LAB LIFE: DR. TIM ON THE INVENTION OF RADIANT DEFENSE PERFECTING LIQUID

Our Independent Consultants and Customers are really excited about NEW Rodan + FIelds Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid — and so are the scientists in our product-development lab in Berkeley, California. Rodan + Fields Customer Experience Manager Kelly McClure got some insider details about the process from our Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Tim Falla.

Kelly: Dr. Tim, when people imagine the Rodan + Fields laboratory, they think of petri dishes and Bunsen burners. Is that what the lab looks like?

Dr. Tim: The Berkeley Lab does look like one you would imagine from college or high school. We don’t have petri dishes, because we’re not growing bacteria, but we do have things like Bunsen burners. They are now more sophisticated — Professor Bunsen would be very proud of his new burner.

Kelly: I’m also envisioning a sea of white lab coats. Is that the case?

Dr. Tim: There are about 60 of us on the team working together to develop new products, and a fair number of us are in lab coats and safety goggles.

Kelly: How did you begin developing the first Rodan + Fields Dermacosmetic? Is Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid skincare? A cosmetic? Both?

Dr. Tim: Like the name suggests, it’s both. The key was that we had to do both really well. Radiant Defense couldn’t have really good skincare benefits but be a cosmetic nobody wants to use. Or be a really good cosmetic and have just OK skincare benefits. It had to have the skincare benefits, plus be a cosmetic you want to use every day because it feels great, looks great and covers great.

Kelly: Rodan + Fields has four skincare Regimens that target different concerns, and Radiant Defense works with all of them. How did you create a product that works for people with skin concerns — like acne?

Dr. Tim: Radiant Defense provides protection and defense — which everybody needs. People with acne sometimes fear that products like this will make them break out. We made sure Radiant Defense does not clog pores and is breathable, lightweight and non-acnegenic, meaning it will not cause breakouts.

Kelly: Were there any “Aha!” moments along the way?

Dr. Tim: The biggest “Aha!” for us was during a trial run of the product when we asked some Rodan + Fields employees to try Radiant Defense for a week. When we talked to them afterward, they said the look and feel of their skin had improved.

Kelly: Which Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid shade are you, Dr. Tim?

Dr. Tim: I’m a unique shade somewhere between Beige and Sand. I’m the same shade as Mario Lopez, by the way.

Kelly: Right—you met Mario when he hosted our gala at R+F Convention in September! But Mario seems more Golden to me.

Dr. Tim: If you look up close, he’s actually closer to Beige.

Kelly: You know the shades better than anyone else, so I’ll take your word for it! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Dr. Tim.

Now that you know which shades Dr. Tim wears, click here to learn more and find the Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid shade that’s perfect for you.

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3 WAYS NEW RADIANT DEFENSE PERFECTING LIQUID PROTECTS YOUR SKIN

Along with instantly delivering a radiant, healthy-looking  complexion, NEW Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, our first-ever Dermacosmetic product, protects your skin in three ways. Its proprietary RD3 Complex provides environmental defense, barrier defense and photo defense.

If you’re wondering what exactly those terms mean, you’ve come to the right place.

Environmental Defense  

Exposure to certain environmental aggressors can lead to wrinkles, skin discoloration, uneven texture, clogged pores, dryness, breakouts, and visible redness. The antioxidants in Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid help neutralize these harmful effects.

Barrier Defense  

The moisturizing ingredients in Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid help repair the skin’s protective outer layer — its natural moisture barrier —  so dry, irritated skin appears plumper and smoother.

Photo Defense

“Photo” means “light,” the category you’re likely most familiar with. Exposure to the sun results in fine lines, wrinkles and age spots — basically, older-looking skin. Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid contains broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. It also disperses infrared rays, another type of damaging radiation emitted by everything from the sun to space heaters.

Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid is proof that the best offense is a good defense. To learn more or shop, click here if you’re in the U.S., here if you’re in Canada and here if you’re in Australia.

