02.06.2013
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Oil-Free Moisturizer (Discontinued)
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.06.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Oil-Free Moisturizer has been improved and now supplies skin with a much better, though not incredibly impressive, blend of beneficial ingredients. Antioxidants join retinol, anti-irritant allantoin, and a tiny amount of skin-identical mucopolysaccharides to create a lightweight moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin. The thickening agents this contains may be problematic for acne-prone skin, but you’d have to experiment with this to see how your skin responds. All in all, while not among the best moisturizers available, it’s a definite improvement over the previous version.

Claims

A fast absorbing oil-free, lotion/gel hydrator to soothe and combat surface dehydration. Weightless formula that combats surface dehydration without leaving an oily or sticky residue. Also recommended for normal to shiny skin which requires added moisture. Provides excellent relief for temporary dryness that sometimes accompanies acne treatment programs.

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth-20, Cetyl Stearate, Mucopolysaccharides, Azulene, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, 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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