You Look Great…For Your Age. Umm, Thanks?

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RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème Review

Although it’s not commonly seen as one, this is a backhanded compliment: “You look great…for your age.” How many of us have heard that? Ever since entering my late 30’s (and now almost 41) it is something I hear on occasion. While I know it’s meant as flattery, it leaves me thinking “Gee, I still FEEL like a 20-something, but I guess I no longer look like one!”

Our editor-in-chief Stef pointed out “Would you ever consider saying to someone ‘That dress looks good on someone of your size.’ Or ‘Great job for someone who didn’t go to college!’ They’re essentially the same type of comment. It’s alluding to a person’s size, education level or age as something bad, or more to the point, something that inhibits them.”

RoC agrees. They’d like to change “You look great for your age” to simply “You look great.” And, if they can’t change the culture, their latest release, RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème, aims to not let your skin play any part in it!

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème on a gold glitter background

This new formula takes on two skin’s biggest aging issues; lack of hydration and wrinkles. I have found that it is hard to address both, because when I use Retinols, I get dry. In this formula, they provide oil free, non-comedogenic, deep hydration, along with the maximum level of RoC Retinol, to reduce lines, wrinkles and dark spots. They also claim you will see results in a week, with more improvement over time. Sign me up please.

RoC recommends starting off by using it every other day for the first two weeks, and then increasing to daily. (To give your skin time to adjust to the retinol.) I followed these guidelines and applied it to my face and neck at night. While some could use this in the morning, I found it was a little too rich for my oily skin to follow with makeup application. But at night, it provided some much needed hydration and soaked in quickly, leaving my skin soft and supple.

Side note: I’ve always loved RoC products subtle, pleasing scent, in which this also has.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Crème comes in a glass (though not see-through) 1.7oz jar. RoC maintains the creme retains its effectiveness with this packaging. Good to hear, as I always fear ingredients lose efficacy with exposure to sunlight and fingers.

Inside product of RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème on a gold glitter background with white color cream

I’ve been using it for almost a month and, while I can’t say my wrinkles are gone, it definitely has helped smooth them out, especially the ones on my neck.

And a little tip from me: this is perfect for the top of my hands. Think about it, you spend most of your skincare time concentrating on your face, yet your hands are dealing with all the same issues your face is: sun exposure, free radicals, etc. (and they often have the spots, wrinkles and dryness to prove it.)

So I figured I might as well lather some of this magic potion on them too. They have been noticeably softer for sure. I have also found that some of the dark spots have faded slightly too.

A word of caution and a common sense recommendation no matter what part of your body you use this on; because it does contain retinol you’ll want to make sure you’re using sunscreen too. But, you should be using sunscreen regardless.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Crème swatch on a gold glitter background

All in all, RoC Retinol Correxion Max Crème is effective and delivers as promised. I am excited to see the improvements continue over the next few months.

If you’re tired of hearing “You look great for your age” you can join RoC on their campaign to raise awareness about this dated language. Share your own #ForYourAge examples. For me, my skin is looking better than ever and it’s time to simply say “I look great”!

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  • Erin

    Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating. skin tone: NC30 skin type: oily to normal favorite beauty product: lipglosses and bronzers


  1. I LOVE RoC products in general and their Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème in particular! Yes, it’s a little heavy as a summer day crème even on combo/dry skin like mine, but it’s a dream of a night cream. “For Your Age” is for the birds… I’m doing everything I can to fight the signs of time!

  2. I love ROC eye cream, I don’t know why I haven’t put one of their face creams in my skincare rotation. Off to Target I go!

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