MAKING YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP COUNT

Sleep is when your body recovers from a busy day, and your skin cells undergo repair and turn over slightly faster to help your complexion appear bright and healthy-looking when you wake up. “Well-rested” skin also has a chance to really soak up the benefits of your daily skincare routine.

Ready for a radiant, fresh-faced morning selfie? Follow these nighttime rituals and you’ll be beaming with #Iwokeuplikethis beauty all day.

• Embrace your dark side: Our bodies are tuned to sleep when it’s dark. If your shades don’t block the streetlights or early morning sunbeams, invest in blackout shades.

• Get back to your best: Want fewer wrinkles? Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields tell us that sleeping on our backs is key. Regularly sleeping on our stomachs or on one side tends to smush the face and create “sleep creases,” those unwanted wrinkles that can deepen over time. For even smoother results, choose a pillow case in satin or silk.

• Clean up your act: Make sure your face is completely clear of makeup, sunscreen and environmental pollutants before bedtime. Try a cleanser that is formulated for your skin’s particular needs, such as REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask for gentle exfoliation without stripping moisture, REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash for dull, blotchy skin, UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash to reduce visible redness, or SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash for sensitive skin.

• Go easy on the eyes: Always remove eyeliner and mascara before bed, but careful not to scrub or tug at the delicate eye area, which can cause sagging or wrinkles. Try REDEFINE Eye Cloths, which gently remove eye makeup while depositing powerful peptides to reduce the look of fine lines and puffiness.

• Power down: Discipline yourself to turn off all your electronic devices two hours before bedtime. The blue light they emit cues our brains to energize, not wind down.

• Nighttime is the prime time for products: Skin “rests” during sleep, giving skincare a chance to do its best work. Make your 8 hours (ideally) count more with products like REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream to visibly firm skin and REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum with Retinol to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

• Lash out: Use new R+F Lash Boost every night, and in four weeks you’ll wake up to fuller-looking, darker-looking, longer-looking lashes. (While you’re at it, skip the sleep mask, which can apply pressure to eyes and lashes or even create new lines around the eyes, cheeks or forehead.)

WHAT CAN I USE FOR A DULL, UNEVEN COMPLEXION?

Dr. Kathy Fields: When it comes to dull skin, it’s generally not what you see that’s the problem—it’s what you don’t see. From sun damage and hormones to the aging process, there are changes that occur beneath the surface that rob skin of its vibrancy. So while you may observe freckles, sun spots or age spots on the outside, excessive pigmentation below the surface actually absorbs light and reflects dullness.

Even if you’ve zeroed in on a couple of trouble areas, your best bet is to treat the whole face daily with products that exfoliate, brighten and protect your skin. Exfoliating is key as it removes dead skin cells, clears the way for products that follow, and helps refine the skin’s surface for more even light reflection and luminosity.

REVERSE Brightening Regimen improves the appearance of uneven skin tone with Vitamin C and Retinol, while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A crucial step of this skincare solution is REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen to decrease early skin aging and defend skin against further UV damage from the sun. Ingredients like licorice and mulberry also help brighten skin.

On your journey to a smoother, more radiant and younger-looking complexion, you will want to avoid the sun, seek shade and wear SPF every day. Even incidental UV exposure without sunscreen can undo all of your good work. So be vigilant when it comes to protecting your skin, and be patient. Acquiring age spots and dull skin took a lifetime, so it may take two to three months to restore your skin’s clarity and brightness.

 What would you like to ask Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields? Comment below with your personal skincare questions.

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.

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?

Lash Lab Eye on the Ingredients

It’s no secret that growing older can leave telltale signs on our skin (from age spots to crow’s feet and expression lines). But did you know that aging isn’t easy on eyelashes either?

Over a lifetime, lashes undergo serious changes of their own. The lash hair’s natural cycle shortens, meaning we start shedding eyelashes more often than we’d like. Eventually, the fabulous fringe that once framed our eyes becomes thinner and more brittle.

What if we gave our eyelashes the same care and attention as our skin? The reality is that you can get lush, longer-looking lashes by adding a simple step to your nightly skincare routine: R+F Lash Boost, the eyelash conditioning serum that moisturizes, nourishes and protects.

A journey into the lash lab reveals several key ingredients hard at work while you get your beauty sleep:

Panthenol conditions lashes by attracting and maintaining essential moisture. This goes a long way toward promoting lash flexibility and resilience.

Peptides also play a prominent role in Lash Boost. A combination of Octapeptides, Copper Tripeptides and Polypeptides enhance durability, protect against breakage and support more voluminous-looking eyelashes.

Last, but definitely not least, are Biotin and Keratin, two powerful protein-enhancers used in hair care. Together, these nourishing agents help protect against future damage (like the pulling and tugging that can result from our daily beauty routines).

This Multi-Med Therapy ingredient approach is at the heart of our R+F Lash Boost formula. After four weeks of nightly use, you can experience darker-looking, fuller-looking lashes. In eight weeks, you’ll be wondering whether you need mascara at all.

