If you believe the claim that this product is super-concentrated with 75% hyaluronic acid, you’re in for a surprise. This product doesn’t even contain hyaluronic acid (the natural substance used in some dermal fillers to plump wrinkles and facial skin folds). Rather, it contains the salt form (sodium hyaluronate), which, while effective as a water-binding agent, isn’t the same thing as the more potent (and expensive) hyaluronic acid. Despite that letdown, this serum contains plenty of water-binding agents that hydrate skin and improve its smoothness while preventing moisture loss. Viz-1000 (whatever that name means) is suitable for all skin types. However, there are many serums at and below this price range that offer skin a more well-rounded formula. And just to be clear, using any form of hyaluronic acid topically on your skin doesn’t net the same results, in any way, shape, or form, as dermal injections of hyaluronic acid (such as the dermal filler Restylane). You can’t just rub a dermal filler on your skin and expect to get a drop of benefit; it has to be injected.
Viz-1000 is a super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid complex that keeps the skin hydrated all day and night with an invisible veil of moisture. Hydration is achieved by attracting 1000 times its weight in water from the moisture in the air. It also replenishes the moisture content of environmentally damaged skin and restores a youthful radiance. This serum helps increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture and smoothes out fine lines and rough texture.
Water, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Califonicum Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment,, Saccharomyces Potassium Ferment, Lactobacillus/Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Ferment Extract, Algae Extract, Opuntia Tuna Flower/Stem Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea
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.