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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Zinc oxide sunscreen for face

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 98.
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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

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    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.

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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 Beyond all expectations for tinted sunscreen I have tried many tinted moisturizers that include an SPF because I'm always looking for ways to make my morning ritual more efficient and this can save me the extra step of using both foundation and sunscreen. This is the only one that has lived up to its promise of blending with my pale skin tone and providing natural-looking coverage. I have rather oily skin, and although my skin looks shiny when the product goes on, it quickly absorbs and then seems to act like a mask the rest of the day - keeping my skin glowing but not too oily the rest of the day.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely, Sheer Coverage as Well as Protection I received this product as a trial from my esthetician, who sells SkinCeuticals at her salon. When I noticed that the sunscreen was tinted, I was intrigued, since one of the reasons I'm not a consistent sunscreen user is because it is so white. However, when I applied Physical Fusion UV Defense was when I was most impressed. It glides on effortlessly and provides lovely, although sheer, coverage. I usually struggle with both -- sunscreen and foundation. So, this is the perfect hybrid for me. I love using it and all the other Skinceutical products I own.
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get much better I've had a love/hate affair with most sunscreens--although I definitely need the protection (thus the love part), I hated that they mostly clogged my pores and left a strange filmy feel on my face. I first tried the first very light-weight SkinCeutical sunscreen and was very happy with it. But this one, with the tint, is exceptional. It feels wonderfully light on the skin but it has a little bit of coverage that actually makes your skin look prettier, AND has the blocking effect from those damaging sun rays. I couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I was sceptical when I was recommended to use this product after a facial but boy was I glad I did. I have literally used thousands of dollars of cremes, lotions, scrubs, toners, peels, and other cosmetics that guarantee results but this one lives up to its reputation. I use a combination of products in the morning and then this the final application on top. It protects my delicate skin and gives that silky sexy texture that has left all my male and femail friends noticing and asking what I am doing to get 'the glow'. I'm 50 and I can say 50 never looked better.
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Use in combination with additional sunscreen I have been hoping for a tinted sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 50 for quite some time. I purchased two tubes of the product and began using it. It is very sheer, and would go on under makeup very well. While I like the product, I find I must use an additional sunscreen of the same quality underneath this product to get good protection.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay but mature skins need more moisture This product has the consistency of water and has a nice tint (requires shaking), but even in the summer I felt as though I needed more moisture for skin - it felt tight after applying.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this sunscreen! I received a sample of this product (SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 50 tinted) from my dermatologist following surgery and loved it so much that I ordered it. I dislike sunscreen immensely so never use it. This product, however, is different from anything I have ever used. The tint evens out my skin tone and covers the redness from my rosacea and surgery. I apply it, then reapply after the first application has dried. After shaking the bottle I squeeze the sides of the bottle as I open it so the contents don't ooze out. Then I squeeze just a little bit onto a finger and apply. It is runny out of the bottle which makes it easier to blend where needed, but it dries quickly and stays put. I work outdoors quite a bit and I have not had any problems. This is a great product and I will be ordering it as long as it is available.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So convenient! This product is the perfect finish to my morning regiment. I work outdoors and have had to put up with looking like a mime while at work. No more! This does a great job of protecting me from damaging rays while giving me a radiant finish with an even tone. I am fair but red on my cheeks with an olive tinge. I don't know how it does it, but it matches itself to my own tone as well as my eye concealer. I still purchase Skinseuticals' other sun blocks and have them as a backup but if I want to have a more sophisticated look, this is my go to product.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST sunscreen for all skin types I have incredibly oily skin and in the past using sunscreen would just make it worse. This is not the case with this product. It absorbs so quickly into the skin and doesn't leave your face shiny. I love the tint, it adds just the right amount of coverage for those lazy days around the house when you don't want to coat your face in make-up. I will never go to another sunscreen! It smells clean and fresh and its' light-weight formula is so great for oilier skin types that really find thick creams discomforting. A must in your skincare regimen!