7 THINGS TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE ACNE

Nearly 50 million teenagers and adults a year experience acne, the most common skin condition in the United States. Battling breakouts can be incredibly frustrating, because they can be triggered by a complex combination of factors you can’t control — including genetics, hormones and the climate you live in — and there is no quick fix.

Getting clearer skin takes a little patience and requires products that interrupt each step of the acne cycle — like the Rodan + FIelds UNBLEMISH Regimen. But while consistent, effective skincare is a must, making changes to your lifestyle and behavior can help, too. Here are seven habits to avoid if you have acne:

1. Washing your face too often or too vigorously. It seems counterintuitive, but cutting back on cleansing may improve your skin’s appearance. Vigorous scrubbing can irritate skin, causing more breakouts. Washing too often can strip away your skin’s essential oils, leading it to overcompensate and produce even more oil.

2. Eating dairy, sugar and white bread. It’s a myth that chocolate causes acne, but studies have shown that milk consumption and high-glycemic diets can play a part. Try dialing down the dairy, steering clear of sugar and cutting back on refined carbs and see if your skin responds.

3. Exercising in the heat. Your body may love hot yoga, but if you have acne, your skin probably doesn’t. When your skin is hot, oil glands increase production. Overheated skin is also more sensitive, which can lead to breakouts. If you absolutely can’t give up your favorite class, remove your makeup before exercising and wash your face immediately afterward so sweat, oil and grime don’t sit there all day. If you use a sweatband, avoid wearing it across your forehead: The friction and pressure may lead to more breakouts.

4. Wearing heavy foundation. Some makeup can clog your pores. So while you might be tempted to cover your acne with lots of base and concealer, try to resist. Instead, consider NEW Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid as the finishing step in your UNBLEMISH Regimen. This groundbreaking tinted multitasker is non-acnegenic, so it won’t cause breakouts.

5. Skipping laundry day. How can sleeping on dirty pillowcases and sheets make acne worse? Any dirt, oil or leftover makeup that got on your bedding last night can end up back on your face or body tonight, clogging your pores and leading to more breakouts.

6. Passing on moisturizer. Some acne-fighting ingredients can dry out your skin, and when skin is too dry, it produces even more oil. Use a moisturizer designed for acne-prone skin daily. Rodan + Fields Oil Control Lotion, Step 4 of the UNBLEMISH Regimen, is lightweight and even has sunscreen built in.

7. Stressing out. Studies show that stress can lead to acne flare-ups — which can cause even more stress. If you notice that you break out more when your stress level rises, take measures to add some calm to your life, and see if that helps calm your skin.

Treating acne is a marathon, not a sprint. With the right skincare and a few lifestyle changes, you’ll get to the finish line even sooner.

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RADIANT DEFENSE

True innovations begin with a need – and the inspiration to solve for it. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields were motivated to create their latest innovation by a common request from women of all ages and skin tones who were beyond thrilled with their daily Regimen results, yet still liked to use post-Regimen products that instantly perfect skin for a more polished look. The Doctors challenged the R+F team of scientists to create a dermatology-inspired skincare product that instantly perfects while protecting one’s natural glow with powerful, good-for-skin ingredients. The result? New Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 25.

The last step in your skincare routine, this multitasking complexion protector and perfector is available in six luminous shades, which can be worn alone or blended together to create customized color. A tinted “Glow Guard” that helps protect the skin you’ve earned, Radiant Defense instantly blurs imperfections without clogging pores or causing breakouts.

Here are four things you should know about Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, the first DERMACOSMETICS product from Rodan + Fields.

1. It pairs perfectly with every Regimen — for even better results. When used with the REDEFINE Regimen, Radiant Defense helps minimize the look of fine lines and pores for an even healthier-looking complexion. For REVERSE users, Radiant Defense will even out tone and diminish the appearance of dark marks for a uniform, radiant finish. As part of the UNBLEMISH Regimen, Radiant Defense will instantly conceal the look of existing acne and post-acne marks. Finally, SOOTHE users will see blotchy skin instantly transformed into an even-toned, balanced-looking complexion.

