The price for this soap may seem low because the company offers six bars, but they are very thin—each bar is only 1.25 ounces, whereas a standard bar of soap is between 4 and 6 ounces. Regardless of the size issue, Moisture Infusion Facial Bar is standard soap, and that means it is too drying and irritating for all skin types. Peter Thomas Roth offers plenty of good water-soluble cleansers, all of which are expensive, but they are preferred to this facial bar.
In addition to the drying effects of soap, and the residue it leaves behind (which keeps the products applied afterward from working as well as they could), this product contains a high amount of fragrance and fragrance ingredients that will cause further irritation. Moisture Infusion Facial Bar is not recommended.
- Expensive for a tiny amount of soap.
- Because this is true soap, it is too drying and irritating for all skin types.
- The residue this leaves behind impedes the performance of skin-care products applied after cleansing.
- Contains a high amount of fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
Irritation, whether from soap or other products and whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation that impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Gently cleanses the skin while delivering essential moisture. Skin feels clean, fresh and soft.
Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate/Sodium Palm Kernalate, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium, Pentetate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide
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.