Update: I no longer use Rodan and Fields products. You can read about my current skincare routine, here.
If you haven’t heard of Rodan + Fields, then you probably don’t have Facebook, where scrolling through your feed, it seems like a third of your friends are selling it. It’s a premium skin care line that promises to deliver amazing results, by Drs. Rodan and Fields, creators of the popular acne line we all used in high school/college, Proactiv. And before I go on – no, I don’t sell it, and don’t plan to, so this is a totally unbiased review and I am not being compensated for this post.
I’ll be totally honest — most of the time, I’m annoyed by MLM companies because of some of their member’s marketing tactics. I have several friends involved in various MLM companies, and I admire the work they put into it and the organic way they talk about the products. They’re not pushy and don’t guilt friends and family into making purchases — if you’re one of these people, I salute you!
But, on the other side, there’s nothing I can’t stand more than lengthy Facebook posts about someone “owning their own business” (you still work for a company, selling their products) and being able to be a “present mother” by working from home. I support all women in their choices to do what’s best for their families, but I think that kind of messaging is off-putting. And don’t even get me started on preying on other women’s insecurities to get them to buy a product. I have gotten DMs from multiple women, even at a couple of months postpartum, about all kinds of slimming wraps and pills and shakes. NO. No no no. This is NOT ok.
Okay, vent over. I just had to get that out there, because those kinds of posts were one of the reasons I never wanted to try R+F or many other MLM products. If you want me as a customer, find creative ways to educate me about your product and make me want to try it on my own. Create content that is original and compelling instead of sharing the same things everyone else does.
So…let’s get to the point of this post — do Rodan + Fields products really work?
In short- for me, yes, they did. I find my skin to be more even, with less discoloration, smoother and with smaller pores. I have been much more comfortable being makeup-free and my skin just feels different – the texture really has improved and it’s more glow-y. I have never gotten more compliments on my skin in my life. Obviously I’m wearing makeup when people comment on my skin— however, my skin shows through my makeup (you can still see freckles) and my makeup looks better on my skin (and I use less of it) because the texture is so much smoother and my pores are more diminished in appearance.
THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN ABOUT ONE WEEK AFTER BEGINNING MY RODAN + FIELDS REGIMEN:
Note the fine lines, age spots, discoloration and larger pore size. Also, #postpartumhairloss. That scar above my lip is one I’ve had since I was 7, but I usually cover it with concealer. I’m obviously not wearing any makeup in these photos.
THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AFTER APPROOXIMATELY 5 MONTHS OF USING MY RODAN + FIELDS REGIMEN- READ MORE BELOW ABOUT EXACT PRODUCTS USED:
The long story: Lincoln’s physical therapist that he saw as a baby is a consultant and I had always complimented her skin. She offered to let me try a regimen and we decided on the Redefine 3-step regimen.
I used it religiously and after a few weeks, my skin looked better, but I was hoping to see a reduction in my sun spots, too. That’s when my consultant Angie recommend I add the Reverse step C3 into my existing regimen. I purchased it right away, and that product was truly the winner that made the largest difference in my skin. It’s a combination of retinol and vitamin C cream and you mix them together before applying it to your skin.
I used the 3-step Redefine regimen religiously for about 3 months and then I stopped using the cleanser and went back to my La Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser. The Redefine cleanser is a cleansing mask that you leave on your skin for a few minutes and I found that it never felt like it fully cleaned my makeup off and I felt like it almost left a residue. Simply put, I just prefer a gel cleanser.
So I ditched the cleanser and was using the Redefine toner, Redefine PM cream at night and the Reverse step C3 cream during the day and this combo is what made the largest difference in my skin. When I ran out of the night redefine PM cream, I started to use the Reverse step C3 both day and night – I saw great sun-spot fading results using it twice per day.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I got so many compliments on my skin at the conference I attended recently and I was kind of blown away by that because I’m not someone who has ever considered my skin to be a great asset of mine. But truly, my skin has changed. Y’all know I used tanning beds back in the day and it helped reverse some of that damage. I also wear this sunscreen religiously now (as you should if you’re using retinol and just in general to protect your skin from signs of aging).
So, do I think Rodan + Fields products are “worth it?” Yes— I think they’re a good starting off point if you’re just getting into skin care. The regimens are simple, easy to follow and last a long time (2-4 months). Using a 3-step regimen will get you into a good habit caring for your skin, especially once you’re in your thirties and want to prevent signs of aging/be more proactive. The regimens aren’t inexpensive by any means, but if you calculated how much it broke down to per month, it’s actually quite reasonable.
As an update to this post: there are many other better skincare lines that I now use including Biologique Rescherche, Drunk Elephant and Sunday Riley. You can see my updated skincare routine post here.
Rodan + Fields was the first time I used retinol/vitamin C products on my skin with any consistency. My dermatologist told me that retinol was the gold standard to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look its best, and I believe it. I didn’t use any skin care for about four years (though both pregnancies and nursing), so prior to this, I never had a defined, regular skin care regimen. I can see now that if you truly commit to one, the difference can be remarkable.
In my next post, I’ll be sharing my skin care routine now that I’ve finished my R + F products (see it here). It involves retinol, vitamin C and my first-ever foray into injections (spoiler alert- it’s botox!) Stay tuned!
PS- you can also really see the progression of my lash growth and thickness in these photos. I use Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and swear by it! I had the same results with it as I did with Latisse!
BELOW ARE PROGRESSION PHOTOS FROM START TO FINISH OF MY RODAN + FIELDS REGIMEN, TAKEN OVER AN APPROXIMATELY 5-MONTH PERIOD.
*Please note that these are my personal copyrighted photos and I do not authorize them to be used by any consultant to promote their business. You may link to my blog post in its entirety if you would like to share my results.