Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum is among the standouts of the brand's Cucumber De-Tox line, in that it lives up to most of its claims thanks to the inclusion of some great ingredients. In fact, this would have earned our highest rating were it not for a few missteps that we'll get to in just a little bit.
Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum is a bright green gel that comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump-style dispenser. The gel itself is lightweight and takes on a slightly lotion-like texture as it absorbs into skin. True to its claims it does feel refreshing and hydrating, and dries to a non-sticky finish that makes skin feel softer. This is ideal for those with oily to combination skin, or anyone who prefers a lighter aesthetic in their anti-aging serums.
Peter Thomas Roth claims this can "detoxify irritants" and while it does contain some anti-irritant ingredients, it cannot detoxify skin as claimed. In fact, your skin doesn't need detoxifying and even if it did, a topical skincare product wouldn't be able to do that. See More Info for additional details.
That caveat aside, this does contain some good ingredients that will help skin feel hydrated. Chief among them is a good amount of sodium hyaluronate, a standout ingredient that can help skin retain moisture and strengthen its barrier.
Also included is cucumber extract, which can have antioxidant properties, along with emollients and water-binding ingredients like saccharide isomerate, hydrolyzed silk, sodium PCA, and trehalose. All of these will help skin feel smoother and more moisturized and claimed, as well as contribute to the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protect against free radical damage and reduce inflammation.
Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum missed our highest rating due to the presence of a small amount of fragrant clary sage oil and added fragrance/perfume further down the ingredient list. Though they aren't present in a great amount, they have the potential to cause irritation, so this is a consideration if you have sensitive skin.
Otherwise, this is one of Peter Thomas Roth's better serum options due to its use of multiple beneficial ingredients and lightweight texture—and it's one we recommend as a good option to consider.
Note: Since this is packaged in a clear plastic container, it should be stored out of direct sunlight to ensure its ingredients remain stable as long as possible. It is sold in a box carton, thus keeping it protected while it sits on the store/warehouse shelf.
Why Beauty Products Can't Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many a cosmetics company, you cannot "detox" your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify which substances their product supposedly banishes—which makes sense, as your skin isn't capable of storing any sort of toxin. An actual toxin is a poison, and we're talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals, or insects (think snake venom or bee stings).
So-called toxins cannot leave your body through the pores or through your skin, whether via sweat or other means—they're filtered, broken down, and removed by the kidneys and liver. Heavy metal toxicity, for example, can't be "sweated" or otherwise drawn out of skin; this requires medical treatment to remove them from the body.
Regardless of the skin concern you're battling, "toxins" aren't to blame—and if you're serious about wanting results, stick to what the research says really works (and ignore fantasy claims about "detoxifying" cosmetic products).
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 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.
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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