DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser
Based on 7 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 7 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
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.

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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

Love this!


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.




Hello clean skin!!


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




At last!


I was waiting for PC to create a wash-off make-up remover and I am very happy to see that it washes a full face of make-up off well from the first time , does not leave any residue on the face and comes in a colorful bottle. I am switching to this from Drunk Elephant's No 9 Jelly Cleanser. Thank you!




New favorite cleanser


I have been using PC since 1999. I love this new cleanser. It is so perfect. The texture is so pleasant, makeup removal is great, and my skin isn't dry or tight. Great new addition to the line!!!




Best PC Cleanser Ever


I was looking forward to this product launch and so not disappointed. I have combo skin that can dry out easily but I also get shiny and oily during the day. Cleansers for combo skin tend to dry me out, but I'm not always fond of the dry skin cleansers I have to use because the don't offer a refreshing feeling when you cleanse. The Defense cleanser checks every box. It's not drying in the least but it cleanses thoroughly. But the best thing is the texture. The gel turns to a creamy foam and feels wonderful, luxurious and has that great refreshing feeling while using it. I've tried just about all PC cleansers over the years and have a couple that work well but the Defense cleanser is a total home run and highly recommended, especially if you have combo ski and struggle with dry and oily skin at the same time.




Similar to EARTH SOURCED Cleanser


This cleanser is similar in texture and performance to Paula's EARTH SOURCED Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel. However, I prefer the EARTH SOURCED cleanser. I have combination skin with an extremely oily and reactive T-Zone. I find the DEFENSE cleanser a bit too moisturizing / emollient. My skin becomes oilier sooner, and while the DEFENSE cleanser lathers abundantly, the EARTH SOURCED cleanser feels a bit more "cushiony" and luxurious on my skin. This is a great cleanser, just not for my skin type.

A Porter

East Texas


Not my favorite


Sadly this cleanser isn't for me. I really wanted to love it but I just don't. What I did like about it was the consistency. It comes out as a gel and foams up to an amazing lather. This made my skin extremely oily in my t zone and dry and flaky on my cheeks. It also made my skin more red than usual. I use the PC 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment twice a day so my skin can look red, but this made it worse. It also broke me out within 2 uses. I sent this one back and I'll stick with my Resist perfectly balanced and Clear cleansers.

Cara D

Circleville , Ohio



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