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 www.peterthomasroth.com.

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Good Retinol Fusion Alternative Anti-Wrinkle Solution Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $85.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Gentle Complexion Correction Pads Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $36.00 60.00 pads
Average FIRMx Peeling Gel Peter Thomas Roth Enzymes  $48.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Good Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream with SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Modern Classic Shave Cream Peter Thomas Roth Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels  $18.00 7.00 fl. oz.
Average Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $58.00 3.40 fl. oz.
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.
Average Laser-Free Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $75.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $48.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average FIRMx Firming Night Moisturizer Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $125.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $85.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector Peter Thomas Roth Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $75.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Free Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Best Gentle Foaming Cleanser Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Instant FirmX Temporary Face Tightener (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $35.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average FIRMx Neck & Decollete Creme Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $135.00 1.50 fl. oz.
Average Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $68.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average Aloe Tonic Mist Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Buster Kit Peter Thomas Roth Specialty Skin Care Products  $35.00 5.00 piece system
Best Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $45.00 2.20 fl. oz.
Good Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $30.00
Good Viz-1000 Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
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