Tested on animals:Yes
To start, there is nothing neurological or “volume filling” about this product though we love the name from a marketing point of view. This serum from Peter Thomas Roth comes with the claim that its special “Volufill” complex can help smooth out the appearance of wrinkles because it stimulates collagen production. While it can indeed help skin build collagen (something any well formulated skincare product can do) it doesn’t work as miraculously as claimed and isn’t worth of the price tag. However, aside from claims and pricing this is still a very well done serum!
This formula is lightweight (it has a watery texture) and absorbs without feeling greasy. The “Volufill” complex the brand talks about is actually a combination of amino acids (19 of them), some of which are right up front at the beginning of the ingredient list. While amino acids won’t stimulate collagen production in of themselves, they are good water-binding agents, and some have antioxidant properties as well. All this is positive news, as this helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier, which will definitely contribute to making skin appear more rejuvenated and as a result build more collagen. There are also some peptides, which can serve as cell-communicating ingredients, but peptides having benefit are more theory than fact, along with a few antioxidants, too. Best of all, the container will keep them stable, and the formula is fragrance-free (we love seeing this and so will your skin)!
We want to address Peter Thomas Roth’s claims that this serum can restore fullness and reduce a hollowed-out look. We wish this weren’t the case, but despite the name, a serum, even one with more hyaluronic acid than this one contains, which isn’t much, simply cannot do this. This product in no way shape or form will restore lost facial volume.
The face loses volume, plumpness, and shape when one or more of its 20 fat pads slip out of place or become depleted with age, while sun damage causes other supportive elements to breakdown as well. This, combined with the effects of gravity plus bone loss that occurs with age explains why an aging face can begin to look hollow and begin to sag—yet the chief drivers of this happening cannot be corrected by skin care. It’s simply an area of facial aging where skin care has limitations that cosmetic corrective procedures (like dermal fillers) can step in and correct.
So although this isn’t miracle product that will get rid of your wrinkles and restore a plump, full look to your face, it is a very good moisturizing serum that can improve skin’s appearance over time, and can definitely be added as part of a good anti-aging skincare routine for those with normal to dry skin.
Contains a good amount of water-binding amino acids.
- Contains peptides which can serve as cell-communicating ingredients.
- Has antioxidants that can serve to repair free-radical damage.
- Packaged in a container that will keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Pricey, given that it can’t “fill” wrinkles or reduce a hollow look as claimed.