DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
Based on 64 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 64 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

Key Ingredients
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



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.




One of the best products ever!


I have very dry skin and am sensitive to products (I get breakouts or they bother my allergies sometimes even if they are unscented) so I have tried SO many moisturizers and nothing was working. Either it wasn't moisturizing, it affected my allergies, or I broke out. So, I switched my routine and now use the Softening Cream Cleanser and this Essential Glow Moisturizer. This moisturizer sunscreen is holy grail for me!! Firstly, it eliminates the need for a separate sunscreen step and gives you a beautiful and even grown up glow. Not an overly obvious glitter bomb glow, but it makes your skin look radiant, healthy and younger! In one step, you are moisturized, protected from the sun and look lit from within WITHOUT looking oily. I have tried similar products with the promised glow factor and by mid-day even my dry skin looks sweaty. So basically, it's a dream product for me, I am in LOVE with it!! For application, I put some in my hands and warm it up a bit by rubbing it together and putting it on like any other moisturizer. This makes it easy to avoid any sunscreen white cast. Before I started rubbing it together, I would get a slight white cast, but this took care of it. I let it settle for like 10 seconds or so, not very long, then I apply my foundation with a beauty sponge and it is perfection! Occasionally I don't wear any foundation and I just apply this and it definitely makes my skin look luminous.

Julie Ann

Encinitas, CA


Great sunscreen and moisturizer


Just like any sunscreen it looks a little white and shiny when you first put it on, but it absorbs wonderfully and is a great all day wear. I breakout to almost every product and so far this one, as well as the other Paula's Choice kits I've bought, I have not broken out at all.




Deserving of more hype.


I have very oily skin, so I shouldn't like this sunscreen -- much less love it. This is the first un-tinted mineral sunscreen I have ever tried that does not leave a white cast. I don't know how this is possible because my skin-tone falls in the medium category where even some tinted sunscreens leave a white cast -- including the Ultra Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30, which I also love. I was also very skeptical about the advertised glow this imparts, as I am not a fan, generally, of shiny skin, and "glow" is usually a euphemism for disco ball by other brands. But surprisingly this glow is not over the top. While this is not weightless, it is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. And when I wash it off at night, my skin is very soft and looks healthier from having worn it -- which is not the case with most sunscreen for me. This is also very easy to wash off, so it's not ideal for sweating or working out; but it's perfect for daily sun protection. This feels great, looks great and is very easy to use -- and not expensive given the great ingredients and aesthetics. What more could you ask for?


Asheville, NC


Definitely a yes!


DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30: This moisturizer has the right finish for me - satin. I have normal to oily skin (oilier in the summer) with rosacea. Had no irritation issues, no whitish cast (my skintone is rather light, though), and makeup applied well after the moisturizer (I am using Lauder's Double Wear Nude as it reminds me of the discontinued PC Sheer Matte Tint). Tried the travel size and plan on buying the full size. Thank you PC for yet another brilliant skin care product!





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