HOLIDAY-PARTY COUNTDOWN TO CONFIDENCE

by Derm RF

From the number of shopping days left to the clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve, countdowns are a staple of the holiday season. As you make your list of holiday to-dos — and check it twice — don’t forget about your skin.

Yes, your skin. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and beautiful skin isn’t created overnight. Think ahead this holiday season and you can reveal a glowing, confident new you every time you make an entrance. Not sure where to start? Check out our suggested timeline below. And while you can expect visible results in as little as 30 days, be sure to continue your regimen into the New Year to see best results at 60 days. It’s never too early, or too late, to start counting down to the best skin of your life.

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Holiday-Party Countdown to Confidence

4 – 6 weeks in advance:

Add next-generation Vitamin A and skin conditioning to your REDEFINE or REVERSE Brightening Regimen. The AMP MD System combines dermatology-inspired micro-exfoliation with the clinical strength REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum to reveal refined, smoother, firmer-looking skin.

Using the REVERSE Lightening*, UNBLEMISH or SOOTHE Regimen? You can still have the benefits of revitalized, younger-looking skin by incorporating Intensive Renewing Serum sans the Roller.

TIP: This is also the time to place additional focus on taking care of yourself from the inside out. Consider increasing your water intake and taking a supplement designed to promote healthy skin.

2 – 4 weeks in advance:

Start working towards party-ready eyes by selecting the eye cream that’s best for you. To reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness, use new Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex morning and night. To minimize the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, add REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream to your nighttime Regimen.

TIP: Prep for some glamour by applying Lash Boost each night. The conditioning serum features a proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length.

2 – 3 weeks in advance:

Plan to give lips a fuller-looking pout. After completing your Regimen at night, use REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to maintain fuller, younger-looking lips and help retain their natural moisture.

TIP: Your skin will benefit from extra hydrating, too. Now is a great time to incorporate Active Hydration Serum into your Regimen.

Day of the event:

Get a sun-kissed glow without the sun. ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan begins to develop color in 2-4 hours. (Don’t get dressed until it’s fully dry!) For sheer sun protection, finish with ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Its light-deflecting minerals help reduce visible redness while evening-out the look of skin tone.

Now, get ready to reveal the confident new you, and have some merry holiday fun!

THE EXCITING NEW WAY TO FIGHT UNDER-EYE CIRCLES

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By Derm RF Nov. 2017

If you’re dismayed by dark under-eye circles, puffiness and dullness, you’re not alone. Whether caused by stress, fatigue, allergies, genetics or a combination of all four, dark circles and puffiness affect many of us, especially as we age.

Rodan + Fields scientists targeted these concerns with a new eye cream developed to address the appearance of dark circles and puffiness over time while offering instant brightness: Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex.

Combatting the Look of Under-Eye Circles

Bright Eye Complex combines two effective humectants, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, that intensely hydrate the delicate skin under the eyes — essentially adding water to “plump up” thin, dehydrated skin to make dark circles and puffiness less visible. And the hydration is continuous, thanks to proprietary technology that draws moisture from the atmosphere and locks it in, creating a reservoir from which to draw.

Brightening Tired-Looking Eyes

The formula is also infused with caffeine, phytonutrients and illuminating brighteners that address visible dullness and lack of radiance under the eyes. The result is eyes that instantly look more vibrant, rested and refreshed, with results continuing to build over time. (Don’t just take our word for it: In a recent study, 93% of consumers reported brighter eyes.*)

The Inspiration

Bright Eye Complex came to be after Dalia Stoddard, Vice President of Product Development, came across a study that found if you super-hydrate a bruise, it will appear to lose color and become less visible. Intimately familiar with the hydrating properties of R+F’s patent-pending 3D3P Molecular Matrix — the proprietary technology referenced above — she wondered if it could somehow work its wonders on the thin, delicate eye area.

“I talked to the Doctors about my discovery and they saw the big idea,” Stoddard explains. “They knew the power of our innovative 3D3P Molecular Matrix, and Bright Eyes was born.”

Learn more about the benefits of Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex

 *Based on a four-week US consumer study. Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Help Your Skin Look Younger

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Reshared from DermRF

When it comes to our skin, most of us worry about the things we can see — like whether our foundation is the right shade, why our forehead is so shiny and please don’t let that be a pimple.

But what we can’t see also has a major impact on the way our skin looks and feels. “Dry skin is the top skincare complaint among women of all ages,” says Dr. Kathy Fields, a dermatologist and co-founder of Rodan + Fields.

Dryness goes much deeper than a few flaky patches or tightness. When our skin doesn’t have enough moisture, research shows it gets scaly, rough and dull—and can look like the skin of someone far older. That means whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you may want to start making sure your skin is properly hydrated now, long before you’re celebrating a milestone birthday.

How did my skin get so dry?

Everyday life and the environment can do a number on our skin: sun, wind, harsh heaters in wintertime and cleansers that strip away the skin’s protective oil layer can leave the epidermis parched and fragile. And poor lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking too much alcohol can make it even worse.

