Roc Brilliance with Johnson & Johnson’s Cytomimic technology

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Roc Brilliance

Based on its new Cytomimic Technology, Johnson & Johnson launches the new Roc Brilliance range in the US.

This new Roc Brilliance range includes the following products :

Roc Brilliance Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20 :

Step 1 : Day Activating Serum :

Roc Brilliance Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20

Formula structure :

It is anhydrous silicone base : liquid silicone oils (Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane) mixed with a silicone crosspolymer, a Shin-Etsu’s KSG-16 type (Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Crosspolymer (and) Dimethicone), which acts as a thickener, but also improves the sensoriality of the formula. The viscosity and stability of the formula is reinforced by a silica powder.

Preservative system :

As an anhydrous formula, it do not contain any preservative agent.

Active ingredients :

This formulas contains a Vitamine E derivative (Tocopheryl Acetate) and two metal powders blended in the anhydrous base : Zinc and Copper powders.

According to the description we have made of JnJ’s Cytomimic technology, this first step is the core of this innovation : the mix between this anhydrous Step 1 and the following Step 2 will allow to generate a micro-current on skin through a galvanic reaction.

Step 2 : Day Rejuvenating Crème SPF 20 :

Formula structure :

Oil/Water Emulsion, emulsified with Croda’s Brij 72 (Steareth-2 – HLB 4.9) / Brij 721 (Steareth-21 – HLB 15.5) and Croda’s Arlatone 2121 (Sucrose Stearate (and) Sorbitan Stearate – HLB 6) surfactants, helped by Behenyl Alcohol as co-surfactant and texturing agent. Brij surfactants are presented as stable with high levels of electrolytes. The formula is stabilized and thickened by polymers : Seppic’s Simugel FL or INS 100 (Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Isohexadecane (and) Polysorbate 60) / Lubrizol’s Carbopol 1382 type (Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer) being stable with high levels of electrolytes / Xanthan Gum.

The water phase contains another polymer designed to boost SPF : Rhom & Haas’ Sunsphere LCG (Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer).

The oil phase is made of light oils – Cyclopentasiloxane (volatile silicone) and Cognis’ Cetiol CC (Dicaprylyl Carbonate) -, nourishing oil – Squalane – and butter – Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter), and a silicone crosspolymer – Dimethicone Crosspolymer – which gives a smoothy and velvety feel on skin.

To improve the finish of the formula, and reduce any greasy or tacky feel, the formula contains a powder : Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer.

And finally, the formula contains pearls (Titanium Dioxide (and) Mica).

Active ingredients :

The product claims a SPF 20 UV protection, and contains a blend of three UV filters. As a US sunscreen OTC product, its ingredient labelling gives their percentages in the formula :

Avobenzone (2.5%) (which is the OTC name in the US monography of UV protecting products). Its INCI name is : Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane). It is often called by its trade name Parsol 1789, and is a UVA filter
Homosalate (8%), a UVB filter
Octocrylene (2.5%), a UVB and short-UVA filter

The formula contains also the following active ingredients :

Glycolic acid, an AHA having keratolytic activity- Tocopheryl Acetate, a Vitamin E derivative
Bisabolol, know to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties
Symrise’s SymCalmin (Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid), claimed to have anti-irritation and anti-itch activities
Seppic’s Sepitonic M3 (Magnesium Aspartate (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Copper Gluconate), multimineral supplement claimed to boost skin’s cells energy
– Botanical extract of Restharrow (Ononis Spinosa Root Extract), known for its anti-microbial activity, its anti-seborrhoeic and soothing properties, and used traditionnally to treat skin diseases. According to this patent by Silab, the root extract of Ononis Spinosa has a pigmenting activity. Johnson & Johnson already uses this botanical extract for its pigmenting activity under the trade name “Tanimel” in its suncare range Piz Buin.

Preservative system :

The formula is protected against microorganisms by Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Propylparaben as preservative agents, helped by Caprylyl Glycol as co-preservative.

The formula contains two sequestrants : Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine (quite high in the full ingredient labelling) and Disodium EDTA, necessary to protect the formula against the destabilizing effects of metal ions (Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate and Magnesium Aspartate) present in the composition.

Roc Brilliance Night Recharger :

Roc Brilliance Night Recharging Moisturizer

Step 1 : Night Activating Serum

Identical composition to the Step 1 of the Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20, see comments above.

