Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub
Before we discuss this artificially-colored scrub’s formula, we need to state that the name is just silly. “Laser-free” is supposed to imply laser treatments a dermatologist performs, but really it means that this product is free of lasers. Well, duh! Come on, Peter Thomas Roth, have a little more respect for consumers. Anything that’s not a laser is, by definition, laser-free!
This scrub claims to do just about everything under the sun to improve skin texture and tone, and it’s said to be incredible for all skin types, even acne-prone. It isn’t. In fact, this scrub is a problem for all skin types, especially acne-prone skin (if you have acne, a scrub isn’t the way to go; acne cannot be scrubbed away). The abrasive agent (polyethylene) is quite gentle, but the cleansing agent employed is needlessly drying and this contains a high amount of skin irritant cinnamon bark. The glycolic acid (an AHA) is useless in a scrub because its benefit is rinsed down the drain before it can help your skin. If you want the benefits of AHA (and without question an AHA exfoliant is preferred to a scrub) Peter Thomas Roth and other brands offer excellent options. This glorified scrub ends up being overpriced and not capable of making good on its claims of “dramatically younger looking” skin. Instead, use a washcloth or a facial cleansing brush with your regular cleanser, and follow with a leave-on exfoliant. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.
Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).
Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).
Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
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.
Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin brighteners. 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.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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