DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
Based on 96 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 96 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

Slight shimmer for a glow!


I haven't purchased a new brand of sunblock in many years (I use one from a different brand)...but after trying samples of this for a few days I went ahead and purchased a full-size tube. I love that this is light and non-greasy and has a very subtle sheen to it. In particular I love using it on my neck and decolletage. And then I pat some on my face (on TOP of my usual brand of sunblock) to add a little shimmer and glow. I look forward to using this on my bare arms when the warmer months finally get here! It's lovely!

Jay P

Cherry Hill, NJ


Can anyone say let's get your glow on!


Yes yes and yes girl! Two snaps up ! this is the bomb! Finally a sunscreen that my skin loves, it has a lovely feel for dry skin, better than my beloved cellular defense!. Seems to have a beautiful cosmetic elegance to it. Thank you Paula!


Orange, ca


Lovely lightweight yet hydrating mineral sunscreen


Ok, I love the Resist Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 for summer. However, I bought travel sizes of the Defense and love it for winter and drier weather. It isn't greasy, doesn't burn, and makes the skin feel so soft. The lovely thing about PC is the ability to try most of the products in sample size or travel size. What a great concept.






I love all of Paula's sunscreens and this one has the added benefit of leaving a soft glow on my face. Lovely look!




Even better than the dc cellular defense daily moisturizer25


i LOVE this! == I had been using the cellular defense daily moisturizer spf 25 since it first came out, when it was the spf hand cream!! I loved the mineral only sunscreen, thickness, moisturizing ability, & everything about this for my face. Naturally, I was so disappointed when it was discontinued and even more discontinued when the first new sunscreen for dry skin after that after was the skin restoring with chemical sunscreens! YUCK! no avobenzone! no oxybenzone! No thank you. I was so happy and relieved when this came out and it had only mineral sunscreens in it!! == I was most happy that it has titanium dioxide (5.25% vs the 8% that the cellular defense did) with the addition of zinc oxide- which did not matter as much because i use the super light spf 30 with 13% zinc oxide as my tinted moisturizer "foundation" == I have dry skin and this does not leave me feeling tight or dry like paula's other sunscreens do. (I'm looking at you hydralight, skin recovery, & calm!) Those were just too light, the wrong texture for me, and just did not moisturize enough. Now this one, this one is WINNER. winner winner chicken dinner. It is even better than the cellular defense because the cellular defense might have been a little too thick & didnt even fully sink in. == This sunscreen sinks in beautifully and does not leave that white reside rubbing off like some others do (even cellular defense did this where it would wipe off a set face). For my skin, it is the perfect thickness, i like the mineral sunscreens, and works perfectly in my routine. It works great under makeup, it can be layered. it is fragrance free like it should be. it is just so darn good. == It is not shiny at all, I actually do not even notice any glowy-ness for my skin either but i do use makeup over. == never discontinue this or my heart will be broken as this truly is the best sunscreen i have ever used! This may even be one of my all time favorite beauty products. HG sunscreen.

Disney Doll



I love this!


I love this product!!!! It smells nice, goes on smoothly and makes my skin glow.




Best SPF Moisturizer Ever


I recently discovered Paula's Choice last fall and I am so glad I did. One of their skincare experts recommended I use the Defense Line, Vitamin C Serum, and BHA. So, I purchased the line and could not be happier! This moisturizer is incredible. I am 26 and have acne-prone skin, but I literally have not broken out since I started using this. I actually feel like my skin has overall become so much more healthy! I love the feeling of this product - it's creamy but not oily, goes on smooth and leaves a glowy look. I apply primer after and then my make-up - no problems with beading or coverage. Plus - this doesn't smell like sunscreen! I am happy to finally be incorporating an SPF moisturizer into my routine and this one could not be more perfect. Highly recommend!


Saint Paul, Minnesota


Just Right


I live in dry Arizona and have dry combination, sensitive skin. Normally I use the skin recovery daytime moisturizer, but wanted a lighter mineral sunscreen with no mattifying effect for the summertime. This fits the bill and has been moisturizing enough for the winter too. I have fair skin, so I don't have issues with a white cast. This doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. This gives me a fresh-faced glow without any greasiness. I add extra under my eyes for a brightening effect. It looks great under my makeup and I've stopped using primer since using this. I was put off by the sunscreen smell when I first started using it, but it doesn't linger at all and I've gotten used to it. This is my new favorite moisturizer!


Phoenix, AZ


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



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