And that’s just where skin troubles start.

“When you have all that dry skin, moisture leaks out and the environment can come in,” says Dr. Katie Rodan. “Your skin gets these little fissures or tears and it gets chapped and cracked. Pollution, hot air, cold air, bacteria, pollen can get in and touch the vital live skin and that’s when you get redness and irritation.” Plus, dry skin is more prone to showing little fine lines. And dryness prevents skincare products from working as well as they could.

“When the skin is dry, it usually has a pileup of dead skin cells; it’s like having flakes on top of your skin,” says Mary Radford, RN. “Your moisturizer sits on top.”

Research backs this up. The University of Kiel in Germany conducted a study and found that dry skin, even in young people, acts like older skin. The 1997 study measured classic signs of dryness including scaliness, loss of smoothness and loss of elasticity in test subjects age 20 to 35 versus a group over age 60. They found that dry skin was equally scaly in young and older test subjects. And young people with dry skin had rougher skin than older subjects with dry skin. But the good news is that both younger and older skin felt equally smooth once it was properly hydrated.

Fight dryness with this dream team

Exfoliation is an important part of combating dry skin; clearing away dry, dead skin cells makes it easier for skincare products to be most effective.

Then follow up with the anti-dryness dream team of a hydrating serum followed by a moisturizer. Moisture and hydration skincare products may seem synonymous, but these products do different things.

“What a moisturizer does is it stops water loss. A hydration product brings water to the skin,” says Dr. Tim Falla, PhD, vice-president of research and development for Rodan + Fields.

So, if you want to show off a healthy glow at any age, make sure you give your skin the right combination of exfoliation, moisture, and hydration.

REAPING THE BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF VITAMIN A FOR YOUR SKIN

Can we really have an impact on the way our skin looks as we get older? The answer is: yes!

Vitamin A is clinically proven to make a huge impact on how skin ages when used daily. Dermatologists have been prescribing it for decades as the gold standard for smoothing and firming the look of skin for a healthy, more youthful appearance. When it comes to delivering long-term benefits, it gets an A+.

However, there’s a hitch: Prescription Vitamin A causes irritation, making it difficult for consumers to use daily. As you know, the things we do for our skin on a daily basis are the things that really make a big difference.

So how can you reap the benefits of Vitamin A without the irritation or the prescription?

One way is to use products that contain Retinol, which is less irritating to the skin, but less potent and effective than prescription Vitamin A.

The innovative way is to use Retinal (with an A), which is one step closer to prescription Vitamin A than Retinol. In fact, Retinal is 20 times more potent than Retinol, and the benefit to you is faster, more dramatic results.

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The ability to use Retinal is innovative because until now, no one knew how to stabilize and deliver it effectively.

R+F Intensive Renewing Serum with Retinal-MD Technology is as close to prescription Vitamin A as you can get. So, if you’re looking to amp up your results (and who isn’t?) Intensive Renewing Serum has been clinically tested to work with all skin types and every Regimen, to help you see dramatic results faster and without the irritation that often comes with prescription Vitamin A.

Here’s what some users who have used Intensive Renewing Serum have to say about their experience:

“Skin looks best ever … less makeup is huge.” — Study Participant, UNBLEMISH + IRS, 8 Weeks

“Wrinkles, fine lines and skin texture are visibly improved, which makes me very happy.” — Study Participant, SOOTHE + IRS, 8 Weeks

“Feel like my skin is looking and feeling better, younger, smoother.” — Study Participant, REDEFINE + AMP + IRS, 4 Weeks

Get Your Best Looking Skin in 2017

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With a brand new year ahead of you, now’s the perfect time to take a closer look in the mirror and set your skincare goals for 2017. Perhaps you’re no stranger to skin woes, and you’ve been striving for clear skin from a young age. Or maybe you’re just beginning to see crow’s feet and expression lines show up. In any case, remember that your choices and skin habits today will affect the way you look and feel tomorrow, next year and well into the future.

What if your best-looking skin is yet to come?

Here’s what you can do to achieve your skincare goals and see visible improvements during the weeks ahead:

#1 Meet your skin where it’s at today. Start with a skincare assessment to identify your current needs. If you struggle with acne breakouts or sensitivity, choose a whole-face regimen designed to address those concerns. Based on Multi-Med Therapy, Rodan + Fields skincare combines the right ingredients in the right formulations and in the right order—so you can see the best possible results.

#2 Stick to a daily skincare routine. Once you’ve found the right skincare system for your concerns, follow each step of your regimen every day—even when you’re traveling or feeling “too busy.” The more you add or subtract products, the harder it is for your skin to find its balance.

#3 Practice patience. Unfortunately, younger-looking skin doesn’t happen overnight. When using new products, it may take several weeks for your skin to adjust before you start seeing improvement—don’t be discouraged. With a diligent approach, you can combat the effects of time and the environment for a firmer, more radiant, flawless-looking complexion.

