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User reviews

Recommend 2 reviews
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How would you describe the finish? 2 reviews
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Dewy
Shiny
How much white cast does it leave? 2 reviews
A lot
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How much does it sting eyes? 2 reviews
A lot
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How much does it pill under makeup? 1 review
A lot
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How much does this product clog pores? 1 review
Definitely clogs pores
Doesn't clog pores
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Product summary

We assess that "SkinCeuticals - Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50" can provide reliable sun protection based on the ingredient list. It can protect from both UVA and UVB rays. This is great news because not all sunscreens with SPF ratings give UVA protection. (UVA rays do not cause sunburn, but still damage our skin and lead to early aging).

This product should also be hydrating enough to use without an additional moisturizer during the day.

Sunscreen filters

This sunscreen uses a mixture of both mineral and organic (so-called "chemical") UV filters. Here are the organic filters this product uses: butyloctyl salicylate. As for the mineral filters, this sunscreen uses both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Irritation risk

This product does not contain known common irritants and is suitable for sensitive skin. We assess the overall irritancy of it to be low. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

What our users say

Based on 2 reviews 100% recommend this product
  • When it comes to comedogenicity, the reviewer found that it does not clog pores.
  • As for the white cast, two out of two reviewers say that the product does not leave a white cast.
  • When it comes to using this sunscreen under makeup, the user found that it pills under a foundation.
  • As for using this sunscreen in the eye area, two out of two reviewers say that it doesn't sting eyes.
Our users describe the finish of this sunscreen as dewy.

Price

The product retails from 34.00$ up to 68.00$ in the United States.

For a detailed price comparison: click here.

Can the product deliver on its promises?

WIMJ summary for sun protection

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
butyloctyl salicylate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Not photo stable
Non-organic (mineral) filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
titanium dioxide
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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What does the product description say?
"SkinCeuticals' Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 not only provides broad-spectrum sun protection from both burning and aging sun rays, but it also offers a universal tint that enhances your skin tone and boosts radiance."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Protects skin against collagen damage."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: artemia extract, caprylyl glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, isododecane.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Sun protection
Evens skin tone
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 90/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
6%
Declared
A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant
5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
6% - 7.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and can decrease moisture loss. Helps create a nice product texture
6.6% - 8.1%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
4.7% - 5.7%
Helps create a non-greasy finish on the skin
3.6% - 4.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
2.7% - 3.3%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
2.6% - 3.2%
Used to create a nice product consistency
2.1% - 2.6%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
1.6% - 2%
A synthetic ester of salicylic acid that is used to help disperse pigments and boost effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. It is able to absorb UV light (working as an organic, or chemical filter), but is not approved as a sunscreen ingredient on its own
1.3% - 1.6%
Used as a fragrance
1.2% - 1.4%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.3% - 1.5%
Helps create a dry, non-greasy finish of the skin
0.8% - 1.2%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
0.95% - 1.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
0.95% - 1.15%
Absorbs oil and moisture helping to create a dryer product finish
1% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.1%
Used to help evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in a formulation
0.65% - 1%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.75% - 1.1%
A type of silicone that helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 0.85%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.65% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.55% - 0.85%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.8%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
A type of clay that is used to thicken the product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.3% - 0.6%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.25% - 0.45%
Is used to dissolve other ingredients and create nice product texture
0.3% - 0.5%
Zooplankton extract that can attract water to the upper level of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in a formulation
0.1% - 0.2%

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