First, you need to know that this tinted moisturizer with sunscreen absolutely does contain chemicals. All ingredients, even water, are chemicals, so the “chemical-free” portion of the name is misleading. “Chemical-free” in this case refers to the product’s zinc oxide–based sunscreen, but other than that, this contains primarily synthetic “chemical” ingredients.
A plus for sensitive skin is that this product is fragrance-free. The zinc oxide is a gentle broad-spectrum ingredient for sun protection, and it works great around the eyes, too.
The formula also contains a great mix of cell-communicating peptides and antioxidants, which is why it’s a letdown to report that the texture is difficult to work with and has some truly unusual traits.
The soft golden peach tint is difficult to blend evenly and, once set, tends to look overly yellow. It definitely takes time and effort to get this to apply evenly and it interferes with how your foundation or concealer shades “read” in natural light. When this sets, it feels matte, but it leaves a dewy sheen on your skin. So, those with dry skin will find this isn’t hydrating, while those with oily skin won’t like the sheen.
The dry feel isn’t surprising given that this product contains a high amount of zinc oxide and sodium chloride (salt). On balance, Peter Thomas Roth missed an opportunity to create a truly state-of-the art “mineral” tinted moisturizer to benefit aging skin.
- Provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection with zinc oxide.
- Tinted to avoid a telltale white cast, which is inherent in any product that contains this much zinc oxide.
- Contains an impressive range of peptides and antioxidants for anti-aging benefits beyond sun protection.
- The tint begins fine, but sets to a noticeably yellow cast that won’t work for most skin tones.
- Yellowish tint interferes with foundation and/or concealer colors, requiring more work to make everything look even.
- Feels dry but leaves a dewy-looking sheen; those with dry skin won’t find this hydrating, while those with oily skin won’t like the finish.
Tinted oil-free moisturizer for all skin types and tones with chemical-free SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection that evens out complexion and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & pores.
Active: Zinc Oxide (12.2%), Other: Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polydecene, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bis PEG/PPG 14/14 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 10 Hexaoleate, Acetyl Hexapeptide 8, Acetyl Octapeptide 3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide 7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl 6 Caprylate Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum , Propylene Carbonate, Sorbic Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben; May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
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.