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Peter Thomas Roth
Instant FirmX Temporary Face Tightener (Discontinued)
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:10.01.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
The October 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine proclaimed this product to be among the best firming options for women concerned with sagging skin. A recommendation from this well-respected magazine means a lot, so we regret that in this instance we disagree with their assessment.

Make no mistake, this does make your skin feel firmer and tighter, but this sensation is not equivalent to skin actually being firmer or tighter. Rather, the feeling comes from the high concentration of alkaline, drying ingredients that have a constricting effect on skin. In particular, sodium silicate is highly alkaline (Source: American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, September 2002, pages 133–139).

Application-wise, you’re supposed to apply this to clean skin, wait 5 minutes, and then remove it with warm water. Any white residue that remains (and you will see some) is supposed to be tapped into the skin. This method of application is supposed to be a quick fix that removes the cosmetically undesirable film this leaves behind while allowing the key ingredients to remain. The problem? Whatever the “key ingredients” are, they’re removed with the rinsing. Nothing in this formula can hold up to removal by water, so, essentially, you’re waiting for this to start feeling uncomfortably tight and then removing it before the sensation becomes intolerable.
Claims
Instantly tightens, firms & smoothes the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles & pores to look years younger all day long. Revolutionary rinse-off formula means that the white residue is rinsed away, while active firming agents remain behind. These agents work beneath the skin’s surface to help tighten, firm & smooth the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles & pores.
Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Magnesium Fluorosilicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben
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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