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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Good 40% Triple Acid Resurfacing Peel Peter Thomas Roth Exfoliants  $88.00 12.00 vials
Poor Acne Buster Kit Peter Thomas Roth Specialty Skin Care Products  $35.00 5.00 piece system
Poor Acne Spot And Area Treatment Peter Thomas Roth Shine Control/Other  $32.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $54.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average Aloe Tonic Mist Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Aloe-Cort Cream (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Specialty Skin Care Products  $30.00 2.20 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Aging Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Repair Gel Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $42.00 0.76 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 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.
Best Anti-Aging Defense Uber-Dry Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Sun Products  $26.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Good Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $32.00
Average Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Blemish Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Botanical Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Bronze Instant Mineral SPF 30 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Powder Bronzer  $35.00
Average Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $72.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $85.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $62.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Chamomile Cleansing Lotion with Natural Herbal Extract for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $58.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor Conditioning Multi-Tasking After Shave Tonic (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $20.00 8.00 fl. oz.
Average Conditioning Tonic (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $28.00 6.00 fl. oz.
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