Peptide 21 Lift & Firm Moisturizer
Can Peter Thomas Roth’s Peptide 21 Lift & Firm Moisturizer really lift and firm skin? Not quite (we’ll explain what’s realistic), but lofty claims aside, the peptides in this formula add up to an impressive mix that can improve skin in numerous ways.Housed in an opaque bottle with pump, Peptide 21 Lift & Firm Moisturizer has an incredibly silky-smooth, gel-cream texture. The consistency is lightweight enough to work for all but very oily skin types, and it absorbs down nicely—no greasy shine.
True to claim, the formula contains several peptides, most of which have solid research backing their ability to help skin feel firm, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and tackle other signs of aging. As for “lifting” skin, that’s a stretch (i.e. you’d need a cosmetic procedure for that), so don’t get your hopes up in that regard.
What about the neuropeptides? This is a developing area of research and more is needed to learn about their mechanism of action on skin. At the very least, there are a couple of studies showing they have potential to improve hydration and strengthen skin’s barrier.
Peter Thomas Roth included additional skin-replenishing ingredients + sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid that’s a hydration powerhouse). Antioxidants are in good supply, as well, and we’re happy to report that the packaging helps keep them and the peptides stable.
Altogether, this well-rounded, fragrance-free moisturizer delivers a robust mix of ingredients to achieve healthier skin. It won’t “lift” skin per se, but it can help skin look younger and feel firmer.
BTW: By our count, Peter Thomas Roth’s claim that this contains “21 peptides and neuropeptides” is short by a couple. (We reached out to the brand to confirm but haven’t heard back at this time). That’s not the end of the world because there are still plenty of peptides here that are fully capable of helping skin.
- Robust mix of peptides to help firm skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles.
- Additional skin-replenishing ingredients + antioxidants round the formula out.
- Hydrates without a heavy, greasy feel.
- Packaged in a way to help keep the formula effective and stable during use.
- Fragrance free.
- Can’t “lift” skin as the name implies.
Packed with 21 Peptides and Neuropeptides, this lightweight moisturizer intensely hydrates for younger-looking skin that feels bouncy, firm and lifted.
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
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.
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.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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