RoC is a skincare brand well known for its stand-out drugstore retinol products. RoC is a leader in affordable anti-aging skincare and recently introduced a line of skincare products that contain vitamin C. If you deal with skincare issues such as dullness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles and fine lines, then vitamin C may be the ideal active for your skincare routine.
Today, we’ll take a look at four RoC vitamin C skincare products in this Roc vitamin C Serum, Cleanser, Gel Cream, and Night Capsules review.
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The Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or l-ascorbic acid, is a potent antioxidant. One major benefit is that it can help protect against harmful free radicals from sunlight that can damage skin cells. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production. This is where vitamin C really helps to improve the visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamin C also helps to brighten the skin as it acts as a depigmenting agent. It inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase which is involved in melanin production. Melanin is the main pigment in human eyes, skin, and hair. Because vitamin C is unstable, it may sometimes be combined with other actives when treating such issues as hyperpigmentation. A good example is this serum from The Ordinary. It combines pure vitamin C with alpha arbutin to brighten the skin and target dark spots.
With all of these benefits, there are some drawbacks. Pure vitamin C can irritate the skin at higher concentrations. Research has shown that ascorbic acid at concentrations greater than 20% can irritate the skin and that these higher concentrations generally do not increase effectiveness.
Another drawback of pure vitamin C is that it is very unstable. When it is exposed to air it starts degrading, darkens, becomes brown, and eventually loses its effectiveness. Enter vitamin C derivatives. There are several vitamin C derivatives available today that are both stable in cosmetic formulations and retain the effectiveness of pure vitamin C.
RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Vitamin C Collection
The gel cleanser, serum, and gel cream in RoC’s Revive + Glow Collection feature an active 10% Blend of RoC’s most potent vitamin C. It’s a blend of a highly stable form of Vitamin C that is combined with peptides, antioxidants, and hydrators to improve the efficacy of the formula. RoC claims that it produces brighter and tighter skin in just 4 weeks.
The type of vitamin C in these RoC products is a vitamin C derivative called 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, or etherified derivative of ascorbic acid. 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is stable in both water and oil and penetrates the skin well. Per the manufacturer, it is metabolized by the skin into pure ascorbic acid.
3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is said to have antioxidant benefits and supports collagen production. One of the major benefits of 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is its ability to brighten the skin, even skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.
While more testing is needed to get a clearer picture of 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid’s full benefits for the skin, this vitamin C derivative is a promising alternative to unstable ascorbic acid.
RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Gel Cleanser is all about cleansing and brightening the skin. It is formulated with a vitamin C derivative and glycolic acid to reveal a brighter, smoother, and more even complexion. Vitamin C derivative 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid works to brighten the skin, stimulate collagen production, and even out skin tone.
In addition to the brightening benefits of vitamin C, glycolic acid is a power resurfacer, as it’s the smallest of the alpha hydroxy acids. Its small molecule size allows it to reach deep into pores to clear out dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin cells, and other debris that may clog pores to reveal a brighter and fresher complexion.
This cleanser also contains a variety of fruit extracts. Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract contains antioxidants to protect the skin, as well as vitamins and minerals. Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract is moisturizing, brightening, and gently exfoliating. Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract is a moisturizer and humectant that contains vitamin B5, a vitamin that is moisturizing and has anti-inflammatory properties.
The orange-colored gel cleanser turns into a gentle creamy foam when mixed with water. It removes makeup, dirt, and oil easily and leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh. Please note that there is a fragrance added to this cleanser. It reminds me of fresh citrus fruit, very bright, zesty, and uplifting.
This gel cleanser is the perfect second cleanse in a two-step double cleanse. In the evening, a cleansing balm can be used as your first cleanse and then follow with this cleanser to remove any leftover makeup, dirt, and oil. Double cleansing works best at the end of the day when makeup and sunscreen need to be removed, so in the morning this would be ideal as your only morning cleanser. It cleans your skin and wakes up your senses.
RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Daily Serum contains RoC’s 10% active Vitamin C Blend that comes in the form of vitamin C derivative 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid to brighten the skin and even out skin tone. It also contains plant and fruit extracts to improve efficacy.
