12.30.2014
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Cucumber Gel Masque
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5.3 fl. oz. for $45
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Cucumber Gel Masque is an overpriced water-based mask that contains a mixture of irritating and non-irritating plant extracts. It should not be considered calming or capable of reducing under-eye puffiness, at least not any better than using a cold compress to relieve swelling.

Claims

An ultra gentle, ultra soothing, hydrating and calming gel masque. Instantly soothes sunburned skin, calms and hydrates all skin types including the most sensitive skin. Natural enzymes help soften skin while botanical extracts comfort and help protect skin against free radical damage. A tip from Peter, use under the eye area to reduce puffiness. Also soothes sunburn.

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, Yellow 5, Blue 1

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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11.30.2014
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I like this product. I don't use it as a mask, and i do find it expensive, but after getting a free deluxe sample i used it and it worked great as a gel moisturizer. My skin soaked it up, and it hydrated nicely for the day.

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