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Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face

What it is:A powerful and highly nourishing sunscreen for the face.What it is formulated to do:This formula offers intensive complexion defense against UVA/UVB rays that cause sunburn, cell damage, dryness, roughness, and premature signs of aging such as fine lines. Don't face the day without the ultimate creamy, youth-guarding shield that works invisibly to deliver an optimal combination of sun protection, hydration, and smoothness. The texture is nonsticky and fast absorbing.What else you need to know:This skincare essential is water and perspiration resistant.
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Questions & Answers for Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face

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Can I use it on my eyelids/ around my eyes? Does it burn if it gets in the eyes?
asked 5 years ago
nonamesleft
(new york)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
6 answers
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answer 1
I personally wouldn't recommend it unless the sunscreen's only active ingredients are organic (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). This sunscreen appears to have a mix of both organic and un-organic (or physical vs chemical, whatever you want to call it) so I probably wouldn't apply it around the eyes. As a rule, basically any product made specifically for sensitive skin is suitable for use around the eyes.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
kirando
(CT)
answer 2
One of the many reasons I love this product is because it does not sting when it gets in your eyes. I apply it around my eyes and haven't had a problem in the three years I've been using it. My line of work has me moving and sweating a lot. When sweat is running down my face my eyes never burn. In fact it's staying power is so strong that I once slipped and hit my contact covered eyeball and had to throw it out because I could not get the sunscreen finger print off. I had no affect from the sunscreen in my eye other then the blur from the finger print.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
PuppyPusher
(Waterford, PA)
answer 3
They make a special sunscreen for the eye area- no facial product should be used around the eyes as that skin is super thin and sensitive- using products that don't specify "for the eyes" can cause premature wrinkles, dark(er) circles, and puffiness amongst other things :( Better safe than wrinkly!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
fairskingal
(NY,NY)
answer 4
I won't use any facial product around my eyes, even if it's suitable for sensitive skin. Because our skin around eyes are super-duper sensitive and thin, I won't mess with it. (You know the wrinkles around eyes develop first, and it's only gonna get deeper once it happens!) There are eye cream with SPF out there, like Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
hannahhhhh
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Yes, I've never tried a sunscreen that didn't burn if it gets in the eyes. The key to eye protection are good sunglasses - don't leave home without them!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
edmontongirl
(edmonton, alberta)
answer 6
yes, I remember some skin specialist used to say all sunscreen can be used in eye area if you are not sensitive.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
azi79
(MS)
Question
Which primer works best with this?
I love this sun screen because it absorbs without leaving white stuff everywhere....however, when I put my smashbox primer on over it, balls of white stuff precipitate out as I'm smoothing the primer on. Could be the result of the water resistance???
Has anyone found a primer that smooths on nicely over this sunscreen?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
kicknkris
(Knoxville, TN)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
I use this as a primer.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ykm9617
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
I use the Smashbox primer with SPF and Dermaxyl Complex. I've never had any problems using this cream with the primer, I think you just have to allow enough time for it to penetrate into the skin. I try to wait at least 5-10 minutes between putting on this sunscreen and my primer. I have extremely oily skin but the first time I used this combination (Shiseido cream & Smashbox primer) my makeup lasted 8 full hours in the sun with only a few swipes of a blotting sheet needed to keep shine at bay.

I have never used the cream alone under makeup but since a previous answer suggests that it can serve in the same way as a primer maybe I will try that as well - thank you K80L80!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
indayluvs
(Stack-life, CA)
answer 3
I used to use primers until I was in a rush one day and skipped it. If you allow this sunblock time to completely absorb into your skin, I find that it dries to a silky, matte finish just like my primers used to, and that it works well to prime my mineral powder makeup (I use the fresh grind Elizabeth Arden or Bare Escentuals, and it works great with both).
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
K80L80
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
Sometimes I will use Make Up Forever, High Definition Primer after putting the Shiseido sun protection cream. It blends in naturally together but remember not to over use the sun protection cream. A little bit of the cream goes a long way.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Jasmine86
(Boston, Ma)
Question
spf 55 or 36?
since this product comes in two different variation of spf coverage, if I get 55, due to the longer-lasting effect, would that mean I don't have to re-apply this throughout the day, as opposed to 36 needing re-application?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
siyeon
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
Sunscreen only needs to be reapplied if you tend to sweat it off. I like to wear mine under my make up. As a rule of thumb, if it's on your face it is still working....so, if your make up is still intact so is your sunscreen.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ykm9617
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
When in doubt, I always go with the higher SPF. You can never be too protected from the sun, right?
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
According to editors in many of the beauty mags I've read, the 55 is one of the few sunblocks that will last you the better part of the day (8 hours) and at least through lunchtime.

They also say that most off-the-shelf sunblocks wear off in 2-4 hours and need to be reapplied.