Step 2 : Night Recharging Crème

Formula structure :

Oil/Water emulsion, emulsified with Gattefosse’s Emulium Delta (Cetyl Alcohol (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-75 Stearate (and) Ceteth-20 (and) Steareth-20), stabilized and thickened with Seppic’s Sepigel 305 (Polyacrylamide (and) C13-14 Isoparaffin (and) Laureth-7) and Clariant’s Aristoflex AVC (Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer).

The oil phase is made of silicone oils – Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane – , fatty esters – Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Stearyl Caprylate, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate – , Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter), and Squalane.

The formula also contains a powder – Akzo Nobel’s Dry Flo (Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate) – and a pearl (Mica (and) Titanium Dioxide).

Active ingredients :

The formula contains the following active ingredients :

Glycolic AcidTocopheryl Acetate
Allantoin, with the following properties : a moisturizing and keratolytic effect, increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix and enhancing the desquamation of upper layers of dead skin cells, increasing the smoothness of the skin; promotion of cell proliferation and wound healing; and a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant effect by forming complexes with irritant and sensitizing agents
– Seppic’s Sepitonic M3 (Magnesium Aspartate (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Copper Gluconate)
– Botanical extract of Restharrow (Ononis Spinosa Root Extract)
– An extract of Soybean, more precisely a protein obtained from the Soybean (Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein). This active ingredient could be Laboratoires Sérobiologiques’ Vegeseryl, a claimed anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and repairing extract of Soybean

Preservative system :

The formula is protected against microorganisms by Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Propylparaben.

It contains at the third position of the ingredient full labelling a sesquestrant, the Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine. As mentionned above, it seems to be used to protect the formula against the potential destabilization that could cause the metallic ions present in the formula (Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate).

Roc Brilliance Eye Beautifyier :

Roc Brilliance Eye Beautifier

Step 1 : Eye Activating Serum

Identical composition to the Step 1 of the Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20, see comments above.

Step 2 : Eye Beautifying Crème

Formula structure :

Oil / Water emulsion, emulsified with Gattefosse’s Emulium Delta (Cetyl Alcohol (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-75 Stearate (and) Ceteth-20 (and) Steareth-20), stabilized and thickened with Akzo Nobel’s Structure XL (Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate) / Sclerotium Gum (like Ciba’s Tinoderm SG) / Cognis’ Cosmedia SP (Sodium Polyacrylate) / ISP’s Lubrajel NP (Glycerin (and) Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer).

The aqueous phase contains glycols – Glycerin, PEG-8.

The oily phase contains a volatil silicone oil (Cyclopentasiloxane) and fatty esters (Isononyl Isononanoate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Stearyl Caprylate).

Two powders are used in this formula to enhance its penetration and finish on skin : Silica and Nylon-12. A pearl (Mica (and) Titanium Dioxyde) is also present in the formula, for aesthetic effect in the product and on the skin.

Active Ingredient :

The Eye Activating Crème contains :

Citric Acid, an AHA known for its keratolytic properties. However, Citric Acid could be used here simply as a pH adjuster.
– an extract of Wheat Germ, more precisely an extract obtained by the hydrolysis of wheat germ (Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein). It is hard to identify the commercial product, due to the numerous raw materials available with this INCI name. The hydrolysates of wheat germs are usually sold claiming moisturizing, restructurating, conditioning properties.
– Seppic’s Sepitonic M3 (Magnesium Aspartate (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Copper Gluconate)
– Botanical extract of Restharrow (Ononis Spinosa Root Extract)

Preservative system :

The formula is protected agains microorganism by Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Propylparaben as preservative agents, helped by the following co-preservatives : Caprylyl Glycol and Schülke and Mayr’s Sensiva SC50 (Ethylhexylglycerin).

It contains a sesquestrant, the Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine. As mentionned above, it seems to be used to protect the formula against the potential destabilization that could cause the metallic ions present in the formula (Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate).

Communication and Claims :

For Roc, JnJ has trademarked its Cytomimic™ technology as the E-PULSE™. It is presented in Roc’s communication as “a patented micro-current technology inspired by the latest professional procedures”. Actually, the way the technology is presented is quite close to the way JnJ communicated on Cytomimic Technology : even if it could be worrying for consumers to generate electricity on their skin surface, Roc uses the words “electrostimulation” and “micro-current” to describe it.

