DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
Based on 3 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 3 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
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.

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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 am in love with this glow!


This is my new favorite sunscreen to use everyday. It makes my face so glowy after applying, and wears so nicely under my makeup and throughout the day. By glowy, I mean dewy and shiny, so if that isn't your thing then this is not the lotion for you. My skin is normal to dry and it feels so nice with this sunscreen, I love touching my face at the end of the night, it's so soft. I was using the Resist Wrinkle Defense before and it's great for a matte sunscreen that wears nice under makeup but lately I've been craving a more glowy look and this sunscreen is perfect. Even under my bareMinerals original powder foundation I get even application and a dewy finish. Doesn't break me out or irritate my skin. I will definitely be stocking up!


Glendale, CA


Beautiful finish and feels wonderful


I am always excited to try new mineral sunscreens from PC, and this one is my favorite so far. It has a moisturizing feel, which on my dry skin is wonderful, but it doesn't feel heavy or greasy. What really makes it stand out for me is the gorgeous glowy finish. It's not shiny, just dewy-- "glowy" is the best way I can think of to describe it. I tried my regular makeup on over it without primer and it looks lovely---seems to enhance my skin more than other moisturizer/sunscreens. (I also love the soft red packaging---looks so pretty on my countertop!). I use the Resist line mostly, but this will be my go-to daily moisturizer. I'm coming online to buy a back-up now, actually!


pleasant hill, ca


Great qualities, but unfortunate white cast


I'm always hesitant about physical sunscreens because of several downsides- drying effect, pilling with other products, and white cast. Still, I had some high hopes for this one because of it's focus as a moisturizer/spf combo. The positive is that it does in fact follow through with a lot of the above concerns. It feels light and moisturizing, but not greasy. Very easy and enjoyable to put on, and skin feels soft afterward. It also seems to wear well with other products, in that I didn't notice any pilling. Doesn't have that offensive mineral sunscreen smell, either. The unfortunate negative is that it does indeed have a white cast that doesn't go away, and that's a deal breaker. Maybe fairer skin types would have better luck, but I'm light to medium and this definitely shows up; it's not necessarily white overall, but it's that noticeable blueish tint that that I know I can see at the very least, and most definitely shows up in photographs. As a moisturizer and in other aesthetic elements, really, this product does very well. I hate to give this an overall low ranking considering how positive so many of its other aspects are, and maybe it's just part of the nature of being a mineral sunscreen, but the white cast makes this unwearable for me. Unfortunately would not repurchase.





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