Just like RoC’s Multi Correxion Nourish Stress Repair Eye Cream, this nighttime moisturizer is a lackluster formula that contains nothing research has shown can reduce signs of stress from a hectic lifestyle. With a formula that’s mostly water and thickeners, getting a good night’s sleep and regular exercise will go a lot further toward reducing signs of stress than this moisturizer ever could!
The teeny-tiny amount of beneficial ingredients (it’s really shocking how few anti-aging ingredients this contains) won’t remain stable once this is opened because of its jar packaging (see More Info for details).
Just like the eye cream version (and really the only difference between the face and eye version of these products is that the face product has fragrance), this contains cosmetic pigments for a brightening effect. While that may be attractive, it’s merely a cosmetic effect, not a skin-care benefit. If brightening is what you want, you can get that, and much more, from other products whose formulas run anti-aging circles around this option from RoC. The only thing this can correct is minor dryness, and that is hardly unique or noteworthy.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the tiny amount of anti-aging ingredients stable during use.
- Lacks a range of state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients.
- Cannot make good on its claims of reducing signs of aging resulting from stress.
The fact that this night cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Specifically designed to fight the accelerated signs of aging caused by your stressful lifestyle. 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, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearyl Caprylate, PEG-75 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Lactose, Silica, Laureth 7, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, 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.