Monday, October 7, 2013

Rodan + Fields Redefine Anti Aging Skin Care

Rodan & Fields Redefine
Press Sample

Rodan + Fields, better known as the makers of Proactive, also developed four anti aging skincare lines: Redefine, Soothe, Reverse and Unblemish. I was recently sent samples from the Redefine Age Assault Kit to use and review. My review will be presented in two parts: Part one will focus on the main four products in the line and part two will cover some of the additional products that supplement the line. Read on for my thoughts.

The Redefine line is described as layering “cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to help defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging of noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.” My review will focus on the efficacy of the products, the ingredients, and whether the ingredients contained back up the marketing claims. Redefine contains a daily cleansing mask, a toner, a moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen and a night cream. Rodan + Fields products are sold via direct sales and I received mine from a consultant. You can purchase all of the products in part one and part two by clicking on the following link: .

Daily Cleaning Mask

Rodan & Fields Daily Cleansing Mask 1
The Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask is a creamy (non foaming) clay mask that can either be used as a massage on/rinse off product or a apply/leave for two minutes/rinse off mask that is used as the first step in the morning routine or the second step in the evening routine (after you use a product to remove makeup—like an oily makeup remover). I used it as the “2 minute leave on” option and found that it worked really well. In fact, I was surprised that I liked it so much! This cleanser includes two types of clay and the purpose of the clay is to absorb oils/provides an astringent effect and to make the skin feel tighter which it does. Also included in this mask are very fine dimethicone beads, which act as an exfoliator if the mask is massaged into the skin. I didn’t find these beads to be too abrasive for the face, unlike another of Rodan + Fields products (which I will discuss in Part 2).

Ingredients listed are:

Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance

As far as the ingredients are concerned, they are pretty straight forward: water, clay, humectants, thickeners, film forming agents, emollients, carrying agents, preservatives, skin conditioning agents, stabilizers, cleansing agents, Vitamin E, and a water binding agent. According to my research, all of these ingredients are safe. One thing I want to clear up, though, is that there are people on the internet who are putting out false information about propylene glycol and it’s derivates (like butylene glycol). This ingredient is NOT the same as antifreeze and it’s just irresponsible to say that it is.

Rodan & Fields Daily cleansing Mask 2
Rodan & Fields Daily Cleansing Mask

As for the Daily Cleansing Mask, it’s different than anything I’ve seen on the market for quite awhile. I like this product enough that I’m purchasing a tube for my own use. It retails for $41 for a 4.2 ounce tube.

Ages of Beauty rating: *****

Rodan & Fields Pore Minimizing toner

In my skincare routine, an acid-based toner is an important item. If it is alcohol-free and gentle, that makes it even better!  Rodan + Field’s Pore Minimizing Toner contains lactobionic acid, which is an acid that is supposed to be similar to AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which are normally used as exfoliators. Lactobionic acid is a type of polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that is supposed to be more gentle than an AHA because it doesn’t not penetrate the skin as deeply. Although there is apparently no independent research available at this time to substantiate the effectiveness of lactobionic acid for gentle exfoliation, I found the toner to be very gentle. Truthfully, it’s a more economic acid-based toner than the Clarins and Biologique Recherche toners that I am currently using. The price of the Rodan + Fields option is $47 for 4.2 ounces.

Ingredients are:

Water, Lactobionic Acid, Gluconolactone, Butylene Glycol, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Dimethyl MEA, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Octoxynol-12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Fragrance

OK..on to the “pore minimizing” claim. I actually hate it when companies make claims around pores because there is so much dumb information out there. Pores are not like doors and windows where they open and close. We are pretty much born with what we are born with and then things like aging and oil production can impact them. There are some ingredients, though, that make them look better temporarily. The ingredient in this toner that is supposed to impact the pores is the Lentil Seed Extract. Supposedly, this extract (and its derivatives) are supposed to affect the amount of sebum that the pores produce and in that way, can influence the size of the pores. Unfortunately, there is no independent research available on this (everything I’ve read says that it’s not available and I have not been able to find anything). Now, I only used this product for a week, and I do like it as a choice for an acid based toner. I can’t comment on any kind of pore reduction but it is a nice toner.

