Cheapie but Goodie: ROC Stress Repair Night Cream

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

[Nice to see the old Cheapie but Goodie coming back, eh? Shame I thought the title was far more clever when I first started using it...]

I use a lot of drugstore skincare, but I don't find their moisturizers to be anything special. This situation is gradually becoming outdated, but my biggest issue with drugstore products is (was?) how generalized their selection is. Everything is designed to reach as broad of an audience as possible, which is why whenever I see more specialized but still inexpensive skincare, I get incredibly excited.

ROC is one of the most reputable drugstore skincare brands, with resurfacing, microdermabrasion products containing all sorts of good-for-your-skin ingredients like retinol. It's more of an anti-aging brand, which is why I've tried next to none of their products, until I saw their latest launch. Call me a sucker (I am), but if I see something marketed as "beautifying", "sleeping treatment" or "anti-stress", I will buy it. (And then when said product fails to give me perfect porcelain English rose skin, I become irrationally upset). It's no wonder then, that the instant I saw the ROC Maximum Correxion Stress Repair moisturizer, it was in my shopping basket in a matter of seconds. 

"Stress Repair" could be purely a gimmick for all I know, as changes in the skin of this nature are near impossible to detect, but this cream has become one of my all-time favorites. For starters, the tub holding the lovely stuff is incredibly sturdy and solid in the hand (always a plus in a sea of cheaply packaged product), but the cream is just perfect for my skin and preference. As an incredibly oily-skinned girl who prefers a thicker, richer night cream, there's a fine line between how saturated I want my face to be, and how much it can take before feeling greasy--and this ROC cream nails that. 

Unquestionably one of my most helpful pictures

The moisturizer is thickish (thick enough to warrant tub packaging), but goes on very smoothly and absorbs quickly, leaving behind a very comfortable, almost powdery finish. Basically, it's all the effect of a good moisturizer with a very light, natural feeling on the surface so I don't feel weighed down or slightly tacky. I never worry about this rubbing off on my pillow or anything, and the finish is so wearable that I even think you could apply this under makeup. Due to that powdery feel this would be best for normal-oily skin types, and while the amount of hydration might be okay for some dry skin types*, I'm not sure the powdery feel would be suitable. 

*I've been thinking more and more lately that people with a certain skin type are (generally) quite poor at recommending products for those with the reverse skin type. For example, I've seen very dry-skinned people use a moisturizing foundation and then simply tell oily folks to "set with powder"--as if that would solve all our problems! Therefore, being that I have no experience with dry skin, any recommendations I make for that type should be taken with a grain of salt. 

On a more technical side, I suppose what allows for the "Stress Repair" claim is the inclusion of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). I'm sure there's a far more accurate definition of what those are, but they're basically smoothing, rejuvenating ingredients that give something like the effect of microdermabrasion. AHA is an extremely popular ingredient in skincare items, so again, I'm not sure what makes this specific to repairing stress.

But I don't really care. Apart from the slightly too-powdery scent, I can't fault this moisturizer. It's a fabulous night cream, and serves as a great go-to for anyone looking to help revive their skin without spending a lot of money. (Honestly, I would probably pay more than $25 for this!) It's not everyday you find a reasonably priced drugstore product with the same ingredient as some very expensive skincare!

I'm so pleased with this moisturizer, that I think the purchase of the correlating eye cream must be made!

I did swear myself off buying any more eye cream since I found my beloved Avene Ystheal, but really, how long did anyone expect that to last? 

Happy Wednesday!

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