I Can't Escape This Brand on TikTok, so I Tried 7 of Its Best-Selling Products


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As a dedicated TikTok user and skincare enthusiast, I spend a generous amount of time taking note of the beauty trends I see flash across my screen at a seemingly lightning speed. Recently on TikTok, minimal skincare routines became all the rage again.

While I enjoy watching other beauty lovers of all ages make edits to their skin routines in accordance with the fast-paced trend cycle, my short and simple skincare routine has mostly remained unchanged. There are few products I swear by, and even fewer products I consider adding to my lineup when I see them trending on TikTok.

One of the best things about being a beauty editor is that my job requires me to step out of my comfort zone and be exposed to the expansive world of beauty products without too much self-projection. I know which products I'm attracted to (seaweed, botanical extracts, and milk cleansers are my holy grail), but covering TikTok beauty trends gives me an idea of what I may be missing out on. Enter Peter Thomas Roth's best-selling line of skincare products.


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For over 25 years, Peter Thomas Roth has been a leader in making products that take a clinical approach to beauty. The brand focuses on ingredients that, when used correctly, have been clinically proven to improve the skin (such as vitamin C, retinol, and peptides) and appear in products from eye creams and moisturizers to masks and peels. Available at a mid-level price point and sold at a number of major retailers including Nordstrom, Sephora, and Dermstore, Peter Thomas Roth has become a household name. 

With its current rise in popularity on social media platforms like TikTok, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to give the brand a try and share my findings. Keep in mind that when experimenting with new skincare products, I pay extra attention to a few major things that are dealbreakers for me: 1) if my melanin-rich skin appears brighter, 2) any immediate and long-term changes to my skin's texture, and 3) how moisturized my skin looks and feels. I stay away from any products that include potentially irritating ingredients (I'm allergic to aloe, for example) or feature-added pigments that leave an unsightly gray cast. 

Interested in learning more? Read on to discover if Peter Thomas Roth claimed a permanent spot in my skincare routine (and if you should consider adding it to yours).

The best Peter Thomas Roth products I tried:


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Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.