This fragrant, creamy cleanser for dry skin is a bit greasy, but it does remove makeup and leave your skin feeling smooth. Most will find that you need to use a washcloth for complete removal, and it’s best not to leave residue from this cleanser behind because the fragrant base can cause irritation.
What would make this cleanser even better (aside from easier rinsing, no fragrance, and a more realistic price tag) would be if it contained an array of barrier-restoring ingredients to help skin begin the process of repairing itself. Even then, there is no reason to spend this much on a cleanser.
Rich, creamy, and nourishing gentle creme cleanser with jojoba, shea butter, vitamins A, C, E and pro vitamin B5. Luxurious, creamy cleanser gently yet effectively removes dirt, grime and other impurities as it helps condition and prepare skin to receive the Un-Wrinkle regimen.
Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 80, PEG- 100 Stearate, Shea Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, BHT, 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.