Rodan & Fields Pore Minimizing toner 2
Rodan & Fields Pore Minimizing Toner

Ages of Beauty rating: ***

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30

Rodan & Fields Triple Defense Treatments spf 30 1

The Triple Defense Treatment is a day moisturizer that includes a broad spectrum sunscreen with spf 30. One of the things I like is how Rodan & Fields describes this product—it reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firms skin. Nowhere does it claim to make wrinkles disappear, which is a huge improvement to how many skin care companies market their products. Wrinkles typically can’t be “cured.” They can be improved with the use of retinoids (Retin A and other forms of Vitamin A) and they can temporarily be tightened with the use of certain film forming agents. As for “curing” them, the only way to permanently remove them is cosmetic surgery. Of course, if we knew as kids to wear sunscreen and completely stay out of the sun, we’d have many fewer wrinkles as adults. I digress…

Here are the ingredients:

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenze 3% Homosalate 2.5% Octisalate 5% Octocrylene 2.7% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sucrose Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyurethane-40, Hydrolyzed Silk, Fragrance, Silica, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Iron Oxides, Tetrapeptide-21, Resveratrol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Talc, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Humic Acids, Sodium Hyaluronate

The active ingredients are all about the broad spectrum sun protection, which is why this product should be used during the day. A-OK here! The inactive ingredients are where the anti aging and moisturizing occurs. This moisturizer contains a number of emollients, ingredients which impact its texture, silicones, lipids (fatty acids that are important in moisturizers), antioxidants, skin conditioning agents, water binding agents, preservatives, collagen stimulating ingredients, and skin identical ingredients. A smooth, comfortable to wear lotion, I found Triple Defense Treatment to be gentle, moisturizing and it did not clog my pores, like some spf products can, making this moisturizer a really nice product!

Rodan & Fields Triple Defense Treatments spf 30 2
Triple Defense Treatment

At $80 for one ounce of this moisturizer, this is one of the more expensive products in the line. Honestly, at this price, I worry that consumers won’t use the proper amount to guarantee adequate sun protection. As a result, this is the only area that I can fault with this product but it does impact my rating. It’s an excellent moisturizer and sunscreen, though, so if you’ve got the cash, go for it!

Ages of Beauty rating: ***

Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream

Rodan & Fields Overnight Restorative Cream

The Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream is a super moisturizing night cream that contains a number of different actives, some of which are also included in the day moisturizer. This one also includes glycerin, which is one of the ingredients that make it especially appropriate as a night cream. There are a number of additional ingredients, including vitamin C (an antioxidant which also helps to brighten the skin), niacinamide (a cell communicating ingredient that does things like improving the skin’s elasticity, protect the skin barrier, improve discoloration), hydrolyzed seracin (an amino acid that helps impart moisture into the skin) and all help to add to this product’s efficacy as a night cream.

Water, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tetrapeptide-21, Hydrolyzed Silk, Humic Acids, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Squalane, Polysilicone-11, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Sericin, Phospholipids, Cholesterol , PEG-100 Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance

Rodan & Fields Overnight Restorative Cream 2
Overnight Restorative Cream

The “marketing speak” for this product seems to be consistent with the ingredients list. Rodan + Fields claims that this product will moisturize, firm and prevent moisture loss and it does. It is expensive, though, at $73 for one ounce, but I’m less concerned about the price because one can use a small amount of this product and get good results. There are definitely similar products available for less, though, but this one does what it says. I like this as a night time moisturizer and I had good results using it.

Ages of Beauty rating: ****

Have you tried any of the Redefine product line? What do YOU think?

Stay tuned for Part Two!