F is for Friendlier: No Retinol Sting with RoC Retin-OX Wrinkle Correxion

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RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Correxion

Retinol is a proven anti-aging ingredient -- there's no question that it softens the appearance of fine lines, reduces the severity of deep wrinkles, smooths the skin and boosts elasticity. But for some, retinol products came with a bit of a smack, a stinging discomfort. Not so with RoC's new Retin-Ox Wrinkle Correxion lineup, which hit drugstore shelves this month.

Retin-Ox contains a buffered retinol, an encapsulated version that allows for a gradual, bit-at-a-time release to avoid irritation. (Canadian companies Neostrata and Dermaglow also employ buffering technologies with their retinol and glycolic acid skincare.) The recipe includes hyaluronic acid, which immediately plumps and visibly smooths skin with moisture, and a work-smart biopeptide that steps up or dials down its repair services according to the amount of tissue damage it needs to handle.

According to RoC, the Retin-Ox line is designed to address the first signs of aging, the fine lines and wrinkles that start to appear somewhere around the 30s and into early 40s. The collection is comprised of anti-wrinkle moisturiser ($49 CAN), night cream ($49), serum ($50) and eye cream ($36).

Just remember that skin needs about 28 to 30 days to register a real change. But it shouldn't register any irritation. At all.

RoC skincare is available at major drugstores. Image courtesy of RoC.