12.19.2014
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Ultra-Lite SPF 30 Oil-Free Sunscreen
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4.2 fl. oz. for $26
Category:Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids)
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Ultra-Lite SPF 30 Oil-Free Sunscreen isn't as light as the name states, but this is a smooth, thin-textured lotion that provides light hydration without feeling thick or greasy. It provides excellent broad-spectrum protection that includes reliable UVA screening from stabilized avobenzone.

Best for normal to combination skin, this fragrance-free sunscreen is easy to apply and boosts skin's defenses with vitamin-based antioxidants. All told, it's a welcome addition to Roth's stable of sunscreens. The only potential concern is price; all sunscreens must be applied liberally in order to provide the stated level of protection. So, with a pricier sunscreen for the body you have to be sure you'll be good about liberal application, a fact that means you'll be replacing this more often, which adds up. Definitely not a deal-breaker in terms of our recommendation, but something to consider before deciding to purchase.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, non-greasy lotion texture hydrates.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Provides broad-spectrum protection and antioxidants.
Cons:
  • On the pricey side for a body sunscreen, which may discourage liberal application.
Claims

This ultra-lite, fast absorbing sunscreen lotion provides sheer broad spectrum protection against UVA/ UVB rays. Also with soothing allantoin and aloe, pro vitamin B5 and anti-oxidant vitamins A, C & E. Fragrance-free.

Ingredients

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.25%, Oxybenzone 6% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alumina, Ascorbyl Palmitate, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, PEG -100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl- 2 Caprate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane, Stearic Acid, Sucrose Stearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Water/Aqua/Eau.

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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06.19.2015
DOES NOT PROTECT MY SKIN!

I love the fact this it has antioxidants, but the texture is super drying(and I have oily skin)and it does NOT protect my skin from the Florida sun. I do not recommend this sunblock. Perhaps the ingredients are unstable?

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Sara, A
05.09.2014
A disappointment

This product made my face look like an oil slick (and I have dry skin)! I think I will stick to facial products with non-chemical sunscreens. Products with avobenzone are fine for my body, but make my face look way too shiny.

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