Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

peter thomas roth glycolic acid facial wash

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

The Claims: 

Oil-free anti-aging cleanser with Glycolic Acid 3% (AHA), Pro Vitamin B5 and Allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin.A fabulous, oil-free, all-purpose anti-aging exfoliating cleanser containing a gentle form of Glycolic Acid. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Helps clarify the skin and smooth out rough texture.

Participants in a four week consumer efficacy study reported*: 

• 88% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles • 88% agreed their skin felt exfoliated • 88% agreed their skin felt softer • 84% agreed their skin appeared clarified • 84% agreed their skin felt smoother • 76% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of signs of aging *A total of 25 female subjects, ranging in age from 35 to 65.

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How to Use: Combination, oily, and acne prone skin, use once or twice daily. Normal, dry, and sun damaged skin, use two to three times a week at first, increasing usage if well-tolerated. Apply a small amount of cleansing gel over moistened skin with the fingertips. Work into a rich, foamy lather and massage gently for one minute. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with PTR treatment product, moisturizer, and/or sun protection. Not recommended for very sensitive skin, eczema, seborrhea, rosacea, or Retin-A® users. Precautions: Sunburn alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

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Ingredients: 3% Glycolic Acid (AHA): Helps exfoliate dead surface skin cells and support natural cellular turnover. Allantoin: Helps soothe and calm the skin. Pro Vitamin B5: Helps moisturize, nourish, and clarify. Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Arginine, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15.

Price: $38 Buy it on Amazon!

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How I use the cleanser:

I only use this cleanser at night because it has gylcolic acid in it which is sensitive to sunlight. At night I remove my makeup with a makeup wipe and Vaseline. Then I use a Biore cleanser with my Olay facial brushe to remove any remaining makeup. After that I apply the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash to wet skin and I massage it in. I personally leave the cleanser on my skin for 3-5 minutes so the glycolic acid can really get into my skin. I then take my Olay Facial Brush and work up a lather on my face. Then I will rinse off my face with lukewarm water.

My thoughts:

I love this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling clean and it is a great exfoliator. I have very textured skin and this is the only product that helps minimize my texture. Normally I would have to go get a facial to get rid of bumps on my face but this product helps minimize bumps. It has helped to even my skin tone and lighten dark spots. I swear (even though I’m only in my twenties) my skin looks more young and fresh! I feel like my skin looks healthier! This product is $38 it is a little pricey but it’s 8.5 fl oz so you get a decent amount of product and a little goes a long way. The packaging is so sleek and modern. I also really like the cap because you can squeeze out the amount of product you want so you won’t waste any product! The cleanser is for all skin types and it worked really well with my oily skin. It’s a gel consistency but foams when water is added to it. The cleanser creates a great lather when used with water and a facial brush. I have to say I truly love this cleanser. At night I use this cleanser and I follow up with Peter Thomas Roth serums and moisturizers and I wake up to bright smoother skin. Just remember to use a sunscreen when you are in the sun when using this product! All in all I love this cleanser and I highly recommend it! Buy it on Amazon!

Have you tried this cleanser? What are your thoughts on it?

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Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Review

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Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Neutrogena says: “Neutrogena® Clear Face Sunscreen is specially designed to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts on acne-prone skin. Formulated with Helioplex® Technology, it provides superior broadspectrum UVA/UVB protection. Perfect for face and body, this liquid-lotion has a water-light texture that leaves a weightless, matte finish so skin can breathe. This product features Helioplex®, a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that delivers superior protection from the sun.”

  • Broadspectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Won’t cause breakouts
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Water-resistant (80 minutes)

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How to Use:

Apply 15 minutes before exposure to sun. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Also reapply every 2 hours and after towel drying.

Price: $11.49 Buy it on Amazon!

Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.5% Homosalate 5% Octisalate 4% Octocrylene 3% Oxybenzone 4%

Why is sunscreen so important?

Being out in the sun can increase your risk of getting skin cancer and early skin aging. Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from the sun. So apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 everyday! It also helps prevent sunburns!

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How I use the sunscreen:

First I cleanse and tone my face. After I apply the sunscreen. Sometimes I wait a few minutes to let the sunscreen abosorb into my skin before applying my moisturizer but most of the time I apply my moisturizer right after I apply the sunscreen. I then follow up with eye cream and apply my makeup. I do not reapply the sunscreen through out the day because I usually have makeup on.

My thoughts:

Overall, I really like this sunscreen. It hasn’t broken me out (Btdubs! I have acne-prone skin), it does not smell bad and the formula is not too greasy so it absorbs into the skin pretty nicely. I have deep skin so I can not say how well this sunscreen does at preventing sunburns. However, I have noticed that my dark marks have not been getting darker so that might be because of the sunscreen or because I am using other products that help with brightening and evening my face, who knows! My skin complexion on my face is getting darker because I am getting tanner but I am not getting as dark as I usually get in comparison to last summer where I did not wear sunscreen at all. That is saying a lot because since I am an early education teacher I spend half of my days outside in the summer so you would think I would be like 20 shades darker but I’m not. I have gotten darker but not as dark as usual and I do not even reapply the sunscreen. Usually, I like to get as dark as possible in the summer because it evens out my skin tone and I love deep chocolate skin but lately I have been trying to block the sun because I don’t want it to damage my skin and I don’t want to get too dark for the foundations and concealers that I already own. Speaking of makeup I will say this sunscreen makes my foundations look a little light in photos. The ingredients in most sunscreens will do that. Also this sunscreen leaves my skin with a blueish white cast but my moisturizer usually gets rid of that.  I have oily skin and this sunscreen does not leave my skin oily and does not make my makeup oily. Oh yeah beauties, keep this sunscreen away from your eyes! It will sting them like no other! But I will say beauties I do like this sunscreen and when it runs out I will repurchase it since the price is good, it does not break me out and it seems to be blocking the sun! Buy it on Amazon!

