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Physical UV Defense SPF 30 Mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin

Physical UV Defense SPF 30 is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 41.
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A broad spectrum 100% physical sunscreen for post-procedure, sensitive skin, and very dry skin

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Product Details

Formulated specifically for post-procedure, sensitive, and very dry skin, Physical UV Defense SPF 30 combines barrier repair and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. More advanced than traditional sunscreens, Physical UV Defense is proven to increase the expression of essential proteins responsible for skin’s barrier integrity. This all-physical sunscreen, featuring zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) and titanium dioxide, provides all day hydration making it ideal for daily use. Artemia salina, a plankton extract, provides increased photoprotection by stimulating skin’s defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress.**

*Z-COTE HP-1 is a Registered Trademark of BASF

**based on in-vitro testing

  • 100% mineral filters, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Repairs and improves skin’s barrier function
  • Provides all day hydration in a nourishing, comforting texture
  • Paraben-free and fragrance-free

How To Use


In the morning, following a SkinCeuticals antioxidant, apply a dime size amount to the face, neck, and chest at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Apply before makeup. Reapply after 80 minutes of sweating, swimming, immediately after towel drying, and at least every two hours. For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use.

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    Skin may become sensitized or compromised after an in-office procedure. Physical UV Defense SPF 30 has been tested and proven to be safe post-procedure and provide a high-level of broad spectrum sunscreen protection. It is also ideal for very dry and sensitive skin. This safe sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection and all-day hydration in a nourishing, comforting texture.

    Features 100% mineral sunscreen filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that create a UV shield on the skin’s surface to protect against damaging UV rays, and minimize irritation.

Key Ingredients

  • Zinc oxide (Z-Cote®)
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Artemia salina

Microfine sunscreen filter provides broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays without leaving white residue

Learn more about zinc oxide (Z-Cote®)

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titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, water, glycerin, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, dimethicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, styrene/acrylates copolymer, stearyl dimethicone, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, isododecane, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, talc, dimethicone/polyglycerin-3 crosspolymer, nylon-12, pentylene glycol, lauryl peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, aluminum stearate, phenoxyethanol, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, magnesium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, dipropylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate

Physician Insight

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The single most important ingredient to any skincare regimen is protection from the sun. Physical UV Defense is a great way to protect your skin from UV every day. This daily sunscreen is great for people with sensitive and dry skin.

Dr. Jerome Potozkin – Potozkin MD

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed! I see I am not the only one who is disappointed that you discontinued Ultimate UV Defense 30. I keep buying your other products, and they don't live up to the original. Could you please tell us if you plan on bringing it back? It really is the only sunscreen that worked perfectly on my skin. Please bring it back!! Regrettably, I won't purchase your products until I hear back.
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I am so sorry that you no longer make the Ultimate UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It was a perfect product for me. I used it everyday, and it worked really well with my makeup. Is there any chance that it might be brought back. So much better than your latest product.
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed. Please bring back the UV special defense 30! Have used for years and have tried to others and don't like them. So will have to try something other than Skinceuticals. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2020-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So disappointed. Why ever would you take the Ultimate Defense 30 off the market? I've used it for years, even as foundation. It looked wonderful. I probaly sold more of it for you than you know. I got constant compliments.It's so disheartening to see a company with such a great product discontinue it. It happens so frequently now that when I find a product I like, I buy as much as I can because I know, at some point it will disappear. Sad for your company. What a great product it was.
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not nearly as good as ultimate Will look elsewhere for a good sunscreen, i’ve used the ultimate sunscreen forever, and absolutely a favorite, i’ll have to switch brands, your other sunscreens do not compare.
Date published: 2020-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please bring back Ultimate UV Defense 30 No other product compares to the old Ultimate UV Defense. Every woman in my family used it for decades. Your other sunscreens do not compare. Please, please bring it back!
Date published: 2020-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from PLEASE bring back ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE SPF 30! Please, Please, Please bring back the ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE 30 SPF for those of us with severely dry skin. None of your current sunscreens provide the moisture level that the Ultimate UV Defense 30 SPF did.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I think this is a very nice sunscreen, that combines the SPF with a tint. Yes, it is pricey - however, I believe it is worth it. Like other reviewers mentioned, the texture is very liquid, so you will have to adjust to that. As far as the tint goes - I am very pale, so it definitely gives me the sunkissed look. For that reason, I actually mix it with the Sheer Physical UV Defense Suncreen 50/50. This way my face and neck don't look noticeably darker than the rest of my body, but have a nice glow.
Date published: 2020-06-22
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