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best.Sunscreen.Ever. Looks fabulous! At first when I got this product I thought it was too runny. Then I realized that the fluid provides excellent coverage. It truly does give a glow. I put it on, then blot the excess moisture - the result is astonishing. You don't see any heaviness. It's so light and sheer that my skin looks like baby skin. I even took my mirror outside to see it in the harsh sunlight. I have thrown out all my foundations. My colleagues at work have made rude remarks about me having a facelift, when I haven't. it's this sunscreen! Thank you Skinceuticals!
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! I've been using Physical Fusion for several years now. It's the only sunscreen I use on my face (other than the few times here or there when I spray an overall sunscreen on my body/face for added security). It's lightweight and I love that it has just enough of a tint that I don't feel like I have to wear foundation. The only thing I need to be careful of is when I apply loose powder for a matte finish. I sometimes find that the sunscreen clumps a little after I've applied powder, but I still absolutely love this product.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely tint and supreme protection I have been usung this as my sunscreen for my face for 8 years. I have found it to be a reliable product that works well in protecting my skin against the sun, and the tint is so complimentary to my skin tone. I seldom wear foundation, just the tinted sunscreen. It also smooths in easily for application.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silky Sun Protection After a recommendation from my dermatologist and my esthetician, I recently began using Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 for my sunscreen protection. I am just gaga over this product! Not only does it protect, but it goes on smoothly, makes my skin feel like silk, and doesn't clog my pores. Since I do not use much makeup, I also love the light tint to even out my skin tone. Over the weekend, I was traveling by car with the rooftop open at high altitude for a period of 6 hours. I did not burn in the least bit.
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, blends well I also purchased this product on the day it came out. I have been using the sheer physical defense 50 which is great but still leaves a slight white residue. This lotion blends seamlessly and doesn't sting my very sensitive skin. It makes my skin look radiant and I have been complemented on my 'glowing' skin. What's even better is I'm getting great protection as well. Definately a must have product, I have pigmentation issues, so never leave the house without sunscreen. I use this over the C E ferulic.
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still leaves a white cast... The sunscreen texture is great, very high PPD, however if applied in the suggested amount (a circle the size of a quarter), this still leaves a very visible white cast, especially for us brown gals; *Sigh* I guess the search goes on....
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Face Sunscreen Ever I have been using this sunscreen for almost 3 years. SkinCeuticals better make this forever. I especially love the bigger bottle. I use it everyday and it lasts me 4-5 months. I love how it's not greasy and absorbs into my skin quickly and has a little tint that I can bring down to my neck and helps my makeup blend. It doesn't create any weird layering when I do my makeup. I have oily skin and this doesn't hasn't made my face oilier like most sunscreens. I absolutely love this product.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everyday sunscreen I use this everyday as my SPF and in place of foundations or powders. Essentially, it has become my make-up. I put it on with my fingertips and then allow a few minutes of drying time and absorption. I love it. It works very well for me and my skin tone. I should also say though that if you plan on swimming, sweating or being in the sun for an extended amount of time, remember to reapply at least every 2 hours for most effectiveness of the product. This goes for any sunscreen brand.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting Beauty and Brains Product Skinceuticals magically combines beauty and brains in Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. I love this product and recommend it to all of my clients -- who love it too. It makes my skin feel soft and I know it's also keeping the harmful sun rays away too! I have one client who does not like to wear sunscreen on her face -- ever! I gave her a sample of this product to use and she said it made her face feel so soft and so good that she changed her former anti-facial sunscreen ways.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good but I did not loved it Things I like about it: it has a light texture, the amount of pigment is fine so you don't look like a plastic doll, it is easy to apply and distribute into your face. Things I do not like: at the same time the texture is light I feel is a little greasy and it bothers me a little bit when I am applying it to my face. After applying tough, I do not feel as my face is plastered, I feel good about it. In general is a very good product, but I am not sure I would keep using it.
