RoC Skincare has announced The RoC #LookForwardProject, an initiative to celebrate the power of optimism and its scientifically-backed impact on long-term health and wellbeing. Global icon, RoC user, and optimist Sarah Jessica Parker serves as the voice of the campaign to inspire women to turn their focus from ‘anxiety about ageing’ to ‘joy about living. The RoC Look Forward Project is anchored by the launch of an online resource hub featuring new research from the brand, along with practical insights and advice from a distinguished group of subject-matter experts and thought leaders on the proven difference optimism makes in the ageing process.
“When I heard about RoC's Look Forward Project and its commitment to supporting women take on an optimistic outlook about the future, I felt compelled to help amplify this important conversation,” says Parker. “So much of our younger lives are spent trying to figure out who we are. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much better equipped to problem solve, to appreciate, to hear things that aren’t necessarily pleasant. The time spent living and the experience that comes with it adds up – and that's something to look forward to.”
As a brand that centres ‘proof’ as its guiding principle, RoC partnered with Dr. Daisy Robinton, Ph.D, Human Biology and Translational Medicine, Harvard University, renowned for her research in ageing and her work to improve women’s health and well-being, with a special interest in the connection between optimism and longevity. To reveal the underlying feelings women have about ageing, and to unpack how their perceptions of ageing could be improved, the Brand and Robinton initiated a quantitative study with 600+ women in the U.S. and France1. The results confirmed the prominent issue of age anxiety and a clear indication that women are interested in learning more about the power of optimism as a tool to support a longer, healthier life. The study found:
- 90% of women feel anxious about getting older, and the #1 driver of these anxieties is related to the way they look (e.g. lines, wrinkles)
- Age anxiety impacts all age brackets; not just women over 40, and more than half of women 24-35 believe that society, culture and social media drive this pessimism about getting older
- More women (60%) are worried about their ageing appearance than about having enough money for retirement (43%)
- 93% of women expressed interest in learning activities, exercises, or tools that can help them live a more optimistic life
“When our research revealed that more women are worried about their ageing appearance than something as important as being set up financially for the later stages of life, this opened our eyes in a big way,” said Robinton. “If we centre the conversation about ageing on ‘looking forward’ instead of ‘looking older,’ we can change this sentiment and improve women’s experiences of ageing throughout their lifespan. The research clearly demonstrates that optimism has a significant positive impact on health and longevity. Evidence shows that holding an optimistic outlook contributes to a boost in mental well-being, reduced anxiety, less chronic disease and is correlated to significantly longer lifespans to boot.”
Alongside Robinton, Dr. Deepika Chopra, PsyD, also known as the “Optimism Doctor,” and founder of Things Are Looking Up, lends her unique perspective and provides practical advice to help women practise optimism in day-to-day life via The RoC Look Forward digital hub. Chopra completed her formal dissertation on the topic of optimism and its connection to wellbeing and is clinically trained with a double post-doctoral fellowship from both UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Chopra is an expert in sensory based visual imagery and is known for blending together science-based techniques with holistic practices focusing on increasing optimism, resiliency and joy. She has a special interest in elevating empathy, helping to reduce anxiety, and creating a mindful and empowered approach to living more optimally within the social-media-focused world we live in today. To round out the project’s roster of experts, Dr. Michelle Henry, board-certified NYC dermatologist, brings real-world insight to the attitudes she sees from patients about ageing and how optimistic outlooks can make a difference in people’s skin.
“We are thrilled to have an unrivalled team of professionals supporting our mission to bring the power of optimism to women all over the world. Sarah Jessica Parker has a special connection with women of all ages that stems from her authentic positive attitude about life, and the expertise and unique perspectives of Dr. Robinton, Dr. Chopra, and Dr. Henry are integral to our goal of helping women shift their mindset about ageing,” said Hillary Hutcheson, CMO, RoC Skincare. “At RoC, we provide clinically-proven, dermatologist-recommended skincare products, to help women of all ages feel confident and optimistic about both their skincare and their future.”
In addition to providing educational resources to help women adopt optimism into their daily routines, RoC is taking direct action to guide women in looking forward to their years ahead by making a brand promise to:
- Continue its commitment to not retouch away any lines, wrinkles or imperfections, in an effort to portray realistic depictions of skin at various stages of life
- Require influencer partners to agree that they will not use skin altering filters or other editing techniques that promote unrealistic beauty standards that contribute to anxiety about aging in RoC content
For more information on this initiative and the power of optimism, visit www.rocskincare.com/lookforward