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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Zinc oxide sunscreen for face

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 214.
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A tinted sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral filters provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, while promoting natural radiance and a more even skin tone

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Product Details

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a weightless fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with translucent color spheres for effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an even, radiant finish. This high protection zinc oxide sunscreen also contains artemia salina, a plankton extract known to increase skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

  • Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast
  • Water resistant for up to 40 minutes
  • Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress
  • Paraben-free and fragrance-free; non-comedogenic
  • Ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive skin

How To Use

Shake well before use. Apply sunscreen liberally to the face, neck, and chest 15 minutes before sun exposure and before applying makeup. Reapply sunscreen after 40 minutes of swimming, sweating, immediately after towel drying, and at least every two hours. For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use.

Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad-Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
- Limit time in the sun, from 10 am - 2 pm
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses
- For children under six months of age, consult a physician before use

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    This breathable, tinted sunscreen is formulated with transparent titanium oxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote?), the only mineral UV filter shown to protect against the full UVA/UVB spectrum along with translucent color spheres and artemia salina to impart powerful UV protection with a natural radiance. A “shake then apply” dispersal technology helps ensure even distribution of sunscreen ingredients.

Key Ingredients

  • 5% Zinc oxide (Z-Cote?)
  • 6% Titanium dioxide
  • Artemia salina
  • Translucent color spheres

This microfine zinc oxide is a mineral filter that reflects sun rays to provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The particle size and distribution characteristics spread evenly and provide a non-whitening effect on skin.

Learn more about zinc oxide (Z-Cote?)

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titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, water, dimethicone, isododecane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, undecane, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, silica, tridecane, dicaprylyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, talc, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, aluminum stearate, pentylene glycol, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, phenoxyethanol, magnesium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, c9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate, peg-9

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I love Physical Fusion because it is so easy to apply and does not clog up the skin or feel and look too heavy. The tint also gives it a nice smoothing effect on the skin. It is so easy to apply, and so effective in protecting the skin from sun damage, that I also use it daily on my three children.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! Have used this product for years. Everyday use It is lightweight ...tinted so no other makeup needed very effective without feeling like heavy cream
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite sunscreen ever After reading some rave reviews of this product, I decided to try it, and am I ever glad I did. It is so light and comfortable to wear, invisible, and a high SPF. I will never buy any other kind of sunscreen again. Oh, and I also love that it is ocean safe.
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 So sad...bought this on customer service recommendation to replace ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE 30 and it's not even close. It's a thinner formulation and after short time white rolls of product show up on skin....same thing happened to my husband. Not sure why skincueticals would get rid of a best seller? Please please please bring ULTIMATE UV DEFENSE 30 back!!
Date published: 2020-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love product, problem with service & expiration Bought this product online- have used it several years. However- the bottle that I received expires in 4 months. I expected to receive a product that had at least a year of use. I called and the rep said there was nothing Skinceuticals could do. Disappointed with customer service. I have been a loyal client for 7-8 years. I buy product online and from my esthetician. Never have I had this issue.
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fave! I have been using this lightweight, nongreasy, easy-to-apply, matte finish, and delicately tinted sunscreen for years and I won't use anything else. In the past, I suffered from rosacea and I continue to have skin sensitivity issues but this sunscreen works without causing any issues. My husband has started to borrow it as well. It even lasts all day during mountain biking, boating and other outdoorsy activities (although I'm sure the published recommendations require you to re-apply). I am never that organized but neither do I burn so it's a winner with me. LOVE IT!!!
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from gritty structure, not smooth I bought this and liked that it has color in it. I do have rosacea on my cheeks and need to use sunscreen all the time and I thought tinted color would also help me not to use a lot of foundation. I am using this for more than 3 weeks and I ended up having more redness on my cheeks I think due to sandy structure. It is very fluid by the way, so it is difficult to manage the amount I use each time.The bottle tip is very narrow, so it is difficult to put the excess amount back.
Date published: 2020-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Product I Started using this wonderful product about eight years ago and then my dermatologist office stopped selling it I was very upset they wanted me to use another brand name so I tried it and I wasn’t really happy with it this product I could go to the beach and hang out in my face would never get rid I’ve never felt dry it was the most wonderful product and I feel like I never had to wear a full foundation I’m glad I found this website and I’m following up with starting my regimen again with this outstanding product
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing LOVE THIS I just started using this, my dermatologist recommended the product's I needed, I decided to call the company instead of buying these products from him. I read all the reviews, then called. I got VERY LUCKY, The lady I got to talk to was very knowledgeable about these products. She explained exactly how to use all of them. Is this somewhat as reviews say, running, Not really, do you want it thick as peanut butter? I'd rather it soak into my skin, which it does, very easily. Not sit on top. It's a beautiful UV Defense protection. It's not grainy at all. Shake it up like your suppose to. Follow your instructions. Easy peasy. Unless they make a better one, I'll use this from now on, every day to continue to protect my skin. I Love that it has no smell, overall IT'S A VERY BEAUTIFUL PRODUCT, I'D NEVER KNOW IT'S A DEFENSE UV SPF PROTECTIVE PRODUCT. FEELS LIKE SILK ON MY SKIN. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CALL AND DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS WITH THESE PROFESSIONALS BEFORE WRITING A BAD REVIEW, CHANCES ARE, YOU DIDN'T USE IT RIGHT. KEEPIN IT 100 THIS COMPANY SHOWS RESULTS IMMEDIATELY!!!!
Date published: 2020-03-25
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