#RFGoNakedDay…just do it!

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The countdown is on. With just over one week remaining until our third annual #RFGoNaked Day, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields are calling on you to go naked (from the neck up).

Flaunt your au naturel complexion by posting a makeup-free selfie on Friday, July 8. For every selfie, Rodan + Fields® will donate $5 through the Prescription for Change® (PFC) Foundation to our nonprofit partner, buildOn, to help support students in need. The goal is to Engage kids in school and Empower their future!

Click on the video link to hear from Drs. Rodan and Fields about this great event!

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Do it for a great cause!

Happy Selfie’s!

Stacey

 

WEDDING DAY SKINCARE COUNTDOWN

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The hair, treal-bride-illusion-neckline-wedding-dresshe 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 wi
th 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.

Share this article with friends who are planning (or planning to attend) a wedding, so they can have radiant skin.

Published in DermRF June 10, 2016

Be You! Shine on my dear!

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Sounds so cliche, right? But I truly believe this in my heart of hearts. Deep in my soul I know that what matters most is what I believe to be true and that I am trying my best to utilize my God-Given talents. Do I wish one of those was singing, yes!…But hey…I’ll settle for being a motivator and inpiration to othere!

Know who you are. Love who you are! Be you and Love the Life you are given!

…and of course…Love your Skin!

Blessings!

Stacey

 

FACT VS. FICTION: FAIR-SKINNED PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN

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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.

Share this article with a friend who is battling sensitive skin:

Published in DermRF, Rodan and Fields Blog; May 27, 2016

 

What to get for a Dad who has everything?!

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A note to my Dad:

“Happy Father’s Day Dad! You have set the example for hard work, motivation and now you are enjoying your retirement!  To be honest…you are sooo hard to buy for! You are the king of gizmos and gadgets; so how do I top the Yeti I bought you from last year?  Which I still can’t believe you didn’t have one!”

One thing about my Dad…he looked like Grizzly Adams when I was growing up (if you are old enough to know who that was?!) He is 6′ 3″ tall and had jet black hair and his black beard tickled us! Now he’s retired  he decided to shave the mane…WHAT?! No beard for Dad? Will I even recognize him?!

beyondtheshaveI reached out to my step-mom and suggested that he only use the best products on his beautiful face, now that he has embarked into the world of shaving!

Drum-roll please…I decided to get Dad his very own Rodan and Fields Products made specfically for men!

 

 

Beyond the Shave, specifically for men, which includes the following:

  1. UNBLEMISH ACNE SULFUR WASH: Softens facial hairs for less razor irritation and a smoother shave with this 2-in-1 shave cream and facial cleanser.
  2. SOOTHE SENSITIVE SKIN TREATMENT: Comfort and moisturize freshly shaved skin with proprietary RFp3 peptide technology.
  3. REDEFINE TRIPLE DEFENSE TREATMENT: Smooth and protect skin with this moisturizer, power-packed with peptides and SPF 30.

I can’t wait to hear how he likes it!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing Dad’s out there, past and present!

Blessings,

Stacey

 

 

FACT VS. FICTION: USING MULTIPLE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER CREATES BETTER RESULTS.

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FICTION. Mixology may be a fun way to find your signature cocktail, but combining too many different skincare products is not likely to produce the results you’re after. Plus, if you’re not careful, product mixing can actually aggravate, rather than improve, your skin.

What’s the trick to multi-product success? Start by familiarizing yourself with the active and cosmetic ingredients in your skincare routine so you can recognize (and avoid) the most common mixology problems:

1) A lose-lose situation. Sometimes the ingredients in different products counteract each other, which means you won’t see the intended benefits of either product on your skin (for example, alpha hydroxy acids cancel the benefits of vitamin C-based products).

2) Tandem irritation strikes. In other words, your skin is fine when the products are used independently, but use them together, and hello skin irritation. This is common when combining multiple products with anti-aging benefits (think: retinol and alpha hydroxy acids).

3) Beware of product incompatibility. This is easy to test for by rubbing your face after the second product has dried. If it peels, balls, or curdles, you’re looking at products that don’t mix.

These ingredients simply don’t play nice with each other:

Retinol.* This derivative of vitamin A is a must-have when it comes to visibly improving skin texture and minimizing the appearance of pores. However, dryness, redness or irritation can result from mixing retinol with glycolic acids, alpha hydroxy acids (in many wrinkle-minimizing products), or salicylic acids (in acne treatments). It’s no surprise then, retinol and the acne-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide actually deactivate each other.

Citric acid. Commonly found in moisturizers, this effective ingredient is destined to be a loner. Citric acid often causes irritation if layered with other products.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and vitamin C. These acid-based ingredients actually destabilize each other, leaving the antioxidants ineffective, so choose products with one or the other—but don’t combine them or you risk redness, peeling and irritation. Also steer clear of retinol if you’re using either of these acids.

Word to the skin-wise: Get to know the ingredients that work in harmony with your skin (and with each other)—but leave the mixology to dermatologists. Stick to a collection of products clinically designed to work together, and your skin will thank you. 

*Please consult with your doctor before using Retinol while pregnant or nursing.

Published in DermRF on June 17, 2016; Rodan and Fields

 

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