Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum Review

Hello lovely ladies,

I am certifiably nuts because sometimes I do major research before buying something and there are times when I just happily pick up some random stuff. I guess you understand which category this belongs to! This is my second skincare product from Peter Thomas Roth. I have used their shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the past, which are good, though pricey, but as far as skincare is concerned, I guess I am just getting started. The previous product I reviewed from PTR was the Glycolic Acid Toner. This one is a hydrating serum from their Cucumber De-Tox range, which also has a Foaming Cleanser, De-Puffing eye Cubes, Gel Masque – as part of the range. So, let’s get started.

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Product Description:
With a 78% ultra-concentrated complex of refreshing cucumber extract and hyaluronic acid, Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum is ideal for all skin types – particularly combination, dehydrated skin that craves much-needed moisture, but is prone to problems such as blocked pores, excess oil and congestion. Cucumber extract – renowned for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties – is perfect for calming skin sensitivities, and offering instant relief from the tightness and discomfort that accompanies overexposure to the elements, while hyaluronic acid attracts and retains up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water, to keep you complexion feeling soft and conditioned without suffocating or exacerbating shine. Your skin will feel silky soft, supple and radiant – and perfectly prepped for your make up. A featherweight daily hydrator for those who need moisture but can’t cope with greasy, emollient creams, Peter Thomas Roth’s refreshing Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum feels invigorating when applied, and delivers consistent moisture (thanks to hyaluronic acid, which absorbs water from the atmosphere), and protection from the ravages wrought by environmental stresses such as smoke and pollution. The latest addition to the best-selling ‘Cucumber’ franchise, this heavenly cleanser is perfect for those already addicted to Cucumber Gel Masque’s phenomenal skin-soothing, de-puffing and balancing properties – and is the ultimate follow-up to Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser. Try this if your face is a little bewildered, or you’re living in a humid, urban environment (which renders thick, heavy lotions a no-no).
Price:
GBP 46 for 30 ml.

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How To Apply:
Apply to cleansed skin on face and neck, as needed. For external use only.

Full Ingredients List:
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My Experience with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum:

My skin type – I have oily to combination skin which gets dull and dehydrated very easily – due to my lousy eating habits, my horrid sleeping patterns and (whether I admit it or not) my age!! I am constantly on the look out for something to improve radiance and increase hydration.

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Now that I have the standard “my skin information” out of the way, let’s get on with the product.

What do I need from my moisturiser? My requirement from my moisturiser is not to provide lubrication to the skin, like someone with dry skin would need. Instead, what I need is hydration. To clarify, my skin isn’t dry, as I mentioned earlier, it’s more combination to oily, but my skin is dehydrated.

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How is “dry” different from “dehydrated”? Well, dryness of skin basically refers to a the scenario where someone’s sebaceous glands do not produce sufficient oil to provide lubrication and the much-needed protection to the skin. This results in the person having dry skin to keep applying emollient creams to ensure that the skin is protected and is able to retain whatever moisture it has. For some reason, I have oily face skin while the skin on my entire body is extremely dry. So, in winters the Anushka Sharma ad about Nivea Body lotion totally holds true for me if I don’t apply a lotion/oil, I can easily play crosses and noughts on my skin!

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While dryness of skin is largely attributed to genes and a small amount to the weather, dehydration is more a sign of age and water intake. What is dehydrated? Dehydrated skin refers to skin devoid of water. Water reserve of our skin keeps it plump and cushioned. The naturally present hyaluronic acid in our skin, being a humectant, allows our skin to retain water. However, as we age, our skin loses its ability to retain hyaluronic acid and this results in skin looking less plump, more dehydrated and obviously wrinkle-y.

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To counter dehydration, one can use products – moisturizers/ serums/masks which increase the hyaluronic acid in the skin thus binding water to it and making it look more bouncy and less wrinkled.

Having oily skin, hydrating it and keeping it moisturised is quite a task. Anything which hydrates seems to have a heavy base – causing the face to grease up after some time. So, you are perpetually adding layers of “long-stay” products – like powders, setting spray, etc., to ensure your makeup doesn’t slide off. What we need to work on instead is a moisturiser which does its job but is also light enough to not make the face greasy and has a small molecular weight to be able to penetrate deep into the skin. And this is where the Cucumber De-tox Hydrating Serum comes in.

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It’s a green-coloured serum packaged in a transparent glass bottle with a pump dispenser. As far as hygiene and donating exposure to elements is concerned, the pump dispenser helps. However, the fact that the bottle is transparent and sunlight can break the content down, I would advice you to store it in the cardboard box that it comes in.

The product is a lightweight green serum which gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. It does not leave any greasiness on top. The most important ingredient in the serum is Sodium Hyaluronate, which is the sodium salt of Hyaluronic acid. This is supposed to have a small molecular size which allows for effective penetration into the skin. It is something which can hold 1000 times its own weight in water. So, it’s extremely effective in hydrating the skin and making it look fresh and plump. with increased ability of skin to retain water/moisture, you will also feel the skin feeling smooth and slight reduction in lines over continued usage.

It works really well for daytime moisturization:

  • Because it does its job without leaving a film on your skin.
  • Helps retain moisture into the skin, through the day.
  • It does not interfere with makeup applied on top.
  • Other beneficial ingredients in it, like cucumber extract and other anti-oxidants help reduce inflammation and protect against free radical damage.
  • Works well to fight against dehydrators, closed air conditioning in offices or climatic aggressors outside.

It does have added fragrance and certain essential oils which can be a cause of concern for people with sensitive skin – as both of these can cause possible irritation.

Though it can be used in the night, I would not advice it because in the night routine, one can incorporate heavier serums and more targeted treatments.

Target Audience – People with dehydrated skin. Best suitable for people with combination to oily skin which is also dehydrated.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum:

  • Lightweight texture.
  • Absorbs easily.
  • Provides effective hydration to dehydrated skin.
  • Well suitable for oily-combination skin.
  • Has anti-inflammatory ingredients also.
  • Repairs the skin and works on fighting physical aggressor of the environment.
  • Results visible after continued use.
  • Strengthens the epidermal shield.
  • Skin feels soft, supple, plump.
  • Does not break me out.
  • Helps improve skin texture, radiance.
  • Works well below makeup – and does not melt it.
  • Good mix of effective ingredients.

Cons of Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum:

  • Light exposure through transparent glass packaging can cause antioxidants to break down rendering them useless.
  • Fragrance and essential oils can be a source of irritation for sensitive skin.

IMBB Rating:
4.5/5

Here is the thing – the product does not make too many radical claims. It promises definite fixed results and delivers at that. I am a strong believer in under-promise and over-deliver rather than the other way round. The other way round does not sit well with me. This will not suddenly do anything for your pores, pigmentation, etc, etc, it isn’t meant to. It isn’t designed to and the company isn’t making any claims to that effect either. It is a hydrating serum which works best for my skin type and delivers the results it promises.

Do I Recommend Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydrating Serum?
Absolutely!

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