PETER THOMAS ROTH LASER-FREE RESURFACER™
“Skip the laser but get the results—youth recaptured! A laser-free serum that helps repair, resurface, regenerate and renew from the first application.” – Peter Thomas Roth
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $75 for 30 ml./1 fl. oz. – Plastic bottle with pump (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Plastic Bottle with Pump
TEXTURE & SCENT: Lightweight gel with neutral scent.
SKIN TYPES: All skin types.
KEY FEATURES: Dragon’s Blood complex accelerates skin damage repair.
QUICK REVIEW: This caused a breakout – but there was a initial smoothing of the skin (could be from the silicone). Still worth a look for its innovation and new approach to resurfacing. However, if you want more dramatic results, stick to retinols or AHAs.
the REVIEW (1/16/2011): Skin care marketing can get rather redundant after a while. If you pay close attention, the play on words “reduce the appearance of” (which means it doesn’t actually get rid of anything), “dermatologist-tested” (well, what were the results?) – they are getting more and more clever at the psychology behind advertising. That said, I walked past PTR Laser-Free Resurfacer several times. Of course I knew that somewhere “Does not compare to actual laser procedures” would be written in small type. However, at closer inspection, the words “Dragon’s Blood” caught my eye.
While researching skin care products, I came across this Dragon’s Blood (read article here) which is a deep red resin from the Croton Lechleri Tree. Its been know to treat multiple medical conditions including the skin disorder eczema. I haven’t seen it widely marketed in skin care – although I think it is an up and coming ingredient. For one, it has promising properties and well, sounds cool.
The product itself has a distinct silicone texture and feel to it – sinks into the surface of the skin quickly without a greasy feel. It doesn’t burn or itch upon application as it does not have an AHA as its active ingredient. So it isn’t a resurfacer in the traditional sense. The research behind it claims to boost elastin (61%), diminish wrinkles/lines (56%) and increase pro-collagen (84%). I’m 38 – so these are results I would love to see from my skin care. I’m committing to using this product primarily AM and PM for four weeks to see if I yield these results.
STARTING POINT: Skin is looking dull and rough due to severe lack of sleep, stress and poor diet during holidays. I have combination-sensitive skin (although lately its been oilier) with some discoloration (sun damage), no real lines around the eyes, minor breakouts due to hormones/stress.
WEEK ONE: Love the texture. Doesn’t feel heavy or like a traditional silicone product. A little over a week and no rash or break outs (other than the PMS related standards). Did not seem to do much the first few days. Into the 8th day of consistent use, skin appears smoother and even toned. Fine lines on my forehead are softer. Note: drier skins will definitely need a moisturizer on top.
I’m a little horified that I’m letting you see my BARE skin (taken indoors with flash). But I think its the only way to really see if there’s any kind of improvement. This is my right cheek after using the Laser-Free for 9 days. Sorry, I didn’t think to take a photo in the beginning. As you can see, a little redness, large pores, discoloration.
WEEK THREE: After using this consistently for 3 weeks (since 1/07/11) I had to give up on this product. After a somewhat promising start – the true test started at week two. There was a noticeable increase in clogged pores on my cheeks – then a major breakout on my chin which started as hard bumps then graduated into cysts. Yuck. Since this was the only product I added, its the obvious culprit; more than likely because my skin normally has an aversion to silicone. How unfortunate since everyone wants this in their products because it gives the skin immediate smoothing. Instant gratification.
So, back to the store this went. I hate to return things – but this was something I couldn’t even pass on to a friend. I did pick up the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel to help rectify the “situation”. I’m really disappointed – I wanted to love this product.
PETER THOMAS ROTH LASER-FREE RESURFACER™ DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Skip the laser but get the results. This serum undoes damage to recapture youth. With 33.5% Dragon’s Blood™ Complex, it helps lessen the noticeable signs of aging that result from time, sun, and environmental damage while dramatically improving texture and tone.”
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION: Apply to cleansed skin twice daily. Follow with PTR moisturizer and/or SPF protection. If using with Un-Wrinkle serum, apply Un-Wrinkle first. For optimal results use twice daily and with continued use.
PETER THOMAS ROTH LASER-FREE RESURFACER™ INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Peg-8 Dimethicone, Peg- 12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isododecane, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Niacinamide, Decarboxy Carnosine Hci, Ethyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Ethyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Carbomer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Croton Lechleri (Dragon’s Blood) Resin Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phospholipids, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glucosamine Hci, Hydroxyproline, Polysilicone-11, Glycosphingolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Brown 1 (Ci 20170), Blue 1 (Ci 42090).
Note: Using in conjunction with Conju Princess Soap, LUSH Buche de Noel (scrub), Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads (2x a week), Origins Vitazing (AM) and Exuviance Age-Reverse Eye Cream.
Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Resurfacer is available at Sephora.com.