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Now that it's sort of warm-ish and I'll actually spending time outside, I'm making sure all my sunscreen ducks are in a row. I recently picked up a few new SPF products to try, but there's one that was already in my collection that may have already beaten them all in terms of comfort for everyday wear: Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30.
"Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 is a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen designed for combination to oily skin with signs of aging. Its multi-purpose formula not only protects skin from sun damage, but also fortifies it with potent antioxidants to repair and stimulate collagen production for firmer skin. You will see a more even skin color, fewer visible lines and wrinkles, and the return of a younger healthy-looking glow. This gentle, mineral-based formula has a sheer tint that works beautifully for all skin tones, whether worn alone or under foundation. An amazingly silky lotion texture leaves a soft matte finish that perfectly preps skin, allowing makeup to apply smoothly and evenly (no primer needed). Pure, refined zinc oxide provides remarkable broad-spectrum protection without making skin more oily or triggering breakouts. It is perfect for sensitive skin or rosacea and great for use around the eye area. Daily sun protection is crucial for preventing wrinkles and brown spots, while still allowing skin to look fresh, even, and healthy."
Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense (blah, what a mouthful) is touted as a daytime moisturizer for combination to oily skin types. I would describe my skin type as combination but leaning towards the drier side and I still found this product to be very suitable for my needs, but bear in mind that I typically wear it with a moisturizing serum (and sometimes a a light moisturizing emulsion) layered underneath.
You may have noticed that the description says this product has a sheer tint—and quite sheer it is indeed, at least on my skin. Here's what it looks like straight out of the tube:
Glop. Rubbing it in...
And finally, completely rubbed in (after about two minutes of drying time):
Can you tell which part of my hand has product on it? Because I can't. If you're not convinced, here's a before and after on my actual face:
Can you tell the difference? Because I certainly can't. On me this dries into a completely invisible (and basically matte) finish. Amazing. Not sure how it would fare on very dark skin, but I suspect it won't
have quite as ridiculous of a white cast as sunscreens with a high
percentage of titanium dioxide do. Speaking of which.....
Active Ingredient: Zinc
Oxide 13% (broad-spectrum sunscreen agent). Other Ingredients: Water,
Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone
(silicone-based thickener), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone
suspending agent), PEG-12 Dimethicone (silicone-based thickener),
Resveratrol, Quercetin, Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants),
Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
(vitamin C/antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient),
Lauroyl Lysine (skin-conditioning agent), Bisabolol (anti-irritant),
Trihydroxystearin (thickener), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
(anti-irritant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant),
Haemstococcus Pluvialis Extract (astaxanthin/antioxidant), Hydrolyzed
Corn Starch (thickener/mattifying agent), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier),
Hydrated Silica (thickener/mattifying agent), Triethoxycaprylylsilane
(silicone-based binding agent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient
thickener), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (texture enhancer),
Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Chloride
(stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Iron
Oxides (natural pigment).
This is a mineral-only
sunscreen. No titanium dioxide, just zinc oxide. It's also loaded with a whole
bunch of antioxidants and emollient ingredients.
US $29 for 2oz/60ml or $1 for a 0.06oz/1.77ml sample
How to use:
Paula's Choice website suggests applying this as the last step in your
morning skincare routine, and to reapply during every two hours of sun
exposure. They also suggest using a water-resistant sunscreen instead if
swimming or in otherwise wet conditions... common sense?
Let's not beat around the bush here: I think this product is phenomenal. It's one of the lightest-feeling SPF products I've ever used. The fact that it's this light and SPF 30 makes me wonder why there are so many SPF 15 daily moisturizers out there that feel heavy and greasy as hell. Anyway, I've been using Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense for about two months now... I can't really tell if it's done anything for me in terms of collagen production, but I have used it under a variety of conditions and I can say that it does not pill up under makeup or make it slide off, make my face feel greasy, break me out, or generally bug me in any way. It honestly feels like I'm wearing nothing at all.
I feel like this product would be best suited to oily or combo skin types. If you have dry skin it's simply not going to provide enough hydration as a standalone daytime moisturizer, though if you're willing to layer another cream or emulsion underneath, it's definitely workable. The only even remotely negative thing I can think to say about this product is that it doesn't smell especially amazing—there's no added fragrance, so it just kind of smells like the raw ingredients, which I guess I'd describe as vaguely sour. But honestly, it's so subtle that most people probably wouldn't notice any scent at all.
Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense is a superlative SPF moisturizer for oily/combo skin that feels light as air. The lack of added fragrance also makes it a good option for sensitive-skinned folks to try. If you have normal to dry skin, you'll want to pair it with another moisturizer underneath. Folks who spend a lot of time being active outside might find a waterproof sport sunscreen to be a better choice, but for everyday use on your face and hands, it's top-notch.
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What do you think of Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30? What's the best SPF product you've ever tried?
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