DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser
Based on 16 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 16 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

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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
Key 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

WOW - THE BEST CLEANSER EVER

5

I'm shocked- I also NEVER wrote reviews. I have dry, sensitive skin and have never ever used a cleanser that didnt dry out my skin and make it feel tight. UNTIL NOW! this cleaner is literally hydrating, removes makeup UNBELIEVEABLY WELL, and literally leaves my skin glowing! I AM GENUINELY SHOCKED! Finally, after years and years I have FOUND MY CLEANSER! PLEASE never stop making this! Please!

Tee

Los Angeles

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May be a bit early...

5

I've just used this cleanser tonight, and other reviewers were correct in that a little bit goes a looong way... super foamy. I honestly try almost every new product PC puts out there and use it almost exclusively, so I picked up this kit for brightening claims. I'd been using the balancing cleanser (a little drying) and the resist cleanser for oily skin (too emollient) on-and-off over the years for my oily/large pore sensitive skin, and switched to Cera Ve foaming for oily skin recently (not impressed, using as a body wash now). I've not had time to see if causes any reactions, BUT ya'll... I HAD to say that when I jumped out of the shower after using this with my Clarsonic and looked in the mirror, my skin was GLOWINGLY clear and bright and lovely! So smooth, not tight, rinses cleanly, seemingly minimized pores, almost an angelic youthful aura afterward... seriously, one use and I'm in LOVE! I don't have my system down yet, but this cleanser will forever be in it.

Sarah G

Austin, TX

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WOW...just WOW! Incredible Cleanser

5

I've used Paula's Choice products for over 20 years. I have faithfully used the Resist Cleanser and like it. I decided to take advantage of one of the free product offers and tried this new cleanser. OMG - it is fabulous. It cleans thoroughly and leaves my normal/slightly combination 60 year old skin very soft -- and NOT feeling tight or dry in the least. just love it and highly, highly recommend.

CarasMom

Charlotte, NC

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A little goes a long way

5

Just got this today and already I love it. It's a very thick gel texture, and a little goes a long way. I have loved the Earth Sourced cleanser for years but I don't like it's smell. This Defense cleanser is a little different and the smell is non-existent. It rinses cleanly and leaves my skin soft and refreshed.

Heather

Texas

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BEST PC CLEANSER EVER!

5

I have been using PC skincare for over 13 years and I cannot live without it. Unfortunately, it took me a long time to find a cleanser I liked. I used to love using the Skin Balancing cleanser at night, but stopped when oil was added. I used the Hydralight cleanser as my morning cleanser because it is very gentle and does not remove makeup well (hence the morning cleanser). Then my skin changed from an oil slick to dry and flakey with an oily T-zone when I moved to Colorado. I switched to Moisture Boost which has been fine, but I wanted something that worked better for my combination skin. Hooray Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser!!! This is my perfect cleanser! It cleanses my skin well and my skin is actually less flakey now! Who knew this would be such a gem?! Thank you Paula!

VickiB

Colorado Springs, CO

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This may be the best cleanser yet!

5

I really like this cleanser. It's effective but not over drying. It's a keeper.

PC VIP

Bellevue, WA

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ANOTHER EXCELLENT CLEANSER

5

P AULA HAS SCORED ANOTHER WINNER WITH THIS EXCELLENT CLEANSER. IT DOES START OUT AS A GEL BUT AS YOU RUB IT IN IT BECOMES A CREAM CLEANSER. THE THING I LOVE ABOUT IT MOST IS IT MAKES SO MUCH LATHER, I CAN TAKE MY WASHCLOTH AND GIVE MY FACE A GOOD CLEANING . I HAVE EVEN USED THIS ON MY BODY AND MY SKIN IS SO SOFT. I MAY HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF SOME OF PAULA'S OTHER PRODUCTS, BUT YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS CLEANSER. ALL HER CLEANSERS IN FACT TO ME ARE FIVE STARS, I SIMPLY WILL ONLY USE HERE CLEANSERS AND NEVER GO BACK TO DRUG STORE BRANDS. BRAVO, PAULA.

KING RICHARD THE SECOND

PENNSYLVANIA

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Luxiourus, effective cleanser

5

I have used the balance and resist cleanser lines, both are great and work well; however, this cleanser exceeds them in quality, gentleness, and effectiveness. No debris left behind that's picked up by my toner soaked cotton pad anymore! Upon application it lathers beautifully, and then washes away make-up and the daily debris without being harsh. I have combo skin that tends to lean oiler in the summer, but with using retinol I need something that calms, soothes, and refreshes at the same time - this does exactly that! New HG for AM and PM.

JRV

Colorado

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Love this!

5

I have dry sensitive skin and I use a creamy cleanser in the morning, but I like an evening cleanser with a little bit of foaming action that cleans my face. I have used Eucerin Redness relief for years, but the formula recently changed and my face would be red and irritated after. After much research, I read the reviews and the great ingredient list (licorice root caught my eye) of this cleanser and I LOVE this! It is a gel and it has a light foaming action, but it feels creamy when I cleanse. I know that sounds weird, but true. After I rinse, my face feels clean, hydrated and super soft (not dry or tight) and the best thing is my face is NOT red. It's also great to use with my Clarisonic. I just might check out the rest of the Defense line.

De

Utah

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Hello clean skin!!

5

This new cleanser has an amazing texture - Excellent @ taking off the day's makeup - Two thumbs up Paula!!

KLS716

Houston

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