Tested on animals:Yes
Peter Thomas Roth would have you believe everything's coming up roses with this cleansing gel, but it's not nearly as sweet-smelling a prospect as it might seem!
The main claim is that this cleanser for normal to dry skin uses the power of rose stem cells to renew and repair your skin. Though plenty of cosmetic companies make claims about the amazing power of stem cells, the truth is that there is very little in the way of established research that shows they have any impact on skin. In fact real science says just the opposite; stems cells in skin care products having benefit is nonsense! See More Info for the details on how stem cells included in skin care products can't work the way they are marketed!
Even if the stem cells did have the properties Peter Thomas Roth claims, this gel is meant to be rinsed off, meaning you're not going to get a benefit anyway as they would just be rinsed down the drain.
Speaking of rinsing off, there are several ingredients included here you'll be glad to wash down the drain! This cleanser contains fragrant ingredients (such as Rosa damascene flower oil and methyldihydrojasmonate) that can cause irritation. Even though these ingredients aren't staying on the skin for a long period of time, there's no reason to include them here. The best cleansers, no matter what your skin type or skin concerns, should be gentle and contain no irritants! Roth goes on and on about the various types of roses this cleanser contains, but they're simply not great ingredients for skin (they just make your nose happy but that's about perfume not skin care).
The rest of this formula is made of a standard blend of cleansing ingredients and slip agents. Overall, especially given the price, we suggest selecting an option from our list of a Best Cleansers instead.
- Contains gentle cleansing agents that rinse without a residue.
- Claims about the benefits of the plant stem cells included in the formula are exaggerated.
- Highly fragrant formula's fragrance ingredients pose a risk of irritation.
Stem cells are cells in animals and plants that are capable of becoming any other type of cell in that organism and of producing more of those cells. Despite the fact that stem cell research is in its infancy, many cosmetics companies claim they are successfully using plant-based or human-derived stem cells in their anti-aging products. The claims run the gamut, from reducing wrinkles to elastin repair and cell regeneration, so the temptation for consumers to try these is intense.
The truth is that stem cells in skin-care products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skin-care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless.
Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples, melons, flowers, and rice, cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, but because they are from plants these ingredients likely have antioxidant properties. Actually, it's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skin-care products; after all, you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!
There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or to survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed on to human skin. How a plant functions in nature is unrelated to human skin, and these claims are completely without substantiation.
Another twist on the issue is that cosmetics company's claim they have taken components (such as peptides) out of the plant stem cells and made them stable so they then can work as stem cells. This approach is not valid because stem cells must be complete to function normally. Even if you could isolate substances or extracts from these cells and make them stable, there is no published research showing they can affect stem cells in human skin.