Peptide Lip Therapy

by PCA Skin  
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$21 - 0.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Lip Balm
Last Updated:
1/6/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This lip balm makes all the right moves, until it reaches a fork in the formulary road—and veers toward the irritation lane by including peppermint oil. The tingle you get from the peppermint may make you believe this lip balm is working to help your lips become plump and more youthful, but it’s actually causing irritation, which steadily depletes collagen and keeps chapped lips from healing completely. See More Info for details on how irritation hurts your lips.

Peptide Lip Therapy cannot give you “the lips of your dreams” as claimed; this isn’t the equivalent of collagen lip filler in a tube, not in any way, shape, or form. It will moisturize and soften dry, chapped lips, and it contains some non-fragrant antioxidant plant oils, but so do many other lip balms that don’t add peppermint to the mix, which negates many of the benefits.

The peptide this contains (and there isn’t much of it in here) does not have research proving it plumps lips or restores youthful contours. It’s not a bad ingredient, but peptides aren’t going to change your lips.

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of non-fragrant plant oils and smoothing emollients.
  • Convenient squeeze-tube packaging for easy on-the-go application.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Contains the potent irritant peppermint oil.
  • Formula is incapable of delivering “the lips of your dreams,” unless your dream lips are moisturized and also irritated.

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your lips or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your lips needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known lip irritants, especially when there are brilliant lip balms available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.

Helps improve the overall health and appearance of your lips with a scientifically advanced formula of peptides and amino acids. This blend helps build collagen for fuller lips, helps defend against free radical damage for healthier lips, and helps moisture retention for softer, smoother lips. With only two applications per day, this luxe treatment can give you the fuller, younger-looking lips of your dreams.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Solanum Lycopersium (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Sucralose, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

PCA Skin is a product line you may have seen at your spa, salon, or dermatologist's office. Founded by an aesthetician in 1990, the brand became relatively popular after developing a series of professional alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels marketed as "medical clinical aesthetics"; in other words, these products are sold to dermatology practices offering cosmetic services such as facials. More recently, PCA Skin has teamed up with a dermatologist and other medical professionals to develop skin-care products. The peels are for professional use only and, in fact, except for a facial scrub, PCA Skin does not sell exfoliants that consumers can use at home.

Not surprisingly, PCA Skin's medical and aesthetics background is supposed to be rooted in science. The company states that "we use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin." Although PCA Skin products contain many beneficial, research-supported ingredients, they also contain numerous problematic ingredients that cause irritation; somehow, that "rigorous" research overlooked those. Irritation is always a problem for skin, causing inflammation and collagen breakdown, and impairing the skin's ability to heal.

Chief among the irritants you'll find throughout the PCA Skin line are witch hazel, citrus and numerous other fragrant oils (whether synthetic or natural, fragrance is almost always a problem for skin), drying cleansing agents, and alcohol (we mean, really, alcohol?!). In our Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, we provide detailed information on why each of these ingredients is a problem; for all of their talk about science, chemistry, and research, PCA Skin should know better.

If you remain intrigued by this brand (or find the sales pressure from your aesthetician too intense to ignore), there are some worthwhile products. It’s great that every SPF-rated product from PCA Skin includes reliable broad-spectrum sun-protection ingredients, and fans of facial scrubs should know this brand does offer a gentle option. Also, their eye cream and retinol serum are worth a look, and several products are fragrance-free, although you need to choose carefully because many of their products contain fragrant plant extracts or oils despite being listed as fragrance-free.

PCA Skin's science-based mission is admirable, but just because an aesthetician and doctor teamed up, the results for these products aren't going to be spectacular, or even all that helpful.

For more information about PCA Skin, call (877) 722-7546 or visit www.pcaskin.com.

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