RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
Based on 105 reviews
A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.

RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

Based on 105 reviews
A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.
  • Targets fine lines & wrinkles
  • Preps skin for a perfect makeup application
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Prevents early signs of aging
  • Lightweight, silky texture
Skin Types:
All Skin Types


    1 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 is a lightweight, silky primer serum that combines broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with a mix of plant-based, soothing antioxidants known to safeguard skin from environmental damage. But that’s just the beginning, because this anti-aging primer also beautifully enhances makeup application and wear, so you’ll see better-looking skin and makeup.

What does it do?
Prevents premature aging and contains antioxidants green tea, coffee seed, and chamomile to help defend against the visible effects of pollution and environmental attack. This unique formula’s silky serum texture softly blurs fine lines and large pores for a younger-looking, smoother complexion.

How to use

For full sun protection, apply liberally and then apply your foundation. For use just as a primer, apply a pea-sized amount to face over your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen or under your foundation with sunscreen.

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Product Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 4.0%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 4.0%

Other Ingredients: Isododecane (texture enhancer), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture enhancer/skin-softening), Butyloctyl Salicylate (skin-softening),Polysilicone-11 (texture enhancer), Bisabolol (skin soothing), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Retinyl Palmitate (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration), Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Physalis Angulata Extract (skin soothing), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (skin-restoring), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (antioxidant).

Ratings & Reviews

The BEST primer for under eyes


This is AH-mazing! I use this after my sunscreen and before my concealer and it helps to keep the area smooth, hydrated and protected. I definitely see the difference when I skip this step. I love it! I hope Paula doesn't discontinue this primer. A little extra thought: I also loved the first mascara they have and their blushes (the only ones that don't break out my skin :( and it is sad that the makeup line it's not successful enough to keep the basics like mascaras, blushes or eye shadows. I hope hope HOPE that someday these products come back.


Laredo, TX


Works great!


I use this over my moisturizer and under a light foundation. The finish is as good as it gets. My make up looks flawless all day. Will buy again.


St Paul


Amazing under makeup


I like some extra sunscreen under my foundation, but found many sunscreens are too heavy under makeup. This product is amazing! It has an extremely light texture, and foundation applies like a dream over it, spreads beautifully and without balling up into tiny little balls or rolls. Paula, please offer a larger size of this.

In the forest

Boulder Creek, CA


Perfect primer!


This is the first primer I have liked! It's great on it's own, but because I like a more glowy look, I like it best mixed with the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. This way I still have the full SPF and some of the glowiness and hydration of the Skin Recovery Lotion, but less of the white cast and more of the protective base for makeup. It is absolutely perfect. I use it alone on my eyelids and my eye makeup stays put all day and my eyes don't tear. Just the greatest. I would also like a bigger tube. :)


Northbrook, IL


Best sunscreen ever...but need a bigger size!


I can't say enough good things about this primer sunscreen serum. I don't even wear makeup, but I use it as a sunscreen because it's clear and colorless, and I love the texture. It is truly impossible to leave any white sunscreen marks on your face or clothes with this product. I absolutely love it. Nevertheless, I plan to cut back on my use because it's too expensive for its size. You get only 1 ounce for $30 instead of 2 ounces for $33 like you get with the Resist Youth-Extending SPF fluid. And, because it only comes in a 1-ounce size, it's gone so quickly. So, even though I adore this primer sunscreen serum, I plan to cut back my use until PC comes out with bigger size. PC: please, please, please come out with a bigger size that will last longer and be a better value. Thanks!!!


Denver, CO


Perfect Sunscreen


I don't even use this as a primer, I don't wear any foundation or much make up...but at 52 and living at the beach...sunscreen is so needed but I HATE most all sunscreen for the face. It feels so heavy and like my skin can't breathe. I had a "chat" with a very helpful PC customer service rep who suggested this, and I can't rave about it enough. Not greasy, not stinky, not heavy...just a light, silky potion that feels wonderful. I use the Resist line and this is now my finishing touch!


North Myrtle Beach, SC


Best of the best


I have very dry skin and and while most priber don't cause me problems, suncreens do. This does not bother my skin and adds and extra layer of sunscreen in addition to the one I apply after moisturizing.. I am very happy it on auto renewal becuause I don't want to run out.


Boca Raton, Florida


Favorite sunscreen


Lightweight, smooth, moisturizing, goes on easy and quickly absorbed. Love it!


Oklahoma City


I never want to be without it!


I just bought a trial size tube of this, and I think I will definitely be ordering the full size. I have been looking for daily sunscreen protection for my very dry skin, but everything seems to make my wrinkles seem more pronounced and sit in the lines on my face. Either that or it's far too oily. I haven't had much luck with moisturizers that contain spf, they are generally too sticky even for my dry skin or else they don't do much in the moisturizing department at all. As you can see I've searched high and low for something that has a great balance, and I think I finally found it with this primer! It glides on like a dream and melts into my skin so quickly, and it doesn't ruin the efficacy of the moisturizer I put on before it, which I was worried about. I can still use the moisturizer that works best for me, and the primer only enhances it when I apply it on top. Love! My skin is soft and happy. I hope Paula's Choice keeps making this great stuff forever!


Chicago IL


Love it! Make a bigger size!


I love this sunscreen. I wear it under a pricey matte foundation that would not work well for me if it was not for this primer. I love it as a sunscreen so much that I wish it could be rolled out into a much larger body version.


Vacaville, CA



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