The mineral sunscreens in this tinted loose powder are a great way to get broad-spectrum protection, plus they have the secondary benefit of providing coverage to help even out the complexion. The downside is that the amount of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide is likely to contribute to rather than help clogged pores, but that’s always a risk with these two ingredients.
This loose powder is housed in a cylindrical applicator with a built-in brush. It has a dry texture and absorbent finish that’s ideal for oily skin, but again, if blemishes are a concern the amount of mineral actives may prove problematic. This contains a potentially effective amount of salicylic acid, but the pH is not within range for exfoliation to occur. Although the company positions this product as being perfect for acne-prone skin, it is preferred for oily skin not struggling with blemishes (or dealing with occasional breakouts). By the way, the main ingredient in the base formula is a mineral known as illite, which has a clay-like texture and a luminosity similar to that of mica. Despite that, the mineral actives in this powder keep it from being noticeably shiny. This would be a worthwhile sunscreen addition for someone with oily skin and rosacea.
A silky smooth mineral powder with SPF30 protection is perfectly suited for oily and acne prone skin. Packaged in an easy-to-use, retractable brush, it fits conveniently in your pocket or makeup case to allow for mess-free touch-ups throughout the day. Leaves a transparent, matte, residue-free layer of sun protection to help skin look flawless and blemish free.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (13.65%), Zinc Oxide 14.70%. Other: Illite, Silica, Barium Sulfate, Tapioca Starch, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Myristate, Kaolin, Maltodextrin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA. +/-: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Aluminum Powder, Carmine.
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.