Fine lines on the forehead
Slight drooping of the eyelids
Fine lines and crows feet around the eyes
Dark circles around the eyes
Light creases or frown marks between the eyes
Occasional puffiness under the eyes
Moles and flat birthmarks (I don’t expect the products to help with this)
Blemishes, blotchiness, uneven skin tone and discoloration on my entire face
Parenthesis creases at the corners my mouth
I don’t really think that I look bad per se for my age, but there is definitely much room for improvement. I am trying to do as much as I can without expensive cosmetic procedures to correct and reduce the signs of aging. Maybe, when I am much older, with sagging jowls and deep wrinkles, I might get a Lifestyle Lift or some other cosmetic procedure done. Ha, ha, ha.
My skin is pretty much combination type, with my T-zone being oily. I have always worn sunscreen on my face and neck, so I think that this has helped a lot through the years. My skincare regimen for the past six years has been really basic: I wash my face twice per day and use oil-free, moisturizing sunscreens. I never really was big on using astringents and toners. Acne products are used as needed. Anti-aging product (i.e., wrinkle creams and serums) use was never top priority for me. I generally do not wear heavy makeup, either.
I get occasional acne, which leaves scars on my skin. I have trouble finding a product that will reduce the appearance of acne scars, without causing me to breakout. Hydroquinone and cocoa butter are not good on my face, as they both irritate the skin on my face. My skin is sensitive, so finding a product that will reduce the signs of aging, without causing acne and irritation is very important to me. I am not looking for a miracle “face lift in a bottle”, but I expect at least a moderate improvement in my skin’s look and feel.
|RoC Retinol Correxion|
Deep Wrinkle Serum
|RoC Retinol Correxion|
Sensitive Eye Cream
At the time of this blog post I have only been using the RoC products for two weeks. I am going to use them for 12 weeks to see if they really work. After the 12 weeks are up, I might go ahead and try out the L’Oreal Youth Code starter kit. Or I may branch off into other RoC products. I don’t intend to use the two products lines (L'Oreal and RoC Retinol) together. The idea is to get an idea of which product will work best for me. I figure that it took years for my skin to age, so damage repair is not going to happen overnight.
Background on RoC retinol:
Retinol is a retinoid or class of chemicals which are a derivative of vitamin A. Some other retinoids that you may be familiar with are Retin A (retinoic acid), Renova, and Differin gel. These are all topical prescription medications, most commonly used to treat acne, sun damage, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. They are also stronger, more concentrated, and much more expensive, than retinol products that can be bought over-the-counter.
Retinoids rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the production of new skin cells in the epidermis. Retinoids also produce collagen in the skin and reduces the destruction of collagen. The combination of increased cell production and collagen is what gives the skin a glowing, youthful look.
There are downsides to using retinol containing products. Retinol is known to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Therefore, use of a sunscreen, with an SPF of 15 or greater is suggested. Also, retinol may cause redness, swelling, peeling and dryness in some people.
RoC retinol is manufactured for Johnson & Johnson Consumer companies. The brand includes lines of serums, moisturizers, night creams and eye creams. This company makes bold claims about the performance of RoC retinol products, such as “Add ten years back to the look of your skin”. Here some other claims that the brand makes regarding the benefits of using their retinol products:
- Helps smooth fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Even skin tone
- Reduce the look of mottled pigmentation
- Improves skin texture
- Helps pores appear smaller and less noticeable
These are the results that RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum claims to produce:
After 4 weeks:
- Skin is more radiant
- Fine lines on the face and neck are smoothed
- Skin firmness is improved
- Crow's feet are visibly reduced
- Signs of photodamage are diminished
- Deep wrinkles on face and neck are visibly reduced
This is the list of ingredients that RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum contains:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Nylon-12, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance, Laureth-4, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Polyacrylamide, Disodioum EDTA, Allantoiin, BHT, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, C13-14, Isoparrafin, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Bisabolol, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl, Propramidobenzoic Acid, Laureth-7, Copper Gluconate, Yellow 5
Ickk! It reminds me of why I hated Organic Chemistry in college.
Roc says that according to their clinical testing that after using Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive eye cream, people notice visible improvements in:
- Fine lines
- Crow's feet wrinkles
- Under eye wrinkles
- Dark circles
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/Dimethylaminoethyl 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, Pamitoyl Oligopeptide
My routine with RoC retinol, thus far:
I started off using the products only one time, every other night, for the first week, since my skin is sensitive. During the second week, I used both products once a day in the evenings before bed.
The product that I use to wash my face morning and evening is Johnson and Johnson Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. I do notice a little bit of burning upon application of both Roc products, but nothing unbearable. The burning only lasts a few seconds. There have not been any bad reactions like redness, swelling or breakouts thus far from using the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum or the RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive eye cream.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum is a brownish color and has more of a cream like consistency and it smells funny. It is noncomedogenic which is a major selling point for me. 3-4 pumps are needed to get enough serum to cover your face and neck. I just smooth it on my face and neck after washing and towel blotting my face and neck dry. It not greasy and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin.
By the way, if you plan to try these products, I suggest that you wait at least 20-30 minutes after washing your face to apply them. This may help lessen the intensity of any burning you might experience. I apply an amount of the RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive eye cream, about the size of a small pencil eraser. This amount is enough to cover the area around both eyes. I don’t rub the eye cream in, because the skin around the eyes is very delicate. It is best to pat it on in a circular motion.
I don't use Roc Retinol in the daytime, because it makes your skin sensitive to sunlight. I make sure that I use a sunscreen on my face and neck before I leave home. My sunscreen of choice is Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture.
Down below are my results, which I will be posting periodically:
Start date: Wednesday, 4/11/12
After using 1 week: skin feels softer; light peeling on my cheeks and chin
After using 2 weeks: skin feels softer; continued peeling on cheeks and chin; increased dryness of cheeks; chin and area around the mouth; some areas of the skin are shiny after washing my face
After using 3 weeks: skin feels softer; no noticeable improvement in the skin appearance and texture so far; skin is not as dry and there is not as much peeling; some parts of of my face is darker due to sensitivity to sunlight (this is despite using a sunscreen of SPF 15); some areas of the skin are shiny after washing my face
After using 4 weeks: My skin is not as blotchy as before and it looks like it is beginning to even out. My face still looks a bit shiny after I wash it. As time goes by there is less dryness, too. I think that the retinol is making my skin somewhat delicate. I got my eyebrows waxed recently and the skin around that area was irritated a raw for a few days. That hasn't happened since the first time I got my eyesbrows waxed. Also, I am using a sunscreen with an SPF of 35. The area that was previously darkened by sunlight, is getting lighter.
After using 5 weeks: No noticeable changes over the prior week, other than less dryness and irritation.
After using 6 weeks: No noticeable changes over the prior weeks, other than less dryness and irritation. My skin doesn't peel anymore.
After using 7 weeks: My skin has a nice radiance and glow to it which wasn't there prior to using the product. I can see that the darkness around my eyes are lightening up.
After using 8 weeks: The dark circles around my eyes are continuing to lighten up. I am noticing that my crows feet look less visible. I have to stare really hard to see the fine lines on my forehead.
After using 9 weeks: No changes noted since prior weeks.
After using 10 weeks: My pores look smaller, but nothing dramatic.
After using 11 weeks: No changes noted since prior weeks.
After using 12 weeks: No changes noted since prior weeks.
For more information about RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream, call Roc skincare at 1-800-762-1954 or visit www.rocskincare.com.
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