SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Based on 276 reviews


SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturizer helps protect skin against premature aging with brilliant broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection.

SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Based on 276 reviews


This unexpectedly lightweight daytime moisturizer helps protect skin against premature aging with brilliant broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection.
  • Helps maintain an even, younger-looking complexion
  • Helps keep excess shine in check
  • Fluid formula leaves a soft matte finish
  • Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Combination Skin
Enlarged Pores

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30 feels wonderfully light, but its broad-spectrum, oil-absorbing formula gives skin a nourishing supply of antioxidants to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone and to smooth away dryness for younger-looking skin! It is the perfect option to help prevent premature aging of skin.
What does it do?
Provides trusted broad-spectrum protection from the aging rays of the sun while offering weightless, healthy hydration and a matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check. Meanwhile, an exclusive blend of skin-restoring ingredients and research-proven antioxidants work to help prevent the appearance of signs of aging. The SPF 30 is a significant benefit as it decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
How to use
Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you don’t apply liberally, you will need to reapply every two hours after your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to swim or perspire you must apply a water-resistant sunscreen.
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Product Ingredients Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 7%; and Octocrylene 2%; Oxybenzone 4%; (sunscreen agents).
Other Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Silica (texture-enhancing), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (texture-enhancing), Cetyl Dimethicone (hydration/texture-enhancing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (hydration), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Colloidal Oatmeal (skin-soothing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba Bark Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Steareth-21 (texture-enhancing), Steareth-2 (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbic Acid (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

I love this sunscreen


I have been using this sunscreen for about 10 months. I have only great things to say about it. I have been on the search for the perfect sunscreen and moisturizer and I have found it! Info on my skin: Light colored complexion (Filipino/Chinese background), acne prone, large pores, oily, skin gets discolored easily from a breakout, sensitive. Have had previous all-over-the-face breakouts so my skin is not perfect and is very picky about products that I use. I initially tried this sunscreen as the sample size. I found that my skin did not react at all when I used it for a week. I wear a surgical face mask for work, so half of my face is covered for most of the day. I knew that if there was a time for my skin to react poorly to a new product, it would be at work, under the mask. I was pleasantly surprised at the end of each day as I found no new breakouts or skin irritation. The texture is runny and easy to blend in. It is white colored at first but blends into your skin with no white colored residue. Right after it blends in it has a slightly tacky finish but that goes away after it completely dries. It blends in and dries into your skin quickly. The product is true to its description of being ultra sheer and hydrates without adding shine. My skin is in better shape than it was a year ago, so I only spot conceal with a cream concealer and this sunscreen works very nicely with it. I love this sunscreen!


Orange, CA

My favourite product in my routine!


I have extremely sensitive and eczema prone skin that can be difficult to deal with. This product doesn't irritate my skin at all, provides enough hydration, and actually calms my skin down when it's irritated! It also makes my skin look amazing which is great as I have recently not have had enough time to wear makeup. My skin looks better after wearing it during the day, and it gives my skin a bit of a soft filter appearance when it's on. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for sun protection! This is the one product I always must have and I really hope PC never changes it or discontinues it.


Ontario, Canada


Very light


I love this sunscreen. Great price. I have very oily skin, so I love that it's very light.




Lightweight and Great!


I have rosacea and all other moisturizers with sunscreen feel like a heavy mask on my face, making me hot and uncomfortable. This product fully absorbs and does't sit on my skin. It's amazing. Even with dryer skin, it's still moisturizing enough. It's the only product I've found like this, and I can finally wear daily sun protection comfortably! Thank you, Paula!


Wichita, KS


My favourite sunscreen


I love this sunscreen. It is very lightweight and leaves a matte finish. It doesn't smell like sunscreen, which many sun protection products do. I put on primer first, then the sunscreen and lastly makeup, and everything stays put all day! Even though it's only SPF 30, it hides well under makeup.


San Diego, CA


Best Anti-Ager Ever


I've been using this ever since it came out (ten years ago? I'm just guessing), along with the DESERVEDLY bestselling 2% BHA liquid. The two work so well that people are shocked to hear I'm 50 years old; they say, "I would have thought early 30s." And, every once in a while, I still get carded.

Megan McInnis

Seattle (Issaquah)


Less than great, especially for the price


To me this has the consistency and smell of an expired product. It is excessively runny and smells bad. I think it works okay under make-up, but I would not buy it again or recommend it to anyone else.


Indianapolis, IN


Good moisturiser, terrible sunscreen, stings


Cannot recommend, for the price it is outrageous that it does not provide any noticeable defence against sun. During holiday (only 25 degrees C) managed to get burns on my forehead even though I reapplied every few hours and avoided direct sunlight! It also is the only sunscreen that occasionally stings and gives burning sensation. Super disappointed as I used it during the winter and had no idea what a bad protection it offered until I tried it in a different climate... I am very sad about the amount of sun damage I exposed myself using this for at least 4 months ..


Berlin, Germany


BEST sunscreen I've ever used!


I have skin prone to eczema, and it is sometimes dry even when I don't have active eczema on my face. This sunscreen has been excellent for me, as it provides hydration, does not irritate my sensitive skin, soothes my skin, and looks very nice on! There is no white cast and it dries quickly. I have a subtle "glow" when I'm wearing this. Additionally, I feel like my skin looks nicer ever since I started using it! Not as much dryness and an overall supple, youthful appearance. I also use other Paula's Choice products, and I hope they'll never discontinue this! It works great under makeup as well.


Toronto, ON


Burned my face


I normally love Paula's choice creams, but this one caused my face to burn. I am returning it, but I have to pay for shipping!





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