The claims for this product read a bit like a science project, what with all the talk of complexes such as Syn-Coll, Trylagen, and Pepha+-Tight and their accompanying percentages. All of these complexes are merely the trade names outside companies assign to their peptide blends (meaning the peptides in this serum are not exclusive to Peter Thomas Roth). This product's most enticing claims are tied to the peptides in this product, yet there is no independent, peer-reviewed research anywhere proving the peptides in Un-Wrinkle Neck will reverse signs of aging in this area (think sagging and deep wrinkles). Peptides can be helpful cell-communicating ingredients, but they're not the end-all, be-all of anti-aging (and for sure they cannot fix pronounced signs of aging).
What we do know is that because the second ingredient in this serum is alcohol your skin will be exposed to needless irritation, collagen breakdown, and free-radical damage. That’s probably not what you were expecting for $100, but it’s reality nonetheless. There are some intriguing ingredients in this serum-like product, but they’re all trumped by the amount of alcohol.
Intensive, deep wrinkle, neck and decollete treatment with a powerful proprietary anti-aging blend targets the delicate skin around the neck and decollete where skin is most susceptible to wrinkles and crepiness with Matrixyl 3000 at 3%, Syn-Coll at 1%, Syn-Tacks at 1%, Serilesine at 10%, Trylagen at 5%, Pepha+-Tight at 1%, and Sym-White at 0.5%. Works synergistically to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines, helping to firm skin and improve elasticity. Helps brighten and even skin tone, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and looking years younger.
Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-8 Dimethicone, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Pullulan, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Pectin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Serine, Arginine, Proline, Xanthan Gum, Glucose, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Hexapeptide- 10, Carnosine, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Benzophenone-3, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Dihydrojasmonate, Ambrettolide, Disodium Edta, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Mica
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.