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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (1.7 oz) Zinc oxide sunscreen for face

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 260.
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A tinted sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral filters provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, while promoting natural radiance and a more even skin tone

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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a weightless fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with translucent color spheres for effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an even, radiant finish. This high protection zinc oxide sunscreen also contains artemia salina, a plankton extract known to increase skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

  • Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast
  • Water resistant for up to 40 minutes
  • Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress
  • Paraben-free and fragrance-free; non-comedogenic
  • Ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive skin

How To Use

Shake well before use. Apply sunscreen liberally to the face, neck, and chest 15 minutes before sun exposure and before applying makeup. Reapply sunscreen after 40 minutes of swimming, sweating, immediately after towel drying, and at least every two hours. For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use.

Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad-Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
- Limit time in the sun, from 10 am - 2 pm
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses
- For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    This breathable, tinted sunscreen is formulated with transparent titanium oxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®), the only mineral UV filter shown to protect against the full UVA/UVB spectrum along with translucent color spheres and artemia salina to impart powerful UV protection with a natural radiance. A “shake then apply” dispersal technology helps ensure even distribution of sunscreen ingredients.

Key Ingredients

  • 5% Zinc oxide (Z-Cote®)
  • 6% Titanium dioxide
  • Artemia salina
  • Translucent color spheres

This microfine zinc oxide is a mineral filter that reflects sun rays to provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The particle size and distribution characteristics spread evenly and provide a non-whitening effect on skin.

Learn more about zinc oxide (Z-Cote®)

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titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, water, dimethicone, isododecane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, undecane, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, silica, tridecane, dicaprylyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, talc, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, aluminum stearate, pentylene glycol, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, phenoxyethanol, magnesium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, c9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate, peg-9

