This fragrance-free eye cream, like most of the others Roc (and Neutrogena, RoC’s sister company) sells, is little more than water and lots of thickeners. Nothing about the formula is really poised to fight stress or “accelerated signs of aging” from a stressful lifestyle given its lack of antioxidants or skin-repairing ingredients.
This eye cream contains cosmetic pigments for a brightening effect, and while that may be attractive, it’s hardly unique to this product, and it’s only a cosmetic benefit, not a skin-care benefit. It’s also true that a separate product labeled an eye cream isn't really necessary (see More Info to find out why). Ultimately, this eye cream offers nothing special—the skin anywhere on your body or face needs state-of-the-art ingredients.
One more comment: In terms of skin stressors, sun exposure is a big one, but this eye cream doesn’t provide any sun protection. That means that if you aren’t wearing a sunscreen on top of this during the day, your eye area will remain vulnerable to the #1 cause of wrinkles and worsening of dark circles!
- None, other than moisturizing skin, which thousands of products can do.
- The formula lacks a range of anti-aging ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger.
- Does not contain anything (such as sunscreen) capable of reducing signs of stress around the eyes or elsewhere.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Specifically designed to help fight the accelerated signs of aging caused by your stressful lifestyle, while nourishing your skin. It works through the night to intensely nourish and restore skin’s youthful complexion, so you can wake up to perfectly hydrated, younger-looking skin.
Water, Glycerin, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Caprylate, PEG-75 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Lactose, Silica, Laureth 7, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Whey Protein, Lactic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
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.