DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
Based on 79 reviews
This illuminating moisturizer shields skin with all-mineral sun protection plus antioxidants to help protect against the effects of environmental damage.

DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

Based on 79 reviews
This illuminating moisturizer shields skin with all-mineral sun protection plus antioxidants to help protect against the effects of environmental damage.
  • Creates an instant, healthy glow for makeup-optional skin
  • 12 antioxidants visibly diminish the signs of environment-based aging
  • Lightweight, illuminating cream
  • Apply as the last step of your morning routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
    2 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
This daytime anti-aging moisturizer combines all-mineral, broad-spectrum sun protection with licorice, kiwi, argan, niacinamide, vitamin c and other plant and vitamin-derived antioxidants specifically chosen for their ability to defend skin against air pollution and the harmful effects of blue light exposure.
What does it do?
Every morning, skin faces environmental threats that chip away at its appearance. This daytime hydrator protects from UV and blue light, plus helps neutralize airborne pollutants before they cause damage. Works all day to visibly repair and brighten skin so it looks younger and more vibrant.
How to use
Apply liberally to face, neck, and eye area as the last step in your morning skincare routine.
Show details
DEFENSE Skin Care System - Our multi-layer defense system to combat around-the-clock environmental skin damage.

Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, June 2018, pages 123-130

International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, ePublication

Antioxidants, January 2018, ePublication

Nutrients, August 2017, ePublication

The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, July 2017, pages 113-123

Food Technology and Biotechnology, December 2016, pages 462-467

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublication; and June 2014, pages 273-283

Indian Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2012, pages 335-342

Fitoterapia, October 2013, pages 160-184

Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, April 2011, pages 58-67

Product Ingredients Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5.25%; Zinc Oxide 6.12%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient/texture enhancer), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Dimethicone (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Tetrapeptide-30, Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring agents), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids, Lecithin (skin-restoring agents), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Pullulan (texture enhancer), Sodium Gluconate (hydration), Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Alumina (texture enhancers), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (dispersing agent), Caprylyl Glycol (hydration), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Ceteareth-20, Aluminum Stearate (texture enhancers), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

Best SPF moisturizer EVER, does not sting my eyes


I have extremely fair and sometimes temperamental 45 year old skin. I have never had a moisturizer with sunscreen that doesn't sting my eyes or feel uncomfortable on my skin, until this one! That would honestly be enough for this to be my forever moisturizer but that's not all that makes this one a keeper. It sinks right in and leaves my skin so soft and provides the perfect canvas for makeup, so much so that I no longer use a primer! But probably my absolute favorite thing about this product is that it leaves my skin with this gorgeous glow! I no longer wear foundation, just concealer and blush and I'm good to go! Thank you Paula's Choice for another incredible product!


Doylestown, PA


Love this sunscreen!


I came on the site specifically to review this product because I like it so much. I wasn't sure I would like it- I've been using the super light wrinkle defense sunscreen and really liked it, but I actually like this one better. I have pretty fair skin and I'm in my late 40s, have normal to dry skin (and it's winter now). The glow is surprisingly nice— subtle and not too glittery at all. I haven't had any problems wearing under makeup but most days I wear it alone almost like an alternative to foundation. I'm surprised by how much I like this product. It's moisturizing for me in a really good way. Glad I gave this a try because I've found my new go-to daily sunscreen. Have been using it daily for at least a month now. For me, this is a perfect product.


East Bay, CA


Beautiful glow


I am in my late 30s, and my combination skin has been prone to cystic hormonal acne since my 20s. About a year ago, I stumbled upon Paula's Choice and started using BHA 2% liquid AM & PM. I noticed changes almost overnight, and now my skin has completely transformed. I've had maybe 2 breakouts in the past year, and my husband notices the difference. I don't really use spot concealer any longer, and I always used to have some blemish concealed. I've been using this moisturizer for 3-4 months and really love it. It is so nicely hydrating to my drier cheeks and does not break out my oilier T zone. This gives such a beautiful glow on its own and layers well under my tinted moisturizer. Very similar effect to that Glamglow Illuminating Moisturizer that people love, but this has SPF 30, evidence based ingredients, and no potentially sensitizing fragrance. I'm pregnant right now and people are always telling me that I'm glowing, but I laugh and tell them it's my moisturizer! It does have a slight white cast which quickly fades on my light-medium skin, and I can't say I've noticed any protection from pollutants, but I just put this on auto-replenish because it is so pretty and does its job well.




Favourite sunscreen of all times


Where do I start with this sunscreen. Let me just tell you that my husband who never puts anything on his face, will not go out without putting on this sunscreen. I used it and I loved it. It goes on so nicely, doesn't sting my eyes, non greasy, and gives a light comfortable feel. I recommend it to my husband to try and he instantly fell in love. He said it's the first product that doesn't feel like anything on his face which is why he never liked skincare products. It doesn't smell and it doesn't weight down his skin, so he puts it on and forgets it's even there.

Arjawan Patroness

Montreal, Canada




I just put this on to try it - and here I am writing a review to say it really makes my skin come to life. It looks smooth and refreshed - without make-up. I ordered another for my daughter to try because she doesn't like the feeling of foundation. Happy I came across Paula's choice!




I finally found my moisturizer with SPF


For day time only, this is a great moisturizer. It gives my combo skin a beautiful glow right away! It feels a little greasy at first but it gets absorbed fast and my face feels well balanced! I'll continue buying it!




Amazing hydration and protection


I'm very new to Paula's Choice but I'm in love with everything. For awhile I was on a kick with only natural skincare from another very expensive line. I could easily spend $400 a month on that skincare. After viewing so many of Paula's videos and reading the research I decided to start trying Paula's products. I am amazed at the results and I love the price!! This moisturizer is one of my favorites. It moisturizes so well and I love that I'm getting the SPF that my skin needs. It does provide a slight glow to the skin. It's the best! I haven't tried anything yet that my skin does not like. I'm in my mid 40s and have sensitive dry skin. Other products that I'm currently using...2% BHA liquid, Resist Intensive Repair Cream, C15 Super Booster, Peptide Booster, C25 Super Booster (for a brown spot), Advanced Replenishing Toner, Moisture Boost One Step Cleanser. I'm essentially wrinkle free except for a few lines around my eyes (good genes) but what I do see is amazing clarity and a glow in my skin. The other thing that I love about Paula's Choice is that you get to try the products in travel sizes first without investing in a ton of money. It's so nice to see if it works for your skin. So smart!


Burlington, VT




This product makes my skin look amazing!! My skin has a beautiful glow to it. Love it!!!


Tampa, Fl


This is my favorite Paula's moisturizer ever!


I love, love this moisturizer! It's light and hydrates really well. And I'm not sure how, but it really does make your skin glow! I briefly used some Lancome product just before getting this in the mail. I had run out of my last Paula's moisturizer and a friend had accidentally received too many gifts from Lancome and passed one along. My skin isn't super sensitive, but whatever was in their moisturizer made my skin react badly. Thankfully this product arrived in the mail. It immediately soothed my skin and helped it heal. Now it looks even better than before. Please don't ever get rid of this line! BTW, I am a LONG time Paula's Choice customer and I get compliments on my skin all the time. I feel guilty for not having left more reviews over the years, but I couldn't help but post about this product. It's fabulous!


St Louis


Brings your skin to life!


Several days during the week I don't wear makeup. It lets my skin breathe and I feel like it certainly can't hurt to give it a break. I used the defense cleanser (loved), pore purifier (loved) and folled with this. Its like it woke my skin up! It really does give you a subtle glow that looks natural. I would recommend to anyone that has dull skin or would like to go without makeup.





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