Moisturising your skin is a very important task, even if you are the oily type. Part of the oily skin problem can sometimes be caused due to lack of moisturisation, as the skin’s desperate attempt to compensate. Nevertheless, whether you are oily or not, giving your skin some replenishing, nourishing and conditioning ingredients as well as SPF protection during the day time is an absolute must!
As a result, I am always looking out for a good day cream and although I have found some pretty good ones, especially for oily skin, they were not complete.
While the two above options are excellent, they both lacked SPF protection. As you can imagine, finding a complete day cream that offers oil control, nourishing ingredients, SPF, works well with makeup and is reasonably priced, is a tall order!
One option that comes very close is the Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 which works amazingly, even in very hot and humid environments.
However, although the high SPF 50 is definitely a positive, the more protection the better in this matter (check out: Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF), there are some that prefer to wear something a little less strong in the winter months and I think I found the product for the job. It’s little sister, the Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30.
Let’s have a detailed look.
This product didn’t arrive with outer packaging.
It comes in a plastic tube packaging with a nozzle. It doesn’t look particularly designed or beautiful but it’s not ugly either. Despite that, I personally like the metallic blue tube colouring and I thought that it makes it stand out.
It’s an SPF moisturiser, it really doesn’t need to be as beautiful as our makeup but I must admit, if you also own it’s bigger brother, the Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, it can become confusing as they look very similar!
As with most Paula’s Choice products, there is a lot of writing all over the tube, both front and back which can be overwhelming. However, more information is definitely better in this case, especially when it comes to figuring out which products have better formulations and ingredients.
Bear in mind that Paula’s Choice has re-designed a lot of their product packaging and this product now looks slightly different. It’s still a blue tube but it is matte and baby blue. The metallic blue is gone and so has some of the writting. The new packaging looks simpler but the product is still called the same name and has the same formulation.
A full size 60mL tube retails for £33, but you can also buy a 1.5mL sample for £0.70 to try it out first if you wish.
The price is very good, especially considering the SPF protection and ingredients. There are many creams with even less attributes, especially less or none SPF content, that retail for much more.
The 60mL tube will last you for a while, roughly 2-3 months or more depending on the amount and frequency of use.
Where can you buy this product from?
I bought mine from the Paula’s Choice website.
Please note that I am not sponsored by them, the discount code below is a personal one that you can also get after your first purchase.
To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.
This product contains SPF 30, a must have at all times, even during a cloudy winter. The minimum recommended daily SPF protection is SPF 15, so this product will give you a good protection without being too strong, if you prefer to keep that for the summer months.
However, bear in mind that the more protection the better (and less signs of ageing) and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t wear the Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 during the winter months too.
This product is a “silky lotion mattifies & smooths” as it says on its packaging and it truly kept me matte all day long! I didn’t need to use a mattifying product or any re-touching during the day. In combination with the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation it kept me matte all day long!
Texture and colour?:
This product has a light cream texture that is neither sticky, watery or heavily creamy. It’s literally a light cream that is very easy to spread and has a typical texture of a BB cream.
This is not too surprising as it is (a) meant to be a light cream and (b) has a tint to it so in a way, it’s almost like a fancy, good BB cream with SPF protection.
When I first purchased this product I didn’t realise that it is tinted and I must admit I was very disappointed at the beginning. In all fairness though, it does say it at the front of the product “sheer, natural tint ideal for all skin tones”, but the letters are fairly small and I was probably not paying enough attention. All I wanted to buy was a good day moisturiser with a reasonable SPF content and I initially thought that the tint is not necessary.
However, after having used this a couple of times I actually love it. The tint offers a little blurriness to your skin, before applying your makeup, which means that you don’t need as much makeup to cover up any blackheads, wrinkles or imperfections and you can also use this product on no-makeup or light-makeup days. A bit like you would with a BB cream but with this one you are also getting some skin nourishing ingredients and a good SPF protection.
It’s a multitasker product and that’s even more value for money!
I haven’t tried this product on all skin tones so I cannot possibly comment if it would work for all, but it definitely worked for my super pale complexion (for reference I am an Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N2 Ecru).
This product claims to “visibly reduces wrinkles” and although I cannot really say that I have serious wrinkles that it could reduce, it definitely blurred out blackheads and colour imperfections and overall gave a smoother but natural appearance, without looking like there’s anything on my skin.
It’s not a makeup type of coverage, the skin will still be visibly not completely perfect, but it’s like a natural and light middle ground between completely makeup free and full on makeup. Yes yes, it’s like a BB cream.
This product has a faint cosmetic cream type of smell. However, it does not contain fragrance and any smell is natural from the ingredients.
This product is suitable for normal, oily and combination skin.
Do not use this cream (or other cosmetics) on irritated or broken skin.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“A lightly tinted mattifying moisturiser.
This super-light anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF protection minimises shine by absorbing excess oil. A gentle mineral-based sunscreen and potent blend of antioxidants protect and fortify the skin. The sheer tint and soft matte finish make it the perfect makeup base.
