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Peter Thomas Roth
Anti-Aging Buffing Beads
Rating
8.5 fl. oz. for $36
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is made to sound like an advanced scrub capable of polishing away wrinkles but the company uses the term "fine lines", which aren't true wrinkles but the lines occurring from dryness. Using a scrub over dry skin and following with a moisturizer can eliminate fine lines, but won't help wrinkles. What's iffy about this jojoba bead scrub (an abrasive agent that is quite gentle) is the inclusion of the drying detergent cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate as a main ingredient. The glycolic and salicylic acids are present in amounts too small to exfoliate skin. This is an OK, needlessly pricey scrub for normal to oily skin.

Claims

Infused with the same effective ingredients as the PTR Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel such as a glycolic acid complex, salicylic acid and botanical brighteners to help produce beautiful fresh, youthful looking skin. Ultra-fine jojoba beads work in two ways. First, they help exfoliate surface dead skin cells without irritation, allowing active treatment products to penetrate better. Then, the ultra-fine jojoba beads help refine skin texture and smooth out fine lines.

Ingredients

Water, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Cirtus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycolic Acid, Arginine, Salicylic Acid, Quercus Alba (White Oak) Bark Extract, Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow 5, Red 40, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, 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.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. 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 and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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