HYDRATION VS. MOISTURIZATION: WHY YOUR SKIN NEEDS BOTH

To visibly transform dry skin into soft, smooth, radiant skin, you need two types of products in your arsenal: a hydrator and a moisturizer. While they sound similar, these products perform distinct tasks. Hydrators draw water from the atmosphere and deliver it to the skin for added radiance, while moisturizers replenish the skin for less dryness and flakiness.

“There’s a big difference in results,” notes Mary Radford, RN, Director of Product Education at Rodan + Fields.

Let’s start with hydration. All skin types, not just visibly dry skin, benefit from added hydration. (That’s right: Oily skin and acne-prone skin need hydration, too.) Hydrated skin feels softer and is better prepared to receive skincare products layered on top. In addition, “Hydrated skin acts and looks younger,” says Mary.

Moisturization helps skin maintain the natural lipid barrier on its surface that keeps water from escaping — or at least slows the process. “Moisturizers include ingredients to lock down hydration,” says Mary.

To look and feel its best, your skin needs both hydration and moisture. Fortunately, there are multitasking products that boost both at the same time, such as new Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish.

The new body cream from Rodan + Fields is a single product that works double-duty. It includes Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin, super-hydrators that draw water from the atmosphere. Our patent-pending 3D3P Molecular Matrix, a three-dimensional polymer grid, holds these water-attracting ingredients against the skin to deliver instant and continuous hydration.

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish also contains the moisturizing ingredients Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E, which work together to strengthen the skin’s all-important natural barrier.

In combination, these hydrating and moisturizing ingredients visibly transform dull, dry skin. For radiant, soft and smooth-looking skin,  Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish is a win-win.

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Men and Your Skincare

Whether you’re from Mars or Venus, great skin is possible with the right combination of skincare and lifestyle habits. The foundation for healthy-looking skin starts at your sink with the right products to address your skin concerns—not your gender, skin type or skin color. Skin is skin, and for men and women alike, looking good until your one-hundredth birthday is achievable, regardless of your past skin sins.

“Like” this e-card if you and the man in your life are on a journey to great skin, and comment below to share his skincare routine.

DID YOU KNOW … “SILVER BULLETS” ARE GOOD FOR WEREWOLVES, NOT SKINCARE?

You’ve heard of a “silver bullet” to solve everything. The concept—a one-step solution to a larger problem—originated with a legend that a bullet cast from silver was the only defense against a man-eating werewolf.

These days, skincare is often susceptible to “silver bullet syndrome.” Who hasn’t heard of a miracle elixir that promises to solve everyone’s skincare concerns in one easy step? Unfortunately, reality is a little more complicated.

Skin conditions are complex and form slowly over time, which is why no single ingredient or product can provide a fast fix. The good news is that it’s never too late, or too soon, to improve your skin. To get real results, you need to consistently use the right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order. Choose skincare that has clinically-proven results, which means that the products are tested on people—not in petri dishes.

Although perfecting your complexion isn’t as simple as slaying a werewolf, with a little patience and dedication, you can achieve real results.

DID YOU KNOW … WHAT YOU DRINK CAN MAKE YOUR SKIN DROOP?

You’ve heard that carbonated colas are questionable for your health. But there’s another potential drawback to indulging in soda: sagging skin. And unfortunately, even sugar-free versions aren’t safe.

A 2006 study at Tufts University found that just three colas a week over the course of five years can create significant bone-loss. This is because the phosphoric acid found in colas blocks calcium absorption in bones. Eventually, this results in a loss of the framework that supports skin, which leads to drooping and sagging over time. Think of your facial bone structure like scaffolding; if the scaffolding crumbles, everything goes with it.

To wean yourself off of a soda habit, opt for water with a dash of lime. It may not be the most exciting beverage on the market, but it will help to preserve your skin’s precious scaffolding.

WHY THE SKIN ON YOUR BODY NEEDS DIFFERENT HYDRATION THAN THE SKIN ON YOUR FACE

Skin is the largest human organ — most of us have more than 20 square feet of it. But while it may seem the same, the skin on your legs, arms and everywhere else below the neck is dramatically different than the skin on your face, and it needs to be cared for differently.

To begin with, body skin is thicker. Compared to the paper-thin skin around your eyes, the skin on the bottom of your feet is about as thick as a pencil eraser. Even in areas that aren’t touching the ground all of the time, the added thickness makes body skin less sensitive than facial skin.

Body skin is also more prone to a buildup of dead cells. It has a lower cell turnover rate than facial skin, resulting in less naturally occurring exfoliation, according to Tim Falla, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development at Rodan + Fields.

Without proper care, the skin on your body also can make you look older than you are. Dr. Tim notes that body skin is drier than facial skin (your face is home to more sebaceous glands), and dry skin looks and acts like aging skin.

How do you care for the skin on your body? With hydrating products designed specifically for thicker, drier skin, such as Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish.

Featuring the 3D3P Molecular Matrix that draws in moisture from the atmosphere and locks it onto your skin, our best hydrating moisturizer adjusts to your skin’s needs, delivering hydration to the areas that need it most. Active Hydration Body Replenish also protects against future moisture loss to reveal skin that’s glowing, smooth and supple-looking.

Powered by Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin — like our face products, Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex and Active Hydration Serum — Active Hydration Body Replenish provides immediate and long-lasting body hydration to all skin types, for skin that’s visibly improved after just one use.

BY THE BOOK: CORTISOL

Often referred to as the “fight or flight” hormone, cortisol is released when the body experiences stress. In today’s world, we seem to live in a constant state of internal and external stress. In fact, psychologists estimate that the average adult undergoes more stress in one day than our cave-dwelling ancestors experienced in a year.

Although modern times rarely give us cause to physically escape an attacking savage beast, we are constantly faced with emotional stress that similarly causes a spike in cortisol. And unfortunately, whether good or bad, stress shows up the same unwanted way—on your face, prematurely aging skin. What’s more, cortisol can increase blood sugar, suppress the immune system and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism—all useful in life-or-death scenarios, but harmful in the long-term.

At times it may seem impossible, especially over the holidays, but our advice is to take control of the stress in your life and relax. Whether it be exercise, meditation or a hot bath, find what works for you.

DID YOU KNOW … ANTI-AGING SKINCARE ISN’T JUST FOR BOOMERS?

No need to wait until your hair grays to fight the signs of aging. When it comes to achieving younger-looking skin, the best wrinkle is truly the one you never get. Prime your skin before wrinkles make an unwanted appearance on your face. Here’s our spin on the old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of filler.

We suggest establishing a simple, daily skincare routine to address your skin concerns and help lessen and address the telltale signs of aging, including dullness, discoloration, crow’s feet and enlarged pores. Whatever your routine, make sure it includes protection against the number one skin ager: the sun. Regular sunscreen application is one of the best habits when it comes to maintaining a youthful-looking complexion. Complement your skincare routine by incorporating a few skin-friendly habits, like sleeping on your back and wearing sunglasses.

Thanks to great strides in skincare technology, there’s no reason to be afraid of Father Time. Looking younger, longer, is within reach. Today, 50 doesn’t look like it used to, and that’s a testament to how much more we know about skincare and healthy habits than we did even 20 years ago. If 30 is the new 20, can you imagine how much better we’ll look tomorrow with all the knowledge we have today?