DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser
Based on 42 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 42 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
    $18.00
    Travel Size...
    $6.00
    Sample
    $0.80
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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.
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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.
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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.
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DEFENSE Skin Care System - Our multi-layer defense system to combat around-the-clock environmental skin damage.
Research

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

Ingredients
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

New favorite!

5

This has become my favorite cleanser. For me this works in a similar way as HYDRALIGHT, which I've been using for many, many years, but DEFENSE gets creamu when water is added, and it feels like it's a bit more hydrating. I really enjoy DEFENSE's gel-to-cream formula. Something about a cream seems to remove long-wear makeup better than other types of cleansers, so my face feels thoroughly unpolluted after a washing. It's unfortunate that DEFENSE has 1.3 ounces less product for the same price as HYDRALIGHT, but DEFENSE seems to be quite concentrated, so perhaps I use less product when washing my face. My skin isn't as oily as it used, to be and DEFENCE seems a little more hydrating than HYDRALIGHT cleanser. It rinses off quickly and easily without having to rinse over and over again. My skin stays very soft, and it looks refreshed and clean.

ShaniAZ

Phoenix AZ

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My new favorite!

5

I've been using Paula's Choice cleansers since they launched, and I think I've used almost all of them at one point or another. My "regular" cleanser has been the HYDRALIGHT, but over the years I've often used SKIN BALANCING and, most recently, RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser. DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-cream cleanser, to me, is most like HYDRALIGHT. It's not "soapy" or creamy, and it rinses extremely easily. It feels lightweight (unlike Perfectly Balanced, which has a creamier texture that needs a heavy rinse.) It's soothing, it removes all makeup and yucky stuff, and it leaves my skin feeling very fresh and soft. In the morning after I wash, I use Toner (usually Hydralight or Weightless Advanced), and then Skin Perfecting 2%BHA Liquid Exfoliant (another staple I've used for ages), and then apply Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 on my face and Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 around my eyes. In the evening, I use DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-cream to remove all the makeup, dirt, pollution, and oils. Sometimes I use Toner again, and I apply my Prescription: .02% Tretinoin, 5% Azalaic Acid, 4% Niacinimide

Shania\AZ

Phoenix AZ

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My new favorite cleanser!

5

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.

Ananda

Southern Delaware

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Yes!

5

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.

Nik

Illinois

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A favorite that I will definitely reorder

5

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

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You'll be blown away!

5

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.

CeeJ

Whidbey Island, WA

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The best cleanser I've ever used

5

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.

Katie

Montana

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Perfect Balance

5

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

Indiana

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On my second bottle

5

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!!!

Katie

Ohio

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Different approach, good cleanser

5

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.

Lisa

FL

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