I don't know about you, but I think reapplying sunblock over your makeup would be gross.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
K80L80
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
My mom bought the spf 36 and I bought the 55. Neither of us needed to reapply throughout the day, regardless of the spf coverage.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Sapphirelillies
(Edmonton, AB)
Question
ingredient list?
please list all of them
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
drmv
(South Salem, NY)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
Here's the ingredients list for the new formula, exactly as stated on the packaging.
ACTIVE Ingredients:
octinoxate 7.4%, octocrylene 3.0%, titanium dioxide 1.7%, zinc oxide 19.3%
INACTIVE Ingredients:
water, SD Alcohol 40-B, isohexadecane, butylene glycol, dimethicone, isopropyl myristate, polymethyl methacrylate, lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, xylitol, glycerin, disteardimonium hectorite, polybutylene glycol/PPG-9/1 copolymer, isododecane, trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-6, PEG-32, saxifraga sarmentosa extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, ononis spinosa root extract, ectoin, sophora angustifolia root extract, hydrogen dimethicone, silica, carboxydecyl trisiloxane, trisodium EDTA, sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate/methacrylamidolauric acid copolymer, alumina, polymethylsilsesquioxane, talc, alcohol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT, syzygium jambos leaf extract, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
answered 4 months ago
sillies
(Rolling Hills Estates, CA)
answer 2
The new formula does not contain parabens, fyi.
answered 8 months ago
HKjeska
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
ugh... i see this contains methly & ethyl paraben! I think i'll pass!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
hoola89
(hawaii)
answer 4
From the package:
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.4%, Zinc Oxide 13.9%.
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone Copolyol, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1 Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dextrin Palmitate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Xylitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glutathione, Sodium Glutamate, Zinc Myristate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Thiotaurine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Ononis Spinosa Root Extract, Ectoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Isostearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Trisodium EDTA, Silica, Alcohol, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide.
answered 4 years ago
justaddcoffee
(Fort Worth, TX)
Question
before or after serum?
I like to use serum on my face, and I was wondering if this product should be used before or after putting serum on. Basically, I've read 2 conflicting pieces of advice: that you should put the sunscreen on first, because it is a physical sun-blocker so needs to go right into the skin, AND that you should put on moisturizer first so this will be absorbed better.
I'd like to be told that I can put serum, then sunscreen on my face. Please tell me this is the case! Thanks so much!
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(New York, NY)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
After serum, but before foundation.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ykm9617
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
You should apply this after your serum. This product is a physical sunscreen, meaning that it contains zinc oxide and other ingredients that protect your skin by reflecting UV radiation. To work properly, physical sunscreens should always be applied last when you do your morning skincare routine. Plus, serums usually have chemicals that work better on clean skin.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
evah
(San Jose, CA)
answer 3
Always use any serum and treatments on clean face so they can be absorbed better. If you have a good sunscreen you don't need moisturizer, they are loaded with good stuff (f.e.vitamins). Make sure sunscreen is light, absorbs quick, and doesn't make make-up look cakey (if you're wearing foundations).
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Bigslacker
(Las Vegas, NV)
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is it for super sensitive skin?
i have very very sensitive skin, and i haven't found one sunscreen that doesn't give me read bumps or itchy skin. So does anyone have a say about me trying this one out? =s

Thanks a lot!
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
Julezzz
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
This is the only sunscreen that I do not have a reaction to and I have tried many.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
amy089
(Clarksburg, MD)
answer 2
My skin is pretty sensitive to sunscreen, especially around my eyes and neck. This sunscreen did not give me any problems and I did use it on my face, around my eyes and on my neck. I have oily skin and am prone to break-outs as well.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Rae1
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
I have sensitive skin and it works fine for me.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
kandyce
(OKC, OK)
Question
is this tested on animals or contain animal ingredients?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
belladona
(San Francisco, CA)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
Sorry to contradict the other poster, but I just checked and Shiseido is on PETA's list of companies that DO test. :(
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
timothybcat
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Sadly, yes - Shiseido does test their products on animals and I assume they are not free of animal derived ingredients. It was tough for me to purchase this product but most of the products we use in my home are cruelty-free - I still believe I'm doing as much as I can to be a caring consumer.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
According to PETA's website, Shiseido does NOT test on animals. This is sort of a twilight zone question - even if stated on a label that the company never tests on animals, that doesn't mean that certain acquired ingredients weren't.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
thewhitetigress
(Elgin, IL)
Question
Is this product non-comedogenic?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes it is. This is straight from the paper insert from the sample box I got from Sephora:
*Very water-resistant
*Perspiration-resistant
*Non-Comedogenic
*Dermatologist and Ophthamologist-tested
(Formulated to minimize the risk of allergy and eye irritation)
answered 4 years ago
justaddcoffee
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 2
I don't think it says anywhere that it is but I haven't had any breakout problems with it so far.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
yes
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
vettech
(LOS ANGELES)
Question
What does the PA +++ mean?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
Shiseido didn't invent the PA system. It's the Japanese rating system for evaluating UVA efficacy. More pluses is better.
answered 4 years ago
charlottew
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
All sunscreen labels list a sun protection factor (SPF). SPF is a measurement of how much protection the sunscreen offers from the UVB rays that cause sunburn. A few sunscreen labels also list a "PA" ranking, which refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from the UVA rays that may cause long-term skin damage. PA rankings are listed as PA+, PA++ or PA+++. The more +'s, the more protection from UVA rays.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
According to Shiseido's FAQs, the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) shows a product's ability to protect the skin from UVB (rays that burn). The higher the SPF, the more effect it has in defending against UVB.

Shiseido developed a unique PA rating system to show the level of protection against UVA rays (rays that age), with the highest index PA+++ as "extremely effective" protection.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
K80L80
(San Diego, CA)
Question
White Cast Off?
I was wondering would this leave my face with a white cast off or looking ashen, btw I am of a darker skintone.
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
hersheykisseslv
(Brooklyn,NY)
on Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
3 answers
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answer 1
No, it doesn't change your skin tone from what I've noticed. I am on the dark side, too (Sephora-Pantone 2Y09) and I haven't found that it affects color or tone at all.
answered 3 weeks, 3 days ago
funinhawaii
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 2
I haven't had any problems with a white cast. Get a sample from Sephora and try it out for a few days - I think you'll be pleased.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
I am African-American with a medium brown skin complexion. It leaves a bit of a film at first but it sinks in 5 minutes after application and the film disappears. My boyfriend is a very dark skin African American man and uses this as well, the very slight light film sinks into his skin within 5 minutes.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
NicoleAdrian
(Baltimore, MD)
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