Water Drench Hyaluronic Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 45
Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 45 adds to the brand’s Water Drench franchise with a daytime option that provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection and a hefty dose of moisture. A couple aesthetic issues hold it back from our top rating, but on balance it’s an interesting, effective option for normal to dry skin.
Packaged in an opaque hard plastic tube with a built-in pump, this dispenses as a lightweight cream that moisturizes without feeling occlusive or thick. Dry skin is treated to quenching mix of siloxanes, glycerin, glycol, and argan oil, which is a good source of antioxidants and replenishing fatty acids.
Although this doesn’t feel “suffocating” on skin, this sets to a finish that’s noticeably more shiny than many other facial sunscreens. While the shine can be toned down with a dusting of powder, you may not like the lingering slick feel this leaves on skin. The slickness makes applying makeup trickier, with some liquid foundations we tested seeming to slide right off rather than mesh with skin. Forget about trying this if you have oily skin!
The slick feeling can be minimized if this is the only leave-on skin care product you apply during the day, but that’s not a realistic approach for those with multiple skin concerns, not to mention skin care is never as simple as one product.
If you can get past the aesthetic issues, you’ll likely find your skin responds well to the balanced mix of replenishers like ceramides, hydrators, and antioxidants (like vitamin E/tocopherol and various plant and mineral ferments) this contains.
As for the hyaluronic acid mentioned in the name, it’s present in this sunscreen in its salt form, sodium hyaluronate. It’s not a centerpiece ingredient in terms of being present in a higher-than-usual amount, but works with the other hydrating and replenishing ingredients to strengthen and soften skin.
Provides broad spectrum protection.
Last, the claim of 72-hour hydration sound impressive, but given you’re not going to keep a sunscreen on skin for that long and at some point you’ll be washing your face, it’s not really something to depend on. That said, without a doubt this hydrates and works instantly to replenish skin’s moisture.
- Provides broad spectrum protection.
- Highly moisturizing without feeling occlusive or thick.
- Balanced mix of replenishing, hydrating, and antioxidant ingredients.
- Packaged to keep its delicate ingredients stable during use.
- Fragrance free.
- Leaves skin surface feeling slick.
- Leaves skin looking super shiny, almost “wet” (this is less an issue if applied as your only leave-on product).
Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: Reef-safe sunscreen provides UVA/UVB sun protection. 30 Percent Hyaluronic Acid Complex: Helps improve hydration and can attract and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the air. Pentavitin provides up to 72 hours of hydration and helps replenish moisture depleted by outdoor heat and sunlight.
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 brighteners. 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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