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Peter Thomas Roth
Instant Mineral SPF 30
Rating
0.17 fl. oz. for $30
Category:Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids) > Powder Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Instant Mineral SPF 30 provides sun protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and is a mica-based loose powder packaged in a self-contained applicator with a built-in brush. Powder application is sheer, but the brush is merely OK. You’d have to apply this liberally to ensure SPF 30 protection, and doing so is difficult due to the application method. That makes Instant Mineral SPF 30 best as an adjunct to a separate sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen.

This imparts very sheer color and a subtle shine, and has an absorbent finish. Although the formula contains anti-aging peptides and vitamin-based antioxidants, it’s unlikely those ingredients will remain stable in powder form, though they may have some benefit. Consider this for the convenience factor of adding extra sun protection on the go, not for its anti-aging ingredients (those are better supplied from other products such as a serum or moisturizer).

Claims

Convenient application for immediate any time sun protection without using an SPF cream or lotion. Silky smooth, finely milled, mineral powder with SPF 30. Indications: Works immediately to block out the sun's harmful UVA/UVB infrared rays to help prevent sunburn, skin damage, freckling & uneven discoloration.

Ingredients

Titanium Dioxide 14.30%, Zinc Oxide 9.80%, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens

Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

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.

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