Updated: September 16th 2021
Trisha Paytas has been taking heat as skincare experts and customers alike have come forward with concerns about the quality and safety of their skincare line, Miracle Elixir.
Trisha, who is non-binary and uses they/them and she/her pronouns, launched this line in June 2021 in collaboration with Glow Skin Enhancement, an LA-based skincare business owned and founded by Charlotte Wilson.
Fans questioned the brand from the start when Trisha released a promotional video for the products that “changed their life”, all the while using heavy makeup, blurring filters, and obvious post-production editing. The Miracle Elixir line seemed to be targeted towards clearing acne, something Trisha has openly struggled with for years. However, many fans pointed to Trisha’s public endorsement of chemical peels, saying it’s misleading to claim these products helped them get their acne “under control”.
Other fans took the video as a parody of the cringy style of beauty commercials of the past.
Months later, concerns around the line’s efficacy and formulation have emerged following several troubling reviews.
Complaints of skin irritations
On August 11th, customer Sara Strohchien took to TikTok to show a serious skin irritation which she claims was a result of using Miracle Elixir products.
In a series of videos and tweets, Sara tried to get the attention of Trisha to resolve the issue, and even replied to a tweet suggesting that she would sue Trisha for the damage and the subsequent medical costs.
Trisha responded to Sara on Twitter on August 21st with a screen recording of their private Twitter conversation, claiming that Sara couldn’t provide any proof of purchase or order number, Trisha accused her of defamation and demanded Sara retract her statements. Sara has since made her Twitter account private.
No SPF in the sunscreen
Another less-than-glowing review has come from YouTuber and skincare expert, James Welsh, who released a video yesterday calling the Miracle Elixir line “the worst skincare launch of 2021/ever”.
James pointed out a number of concerns such as the hygiene standards of the Glow Skin Enhancement office, where Trisha claims Miracle Elixir is manufactured. James also included clips from Glow Skin Enhancement’s owner, Charlotte Wilson’s YouTube channel, that show her admitting that she is not a doctor, esthetician, or dermatologist, leading him to question the safety and ethics of her beauty treatments and products.
However, James’ main concern was over the SPF content in the Miracle Elixir Tinted Day Cream, which claims to be SPF30. In a clip of his video that has attracted a lot of attention online, James tested the sun protection of this product by using an app that is meant to show protected skin as darker. The area where he applied the cream did not show up darker on the app, leading James to doubt whether this product is effective as an SPF.
What are the ingredients in the products?
While the average customer might not understand the intricacies of skincare ingredients and the regulations for declaring ingredient lists, YouTuber and esthetician Cassandra Bankston has made several videos claiming that Trisha’s Miracle Elixir line does not declare its product ingredients as industry standards require.
Speaking from her experience in cosmetic chemistry, Cassandra says that the Miracle Elixir ingredient lists “don’t make sense”, pointing to terms that are ambiguous and alleging that perhaps not every ingredient is listed.
On September 16th, fans and tea channels discovered that the link to purchase the Miracle Elixir is no longer live on the Glow Skin Enhancement website. Instead, the link pulls up a notice that reads ‘404 not found’, indicating that this might be the end of Trish Skin.