RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream Is Great for Puffiness and Milia: Review

It’s widely known that retinoids are one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to stimulating collagen production, speeding up cell regeneration, and softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t just take it from me; they’re an essential part of any top dermatologist’s skin-care routine

Truth be told, I’m still a little intimidated by retinoids because the term alone — unlike, say, vitamin C or ceramides — sounds serious and medical. But as I continue to educate myself, one dependable and approachable retinol-infused product has been RoC’s Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, which just won a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Award for the line-smoothing eye cream category. While I don’t have any lines to treat at the moment, I’m all about prevention.

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The star ingredient in this particular product is, of course, pure, stabilized retinol, which stimulates collagen production, increases cell turnover, and evens out pigmentation (like dark circles). “In off-the-shelf formulas, the ingredient called retinol is the only derivative of vitamin A worth using,” Dana Sachs, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical School, previously told Allure

Sachs also said that retinol “biochemically” produces the same results as retinoic acid (which are found in prescription formulas), but the changes are likely more gradual. The retinol is accompanied by an antioxidant-rich mineral complex of zinc, copper, and magnesium. Mona Gohara, associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, tells Allure the minerals, like retinol, aid in the formation of collagen.

Even though, again, fine lines aren’t my main focus right now, I suspect the RoC cream has been smoothing out the appearance of my milia, which is concentrated underneath the inner corners of my eyes. Gohara says that retinols and professional extractions are the best ways to treat these tiny, little cysts made up of keratin. Since my milia is only visible up close, I’ll happily treat it at home.

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