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Retinol Fusion AM Moisturizer SPF 30
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1.6 fl. oz. for $78
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This thick-textured, fragrance-free, slightly creamy daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides reliable UVA protection from zinc oxide. The zinc oxide is joined by a standard synthetic sunscreen active, and isn’t present in an amount that leaves a white cast on your skin. Although the formula contains retinol and is packaged to keep it stable, that’s about the only exciting aspect. This is mostly standard thickeners and preservative, so the price is completely out of line for what you get. Peter Thomas Roth includes a handful of other antioxidants, too, but none of them are present in an amount that justifies the price or makes this a must-have product.

For less money and a better formula, consider Clinique’s Sun SPF 30 Face Cream or Dr. Denese New York SPF 30 Defense Day Cream.

Claims

This multi-action daily essential features a potent concentration of time-released retinol to encourage skin’s renewal process and maximize efficacy with minimal irritation. Skin is renewed, refreshed, restored, and brightened. With regular use, texture improves, skin tone evens out, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, and pores appear smaller. A dose of antioxidants fights free-radical damage.

Ingredients

Active: Zinc Oxide (2%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (4%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Cetearyl Glycoside, Titanium Dioxide, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Picea Excelsa Wood Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Borate, Sodium Hydroxide, Panthenol, Arginine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine, Copper Tripeptide, Sorbitol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid

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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