Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser
Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser is said to optimize the performance of your anti-aging products by exfoliating away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that interfere with the absorption of anti-aging ingredients. Although that may seem special, in truth, the claims (and the standard formula) apply to any well-formulated cleanser.
It's 100% true that cleansing skin (gently) helps the anti-aging products applied afterward work better. Removing surface debris primes the skin so it's more receptive to the beneficial ingredients, but you don't need to worry about finding a special cleanser—any we recommend will do!
That said, if you're still considering Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser, it's best for normal to oily skin. Those with dry skin will find this isn't quite moisturizing enough, although it does remove makeup easily.
The exfoliation part of the claim has to do with the tiny amount of polyethylene granules this contains. They provide a mild, fairly gentle scrub action, but you'd get better results using this cleanser with a washcloth.
- Water-soluble formula cleanses gently.
- Removes makeup.
- Doesn't contain anything that sets it apart as more anti-aging than lots of other cleansers.
- Not moisturizing enough for dry skin.
Strengths: Some well-packaged products with retinol; all the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection.
Weaknesses: Mediocrity reigns supremefew of the formulas are particularly exciting; antiwrinkle claims tend to go too far; jar packaging.
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 606612; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, March/April 2005, pages 8187; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2005, pages 237244). 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 choicesand 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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