01.27.2015
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Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
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8.5 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:01.27.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This may be Peter Thomas Roth’s best-selling cleanser, but what that mostly means is that lots of his customers are spending way more than is necessary for a good water-soluble cleanser. The salicylic acid and glycolic acid absolutely have anti-aging benefits for all skin types, but not when they’re used in a product that’s quickly rinsed from skin. This cleanser contains citrus extracts that can be a problem when used around the eyes. For a lot less money and a gentler yet just-as-effective cleanser, consider the options from CeraVe, Boots, and Paula’s Choice.

Claims

Our most popular cleanser! A luxurious facial cleansing gel that does double duty with 1% Glycolic Acid (AHA) and 1% Salicylic Acid (BHA). Advanced pore resurfacing action promotes a fresh youthful-looking complexion. Increases cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Detoxifies the pores and improves skin texture as it gently sweeps away impurities that can dull the complexion. Salicylic acid, brightening botanicals and a gentle form of glycolic acid exfoliate and clarify the skin, leaving it ultra clean, refined and revitalized.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid), Glycolic Acid/Arginine, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Quercus Alba (White Oak Bark) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15, Red #40, Yellow #5, 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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12.07.2012
Breaks me out

Pros: Love the way this smells. Will clean every bit of makeup, even waterproof, off your face and eyes. Cons: If you have very dry skin, it will be drying. Something in it causes my skin to break out.

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