Aside from the all-day oil control claim being misleading (those with oily skin will see shine in a matter of hours; you won’t be matte all day), this is an impressive daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with oily skin. Avobenzone is on hand for critical UVA protection, it has a silky, weightless texture that treats skin to mattifying ingredients and beneficial antioxidants, and it has skin-identical ingredients. It’s also fragrance-free and an excellent option for use under makeup, easily replacing any foundation primer you may be using. Again, this cannot “regulate oil levels” (that’s a function controlled by hormones, not skin-care products), but it can help absorb surface shine while providing a matte finish.
This oil- and fragrance-free balancing complex stops shine and helps regulate oil levels while guarding against harmful UVA/UVB rays. It absorbs instantly and works at the cellular level to eliminate excess oil and visibly reduce pore size. A time-release system leaves skin with a flawlessly matte finish that lasts all day.
Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Other: Trisiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Purified Water, Glycerin, C12-14 Pareth-12, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extract, Dimethicone, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Sorbitol, Squalane, Yeast Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCI, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA
Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.
After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.