Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Eye Cream (Discontinued)

by RoC  Multi-Correxion
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$27.99 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
12/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a decent emollient eye cream that is suitable for use anywhere on the face. You don’t need a product labeled as being just for the eye area (see More Info to find out why), but if you choose to use one anyway, it shouldn’t be packaged in a jar like this one is. Jar packaging exposes key ingredients to degrading light and air, so that with each use these beneficial ingredients become less stable and less able to improve your skin. There’s also the hygiene issue of sticking your fingers into a jar, as the potential contamination causes further breakdown of the most important ingredients.

Despite a tempting name, this fragrance-free eye cream isn’t the answer for sagging skin. It cannot fight “multiple signs of aging caused by the downward pull of gravity” because gravity’s pull is but one factor that causes the eye area to look older. There are no cosmetic ingredients that overcome what gravity eventually does to the skin, all over the body. We wish that weren’t the case, but it’s the truth. See More Info for further details on what you can do to help aging skin.

At best, this eye cream will moisturize dry skin and make wrinkles less apparent (as any moisturizer will), plus it will brighten the eye area because it contains mica for shine and titanium dioxide for a subtle white cast. Both effects are more like makeup than skin care, but it explains RoC’s claims that this eye cream makes the eye area look more awake—in the fight against wrinkles, however, this comes up short!

Note: There is not enough glycolic acid (an AHA) in this eye cream for it to work as an exfoliant. In low concentrations like this, it functions as a water-binding agent.

Pros:
  • Contains some helpful emollients for dry skin anywhere on the face.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Cannot provide multiple corrective benefits as claimed. (This won’t lift sagging skin around the eyes or help it defy the effects of gravity.)
  • Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of the antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients.

More Info:

Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. 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 reap 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. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find such products on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Rich in hydrating ingredients, RoC MULTI CORREXION LIFT Anti-Gravity Eye Cream works both day and night to fight the multiple signs of your aging caused by the downward pull of gravity. PROTIENT PLUS firming technology helps to firm and tone the entire eye area for lifted, more awake-looking eyes.

Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Tetrahydroxpropyl Ethylenediamine, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate, Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Glycolic Acid, Stearyl Caprylate, PEG-75 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Laureth-7, Allantoin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Saccharomyces Cerevisia Extract, Ononis Spinosa Root Extract, Copper Gluconate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

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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