Posts filed under ‘Ingredients of the Month’
From handcrafted cleansers and cosmetics to high-end moisturizers, glycerin is considered a classic ingredient that delivers. A natural humectant used for centuries, glycerin draws in and helps retain moisture naturally, proving that new doesn’t always mean better.
That said, combining the time-tested moisturizing muscle of glycerin with cutting edge ingredient innovations can create all new products that pack a powerful punch when it comes to efficacy. Look for this old favorite in some new favorites like Rodan + Fields® SOOTHE Regimen for Sensitive, Irritated Skin and Facial Redness.
Setting a new standard in ingredient multitasking, RFp3 is a Rodan + Fields exclusive designed to protect and correct on both the surface and at the source. RFp3 provides immediate and long-term redness relief as well as an unbeatable antimicrobial and antibacterial defense and skin barrier enhancement benefits.
This season, fight redness eruptions and winter skin blues with RFp3 found in the SOOTHE Regimen for Sensitive, Irritated Skin and Facial Redness and ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides.
Life happens, and despite our best intentions and efforts, triggers can sneak through, causing physical and emotional stress which can manifest itself as skin that appears irritated or inflamed. RFp3, an exclusive combination of two peptides—Skin Soothing Peptide and Skin Detoxifying Peptide— and a protease inhibitor, stops the inflammatory cascade by interrupting the “domino” fall midstream.
Don’t let your appearance add to your stress, look for RFp3 in SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment and ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20.
RF COLD FISSION™
When your skin is dry, tight and uncomfortable, it is natural to reach for a moisturizer to relive the dryness and soothe your skin. However, most moisturizers derive their creamy, rich consistencies from emulsifiers such as PEG and stearic acid, which while fine for most people, can be problematic for sensitive skin. RF COLD FISSION™ is a patent-pending technology that utilizes a mechanical process, rather than emulsifiers, to create rich, hydrating, barrier-repairing moisturizers, making it the perfect partner for sensitive skin.
Now you can soothe and hydrate without irritation. You’ll find RF COLD FISSION™ technology in SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream.
Collagen and elastin, our skin’s structural proteins, are the foundation of the contours, fullness and smoothness that give our skin a healthy, youthful appearance. Our skin creates these proteins in abundance when we’re young, but beginning in our mid-twenties, production of these proteins decreases dramatically.
Your best bet to maintain healthy-looking skin is to counteract this production decrease by applying skincare with peptides which will stimulate natural production of collagen and elastin. When applied regularly to the face or hands, topical products containing peptides can help your skin look and feel fuller, stronger and smoother.
Find palmitoyl Oligopeptide to help to visibly restore volume, support resiliency and smooth and firm the appearance of crepey skin in Rodan + Fields® ANTI-AGE Age Shield Hand Balm SPF 30.
When it comes to keeping us healthy inside and out, vitamin C is a real multitasker. Taken orally, it can prevent and treat the common cold. Topically, vitamin C (the pure version is called ascorbic acid) has proven skin-brightening and firming benefits, but delivering its full benefits to skin is challenging. So it’s anything but common to find ascorbic acid formulated for maximum benefit. So to get the most of this powerful anti-aging ingredient look for anhydrous (without water) formulations that maintain ascorbic acid’s stability and allow it to release its potency only upon application.
Find the skin-brightening and firming benefits of pure ascorbic acid in Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Age Shield Hand Balm SPF 30.
Uneven skin tones significantly age our appearance. In fact, discoloration is one of the key visual clues we pick up on when assessing a person’s age. For decreasing discolorations and increasing evenness, hydroquinone is the ingredient dermatologists prefer. It’s FDA recognized as safe and effective and works by blocking the enzyme responsible for causing excess pigmentation. Look for products containing two percent hydroquinone, the highest amount approved for over-the-counter products.
Find two percent hydroquinone in Rodan + Fields® REVERSE Skin Lightening Toner, REVERSE Skin Lightening Treatment and UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner.
Achieving great skin takes time and a daily commitment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little instant gratification here and there. As you’re working to reverse summer sun damage and patiently waiting to see results, we recommend applying a skin-soothing and skin tone-evening agent like Rodan + Fields proprietary RFp3 to help mask dullness . RFp3 combines anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial peptides to interrupt the inflammatory cascade and decrease the appearance of discoloration instantly and over time.