Exfoliation tips glow is in

Clear, radiant-looking skin has always been a sign of youth and vitality. And let’s face it—looking good also means feeling good. If you’re excited to show off a natural, healthy-looking glow in the new year, exfoliation is the perfect complement to any skincare regimen. We say: Out with the old and in with the new.

Exfoliating regularly is essential because it gets rid of dulling, dead skin cells to allow younger, healthier-looking cells to surface. It also preps skin for the products that follow by removing dry, dead skin cells that can create a barrier to your moisturizer or make other skincare ingredients less effective. To optimize the results you see with your daily regimen, make sure you are exfoliating at least once a week.

Everyone has a different skin type, so it’s important to find an exfoliation product that fits your personal needs.

Looking for an oil-free exfoliator for sensitive or acne-prone skin? combines salt and sugar in a high-glide formula that buffs off old cells to improve skin tone and texture. Skin looks brighter after the first use—and with regular exfoliation, you can help maintain that glow.

Craving a daily cleanser with skin brightening powers? REVERSE is specially designed to cleanse and refine blotchy complexions. It’s all about the Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which effectively loosen and sweep away dulling, dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant-looking you.

Ready to amp up your anti-aging skincare routine? REDEFINE AMP MD features a non-invasive micro-exfoliating roller clinically tested to boost your REDEFINEresults for a visibly firmer, more youthful-looking appearance.

Exfoliation offers a simple way to help your skin look like it’s younger than its years.

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Seeing red rescue your skin

From blustery days to cool, dry temperatures, winter weather can take a toll on your complexion. Whether you’re facing occasional redness or prone to more frequent chapping and peeling—not to worry.  SOOTHE™ Regimen is on your side, featuring a complete Multi-Med® Therapy solution designed especially for sensitive skin.

Follow this checklist to help rescue your skin and find relief:

• Say goodbye to harsh, exfoliating cleansers. If your skin is feeling itchy or tight, your face wash might be too drying, which can strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Try a calming formula like SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash, which combats dryness and cracking with ceramides that help nurture the skin’s natural delicate barrier and strengthen its resiliency.

• Be ready when sensitivity strikes. Visible redness may be your skin’s natural way of reacting to external triggers like wind, razor burn, or cosmetic products—but chapped skin doesn’t have to ruin your day. Put your best face forward with SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment, featuring optical filters that neutralize the look of redness in just 5 minutes. This multi-tasking formula also contains Dimethicone and Allantoin to help fortify the skin’s natural delicate barrier, relieve dryness and reduce the signs of sensitivity.

• Moisturize like you mean it. The skin’s natural lipid barrier is designed to hold moisture and keep environmental factors from causing sensitivity. When that barrier is compromised, your skin becomes more vulnerable and may appear red, dry or cracked. You can nourish your skin daily with SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream, a rich, dewy formula that uses RF COLD FISSION™ technology to help replenish skin’s natural moisture balance.

• Don’t let overcast winter days fool you. The sun’s UVA/UVB rays can still penetrate the cloud cover and reach your skin, so applying sunscreen is a must every day of the year. If you find traditional sunscreens too harsh, SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen is an ideal alternative for sensitive skin. This lightweight formula features Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to deflect ultraviolet rays and reduce the look of redness.

Remember: You have the power to break the cycle of sensitivity and maintain a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion year round. Think of SOOTHE Regimen as your sensitive skin’s best friend.

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Reveal a fresh face for spring

Spring brings all kinds of perks: more sunshine, barbeques and longer days. While it’s easy to get swept up in the fun of a new season, remember to stay diligent with your skincare routine–after all, nobody wants to “spring forward” the signs of aging. Check out this simple way to stay fresh-faced all season.

Adding a micro-exfoliating tool, like the REDEFINE AMP MD™ System, to your R+F Regimen can amp up your results for a firmer, more youthful appearance. That means visibly improving skin texture (yes, even fine lines and crow’s feet) while minimizing the appearance of pores. It starts with a powerful duo: the AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller features non-invasive technology designed for home use, while the Intensive Renewing Serum utilizes Retinal with vitamin A 20 Times night potency then retinol faster dramatic results yet safe for all skin types!

Need another reason to try micro-exfoliation? There’s more great news for REDEFINE™ Regimen users. The AMP MD System has been clinically shown to have a 58% greater reduction in the appearance of expression lines when REDEFINE Regimen, AMP MD and ACUTE CARE™ were used together for four weeks, and when REDEFINE Regimen and AMP MD were used for another eight weeks*. Sweeping away those dulling, dead skin cells can really boost your results.

No doubt about it, spring schedules move fast–but there’s always time to add AMP MD System to your spring routine and discover the best spent minute in skincare.

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*Based on a 12-week independent US clinical study of 40 participants. 10 applications of ACUTE CARE were used at 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).