Hydropeptide Solar Defense SPF 50, Non-Tinted Sunscreen Review

This product review is not my typical review that is related to the pH level of skin care. But I felt that I had to write a review of this new sunscreen because I couldn’t find any other reviews specifically on the SPF 50 . I purchased it anyway, hoping that it would be as good as the SPF 30.  Unlike the SPF 30, it is not tinted. I have not actually tried the SPF 30 but it has some good reviews. [Update: Click here to read my other sunscreen reviews.]


The HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 50  is a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with 3% titanium dioxide and 7% zinc oxide so it offers UVB and UVA protection. It promises, among other things, to replenish hydration without feeling heavy and to have a matte, sheer finish. It is also free or paragons, phthalates, sulfates, and is cruelty free (yay!).

This also has sodium hyaluronate as an ingredient. I read that the mineral sunscreens can by drying even if you put them on top of a moisturizer. I have very combination skin with cheeks/chin that are dehydrated and sometimes a bit flakey.

What made me try this sunscreen is that I’m on the hunt for a great mineral sunscreen right now and after reading a bunch of reviews, don’t think that any of the ones with great reviews will work for me. Also, I tried an Elta MD tinted mineral sunscreen and although I like that the tint makes it like makeup, it wasn’t the right color for my medium/tan skin tone. I also tried Avene’s ultra light hydrating SPF 50 because with summer around the corner, I also want something with a higher SPF. But, it left a very noticeable whitish cast on my face. Lastly, I tried Replenix UltiMatte SPF 50+ which is tinted, very easy to apply, and works with my skintone. But, it definitely looked and felt like a lightweight foundation.

Mia’s Review: I love it! I only happened upon Hydropeptide’s website and noticed an SPF 50 because all the sites I usually buy from were sold out of the SPF 30. I’m so glad they were!

The texture isn’t super thin or super thick. It is a nice texture so that you know you are putting enough sunscreen on to protect your face. It does go on a little bit white but I like that. It shows me where I have put the sunscreen and also provides an indicator of if I have put it on thickly enough. After about a minute, it fully absorbs and doesn’t look white. It has a matte finish and doesn’t feel very tacky.


My hand looks a bit lighter/white at first:


But after about a minute, it looks normal:


Lastly, I have just begun to stop using products that contain certain ingredients. So I put the ingredients into the CosDNA database and found that it contains around 5 ingredients that are rated 3 for safety and the rest are rated 1. I’m quite happy to have found a new, safe product to use.

I highly recommend this sunscreen!

Ingredients*:  Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3%, Zinc Oxide 7%.

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Sodium Pca, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Cyclomethicone, Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alumina, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Allantoin, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Panthenol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Pyridoxine Hcl, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol

*The ingredients list may or may not be accurate depending on the source of the list and manufacturer updates/changes.

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