Smooth away discoloration with RFp3 found in Rodan and Fields ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides and SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment.
For good reason benzoyl peroxide has been considered a top acne antagonist for some time. Today it’s considered better than ever, thanks in large part to recent scientific studies further validating its acne fighting power as even more effective than oral antibiotics. Recent advances in formulations and delivery methods have even further increased its ability to treat and prevent acne.
For maximum efficacy, benzoyl peroxide does require a bit of delicate handling as far as formulas go. Most important is to keep the ingredient separate from other ingredients in the formula so it is stable prior to application on skin. Find stable benzoyl peroxide in Rodan + Fields® UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment, which protects benzoyl peroxide in a dual-chamber delivery system to ensure optimal delivery.
Just remember, while benzoyl peroxide won’t bleach skin, it is an active ingredient and can bleach towels and pillowcases. Opt for white, or even better yet, look for a new line of bleach resistant towels now available at most stores.
Danger! Oil spill! If you’re acne prone, where there’s oil, there’s acne … so minimizing oil production and absorbing surface oils is essential to avoiding acne accidents and maintaining a clear complexion.
Zincidone, a mineral based ingredient, provides both benefits and should be included in any anti-acne regimen. In fact, in a recent clinical study, blot papers containing Zincidone immediately reduced surface oil by up to 84%, reduced oil production over time by up to 21%, and with consistent use reduced surface acne-causing bacterial growth.
Find Zincidone in Rodan + Fields® UNBLEMISH Blot Papers.
In a perfect world, we would never get sunburns. But, we are human after all and sunburns can happen. When this happens (shame on you), take 2 aspirin and apply SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment with RFp3 to stop the inflammatory response inside and out. Unlike ingredients that merely mask discomfort, RFp3, our proprietary combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial peptides, interrupts the inflammatory cascade and is clinically proven to decrease redness, dryness, stinging and peeling within five minutes of use.
Find soothing and redness-reducing RFp3 in Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment and ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20
Skincare Ingredients that Increase Sun Sensitivity
Just like sunscreen decreases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun there are ingredients (like retinol, AHAs, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide) that actually increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. What does this mean for you? It means if you are using products with these ingredients, it is essential you use the products as directed and take extra precautions when it comes to sun exposure. Go beyond using a broad spectrum sunscreen and cover up with a hat and sunglasses.
Rodan + Fields products that include ingredients that increase sun sensitivity are: ANTI-AGE Night Renewing Serum (retinol), REVERSE Skin Lightening Treatment (retinol and lactic acid), REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash (lactic acid), UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner (salicylic acid), UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner (glycolic acid), and UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment (benzoyl peroxide).
We all know that antioxidants are good for the skin by helping to prevent free radical damage, so using skincare, and sun care, products containing Vitamins C and E, green tea, resveratrol, coffee berry, soy, and the like just makes sense. In fact, studies show that antioxidants in combination with broad-spectrum sunscreen protect against cell damage better than antioxidants or sunscreen alone. One group of antioxidants we are particularly fond of is colorless carotenoids. These are two types of algae sourced from the Red Sea. What makes them special is that unlike most antioxidants, colorless carotenoids do not “die” after absorbing UV light; in fact, they have an endless capacity to absorb. This makes them perfect for use in facial sunscreens.
Find colorless carotenoids (called dunaliella salina extract on the ingredient list) in Rodan + Fields® ANTI-AGE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30, REVERSE Environmental Shield SPF 55, and ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25.
Like people, all sunscreen ingredients have their strengths and weaknesses. Some are better at blocking UVA rays, others at UVB rays; some offer more appealing aesthetics than others; some degrade faster than others. That’s why the vast majority of sunscreens out there contain more than one (and usually three or four) sunscreen ingredients. But what titanium dioxide does that no other sunscreen does, and can do it alone, is offer the ability to provide sun protection in powder form, making it great for sun protection “on the go.” So do what we do—apply a facial sunscreen every morning and use a titanium dioxide powder (with a minimum SPF 15) throughout the day for sunscreen touch-ups that won’t mess up makeup.
Find titanium dioxide in Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20, and available in Light, Medium and Bronze shades.