04.22.2015
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Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
1.7 fl. oz. for $32
Expert Rating
Community Rating (7)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:04.22.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is a lightweight, very fluid fragrance-free sunscreen with only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the sole active ingredients. You must shake it before using it to disperse the mineral actives, and the thin texture and soft matte finish make this best for normal to oily skin or rosace-affected skin.

The unique quality with this product is the SPF rating. Most mineral sunscreens are not rated higher than SPF 30 because the amount of active ingredients needed to surpass SPF 30 leads to a formula that's aesthetically undesirable, although, depending on your skin color, you might find that not to be the case.

As for the artemia extract mentioned in the claims, it is indeed a plankton, but more accurately, it's a species of brine shrimp that, as far as skin care is concerned, has no documented benefit.

Pros:
  • Gentle, mineral-based active ingredients provide broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.
  • 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.
More Info:

How We Rate Sunscreens vs. Daytime Moisturizers with SPF: Sunscreens are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. Additional qualities that push it into three or four star (best-rated) category are the inclusion of meaningful amounts of repairing, cell communicating or antioxidant ingredients as well as unique characteristics that enhance its wearability.

"Sunscreens" are differentiated from "Daytime Moisturizers with SPF" by three primary qualities.

• They must be marketed as "sunscreens" only by the brand.

• They lack specific anti-aging claims.

• Their size is greater than 2 ounces, unless it is specifically called out as a sunscreen for the face and is not positioned as a facial/daytime moisturizer with SPF.

For more detail on how we rate this category of products, see the Best Sunscreens section of Beautypedia.

Community Reviews
Claims

A groundbreaking first-to-market mattifying fluid with transparent finish, this paraben-free, all-physical filter sunscreen provides increased protection in an ultra-sheer texture for all skin types, even very sensitive. Sheer Physical 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. The unique ‘shake then apply’ action assures even distribution of active ingredients in this silky sheer fluid that dries quickly and leaves no residue.

Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (5%), Zinc Oxide (6%), Other: 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, PEG-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, 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.