Instant Facial Smoother

by RoC  
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$22.99 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
12/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This fragrance-free product is essentially a silicone-based foundation primer and little else. As the name states, this will make skin instantly smoother, but so do lots of other primers and numerous serums that contain silicones. That’s one of the great traits most silicones share: an unbelievable silky-smooth feel.

Instant Facial Smoother will improve your skin texture and facilitate makeup application, but it’s basically a one-note product that deprives your skin of the anti-aging ingredients it needs to look and act younger. Choosing this over a well-formulated silicone-based serum loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients is not the best option when far superior ones are available.

Pros:

  • Makes skin feel very silky and helps makeup go on better.
  • Fragrance-free.

Cons:

  • Lacks a range of anti-aging ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger.

Your skin will look younger, more luminous, and feel velvety smooth to the touch.

Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyamide 5, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

Originally the brainchild of a French pharmacist, RoC does its best to convince women concerned with wrinkles that using RoC products will erase those pesky lines and, of course, that RoC is the only company that keeps its promises. That doesn't bode well for the other J&J product lines Aveeno and Neutrogenawouldn't that mean they must be lying about the promises they make for their products? Regardless, the promises RoC makes, including all of the same old same old "you will look younger too" rubbish, aren't viable and don't hold up under closer scrutiny. None of what they assure you their products can do is possible beyond a cosmetic extent, and moreover the majority of RoC's U.S.- and Canada-sold formulas are either boring or one-note. They don't even come through with distinctive or interesting moisturizers.

For example, RoC is big on retinol, and includes it in products with and without sunscreen in the United States. Retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient as well as an antioxidant, and its benefits for skin are many (Sources: Archives of Dermatology, May 2007, pages 606–612; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, March/April 2005, pages 81–87; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2005, pages 237–244). However, for the most part, the amount of retinol in RoC's U.S.-sold products is barely a dusting, and so your skin won't receive much, if any, benefit from it. Ironically, although RoC promotes retinol much more than Neutrogena and Aveeno (all are J&J-owned companies), the latter two lines sell better retinol products! Several of the moisturizers with retinol sold by RoC in Canada also have much better formulations.

Another ingredient RoC has been touting lately is DMAE (dimethyl MEA). This ingredient is described in detail in the reviews below, but suffice it to say that DMAE isn't a panacea for wrinkles or skin that has lost firmness. Lastly, soy is promoted by RoC as an anti-aging powerhouse. Soy has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits for skin, but once again RoC shortchanges the consumer by including barely any of it. And it's probably no surprise that sister company Aveeno (and, to a lesser extent, Neutrogena) offers better (and less expensive) options if soy is what you want to try.

Taken together, isn't it interesting how all of these Johnson & Johnson brands offer similar products to different target audiences? Neutrogena is the all-encompassing line, going after consumers battling acne and wrinkles; Aveeno stresses its "Active Naturals" and plays on its oat heritage; RoC is made to appeal to consumers who want to take a serious, more clinical-minded approach to fighting the signs of aging. None of these lines have all the answers, but all of them have a few worthwhile products. It's just that with RoC, those looking for state-of-the-art options beyond retinol have the fewest choices—and that's a promise made clear by the reviews that follow!

For more information about RoC, call (800) 762-1964 or visit www.rocskincare.com. And for a better selection of state-of-the-art retinol products from RoC, see the reviews for RoC Canada.

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  1. Annette D.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 11, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Average at best!
    • I have no interest in fillers. They never did anything for me. Especially this one. It has nothing to offer me. No anti-aging benefits no SPF. And over-priced for the amount you get. 0 appeal.

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