 #4 Check in with your skin periodically. Skin changes just like life changes. With age, the signs of sunny vacations and stressful weeks can start showing up on your skin. Dark marks from pregnancy or picked pimples may suddenly present new challenges for your complexion. Skin concerns also change from season to season, and year to year. Be willing to reassess your skin as time goes on—maybe you’ve seen your breakouts clear up and now it’s time to tackle wrinkles!

No matter where you are on the journey to a healthier, younger-looking complexion, it’s never too late to change your skin’s destiny. After accounting for genetics, you actually have control over 80 percent of how your skin ages*—now that’s great skin potential.

*Source: Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change, by Dr. Katie Rodan & Dr. Kathy Fields.

Comment below with your personal skincare goals for 2017.  

5 Facts About Eyelashes You Need to Know

Eyelashes (just like your skin) are prone to life’s ups and downs. Whether you opt for heavy mascara or an au naturale lash look, it pays to know the full story behind your fringe–that way you can prep for a lifetime of lush, healthy-looking lashes.

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Here are a few things all of our eyelashes have in common:

  1. Your eyelashes work hard every day. Eyelashes demand their fair share of attention—but did you know they also serve an important biological function? It’s true: Those beautiful lashes also protect your peepers from dust, debris, wind and sunlight, in addition to triggering the blink reflex.
  2. You are born with a certain number of eyelash follicles (openings in skin through which lashes grow). And, as hard as you might wish on it, this number will not increase during your lifetime.
  3. People typically have around 100 eyelashes on the upper eyelid and half as many on the lower lid. But who’s really counting? Remember, it’s not how many you have, it’s what you do with them!
  4. Eyelashes are continuously going through stages of growth, resting, shedding, and re-growth.The entire cycle can take anywhere from 5 to 11 months—a good reason not to take your lovely lashes for granted, or risk losing them by rubbing your eyes too hard.
  5. Eyelashes do thin as we age. If your lashes don’t seem as long or as full as they were in, say, your teens or early twenties, you aren’t imagining it. The appearance of our eyelashes not only changes the older we get (sigh), but eyelash follicles can actually stop producing new lashes.

Now you’ve got the facts, that’s no reason to fret. Set yourself up for the ultimate lash look at any age with  R+F Lash Boost. This proprietary formula with Biotin and Keratin deposits an infusion of protein to dramatically improve the look of lashes while protecting them against future damage from everyday beauty routines that pull and tug. The result? Lush, longer-looking lashes that are 100% real and 100% yours.

For most of us, primping eyes comes last in our daily beauty routine—but maybe it’s about time we put them first. After all, a lot can happen in the blink of an eye—so why not make the most of every wink and flutter?

COMMENT below with your favorite tips for “lashing out.”

What If There Were Only Happily Ever Afters?

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Life changes. And skin changes.

But WHAT IF you could control you skin’s destiny?  You can.  You control 80% of your skin’s future (only 20% is genetic).  And that’s great news! The choices you make today will affect the way you look and feel tomorrow, next year and well into the future.

WHAT IF you could always be a few steps ahead, anticipating your skin’s biological needs?  You can.  With the right care, your skin can visibly improve with age so you can look even better tomorrow than you do today.

WHAT IF you had two world-renowned doctors, a bio-scientist, a private consultant (everyone should) and an entire regimen devoted to your skin’s every whim 24/7?

You do.  With 30 years of combined research and experience, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields developed their philosophy of Multi-Med® Therapy. This regimen-based approach treats specific skin concerns by combining the most effective ingredients within an optimized formulation, applied in the right order. Stick to the Regimen that’s right for your skin and you, too, can experience trans-formative results.

WHAT IF you felt good about your neck?

A steady diet of intelligent skincare is the foundation of skin that looks young and healthy. The Rodan and Fields REDEFINE Regimen is a comprehensive skincare solution that layers cosmetic ingredients and potent peptide technology. This formula helps to defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

 WHAT IF having flawless skin wasn’t an accident?

REVERSE Regimen is an effective, full-face solution that tackles dullness and uneven skin tone. REVERSE provides a long-term solution for a radiant, more even complexion. It exfoliates dulling dead skin, helps even and brighten discolored skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protects against further UV damage.

 WHAT IF you could break the vicious acne cycle?

UNBLEMISH Regimen was created as a continuous solution that addresses the acne cycle—clogged pores, trapped oil, bacterial attacks and inflammation. This daily, full-face system combines cosmetic and active over-the-counter ingredients that unclog pores to eliminate most acne blemishes before they are visible on the skin’s surface.

WHAT IF your skin wasn’t so sensitive?

SOOTHE Regimen combines clinically tested active over-the-counter ingredients with our exclusive, patent-pending RFp3 peptide technology to shield against the environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, sensitive skin. So effective, the SOOTHE Regimen can decrease visible redness, peeling and dryness. The result? A healthy-looking, even-toned complexion every day.

 WHAT IF THERE WERE ONLY EVER HAPPILY AFTERS?