This SPF Powder Protects Your Skin and Gets Rid of Shine
If you have oily skin (and you’re as vain as I am), you might not enjoy summer as much as the next person.
Why? Because your face looks like a shiny mess as soon as a drop of humidity hits — and the problem’s made even worse by the heavy sunblocks you’re slathering on to keep from becoming a wrinkled mess in 10 years.
But I recently stumbled on a product that actually offers sun protection and oil control. Yes, it contains SPF while also mattifying your skin. How tf is this even possible?!
Well, the first ingenious thing about Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 (whew) is that it’s a powder. Since it’s not liquid, it doesn’t leave that greasy sheen every typical sunblock — yes, even the ones that claim to be non-greasy — leaves behind.
Plus, the powder means you can put it on over your makeup throughout the day without smudging everything. It’s basically like adding a buildable powder foundation to your face as the day goes on. And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t leave the house without at LEAST a CC cream, you’ll know that’s a godsend.
Now here’s the plot twist: the powder also contains salicylic acid and willow bark extract to prevent breakouts and cut down on oil, which pushes it over into “WTF miraculous” territory.
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When I first bought it at Sephora, I have to say I figured I was flushing $30 down the drain. But I was leaving for a trip to Cuba in a day and I was desperate for some creative SPF solutions since I knew I wouldn’t want to slather my usual Neutrogena SPF 45 over a made-up face.
Once I got to Cuba, I spent a day walking around in the hot sun after putting on the regular Neutrogena stuff in the morning, and reapplying with the Peter Thomas Roth powder sunblock on my face, chest and arms all day. Shockingly, I didn’t get burnt. This is unheard of for me!
So now I carry it with me all the freaking time and even reapply it while I’m sitting at work and can feel the sun coming in through the windows. One caveat: my coworkers definitely thought I was insane for dusting myself with powder every afternoon until I explained to them what it was.
The product’s not totally perfect — as the reviews note, sometimes the powder falls off in the plastic lid and it’s hard to get back on the brush. Also, it’s hard to tell if you’re actually applying anything. There is a light smell that helps clue you in that the powder’s actually hitting your skin, but it’s nerve-racking the first few times you use it because you can’t really tell if anything’s even coming out.
Still, all this is better than getting burnt or *gasp* looking oily. So if you’re someone who’s bothered by either of those issues, I 9000% recommend this product.