Mattifies shiny skin
Protects from sun damage
Fights signs of ageing
How to use
Apply as the last step in your morning skincare routine. Allow a moment to dry before applying makeup.
“UV radiation damages your skin”
Sunfilters protect against UVA and UVB radiation, and thus protect against skin aging and redness from the sun.”
This product lasts for 12M.
Practicality of use – user experience:
This moisturiser is very easy to use. It spreads easily, gets absorbed quickly and it does not interfere with makeup. In fact, other than nourishing and protecting your skin, it also helps your makeup look more flawless by creating a smoother, blurred base and by keeping you matter all day long.
The only negative I’ve noticed about this product is the fact that it causes my skin to peel the next day, if I don’t take it off before going to bed. Can’t really blame the product for this, you really should take off your makeup and day skincare before going to bed. It’s just something I noticed on those days when life took the most out of me and I just slept with my day cream on. Shame!
I don’t have sensitive skin or any skin allergies etc, so I was quite amazed by the effect as my skin never reacts to cosmetics. I even on purpose tested it a few times to confirm it, although I am still unsure as to whether it was my skin peeling off or if the product created a thin layer on my skin that was peeling off. Nevertheless, please do not try this, wash your face and use your night skincare before going to bed.
This product contains 32 ingredients of which, 23 will provide you with some level of skincare benefit (some more than others), 1 is a possible ingredient negative (debatable) and 4 are potential irritants. The stats are definitely good however, even though there are some nourishing ingredients in there, I cannot say that this is the most nourishing day cream you could buy.
However, you could couple this with a nourishing primer, like for example the This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisture, Primer (this is a ride or die product for me) and give your skin a nice combination of needed SPF protection and nourishment, as well as create a great base for makeup. Check out: Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of this product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water (Aqua) – Water based formulation.
- Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
- Zinc Oxide – A lubricating sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. Check out: Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF
- PEG-12 Dimethicone – A skin conditioner that can enhance the product’s spreadability.
- Lauryl Lysine – An amino acid derivative that can condition the skin.
- Trihydroxystearin – A skin conditioner and replenisher.
- Dimethicone Crosspolymer – Can sooth and soften the skin.
- Resveratrol – A potent polyphenolic antioxidant that can also calm the skin and minimize redness.
- Quercetin – A bioflavonoid anti-oxidant from plants that can also sooth and replenish the skin.
- Epigallocatechin Gallate – The major polyphenolic compound in green tea that acts as a skin soother and anti-oxidant. It is also said to have anti-flammatory effects, delay cellular ageing and stabilise sensitive and irritate skin although some report it as an allergen. May synergistically increase sun protection when used in combination with a sunscreen.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A stable form of vitamin C. Can increase collagen production keeping the skin healthy and younger looking, reduce melanin production giving a brighter skin appearance and can even repair the effects of UV-exposure. This specific form of Vitamin C even has the ability to stimulate production of moisturising compounds in the skin. A hero compound. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Adenosine – Skin restoring and soothing ingredient. Can improve the skin’s smoothess and has anti-ageing benefits.
- Bisabolol – A skin conditioner from chamomile that can sooth and enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin, by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness to the skin. It is perceived to have healing properties but also anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It can enhance the absorption of other molecules.
- Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract – A skin conditioner and soother.
- Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract – Rich in anti-oxidants (such as vitamin C) reducing sun damage and premature ageing. Can help skin heal faster.
- Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract – An anti-oxidant.
- Hydrolized Corn Starch – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
- Hydrated Silica – The product states hydrated silica whereas the ingredient list on the brand’s website states hydrolysed silica. The terms hydrate or hydrolysed could refer to different structures (ie. x.H2O surrounding molecules vs OH functionality), however, I will go with the ingredient stated on the product packaging which is more likely to be correct. This ingredient plays a couple of formulation purposes and although some report this as a skin conditioner too, that would hardly be its primary role.
- C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate – A skin conditioner which primarily serves formulation roles such as being an anti-microbial preserving agent that can dissolve sunscreens.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner.
- Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Polysorbate 80 – Although there is no solid scientific proof, this ingredient has been the subject of a couple of studies noticing cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity concerns.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Epigallocatechin Gallate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
Full list of ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Zinc Oxide (13%, Nano, broad spectrum sunscreen agent ), PEG-12 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), Lauryl Lysine (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Trihydroxystearin (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (suspending agent), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Quercetin (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract (antioxidant), Hydrolized Corn Starch (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Hydrolyzed Silica (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient texture enhancer), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) (colorant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
If you like BB creams then you must try this one. Not only does it blur our imperfections and moisturise your skin but it also offers a respectable SPF 30. This product contains an amazing ratio of ingredient positives to negatives and is relatively cheap considering how long it lasts and the fact that you can use it for more than one purpose.
I use this product on a daily basis during winter, under my makeup, but also as a BB cream during the days when I go for a makeup free look. Not only does it blur out imperfections but it also keeps my oily skin matte.
I recommend this product.
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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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