DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser
Based on 38 reviews
This gentle gel-to-foam cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup, and rinses away skin-damaging pollutants that can cause premature signs of aging.

DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser

Based on 38 reviews
This gentle gel-to-cream cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup, and rinses away skin-damaging pollutants that can cause premature signs of aging.
  • Superfood complex leaves skin looking fresh and radiant
  • Unique texture transforms from soothing gel to skin-softening cream
  • Use as the first step in your skincare routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
    6.7 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
This water-soluble cleanser transforms from a soothing gel to comforting cream when applied to wet skin yet rinses without a greasy residue.
What does it do?
Thoroughly removes excess oil, makeup, and skin-damaging debris, leaving skin softer and smoother. A triple-superfood complex helps neutralize damage from surface pollutants on contact.
How to use
Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser with gentle circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.
Show details
DEFENSE Skin Care System - Our multi-layer defense system to combat around-the-clock environmental skin damage.

International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, ePublication

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, August 2017, pages 311-315; and November 2010, pages 135-142

British Journal of Pharmacology, June 2017, pages 1,195-1,208

Nutrients, December 2016, ePublication

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Volume 62, 2014, pages 542-553

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, June 2013, pages 23-30

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2012, Volume 52, pages 629-639

Product Ingredients Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (cleansing agent), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing/lather agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate (texture enhancer/emulsifier), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing agent), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer/texture enhancer), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Lauric Acid (cleansing agent), Lactic Acid (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids (skin-soothing), Sorbitan Laurate (cleansing agent/emulsifier), Coconut Acid (cleansing agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Cocoyl Proline (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Sodium Lactate (hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine (amino acids/hydration), Potassium Citrate (chelating agent), Lactoperoxidase (hydration), Histidine, Phenylalanine (amino acids/hydration), Glucose Oxidase (hydration), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

My new favorite cleanser!


I never thought I'd see the day that I find a cleanser better than the skin balancing formula. I have been using skin balancing for years. I tried this little red bottle sample and I was blown away. My skin feels so clean. Yet not the least bit dry. From the very first use I was hooked.


Southern Delaware




New favorite cleanser. Unfortunately all of PC's other cleansers are too drying for me (I don't do well with sodium laureth sulfate). The defense cleanser uses different cleansing agents (coconut derived), which my skin does so much better with. I love the gel-to-cream aspect as well. This might just be the most perfect cleanser I have ever come across in all my days.




A favorite that I will definitely reorder


The Defense line is great. But this cleanser is especially awesome. It have a wonderful gel-cream-foam texture that feels great on the skin. It's gentle for my skin while giving it a thorough clean. I use this at night as a second cleanse to remove every last bit of dust, impurities etc of the day.

Arjawan Patroness

Montreal, Canada


You'll be blown away!


I couldn't figure out what "gel-to-cream" cleanser meant until I used it. Boy, that's exactly right -- it's magic, goes from a clear gel, you rub it on your face, and you get a creamy, slightly foamy cleanser that gently takes all traces of gunk from your delicate complexion. I realy still can't believe the miracles Paula's chemists are creating. The Defense antioxidant pore purifier is another gem, so after using the Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner, I apply the pore purifier, the Boost Azelaic Booster, and at night I apply the Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer (good for dry winter air). The two stars of the current show are the Defense cleanser and the Boost Azelaic (it comes out puffy!!). I ordered some very transluscent powder from another company -- so sorry, Paula -- and I told the lady that the powder and blush, plus mascara, are the only cosmetics I use now. She was amazed that my skin would be so good, and it's all because of Paula's amazing products. I've never in my life been able to go without some kind of foundation of some sort or another. Well, now I can. Paula & company, PLEASE don't ever stop selling these products! I'm 69 y/o and this has been a miracle. Just give these products a try and you'll be amazed and oh-so pleased.


Whidbey Island, WA


The best cleanser I've ever used


I'm a big fan of PC, and have used some of their other cleansers in the past. If I couldn't get them on sale I'de just pick up a fragrance free cleanser from the drugstore. Cleanser isn't a product that stays on your skin like a moisturizer or serum does, so I don't usually spend much on them. This one I would re-purchase even if I couldn't get it on sale. The formula is so pleasant to use. It says gel to cream and that's exactly what it is. The lather is so rich and creamy, and it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry AT ALL. Even when wearing heavier makeup and you have to massage a little longer it stays creamy and the lather doesn't break down. And it gets EVERYTHING off (I use about a nickel sized amount.) If you're hesitant to spend a little more on a cleanser, this will change your mind.




Perfect Balance


This product was included in the trial size defense kit. I always try new products before a full size purchase because I have very sensitive skin. Most face washing products dry out, break out or cause a rash on my face, in my 38 years this is the first product that has never done that. It makes my skin soooooooo soft, never tight or dry feeling. I have an oily t-zone and the rest of my face is dry, my skin always feels perfect after using this product. It suds up wonderful and feels like a high end luxurious product at an amazing price. I will be purchasing more soon, for sure.❤️Great job Paula's Choice.

Make-up Free Momma



On my second bottle


I adore this cleanser. It doesn't sting, doesn't feel heavy, and it removes makeup so nicely and gently. I love the foaming cream feeling. There is not a hint of dryness. This may be my new favorite cleanser!!!




Different approach, good cleanser


I purchased this back in October I believe and am still using this up, but I have to say that I quite like it. It is a thick, clear gel but it lathers up pretty nicely and does a good job of removing makeup (although long wear formulas/water resistant are better left to an oil cleanser). This is a little bit of a different approach for PC when it comes to a cleansing formula and I'm happy to see them color outside the lines.




My favorite PC cleanser for combo skin


The new Defense cleanser is absolutely wonderful! It completely exceeded my expectations. As a long time PC product user I had been using the whole Resist Oily skin care line since it launched. However, times have changed and so has my skin. A new cleanser was in order and this gel-to-cream cleanser fits the bill. Once applied, It is cushiony soft and isn't drying at all for my over 40, peri-menopausal skin. I also switched to the new Defense serum, check out my review if you suffer from clogged pores or dry flaky skin. This new serum was a game changer for me. Thanks PC! :)




Hooked after the first use!!


I used a sample of this cleanser and let me tell you....this stuff is wonderful! It only takes a very small amount of gel because it lathers exceptionally well! It usually takes two washes to get the smudgy circles my eye makeup leaves behind after cleansing, but this formula gets it all off. I would recommend this to anyone!





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