SINGAPORE — Peter Thomas Roth created his eponymous skincare line back in 1993, a time when he grew increasingly frustrated over not being able to find the right products for his skin type.
“I was always going to all the dermatologists and department stores looking for the best products and I never really found what I wanted,” Roth lamented.
While his first few offerings consisted of acne and wrinkle-related products, his line has since expanded considerably, and currently offers more than 100 products such as facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, serums, eye creams and sunscreens.
Although Roth said his creations “are one of the few brands at Sephora where women would buy for their men”, they aren’t just for men, women can, and often, use them too.
Q: What misconceptions do you think men have when it comes to skincare?
A: Maybe that it is a women’s thing? There’s nothing wrong in having beautiful skin or handsome skin. What happens is, many men — and women — are lucky that they can wash (their faces) in the shower and they don’t need to do anything all day long. But a lot of guys and girls, especially guys, when they get older, they get very wrinkled. If guys have to use one product, it would be a sunblock because it really helps against wrinkles, damaged skin and old looking skin. A lot of guys show their age on their napes and they don’t realise it.
Q: Is Sunscreen really important for daily use?
A: A lot of people also like to have colour on their face so they want to be tanned and not use sunblock. I think a lot of times, people don’t realise that you can get cancer from (prolonged exposure to) the sun and usually when you’re young. The thing is, the damage is done when you’re in your 20s and 30s, it comes out in your 30s, 40s and 50s and really, when you’re in your 20s, who thinks about it?
Q: At what age should people start using sunscreen?
A: Immediately. From six months and older. And you should cover babies who are under six months old. If you can’t (wear sunscreen) for whatever reason, you should wear a hat, a long-sleeved top and cover yourself.
Q: What about people who only start using sunscreen in their 20s? Is that too late?
A: It doesn’t matter when you start as long as you do start because you are already stopping the damage.
Q: What’s your key skincare tip, then?
A: It would really be to just use a sunblock. If you use a sunblock and you use it from the beginning, you may not need any of these products (to combat acne, reduce wrinkles and so on). And that’s a good thing. Using sunblock really helps prevent wrinkles, uneven skin tones and all that. It helps prevent skin cancer, which is very important and it helps make you look younger because it stops the ageing process caused by the sun.