Reverse Intensive Brightening Toner contains an amount of irritants this contains makes it a problematic product for all skin types. This product contains alcohol, witch hazel and solvents which encourage these irritants to penetrate skin, which only means increased risk for irritation. This ends up being a burn for skin and pocketbook, though it does contain a couple of promising skin-lightening ingredients among the problematic ingredients. See our list of Best Skin-Lightening Products for superior choices.
REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner delivers a proprietary blend of kojic acid, antioxidants, salicylic acid and licorice to brighten skin, fade the appearance of discoloration and reveal a more radiant complexion.
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Alcohol, Kojic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Fragrance, Sodium Sulfite, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hydroxide, Alanine, Disodium ETDA, Glycine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Silica
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.