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Physical UV Defense SPF 30 Mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin

Physical UV Defense SPF 30 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 32.
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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.

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  • 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

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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 Old formulation was better I've been using the cream version of this sunscreen for 2 years now and loved it! Imagine my dismay when the cream was discontinued and the new formulation came out. It's more of a watery consistency, and doesn't adhere to the skin as well as the old one. I actually broke out when I used it so I had to stop. Please bring the old cream formulation back!! It was sooo much better...
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This product was recommended to me, and I have been using it for about 4 years. I love the fact that it provides non-chemical protection that works for both UVA and UVB. I wear it every single day, and it actually gives a nice smooth base for my foundation. I haven't had a burn on my face in years, even though I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer--I just have to reapply it every 2 hours when I'm in the sun, as directed. I also like the tube itself, which gets smaller as it empties (like a tube of toothpaste), so it fits easily into my purse. Thanks for making such a great product.
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Fragrance free! I have been using the cream version of this product that came in a tube that you have discontinued. I loved it because it protected for hours, evened out my skin tone, but most importantly, IT WAS FRAGRANCE FREE!nnnnPlease please please bring it back!!!nnnnThis version is watery and is NOT FRAGRANCE FREE and has a strong unpleasant odor that does not go away!!
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for sensitive skin I live in California and have fair skin, so sun protection is very important for me. I also prefer to avoid chemical sunscreens. I tried the Physical Fusion SPF 50 first, and while I'll continue to use it when going to the beach or other times when I need to maximize my sun protection, I wanted something better for everyday use since I found it a bit "heavy". So, I tried this product. It's FANTASTIC. It is lightweight, and feels great when applied after a moisturizer. It doesn't leave my skin looking ghostly when rubbed it fully (I am pale though). My skin is sensitive and dry yet prone to the occasional acne breakout, and this sunscreen does not irritate, dehydrate, or cause breakouts on my skin. Thanks for a great product!
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This sunscreen has been my go to for years. I am fair skinned and burned a lot as a child. I wear sunscreen 24/7 as part of my anti aging routine. This fluid is sheer and NOT STICKY OR SUFFOCATING to your skin. Doesnt cause/aggravate my occasion acne breakouts. Plus its tinted; but so slightly that you cant tell. It really just evens out your skin tone so your face looks more uniform. Wish I could give the product 10 stars! I use it over skinceuticals CE Ferulic Acid serum for max antioxidant protection. Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, 1.7 Fluid Ounce
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works super well, lasts a long time even when your skin gets wet. Dont have to reapply a ton to still have effective coverage. My main issue is the smell of the product. It smells kind of stale almost, its not incredibly unpleasant but it isnt great either.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible for Sensitive Skin I have oily, but very sensitive skin. I used this product once and my face had tiny bumps all over it. I waited a few days and tried it again with the same results. I also wore it to the pool to see if it would work any differently and I got some very very deep pimples from it. I would not recommend this product to anyone prone to breaking out from thick products such as this sunscreen.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sheer and complete coverage for rosacea patient This product has been wonderful for my 'touchy', easily-irritated skin! The fluid format (I admit I never got to try the creme) goes on smoothly and creates a matte finish to wear alone or under make up. I never burn with this product in place and it allows me to spend my time outdoors. I only wish it were water and sweat-proof but that would probably change its light airy texture. So many sunscreens feel like greasy masks and this one definitely does not. I don't leave the house without it.
Date published: 2013-10-03
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