Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a loose powder foundation with sunscreen that’s best for oily, sensitive skin. It contains high amounts of the sunscreen actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (this likely provides more protection than SPF 45, but as with any powder you'd really have to apply a lot to get the stated amount of protection) while the base formula has a light, smooth, and dry texture without a obvious shine.

This sheer powder is dispensed from a cylindrical component onto a built-in powder brush. The brush isn't the softest, but works to apply this loose powder evenly while minimizing mess. The powder goes on sheer and translucent, and does a good job of keeping oily shine at bay. It’s a good way to add to your daily sun protection, even if you’re just touching up to tone down shine.

As for the peptides and antioxidants this contains, they’re a nice touch but it’s questionable as to how stable they’ll be in a powder base. They’re not bad additions to this product and in fact they may offer anti-aging benefits (the sunscreen does that for sure) but just how much is up for debate.


Works immediately to block out the sun's harmful UVA/UVB infrared rays to help prevent sunburn, skin damage, freckling & uneven discoloration.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (20.50%), Zinc Oxide (19.75%) Other: Corn (Zea Mays) Starch, Silica, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polymethyl Silsequioxane, Glycolic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Water, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propyparaben, Isobutylparaben May Contain: Titaniumdioxide, Iron Oxides

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: Can be pricey; some products contain irritants; jar packaging for several products that contain air and light sensitive ingredients.

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 are fragrance free, and lack the long lists of complicated ingredients—all great qualities for any skincare brand.

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— which reinforces 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, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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The perfect option !

It's THE product I was waiting for !!! I use sunscreen on a daily basis from march to october, but I still haven't found the perfect one ; always too oily, too white, or too pore blocking (even the non oily ones)... I have ordered the PC Clear liquid sunscreen, and waiting with impatience to try it, but, this is a transparent powder to re-apply on top of make up, so, there's NO EQUIVALENT.

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