SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
1.7 fl. oz. for $41
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is an excellent and, yes, soothing option for normal to dry or sensitive skin that's not prone to breakouts.

The silky formula contains gentle mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and they're joined by skin-defending antioxidants, anti-irritants, and a skin-repairing ingredient. For what this costs, we'd like to see the antioxidants more prominent in the formula, but their inclusion should prove helpful.

Although we're giving this our highest rating, keep in mind that any SPF-rated product that costs this much may discourage liberal application, but liberal application is absolutely necessary to achieve the SPF rating the label states. If you think the price may keep you from applying this liberally, think twice before purchasing.

One more comment: Although the amount of mineral actives ensures excellent broad-spectrum sun protection, this untinted formula leaves a bit of a white cast. Be sure to blend thoroughly each time you apply (and reapply).

  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula contains proven soothing ingredients.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, including rosacea.
  • Contains antioxidants for additional benefits beyond sun protection.
  • Expensive, which may discourage liberal application.
  • Can leave a white cast unless blended very well.

Formulated without chemical sunscreens, fragrance, dyes or alcohol that can irritate sensitive skin, this lightweight formula protects without compromising skin’s delicate moisture barrier as it calms and soothes. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB formula contains only mineral-based sunscreen ingredients that deflect the sun’s rays, keeping the skin’s surface cooler to minimize the appearance of facial redness. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, including rosacea-prone skin.


Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 12%, Titanium Dioxide 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Methicone, Silica, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance

Strengths: Two fantastic skin-lightening products with hydroquinone; a well-packaged retinol product; every sunscreen provides sufficient UVA protection; some fragrance-free options.

Weaknesses: Expensive; jar packaging hinders effectiveness of several otherwise impressive products; sunscreens should contain more bells and whistles for the money; eyebrow-raising amount of products with irritating ingredients.

Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skin-care products. The Rodan + Fields supposedly therapeutic approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.

Lots of consumers believe that dermatologist-developed products will be the answer for their skin-care woes; but, in two words, they aren't. After reviewing dozens of so-called doctor-designed product lines, including this one, we can tell you there are no miracles to be found, and often there are some problematic products to steer clear of. Overall, many of these lines are quite comparable to other product lines without the physician headliner credentials and exorbitant prices. (Shockingly, Rodan + Fields' acne products are virtually identical to their ProActiv products, except that these cost more. We assume they thought no one would notice; perhaps they are right.)

Many consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skin-care products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, as you will see from the reviews below, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging. Considering that these are really pricey products, this is not good news.

Rodan + Fields does deserve kudos for being one of the few cosmetics companies to list the ingredients for each product on their Web site. It’s a major help for beleaguered, savvy consumers who care about this detail. Still, it would have been better all around if they offered more thoughtful, less problematic formulas.

For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.

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So so.

I tried this product while on vacation in New Orleans (35-40C + humidity). Pros: Didn't melt off, seemed to protect well (no burns the whole trip!). Cons: Price, with shipping I ended up paying close to $60. White cast is awful on its own, and I found it a bit "pill-y" if I tried to blend it. Just had to leave enough time for it to sink in before heading out. Really hard to put make up on (I just use a tinted Nars foundation) unless you wait quite a while after application.

Reviewed by
Michelle S
love this sunscreen

Because my skin loves randomly reacting to air or water or whatever it has decided to dislike for the day, I tried Soothe. The whole line is amazing but I continue to only use #3 and #4 because I suck at keeping up with a regimen. This sunscreen helps moisturize my skin, reduces random allergic reaction flare ups and keeps me protected outside. Love love.

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Absolutley Wonderful Sunscreen!

I admit that I would never have spent this much for a moisturizer/sunscreen myself, but my sister gave me several Rodan and Fields products as gifts. This was by far my favorite! The texture is sublimely silky and not a bit greasy. It provides just the right moisture under makeup. As for the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreen, the whitish color disappears easily into the skin. I like this even better than the Clinique City Block!

Reviewed by
Anon. in Seattle
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