DEFENSE Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer
Based on 4 reviews
Eight superfoods plus antioxidants strengthen your skin’s environmental defenses while hydrating, softening and clarifying overnight.

DEFENSE Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer

Based on 4 reviews
Eight superfoods plus antioxidants strengthen your skin’s environmental defenses while hydrating, softening and clarifying overnight.
  • Protect skin against environmental aggressors
  • Flaxseed, wild cherry and other superfoods that nourish skin
  • Sheer, super-light texture
  • Use as the last step in your PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Why is it different?
This sheer moisturizer is powered by superfoods including flaxseed, wild cherry and arugula proven to strengthen skin’s defenses overnight. Its lightweight texture softens, clarifies and protects from environmental aggressors such as HEV/blue light from smart phones.
What does it do?
This refreshing moisturizer provides an instant radiance boost as it softens lines and infuses skin with pollution-fighting antioxidants, including those that shield skin from the damaging effects of blue light. Wake up to smooth skin that’s perfectly prepped for the day ahead.
How to use
Once or twice daily, apply a small amount to face and neck. For daytime, always follow with a sunscreen.
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, Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (emollient), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancer), Isoamyl Laurate (emollient), Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Almond/Borage/Linseed (Flax)/Olive Acids/Glycerides (skin-replenishing/plant extracts), Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Sesamum Indicum, Hydrolyzed Eruca Sativa (Arugula) Leaf (antioxidants), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Hydrolyzed Algae Extract (hydration), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10 (skin-restoring), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing agents), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Cocoyl Proline (hydration), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Trehalose (hydration), Eclipta Prostrata Extract (antioxidant), Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (skin-brightening), Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (hydration), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil),  Alaria Esculenta Extract (antioxidant/texture enhancer), Adenosine Phosphate (skin-restoring), PEG-10 Phytosterol (texture enhancer), Tribehenin (hydration), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (emollient), Sorbitan Olivate (olive-derived hydration), Sodium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate (mineral-derived hydrators), Cetearyl Olivate (olive-derived hydration), Isoamyl Cocoate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate (emulsifier/stabilizer), Microcrystalline Cellulose (texture enhancer), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Citrate pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Ratings & Reviews

Brightening light moisturizer


This is my new forever moisturizer. I've been using it about two weeks now. When you apply it, it's immediately brightening. It has a gel-cream feel and dries to an almost non-existent finish. I have normal-oily skin and I live in the deep South, but this is perfect on its own for summer. When I want extra moisture I add a drop or two of oil to it, and it works beautifully. I have noticed an improvement in the brightness, glow, and clearness of my skin with use. Best moisturizer you can buy in this price range, IMO.






So far, I am pleasantly surprised by this moisturizer. I have oily, acne-prone skin, and so adding anything new into my skin care regimen - especially a moisturizer - makes me super nervous. But darn it if Paula hasn't done it again with this product! I have been using it at night as my last step, and when I wake up my face is nicely dewy and has a glow to it. My skin tone looks more even, and best of all, no breakouts! I am now looking at the antioxidant pore purifier.


Bay Area, CA


Solid new moisturizer and packaging


I have to say I was intrigued by the concept of this line and purchased the moisturizer after some internal debate about which product I should try first. I'm pleased to say I think this is a hit. The ingredient list, per usual, is stacked with things that have research backing them up which I always appreciate. The texture is interesting. When it first came out of the bottle, I thought it looked like perhaps a lighter version of some of the lotions Cerave puts out, but I find upon application that it is very light. It's hard to describe, actually. It's like some kind of gel-lotion hybrid, with the light feeling of a gel but the moisturizing properties of a lotion. I'd say this is good for normal skin, combination, normal to oily and normal to dry. It would be too heavy for oily skins and not moisturizing enough for dry skins. Of course, this is a moisturizer so you won't be getting the results you would with an active like retinol or vitamin c, but I think this is a solid product for anybody looking to dive into PC, or perhaps are already a customer but don't purchase moisturizers from them (that would be me). I'll be really interested to see the reviews for both the cleanser (please tell me it takes off zinc-oxide sunscreens!) and the SPF. One note: this does have a little bit of an initial odor that some users might find unpleasant, but I found that it wasn't very strong and did not stick around. A note about the packaging: I'm too much of a student of Paula to care too much about rose gold lids or millennial pink, and the most important thing is that the ingredients are stable. However, I was one of the customers who told PC that I thought the packaging was looking a little dated and it was time for a refresh. I think they've hit it out of the park. The packaging is still informative, but it looks "cleaner" from a design perspective. Great job!




Resembles Earth Sources moisturizer


It has a watery texture, takes a long time to absorb and feels sticky. Somewhat resembles Earth Sources moisturizer. Skins does not feel moisturized after use. Also, "environmental damage defense" seems too weak of a premise to create a brand new line of products because most of Paula's product already do a great job helping skin fight the elements.

A. E.

San Francisco, CA



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