Review – RoC Hydra+ 24Hr Comfort Hydrating Cream SPF15

Though RoC isn’t exactly a brand that is new to me, i have not tried it before. It’s a pretty well-known derm brand so when i received an email to register for a free sample to be sent, i immediately jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. I’ve tried other derm brands that are well-suited to sensitive skin like Avene, La Roche Posay and Vichy, so it was clearly time to give RoC a go as well.

Just a bit background for you if you haven’t come across this brand before. RoC was founded in France in the 1950s by a pharmacist named  Jean-Charles Lissarrague and a team of dermatologists. After they became one of the leading brands in skincare in France, they brought it to the US and Europe and have since enjoyed tremendous success especially with their anti-aging range of products. This information was extracted from their website. If you would like to find out more about the brand and their products, you can visit their website here.

The RoC Hydra+ 24 Hr Comfort Hydrating Cream UV15 (For all skin types) is supposedly incorporated with an exclusive cocktail of highly concentrated active ingredients and acts to reverse the effects of skin dehydration. It also claims to:
– Attract and lock in molecules of water to create a water reservoir for the skin
– Rebuild reserves of nourishing actives to moisturize skin continuously
– Strengthen skin barrier to prevent water loss

I received the sample within 2 weeks of registering. It is a 5ml sample, and i’ve used it 3 times so far. While i can’t quite comment on its long-term effects, i do have some first impressions which may be useful to you should you consider trying it out.

I’ve only used it at night so far simply because it only has SPF15, which doesn’t give me sufficient protection against the sun. I’m currently using a moisturizer with SPF50 so SPF15 just doesn’t cut it for me.

Though it is marketed as a ‘cream’, i found the texture to be similar to a lotion but more thick and it was absorbed easily without leaving any ‘oily’ or ‘sticky’ feeling on the face. Other creams i’ve used for night are rich and would typically be a bit ‘greasy’ (for lack of a better descriptive word). That is something i’ve come to discover after trying out several types of skincare products. Furthermore, i feel that products which are more rich help to retain moisture in the skin throughout the night while you sleep, especially if you sleep in an air-conditioned environment where the air tends to be dry.

It has a light floral scent, which is quite pleasant. Most other derm brands i’ve used do not contain parfum as they meant for sensitive skin types. However, so far i’ve not experienced any form of discomfort on my skin because of this.

After using it for 3 consecutive nights, i don’t get that ‘still moisturized’ and smooth feeling i get with some other creams. So apparently, the claim of ’24 hours of hydrating skin comfort’ doesn’t quite apply to me. Because of that claim, i had expected more of this product. So i must say i am a bit disappointed. As to whether it is one of those products which work better with frequent use, i can’t quite comment. I read in the brochure that accompanied the sample that ‘moisture is immediately increased by 50% and skin is continuously moisturized even after 24 hours’, and that did not happen for me.

In conclusion, this is not a product which i will purchase in full size for frequent use. As a night cream, i would probably be better off using something more rich and has anti-aging properties. Perhaps it will work better for those of you with younger skin. And as a day cream, it just doesn’t provide the much needed protection against the sun’s harmful rays. If you are more diligent and can be bothered to slap on additional sun block, it might work for you. If you are keen to give it a go, it is available at Guardian and Watsons and retails for S$42 (40ml).

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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