Anti-Age Hydrating Toner should contain some extraordinary ingredients that have a noticeably positive impact on skin; why else would you spend so much money for a toner? Alas, this water- and alcohol-based product is bound to be problematic for all skin types, causing dryness, irritation, and free-radical damage (Sources: U.S. Pharmacist, March 2005, pages 17–23; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm). There are some very good water-binding agents in this product, but their effect is negated by the alcohol. The hyped ingredient is Melaslow, an extract from the peel of the Japanese plant Citrus unshiu, but there are no studies proving that it improves skin texture and clarity. The only research pertaining to this fruit concerns its anti-inflammatory effect when it’s ingested, but consumption is not comparable to topical application (Source: Cancer Research, September 15, 2000, pages 5059–5066). Besides, this product contains only trace amounts of the stuff, so the potential, if any, would be nil due to the low concentration.
Provides energy to boost skin's metabolism. Energizes cell turnover. Brightens the complexion. Prepares skin for steps to follow.
Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Witch Hazel, Trehalose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Creatine, Caffeine, Acetyl Carnitine HCL, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Fragrance, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol
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.
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