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Protection - Great Coverage I received my order of Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 50 a couple of weeks ago and used it twice in the last week. When I first applied it, I thought I wouldn't like it because if was rather 'runny' and I thought it wouldn't stay on well. I was completely stayed on beautifully...for hours! I was so happy it didn't look 'chalky' on me. The light tint blended into my rather pale ivory skin very well. It provided nice, even coverage. And, best of all...not a bit of sunburn or sun damage. I am pleased to say I will continue to use this product on my face and neck in the future. I hope one day it comes in a 3 ounce bottle that I can carry in my carry on bag on flights. I don't like checking my sunblock through in case my luggage takes a day or two to catch up with me! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best I have been using this sunscreen for a couple years now and it is the best!! I wear it everyday under my make-up. It evens out skin tone as well as protecting it. On weekends I wear it alone and it is enough coverage with the tint to look fine. It does not cause breakouts or feel greasy. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist after having a skin cancer removed and I feel like I am taking the best care of my skin now by protecting it everyday.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't run in your eyes when you sweat! This is a great product- love the tint, which blends in easily on my skin. I have a tendency toward brown spots, and this is my go-to-everyday sunscreen - I can put it on in the morning, and it keeps me covered even when I am on the tennis court- and it doesn't run into your hard to find a great everyday sunscreen with a tint that is SPF 50 - but look no further. I use it everyday, and still have my first bottle- it lasts a long time.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I learned something new...... I have learned that not all sunscreens are alike. I have been using an over the counter broad spectrum 70 sunscreen, however, I learned that premium ingredients are needed to totally protect your skin. I have been using Physical Fusion for a few weeks now and am truly impressed with its staying power during gym workouts, its light texture, and the way its light colored coverage makes my skin look. I will never go back to OTC sunscreens again.
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous, lightweight sun protection! I have normal, sensitive, acne-prone skin. I love the high protection that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens give to skin like mine, but they all tend to leave a white-cast. This product's beige tint gives such a beautiful, even tone to the skin, I feel as though I am wearing a weightless foundation! At the end of a long work day, I looked in the mirror expecting to see the sunscreen sliding around my face. On the contrary, my face looked beautiful, even and glowing. Even with liberal application, I tend to burn in the sun with high SPF factor products. This one ensures that my skin remains burn-free for hours without reapplication. The dispensing tip on the bottle ensures little to no spillage, so thumbs up for the packaging. The only problem is the price! However, this excellent sunscreen is worth a splurge now and then. I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Got Even Better! I had been using Sheer Physical Defense, but the addition of this newest Skinceuticals sunscreen makes it possible for me to ditch the foundation altogether. The tint is just enough for a natural glow and is perfect with or without other makeup. Physical Fusion UV Defense absorbs quickly, and I also find it nicely moisturizing as well...AND, it does not irritate my highly allergic, super sensitive skin. This is another hit!
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I purchased this sunscreen the day it launched, and I am so glad I did! Really amazing sunscreen, light, easily absorbed into the skin, and just a hint of color to make your facial skin look vibrant and healthy. I prefer physical sunscreens over chemical as it does not cause any irritation and works as soon as you put it on your skin, so no need to wait 30 minutes before sun exposure. Highly recommend for summer time! A++
Date published: 2011-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I have found My skin is fair and I have undergone laser ablation to treat dark sun spots in my face. BRUTAL! The best sunscreen I can find is imperative. This was recommended by my plastic surgeon and I go NO WHERE without application first. It contains zink and I have great confidence in sun protection. Along with this, I wear a Wallaroo hat from Australia. I am placing another order today for another bottle of sunscreen.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the only sunscreen I can use daily without issue I adore this product. Sunscreen has never worked for me. With most products that contain a SPF, even one use would cause irritation. Until I found the Physical Fusion products, I'd never found a sunscreen or a product that contained sunscreen that I could wear more than a few days a week. With Physical Fusion, not only do I not have irritation, daily use of the product actually IMPROVES my skins texture. I adore it.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SUNSCREEN EVER I use this on my face daily. Sunscreens tend to irritate my face, but this light formula is perfect for my combination skin. It goes on smooth, feels super light, and adds a nice subtle touch of color to my face. When pairing this with the ce ferulic it's basically like wearing a blanket on your face. I went to the beach for 7 days in September and managed not to get any sun on my face/neck. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m in! I finally got around to trying this and I see the hype. It’s the last step of my skincare (Goop cleanser, then CE Ferulic, B5 hydrating gel, AGE interrupter, then SPF). The color and texture is surprising upon first using it. But it applies nicely and doesn’t feel at all oily. I did not notice any change to my skin color from using it which is saying a lot since I’m pretty pale. I will continue to buy this!
Date published: 2019-02-05
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