Peter Thomas Roth Max All Night Repair
1.7 fl. oz. for $52
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The first thing we have to address in this review are the claims attached to this night cream, particularly that it contains a "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex." That is strictly marketing language around a made up name that is not actually an ingredient! It could have double the amount and it would still be meaningless in terms of what this product actually contains. Lunar-Peptide! Sheesh!

Putting aside our distaste for obnoxious marketing silliness, this fragrance-free moisturizer comes in an opaque, pump-style container, which means the good ingredients in here that are light- and air-sensitive will stay stable. The formula is best for normal skin, as it's too emollient for combination to oily skin types, and the absorbent ingredient nylon-12 could make it too matte for dry skin.

What earns this moisturizer some interest is that it contains a mix of some plant extracts that are antioxidants, as well as the potentially-intriguing ingredient present bakuchiol. Though it's not present in a great amount, and it's not clear how much is needed to have benefit, there is some emerging research showing it could have retinol-like properties without some of the side effects of retinol. Keep in mind though that this research is from a pharmaceutical company, and not supported by any independent peer-reviewed studies.

So what about that "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex" we mentioned earlier? There is one peptide included in the formula myristoyl nonapeptide-3, and while only having one peptide only is certainly not a bad thing, the claims certainly make it seem like you'll be getting a lot more in the deal! There really is nothing particularly stellar (or lunar, for that matter) about this one.

The 13.5% appears to be a mixture of this single peptide along with a couple of novel plant extracts with limited research about their topical benefit. Plus from what we can tell it still doesn't add up to 13.5%, but again, even if it did, this moisturizer is more surface spin than substance.

In the end, this is a moisturizer that does have some beneficial ingredients and certainly no bad ones, though Peter Thomas Roth has far better formulas to offer than this one.

  • Contains some beneficial emollients and antioxidants.
  • Contains the potentially-intriguing ingredient bakuchiol, which might have retinol-like properties.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Only one peptide included in the "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex," and it's not present at 13.5%!
  • More spin than substance.
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Exclusive 13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex helps fortify skin's repair process. Works all night to help reverse signs of damage. Hydrates skin and improves the look of lines and wrinkles, skin texture and tone.


Water/Aqua/Eau, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Isocetyl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Nylon-12, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Methylphenylpolysiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Allantoin, Aloe Barabadensis Leaf Juice, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Maltodextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Bakuchiol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

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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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