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Peter Thomas Roth

Anti-Aging Defense Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 26.00
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First and most important: this sunscreen stick offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection that includes avobenzone for sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) protection. Added to the mix are sunscreen-boosting antioxidants, which help fight free radical damage and damage caused by sun exposure.

Another bonus is that there is also a mix of skin-repairing and anti-irritant ingredients, and it's fragrance-free, which is always a good thing. The finish is as advertised, non-greasy and not-opaque, making it a good option especially for use on areas of the face more prone to sunburn, like bridge of nose and tops of cheeks.

While the small size means you are really getting a teeny amount of product for a lot of money it can still be considered convenient for spot application. However, small containers of sunscreens can be just as portable and doesn't cost a fortune like this one.

Note: Because this product is regulated in the U.S. as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Although this may be the standard, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their inactive ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other skin care or makeup product.

Pros:
  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen.
  • Contains antioxidants to boost sun protection.
  • Non-greasy formula also includes some skin-repairing and anti-irritant ingredients.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Price and size could discourage liberal application, which is essential to get the intended sun protection.
  • Ingredient listing is not in descending order which meets regulation, but is not helpful to the consumer.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Broad spectrum SPF 50 non-sticky cream dries weightless and undetectable to the touch. With UVA/UVB production. Fragrance-free. Includes vitamins A, C, & E.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octocrylene 2.0%, Octyl Salicylate 5%, Oxybenzone 6.0% Inactive Ingredients: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Adipic Acid/Diglycol Crosspolymer, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Boric Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dehydroacetic Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Propoxyhydropropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Water/Aqua/Eau, Xanthan Gum.

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

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.

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.

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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