What it is:
A revolutionary, uber-lightweight sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB protection, while leaving the skin feeling smooth and dry.
What it is formulated to do:
Peter Thomas Roth Uber-Dry™ Sunscreen SPF 30 is a non-oily formula that is virtually undetectable to the touch, absorbs quickly and leaves a shine-free finish, all while shielding your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.
What else you need to know:
It’s enriched with Vitamins A, C and E to help fight against free radical damage and leave a non-sticky, residue-free, invisible veil of SPF 30 protection on the skin. It’s also PABA- and fragrance-free, and dermatologist, clinically and allergy tested.
My Skin Type:
Actually very oily, but surpressed with BHA exfoliator. Results in generally ranging from very dry to normal/combo skin. Generally dehydrated, very sensitive, and acne prone.
Opaque tube, easy to travel with and is a better choice for the antioxidants in the sunscreen’s formula.
Creamy, not too thick and and not too thin. Not greasy either.
Sun Protection Level:
This is an all chemical filter sunscreen. The active ingredients remind me of Paula’s Choice Essential Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF15, but PTR added Homosalate which yields higher SPF number.
However, I’m not sure about the UVA protection level. Yes, it contains Avobenzone but only 2%. Plus, it doesn’t contain any Avobenzone stabilizer.
My General Review:
This sunscreen has starred in many Paula’s best of sunscreen list. That, and the fact that it got tons of rave reviews in MakeupAlley make it very compelling to try it out. And I was lucky enough when dear Sylvia from FemaleDaily forum sent me a generous sample of this product! Thanks babe!
I have to say that even before trying this sunscreen in person, I tend to believe the hype surrounding its texture. Many said that it’s totally non-greasy and light, I guessed that it’s because of the Silica on this product. The old version of Banana Boat Faces SPF30 also puts in Silica to absorbs excessive grease. However upon trying PTR Uber-Dry, apparently it’s not as silky as Banana Boat Faces SPF30. Faces SPF30 is totally non-greasy and silkier, while PTR still leaves slightly sticky feeling. Not much though. Easily remedied by a great makeup primer.
The good thing about PTR Uber-Dry is, it absorbs quickly. Real quickly. If I apply 1/3 teaspoon like suggested by FDA, it literally sinks the moment it touches your skin. Makes getting ready in the morning even quicker! I’ve tried using a lot of product at one, and I only need to massage it for a little while. Very good indeed. I don’t find it to be overly oily during the day too, just normal. And good news for deeper-toned ladies: it doesn’t give me any white cast.
The down side?
Unfortunately it lies in the protection factor. It’s labeled SPF30, but it only contains 2% Avobenzone. I personally prefer 3% Avobenzone to ensure higher UVA protection. The other issue is, if you don’t believe that Avobenzone is not stable by its own, you shouldn’t purchase this sunscreen. It doesn’t contain stabilizer such as Octocrylene.
So is Avobenzone photostable? I don’t know. There’s debate in the area, so just to be sure, I prefer to have stabilizers in my sunscreen.
Now, given those pluses and minuses….how do PTR compares to some other light, non-greasy daily SPF?
There are other all-chemical filters sunscreens that I’ve tried that absorbs just as quickly, but gives silkier, non-greasy feeling. Fortunately I still think PTR can still hold out to its own.
Yes Faces SPF30 is silky and non-greasy…but it will induce heat sensation upon application, and it’s prone to balling up on your face. It does contain Octocrylene, but what good will it do if all the protection just balls up on your face?
Yes Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Waterlight SPF50+ is super silky and absorbs just as well as PTR. It provides higher SPF and contains Octocrylene too. It’s obvious that Neutrogena Waterlight offers higher UVA/UVB protection, but it contains Alcohol. It doesn’t help to have irritants on your face when you’re trying to battle UV damage. You should reinforce your skin, not irritate it.
Paula’s Choice Ultra-Light Weightless Finish SPF30 may be the only thing to stand up to PTR Uber-Dry. It’s light, it contains 3% Avobenzone and Octocrylene to stabilize it, it contains antioxidants and is fragrance-free. But it absorbs slower than PTR.
So you see, PTR does have its advantages in the myriad of light sunscreen. Plus, it does contain Antioxidants (a must to obtain that Paula’s Pick Rating, as antioxidants are very important to help stave off UV damage). And it’s fragrance-free. Those are great news for any type of skin.
What Else You Need To Know:
Sunkiller Baby Milk SPF38/PA+++ absorbs quickly and controls oil, but I won’t compare it with PTR Uber-Dry because unlike PTR, Sunkiller uses all physical filters.
It’s not available in Indonesia for sure. However IIRC, someone informed me that PTR is available in Sephora Singapore.
If that’s true than I’ll have a check next time I’m in Singapore (that would be next month)
This sunscreen is economical. US$26 seems to be moderate, but you get a whopping 118gram of product so it’s not bad at all.
Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 8.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Oxybenzone 3.50%.
Water, Silica, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phospholipids, Edta, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Bisabolol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
4 out of 5. I’m torn. I love that it’s lightweight, easy to use, and sensitive skin friendly. But I personally prefer higher UVA protection, and I also tend to pick Avobenzone-based sunscreens with stabilizer.
I don’t mind using it from time to time indoor, but I don’t think I can commit myself fully to this sunscreen only. It’s worth trying it though!
*This review will be cross posted in http://www.makeupalley.com under username Crescent_Shadow.