Our modern-day “love affair” with the suntan began nearly a century ago as a status symbol of leisure, wealth and beauty. But today, with so much knowledge of the sun’s power to harm and prematurely age skin, we’re turning to safer, sunless alternatives, and embracing the ultimate answer to this beauty paradox—protection and prevention with broad spectrum sunscreen.

But did you know not all sunscreens are created equal? Understanding how they work is key. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, so now is the perfect time to boost your sunscreen smarts:

• Use a broad spectrum sunscreen. It blocks both types of the sun’s rays: UVB (responsible for sunburns) and UVA rays (the deep, aging kind) from penetrating skin.

• Double the SPF doesn’t equal double protection. The SPF number refers to the sunscreen’s ability to block out UVB rays only. When applied as directed, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks about 99% of UVB rays.

• Apply liberally every two hours. To achieve the full SPF benefit, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using one ounce (a shot glassful) of sunscreen on your body and one teaspoonful (size of a quarter) on your face. If applied too thinly, an SPF 80 can act like an SPF 3.

• Ingredients matter. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are active ingredients in mineral-based sunscreens, like SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen, which physically block both UVB and UVA rays and are gentle enough for sensitive skin. Acknowledged by experts and the FDA, chemical blockers (like avobenzone) absorb well into skin and offer excellent protection against UVA rays.

• Check the expiration date. Fresh ingredients make sunscreen more effective. Keep your bottle in the shade and avoid leaving it in a hot car, as excessive heat can break down the active ingredients.

• Apply rain or shine. While UVB rays are at their peak midday, UVA rays are present from sunrise to sunset and can penetrate your skin even on cloudy days—who knew? We recommend applying broad spectrum sunscreen every morning, 15-30 minutes before heading outside.

Get to know your ideal sunscreen and combine it with other sun protection measures to stay ahead of melanoma. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and protective clothing when you step out of the shade. Even better, stay out of the sun altogether and use ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan for a healthy, natural-looking glow—and show off your sun savvy.



When you hear the words skin and acid together, it may call to mind intense peeling or red-looking skin, but there’s a brighter side to this skincare story. Some acids are touted in the dermatology world for their hydrating, lightening and rejuvenating effects on skin—leaving a dull, complexion visibly transformed. Other acids are the first line of defense against acne and signs of aging.

Learning the ins and outs of acids can help you find the right products for your specific skin type or condition. Check out our list of common skin concerns and skin-friendly solutions with potent acid ingredients:

• Troubled by wrinkles or large pores? Both are natural signs of aging, which can be reduced with the acid-based products. REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ for Expression Lines targets wrinkles with line-defying hyaluronic acid—an ingredient which is naturally occurring and abundant in youthful skin, but declines with age. While you can never change the physical size of pores, you can minimize their appearance with skincare products that contain hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead surface cells—think REDEFINE Regimen for the Appearance of Lines, Pores and Loss of Firmness.

• Age spots, brown spots or discoloration got you down? Changes in skin pigmentation are common in the course of a lifetime, yet they often affect how our age is perceived by others. Whether the unwanted marks are due to sun damage, hormonal changes (resulting in melasma), or other forms of hyperpigmentation, several acids come to the skin’s rescue in the REVERSE Regimen. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen dead skin cells, kojic acid and antioxidants visibly brighten, and salicylic acid exfoliates and refines skin for a more radiant complexion.

• Agonizing over acne and post acne marks? Exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid and salicylic acid help renew the skin by shedding surface cells that contain abnormal or uneven pigmentation. This allows lightening agents or other active ingredients to more easily penetrate the skin. Try UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle—and diminish the visible signs it leaves behind on your skin.

Bottom line: Before using new acid-based skincare, always do a spot test to see how your skin reacts. Ease the products into your routine by using every few days at first, then build up to daily applications. Boosting your skincare smarts can lead you to the products most likely to deliver the best result of all: radiant, healthy-looking skin.


FICTION. While all ethnicities are more or less equally prone to sensitive skin, having light-toned skin does not mean that you are destined to suffer from sensitivity. As Dr. Katie Rodan notes, “Despite all the studies, the medical and scientific communities’ ability to predict who will be sensitive to what is still not very good.” While genetics do play a role, there are many other external factors that can trigger sensitive skin.

Skin tone, or color, is actually linked to how our skin reacts to the environment and how it shows signs of aging. Fair skin is at a higher risk for melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer), yet all skin tones and types need protection from the sun to look good and stay healthy.

Your skin and its sensitivity are unique to you—based on a combination of factors, like age, hormones, climate, and skin hydration and more. Common scenarios related to sensitive skin include:

• Cosmetic Intolerance. Many people who suddenly exhibit dry, chapped, cracked or red-looking skin without any prior history of sensitive skin are really experiencing intolerance to cosmetic products, even ones they have used for some time. It can come on suddenly; your skin can no longer take the products you’re using, so it reacts by flaring up.