What sunscreen are you using?

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Review: Su-Kari Skincare Peaches & Cream

Su Kari Peaches & CreamSu Kari Skincare Peaches & Cream: A rich, organic, whipped blend of African shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E.

Price/Where to buy: $12.79 for 8oz & $3.19 for travel size;  can be purchased here.

Product Claim: “Will leave your skin supple, well nourished, and smooth. Plus smells amazing.”-from Sun Kari Website

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The Bad: I can not really think of anything…this is basically the perfect product.The only thing I wish is that the product was sold in stores; so far it is only available online.

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The Good: great ingredients, decent price, smells great, leaves skin shiny, moisturized, youthful

su kari swatchSu-Kari Peaches & Cream Whipped Butter rubbed into my skin (see the shine!?)


I love this whipped butter. It is my favorite whipped butter. It smells just like peaches and cream. To this date this whipped butter is my favorite scent of all scents. It leaves my skin moisturized, smooth, shiny and young looking. I will definitely repurchase this product and I do recommend it!

*I received this item in my Cocotique Beauty Box. I won the beauty box in a giveaway.

Skin Care and Makeup Check-list

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For some reason I feel like I need more time to get ready in the morning. When I wake up for work I  try to do my makeup in less than 30 minutes and I sometimes forget to apply at least one product. Getting ready to go out on a date or going to the mall is always hard for me because I am thinking about so many things. What to wear? When will the train leave? How much money should I bring? I inevitably will skip a step on my makeup routine due to my brain being on overload.

When I skip a step or a product it doesn’t tremendously alter the look or wear of my makeup but, I have so much makeup and I watch so many make-up tutorials that I feel as though I am doing myself and my wallet an injustice if I do not complete my entire look with all the products needed.

Thus, I have created a Skin-Care & Make-up Check-list so that I will never forget a step. I hope you guys find this useful in developing your personal routine.


  • Wash face with a gentle soap
  • Wash face with acne cleanser (use facial sponge for light exfoliation)
  • Exfoliate twice a week before using acne cleanser
  • Use blackhead strips every 2-3 days
  • On the weekends exfoliate, use a facial mask and frozen cucumber pads
  • Always pat skin dry
  • Use a toner on face
  • Apply eye gel to eye area
  • Use acne lotion on face
  • Moisturize
  • Apply a pore minimizing  lotion or primer
  • Apply lotion to body, deodorant, bodymist/perfume


  • Fill & Shape eyebrows
  • Apply eye makeup
  • Apply eyeliner (wing optional)
  • Apply mascara (2 coats of lengthening mascara, 2 coats of a volume mascara)
  • Fake eye lashes (optional)
  • Apply foundation to face and neck,(Tinted moisturizer, liquid/pressed foundation or mouse w/ powder on top or set with setting spray
  • Apply concealer
  • Contour face
  • Apply blush
  • Apply highlight under the eye, above middle of eyebrows, middle of the nose
  • Line lips
  • Apply lipstick/lip color/ lip gloss
  • Spray a setting spray on your face.

D.I.Y Ice Cucumber Pads

I saw this D.I.Y beauty project on Michelle Phan’s YouTube Channel,

Ice Cucumber Pads are really easy to make and they are a very inexpensive home remedy. They hydrate your eyes and reduce puffiness and dark circles. After you make them you just put them on your eyes for 10 minutes and you will feel the difference!

So, let’s get started.

1. Paper Towels or Beauty Pads

2. Water

3. Blender or Juicer

4. Cucumber

5. Ziploc Bags

Slice cucumber into 2 pieces or as many as you would like. If your blender or juicer is weaker I would slice the cucumbers into smaller pieces.

Put the cucumbers in a blender with water.

Blend the cucumber slices and water until it looks like this. You want it to be liquid without any chunks.

Cut paper towels in square shapes that will cover your eye space. You can layer the paper towels to make them stronger. If you have beauty pads then you can skip this step.

Dip the paper towels or beauty pads if the cucumber water until it is completely soaked. Then place it in the ziploc bags. Spread the pads out so they do not freeze together.

Now put the ziploc bags in the freezer and lay them flat. After an hour they will be ready for use. Place them on your eyes for 10mins and you will fall in love with this beauty remedy!

You will have extra cucumber juice. I put the extra in a jar and leave it in the fridge until I am ready to make my next batch.

I hope you guys enjoy this easy D.I.Y beauty project.