This system consists of a dermal roller device along with a fragrance-free serum that contains retinol. The serum (Anti-Age Night Renewing Serum) is packaged in individually sealed, single-use capsules. It's well formulated; in addition to containing retinol, it also treats skin to a couple of cell-communicating peptides and has a silky texture. It isn't the most well-rounded retinol serum around, but definitely contains some worthwhile anti-aging ingredients.
Although the serum is nice, the attention-getting aspect of this set is the AMP MD Roller. This plastic device is outfitted with what the company refers to as "surgical-grade acupuncture needles", and make not mistake, they hurt, even when you use this device as directed. You're supposed to roll it over your face at least three nights per week. Using "moderate and comfortable pressure", you roll the device in different directions around the face, making 4–10 passes. The idea is that the needles "amp up anti-aging results" by creating microscropic pathways (read: wounds) on skin's surface that supposedly allow the ingredients in the accompanying serum to penetrate deeper. We cannot stress enough that this device is more gimmicky than helpful, and that it really does hurt during use. The needles feel like pin pricks on skin, and it's all too easy to overdo it, leading to more problems than benefits.
- The Anti-Age Night Renewing Serum is well formulated and packaged to ensure the stability of retinol.
- Serum is fragrance-free.
- Serum improves skin texture and tone.
- The AMP MD Roller hurts to use, even when used as directed.
- There is no solid proof that using the roller device to "injure" skin produces better results than using skin-care products alone.
- Not recommended for sensitive skin (Rodan + Fields states this on their Web site, too).
Note: the serum can be purchased without the roller device; cost is $89 for 60 capsules.
AMP MD is a non-invasive, skincare roller clinically proven to safely and effectively condition the uppermost layers of the skin to allow for maximum benefits associated with the skin-transforming ingredients of ANTI-AGE Night Renewing Serum.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-8, Retinol, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, BHT
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 skin-care products. The Rodan + Fields supposedly therapeutic 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.
Lots of consumers believe that dermatologist-developed products will be the answer for their skin-care woes; but, in two words, they aren't. After reviewing dozens of so-called doctor-designed product lines, including this one, we can tell you there are no miracles to be found, and often there are some problematic products to steer clear of. Overall, many of these lines are quite comparable to other product lines without the physician headliner credentials and exorbitant prices. (Shockingly, Rodan + Fields' acne products are virtually identical to their ProActiv products, except that these cost more. We assume they thought no one would notice; perhaps they are right.)
Many consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skin-care 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, as you will see from the reviews below, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging. Considering that these are really pricey products, this is not good news.
Rodan + Fields does deserve kudos for being one of the few cosmetics companies to list the ingredients for each product on their Web site. It’s a major help for beleaguered, savvy consumers who care about this detail. Still, it would have been better all around if they offered more thoughtful, less problematic formulas.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.