04.22.2015
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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
1.7 fl. oz. for $34
Expert Rating
Community Rating (8)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:04.22.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This is a great and, for SkinCeuticals, surprisingly affordable daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection is supplied by the mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This is also fragrance-free, which makes it good for those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

In a smart move, SkinCeuticals added a soft, flesh-toned tint in an effort to eliminate the white cast most mineral-based sunscreens have. The fluid, sheer texture feels great and provides light hydration and a satin matte finish those with oily to combination skin will find appealing.

The texture and finish of this product means it works well under makeup, while the sheer tint has only a minimal effect on your foundation color. This can be worn alone without making your skin tone look “off” or dark; that is, unless you have porcelain skin, in which case you’ll look a bit tanned.

Note: This product is also sold in a larger size (4.2 ounces) for $65.

Additional Note: As of August 2015, Beautypedia has reached out to Skinceuticals (UK) twice for clarification as to if there is a UK-equivalent of this product. When we hear back, we will update this review to reflect this. Thank you for your patience!

Pros:
  • Gentle, mineral-based active ingredients provide broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.
  • Tinted to avoid a telltale white cast.
  • Lightweight, silky texture doesn’t feel heavy and works great under makeup.
Cons:
  • The formula lacks a potent mix of antioxidants to boost skin's environmental defenses.
Community Reviews
Claims

A groundbreaking, weightless sunscreen featuring color-infused sunscreen technology that provides a universal tint and boosts daily radiance. PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF 50 offers the photoprotection of trusted broad-spectrum, physical filters, zinc oxide (Z-COTE) and titanium dioxide, and is enhanced by artemia salina, a plankton extract, to increase the skin’s defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress.

Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (6%), Zinc Oxide (5%), Other: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Undecane, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimtheylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides, PEG-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycapylylsilane, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, PEG-9

Brand Overview

SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.

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SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.