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Keep oil at bay with Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask.

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Sometimes we wish we could go back in time and warn our younger selves about roasting in the sun (or worse, spending time in a tanning bed). While we’re no Marty McFly, we can still work to repair skin from past discretions, as well as shield it from future sun damage. This lightweight moisturizer from Paula’s Choice does just that: It reduces the appearance of fine lines and discoloration, repairs and firms, and protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Your future self can expect a beautiful, youthful glow.

How it Works

Ideal for combination to oily skin, this gentle mineral-based formula contains pure, refined zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection from the sun without triggering breakouts. Potent antioxidants repair and stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer skin with fewer fine lines, wrinkles, and spots. And forget the white cast that some moisturizers can leave behind—this lotion has a complexion-enhancing tint that works on most skin tones. Gentle enough for use around the delicate eye area.

How to Use

After cleansing and moisturizing, apply liberally to face, eye area, and neck at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. Make sure to reapply product at least every two hours if skin is exposed to sun. The lotion’s sheer tint allows makeup to go on smoothly, so feel free to skip your primer.

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Best moisturizer with sunscreen

I use this in the summer when its more humid out. My face tends to sweat easily and this leaves a nice matte finish without being over drying. There is another product similar to this that is for dry skin that I'm currently using since it is winter and my skin is much dryer. Love both products!

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Works like a charm!

After reading mixed reviews on this sunscreen, I decided to take a chance and order it anyways. I've had nothing but good experiences with Paula's Choice products in the past, so I figured why not? I'm so glad that I did! This is the ONLY facial sunscreen that I can wear daily! I would def say it's for people with an OILY SKIN TYPE! I have pretty oily skin, and most SPFs make my face 100000x oilier, well not this one! It's super mattifying yet not at all drying for me! Also, the tint wasn't a problem for me at all. I'm fair skinned, and the tint kind of looks like my foundation tone, so maybe that's why. But I'll use it under makeup on my face, and also use it on my neck and it completely soaks in and no streaks or anything. Added bonus: very light scent, if any. So you're not left with that annoying sunscreen smell all day.
If you're on the fence about this sunscreen: if you're like me and have oily skin and most sunscreens make the oil slick worse, try this out! What have you got to lose?
10/10, love this product and love Paula's Choice!

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Love this stuff!!

Just ordered my third tube of this. I use an RX retinoid so SPF is really important to me. I need something that doesn't break me out, works well under makeup, and mattifies. Even though retinoids tend to dry out the skin, I still have oiliness in the T-zone. This doesn't totally mattify my T-zone, but I feel like it doesn't contribute to the oiliness. If you're looking for an SPF that moisturizes, this is probably NOT it. I usually apply another moisturizer on any dry patches I may have on my skin. Personally, I love that it has a little tint. I wouldn't say it really provides any coverage, just a small amount of "blurring" if that makes any sense. I'm very fair and the tint matches my skin well. I wear this on my face, neck, and décolletage every day.

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Not a fan

I should start by saying that I didn't realize that this was a tinted moisturizer when I ordered it. So I was already somewhat displeased realizing it was tinted. But that's my fault for not reading the description of the product thoroughly. Though I think it should be labeled a bit more clearly that it's tinted.
I am fairly pale and the tint totally washes me out. I have no idea how this is one shade fits all if it makes me look pale. It is also really drying. After applying my face doesn't feel moisturizer at all but rather dry and cakey. Totally disappointed in this product.

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Great tinted moisturizer/sunscreen

I wear this everyday. Perfect for sun protection, hydration, and covering up mild redness and imperfection. Mostly non-greasy, though I require some blotting at the end of a long day.

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the only good thing is the spf

I will never purchase this again. I have combination skin, and have used several moisturizers that actually work and have spf in it. This actually leaves my face feeling dry, which is really weird since it's a moisturizer. It feels ineffective. I will never purchase this again, and am very disappointed that this was recommended to me by birch box, and am very confused by the high ratings.

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Good sunscreen/moisturizer

I rotate between this product and another as my daily moisturizer/sunscreen. This blends on easily which I really like. There is a slight tint which works well with my skin tone. Love that it is a mineral based sunscreen.

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Best for oily skin

This is a pretty good sunscreen for me, but it think it would be fantastic for someone with oily skin! I'm on a retinol so my skin can be a little flaky, and unfortunately this doesn't really provide the moisture my skin needs. That being said, it is still very light and provides a slight mattifying effect (again, this isn't something I need or want given my retinol use and drier skin). It hasn't caused me to break out which I appreciate. Please note this does have a light tint. Somehow this always ends up in my eyebrows and makes them look coated in product (not a good look). Usually I can just sort of brush it out, but it makes me hesitant to use this without a mirror nearby. The claims of this being able to lighten brown spots and discoloration is questionable at best, though the broad spectrum SPF should prevent further damage.

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Stays matte all day and break-out free

I wasn't too happy at first with this product - I have medium tone olive skin and the tint in it is a bit too light and pink for me, otherwise I'd just wear it on its own, though it pairs great as a base for powder foundation!

However and most importantly I find this product is decently matte (even after wearing it all day) and I DO NOT break out wearing it! I've tried various sensitive skin/acne prone skin SPF products and they feel very heavy and I'll break out from it.

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Dry Moisturizer???

Two disclaimers with this review: 1) I am pregnant and my entire body including my skin is "off" 2) I started using this product right when the weather changed from warm to cool. BUT.... this is the first even moisturizer that makes my face feel dryer! Seriously, after use I end up with dry patches on my face and I need to use another product to actually provide moisture. Also, the liquid is tinted which I did not expect. It doesn't seem to leave color on my face but this was a surprise upon first use. I bought this in an effort to use more grown-up products but ultimately I will return to my regular drugstore moisturizer which has not let me down.

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