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 Ultimate Creme in a Tube Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Blemish Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Illuminating High Definition Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $45.00
Average Cucumber Gel Masque Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $45.00 5.30 fl. oz.
Average Ultra-Lite Anti-Aging Cellular Repair Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $52.00 1.50 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Spot And Area Treatment Peter Thomas Roth Shine Control/Other  $32.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Retinol Fusion PM Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Glycolic Acid Clarifying Tonic (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Anti-Aging Defense Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Peter Thomas Roth SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $26.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Viz-1000 Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Ultra-Lite Multi-Tasking After Shave Balm Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $24.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $45.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Free Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Conditioning Multi-Tasking After Shave Tonic (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $20.00 8.00 fl. oz.
Average Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $68.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $58.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane Peter Thomas Roth Face/Body Oils  $38.00 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 Retinol Fusion AM Moisturizer SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $78.00 1.60 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Repair Gel Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $42.00 0.76 fl. oz.
Good Botanical Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
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