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RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème ($23) is a clinically proven formula that combines anti-aging properties with a burst of hydration—but that’s just the beginning. Aside from retinol and its wrinkle-fighting properties, the formula contains the ultimate moisture magnet of hyaluronic acid to ensure that skin stays as hydrated as it does taut. There’s even a fragrance-free option if you prefer a clean, natural scent.
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Retinol is like a new workout routine. It may take some getting used to, but if you stick with it, the results will be worth it. All skin reacts differently to retinol, and it often requires a few weeks of adjustment before you start seeing glowy, skin-plumping results. That’s why RoC formulated their Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème to moisturize skin and combat lines all at the same time.
Nighttime—when I want to trade every skin care second for an extra moment of sleep—is the perfect time to combine two steps into one. Typically, I apply a prescription retinoid every evening, then top it off with a night cream. Instead, I ditched my regular routine in favor of this anti-ager and moisturizer combo.
It doesn’t take much for this velvety cream to rehydrate skin. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover the entire face, and don’t forget to dip into the jar a second time to lotion your décolleté. RoC recommends wearing this cream in the mornings and evenings. Personally, a once nightly regimen works better for my sensitive skin. If you do decide to use it as a daytime moisturizer, remember to layer on an SPF before you leave the house, as retinol can make skin more sensitive to UV rays.
After two weeks of use, I now wake up with radiant, refreshed skin—no dried-out retinol side effects here. Best of all, my starter smile lines look a little less hollow. It’s a joy to slather on, and just like working out, I know I’m making a positive choice for my skin every time I do so. —Leah Prinzivalli