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Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 Nourishing face sunscreen

Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28.
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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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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 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 4 out of 5 by from I prefer DAILY SUN DEFENSE SPF 20. The ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 is definitely good for my neck, back, and hands. However, it makes my face feel thick and greasy. I'm going to switch back to DAILY SUN DEFENSE SPF 20 because it's perfect under makeup... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When will be available I use this product daily and love it. When will it be available again?
Date published: 2018-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS PRODUCT! PLEASE BRING IT BACK! Why did you cancel this product? No longer available and I rely on it to use while I am working out since it's the one product that doesn't burn my eyes! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooray! Bravo have done it again! I had previously been using the Sport Defense SPF 45 and I loved I decided to try the Ultimate UV Defense because of the added UVA blockers which as we all know are the nasty rays that cause aging of the skin! This works just as well and makes my skin look fabulous! I love the fact that it is moisturizing and does not dry out my combo/normal - to - oily/problematic phsyco skin! It gives you a 'glowing' affect that is just goregous. I even had a friend ask me if I was pregnant because my skin was glowing and all I could say was 'it's my new sunscreen'!! I get compliments all the time. I will buy SkinCeuticals products for the rest of my life. I also use the LHA cleanser for problematic skin and the blemish and age defense serum. I love both products!
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No white residue Provides clear, smooth coverage with no sticky or white residue if applied lightly and a little at a time on sections of face. Absorbs well and has no scent. A little goes a long way. My face feels great without that strange feeling you get with some facial sunscreens - like you know you have it on your skin. I keep it in my purse at all times and feel good about protecting my skin. Will buy again. This is an excellent skin care line!
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, comfortable and great under make-up!! Skinceuticals' suncreens have been protecting my skin for the past 16 years. I have worn both Physcial UV Defense SPF 30 and now am using Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30. Sometimes, I use both (Physical Defense around my mouth, nose and neck because the protection is the absolute best). I consider my sunscreen as important as my deoderant. I would never leave my home without having used it or a Skinceutical sunscreen.
Date published: 2011-05-14
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