Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX
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Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Review – Does it Work?

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Overview

People are obsessed with looking young and nature is their worst enemy.  As we age, our skin naturally loses its youthful firmness and begins to sag and wrinkle.  There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to be able to resolve that problem, at least temporarily.  One such product is Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Temporary Face Tightener.  It is said to instantly tighten, smooth, and firm skin, making wrinkles practically disappear and concealing large pores.  The effects allegedly last for several hours. Does it really work or are these just pretty promises?

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Although Peter Thoma Roth manufactures numerous skin care products, the PTR Instant FirmX has its own official website.  One of its active ingredients is Retinyl Palmitate, which is used to smooth wrinkles and increase elasticity and moisture.  It also contains urea, an ingredient that exfoliates skin and has water-binding properties.  Another key ingredient is carrageenan to lock in moisture.  There are several parabens included in the complete list of ingredients, which is available on the website.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX is applied to clean, dry skin.  You can use it daily or just for those special occasions when you truly want to look your best.  The directions say to shake well and apply a small amount of Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX where you want to disguise any wrinkles.  You are directed to allow the serum to dry, which takes 3-7 minutes, and you’re suppose to remain expressionless during that time.  Next, use a damp cloth or Q-tip to remove any visible white residue.  You may feel your skin tightening or tingling during the process.

Unfortunately, many consumer reviews of Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX complain that they struggled to get the product to work correctly.  Many of them report that when they apply anything over the top of the serum (water, moisturizer, make up) that the wrinkles immediately reappear.  Others say that it is impossible to remove all of the residual white residue without washing the product off entirely.  I don’t know if this is because they are not following the directions to a T or is a result of not shaking the bottle enough before applying.  I only know that this was mentioned repeatedly in reviews.  Of course, there were also many reviews that gave Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX an excellent score and swore they would be buying this product again.

Where to Buy Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX

You can order this product from the official secure website where it is sold for $35 for 1.7 ounces.  It is also available at numerous other websites for $48 for 3.4 ounces. You can buy Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX at several fine department stores as well.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Pros

  • Official website
  • Instant results
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • Reputable manufacturer

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Cons

  • Numerous comments mention white residue
  • Numerous comments complain makeup reverses results
  • Must wait for product to dry before proceeding
  • Contains several parabens, which are found in many skin care products but have been linked to skin irritations and may be connected to cancer

Our Conclusions

Although Peter Thomas Roth has become a respected name in the skin care industry over the past two decades, we are disappointed with the consumer reviews regarding this product.  Yes, many customers really did appreciate the fact that this worked quite well for them but just as many had complaints about the inability to completely remove the white residue without washing off the product and reversing the effects.  Until the company is able to resolve this problem, I cannot put my full support behind Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX.

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Q: I used it as a mask. Left it on for an hour. It got very very tight. I washed it off with clear water and my skin is burnt red it the area's I applied ( forhead, cheeks and neck) beet red. Is this normal?? -Candace

A: Hi Candace, this product contains retinol, and many people are very sensitive to it causing redness and irritation. I can't use retinol for this reason as well, I'm way too sensitive to it. Not a good look when you're trying to look younger. I would avoid products with retinol in the future... I do very well with glycolic over retinol for anti-aging for a more effective result. Check out my review on the Beautycounter Overnight's an amazing product that will help lighten, brighten, and build collagen which will tighten and firm the skin over time. It's also very gentle. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't cause me any redness and my skin has been looking fantastic! I would try returning the Peter Thomas Roth. I used to love PTR but I found many of the products to be too harsh for my skin.  Good luck! Rachel

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Q: When first put it on after my moisturizer,all my wrinkles are gone. As soon as I smile all the smile lines come back. It does work well for under eye bags and wrinkles on the cheeks. I find if I rub the product in well I don't get any white residue (do not rub in under the eyes) How can I prevent the smile lines from coming back almost immediately -Janet

A: Janet, I'm not sure if it's possible to prevent natural smile lines with a firming cream. Maybe it'll help smooth them out a bit, that's all you can expect. Rachel

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Rachel Vrabel

Rachel is Chief Editor of Women’s Blog Talk and writes reviews across the spectrum of anti-aging, health and beauty. She has an English degree from USF and worked in finance for 15 years before establishing this website in 2011. She loves having a place she can share her inspiration for health and beauty and continue to help others! She lives in South Florida with her husband and her hobbies include beach volleyball, HIIT training and combing the beach for sea glass and shells.


  • Holly

    This product would be fantastic if only applying anything over it would not reverse the results. Even foundation primer reverses the effects! I’m searching for a product that works like the firmx but will still be able to apply primer & foundation over without reversing the effects. Do you have any suggestions? I really don’t want to waste anymore money.

  • terri

    How can this work with this white residue? Ive tried very little, a little more, a little less and nothing. so if I use a damp brush to take it off, I’m taking the product off.

    • Rachel Vrabel
      Rachel Vrabel

      Hi Terri, I’ve never had good luck with that stuff. It always ends up being cakey and looking like dry, peeling skin. Try the Tarte brand Smoothing Primer next time, I love that one… I use it on my whole face, neck and chest when I have a special event and want to smooth out the wrinkles even more. Lifecell also works well. Thanks! Rachel

  • Debi Finnegan

    I too am struggling with the Instant FirmX. I love the results, but, the white residue is an issue. I cannot use any foundation or powder or it dissolves (so to speak.) I hope he can resolve this because it is a great product otherwise.

    • Rosemary Bottiglieri

      This is great stuff~ been using for years! Trial and error took me awhile but I don’t put any moisturizer under my eye except for firmeye you have to make sure not a speck of water is on your finger or brush as you put it on and has to DRY completely! I just put loose powder over my face and I’m good~ Love it

  • Jan

    I have tried it many, many times. A little bit, dried with my hair dryer, and always have the white residue no matter what I have done. Who has time to play with his stuff? I don’t and wouldn’t buy it again.

  • Angel

    The stuff is awesome , if they have residue it must mean that they are using too much or not allowing it to set and make up does not remove the affects . I love the stuff

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