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Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 Nourishing face sunscreen

Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 49.
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Nourishing UVA/UVB cream

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Product Details

This broad spectrum protective cream with transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) helps protect against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Cosmetically elegant and moisturizing, this sunscreen is ideal for daily use and high-altitude climates.

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

  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Nourishing formulation
  • Ideal for daily use and high-altitude climates
  • For all skin types
  • PABA-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free

How To Use


Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure to face, neck and chest. Use before applying makeup. For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use.

Key Ingredients

  • Zinc oxide (Z-Cote®)
  • Octinoxate

Microfine zinc oxide provides broad spectrum protection against burning UVB as well as aging UVA rays without leaving white residue

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octinoxate, zinc oxide, water, cyclomethicone, diisopropyl adipate, synthetic beeswax, hexylene glycol, PEG-40 stearate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycerin, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, beeswax, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, PEG-20, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, dimethicone copolyol, PVP/eicosene copolymer, sorbitan tristearate, propylene glycol, stearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG 100 stearate, glyceryl dilaurate, cetearyl alcohol, stearoxytrimethylsilane, steareth-100, laureth-7, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben

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Many of my patients have told me that Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 is the best sunscreen they have used on their face. It provides broad spectrum sun protection while providing moisture to the skin in a cosmetically elegant formula.

Dr. Jerome Potozkin – Potozkin MD

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRING IT BACK!!!!!! Why on earth would this product be discontinued???? It is hands down the BEST sunscreen ever made! I first saw it at a cosmetic dermatologist office and have been using it daily for over a decade. I am now 60 years old and my skin has never looked better. I'm told I look 45! For some reason this product makes my skin extremely supple and wrinkle free and was the only thing that banished my occasional adult acne for good. Nothing else compares to it, not even other SkinCeuticals sunscreens, it must be the way in which the zinc is formulated. I cannot live without it, PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!
Date published: 2019-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Epic fail Let me start off by saying I love skinceuticals products. Whether it is a dermatologist or aesthetician whenever I say I use their products the response is always 'that's a great line.' And it is, as it has noticeably worked wonders for my skin. My only gripe with this line is the lack of a good, non-greasy, non-comedogenic moisturizer with an SPF. In search of one I decided to try this product. Sadly this is the first skinceuticals product I've tried that I do not like. Its greasy and leaves that white sun block film on your face. Still searching for the perfect daily moisturizer with SPF.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please, please, please bring it back! This glorious product has been out of stock for months. The wonderful staff at Skinceuticals have reassured me that it is not discontinued but they don't know when it will be back. It would be so helpful if they were given an ETA so that we can at least rest easy knowing that it will return. I have tried all other Skinceuticals sunscreens and there is a reason why this one has a cult-like following and enduring appeal. It is just perfect and there is none other like it on the market. My skin is sad without it :-(
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to every day! When people ask, "how does your skin look so good"? I say, "sunscreen". I would not go one day without it. Even in the depths of winter or a dark, dreary, rainy day, I wear Skinceuticals - Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30. In the summer I apply it at least twice a day if I am out in the sun. I do not use moisturizer -- this is enough. It moisturizes my skin when I apply it, yet is never greasy or heavy. I have tried other brands but this is far superior. It is soothing if your skin is sensitive or a little irritated. I will not wear anything else!
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not discontinue I use a lot of skin Celtic also products. I am missing the discontinued Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 that was discontinued a couple years ago. That was the absolute BEST sunscreen for faces. My freckled, fair Irish skin could sit on the beach all day, all summer with the SPF 20. Once discontinued I switched to the Ultimate UV Defense 30. It words in the way of protection, but it is thicker and there is a white sheen to it. It is my second choice, but good. Do not discontinue. The Physical Fusion 50 is good for daily wear around town, but NOT for sitting on the beach all day. The others work much better, even though the SPF is lower. I am not at all happpy with the newest light moisture spf 50. Please bring back the Daily Sun Defense 20. This was your beast, most reliable sunscreen for faces.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please do not discontinue!! Like others who have commented here, I have been using this product for many years (20 years in my case), and I always get told I look 10 years younger. I use it also as a moisturizer and it makes my skin feel soft without a film like other sunscreens I have used. This is hands down the BEST sunscreen for the face and I can’t believe it is or will be discontinued. Please consider the outcry from your loyal customers and make this product available again.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultimate Defense I use this sunscreen on my arms, legs, and rest of body. It has a white creamy texture, so I don't use it on my face. This sunscreen never fails me. I live by the beach so I use sunscreen almost daily and I never get burned with this product. You don't need a lot of product for coverage and I put it on before I go outside. My only wish was that it was tinted like the Physical Fusion UV Defense product that I use specifically on my face and neck. If I compare the two, the Fusion is very lightweight and thin vs the Defense that is heavy and has a thicker consistency. Both are amazing.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great protection & wonderful feeling on skin! I've used this sunscreen for a number of years & have received many compliments regarding my skin - largely due to this particular sunscreen. It protects my face while keeping it moist. I have been trying to reorder since Fall 2018 & am VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT I'VE HAD NO SUCCESS. PLEASE CONTINUE THIS PRODUCT. I'm almost out of it (usually ordering several tubes at a time). I'm still on the "notify" list.
Date published: 2019-05-01
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