            from Canada

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective Protection
            • Non-comedogenic
            • Not Greasy
            • Rubs In Well
            • UVA/UVB Protection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

              This is the only facial sunscreen i've used that leaves my combination skin feeling like there almost isn't anything there, that's the main reason I like this product. Rubs in well, though is quite runny so you have to watch to make sure it doesn't go in the eyes my mistake.

              Though you don't need to use a large amount of the product (because it spreads easily), it's a bit hefty of a price tag for me (i'm from outside the US). I only buy this sunscreen in this summer because of the price, when my skin is more moist and it's when i really need this product the most, and use a much cheaper, more heavy sunscreen in cold temperatures when i can use more moisture.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery always been prompt and good condition!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Finally found my sunscreen!

              By Bird lady

              from Indianapolis, indiana

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Effective Protection
              • Non-comedogenic
              • Not Greasy
              • Rubs In Well
              • UVA/UVB Protection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                I Have struggled for years to find a daily sunscreen that works with my oily skin under makeup without being too heavy,or adding more oils to my face. This is it! Lightweight and effective, plus added good things for my skin. I Plan to never be without it. Thanks, Paula!

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Can't live without it!

                By Liz

                from York, PA

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Effective Protection
                • Great Anti Aging Product
                • Non-comedogenic
                • Not Greasy
                • Rubs In Well
                • Sweatproof
                • UVA/UVB Protection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Sports

                  Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                  I love this sunscreen! I use it everyday, even when I run in the morning. I love all the anti aging ingredients and it does not cause me to break out and it gives my skin a healthy slightly dewy glow. I am 43 and my skin has greatly improved since using this. Adenosine is a superstar ingredient for wrinkles! I like the packaging, and the fluid texture of the product. It feels like I am giving my skin a great anti aging boost by using it. Love, Love, Love it, please don't ever change it! It is perfect for my combination skin!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Service and on-line chat for advise was excellent as always!

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I finally found the perfect spf!

                  By Lisa

                  from Canada

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Effective Protection
                  • Non-comedogenic
                  • Not Greasy
                  • Rubs In Well
                  • UVA/UVB Protection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Beach
                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                    I'm 35 and have oily, acne prone skin. I've been trying to find the right Paula's Choice spf for my skin type and I'm very satisfied with this one! I started using it about a month ago (along with the skin balancing toner). These two products have done wonders with keeping my oily skin in check and have noticeably reduced the larger pores. My skin texture was noticeably improved instantly! The moisturizer is mattifying and wears well under my makeup. I used to be super oily within a couple hours of arriving to work in the morning and had to blot at least 3 times in an 8 hour work day (was very conscious of it) but now I don't even think about it and only blot once-I do think it's a combination of this and the toner though..so you may want to consider getting both if you have oily skin. It's light, non-greasy and doesn't burn my eyes. If you have oily, acne prone skin and have been looking for the right spf I really recommend trying this!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This Is Unreal! This Is Undetectable!

                    By That Skincare Obsessed Guy

                    from Oslo, Norway

                    About Me Brand Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Effective Protection
                    • Non-comedogenic
                    • Not Greasy
                    • Rubs In Well
                    • Undetectable
                    • UVA/UVB Protection

                    Cons

                    • Smells Bad

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                    Living near the North pole makes it very important to protect me from UV rays since the Ozon layer that filters these rays gets thinner towards the poles plus the sun here goes up at 4.am and goes down at 11.pm during the summer time (it doesn't even set in June).
                    Now I'm asking myself why it took me so long to try this since Paula's Choice has been one of my most favorite brands for such a long time. After trying more than 25 sunscreens from high-end, mid-end to low-end and drugstore I came to a desperate conclusion that's there is no such thing as non-shiny chemical sunscreen or non white-cast physical sunscreen, since chemical sunscreen agents tend to make the face look like a oily ball and physical ones reflect the light rays (that's how zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect you from UV rays, even nano particles make the skin look weirdly white so there really is no such thing as non white-cast mineral sunscreen). I felt hopeless to search for an ideal sunscreen until this thing touched my face for the first time. Being a guy, how sunscreen looks on my face is even much more important than it's protection (spf 30 is totally fine for me). I still cannot believe that this thing is undetectable.
                    Hopefully my search for the ideal sunscreen ends here.
                    Thank Paula's Choice team for this amazing thing. Hope you'll keep on making such great skincare products like this!

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    I didn't buy directly from PC website so I can't give any comment on this.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    I really wanted to like this, but...

                    By Stella

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Effective Protection
                    • Not Greasy

                    Cons

                    • Doesn't rub in well
                    • Exacerbates Dry Spots

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 - 2 oz:

                    I really wanted to like this lotion because of the way it makes my skin feel. However, I had trouble wearing this product under make-up. It rubs in white and takes time to absorb. Though it does a fantastic job of controlling oil and leaves my skin feeling very smooth and soft, it draws attention to dry spots from acne blemishes. Unfortunately, those dry spots were left looking flaky.

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