This is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Best for normal to oily or combination skin, the thin, lightweight lotion texture is fragrance-free and provides reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection with avobenzone.
The formula contains some proven antioxidants and its semi-matte finish works well under makeup (and really does feel sheer). In many ways, this is similar to Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 45. That product is sold for use from the neck down but absolutely can be used on the face, too (not to mention it costs a fraction of what Roth is charging and comes in a larger size).
Whether you go with Roth’s option, Paula’s Choice, or another sunscreen we recommend, what counts is you’re getting environmental protection with antioxidants to boost skin’s defenses.
Fast absorbing, lightly moisturizing, non-sticky, non-greasy, lightweight sheer liquid formula is virtually invisible on skin. Leaves no white residue for smooth, healthy-looking skin. Can be worn alone or under makeup. Oil-free, water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) SPF 50 is paraben-free and fragrance-free. Contains anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E as well as soothing aloe.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 10%; Octisalate 5%; Octocrylene 2%; Oxybenzone 6%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Sodium Ascorbyl, Phosphate, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lauryl Glucoside, Picea Abies Wood Extract, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium 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.