Multi Correxion 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream
Hardly groundbreaking despite its impressive-sounding name, RoC’s Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream is an exceedingly basic formula of thickeners, slip agents, glycerin and shea butter, making it an OK nighttime moisturizer those with normal to slightly dry skin. That it is packaged in a jar is almost not worth mentioning, given the near total lack of beneficial light- and air-sensitiveingredients—you’ll find far superior moisturizers in the drugstore from brands like CeraVe to Olay.
RoC makes skin-lightening claims around their trademarked ingredient, “HEXINOL”, which is meaningless, as this has no bearing on effectiveness, just marketing hype. However, does it work? The actual ingredient used in RoC’s formula is hexylresorcinol. There is no published, substantiated research to support its use in skin care, and it’s primary function is as an antimicrobial agent. This contains a form of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) but the amount is small and the jar packaging won’t help it stay stable.
Back to hexylresorcinol, the only research pertaining to it’s effect on melanin (skin pigment) has to do with seafood processing—specifically fresh shrimp to slow the development of dark spots (melanosis). You are not a shrimp, and it is a significant reach to make the claim that human skin cells and the those of dead shrimp are related in terms of how they respond to hexylresorcinol. (Sources: Journal of Food Science, April 2008, pages S124–S133; and Journal of Food Protection, January 2005, pages 98–104).
Even if hexylresorcinol were beneficial in terms of skin lightening, its effect would be negated by the exposure to air in this jar package. Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream lacks the ingredients necessary to restore anything, but it will remove about $30 from your checking account for your trouble. There isn’t anything here that can improve the look of sagging skin, substantial dryness or dull skin tone. If you are looking for products that contain ingredients research has demonstrated can lighten discolorations, see our list of Best Skin-Lightening Products.
- Contains a few ingredients that can moisturize skin.
- Not moisturizing or reparative enough for substantially dry skin.
- Lacks the proven ingredients necessary to lighten discolorations.
- Lacks antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients.
- Jar packaging is a hygiene issue (there are no antioxidants to be depleted by air exposure).
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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