Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment
Considering what this moisturizer costs, it’s embarrassing that the formula isn’t up to par for sensitive skin and that most of the helpful ingredients (which is what you’re paying extra for) are present only in minuscule amounts. It also contains fragrant plant oils that are potent skin irritants, which is especially disappointing given that this product is marketed for sensitive, reddened skin!
The “optical filters” referred to in the claims are merely mica (a mineral pigment that adds shine) and titanium dioxide, which is present in an amount that’s high enough to leave a whitish cast on skin. That will help mask redness, but a neutral-toned foundation or tinted moisturizer would do a much better job.
A silicone (dimethicone) and soothing agent are the active ingredients, but the amounts aren’t much different from the amounts in many other moisturizers that don’t call out these skin protectants as active ingredients. This product also contains an oil from the plant Perilla ocymoides, which is known to cause contact dermatitis, once again a problem for sensitive skin. Given that there are so many great plant oils that are known for their anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties, this adds up to an overall poor formulation for any skin type (Sources: www.natutaldatabase.com, Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, April 2003, pages 560–563; and Biochemical Pharmacology, August 2004, pages 433–439).
Hydrating cream with exclusive rfp3 peptide technology helps to interrupt the inflammatory cascade to promote smooth, clear, healthy-looking skin. Fda-recognized skin protectants, dimethicone and allantoin, along with antioxidants and natural lipids, restore the skins barrier to relieve dryness, reduce sensitivity, and calm irritation. Optical filters immediately neutralize the look of redness.
Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance
Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.
Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.
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