Say it isn’t so! This shaving cream, which is more old-fashioned than modern, had all the potential in the world to be a great option for those with dry, sensitive skin—but it contains the potent irritant menthol, which is a deal-breaker because irritation, especially when shaving, always damages skin. Also included is the topical anesthetic lidocaine, but this isn’t a great ingredient in shaving creams, either. Why? Because lidocaine numbs the skin, so you may not notice when you’ve gone too far with shaving certain areas or the irritation caused by the ingredients in skin-care products aimed at men, leading to redness, nicks, and razor burn.
Timeless PTR technology delivers this proven, rich, creamy shaving cream that is formulated with skin-smoothing moisturizers that form a luxurious, protective barrier allowing for a closer more comfortable shave, without irritation.
Water, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalene, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Lanolate, Polysorbate 60, Acetylated Lanolin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Allantoin, Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) Oil, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Golden Seal (Hydrastis Canadensis) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Menthol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Lidocaine, PEG-100 Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, Myristyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Borate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Triethanolamine, Butylparaben
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.