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Physical UV Defense SPF 30 Mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin

Physical UV Defense SPF 30 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 35.
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A broad spectrum 100% physical sunscreen for post-procedure, sensitive skin, and very dry skin

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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 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 5 out of 5 by from This is a great mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin. Its slightly thick but blends well. I use it as a face primer before foundation.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does not leave a gross feeling residue like other sunscreens do. It is pricey but I do believe it is worth it. I have the tinted one and can wear it in the summer without other face makeup
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the overall coverage this provides. Not sticky or heavy. No chemical smell. Well worth the price.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I use this everyday before I leave my apartment. I love that it is tinted. I dont love how liquidy the consistency is and I wish the tiny gave more coverage. This is my first bottle and will repurchase because I love that it is SPF 50. Sunscreen is so important and this is a great choice.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this sunscreen! It is made from quality ingredients, which protect you skin from all the harmful rays. It is very lightweight, and doesnt have a smell!! I have found my holy grail of sunscreens.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Influenster didnt give an option to pick the SPF50 version of this, which is what I have. I have the universal tint, which is a light tan color that could work on olive tones moving toward darker skin. As a woman of color with caramel/browner skin, this was far too light for me. I made it work for a long time and usually had makeup overtop so you didnt notice. But I hated using it without makeup because it left a semi-white cast on my skin. Outside of the appearance, function was great. I wore it in the hottest California sun and it kept me safe, and didnt come off with sweating. Id give 5 stars if they offered more color options, and if the texture was a bit better...hard to describe - I would have preferred it was a tad less oily feeling, I think. But if you think the color will work for you, Id say its wort trying out if you need a strong sunscreen for summer sports or adventuring.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite sunscreen. Ive use SkinCeutical sunscreen for more than a decade. It works better for winter for my oily skin.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This goes on smooth with no feel on the skin. Its lightly moisturizing and evens out skin tone. Its great for my rosecea probe sensitive skin. It is pricey but in my opinion worth it. Was recommended to me by my dermatologist.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is by far the best sunscreen I've ever tried. I've been using this for years and can't seem to find anything better. I love the super thin consistency and that it is made with only zinc and titanium dioxide. Physical barrier sunscreens are the only ones I can use and this is top-notch. Doesn't break me out and leave a thick uncomfortable coating on my skin. I have oily skin and this is perfect for not adding to the problem.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Non greasy, easily absorbed and weightless formula! It did not make my skin break out and worked great mixed with my foundation or bb cream
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great sunascreen. Its universally tinted so that your face doesnt get that white layered finish on top. Its non greasy and contains zinc oxide which completely blocks the rays from hitting your skin. It also doesnt make my sensitive oily and acne prone skin break out. I come from a country with a very hot tropical climate and I wear this every day without fail. Its my go to facial sunscreen :)
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use this product on my face every morning. I makeup has sunscreen in it but I know thats never enough. I like how this product has tint to match your natural skin tone. On days Im just running errands I only use this. Its enough to mask some of my redness but still light enough for breathable wear.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Luxurious feel Has a nice protective feel. At first, it felt like the consistency of glue, but once I spread it over my face, it absorbed nicely and gave a great foundation for my makeup. Skin feels supple and looks dewey, but not shiny. Does not look greasy throughout the day.
Date published: 2019-02-17
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 Good product Living Well Medical Spa in Portland Oregon recommended this sunscreen and it's the first one I've found that didn't cause a reaction. My dermatologist said I could only use products with zinc oxide or titanium oxide and this one fits the bill. I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2014-06-14
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works for me I used the cream version before it was discontinued and just tried the new version which is a thick lotion. It does have a white-ish cast, but that fades as it absorbs and leaves a matte finish that is surprisingly light. It works well under makeup on my oily-combo skin. The only downside is less product than the cream version for the same price.
Date published: 2013-09-16
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 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 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 Great for active lifestyle Used this product for a year, then switched to another sunscreen with Skinceuticals. Prefer this sunscreen for outdoor activities and sports as the other stung my eyes when mixed with sweat. I've gone back to this product and am pleased as punch Rub it in well as the titanium dioxide does leave a white color.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it ! So smooth , it goes on easy and I don't even feel it on my face . Great product.
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a good product, but... This is a very nice, thick lotion that doesn't seem too greasy, but the color of Physical UV Defense SPF 30 doesn't match my skin tone. t.t
Date published: 2011-07-21
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 5 out of 5 by from Sunscreen You Can Trust My plastic surgeon recommended Skinceuticals sunscreen after removing a small squamous cell skin cancer from my face. I had always been careful about sun exposure (at least as an adult) but was not using effective sunscreen. This sunscreen goes on light but provides significant overall protection thanks to microfine zinc oxide. It rubs in easily, so you won't have any white zinc oxide residue on your skin, but you will be protected. This is a great product!
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Great sunscreen, perfect for my sensitive skin. Non-greasy, no scent, and most importantly I can wear it under my makeup.
Date published: 2011-01-20
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