This simple-yet-powerful routine is packed with antioxidants, ceramides, and superfoods that neutralize airborne pollutants to protect all skin types from five major environmental stressors: auto exhaust, cigarette smoke, smog, small particulate toxins and blue light.
This antioxidant-rich system interrupts visible damage from airborne pollutants, protects from UV and blue light exposure, hydrates, and strengthens skin’s surface so it looks and feels healthier now and years from now.
How to use
Step 1 RESET with the Cleanser AM/PM
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.
Step 2 CLARIFY with the Pore Purifier AM/PM
Gently shake before use. Once or twice daily, apply over face and neck. Do not rinse. For daytime, always follow with a sunscreen. Note: Antioxidant Pore Purifier complements your favorite Paula’s Choice daily exfoliants.
Step 3 BRIGHTEN with Moisturizer SPF: AM
Apply liberally to face, neck, and eye area as the last step in your morning skincare routine.
Step 4 NOURISH with Nightly Moisturizer: PM
Once or twice daily, apply a small amount to face and neck. For daytime, always follow with a sunscreen.
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Our products contain effective levels of ingredients guaranteed to be good for your skin. You can view ingredients for each product in this set on its individual product page.
Ratings & Reviews
I Love Paula's Choice Defense
Simple, effective, does exactly what it says and does not ever sting or burn me. Did I say easy?
So I'm 60, live in an urban environment in a cold, dry climate, I have northern English type (read very white with peachy tones) sun damaged, combination skin that is prone to Rosacea. I haven't had a Rosacea episode since I started using Paula's choice about 6-8 years ago or so. People have been commenting on the glow of my skin.
My base regime is Resist light blue for combination skin. I bought Defense for my 28 year old daughter, who also loves it. I've also been using a kit for over a month and I'm flipped.
I'm sold, this is my product for life.
I purchased this pack on a whim since I live in Salt Lake City (aka Smog Lake City) and winter in the worst time for air pollution here. I was concerned that it would dry my skin out since I do live in a desert and I also took Acutane, so the combo means I have very dry skin now. But I've found my skin therapy with this pack! My skin feels and look healthier than it ever has. It is moisturized but without that heavy feeling other products for dry skin has. My skin in smoother, my pores smaller, and to the touch, much more natural. Plus, the glow moisturizer give your skin the perfect amount of radiance. I'm a lifer now.
Salt Lake City, UT
This ENTIRE kit is amazing
All 4 of these products work SO well together. I have oily, breakout prone skin 31 years old. I am obsessed with the essential glow moisturizer. Glowy skin but not too shiny. And the cleanser takes off every lick of my makeup without making my skin feel tight. It's rare I like entire kits but I'll be reordering this for sure. Also really love the new packaging.
Little Rock, AR
My skin LOVES this line!
I have been eying this line since it was first released - and trying to wait patiently for my existing products to run low, ha! Finally, I ordered this set (and was so happy it was available as a set, because I wanted to try every product), and I am SO happy I did.
A little about me - I am 39, live in Indiana so the climate is fairly mild. I have always had combination skin but it has been on the dryer side since having kids. I had been using the Resist line and the BHA liquid (love) but I was still noticing uneveness and clogged pores, especially around my nose. I loved the sound of the ingredients in these products - and my skin has been absolutely LOVING this line. I truly feel that my skin has never looked better on its own. The day-time moisturizer is definitely illuminating and if you use too much, it can give a whitish tint - if used sparingly, it just gives a pretty glow! I use the azaleic booster as well and I'm pretty sure I'm using this product for life. I am so glad I stumbled upon Paula's Choice - it's truly the ONLY skincare that has been effective for me. Thank you!
Not for me
I was previously using the skin balancing line and my face had cleared up a lot. I was starting to wear less makeup and was more comfortable in my own skin! However, I would still get one deep and really sore pimple every couple weeks or so. I took the "find my routine" quiz and the defense line was recommended. Since switching to that my face has gone back to frequent and more widespread breakouts with increased redness in my cheeks and forehead. I gave it about 6 weeks or so mostly because while my face wasn't as clear, I did not get the deeper pimples. So while it helped with my original concern, it just wasn't the perfect set for me.
Packaging flaws, greasy
Cleanser- best thing about the kit. Removes foundation, scent free, gentle
Antioxidant Pre Purifier- the spout of this allows the product to oxidize and change color and smell. I find myself wasting the bit that has oxidized. Not happy with it
Essential glow with SPF- SO GREASY. I have dry skin and rarely feel like a product is too heavy but this one most definitely is. It never soaks in and makes me shiny and greasy for the entire day.
Night moisturizer- just okay. I find myself getting back out of bed to put on a different PC moisturizer because as I lie there my skin starts to feel dry again.
Overall I do not care for these products and will be returning them.
Saint Louis, Mo
Not happy at all
I don't think this is for oily skin at all. I gave it a month to make sure but my skin is breaking out more now than when I was teenager. The only upside is that I wash my face more often because at the end of the day it feels like I'm coated in oil. And I've tried isolating the products to see if its the serum of sunscreen moisturizer but that hasn't helped. All of it is heavy.