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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Best Retinol Fusion PM Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $45.00 2.20 fl. oz.
Best Gentle Foaming Cleanser Peter Thomas Roth Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Best Anti-Aging Defense Uber-Dry Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Sun Products  $26.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Best Ultra-Lite SPF 30 Oil-Free Sunscreen Peter Thomas Roth Sunscreens (including Kids)  $26.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Good Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $32.00
Good Un-Wrinkle Eye Peter Thomas Roth Eye Moisturizers  $100.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle Day SPF 20 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $90.00 1.35 fl. oz.
Good Aloe-Cort Cream (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Specialty Skin Care Products  $30.00 2.20 fl. oz.
Good Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion with SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Viz-1000 Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $65.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel Peter Thomas Roth AHAs  $48.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Good Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream with SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $42.00 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.
Good Ultimate Creme in a Tube Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $48.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Botanical Buffing Beads Peter Thomas Roth Scrubs  $36.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle, for All Skin Types Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $120.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Instant Mineral SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $30.00 0.17 fl. oz.
Good Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $15.00 0.48 fl. oz.
Good FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $150.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Free Moisturizer (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Natural Looking Self-Tanner (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Self-Tanners  $28.00 5.30 fl. oz.
Good FIRMx GFX Growth Factor Neuropeptide Serum (Discontinued) Peter Thomas Roth Serums  $150.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30 Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen  $30.00
Good Anti-Aging Defense Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Peter Thomas Roth SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $26.00 0.50 fl. oz.
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