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 Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $48.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Glycolic Acid Clarifying Tonic (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Toners  $32.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Illuminating High Definition Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Instant FirmX Temporary Face Tightener (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $35.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Instant Mineral SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $30.00 0.17 fl. oz.
Average Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $68.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Laser-Free Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $75.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $58.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $38.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Best Lashes to Die For The Mascara Peter Thomas Roth Regular Mascara  $22.00
Poor Lips to Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $20.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Average Matte Lip Balm Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $12.00 0.25 fl. oz.
Average Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Max Complexion Correction Pads Peter Thomas Roth BHA  $36.00 60.00 pads
Average Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Creme Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $65.00 0.76 fl. oz.
Poor Modern Classic Shave Cream Peter Thomas Roth Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels  $18.00 7.00 fl. oz.
Poor Moisture Infusion Facial Bar Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $15.00 6.00 bars
Average Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane Peter Thomas Roth Face/Body Oils  $38.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Power K Eye Rescue Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $100.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, For All Skin Types (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Enzymes  $44.00 3.30 fl. oz.
Poor Radiance Oxygenating Masque Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $50.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor Radiance Oxygenating Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Retinol Fusion Alternative Anti-Wrinkle Solution Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $85.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Sulfur Cooling Masque Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Absorbent Masks  $40.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Ultimate Creme in a Tube Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
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