Before we discuss the claims for this product know this: It's not the multi-tasking product it's made out to be. This is essentially lightweight daytime moisturizer with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen. The stabilized avobenzone provides sufficient UVA protection, and together with the other actives, provides reliable broad-spectrum protection. OK, so sun protection is covered, and that's essential to any anti-aging routine.
Next up is the base formula. We're concerned about the amount of propylene glycol. It's not because propylene glycol is a bad ingredient; rather, because it's an ingredient that enhances penetration, we're concerned that the so-called "chemical" actives this product contains may present a risk of being more sensitizing. The likelihood of a sensitized reaction (stinging, for example) is increased further because this product contains fragrance.
On the plus side, the amount of vitamin C (in the form of ascorbyl glucoside) is potentially helpful for improving dark spots and stimulating collagen. This also contains hexylresorcinol, and ingredient with some research indicating it, too, can help improve dark spots by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for melanin (skin pigment) production.
Where things get misleading is with the claim that this product improves five signs of aging in four weeks. Those signs include dryness, sagging, dull tone, wrinkles, and discoloration. Simply applying a good SPF product every day will improve wrinkles and brown spots—that benefit isn't unique to this product. As for dryness, this Multi Correxion product is too light to make those with dry skin happy, but it's OK for normal to slightly dry or combination skin. The vitamin C and hexylresorcinol will likely reduce brown spots but for best results you should consider a more potent dark spot treatment applied separately from your SPF step. Dullness is countered by the cosmetic pigments this contains as these add shine and a soft glow to skin. Nice, but not unique to this product.
As for sagging, no skin-care product is able to help all that much. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging.
Bottom line: You can count on this lightweight daytime moisturizer for sun protection and some improvement in brown spots and wrinkles, but nothing about it is unique enough to make it must-have, and the formulary concerned mentioned above make this ill-advised for anyone with sensitive skin or for use around the eyes.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains potentially effective amounts of two ingredients shown to improve skin discolorations.
- Not moisturizing enough for dry skin.
- Not quite the all-in-one time-saving product it's made out to be.
- Blend of sunscreen actives plus a penetration-enhancing ingredient and fragrance increases the risk of a sensitized reaction.
Improves the look of discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone and wrinkles with breakthrough HEXINOL™ Technology. In a clinical study, women saw noticeable improvements in the 5 main signs of aging in as little as 4 weeks.
Active: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 4%, Octisalate 4%, Octocrylene 2%. Inactive: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hexylresorcinol, Steareth-21, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.
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 Neutrogena—wouldn'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.