Some people believe that good skin is all in the genes, and that concept certainly applies to Peter Thomas Roth, who comes from a line of skin care professionals. His brand has been around for more than 25 years and is known for taking a clinical approach to beauty. Here’s a look at the Peter Thomas Roth product line, its signature ingredients, and is it worth a try?
Who Is Peter Thomas Roth?
Skincare is a key part of Roth’s heritage, who was born in the US to Hungarian parents. His father’s family owned and operated two spa resorts in Hungary from the 1800s to early 1900s, and like most Hungarian spas, treatments incorporated mud and mineral water. According to Roth, he became interested in skincare while trying to treat his own skin issues, which included acne and later on, anti-aging concerns. When Roth launched his eponymous skincare company in 1993, he drew on his heritage and the Hungarian spa principals of soothing the skin with mud and mineral water. Since its debut, the Peter Thomas Roth skincare collection has grown to include more than 100 products for men and women and is a major presence on QVC.
What is the Peter Thomas Roth Philosophy?
In interviews, Roth has said the cornerstone of his products is putting “the most effective ingredients in each product at the highest level possible that will create an astonishing result.” Products are labeled with the percentage of key ingredients.
What Does Peter Thomas Roth Sell?
The Peter Thomas Roth skincare collection includes moisturizers, masks, peels, eye patches, serums and eye creams. Body lotions, hair products and makeup are also available, along with lines based on Hungarian thermal water and Irish moor mud.
One of the best known products is the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, a moisturizer that contains 30% hyaluronic acid complex, as well as ceramides and elderberry. The Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM collection focuses on anti-aging, and the key ingredient is encapsulated retinol, a vitamin A derivative that helps encourage cell turnover. The Retinol Fusion PM line includes three products- a Night Serum, Eye Cream and Overnight Resurfacing Pads.
A key part of Peter Thomas Roth skincare includes serums, masks and peels. Potent-C products include a high concentration of vitamin C. The Bright and Plump Moisturizer is formulated with 10% THD ascorbate, which the company says is 50 times more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. It is also available as the Potent-C Power Serum, which contains 20% THD ascorbate. Vitamin C is also the key ingredient in the Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, derived from the Amazonian camu camu berry.
Peter Thomas Roth sells a variety of masks to address skin concerns such as dryness, oiliness and dullness. The Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm is infused with Pure 24K Gold and Colloidal Gold to help make the skin look brighter and firmer. The vivid green Cucumber Gel Mask is designed to soothe and hydrate the look of dry skin, while the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask delivers both a manual and chemical exfoliation thanks to alpha hydroxy acids and aluminum oxide crystals.
Exfoliating products are sold as peels, scrubs and pads. The Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel is another customer favorite, delivering a manual and chemical exfoliation, thanks to fruit enzymes. The new PRO Strength Exfoliating Super Peel is a rinse-off peel formulated with a triple acid complex of 35% phytic acid and salicylic acid. The Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads are single use exfoliating products.
Peter Thomas Roth also offers several types of eye patches, including the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches and Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Eye Gel.
Where is Peter Thomas Roth Sold?
Peter Thomas Roth products are sold on the company website, as well as Sephora, Ulta, the Dermstore and department stores including Macy’s and Nordstrom. The brand has a large presence on QVC.
How Much Do Peter Thomas Roth Products Cost?
Peter Thomas Roth skincare products are sold at a mid-level price point, comparable to other department store brands. Some of the priciest products include the PRO Strength Retinoid Peptide Serum ($110), Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Serum ($125), Potent-C Power Serum ($98) and 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm ($98). Most products are around $50 such as a jar of Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer ($55) and Max Complexion Correction Pads ($46).
What Are the Ingredients in Peter Thomas Roth?
Peter Thomas Roth products are formulated with a mix of commonly used skincare ingredients and more exotic botanicals. Hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, is the key ingredient in the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. Retinol, considered the gold standard in helping to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, is the powerhouse in the FIRMX collection. Other products include peptides, ceramides, evening primrose and ginger root extract. Some of the more unusual ingredients include gamma proteins, derived from Asian natto gum, as well as gold and Hijiki seaweed.
