- Protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays
- Will not clog pores
- Paraben free, hypoallergenic, oil free, and fragrance free
Active Ingredients Purpose
Titanium Dioxide 5.0%………Sunscreen
Zinc Oxide 6.0%……………………Sunscreen
- Helps prevent sunburn
- If used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun
For external use only
Do not use on damaged or broken skin
When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove.
Stop use and ask a doctor if skin rash occurs
Keep out of reach of children. If product is swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
- Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure
- Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating
- Reapply at least every 2 hours
- Sun Protection Measures Spending time in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and other skin damage. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including limiting time in the sun from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing
- Children under 6 months: Ask a doctor
Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Caffeine, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Protect this product from excessive heat and direct sun
Store at room temperature 15˚ – 30˚C (59˚ – 86˚F)
How to use
- When to Apply
Apply in the morning after cleansing, toning, and application of treatment products.
- Where to Apply
Apply to your entire face, (neck and chest if desired) and other sun-exposed areas.
- How to Apply
Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every two hours.
- Warning for Sunscreens
For external use only. UV exposure from the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature aging and other skin damage. It is important to decrease UV exposure by limiting time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen. When using this product, keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Do not use if allergic to any ingredient. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash or irritation develops and lasts. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control center right away.
- What does a PA rating1 mean?
PA rating refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from UVA rays since SPF only ranks protection from UVB rays. The PA rating system ranges from +(least) to ++++(most). The more plus symbols, the more protection from UVA rays, the rays that may cause long-term skin damage and, therefore, age the skin. SkinMedica® sunscreens have the highest PA rating at PA++++.
1. The UVAPF value provides information on the magnitude of UVA protection and helps determine the UVA classification of topical sunscreen products. In Japan, the PA rating system (PA+, PA++, PA+++, PA++++) is used to classify UVA protection. PA ratings are not a USFDA requirement on sunscreens sold in the US.
- Do the Essential Defense sunscreens provide infrared (IR) protection?
No, only TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR delivers the breakthrough benefit of IR protection.
- How does the Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 32 Sunscreen Tinted work with darker skin types?
For those with darker skin tones who are more concerned about a whitening look from sunscreens, Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 32 Sunscreen Tinted may be a good option, depending on how dark the skin tone is. All three Essential Defense sunscreens can be an appropriate choice if no whitening is observed once each one is rubbed in.
Sometimes the white coverage of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide found in traditional sunscreens can leave dark skin looking purple or blue, but since SkinMedica® sunscreens use a micronized zinc oxide, they tend to be more sheer. The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide contained in SkinMedica® sunscreens are embedded in a silicone matrix, which allows these minerals to spread evenly and smoothly on the skin without leaving the white residue typically seen with other sunscreens.
- Do the Essential Defense sunscreens have both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide?
The two Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreens contain both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 47 Sunscreen contains only zinc oxide.
- Are the Essential Defense sunscreens noncomedogenic, paraben free, hypoallergenic, oil free, and fragrance free?
Yes, all three Essential Defense sunscreens are noncomedogenic, paraben free, hypoallergenic, oil free, and fragrance free.
- What does noncomedogenic mean?
Noncomedogenic means the product is not expected to clog pores.
- What does hypoallergenic mean?
Hypoallergenic means it causes fewer allergic reactions than other products.
- What is the difference between an all-physical sunscreen and a physical-chemical sunscreen?
An all-physical sunscreen utilizes sunscreen actives, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, that work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect or block damaging UV rays away from the skin.
A physical-chemical sunscreen utilizes a combination of sunscreen actives that include physical blockers and chemical filters to achieve a more elegant and sheer formulation. Chemical filtering sunscreen actives work by absorbing UV rays and converting them into heat energy on top of the skin.
- When should you use an all-physical sunscreen vs when should you use a physical-chemical sunscreen?
An all-physical sunscreen is usually recommended by physicians for sensitive skin or following a procedure as directed by their physician. Physical sunscreens work better for people with heat-activated skin (ie, rosacea and redness) since they deflect the heat and energy from the sun.
- What are the differences between TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR and Essential Defense?
TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR has been heavily researched and studied in clinical settings. It has published scientific data, Before & After photos, and clinical studies. More than a sunscreen, TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR goes beyond sun protection and actually helps support the skin’s ability to restore itself.