• Stress. Let’s face it…the many forms of stress that we deal with every day can wreak havoc on the skin’s protective barrier function, making skin more likely to show the signs of dryness and damage. When skin is stressed, it literally loses water at a greater rate, jeopardizing its natural ability to repair and renew itself, which perpetuates a cycle of sensitivity.

• Environmental changes. Traveling from a warm, moist region to a dry climate with cold temperatures, low humidity and wind results in skin that’s likely to become sensitive. Anytime the barrier function is weakened, the skin leaks moisture and its natural defenses are compromised, allowing irritants to enter. Travel tip: SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is a multi-tasking formula that reduces visible redness in 5 minutes and fortifies the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness—so you can rescue your skin on-the-go.

No matter what the cause of sensitivity, you can take daily steps to help your skin find its equilibrium. Avoid harsh or chemical exfoliants, rentinoids, alcohol, fragrances and chemical sunscreens. Look for gentler ingredients like dimethicone, allentoin, oatmeal, chamomile, lipids, vitamins C and E and green tea, to name a few. SOOTHE Regimen shields against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, cracked, sensitive skin to help restore a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion—no matter what your skin tone.


Summer is coming espiecally in Louisiana!! Here are some tips as the weather warms up!

Play smart, cover up. Wearing sunscreen is crucial, but it’s just the first step of safeguarding skin from the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Whether you’re cruising around the golf course or relaxing at a barbeque, protect your skin with a long-sleeve layer (bonus points for fabrics with built-in SPF). Darker, tightly woven fabrics are more effective at blocking out sun—so a denim shirt offers an estimated UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 1,700 while a white cotton t-shirt only provides an average UPF of 7. Shield the delicate skin on your face and neck with a wide-brimmed sunhat.

Be water wise. Ready to hit the beach or lounge poolside? Sun reflection from sand, water and cement doubles the amount of UV exposure on your body, so  apply broad spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before you step outside. Chlorinated water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, tight, itchy, or even prone to a rash. Apply moisturizer before hitting the pool, then rinse off and re-moisturize again to help minimize skin irritation caused by dryness.

Don’t sweat it. Even water-resistant sunscreens eventually wear off, sweat off and wash off after fun in the sun. According to the FDA, ‘water-resistant’ sunscreens (like ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen) maintain effective SPF levels after 40 minutes in the water. Waterproof formulas start losing their effectiveness after 80 minutes in the water. Time flies when you’re splashing around—so keep an eye on the clock, and take breaks to reapply your sunscreen.

Climate counts. Skin is mainly hydrated from the outside, so it helps to factor in the forecast. Since dry, windy climates and sun exposure can dehydrate skin, apply moisturizer morning and night—especially in high altitudes. UV radiation also increases up to 12 percent for every 3,000 feet of elevation, so carry extra sunscreen to reapply. Not surprising, when summer heat combines with humidity, skin produces more oil. If you are already prone to sensitive or oily skin and live in a moist climate, try mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide which can provide a mattifying effect.

 Cool off. Our default water temperature for baths and showers tends to run high, but summer is a great time to change it up. Hot, steamy water dehydrates skin, which can leave you dry, itchy or visibly red. Opt for short, tepid showers year-round, apply moisturizer right after bathing, and stick to cool splashes of water when cleansing your face.

Plan ahead. Going just one day without sunscreen can ruin a month’s worth of good habits. Go for a full-body sun protection routine like Summer Skin ESSENTIALS, with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen and Lip Shield SPF 25, plus Daily Body Moisturizer to soothe and hydrate skin after sun exposure. Keep a bag packed by the door so that you don’t forget your summer skin must-haves: sunscreen, hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, water bottle, and long-sleeve shirt or beach cover-up.

Enjoy your summer days—from pool to putting green—and keep your skin healthy along the way. Check back all month long for expert derm advice, and share your top summer skincare tips with us below.


The hair, the makeup, the dress…your skin? That’s right, whether you’re the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid or a VIP guest, you want your skin to be as smooth and flawless as the wedding. But how do you get your complexion to say “I do” for the big day too?

Achieving a radiant, wedding-worthy complexion can be a time investment, so start as early as you can. Introduce new skincare, from cleansers to makeup to sunless tanners, no less than a month before the date, so you can eliminate any products that trigger even the slightest irritation.

If you don’t have any complex skincare concerns, and you want smoother, softer, more even-looking skin—exfoliation is one of the safest, simplest ways to get your skin glowing. Even the best makeup won’t hide the look of uneven skin texture, so consider ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, which uses sugar and salt to gently exfoliate. You can start using it up to one week before the wedding to remove old, built-up skin cells and allow younger, more vibrant cells to appear on the surface—and skin looks brighter after just one use.