Is Peter Thomas Roth Cruelty Free?
No. The company states that they “do not test any of our formulas or raw materials on animals,” although they “do sell our products in China and some other countries that still do test on animals.”
Do Peter Thomas Roth Products Work?
Finding the right beauty products that work for you always involves some trial and error, which is why it’s helpful to look at customer reviews and editorial write ups as a starting point.
The Peter Thomas Roth brand has been around for about 27 years, and has won its fair share of awards and editorial write ups. One the brand’s most famous products is the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. When Allure magazine reviewed it, the author noted, “This was a lovely surprise: The first time I slathered on a tiny bit of the [cream]… it absorbed into my skin quickly and without any greasiness or tackiness. Could this be the perfect moisturizer to layer under makeup? Why, yes, in fact, it could.”
Allure also named the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum one of “The 22 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums to Hydrate Dry Skin This Season” in 2019. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested the Water Drench cream in 2019, giving it a 72 out of 100 score. Their verdict: “Our lab test showed improvements in the hydration of the skin after a 4-week period of testers using the product. The lab liked the product was quickly absorbed, and had a “pleasant cooling sensation” and “Skin felt hydrated for longer.” They noted that if too much product was used, it could feel sticky.
The Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C collection has also received plenty of press. In 2018 Vogue noted “A dollop of Peter Thomas Roth’s Potent-C Serum will leave dry, tired complexions dewy for the day ahead” while British Vogue called the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask a “Beauty Hero” in 2017, noting, “This mask is ideal for those times when your pores feel clogged, your skin looks tired and you feel a bit like you’ve lost your glow.”
Editors aside, what do real people think of Peter Thomas Roth? On TheDermstore.com, the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer gets a 5 out of 5 star rating from more than 50 reviews. Customers call it the “best for winter” and “The moisturizer I have always needed.” Customers that didn’t love it said it was “nothing special” and “not hydrating.”
Peter Thomas Roth products have been reviewed more than 60,000 times on Influenster. The Pumpkin Enzyme Masks has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, based on more than 2,500 reviews. Fans like Andrea B. wrote “Smells like pumpkin spice and brightens my skin every time I use it, which is about once a week.” Those that didn’t love it thought it was too strong for their skin, like Chloe A who wrote, “BURNED MY SKIN.”
The Cucumber Gel Mask is one of the most reviewed products on Influenster, with a 4.3 out 5 star rating based on more than 5,500 reviews. Fans noted “This is a great, refreshing, hydrating mask. I love it even more when you have it chilled, before you put it on” and “It’s great for soothing stressed, dry skin.” Customers who gave it low ratings found it to be irritating to their skin. “Even though this face mask is supposed to be soothing, it made my face super red and irritated,” wrote Kyndall C.
What Are Some Alternatives to Peter Thomas Roth ?
Although Peter Thomas Roth products have their fair share of fans, it may not work for everyone. There are a few other brands to consider.
Formulyst believes in long-term and effective skincare and the brand’s philosophy is that age is just a number. That number isn’t necessarily the one on your driver’s license, but a numerical sequence that makes up a skincare formula suited for your skin type and needs. Each skincare concern is assigned a number, such as 1 for dryness, 3 for fine lines. Your personal combination will be just as unique as you (and your skin) are. Formulyst makes it easy – all you have to do is find your formula, and follow the numbers.
Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Cream does a little bit of everything. It gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a fresher, smoother looking complexion, while soothing the skin. It is gentle enough to be used every night, and also helps to visibly brighten the appearance of dark spots and soften the look of fine lines.
Formulyst’s Pro-Collagen Serum contains a highly concentrated mix of peptides and proteins, as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid formulated for aging skin. Apply a few drops of this hydrating serum to help skin look smoother and younger.
Fans of skincare kits, which take all the guesswork out of creating your own regimen, should try Advanced Dermatology. This no nonsense brand offers a pared down approach to skincare. The packaging is simple and streamlined, and the products bring skincare back to the basics. The kit contains just six essential items including a daily cleanser; serum; anti-wrinkle firming treatment; night cream; day cream and an eye cream. In other words, everything you need to achieve your best possible looking skin.