I've always believed that beautiful skin starts with a good skincare regimen. You want to feel confident in the skin you're in, whether you have a full face of makeup or not a trace of it. Simply put, skincare is the most important step in my beauty routine. But it's also something that I've struggled with in recent years.
I was fortunate to never experience skin issues in my teens. Although I always took care of my skin, I started experiencing breakouts in my early 20's. It came at a time that was already stressful for me and the skin issues on top of it only led to more. It's a vicious cycle because stress wreaks havoc on our cortisol levels and in turn, our skin. Since I'm in a visual profession with HD cameras (which can be unforgiving), I was very self-conscious about these breakouts. I was confused as to why this was suddenly happening, seemingly out of nowhere.
I started to do some research and discovered that many women in their 20's experience problems with their skin, who had never dealt with breakouts or acne before. When I visited my dermatologist, he quickly wrote up numerous prescriptions for oral medication. However, I didn't want to go that route. Shoutout to my wise mom who also encouraged me not to fill those prescriptions (she always knows what's up). I decided I wanted to find a solution the natural way. Shortly after, I visited another dermatologist who explained that she would never recommend placing me on those medications because they often perpetuate the problem by throwing off our natural balance even more. Changes in hormone, stress, diet and exercise can all impact the health of our skin. Of course, products play a large role in this too. So, I set out on a mission to find a balance between all of these things to improve my skin and in turn, my overall health.
Through a combination of a diet rich in Omega-3, a more consistent sleep schedule and overall, lower stress, my skin gradually improved and then cleared. I still have to be careful about the types of products I use because my skin tends to be more reactive now -- which is why I was a little wary when a good friend of mine from college approached me about Rodan + Fields. After hearing more about the company, the ingredients used and their money-back guarantee, I decided to give it a try.
I've been using the Redefine Regimen since September and I couldn't be happier with the results. My skin feels hydrated, smooth and rejuvenated. The past four months have been among my busiest. Between my sister's beautiful wedding, a full work schedule (football season is always the craziest), and the holidays, my skin has been put to the test. Which means, my Rodan + Fields products have been as well. Let me tell you, they passed with flying colors.
Now that you've heard my skincare saga, I'm breaking down the R + F skincare products I use on a daily basis.
I start off by washing my face with the Daily Cleansing Mask every morning and night. It is a Kaolin clay-based cleansing mask, which means it draws impurities from the skin. I like to leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off. It exfoliates my skin without feeling too harsh.
After cleansing, I use the pore-minimizing toner. Gentle polyhydroxy acids exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells while natural oligosaccharides help reduce the appearance of pores and prepare skin for the products that follow. My skin feels so fresh and smooth after using this! Sometimes I go a little crazy with the toner because I love it so much, but a little goes a long way.
In the morning, I follow-up with the Triple Defense Treatment, a moisturizer with SPF 30 protection. It contains a clinically tested concentration of powerful peptides. On days I don't use this moisturizer, I feel and see the difference in my skin. Seriously, give me all the peptides!
In the evening, I use the overnight restorative cream. My skin has never felt more hydrated! Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin prevent moisture loss, while 12-hour, time-released vitamins A, C and E leave my skin feeling super refreshed. This product will leave you saying, I woke up like this.
Every morning and evening, I also apply the multi-function eye cream. It helps to keep those dark circles in check! I've also found it serves as a great primer for concealer. It keeps my eyes hydrated and smooth all day.
Have you tried Rodan + Fields products before? If so, I'd love to hear about your experience. If not, my friend, Julie would be thrilled to consult you on your skincare needs.
She is so knowledgeable and will help match you to the best products to suit your needs. Julie is truly passionate about skincare and is always offering great deals to her clients.