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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.
RF-Dcell is a technology that uses natural compounds from dormant flower bulbs to prolong the lifespan of healthy cells so skin is more resilient to the climate-induced stressors that cause skin to feel dry, tight and uncomfortable. RF-Dcell acts almost like “psychotherapy for skin,” calming frenzied cells down, normalizing the rate of cell maturation and in the end, making skin function more efficiently.
Find RF-Dcell in Rodan + Fields® new ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer and ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan.
DHA and Erythrulose
Both dihydroxyacetone (more commonly known as DHA) and erythrulose are derived from sugars that react with the keratin protein in the dead top layer (stratum corneum) of your skin to produce a temporary tanning color. The reaction is similar to the browning effect seen on a cut apple. While DHA has been the sunless tanner ingredient du jour for decades, the combination of DHA and erythrulose produces a more natural looking, less-streaky tan.
Find DHA and erythrulose in Rodan + Fields® new ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan.
No one likes applying sunscreen, but we do it anyway. We know that the effort is worth it in the long run. The trick is minimizing your effort and maximizing your benefit. That’s where our new platform sunscreen technology SHIELDrf comes in. SHIELDrf combines the sunscreen avobenzone (a key blocker of aging UVA rays and one of our favorite sunscreens) with colorless carotenoids (free radical fighting antioxidants and anti-inflammatories) to prolong UVA protection and decelerate photoaging. This exclusive technology allows us to achieve aesthetically appealing formulations with higher SPFs, so there’s no excuse not to include sunscreen application in your daily routine.
Find our exclusive SHIELDrf sunscreen technology in Rodan + Fields aesthetically elegant new REVERSE Environmental Shield SPF 55 and ANTI-AGE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30.
Talk about a skincare ingredient that wears many hats, and you’ve got titanium dioxide. It is a naturally-found mineral that is an effective UVA/UVB sunscreen, a thickener (or emulsifier) and a pigment in color cosmetics. It also has no risk for irritation, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Find titanium dioxide doing double-duty in Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20, where it acts as a pigment and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. For a limited time, try ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20 and Brush for free as part of the Spring Break Special.
A peptide is a peptide, right? Not so. All peptides are small chains of amino acids that signal natural processes in the skin, but different types of peptides influence different types of processes. For example, some peptides increase collagen production and others decrease inflammation.
Hexapeptide-21 is a corrective peptide and one of our favorites. It stimulates collagen production and helps strengthen skin’s structure to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and firm skin. In clinical studies hexapeptide-21 has been shown to perform as well as the leading prescription wrinkle reducer in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but without the associated irritation.
Find hexapeptide-21, at the same concentration as tested in the above referenced clinical study, in Rodan + Fields® ANTI-AGE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30.
The colorless carotenoids, phytofluene and phytoene, are two types of algae sourced from the Red Sea. They are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which absorb UV light, and even get stronger in the presence of UV light. Unlike most antioxidants, however, colorless carotenoids do not “die” after absorbing UV light; in fact, they have an endless capacity to absorb. We use colorless carotenoids in combination with the sunscreen avobenzone in our SHIELDrf sunscreen technology to prolong UVA protection and decelerate photo-aging. This exclusive technology allows us to achieve aesthetically appealing formulations with higher SPFs.
Find colorless carotenoids and our exclusive SHIELDrf sunscreen technology in Rodan + Fields® ANTI-AGE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30.