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Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense Nourishing Broad-spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, 3-Ounce Tube

Daily use broad spectrum cream with transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote) helps protect against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays.

Key features

  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Elegant nourishing formulation
  • Ideal for all skin types and high-altitude climates
  • PABA-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free

Honest reviews


Great sunscreen although a bit expensive

While most sunscreens these days protect against sunburn, did you know that very few of them actually protect against photodamage? Only two sunscreen ingredients protect against the long UVAI rays that cause photodamage (brown spots, wrinkles, etc); zinc oxide and Parsol 1789. Zinc Oxide protects a broader range of these rays than does Parsol 1789.This Skinceuticals sunscreen has zinc oxide and it goes on without any white film or greasiness-perfect for daily use on the face. While Neutrogena Dry Touch suncreens feel more invisible on the skin (you can’t even tell it is on except for the smell) and is a good alternative (has Parsol 1789), I still prefer the Skinceuticals for the added protection and virtually no scent whatsoever. Since it’s expensive, I tend to use it just on the face and use a cheaper (like Neutrogena) sunscreen on the body when out in the sun.

Ingrid Langhorne, PA


This is the absolute best sunscreen I’ve used. Just right for African-American skin too as it does not leave that milky-white cast on your face; unless of course you use to much. I have medium complexion, so the key is a little bit goes a long way for the best coverage. I had darkening spot damage from over-expoxsure on driver’s side of my face. My dermatologist recommended I use this and after a while the skintone has evened out and now my face has continued protection. Use in year-round!

Consuelo Otis, MA

Great Sunscreen!

Excellent product! Recommended to me by a Dermatologist years ago and have been using it ever since! Try it at least once and you won’t regret it.

Mallory Menoken, ND

A great sunscreen!!

My skin feels protected when using this product and it does not break me out. I do another product under it for extra assurance. It can leave a bit of a whitish cast if you use too much. This is not an issue if you are sure to use the correct amount and rub it in enough! The fact that it is suitable for problem skin is enough to make me continue to buy it.

Krista Olden, TX

great sunscreen

This is a great sunscreen. I have never gotten any kind of sunburn using this and I’ve used it for years. I use sunscreen year round in a temperate climate (upper mid-west). I use this in cool/cold weather and Skinceuticals Sport Suncreen 45 SPF in the summer. This one feels lighter on my skin. The Sport one feels a bit heavier, but, it doesn’t sweat off, so it’s worth it for summer protection. With both of them, a little goes a very long way, so it’s worth the price.

Olive Mascot, VA


Horrible. Unless you like white, oily, wrinkle/pore maximizing greasiness. I bought 10 of this spf, and am returning 9 of them. The spf 45 is much better in this brand.

Adrienne Jacksonville, AR

Protect and Nourish

It does exactly what it says. I’ve been using this in combination with Skinceuticals 1% retinol refining night cream and if you’re using any sort of retinoid, SUNSCREEN IS A MUST. Not only does it protect, it blends into the skin, not leaving any white residue and it can also be dubbed as a moisturizer.

Abigail Flushing, MI

Completely blocks

the sun. The ONLY thing I use, have used for some 5 years now probably. Worth the money. I don’t even re-apply most days even on my boyfriend’s boat. People think I have the skin of a 45 year old and I just turned 60. Essential.

Desiree Hope, KS


good sun protection, and a good moisturiser and does not cause break outs i will not go out side camping hiking with out it , in fact I am ready to reorder

Eloise Cumming, IA