Don’t exfoliate if you have a skin concern like adult acne. Instead consider the UNBLEMISH Regimen, which targets blemishes and works to prevent future breakouts. If you’ve developed brown spots from sun exposure or hyperpigmentation, the  REVERSE Regimen helps to visually brighten and even skin tone. (You might even get away with wearing less makeup.) When it comes to skincare, the most impressive results are seen over time, so plan accordingly. If the event is less than a month away, our cardinal rule is to only stick with products that are currently compatible (or are extremely gentle) with your skin.

What should you avoid? In the last four weeks, don’t even consider in-office dermatological procedures (like chemical peels or laser treatments). Resist any last-minute temptations to try new products or treatments. Keep up your natural glow by staying hydrated and moisturizing skin. Last-minute facials (except gentle exfoliation) are off limits, as are touching, picking or squeezing, which can all irritate skin. Finally, avoid unnecessary stress and over-cleansing which can cause breakouts.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, wear a wide-brimmed hat (unless you’re the bride) and apply your sunscreen (try it in advance so you can find a formula that works with your makeup).

Ultimately, through thick and thin, your skin is with you for life—so be good to it always.


Summer is the perfect time to show off your natural beauty…and post a selfie au naturel. Going foundation-free comes with great skin perks, and it can support a great cause—RF Go Naked Day. Post a makeup-free selfie using #RFGoNaked on July 8, and Rodan + Fields will donate $5 to the nonprofit buildOn to provide students with afterschool programs.

Start building your selfie confidence now so you’re ready to go naked (from the neck up):

STEP 1: Stick to your personal regimen. If you have existing concerns that make you camera-shy, follow a daily skincare routine (and be patient). Try UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle, or REVERSE Regimen to tackle the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Remember, attempting to hide imperfections with layers of foundation can actually aggravate skin (or even trigger acne or sensitivity), whereas taking a time-out from cosmetics frees your pores from product build-up.

STEP 2: Exfoliate to reveal a fresh ‘you’. Dull, flaky skin is a no-win situation. Daily exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells to give your complexion an instant reboot. A gentle facial massage (while applying moisturizer, for example) can also help boost your natural radiance.

STEP 3: Skip the photo filter—and take five. Before you snap a selfie, use SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment to rescue dry, chapped and red-looking skin in just 5 minutes. Dimethicone and allantoin fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce signs of sensitivity, while optical filters neutralize the look of redness.

STEP 4: Say hello, bright eyes. Leading up to your makeup-free photo session, give your peepers a little TLC with REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream. Peptides help minimize the look of crow’s feet and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Plus, optical filters visibly brighten the eye area—so you can skip the concealer.

STEP 5: Smile. Put your best pucker forward by applying ESSENTIALS Lip Shield. This smooth, hydrating formula keeps lips feeling soft and youthful-looking, while adding SPF 25 sun protection.

No matter where you are on your journey to a healthy-looking complexion, try skipping the foundation for just a day and see how great it feels to give your skin a fresh start.


When you step up your workout goals this summer, remember to set the bar just as high for your skincare routine. Follow this workout mantra for your skin: cleanse, sweat, cleanse. And make sure your gym bag contains:


First things first, don’t sweat the makeup. Wearing foundation or powder already creates a barrier on skin. Combine that with perspiration and oil from exercise, and you’re looking at the perfect recipe for blocked pores and blackheads. If you don’t have time for a complete pre-workout face wash at the sink, use facial cleansing cloths to remove makeup.


Keep broad-spectrum face and body sunscreen in your gym bag, so you’re ready to add a layer of sun protection when you take your workout outside. Better yet, opt for a non-sticky, water-resistant formula so you can sweat (or splash around) worry-free—and remember to take breaks to reapply periodically.


Carry a clean towel to wipe your brow and a separate one to place on machines. Gyms are not just a battleground for building muscle, they’re also a hotbed for bacteria. Clean equipment with wipes and sprays before using handlebars, free weights and yoga mats, not just bike seats or back rests. As always, avoid touching your face during a workout and wash your hands afterwards.


Washing your face after working out is essential. Sulfur-based cleansers are great for oily or acne-prone skin, since they can penetrate clogged pores while reducing the appearance of redness. Exfoliating cleansers can also remove the build-up of sweat, bacteria and oil while drawing impurities from pores—just resist the urge to scrub too hard.


Don’t let humidity fool you. Swimming, sun exposure and extra showers all create the perfect storm of dehydrating factors that can strip skin of its natural moisture barrier, leaving it dry, chapped and sensitive. While steam baths feel great on sore muscles, turn down the temperature to spare your skin irritation. Then apply moisturizing lotion while skin is still damp to seal in moisture.

Whether you’re cardio kickboxing or getting your yoga flow on, aim to start and finish your routine fresh-faced. Remember, taking care of your body by exercising is a beautiful thing.