product: peter thomas roth anti-aging cleansing gel $35
uses: this facial cleanser promises brightened, clarified, & younger-looking skin. with ingredients such has glycolic & salicylic acids, various fruit extracts, & the amino acid arginine, this product assures detoxified pores, better skin texture, & faded fine lines.
verdict: the ingredient list & the endless positive reviews from users had me sold. but after each use, i started to wonder if some kind of conspiracy was going on, for i just couldn’t find anything positive about this product! right after i rinsed my face after cleansing, my skin felt dry & tight–so much so that i began to skip my retinol portion of my nighttime regime & go straight to my face oil. when i started to get flaky skin & dry patches i knew that my face oil wasn’t enough. in the morning i added a face cream after an oil in hopes of getting my skin back to normal, but alas, my tinted moisturizer & loose powder foundation managed to cling to every flake–the added layer of moisture from the cream did nothing. i stopped using the product for a while & my skin went back to normal…but then i had a crazy notion that if i tried the cleanser again things would be different the second time around (the great reviews! the amazing ingredients! the price!). lets just say after resorting to slathering my chapstick all over my face during work to avoid looking like a flaky freak, i will not be purchasing this product again. 1 out of 5