Peter Thomas Roth

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

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Poor Lips to Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $20.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Best Lashes to Die For The Mascara Peter Thomas Roth Regular Mascara  $22.00
Average Un-Wrinkle Lip Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $30.00 0.34 fl. oz.
Poor Un-Wrinkle Turbo Face Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $150.00
Good Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $15.00 0.48 fl. oz.
Poor Un-Wrinkle Volumizing Lip Treatment (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lip Plumpers  $28.00 0.15 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen  $40.00 1.30 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle, for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $120.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Primer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Foundation Primer  $38.00 0.80 fl. oz.
Poor Un-Wrinkle Neck (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $100.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $45.00 60.00 pads
Good Un-Wrinkle Concealer & Brightener (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Liquid Concealer  $35.00
Average Un-Wrinkle Illuminator Instant Brightening Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $68.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average FIRMx Peeling Gel Peter Thomas Roth Enzymes  $48.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average FIRMx Firming Night Moisturizer Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $125.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Pink Ice Lip Balm (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $22.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Good 40% Triple Acid Resurfacing Peel Peter Thomas Roth Exfoliants  $88.00 12.00 vials
Best Ultra-Lite SPF 30 Oil-Free Sunscreen Peter Thomas Roth Sunscreens (including Kids)  $26.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Poor Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $28.00 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Buster Kit Peter Thomas Roth Specialty Skin Care Products  $35.00 5.00 piece system
Poor Illuminating High Definition Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $68.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Gentle Foaming Cleanser Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Free Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $38.00 2.00 fl. oz.
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