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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Average Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $45.00 60.00 pads
Good Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $48.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $45.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Max Complexion Correction Pads Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $36.00 60.00 pads
Poor Gentle Complexion Correction Pads Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $36.00 60.00 pads
Average Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Moisture Infusion Facial Bar Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $15.00 6.00 bars
Good Chamomile Cleansing Lotion with Natural Herbal Extract for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average FIRMx Peeling Gel Peter Thomas Roth Enzymes  $48.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, For All Skin Types (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Enzymes  $44.00 3.30 fl. oz.
Good 40% Triple Acid Resurfacing Peel Peter Thomas Roth Exfoliants  $88.00 12.00 vials
Average Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Repair Gel Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $42.00 0.76 fl. oz.
Poor Power K Eye Rescue Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $100.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Creme Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $65.00 0.76 fl. oz.
Best Lashes to Die For Platinum (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lash Growth/ Lash Conditioners  $125.00 0.16 fl. oz.
Average De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector Peter Thomas Roth Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $75.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $15.00 0.48 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Pink Ice Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $22.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Average Matte Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $12.00 0.25 fl. oz.
Average Un-Wrinkle Lip Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $30.00 0.34 fl. oz.
Poor Lips to Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $20.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Poor Un-Wrinkle Volumizing Lip Treatment Peter Thomas Roth Lip Plumpers  $28.00 0.15 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle Concealer & Brightener Peter Thomas Roth Liquid Concealer  $35.00
Best Clini-Matte All Day Oil-Control SPF 20 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Best Sheer Liquid SPF 50 Anti-Aging Sunscreen (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $52.00 1.70 fl. oz.
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