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 (which they should), there’s no proof that any peptide blend really makes thinning lips 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 cosmetics trickery, which is helpful, but doesn’t change anything. Peptides have value for skin (see below), but to think they can restore age-related thinning lips to youthful fullness just isn't going to happen. 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.
Note: In our mission to share the latest skincare research and knowledge, we make every effort to update reviews as new published studies about ingredients and skincare change. This sometimes results in a change in the product’s rating, as well as the content of the review itself, either for the good or bad. In the case of peptides, the new research about them is very good news.
In recent years, the research on what peptides can do for skin has changed dramatically. What was once just theory or considered impossible has proven to be completely possible, so certain reviews have been updated to reflect this. Depending on the peptides used in a product they can play an integral role in helping to train skin to become firmer, smoother, brighter, more even, and show fewer wrinkles. Simply put, peptide research is now a much more exciting, verifiable field than what we knew even a few short years ago.
What remains true is that despite the fascinating benefits certain peptides can deliver to skin, they cannot and do not replace or surpass what certain cosmetic corrective procedures can do. As for our reviews, we will continue, as always, to evaluate products based on the claims they carry compared with what the research has shown is true.
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Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2016, pages 514-519
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Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2015, pages 152-160
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.
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 brighteners. 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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