February 4, 2023
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Hot! Gallery Why the New DEFENSE Line from Paula’s Choice Skincare is Unusual

Image source: Paula's Choice (@paulaschoice)

Image source: Paula’s Choice (@paulaschoice)


Is there a better way to start a day than with Paula’s Choice (or Paula Begoun, the brand’s founder, more specifically…)? As super fans of both, it’s tough to say. We celebrated the recent launch of the new DEFENSE line (which you can get now) and spent a morning with Paula, who not only went through each of the products–peek the textures pictured above!— but shared how she is a modern day myth buster — so much of her job is about clarifying the skincare myths vs. facts.

Beyond skincare alone, the beauty guru spent a good deal of time talking about blue light; yep, that light that shines on your face from your phone, computer, tablet, TV… it’s the same type of light that makes the sky look blue. Unfortunately for all of us, blue light causes damage to the skin. It isn’t technically considered “pollution,” though, since it does not involve toxins penetrating the skin (like car exhaust or secondhand smoke, for example). Still scary. Nowadays, we’re seeing more brands releasing products that are attempting to combat the damage done to skin as a result of these factors, but Paula emphasized one really simple step we can take (at least with our phones) is to opt for using the yellow or warm light setting on our phones. If you wear glasses, spectacle makers are now also starting to offer lenses that are designed to shield blue light rays too.

OK, now back to the new DEFENSE products… this collection is unusual for Paula’s Choice because it’s written right on the labels that they’re “for all skin types.” If you know the brand, you know it’s products are designed and categorized by skin type, of which “all types” is typically too broad. However, the intent behind DEFENSE was to apply the same Paula’s Choice rigor in product R&D and apply it to providing a line that can act as a comprehensive starter kit with environmental protection for people who are still experimenting with what works best for their skin and largely do not have very intense skin concerns (such as extreme oiliness, cystic acne, etc.).

For example, Paula has shared that her skin type is oily and acne-prone. She had been using the Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser since its creation (aka for years!) but has now switched to the DEFENSE Hydrating Gel to Cream Cleanser ($18).

We’re still experimenting with the collection, but an initial impression thus far includes enjoying the application of the Antioxidant Pore Purifier ($31), with its very lightweight, fluid texture– which, for skincare newbies just starting out and building their regimens, will be easy to distinguish in the multiple steps of a routine based on the method of applying products in order of increasing “weight.” It also has that trusty ingredient of salicylic acid to refine pores and promote clear skin.

Both the Essential Glow Moisturizer with SPF 30 and Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer have the following in common: they’re strategically packaged in tubes that are flight-friendly so you can always bring them with you on-the-go (take a note out of Paula’s book and make a habit of keeping one on you so you can reapply SPF on the backs of your hands for protection whenever you need it), they’re packed with antioxidants with the dual purpose of preventing and combating the effects of environmental damage, and they’re both $29 each. The Essential Glow Moisturizer is easily one of our new favorite products; its creamy texture goes on evenly with just a pea sized amount, leaving skin emanating radiance all while keeping areas like the T-zone nicely matte.

Learn more about the new DEFENSE system at paulaschoice.com.

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