Jul 23 2014

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer SPF 30 (Summer Essential SPF)


Still the height of Summer (well at least in this part of the world), I continue on my SPF/Sunscreen journey. If you guys want some background, check out the Summer Essential SPF Series page under “Special Features” which lays out the inspiration behind these reviews.  Basically, although this series is about “sun safety” and protecting your skin, I am also approaching the sunscreen reviews from a beauty perspective. This includes, but is not limited to, which ones provide adequate protection, how they feel on the skin, how they hold up in the heat and whether or not they wear well with foundation. I may not always touch on all of these points, but I try my best to do so.

The Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer SPF 30 is marketed as an “oil-free, anti-aging broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion” that provides lasting hydration for all skin types. The key ingredients are: Parsol1789 (chemical UVA/UVB filter), ginkgo biloba (an anti-oxidant to protect against free radical damage), ceramides (to moisturize) Vitamins A,C & E (anti-oxidants) and pro Vitamin B5 (to moisturize, nourish and clarify).

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer SPF 30

With a name like “Max Sheer”, I expected this sunscreen to be extremely light-weight. There is a whipped-like feel to this when you initially pump it from the dispenser (see below). However, once applied to the skin, I found the consistency to be pretty much like any standard sunscreen or lotion. Not too thick, but not thin either. Also, although it is “oil-free”, for me, this could be too much on extremely hot days when my skin produced more oil.

In terms of application, this blends and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving a very slight cast on the skin which dissipates within a few seconds. It is completely undetectable under makeup. In the day (of course, when else?), I wear this without an additional moisturizer and find it to be moisturizing enough from my combo skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer SPF 30

With an SPF of 30, this is enough protection for most people for normal daytime activity (office job, maybe a short walk at lunch/to and from public transportation).  However, this would not be suitable for extended outdoor activity and is not water resistant. In these circumstances, a sunscreen made for outdoor activity should be used and reapplied often.

All in all, I am a fan of the Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer. What are some of your favorite sunscreens and what do you look for in a sunscreen?


  • Overs Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Protection
  • Non to very mild white/grey cast
  • Wears fairly well under foundation
  • Best for: Combo-Normal Skin
  • Not recommended for: Very Oily or Very Dry Skin
  • Cost: High ($42.00 USD for 50 ml / 1.7 oz)
  • Available Locally: No (Check Sephora.com or Beautybar.com which now ships globally to 65+ countries!)





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