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Rodan and Fields
Redefine Triple Defense Treatment
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1 fl. oz. for $80
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.07.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen earns points for including stabilized avobenzone, one of the few active ingredients that provides reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection. The silky base formula glides over skin and works well with makeup applied over it, but for what this costs, it should contain higher amounts of antioxidants and repairing ingredients—not to mention the jar packaging this comes in won’t keep those helpful ingredients stable during use.

Last, given the cost, you have to ask yourself how liberally you’ll apply this sunscreen. Given its size, if you’re applying enough of this to your face and neck each day, it’ll be gone in a month! OK, one more comment: dermatologists (which is what Drs. Rodan and Fields are) should know better than to add fragrance to a product, because fragrance isn’t skin care.

Claims

REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment is a moisturizing treatment with photostable broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. It contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin.

Ingredients

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 2.5%; Octisalate 5%; Octocrylene 2.7%. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sucrose Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyurethane-40, Hydrolyzed Silk, Fragrance, Silica, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Iron Oxides, Tetrapeptide-21, Resveratrol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Talc, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Humic Acids, Sodium Hyaluronate

Brand Overview

Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance

Strengths: Two fantastic skin-lightening products with hydroquinone; a well-packaged retinol product; every sunscreen provides sufficient UVA protection; some fragrance-free options.

Weaknesses: Expensive; jar packaging hinders effectiveness of several otherwise impressive products; sunscreens should contain more bells and whistles for the money; eyebrow-raising amount of products with irritating ingredients.

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.

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02.22.2015
Question regarding your reviews of R&F

Paula, when you review these products are you just using them once? If you are, can I recommend that you review the entire regimen after it's been used for 30-60 days? All four products included in the regimen are intended to be used together, one after the other for best results. They are also formulated to last 60 days, which they do. I cannot agree with your reviews on this line if you are not reviewing each regimen as a whole. Thank you :)

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02.26.2015
Paula's Choice Research Team Response

Hi there! Thank you for your feedback and thoughts. SO, the product reviews the Beautypedia team writes are based on scientific and medical research, not opinion or personal feelings about a product. For example, we don’t base reviews for skincare on personal experience with the product, because without question that would force an opinion (and what we personally like or what works for us isn’t going to translate to thousands of others).  We totally get the concern you have about bias, which is why we set up our review system as we have—free of personal opinion.

Instead, we evaluate skincare products based on what the research has demonstrated to be true, and what we know from our studies and interviews with dermatologists, cosmetic chemists, toxicologists, and the like. It’s just like evaluating a food product by reading the ingredient list and nutrition facts label; these labels can tell you a great deal without you having to actually eat the food (and we all know how people’s food tastes can differ). Whether you use one product or four from a line doesn't change whether those products do or do not contain the ingredients necessary to live up to their claims, and it doesn't change the impact of any potential irritants to skin. You don't need to use all of the products from this collection for the sunscreen to work, for example.

Lastly, The Paula’s Choice Research Team no longer reviews products for Beautypedia, and while The Beautypedia Team is still a part of Paula’s Choice Skincare, what’s new—and you may not yet have known—is that now we have two teams working independently to bring you the best quality reviews, products, and  research-supported expert advice you know and love. One team is dedicated to Beautypedia and product reviews from other brands; the other is dedicated to Paula’s Choice skincare and its unique combination of expertly formulated products and advice on a wide range of beauty-related topics. Hope that helps! - Nathan

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