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 274 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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    $29.00
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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 274 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (143)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

74%

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)
  • Irritates skin (5)
  • Smells bad (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (50)
  • Beach (6)
  • Sports (4)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (3)
  • Sensitive skin (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (21), Brand buyer (18), Beauty conscious (13)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (9), Dry (3)

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5.0

The Best Daily Sunscreen for Oily/Combo Skin

By Ava Okane

from Chicago, IL

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin
  • Sun Protection

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Oily Skin
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Sun Protection

    This is the best sunscreen I've ever used on my face - it has a high SPF, but is still extremely lightweight. My skin never gets that greasy feel that other sunscreens tend to leave, but instead leaves a perfectly matte, smooth finish. Most days I don't even wear makeup over it because it gives that mattifying effect that I used to look for in powders. This is a must have for daily sun protection.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    4.0

    Excellent daily sunscreen but why the low SPF?

    By catgrrl02

    from Oakland, Ca

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

    • Pricey
    • SPF is too low

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    I just received a few samples of this when placing my regular order and it's lovely. It's the least greasy sunscreen I've ever used. It soaked in very quickly and beautifully. I would love to use this everyday however the fact that the SPF is only 30 wouldn't allow me to use this all year round. I would probably only use this during the winter months when I'm not in the sun much. I would love to see this sunscreen come in different SPF levels, ideally 50. And a larger sized bottle would also be great. Will that ever be a possibility?

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery is always prompt.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    1.0

    Not for me

    By LA

    from New England

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Irritates eyes
      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

        I love Paula's Choice products but this moisturizer was not for me. Irritates my skin and eyes, and also pills under my cc cream. I will stick with my tried and true Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.

        • Skin Type:
        • Dry
        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        5.0

        Best Anti-Ager Ever

        By Megan McInnis

        from Seattle (Issaquah)

        Verified Reviewer

        I've been using this ever since it came out (ten years ago? I'm just guessing), along with the DESERVEDLY bestselling 2% BHA liquid. The two work so well that people are shocked to hear I'm 50 years old; they say, "I would have thought early 30s." And, every once in a while, I still get carded.

        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        2.0

        Less than great, especially for the price

        By Jennifer

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

        • Bad Smell
        • Irritates Skin

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        To me this has the consistency and smell of an expired product. It is excessively runny and smells bad. I think it works okay under make-up, but I would not buy it again or recommend it to anyone else.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was slower than normal for PC.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        2.0

        Good moisturiser, terrible sunscreen, stings

        By Alina

        from Berlin, Germany

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin
        • Not Effective

        Best Uses

          Cannot recommend, for the price it is outrageous that it does not provide any noticeable defence against sun. During holiday (only 25 degrees C) managed to get burns on my forehead even though I reapplied every few hours and avoided direct sunlight! It also is the only sunscreen that occasionally stings and gives burning sensation. Super disappointed as I used it during the winter and had no idea what a bad protection it offered until I tried it in a different climate... I am very sad about the amount of sun damage I exposed myself using this for at least 4 months
          ..

          • Skin Type:
          • Oily
          • Age:
          • 18-29
           
          5.0

          BEST sunscreen I've ever used!

          By Lora

          from Toronto, CA

          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.

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