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Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub
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2 fl. oz. for $38
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Before we discuss this artificially-colored scrub’s formula, we need to state that the name is just silly. “Laser-free” is supposed to imply laser treatments a dermatologist performs, but really it means that this product is free of lasers. Well, duh! Come on, Peter Thomas Roth, have a little more respect for consumers. Anything that’s not a laser is, by definition, laser-free!

This scrub claims to do just about everything under the sun to improve skin texture and tone, and it’s said to be incredible for all skin types, even acne-prone. It isn’t. In fact, this scrub is a problem for all skin types, especially acne-prone skin (if you have acne, a scrub isn’t the way to go; acne cannot be scrubbed away). The abrasive agent (polyethylene) is quite gentle, but the cleansing agent employed is needlessly drying and this contains a high amount of skin irritant cinnamon bark. The glycolic acid (an AHA) is useless in a scrub because its benefit is rinsed down the drain before it can help your skin. If you want the benefits of AHA (and without question an AHA exfoliant is preferred to a scrub) Peter Thomas Roth and other brands offer excellent options. This glorified scrub ends up being overpriced and not capable of making good on its claims of “dramatically younger looking” skin. Instead, use a washcloth or a facial cleansing brush with your regular cleanser, and follow with a leave-on exfoliant.

Claims
Ingredients

Water, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycolic Acid, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniace (Apricot) Kernel Oil Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Alumina Allantoin, Octyl Methoxycinnamate , PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil , Octyl Salicylate PPG-26-Buteth-26, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Calcium Panthothenate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Lactate Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Lactate, Serine, Alanine, Proline, Magnesium Chloride Sodium Citrate, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Red 33, Red 4, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Iron Oxides

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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