Polygonum Aviculare Extract is an antioxidant and plant extract that comes from knotgrass. Per the manufacturer, it protects against both UV and infrared light, which can damage the skin. Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract is antioxidant-rich and helps to brighten the skin.
This translucent orange-colored serum is water-based and lightweight. This serum sinks in quickly and does not irritate my somewhat sensitive skin at all. Although I usually reach for The Ordinary vitamin C alternatives, I like this serum because it is water-based, and works really well under makeup and sunscreen.
Please note that this serum is fragranced. The scent is similar to the gel cleanser: a bright and fresh citrusy scent.
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RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Gel Cream contains 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a vitamin C derivative that has brightening, collagen boosting, and antioxidant benefits. It also contains Polygonum Aviculare Extract, a plant extract rich in antioxidants. Per the manufacturer, this gel cream is supposed to help protect the skin from UV and infrared damage.
Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract is another antioxidant that is supposed to help to protect skin against UV sunlight, per the manufacturer. Lentil extract moisturizes and apple fruit extract is a gentle exfoliant that has antibacterial and brightening benefits. This gel cream also contains shea butter for moisturizing and soothing benefits.
This gel cream has a light citrusy fragrance. The first thing that I noticed about this gel cream was the light orange shade. I was a little skeptical at the unnatural orange color, but was pleasantly surprised at the lightweight texture. It sinks in easily and leaves my skin feeling very moisturized. It’s the perfect product to pair with RoC’s Revive + Glow Daily Serum.
NOTE: If you have dry skin this vitamin C gel cream will provide moisture and glow during the day. If you have combination or oily skin and prefer a matte finsih, it might be best to use this cream at night, as it was a little rich for my combination skin under makeup during the day.
Roc Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Night Serum Capsules are formulated with RoC’s highest dose of vitamin C: 20% pure ascorbic acid. These night capsules are formulated to resurface the skin, reduce discoloration and give the skin a more lifted look over time. The capsules also contain antioxidants in the form of vitamin E, and plant extracts Polygonum Aviculare Extract and Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract.
The bottle comes with 30 vegetal-based, 100% biodegradable single-dose capsules which make it easy to use when traveling. Simply twist the capsule to break it open. The capsules are paraben-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t clog your pores.
If you have normal or non-sensitive skin, these night capsules may be just what you need for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening and evening out your skin tone. These little capsules have just the right about of creamy serum.
Don’t be mistaken. These vitamin C capsules are POTENT. At a 20% ascorbic acid concentration, they caused a little too much tingling for my somewhat sensitive skin. I wasn’t surprised because I couldn’t tolerate The Ordinay Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% which contains 23% ascorbic acid or The Inkey List Vitamin C, which contains 30% ascorbic acid.
NOTE: RoC does not recommend using vitamin C and retinol at the same time. If you want the benefits of both vitamin C and retinol, your best bet would be to use them on alternate evenings. RoC offers night retinol capsules, too and they one of my current favorite drugstore retinol products: RoC Retinol Correxion Smoothing Night Serum Capsules.
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RoC was founded in 1957 when French pharmacist Dr. Jean-Charles Lissarrague created the first hypoallergenic skincare products. RoC’s series of “firsts” continued. RoC boasts the claim to first SPF sunscreen to prevent the signs of aging and the first company to stabilize retinol in an over-the-counter product. The research continues today to create new and innovative products. RoC continues to work to create high-quality, safe, and effective skincare products that are rigorously tested.
Final Thoughts on RoC Vitamin C Skincare Products
If you are looking for inexpensive skincare products that are formulated with a vitamin C derivative or capsules formulated with pure vitamin C, RoC’s Multi Correxion Revive + Glow line is worth considering.
All of the products with the exception of the night capsules are ideal to use during the day, as the scent of the cleanser really helps to make me up in the morning! These products are a great option if you want to get benefits of vitamin C without instability and potential irritation that may come along with it, and if you are ready to try pure vitamin C consider the vitamin C night capsules.
Thanks for reading, and until next time…