Medik8 Physical Sunscreen





Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Sensitive

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Medik8 Physical Sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen perfect for everyday use.

This broad-spectrum sunscreen shields the skin against the damaging effects of UVB and UVA rays.

It’s been formulated to be free of nanoparticles.

Did you know that up to 80% of premature skin ageing is caused by exposure to UV rays?

Sunscreen is the best anti-ageing skin care products there is. Keeping your skin protected from the sun minimises damage to your skin and keeps it looking younger for longer.

Why Medik8 Physical Sunscreen?

The advanced formula smooths across the skin and sinks in, while also leaving a protective veil on the surface.

This sunscreen uses 12% Zinc Oxide as its UVB and UVA filter. It doesn’t use any chemical sunscreen filters, making it suitable for regular use, even on sensitive skin.

Zinc Oxide is a mineral (inorganic) sunscreen filter that absorbs the sun’s radiation, as well as reflecting and scattering it away from the skin to give you the best possible protection.

This sunscreen uses no unnecessary ingredients to irritate or photosensitise the skin, such as essential oils or fragrance.

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen is great choice or those with sensitive, rosacea, ageing or sun intolerant skin. It’s also ideal for anyone who has had clinical treatments that resurface the skin.

Medik8 developed this sunscreen so as to not clog pores and may work for those with combination or oilier skin who want a high SPF mineral sunscreen.

In addition, the Medik8 Physical Sunscreen is fortified with anti-pollution, anti-infrared and anti-glycation ingredients to provide additional protection against the signs of skin ageing. These help to protect the skin against environmental aggressors and prevent the formation of premature lines and wrinkles.

Green Tea, Grape Seed and Vitamin E scavenge free radicals and help protect the skin from UV and pollution damage. These antioxidants work synergistically with the Zinc Oxide. They strengthen the skin’s natural defences against UV and support the skin’s repair processes.

What you won’t find are ingredients the skin doesn’t need, such as essential oils, fragrance or questionable chemicals.

This is the international in-clinic version of this sunscreen, which is light and pleasant to use. It’s not the thick, heavy and whiteish Australian version. It has a US rating of SPF50, which is not equal to Australian SPF50. Use it for incidental protection, not long periods in the sun.

Key ingredients

Zinc Oxide is a mineral sunscreen filter that protects against UVB and UVA rays. This uses non-nano, Zinc Oxide, which is known to be very gentle on the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water, it draws moisture to the skin to leave it feeling hydrated and supple.

Squalene is an almost skin-identical lipid that ensures the health of the skin barrier. It nourishes the skin and moisturises.

Antioxidants Green Tea, Grape Seed and Vitamin E power up this sunscreen to form Medik8’s anti-pollution technology to protect the skin against free radical damage.

Jojoba Oil, Allantoin, Bisabolol and Glycerin comfort and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling soft.


  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF protection.
  • Provides advanced anti-glycation and anti-pollution protection.
  • Prevents erythema.
  • Prevents premature skin ageing.
  • Leaves skin with a semi-matt finish.

Best for

Best suits combination, dry, normal, sensitive and rosacea skin types.

It’s been developed to be non-comedogenic.

It’s free of irritants, such as chemical filters, fragrance and essential oils.

Perfect pairs

Did you know that even perfectly applied high SPF sunscreens allows some UV radiation to penetrate the skin? We recommend also using an antioxidant serum every day to give yourself increased protection. Antioxidants work synergistically with sunscreens to increase your protection and help your skin recover from damage caused by UV radiation, environmental pollutants and exposure to chemicals.

Antioxidant products in the form of serums can deeply absorb into the skin. These should be a staple of every skin care routine, even if you’re in your 20s. Prevention is always more effective than correction.

We have antioxidant serums for every skin type and budget, so there’s no excuse. Consider ALPHA-H Vitamin C with Grape Seed, BioBare Vitamin C B E & Ferulic, By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid, Bloc Boost Your C, Bloc Boost Your B3 and Oskia Super C.

If you’re not sure which one is best for you, contact us so that we can match your skin to the right product.

Good to know

This sunscreen is ideal if:

  • You want broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen protection.
  • Your skin is sensitive to the sun or you have rosacea.
  • You prefer not to use or are sensitive to chemical sunscreens.
  • You’re using actives such as AHAs or retinoids.
  • Your skin is prone to pigmentation.
  • Your skin is prone to glycation or sagging.
  • You’re looking to avoid premature lines and wrinkles.

Cruelty free and vegan.

Contains no nanoparticles.

Contains no alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, sulphates or colours.

Free of essential oils, fragrance or colours.

Coral-reef friendly.

Brand ethos

Medik8 is committed to creating products to give you beautiful skin for life. The brand uses the latest science to develop products that deliver results, but also appeal by way of texture and natural fragrance.

Its philosophy is built on an essential skin care routine that includes Vitamin C and sunscreen by day and Vitamin A by night.

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen Review

My skin is very picky and doesn’t always react well with skin care products but I found this to be very gentle on my skin, it does contain Zinc Oxide so it is very white in colour, but by simply rubbing it into the skin more it quickly disappears. The texture is sticky to touch before you apply, but once on and rubbed into the skin it’s completely dry touch and feels almost like you’re wearing nothing on your skin. I’ve been using the same sunscreen on my face for years but after trying this I think I might be ready to switch.


How to use


Sunscreen Filter

Zinc Oxide 12%

Active Ingredients

Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Anti-Pollution Technology and Post-Treatment Complex.


Zinc Oxide 12% Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Coco-Caprylate, Propanediol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Tridecyl Salicylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Polyester-7, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Silica Silylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Isodecyl Salicylate, Dimethiconol/Propylsilsesquioxane/Silicate Crosspolymer, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Phenylpropanol, Caprylyl Glycol.