Stop Walking Past This Amazing OG Drugstore Brand
As beauty editors, our weekends usually include a run to the drugstore. Sometimes, we discover new under-the-radar beauty brands, and other times, we (barely) manage to get our hands on the latest TikTok-trending products. It’s cool, we live for the rush.
Recently, we spent some extra time at the RoC Skincare section, an OG skincare brand that’s been there forever but doesn’t always get the TikTok hype it deserves. RoC checks off every last one of our requirements – clinically proven, derm-tested, and drugstore (duh) – here’s why we’re bringing back some love to these epic formulas.
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Like the Einsteins of the beauty biz, RoC Skincare has spent 65 years inventing beauty thangs for you, including revolutionary ingredients, award-winning formulas, and industry-changing skincare tech. They were even the first to launch broad-spectrum sunscreens and over-the-counter retinols #grateful. If that doesn’t make them a beauty authority, we don’t know what will!
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Speaking of, their award-winning skincare lineup currently consists of eye creams, serums, moisturizers, cleansers (and more) of the highest quality and efficacy. Every product is brimming with ingredients clinically proven to improve everything, from dryness to dullness and dark spots. So if you’re looking for skincare that’s tested and true, you’re in the right place.
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Our Fave RoC Skincare Products
Since there’s SO much to choose from, we thought we’d help you out. Here’s what we tried, loved, and recommend starting with.
What’s in it: Niacinamide to even skin tone and a Hexyl-Resorcinol complex (rich in antioxidants) that targets dark spots.
Why we love it: If you’re a skincare newbie, you’ll love how this multitasking bottle tones, hydrates, and protects your complexion. It shields your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays, and its super light formula also improves the appearance of dark spots and discoloration with consistent use. It blends effortlessly into the skin without leaving a white cast and, most importantly, won’t leave your eyes stinging after application – whew!
What’s in it: A 10% vitamin C blend that brightens and tightens.
Why we love it: Brimming with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, this non-sticky serum delivers an instant glow while softening the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles over time. Powerful but never irritating, we’re obsessed with how it blends and layers with other beauty products because that radiant finish is, no joke, to die for.
What’s in it: Skin-smoothing retinol that boosts new skin cell growth.
Why we love it: Wanna soften fine lines without going under the needle? Use this retinol-infused tube to make your skin look plumper, firmer, and refreshed. Psst, it even accelerates skin cell growth behind the scenes. This tube is small but mighty, and a little goes a long way, so start slow and use it as a targeted treatment over any areas of concern.
What’s in it: Retinol to boost cell turnover and broad-spectrum SPF protection.
Why we love it: Fun fact about retinol – it’s extremely sensitive to light and should typically be worn at night. But this rule doesn’t apply to this award-winning retinol because it contains SPF! Translation: you can use it in the morning and enjoy retinol’s amazing benefits without worrying about damaging UV rays. Plus, unlike other retinol formulas, it hydrates the skin, so you don’t need to worry about dry, irritated skin. Now that’s good science.
If you’re having problems using retinol, it’s time to try the retinol sandwich technique.
Have you guys tried RoC skincare before? Let us know your stans in the comments below.