For my first product review, I couldn’t be more happy to share with you my saving grace, my all time fave, the thing that has transformed my entire life: Peter Thomas Roth’s Oil-less Oil.
A little background: I have had problematic skin all my life. Very acne-prone, combination but consistently dehydrated. Growing up, my pediatrician would always be able to tell just by touching my arms that my hydration levels were below that of all his other patients. And to top it all off, I have KP (keratosis pilaris). So even when I don’t have bona fide pimples, I probably have their underachieving cousins plaguing my face.
This is my life. This is my skin. Please feel bad for me.
I have tried every kind of skincare regimen in the world. Went to a dermatologist and she gave me stuff that made my skin crack open and bleed. Got pharmacy skincare and it broke me out. Got luxury skincare and it gave me a rash. Tried all-natural organic options (coconut oil craze, anyone?) and it still didn’t work. So my life has been me drifting in a state of “semi-clear but never really clear enough to feel comfortable in public” flux.
Enter PTR’s Oil-less Oil.
My friend Vivienne and I were having one of our Shade Lunches (where we eat TexMex and talk shit about people (because we are adults), and decided to go makeup shopping because as makeup artists, we obviously don’t have enough makeup (again— adults). We pass by the prestige skincare area and she picks up this unassuming glass bottle and says “Oh my god, this stuff is the best. I use it on my clients that are dehydrated or pat in on their crow’s feet and it instantly makes a difference.”
Well, I don’t have birds hopping around my eyes yet, but an immediate fix for dehydrated skin? Excuse me? This is too good to be true. I remove the dropper, and let one drop fall onto the back of my hand. I rub it around, and it does instantly moisturize and hydrate, but it still is oily on top of my skin. I sniff it. If I am putting something around a client’s eyes or all over their face, I need to know the nitty-gritty about it. There is no smell. Not a light fragrance, not a “barely noticeable” fragrance, but a completely nonexistent one. I look back down at my hand and it is gone. The non-oil has completely absorbed into my hand and has left zero residue or greasiness. I look at the ingredients. There is only one: squalane. I’m sure you have seen it in other moisturizers. It is naturally derived (from sugarcane in this instance, although it can come from olives or sharks as well), is already produced in your sebum to protect the skin from environmental aggressors, is perfect for sensitive skin, contains antibacterial properties, and helps prevent UV damage to the skin. Done and done. I will be making this purchase today, come Hell or high water.
I get home, and this is where the testing really begins: How will it work with my overly sensitive, hyperactive skin? It says to put one drop on the face, so I oblige. I put one drop in the palm of my hand, and then “zone the face,” a term I learned from the YSL Beauty reps I used to work with. This means I tapped the oil in my palm with one finger, and dotted it on my cheek. Then tapped again and put that on my other cheek. Then on my forehead, then my nose, then my chin. This stuff really does stretch to the whole face. (I have since learned, though, that due to the level of my dehydration, two drops work best for me, and it may vary for you too.) I went to sleep. I woke up. No new blemishes, no glossy, greasy skin, and no tightness in my face. Magic. Pure magic.
I have now been using PTR’s Oil-less Oil for about a month, day and night, and it is the best moisturizer I have ever used. If you have been having the same skincare woes that I have, I would highly recommend it.
TL;DR: 100% squalane, great for sensitive and acne-prone skin, triple-threat as serum, moisturizer, and eye cream in one.