This kit consists of three products designed to result in, what else, younger-looking skin with less wrinkles. It is said to produce results in two weeks; let’s see how each product stacks up. Step 1 is the Daily Perfecting Cleanser (5 ounces) which is a water-soluble cleanser that contains synthetic scrub granules for exfoliation. It isn’t anything special or unique for aging skin, but is a suitable cleanser/scrub hybrid for all skin types.
Step 2 is the Daily Perfecting Creme SPF 30 (2.5 ounces). This is a basic, but good, lightweight moisturizer with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen. The formula contains mica for a shiny finish (though shine isn’t skin care and it won’t make wrinkles less apparent) and the only antioxidant of note is soy. RoC opted to list the inactive ingredients in alphabetical rather than descending order, a permissible move given this product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug due to the sunscreen actives. It’s an OK option for normal to slightly dry skin, but there are lots of better daytime moisturizers with sunscreen to consider.
Step 3 is a nighttime product labeled as Intensive Night Concentrate for Face and Eyes (1 ounce). The formula is mostly a concentration of water and thickeners, and for some odd reason RoC included the sunscreen ingredient ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (which isn’t needed at night and may cause irritation if applied around the eyes). All of the exciting anti-aging ingredients in this product are listed well after the preservative and fragrance, so you’re skin is getting precious little of the good stuff. One thing is certain: other than providing gentle cleansing and reliable sun protection, this 3-step kit isn’t a slam-dunk solution for perfecting skin. It isn’t even a great anti-aging trio, save for the sunscreen part (which, again, could be a lot better than it is).
Note: This product is in extremely limited distribution, and can found at online retailers only.
Skincare system combines a gentle cleanser with super-hydrating day- and night-time moisturizers to rejuvenate skin’s natural glow. All three elixirs work in tandem to give you smoother, softer skin with diminished lines and wrinkles. Start seeing younger-looking skin in two weeks.
Daily Perfecting Creme SPF 30 (2.5 ounces):
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (12%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (1.7%), Oxybenzone (3%). Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzalkonium Chloride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Methylparaben, Mica, Panthenol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polysorbate 20, Propylparaben, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Titanium Dioxide, Water
Intensive Night Concentrate For Face And Eyes (1 ounce):
Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Peg-8, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Allantoin, Dihydroxy Methylchromone, Bht, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Retinol, Polysorbate 20
May Also Contain: Sodium Hydroxide
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.