Physical sunscreens, yay or nay? The Skin Actives Daily Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF30 review

Written by Jenny Wu
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  1. Lyosha says:

    I SPF everything and rarely go without sunscreen any time even if I know there will me no sun. I love how detailed your review is btw

    Inside and Outside Blog

  2. Laura says:

    This is such a great post! I’ve found that if I’m out and about I try to skip makeup and just opt for a sunscreen as my skin get so oily (even in winter) – I might need to try this one!

    Black Coffee Beautiful

  3. Olga Olis says:

    Sounds like an awesome sunscreen, I usually have oilier skin during the summer but now that it’s winter and my skin is dryer I would love to try this!!! Thanks for the awesome, detailed review!!!

    Olga from Myme

  4. Gabrielle says:

    Totally agree about the pump jar design, I wish all moisturisers had that function. The packaging is beautifully sleek and 8.6 is one fabulous rating! Also, LOVE your logo/header design by the way, so pretty.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  5. Becky says:

    sunscreens are so intimidating to me, lol – a lot of the ones I’ve tried I don’t really like, with the exception of the biore aqua rich one (besides the fact that it has a pretty high alcohol content). I’ve debated getting a moisturizer with spf for the days I’m mostly indoors, too – I can be SO lazy about putting sunscreen on, especially when I’m indoors.

    becky @ star violet

  6. Emily says:

    Okay, this was really interesting! Mostly because now I know a ton about sunscreen! Haha. I had no idea there was a ‘physical’ sunscreen. You are always so good at explaining things and being thorough. I always learn so much from your blog! I would definitely give this one a go. I love the La Roche Posay sunscreen line though. So you’ll have to pry that from my cold dead fingers first! ;p


  7. Courtney Hardy says:

    That sounds interesting, and quite useful.

  8. Emily says:

    Wow – loved your detailed explanation of these! So interesting – thanks for sharing!

    xo, Emily |

  9. Kay (shoesandglitter) says:

    My sunscreen knowledge is pretty bad, so I was happy to educate myself a little bit with your post! I didn’t know how different physical sunscreens can be. I think the oily finish would put me off, just because my skin is ridiculously greasy as it is, so I don’t really need any extra shine. Really in-depth review lovely, I really like your style and how you’ve outlined everything! Thank you for sharing. <3 xoxo


  10. I haven’t really play around with suncreens, so I’m not sure which i would prefer. This post was very helpful.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  11. I always learn something new after reading your wonderful, well-written reviews Jenny! I must say I always get overwhelmed/confused by all the sunscreen options out there; I also hate how some of them bunch up or move around when I apply make-up. That being said, I think the one you’ve reviewed has a great list of ingredients. I would give it a shot!

  12. Kathryn says:

    I’ve gotta be honest, I don’t even think I knew physical sunscreens existed (or if I did, I didn’t know much of the difference, LOL). Super interesting to read about, though! I probably wouldn’t go for this one, as I’m either applying makeup on top or I’m outside for a large chunk of time… but it still sounds like a really solid product.

    Kathryn •

  13. Ladyofashion says:

    I have actually been using both, physical and chemical sunscreens. I have several allergies so I have to always look closely to what I put on my skin. However, I currently use physical sunscreens because my skin seems to love them more as far as non-irritant and ingredient-wise. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Gellie Ortiz Abogado says:

    Thanks for your review. I learned more about the chemical composition of sunscreens. Or at least his one. It really looks interesting and I actually don’t mind the initial white cast. :)


  15. Alyssa says:

    This sounds like a good sunscreen, I wish I could use this. I’m really picky with sunscreen because most of it breaks me out easily due to my Zinc allergy.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  16. I prefer physical filters since my skin is sensitive but if I can’t find anything I might use chemical one. This cream looks really interesting and I feel like I might like it, the air pump is a good idea :)

  17. I have to say that I keep going back and forth between chemical and physical sunscreens. I tend to prefer the lighter feel of chemical sunscreens but feel better about using physical ones since they generally have cleaner ingredients but there’s the dreaded white cast to worry about. This one actually sounds pretty good and I love the packaging.

  18. I learned the difference between chemical & physical sunscreens at an IT Cosmetics Masterclass. I didn’t know! LOL I’m making the switch to physical sunscreen this year. I want to try Supergoop. This one sounds good.

  19. Megan says:

    Hm seems pretty good! Might have to try this sometime!

    • Shana fonteneau says:

      I was gifted a pearlesent jar of this beautiful stuff (skin actives scientific day cream spf30) . I have very sensitive combo skin. I love this but can’t find it anywhere. Where can I buy more???

      • Jenny says:

        I just checked their official site and it looks like they discontinued it! Such a shame as it was a great everyday sunscreen!

  20. I usually prefer a mixture or chemical sunscreens in my products, to avoid that heavy feeling. We in Europe are lucky that a broad variety of spf is available, that makes finding the perfect one much easier.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  21. Mica says:

    It’s a shame this is no good for oily skin as I’d love to try a physical sunscreen – I haven’t yet as my skin is fairly sensitive and I’m always wary of trying new things without a recommendation first. Even though we wear a lot of sunscreen here!

    Hope you’re having a good start to your week. I’m busy, but not as much as last week, so that’s nice! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  22. It’s always the whitest that puts me off sunscreen and I prefer something that dries and finishes clear. That said, sometimes those ones don’t necessarily provide the best protection x

  23. Hannah says:

    I’m so clueless about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens, but all I know was that I ordered a biodegradable sunscreen for my honeymoon to Mexico because it was required if you wanted to swim in Xcaret (one of their parks) since it was better for the environment and didn’t harm the animals and coral reefs!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

  24. Mercy says:

    Looks like a nice product, just in time as I’m looking for a new sunscreen.

  25. Shireen says:

    I know little about the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens but it’s because I am not fussed about them. Currently I am really loving my Dermalogica Age Smart SPF50 moisturizer + sunscreen but it’s bloody pricey to repurchase in the future. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  26. Sam says:

    I’ve never been particularly elegant with my sunscreen, with finding the right formula or applying it even when I’m staying indoors, but this looks like a great option for a physical sunscreen. A bit too pricey for me (I’m moving on to the classic Missha safe block essence) but like you, I think all moisturizers should come with that airless pump jar. It’s sanitary and easy to get a perfect amount!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

  27. Sal UmmBaby says:

    Well, I’ve learnt a lot here. I’ll admit, I didn’t even know the difference between chemical and pysical sunscreen before and actually still couldn’t tell you what the Biore one I use is lol! I’ll have to take another peek at the ingredients to see if I can work it out now with this new knowledge you’ve gifted me with xxx

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