Although this sheer tinted lip plumper contains several peptides, none of them have been proven by published research to make thinning lips fuller. This product will not provide results even remotely close to the results from lip injections with filler collagen; in fact, ongoing use of this lip plumper can damage healthy collagen production. That’s because it contains the potent menthol derivative menthone glycerin acetal, which is what makes your lips tingle. Unfortunately, that tingle is your lips telling you they’re being irritated, not volumized, and the minimal plumping you may see from this “treatment” isn’t worth the risk irritation presents (see More Info for details).
Aethetically, this lip plumper’s main ingredients give it a thick, somewhat sticky feel, but also a glossy finish imbued with shimmer from mica. The effect can be flattering, but you can achieve it with countless lip glosses that don’t expose your lips to irritating ingredients.
- Leaves lips looking soft and glossy, complete with a shimmering shine.
- Expensive and unable to work nearly as well as claimed.
- Contains the potent lip irritant menthone glycerin acetal, which can cause collagen to breakdown.
Irritation, whether you see it on your lips or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your lips needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin and lip irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Clinically tested MAXI-LIP and VOLU-LIP help enhance lip volume, while our patent pending Un-Wrinkle blend of six peptides help reduce the appearance of both deep & fine lip lines. With a fresh minty tingle, high shine and sheer wash of color—utterly addictive.
Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Silica, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Saccharin, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Sucrose Cocoate, Limonene. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides
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.