2. It’s powered by the RD3 complex. Formulated with R+F’s proprietary RD3 complex, Radiant Defense provides three types of defense: environmental defense, barrier defense and photo defense. It helps neutralize the harmful effects of environmental aggressors, repair skin’s natural moisture barrier to avoid dry, irritated skin and helps protect against early signs of aging caused by UVA and UVB rays and disperses infrared light, preventing harmful effects of exposure.

3. It’s best applied with the Radiant Defense Liquid Brush. With luxuriously soft fibers that glide across skin and a tapered design that allows for precise application along every facial contour, the Radiant Defense Liquid Brush was designed to ensure flawless application of Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid. For luminous skin, add a pea-sized amount of product to the back of your hand, lightly tap the brush into it, then apply to your face in an outward motion until you’ve achieved your desired level of coverage.

4. It’s earning rave reviews. In a user study, 97% of participants felt Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid helped improve their skin immediately, and 94% noticed their skin looked healthier immediately. In the same study, 91% of participants noticed an instant reduction in visible redness, 89% noticed a reduction in visible pores and 86% noticed improvement in perfecting discoloration.*

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors who know skin best.

*Based on a 1-week U.S. clinical and consumer study. Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

PACK LIGHT: SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT FIT IN YOUR CARRY-ON

With air travelers limited to a small number of products in tiny sizes, It can be challenging to pack your entire beauty routine into a carry-on bag. These eight great skincare products are sized to comply with security restrictions, so you can bring them on the plane with you. (Because it’s never fun to have to give up your favorite product in the security line.)

Rodan + Fields Travel-Size Regimen

Why to pack it: Just because you’re going on hiatus doesn’t mean your skincare routine should, too. Our limited-time security-compliant minis let you continue your Rodan + Fields Regimen no matter where in the world you happen to be.

Rodan + Fields ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25

Why to pack it: If you’ve ever experienced sunburned lips, you’ll probably never let it happen again. (And if you haven’t, it’s painful—just take our word for it.) Along with UV protection, these pocket-size balms include moisturizing Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil to keep your lips soft, smooth and healthy-looking in-flight.

Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Why to pack it: In a warm destination, it feels good to take a break from heavy makeup. But if you’d like some coverage, plus sun protection and redness reduction, this tinted powder does all three. And since it’s not a liquid or gel, you don’t even have to take it out of your bag in the security line.

Rodan + Fields  Active Hydration Serum

Why to pack it: In seconds, this breakthrough face serum delivers all-day hydration for skin that looks and acts younger, leaving you more time to be out having fun.

Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream

Why to pack it: When you have limited space, you want every product to give you major bang for the buck. This multi-tasking eye cream does it all, minimizing the look of fine lines, noticeably firming and visibly smoothing, so you look more vibrant and youthful — even if you’re jet-lagged.

Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment

Why to pack it: A misplaced passport. A flight delay. Lost luggage. Travel has its annoyances; don’t let blemishes be among them. Even if you aren’t usually an Unblemish user, the stress of being on the road can show up on your face as acne. Step 3 of our full-size Unblemish Regimen fights breakouts and prevents new ones — and though it looks big, it’s security-compliant.

Rodan + Fields REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Why to pack it: Step 4 of our full-size REVERSE Brightening and REVERSE Lightening Regimens is a high-SPF must-have for anyone on a sunny beach vacation.

Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment

Why to pack it: Dry air and wind — weather conditions you might encounter while hiking or boating — can irritate skin. The calming, moisturizing Step 2 of our full-size SOOTHE Regimen neutralizes environmental aggressors to help ready your skin for another day in paradise.

