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Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Repair Gel
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0.76 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Repair Gel is sold as a revolutionary eye treatment whose benefits for wrinkles go beyond retinol. The company’s Firme-CELL-4 technology is allegedly responsible for this feat. It combines four peptides (including the works-like-Botox argireline, also known as acetyl hexapeptide-3) said to have a synergistic effect on reducing deep lines and wrinkles. Before you get too excited, there is no substantiated research to support this claim. Peptides have theoretical cell-communicating ability and likely play a role in encouraging healthy skin functioning, but whether or not they can affect deep wrinkles is unknown; they probably can’t. In contrast, retinol has mounds of research pertaining to its ability to improve skin’s appearance and stimulate collagen production. Besides, beyond the peptides, this gel is mostly slip agent, thickener, and preservatives, which is hardly worth opening up your pocketbook.

Claims

Advanced breakthrough patent pending PTR Firma-CELL-4 technology is a complex of four different molecular size 100% active peptides including Argireline, SYNr-COLL, pentapeptide-3 and oligopeptide to help reduce the severity of deep wrinkles and fine lines. Firma-CELL-4 penetrates to different epidermal layers to help boost collagen and elastin synthesis and goes beyond Retinol to help firm, smooth, lift and clarify the skin. The combined anti-aging benefits of Firma-CELL-4, vitamins A, C and E make this a truly revolutionary eye treatment.

Ingredients

Water, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phospholipids, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 40, Disodium EDTA

Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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