|Above: My RoC Ambassador welcome basket!|
Imagine my surprise and delight when I was informed that I was chosen to be a 2013-2013 RoC Skincare Ambassador! Known for their advancements with Retinol delivery, RoC's anti-aging products are simply fantastic; they are cutting-edge, potent and make the fight against aging skin an affordable experience. To get me started, I was sent a fabulous welcome basket, filled to the brim with RoC products and a few other goodies!
|Above: Yes, Jethro and I were quite surprised upon receiving the news.|
I am happy to share this distinction with some 19 other brilliant beauty bloggers including:
- Tried and Tested Beauty
- Prime Beauty Blog
- Fab Over Forty
- The Makeup Girl
- Pammy Blogs Beauty
- Older Girl Beauty
- Over 40 Makeup Junkie
- Flourish Over 50
- My Beauty Berry
- 15 Minute Beauty
- Beauty Info Zone
- Blushing Basics
- Brown Bombshell Beauty
- Beauty Alchemist
- My Thirty Spot
- Forever Fourtyfour
- Miss Blondie
- Beauty Girl Musings
- The Curvy Blonde
|Above: A closeup of some of the wonderful RoC products I've had the chance to try as of late...|
Over the past few months, I have really enjoyed my experience with RoC products...I must admit, my skincare regimen is rather eclectic; that is, I don't use exclusively use products from a single line. That being said, I have encountered great success with both the RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream and the RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks.
The RoC Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream caters to one who may have qualms about the potential side effects of retinol (e.g., dryness, redness, peeling etc.). Dabbed carefully around my eye area every couple of nights, the retinol concentration is potent enough to smooth fine lines but gentle enough to do so without the expected irritation associated with a traditional retinol product!
The Daily Resurfacing Disks were also a pleasant discovery! This exfoliation-oriented product features two-sided texturized pads that are self-foaming to cleanse the skin, while delivering a refining effect that truly makes my skin glow. They remind me a bit of both the Somme Institute Transport Pads and Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle pads in terms of purpose and experience but the size and scope of these disks are significantly better because they simultaneously remove makeup and smooth the skin.
|Above: The texturized side exfoliates away dirt, oil and complexion-dulling impurities.|
|Above: The smooth and soft side gently cleanses and removes makeup around the delicate eye area.|
According to clinical tests:
- In one week, the appearance of fine lines is reduced and skin tone and texture is improved
- After four weeks, signs of photo-aging appear diminished
- After 12 weeks, the appearance of wrinkles and pores is diminished
|Above: Jethro and I are happy about this.|
All in all, these two products have been a very positive inclusion in my daily routine, giving me smoother, more radiant skin that glows without traditional retinol irritation!
|Above: In addition to practicing dermatology in NYC, Dr. Erin Gilbert works closely with RoC Skincare to develop and research new products.|
As a part of my Ambassador privileges, I recently had the opportunity to interview esteemed New York City Dermatologist Dr. Erin Gilbert, who provided me with some extremely enlightening information regarding anti-aging strategies, ingredients and products. Read on for our Q and A:
Q (Beauty Professor): What are the three most important things a woman can do to fight the effects of facial aging?
A (Dr. Gilbert): "Sunscreen, retinol and antioxidants. Sunscreen and retinol are key components to any anti-aging regimen because they are important in preserving collage and preventing hyper pigmentation. Collagen preservation and stimulation, as well as superficial textural changes, are going to be prevented by the retinol. With regular sunscreen use, your collagen is going to be protected and wrinkles are going to be avoided."
Q (BP): What ingredients should a consumer look for when selecting an effective anti-aging product?
A (Dr. G): "Retinols are vitamin A derived, so Vitamin A is something to look for if you are interested in a retinol-type product. Vitamin E has antioxidants as well as moisturizing effects. I would also look for the antioxidant vitamin D."
Q (BP): What is your favorite product for keeping the lips moisturized and fine lines at bay?
A (Dr. G): "I actually like Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm, Vaseline Lip Balm SPF 30 an dElta MD. These are some really great options."
Q (BP): What are your thoughts on the immediate and long-term effects of physical vs. chemical sunscreen?
A (Dr. G): "Sunscreen has proven to be critical in anti-aging regimens and the thing we are starting to realize more an dmore in the United States is the importance of broad spectrum sunscreen. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen on your face, hands, arms and chest on a daily basis is crucial."
"There are two types of sunscreen: physical blockers and chemical blockers. Physical blockers contain titanium and they provide sun protection by reflecting and deflecting the sun. In other words, they are almost like metal shields, blocking the rays and reflecting them off of your skin. Chemical sunscreen absorbs the UV rays and that's a different mechanism of preventing your skin against UV damage. There's a lot of controversy surrounding chemical sunscreens being somewhat toxic. Therefore, if you are a purist, you are probably going to gear towards more of the physical blockers use of sunscreen. For those people who under-use their sunscreen, I tell all my patients they should be applying sunscreen every morning as part of their basic skincare regimen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends you reapply your sunscreen every two hours."
Q (BP): What is the most common mistake/bad habit you see your patients make with their skin?
A (Dr. G): "Picking and scratching! The reason is that literally 10 minutes in the mirror can buy you six months of hyper pigmentation. Patients come in and complain about their pigmentation and I ask if they have been picking. It is best to leave your skin alone."
Q (BP): Any final advice to those hoping to preserve the skin their in?
A (Dr. G): "I would say the most important thing is a healthy lifestyle. So diet and exercise, sun protection, hydration, good skin care practices, meaning good moisturization and retinol use--those as a combo universally keep people looking really good!"
|Above: Anytime I know I'll be in the sun, I make sure to apply a healthy dose of physical sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and wear a full-brimmed hat...one cannot play it too safe in the sun!|
|Above: One giveaway entrant will win a jar of RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks and tube of Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream!|
In honor of my partnership with RoC, I am excited to announce my first ever Beauty Professor Giveaway! One fortunate reader will be randomly selected to win their very own RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks and RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream (mailed directly to the winner from the PR firm that represents RoC). The contest begins today and runs until 7 PM Pacific Time on 7/17/13, at which point, a winner will be chosen at random and informed via email no later than 48 hours after contest end date. The winner will have 48 hours from the point at which the email is sent to respond via email to claim their prize and provide their mailing address.
Read on for how to enter:
- You must be a follower of the Beauty Professor blog through Google Friend Connect (widget to sign up on right hand column of blog)
- You must share three of your favorite anti-aging strategies in the comments section of this blog post
- You must enter a valid email address when prompted at the following link: Beauty Professor RoC Givaway Entry Link on Rafflecopter
- Only one entry total per person will be accepted
- The Rafflecopter link provides all details regarding rules, regulations and liability!
Bottom Line: I am proud to be a RoC Ambassador for the year...the RoC products are accessible and effective and the scientific research behind the brand is impressive. For those seeking younger, clearer and smoother skin, retinol is a fantastic option...in my opinion, it is never too early to start the battle against aging!
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.