The fact that witch hazel water is the second ingredient in this after shave balm isn’t good news for any man’s skin. This does have a super-light texture and soft matte finish, but ideally an after-shave balm should be more moisturizing and protective than this. The plant extracts this contains are mix of soothing and problematic ones, so the helpful ones are essentially fighting the irritation the bad plant extracts (arnica, comfrey) cause. This would’ve earned a much higher rating with some minor formulary tweaks.
Fragrance-free. Dries matte. Soothes shaving irritation. Hydrates and repairs with anti-aging technology: Oligopeptides, vitamins A, C & E, pro vitamin B5, allantoin, aloe, extracts of grape seed, arnica, green tea and chamomile. For all skin types. Weightless, vanishing, ultra-lite after shave balm, designed especially for all skin types.
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Oxymethylene/Melamine Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Stearic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 Polysorbate 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Laureth-4, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
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.