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I love Physical Fusion because it is so easy to apply and does not clog up the skin or feel and look too heavy. The tint also gives it a nice smoothing effect on the skin. It is so easy to apply, and so effective in protecting the skin from sun damage, that I also use it daily on my three children.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this sunscreen for my face I have been using this for a few years now. Great sunscreen for my face. Not greasy, nice light foundation coverage.
Date published: 2020-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Finish I received a sample of this product from Dermstore and will be purchasing the full size. I use this with a was of Bare Minerals Foundation over the top. My skin is absolutely radiant and I'm 57 years young!! I also use the eye SPF amazing too. Great luminosity, coverage but does not settle into fine lines!! Try my recommendations. You wont be dissapointed.
Date published: 2020-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The tint is tan/white The tint version of the SPF50 offerings is not meant for brown and black skin. It’s extremely runny, tan in your hand and white on your face. Thirty minutes later it looks like a layer of grey. I would highly not recommend purchasing the tint.
Date published: 2020-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sunscreen This sunscreen is unique and a great product. It works very well with makeup. In addition, this sunscreen has not caused me to break out in anyway. I suffer from hives and eczema and have to evaluate every single ingredient in all products. I love this sunscreen.
Date published: 2020-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gritty texture What causes the sandy/gritty texture of this product?
Date published: 2020-09-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Leaves a white cast on darker skin This product is not for people with brown skin color as it leaves a white cast. I received this product as a sample, and wore it out a few times in different sun environments, and it does a great job of providing protection. I have combination skin and the matte texture clung to the dry areas but looked great in my oily areas.
Date published: 2020-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light weight sunscreen!!!! This is the best sunscreen for face I have ever used. Some sunscreens for face are thick and sticky. But this one is Lightweight yet great coverage and protection. Love it. Will use this always.
Date published: 2020-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This stuff is amazing and totally worth it I love this stuff and will never use anything else. I spent a day at the lake and didn't reapply once and didn't burn (I used drug store sunscreen on the rest of my body and reapplied twice and I burned terribly). I mix this with Arbonne restorative cream every morning before I put on my make up and I love it. It's light under makeup, no greasy, and offers great protection. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2020-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Texture! I only received this recently but I already LOVE IT! If feels like silk on your skin and makes a nice base for foundation but looks good by itself!
Date published: 2020-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I recieved a sample sized tube of this with a Skinceuticals order that I made, and I really like it. It's higher SPF than any other facial sunscreen I've tried, and that's a huge plus. I have oily skin, and it has a sheer finish that doesn't make me shiny. It's got a little bit of color to it, but it blends right in and doesn't make my skin look any lighter or darker than it naturally is. I took a pic with some of the product on my hand so you can see the color. It doesn't leave a white cast like a lot of other face sunscreens do, you can't even tell you're wearing anything. The only thing that I wasn't very happy about was after the first time I used it I got two little blemishes. I'm not sure if it was from that or from something else, though. It's a little bit spendy, but I feel that it's worth the price for the higher SPF and the other beneficial ingredients in it. I recommend this and will likely repurchase after my sample tube is gone. It's really thin, so a tiny bit goes a long way and this tiny tube will probably last me a couple of months.
Date published: 2020-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth I love this sunscreen for cooler weather. It’s tint is AWESOME! they should all be tinted. It’s a super moisturizer too. I use the physical matte in summer which is a miracle! for no shine.
Date published: 2020-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too runny While the product does provide sun protection and evens my skin tone as promised, I just hate the consistency. It's way too runny and application is a nightmare. It also feels 'sandy' as I spread it across my face, almost like a micro-exfoliator. Not sure what that's about. Love Skinceuticals, but I will not be buying this one again.
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Drying I bought this as a replacement for Ultimate UV defence and it's very disappointing. I need a daily dog moisturizer to wear with my C&E Ferulic serum and under make up. This is just awful. It flakes off, and settles into pores. Bring back Ultimate UV defence. Please let know how to return this product
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Super Watery I believe this product will protect my skin from the sun, but it comes out like water and is messy. You waste product trying not to spill it everywhere.
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this sunscreen This is a great sunscreen, and the fact that it’s tinted is an awesome addition in the summer or before going to the gym when I don’t want to wear heavy makeup. It has a thin texture and low viscosity so it’s easy to spread on and being from skinceuticals I feel confident that it’s protecting my skin. I use it in the morning after applying my skincare and then I use my Lumasol spray to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Date published: 2020-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review of tinted sunscreen I purchased this about a month ago looking for a tinted sunscreen for the face that would also add a glow to my complexion. I do like this product however, it is more watery than I expected. I had used another product by Dermstore (now discontinued) that was thicker and creamier and I prefer that consistency. I would likely purchase this product again if I can not find something I like better.
Date published: 2020-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love ❤️ ❤️ Love Light and sheer. Love knowing I am using a product that is keeping my skin healthy. I have been fighting skin cancer for years, and I have been using your products for 6 months. I have had more compliments than I could ever imagine! I am SOLD. You have a lifetime customer in me. Thank you so much SkinCeuticals ❤️
Date published: 2020-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creates glowing skin! This product immediately creates glowing skin... spf is a plus
Date published: 2020-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This sunscreen feels good on and absorbs well into your skin unlike a lot of sunscreens for your face which leave a white chalky look. This has a slight tint which the company claims will work on any skin color - I’m not sure about that but it works well with my fair skin. You can even use it under foundation. The only problem I have with this product is it tends to run into my eyes when it’s hot out. I think I’ll probably use it more in the Spring and Fall and stick with Dermalogica in the summer. [product:skinceuticals-physical-fusion-uv-defense-spf-50-17-fluid-ounce]
Date published: 2020-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product I have been using this product for a couple of years and it protects my skin and gives it just the right amount of tint.
Date published: 2020-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zinc oxide mineral sun screen I just started using the physical defense 50 sunscreen. I have sensitive skin, and I need a recommendation as to what to use to remove the sunscreen. My Dermatologist tells me to wash my face with cephaphil .......I wash a few times ...still some on. I have Roseaca so no you have a product you recommend?
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I am a fair skinned redhead and constantly on the hunt for the best mineral sunscreen. I gave this a try after seeing a friend use it who is also fair and it is love!! It’s very lightweight and silky and blends very well. I was very concerned about the tint at first because many still show up on my skin or oxidize orange and no one wants to look like a Cheeto puff! I have tried nearly all high end and most drugstore mineral sunscreens and so far this beats them all.
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect 2-in-1 sunscreen & skin tint I've been looking for my holy grail sunscreen for a very long time; I am a fan of physical sunscreens as they are better for the environment and my body but many of them can be chalky or unpleasant on the skin, especially for all-day wear. This sunscreen feels very nice on the skin and the tint provides nice everyday coverage for my light-medium skin. I hope they never discontinue this wonderful product!
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! This was the first Skinceuticals product I bought and I'm so happy with my purchase! I'll definitely be trying out more of their products. I've been using the sunblock for a week now and there hasn't been a single breakout for me which is amazing as other sunblocks I've tried ended up in breakouts. It has a nice matte finish, doesn't make my skin feel greasy and feels lightweight on the skin.
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Product - question on pregnancy Love this product! Is it safe for use while pregnant?
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! Have used this product for years. Everyday use It is lightweight ...tinted so no other makeup needed very effective without feeling like heavy cream
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite sunscreen ever After reading some rave reviews of this product, I decided to try it, and am I ever glad I did. It is so light and comfortable to wear, invisible, and a high SPF. I will never buy any other kind of sunscreen again. Oh, and I also love that it is ocean safe.
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 So sad...bought this on customer service recommendation to replace ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE 30 and it's not even close. It's a thinner formulation and after short time white rolls of product show up on skin....same thing happened to my husband. Not sure why skincueticals would get rid of a best seller? Please please please bring ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE 30 back!!
Date published: 2020-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love product, problem with service & expiration Bought this product online- have used it several years. However- the bottle that I received expires in 4 months. I expected to receive a product that had at least a year of use. I called and the rep said there was nothing Skinceuticals could do. Disappointed with customer service. I have been a loyal client for 7-8 years. I buy product online and from my esthetician. Never have I had this issue.
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fave! I have been using this lightweight, nongreasy, easy-to-apply, matte finish, and delicately tinted sunscreen for years and I won't use anything else. In the past, I suffered from rosacea and I continue to have skin sensitivity issues but this sunscreen works without causing any issues. My husband has started to borrow it as well. It even lasts all day during mountain biking, boating and other outdoorsy activities (although I'm sure the published recommendations require you to re-apply). I am never that organized but neither do I burn so it's a winner with me. LOVE IT!!!
Date published: 2020-04-21
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