Retinol is a skincare must-have, especially for those of us over 30. Heck, I’ve been using retinol, specifically the RoC Retinol Correxion® Sensitive Night Cream, since I was in my 20s. Retinoids work to rapidly increase skin cell turnover, allowing for new cell growth and thickening the deeper layers of skin where unfortunate wrinkles get their start. Say bye bye to bummer brown spots (retinoids can also help fade pigmentation) and hello to more youthful skin. The downside to using retinol: the potential for peeling, redness, flaking and irritation, especially in the first few weeks of use. If this is too much to handle (like it was for me), try out the RoC Night Cream designed for retinol sensitive skin.
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Tested For Years, Posted March 2020
When I first decided to integrate a retinol product into my skincare routine, I went for an over the counter cream from a popular brand with good reviews and proven results. And then I cried over the fact that the transition period required for such a product (even using it only 1 or 2 times per week) made my skin inflamed and incredibly dry, causing it to peel and flake. I knew these were normal symptoms and that they were supposed to go away, but it made it nearly impossible for me to wear any makeup on my face, which resulted in a pretty grumpy Liz. I wanted some of the benefits of a retinol without these horrible, although supposedly temporary, side effects.
I found the RoC Retinol Correxion® Sensitive Night Cream and never looked back. This 1 oz. tube contains a “milder strength of retinol to help fight signs of aging skin with minimal to no irritation.” It’s formulated for retinol beginners or skin (like mine) that’s sensitive to retinol. I started using it at night once or twice a week and, after a few weeks, progressed to using it every other night, which is the schedule I’ve stuck to. Absolutely no more irritation- whew!
Retinoids stimulate the skin’s production of collagen and actually help thicken the skin, which is one of the key reasons they’re such an effective product on aging skin that naturally thins as the years go on. This RoC formula also contains hyaluronic acid, which is one of my favorite hydrating ingredients. Including this in the mix keeps my skin plump, which also reduces the appearance of fine lines. Win-win!
I once had a co-worker who used one of the highest strength prescription retinoids available and said that, although she did have a few rough weeks at the beginning, nothing else worked for her crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles (of which she had practically none). For hardcore results like this, you may need to use a hardcore retinol. For someone like me who isn’t fighting a really brutal battle with wrinkles yet, this is the perfect product. I know that I’m keeping wrinkles at bay, even with a lower dose of retinol, and this product really works for my skin.
I noticed a significant decrease in the dark spots under my eyes on the side of my nose after using this for about six months on a very regular basis. As with most skincare products, real results come after many months of use, so you will probably need to buy more than one of these tubes to see those results. Don’t give up on it! This is the most re-purchased skincare item I’ve ever used, and I’ve gone through over five tubes in the past few years (yes, I keep track!).
On average, one tube lasts me about six months using an extra-large pea sized amount every other night (I’m no dermatologist or aesthetician, but stick to using this at night; apparently most retinoids break down in the sun and become unstable, so they won’t work as effectively). With a price tag that hovers around $20 depending on where you buy it, it doesn’t totally break the bank like a lot of other retinol creams, which I also love.
If you’re new to retinols and want to move into a stronger formula at some point, this night cream is a great transition product to start with. It will moisturize at the same time that it introduces a mild strength retinol to your skin. After a few months of use, you might be ready to handle a higher strength retinol product with fewer reactions because this RoC cream has broken it in, so to speak. I may try this at some point after a few more birthdays bring potentially more wrinkles, but for now, I’ll continue my loyal use of this trusty night cream.