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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Zinc oxide sunscreen for face

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 102.
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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 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 The Best I have purchased this sunscreen several times. I have not experienced a sunburn. It is not greezy and lasts many hours. Love it.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tinted sunscreen I love the light coverage with the added bonus of sunscreen for protection. It’s perfect by itself on casual days & I use less foundation when I want extra coverage. The only minor complaint that I have is that it comes out of the bottle quickly due to its thin consistency.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different formula? I went through one bottle and LOVED it. The second bottle I purchased was so watery I couldn’t do anything with it. Literally it was like water just poured out of it. I called the spa I purchased it from, at full price and they said no returns or exchanges. So definitely finding a new sunscreen now. Super disappointed because I loved the original product.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product! I have very sensitive skin and can only use a barrier sunscreen. They so often feel like you put a plaster on your face. This product is lovely! It has a very light tint, and I have very pale skin. It works like a light foundation as well as a sunscreen. Love this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for this type of sunscreen.
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Feels great, smells terrible! This sunblock is very thin and does not feel oily at all on your skin. I also love the very very slight tint of the color; it gives you a natural glow. However, this sunblock smells so unbelievably terrible. It smells like you're rubbing straight chemicals all over your face. I have to hold my breath every time I apply! Good product overall; terrible smell.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good for my sensitive skin I love and use many skinceutical products. I tried this sunscreen and within minutes my skin was burning and I had to wash my face. I have sensitive skin that is easily reactive to products. If you have the same type skin I would either get a tester or the small size to test it out.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Suncreen I got this and wore it and love it. The lightest sunscreen doesn’t weight a lot on your face. Doesn’t make me itch I use it with the C E Ferulic I love how my skin looks and feels recent visit to my dermatologist she is a flagship. 3 months and wow what a difference. Hope to be able to experience all the rest of the products
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight but so effective I borrowed my aunt’s about a year ago and loved it. I had been looking for a lightweight sunscreen but one that wouldn’t break me out. The tint in this one is so great that I usually don’t even use powder or foundation afterwards. It blocks the sun but also gives the face a smooth texture look. I’m on my second bottle and will definitely be a lifelong customer.
Date published: 2018-11-17
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 Excellent! I started using this product several years ago and love it! Would recommend along with the C E FERULIC as part of daily morning routine!
Date published: 2018-11-01
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 3 out of 5 by from Not the same I've been using this sunscreen for years and I've always loved it. However, I ordered the 4.2oz size and just started using it and it seems like a very different formula than I am used to. This bottle is really watery, even after shaking it rigorously. I tried to pour out just a little amount and it went all over my sink. It's much too watery and thin! The bottles that I've had previously were perfect - not too thin and not too thick. The tint was natural and definitely improved my complexion. Not sure why this one is so different. I tried to reach out to the company but have not had a response back.
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I love this sunscreen! It has just the right tint to even out skin tones and gives you a natural look while providing sun protection.
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product!!! This is the very best sunscreen I have ever used. I am 63 and I have used many sunscreens and tinted sunscreens... none compare. Now I have one less step as it covers enough to illiminate foundation. I am in the sun allot and theprotection lasts all day.
Date published: 2018-07-11
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 Jackie Great product! Silky, smooth. No white residue. Great under make up.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF 50 I was excited about this product, yet it dries my skin every time i apply it.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I have been using this product for about ten years! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Silky smooth and keeps me protected in a desert climate and the second home which is more humid.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best sunscreen ever! I have been using this for years as a base coat before applying makeup. Since I am unable to wear any makeup with 'sunscreens' due to allergic reactions, this saves the day. It goes on smoothly, evenly and is weightless. The tinted is perfect for days I don't won't to apply makeup. Please don't ever stop making this PERFECT sunscreen without sunscreen chemicals!!
Date published: 2018-04-28
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 Love love love this! Got a sample of this sunscreen with a regular order i made. Ill never use another sunscreen! Just placed annorder for it. It is odorless. Ifvyoure looking for a cream this isnt it. Its like liquid foundation and cery nicely tinted. Makeup goes bauutifully over it. Well worth the cost!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why unavailable? Ever since I started using this tinted sunscreen in lieu of foundation I have received many compliments on my 'beautiful' complexion. Foundation enhances wrinkles, this doesn't. It's moisturizing while at the same time providing subtle color and sun protection. I have purchased this product from my dermatologist for the past 3 years, and am so disappointed that it is no longer available, at least not in this size. The smaller size was available, but the product smells different, and it's not pleasant. Otherwise, seems to be the same. I haven't compared ingredients as yet. I hope the original skin-tone tinted sunscreen in this size is going to be continued, and soon!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from glowing I have had several compliments on how great my face looks since using this and the triple lipid. I love that it is not greasy but best of all, I don't use foundation anymore. It gives enough coverage for me. I am 55 years old. Win Win!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite skin product I have been using this sunscreen for over 5 years. I have tried so many different skin care products, but this one I will never change. I always get compliments on my skin. I have been told my skin looks porcelain. :) I am fair, but I think the tint would work for everyone. For sure this sunscreen is the best skin product I have ever used.
Date published: 2017-11-24
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 Falling in love I am 47 and started using this product the and it goes really nicely under my make up and has smoothed out my skin. I use Vitamin C and other products from this line are absolutely love it ! I look forward to keep exploring!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have been trying to find the best tinted sunscreen to avoid wearing foundation. This is perfect! The last 2 weeks I have had it I have had so many compliments on my skin. It is very natural and light. I am so thankful to find this!
Date published: 2017-09-13
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 Wonderful I've been using this product everyday for the past 10 years and it does everything it says it does. It absolutely protects my skin from the sun as well as evens out skin tone to the point that I don't even need to use makeup. I only wish that they made this stuff to use on your entire body. I can't live without this product!
Date published: 2017-07-23
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