Talk about high tech! This water-based lip moisturizer contains several peptides the company refers to as “100% active,” while the Maxilip complex is made to sound like a topical way to reproduce the results of collagen lip injections. Don’t count on either class of ingredient coming close to what’s possible with lip injections. Assuming that the peptides remain stable (active) as they penetrate the lips and surrounding skin, there’s no proof that any peptide blend stimulates collagen production to the extent that lips will be noticeably fuller or less lined. The silicones and waxes in this product can help to temporarily fill in superficial lip lines and lines around the mouth, but nothing magical is taking place, it’s just fleeting cosmetics trickery, which is helpful, but doesn’t change anything. Peptides aren’t throwaway ingredients for skin (they have water-binding properties and theoretically cell-communicating ability), but to think they can restore what time, smoking, and sun damage depletes (or what was never there in the first place, as in taking thin lips to a full-on pout) is fantasy. The peppermint extract in this product poses a slight risk of irritation, and the resulting inflammation may make lips ever-so-slightly larger for a small amount of time.
Un-wrinkle Lip is an anti-aging, hydrating lip treatment with an exclusive, patent pending blend of eight powerful, 100% active anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides. This treatment visibly reduces the appearance of lines on the lip and around the lip area. MAXILIP helps to enhance lip moisture, increase lip volume and improve the definition of the lip line from the first application. Lips will appear fuller, smoother and more youthful.
Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Cyclomethicone, Squalane, Peg-8 Beeswax, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyloyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Tripeptide-29, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Yeast Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus/Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Flavor (Aroma), Yeast Polysaccharides, Phospholipids, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-21, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben
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.