Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 22.99
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This eye cream with retinol is said to be better for sensitive skin because it contains only a tiny amount of retinol. The idea is that this is an option for women whose skin cannot tolerate “normal” amounts of retinol or for those who are trying a retinol product for the first time. There is a logic to that, but lots of women can tolerate the “regular” amounts of retinol present in skin-care products (typically 0.025% and up) just fine, even if they are using it for the first time. Using products with lower concentrations may eliminate the problems (redness, flaking) that may accompany one’s initial use of a retinol product, but you also will be sacrificing some of the benefit. On the other hand, although the antiwrinkle results may not be as dramatic if you use only the tiny amount present in this product, ongoing use can still produce equivalent results, especially if you’re diligent about daily sun protection.

In the long run, this eye cream ends up being a one-note song because while retinol is a great ingredient for skin, it is not the only one. As we’ve said time and again, skin does much better with an array of beneficial ingredients. Think about it like your diet: Green tea may be good for you, but if you drink only green tea, you will become malnourished or worse. So, while this product’s lightweight texture is silky and it provides some hydration, the formula lacks the skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients that all skin types need to look and act younger.

There is nothing special about this product that makes it better for the eye area. Yes, it’s fragrance-free, but all of your skin, from head to toe, does better when fragrance is omitted; it’s not as though only eye-area products shouldn’t have fragrance. Fragrance is a source of irritation, so it is best to minimize exposure to it, no matter what skin-care product you use or where you apply it.

  • Lightweight, silky texture.
  • Packaged to ensure the retinol remains stable during use. (For any product with retinol, it’s critical that it be protected from exposure to light and air because that will cause it to break down. That means no jar or clear packaging.)
  • Ordinary formula that doesn’t contain anything unique for the eye area.
  • Very low amount of retinol, which may minimize side effects some people experience, but also will reduce the benefits.
  • Lacks more than a dusting of anti-aging ingredients.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

RoC RETINOL CORREXION SENSITIVE Eye Cream is a milder retinol formula that helps condition skin to retinoids. lt is designed for women whose skin is sensitive to retinol or who have never tried retinol. The Eye Cream helps fight lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area with minimal or no irritation. With continued use, you will notice healthier, younger-looking eyes.

Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylate-21, Nylon-12, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Acrylates/Dimethylminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sclerotium Gum, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, C11-15 Pareth-7, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Dihydroxy Methylchromone, Silica, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

RoC At-A-Glance

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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