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Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Moisturizer

Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Moisturizer Review

Facial Moisturizers

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Best Feature:
Blends lightweight hydration & other beneficial ingredients
Worst Feature:
Expensive & may not be good for sensitive or acne-prone skin
Best Uses:
Great moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin

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Peter Thomas Roth's Oil-Free Moisturizer is formulated to restore hydration to your skin without clogging pores or leaving behind any greasy residue. It is a weightless and super absorbent lotion-gel that sooths dry skin and helps prevent further dehydration. The moisturizer has a unique blend of ingredients that are designed to provide intense oil-free hydration, reduce redness and irritation and shield skin from environmental damage. It is a great product for people on acne treatment programs to combat dryness and for people who have oily skin because it provides great moisture without adding oil and shine.

You can purchase Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Moisturizer on Sephora.com or Skinstore.com for $42.

Product Report Card Grade

We give Peter Thomas Roth’s Oil-Free Moisturizer an A- because it is a well-formulated moisturizer that helps to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin by combining great, oil-free hydration alongside other beneficial ingredients such as retinol, antioxidants and allantoin (anti-irritant). We deducted a few points because it is relatively expensive, especially when compared to moisturizers like CeraVe PM, which is $13 at the drugstore and (in my opinion) just as effective. PTR’s Oil-Free Moisturizer also lost a few points because it contains a fragrance that may irritate sensitive skin and thickeners that may cause acne-prone skin to breakout.

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Date Reviewed
February 2012
February 2012
February 2012
Great hydration for sensitive and oily skin; lightweight and super absorbent; doesn't contain sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan; noncomedogenic; not tested on animals; made in USA
Lightweight and super absorbent; doesn't contain oils, parabens, or fragrances; noncomedogenic; not tested on animals; made in USA
Lightweight and super absorbent; doesn't contain lanolin, fragrance or color additives; noncomedogenic
Expensive; contains fragrance
Expensive; fragrance-free is a plus, but some users reported that it smells bad
Expensive; tested on animals
Skin Type
Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
Skin Concern
Dry/dehydrated skin
Anti-aging and dry/dehydrated skin
Anti-aging and dry/dehydrated skin
Price (est.)
1.7 fluid ounces
1.7 fluid ounces
1.7 fluid ounces
Active Ingredients
The lightweight moisturizer features a combination of active ingredients including mucopolysaccharides, azulene, allantoin, vitamin E and vitamin B5. Mucopolysaccharides provide intense oil-free hydration, while azulene, a chamomile derivative, and allantoin, an anti-irritant, help to calm and soothe your skin. Vitamin E protects your skin from environmental damage, and vitamin B5 works to promote cellular renewal and heal damaged skin.
The lightweight moisturizer features Pepha®-Tight, Sepilift™ and Red Marine Algae, which work together to provide skin with moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. Pepha®-Tight is algae-based skin tightener that has anti-wrinkle, firming, toning and moisturizing properties. In the long term, it also helps to strengthen the skin's connective tissue. Sepilift™ has a high concentration of Hydroxyproline, the primary molecular constituent of collagen, and, by increasing collagen levels, it is able to help firm and smooth skin. Lastly, Red Marine Algae has powerful amino acids that encourage increased collagen production and cell turnover. This helps to improve skin's elasticity.
The lightweight moisturizer's active ingredients include pure aloe vera, grapeseed extract and vitamins A, E and C. Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and glycerin help to attract moisture to the skin, while squalene (a derivative of an emollient found in healthy skin) and dimethicone help to seal in that moisture. Meanwhile, grapeseed extract and vitamins A, C and E offer antioxidant protection against environmental damage and also nourish skin to improve its elasticity and tone.
Yes, it does contain a small amout of fragrance.
No, it does not contain fragrance.
No, it does not contain fragrance.
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth-20, Cetyl Stearate, Mucopolysaccharides, Azulene, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance (Parfum).
Water/Aqua/Eau, Isocetyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyamide-5, Xylitolglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Pullulan, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Trideceth-6, Algae Extract, Triethanolamine, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalene, Beeswax, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin, DMDM Hydantoin, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.
Product Design
Comes in an airtight pump bottle.
Comes in an airtight jar container.
Comes in an airtight pump bottle.

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review

Pros And Cons


  • Great hydration for sensitive and oily skin
  • Lightweight and super absorbent
  • Does not contain sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan
  • Does not test on animals
  • Made in USA


  • Expensive
  • Contains fragrance
  • Doesn't contain sunscreen for daytime use

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Peter Thomas Roth's Oil Free Moisturizer gets very good feedback from customers on Sephora (4.3/5 out of 129 reviews). Paula Begoun, a skincare and cosmetics expert who conducts reviews on products using scientific research, believes this moisturizer is an improvement on the previous version, but she still doesn't think it is all that impressive. She also warns that the thickening agents may be problematic for acne-prone skin and that you should try to sample it first to see how your skin responds. I personally have been using this moisturizer for the past two years and love it. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and struggled to find a good moisturizer that didn't cause breakouts or make my face shiny. This moisturizer has been awesome and is so lightweight/absorbent that it doesn't interfere with my makeup. I moved to Colorado this winter and am not sure it provides enough hydration for my skin anymore (given the season/higher altitude), but, regardless, I would definitely recommend PTR to friends with a similar skin type.


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