You may be drawn to this serum due to its claims of zoning in on the most stubborn wrinkles, such as the vertical lines between the brows, forehead lines, and marionette lines at the sides of the mouth. But before you spend what Roth is asking, know that this serum is not the solution—and it’s certainly not a replacement for cosmetic corrective procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers.
It looks impressive that this serum contains several different peptides but regardless of the number, what matters is that none of them have substantiated research proving they offer your skin a miraculous (or even somewhat impressive) anti-wrinkle benefit. Theoretically, all of them are good cell-communicating ingredients, and that’s important, but peptides are not the end all, be all of anti-aging skin care.
Even if you wanted to try a serum with multiple peptides, this isn’t the one to go for. Not only is the price outrageous but two of the main ingredients are irritants. Fragrant rose water and alcohol in the amounts this serum contains will cause irritation that hurts your skin’s ability to look and act younger. Assuming the peptides work to stimulate collagen production, what good is that when the amount of alcohol causes collagen breakdown? Talk about opposing forces!
This artificially colored serum contains other beneficial ingredients including some good antioxidants, but the core ingredients in this serum are a problem that cannot be overlooked.
This turbocharged formula helps diminish the appearance of the six most stubborn deep wrinkles and facial expression lines: forehead wrinkles, "eleven" lines, "scrunch creases" on the nose, parentheses, pout lines, and marionette lines.
Water, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Squalene, Tetrapeptide-17, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-25, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Acetylaringyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Isopropyl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Carbomer, Dextran, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Red 33
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.