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Peter Thomas Roth

Instant Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen

0.12 fl. oz. for $ 35.00
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Instant Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen was formerly known as Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45. Both are loose powders that provide a hefty amount of mineral-based sun protection, with the sole actives being titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The latest version feels lighter, drier, and smoother than the previous formula, and the brand has dropped a lot of the anti-aging ingredients that probably didn't do much good in a powder base anyway (they just looked good on the label). Unfortunately, the dryness presents some visible issues.

Housed in a small cylindrical component with a built-in brush, similar to the previous version, Instant Mineral is relatively easy to apply. The component allows the brush to expand for application, then become "tucked" so you can replace the cap without splaying the bristles. We wish the brush hairs felt softer, but they're not terrible and they get the job done.

The fragrance-free powder itself is so finely milled that unless you apply very carefully, you'll see (and breathe) a cloud of powder dust with every swipe of the brush. On the plus side, the finely milled texture allows this to look more natural on skin, at least if your skin has no dry areas.

If any hint of dryness is present, the very dry finish of this powder will magnify them to a highly visible degree. The same issues occurs if this powder gets in to fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes—you'll instantly look older. Overall, the dryness becomes a deal-breaker because although this powder provides a nice boost to your other sun protection products (you'd have to apply a lot of this loose powder to get the protection stated on the label), it also makes even very oily skin look dull and drab.

The last issue is the color: Only one shade is available and it's on the orange-y side. The color is sheer enough to work for some light to medium skin tones, but fair skin will find this looks strange and those with tan to dark skin will likely find it looks peachy-gray.

Pros:
  • Provides gentle broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Easy to apply, and a quick way to touchup over regular sunscreen.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Exceptionally dry finish magnifies the slightest hint of dry skin and fine lines
  • Finely milled texture kicks up a cloud of powder dust with each use.
  • Slightly too orange color is acceptable for a limited range of skin tones.
  • Strong matte finish dulls a healthy skin tone.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Finely-milled, transparent powder leaves a residue-free layer of sun protection to help skin look soft, smooth and years younger. Great for mess-free touch-ups throughout the day. Creates the appearance of smooth, radiant skin.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 20.75%; Zinc Oxide 19.60%. Inactive Ingredients: Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green.

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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