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I think one of the most important skin care products you can have in your anti-aging arsenal is a decent sun cream, with an minimal spf of 25-30.
Peter Thomas Roth have a great range of sun creams because they understand that one size does not fit all and this review is for the Ultra-lite oil free sunblock of SPF 30. From the outset, I should state that because this product needs to be light in texture for more combi/oily skin types it is a chemical based sunscreen. This means that the suncreen needs to work with your skincells to allow them to react to the suns rays and because of this please see *How to use* to use this effectively. Also, as with physical sunscreens some people react to the ingredient, so if you find that you don't get on with the chemical sunblock then I would try the physical and vice versa.
*Who is this for ? *
This is recommended for any adult and child over 6. I would say that this is more suited to skin types that are oilier than normal and need the lighter version to avoid a greasy looking appearance on the skin. I would also say that women of colour like to use the lighter formulations of chemical sunscreens too because the physical suncreens can sometimes leave a white residue on the skin, so if you're a woman of colour who prefers to go without makeup then you may like this version.
*How to use*
Since this is a chemical based sunscreen then this product needs to go on FIRST after cleansing and toning. Even before serums and/oils if you use them in your skincare routine. The reason for this is because the ingredients need to work with your skincells without interference, so apply first and allow at least ten minutes for it to dry and do its work if you can. Then go ahead and continue with your daily skincare routine if you wish or very oily skins just like to apply makeup on top for very humid days.
I would say though that traditionally, the effectiveness of chemical based sunscreens are more easily depleted when you perspire so you would need to reapply throughout the day if you wanted a full SPF30 protection. If you only have the opportunity to apply once a the day, then I would recommend a once-a-day type SPF cream such as Ultrasun, who also make their suncreams suitable for various skin types and situations also.
As with ANY product that contains sunscreen you should avoid any contact with the eyes, but since this contains the likes of Triethanolamine which is thought to be very irritating for the eyes I would take extra care.
*Why this works *
As you can see from the ingredients list it uses a variety of chemical based suncreens. However, the reason why people look to the likes of company like Peter Thomas Roth is because their skin care products have an impressive ingredients list which allow for multi-tasking.
The Ultra-lite sunblock also contains the likes of Retinyl Palmitate ( i.e Vitamin A, which not only acts a gentle exfoliant but also a moisturing product used in many anti-aging skin care products, ) Forms of Vitamin C and Vitamin E their natural anti-oxidant properties, Allantoin ( which is used for its healing, moisturising, soothing and anti-irritating properties, ) Aloe ( for soothing ) and a form of Vitamin B5 ( which is thought to improve the moisture-retention capacity of the skin and stimulate skincell regeneration, as well acting as an anti-inflammatory.)
Active Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5%, Ethylhexyl Salicylate 5.00%, Menthyl Anthranilate 5.00%, Benzophenone-3 3.50%, Avobenzone 1.00%
Inactive Ingredients: Water (aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5).
This ultra-lite, absorbable, greaseless lotion contains Parsol1789, which provides extra sheer protection against UVA radiation as well as UVB protection / Noncomedogenic, PABA and fragrance-free / Dermatologist, clinically, and allergy tested / Indications: Screens out the sun's harmful UVA/UVB and infrared rays to help prevent sunburn, skin damage, freckling, and uneven coloration / Parsol1789 / Provides extra sheer protection against UVA radiation as well as UVB protectionPro Vitamin B5 / Helps moisturize, nourish and clarifyVitamins A, C & E / Anti-oxidants help to fight free radical attack