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Retinol Fusion PM
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1 fl. oz. for $65
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Serums
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good non-aqueous, silicone-based serum with retinol. It also includes antioxidant vitamins C and E along with a cell-communicating ingredient and anti-irritant. The fragrance-free formula is best for normal to dry skin. The amount of alcohol is so small as to not be cause for concern; likely it’s present to make an ingredient in this serum more soluble. As for the amount of retinol, the company claims it is present at 1.5%. Based on the ingredient list, there's no reason to dispute this; however, be aware that this amount of retinol increases the risk of side effects such as redness and flaking.

Note: This serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator. Although not the ideal method to dispense a serum that contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients, sometimes this type of packaging is necessary due to formulary requirements. When that’s the case, the goal is to keep the bottle opening as small as possible, the bottle should be opaque or specially coated to protect the contents from light, and you should use the serum up within three months of opening.

Claims

Pure and potent encapsulated retinol regenerates, renews, and moisturizes skin tone and texture with retinol, vitamins C and E. Potent retinol serum delivers skin renewing benefits via optimally concentrated miroencapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimum irritation. Skin’s renewal process is encouraged by PTR’s technologically advanced combination of encapsulated retinol, vitamins C and E to ensure stability and prime efficacy. Helps improve skin tone and texture to create a vibrant and healthy complexion. Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizing formula minimizes redness and irritation. For normal to dry skin.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Retinol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Bisabolol, Alcohol

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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02.09.2015
Really works

I have been using this for about two weeks, along with the gentle foaming cleanser and glycolic moisturiser - it has smoothed out my skin tone, hasn't caused any irritation and really seems to be helping my cystic acne and the overall texture of my skin. I ordered these after seeing the Paula's Choice reviews, so thank you so much!

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Kate B
12.30.2014
Great!

This is a WONDERFUL product. I am now 40 and I started using it yesterday. I can already, ALREADY see a difference under my eyes. Cheers!

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Brandy B
12.03.2013
Best skincare purchase ever

I got this in a kit and loved everything about it. I have always used PTR's Unwrinkle Peel Pads and liked those. I also use PTR's Laser Free serum and Regenerator gel moisterizer...I am happy with all of those, if I could only use 1 product from PTR it would be the Retinol Fusion PM. My skin transforms as I sleep...glowy skin in the morning. I use it every night with no irritation or redness. I am in my mid-forties..I have a 25 year old daughter and some people think we are sisters!

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Anonymous
10.28.2013
Love it!

I have tried this product after having read the Beautypedia reviews - this is a BEST product. I got a sample and after a few weeks I bought the full bottle. My skin is dry and this product helps balancing it. The tone of my complexion is getting super even and my skin glows. No nasty reactions or redness or flakiness. The packaging isnt the best, but the product is very liquid so no alternatives. I'm going to try also the PTR sunscreen and the glycolic cream. Easy to find online at special price

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IsabelB
09.08.2013
Loved it!

This was the best retinol product I've ever tried! Loved it! The bottle is a bit problematic (always think I'm going to drop and spill the product) but I think it is necessary to be like that. Even though it appears a bit small and pricey it last more than 4 months so it worth it. This product was the only one (combined with other PTR products) that controlled my problematic skin (blemish and acne prone). For someone that want to experience it I'd suggest to try the starter kit.

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09.07.2013
Best OTC Retinol

Best Retinol product I have ever used. My skin is slightly oily and many retinol products cause blocked pores because they are cream based. The texture of this slightly emollient liquid is perfect. Have had noticeable results with no irritation from this product. I use it alternately with RX Retin-A and on neck and chest areas which are too sensitive for full strength Retin-A.

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Anonymous
12.16.2012
Great Product

I love this, nothing else works on my skin. I started with the starter pack anti-aging skin care, which lasts 6 weeks from Sephora. I am still on the sample size bottle of Retinol PM and my skins looks great. The big bottles of face wash and etc. last about 6 months, so well worth the $35. My husband likes the anit-acne kit.

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