Roc claims a global rejuvenating efficacy for its new Brilliance range, oriented mainly on the improvement of face appearance rather than on reduction of wrinkles :
– the Eye Beautifyier is effective on skin radiance, bags, dark circles, puffiness
– the Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer is effective on roughness, radiance, overall facial appearance, lifted appearance, jawline contour
– the Night Recharging Moisturizer is effective on skin firmness, fine lines and wrinkles, lifing of facial contours

Except for the E-Pulse technology, there is no specific communication made on the other active ingredients added to the Step 2s.

Conclusion :

The true novelty of this range is the presence of the Step 1 in the Day, Night and Eye products, based on JnJ’s Cytomimic technology of galvanic generated electricity. More than just carrying the zinc and copper powder on the skin, this anhydrous formula contains silicone crosspolymer : it helps to instantly smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle through soft focus efficacy.

The Steps 2s, even if well designed, are quite classical for a brand like Roc. We can notice the constant use in the formulas of the sequestrant Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, and Gattefosse’s Emulium Delta in two of the three Step 2 formulas.

Our main concern is the way consumers will welcome this new range : “electrostimulation” seems quite worrying to us, but due to the technology used, there will be no percieved current on the skin. Will the consumer really feel or see something different from any other anti-aging skincare, despite this really new and innovative proposal to the skincare market ?

Ingredient lists :

Roc Brilliance Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20 – Step 1 Day Activating Serum :

Cyclopentasiloxane
Dimethicone
Trisiloxane
Silica
Zinc
Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Crosspolymer
Tocopheryl Acetate
Copper Powder


Roc Brilliance Day Rejuvenating Moisturizer SPF 20 – Step 2 Day Rejuvenating Crème SPF 20 :

Avobenzone
Homosalate
Octocrylene
Water
Cyclopentasiloxane
Glycerin
Dicaprylyl Carbonate
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
Steareth-2
Butylene Glycol
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Squalane
Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer
Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
Sorbitan Stearate
Steareth-21
Phenoxyethanol
Glycolic Acid
Dimethicone Crosspolymer
Caprylyl Glycol
Behenyl Alcohol
Fragrance
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Methylparaben
Tocopheryl Acetate
Bisabolol
Pentylene Glycol
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
Isohexadecane
Propylparaben
Ethylparaben
Sodium Hydroxide
Sucrose Cocoate
Xanthan Gum
Polysorbate 60
Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid
Disodium EDTA
Magnesium Aspartate
Zinc Gluconate
Ononis Spinosa Root Extract
Copper Gluconate
Mica
Titanium Dioxide

Roc Brilliance Night Recharger – Step 1 Night Activating Serum

Same as Step 1 Day Activating Serum

Roc Brilliance Night Recharger – Step 2 Night Recharging Crème

Water
Glycerin
Dimethicone
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
Cyclohexasiloxane
Cetyl Alcohol
Butylene Glycol
Squalane
Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate
PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate
Glyceryl Stearate
Stearyl Heptanoate
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer
Polyacrylamide
PEG-75 Stearate
Glycolic Acid
Stearyl Caprylate
Phenoxyethanol
C13-14 Isoparaffin
Butylene Glycol
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer
Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
Fragrance
Methylparaben
Tocopheryl Acetate
Ceteth-20
Steareth-20
Laureth-7
Ethylparaben
Propylparaben
Allantoin
Cyclopentasiloxane
Magnesium Aspartate
Zinc Gluconate
Ononis Spinosa Root Extract
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein
Copper Gluconate
Mica
Titanium Dioxide

Roc Brilliance Eye Beautifyier – Step 1 Eye Activating Serum

Same as Step 1 Day Activating Serum

Roc Brilliance Eye Beautifyier – Step 2 Eye Beautifying Crème

Water
Glycerin
PEG-8
Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
Isononyl Isononanoate
Stearyl Heptanoate
Cyclopentasiloxane
Silica
Sclerotium Gum
Citric Acid
Stearyl Caprylate
Caprylyl Glycol
Nylon-12
Cetyl Alcohol
Glyceryl Stearate
Sodium Polyacrylate
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Methylparaben
PEG-75 Stearate
Ethylhexylglycerin
Ethylparaben
Propylparaben
Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer
Ceteth-20
Steareth-20
Magnesium Aspartate
Zinc Gluconate
Ononis Spinosa Root Extract
Mica
Titanium Dioxide

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have only been using the ROC brilliance eye for a week, but I think I see a difference already. I am excited about it.
    It is hard to switch products at my age, but I was intrigued by the commercial. The walgreens I shopped at gave me a rebate coupon, which was great as it helped me decide to try it.

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