5 SKINCARE TIPS FOR SUMMER TRAVEL

If a summer getaway is in your future, you probably have a packing list of must-have items: Your phone, summer reading, passport, sandals, etc.

What else is a must-pack? Skincare. Your skin can look as good as you’ll be feeling during your vacation with these helpful travel tips from Rodan + Fields Product Content Director Mary Radford, RN:

1. Wear SPF at all times. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen on the plane: Your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays at high altitudes. Once you land, be sure to apply SPF even if it’s cloudy. Use a teaspoon’s worth for your face and about a shotglass’ worth for your body, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. And while you should always wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing, these precautions alone aren’t enough. “You can still get a sunburn through thin T-shirts and gauzy cover-ups, so protect your skin with SPF underneath,” Mary says.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Airplane air is about as dry as it gets. “Protect your skin and body against desert-level dryness by drinking a lot of water before, during and after your flight,” advises Mary. To help prevent skin from feeling dry and flaky at 30,000 feet, deeply hydrate with an intense body product like Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish before you board, then keep the hydration going by reapplying once you’re on the ground.

3. Stick to your Regimen. It’s fine to use hotel shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. But your skin will thank you if you bring a travel-size version of your Rodan + Fields Regimen along on your vacation.

4. Go for a healthier glow. Use a self-tanner before you leave, and bring it with you if you want to boost your color while you’re away. “Whatever you do, resist the urge to lie out in the sun,” says Mary.

5. Shield your lips. “It’s easy to forget about this super-sensitive and delicate area,” acknowledges Mary. “But lips need protection, too.” Keep a lip balm with SPF handy so you can reapply it throughout the day. Pro tip from Mary: If you’ve brought an ice chest with you to the beach or pool, toss in your lip balm to prevent it from melting. “Keep it cool, and it will last through your entire trip,” Mary says, “and maybe even the next one.”

Now it’s time to get packing! Which Rodan + Fields product would you never go on vacation without?

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN — AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

At one time or another, everyone has probably experienced dry skin on their arms, legs or elsewhere on their body. Dry body skin doesn’t look or feel the same for everyone, so you might notice just one of these signs or several at once:

Dry skin on your body can feel:

Tight

Itchy

Dry skin on your body can look:

Red

Ashy

Scaly

Cracked

Flaky

Depending on how much sun damage your skin has endured over the years, dry skin also may look crepey — thin, loose and papery, with surface lines.

Who gets dry skin and why? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some of the primary causes of dry skin are age and climate. People who submerge their hands and arms into water frequently as part of their job — such as doctors, nurses and hairstylists — are also prone to dry skin. So are people who swim in highly chlorinated pools.

Luckily, there is a product for dry body skin in its many manifestations: NEW Rodan + Fields  Active Hydration Body Replenish. Whether your symptoms are caused by genetics, age, climate  or occupation, one thing you have in common with other dry-skin sufferers is that you’re probably seeking relief from how your skin feels and visible improvement in the way your skin looks. That’s where Active Hydration Body Replenish comes in.

This rich-feeling body cream is both hydrating and moisturizing. (What’s the difference between the two? Find out here.) It’s powered by the patent-pending Rodan + Fields 3D3P Molecular Matrix, which draws in water from the atmosphere and holds it against your skin. After just one use, your skin will feel softer, smoother and more hydrated.

And the benefits get even better over time. Used daily, Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish leaves skin feeling more nourished. In a four-week U.S. clinical study, Active Hydration Body Replenish more than doubled skin’s hydration level in just four weeks. A full 100% of study participants saw improvement in the overall appearance of their skin, 97% saw improvement in skin radiance and 94% saw improvement in the look of crepey skin.

Active Hydration Body Replenish is designed to relieve a multitude of dry-skin signs and works for all ages and skin types. So whether your skin is dry and crepey, flaky and itchy, or red and cracked, give it a try. Your body will thank you.