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Peter Thomas Roth Skin Care
report by Holly of the Cosmetic Connection Product Panel

Recently, I tried several products from Peter Thomas Roth's skin care line to see how effective they would be for controlling my rosacea. This was my first experience with the PTR line, so I was excited to dig right in!

Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel ($30, 8 fluid ounces)
This fragrance-free cleansing gel lathers nicely and leaves the skin feeling "squeaky" clean. A very little bit goes a long way, so a single 8-ounce bottle of this cleanser should last quite a long time with twice-daily use. Even with prolonged use, I did not have any flare-ups or sensitivity problems with this product. While this cleanser gave me the desired deep cleansing without irritation, it also left my face feeling very tight after each use. I have dry skin and am heading into the driest time of year, so this cleanser just wasn't quite appropriate for me. I may save it for next summer, when my face can handle its somewhat drying effects. Those with normal-to-oily skin may love this product year-round. For those who are die-hards in avoiding all ingredients that Dr. Nase (a rosacea expert) warns against, this product does contain Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, and Quaternium-15.

Oxygen Mist ($35, 8 fluid ounces)
This fragrance-free, alcohol-free, dye-free skin tonic comes conveniently packaged in an 8-ounce spray bottle that allows you to mist the product evenly over your face. According to the people at PTR, it will soothe sunburn, shaving irritation, insect bites, heat rash and other skin irritation. It was suggested to me for soothing the inflammation associated with rosacea. The ingredient list is agreeably short: Purified Water, Glycerin, Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, Oxygen Electrolytes, Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Chloride and Bioflavinoids. This mist is very cooling and soothing upon application. I found that I didn't care much for it before makeup application - it left my skin just a little too slick. But it works well in the evenings for soothing my face. I have also gotten in the habit of taking it along to the gym to spritz on my face during workouts, when my face is at its most inflamed and vulnerable. It feels especially cooling and soothing then. This product has caused no sensitivity problems or flare-ups for me.

Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion ($37, 1.7 ounces)
This is one of the better sunscreens that I have tried. It is fragrance-free, has an SPF of 30, and is oil-free and very lightly hydrating. It absorbs well and leaves my face feeling very smooth. It is non-greasy and provides broad-spectrum UV protection. I have found that it works well under makeup, especially if you follow the directions and wait for 15 minutes before makeup application. Fans of Dr. Nase will be pleased with this one - while it does have a small amount of Propylene Glycol, it also contains aloe vera and is preserved only with the recommended preservatives, methyl- and propylparaben.

Power C Soufflé ($85, 1.0 ounce)
With this product, PTR has created a stable form of Vitamin C for topical application with a fluffy, light and creamy texture. It has a very light and agreeable citrus scent. According to the marketing, it is safe for delicate and fragile skin, as well as those who are sensitive to other forms of topical Vitamin C. Since I have yet to find a topical vitamin C product that works for me, I was very excited about giving this one a try. Unfortunately, the problems I had with this product were the same as with every other topical C product I have tried…an almost immediate papule response and increased redness. This product did not sting or burn - in fact, it felt quite good, but the end result was the same. For other rosaceans who may be thinking about giving this a shot, be advised that the second ingredient on the list is Propylene Glycol. It also has a fairly high concentration of Cetyl Alcohol and a moderate amount of Stearyl Alcohol. Based on my experience, I really cannot recommend this one.

Cucumber Gel Mask ($40, 4.5 ounces)
I have definitely saved the best for last! The ladies in my Rosacea Beauty Group are already hearing me sing the praises of this product. PTR Cucumber Gel mask is a soothing, hydrating, cooling mask designed for sensitive skin. It is a very light green gel mask that is meant to be applied in a generous layer, left on for 10 minutes or so, then rinsed off with cool water. The cooling sensation is immediate and the mask feels very refreshing the entire time it is on my face. This is the best product I have found to date for calming my very red face after a strenuous workout. I use it after each and every workout - 6 times a week - and have had no sensitivity problems with it at all. Be advised that it does have a fair concentration of Propylene Glycol, though I personally have had no flare-ups or reactions with repeated use. This one is a keeper for me!

More information on these and other Peter Thomas Roth products can be found online at peterthomasroth.com. They can be purchased there or at Beauty.com or Sephora.com.

review: 12/01



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