Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment

by Rodan and Fields   Soothe
$80 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Considering what this moisturizer costs, it’s embarrassing that the formula isn’t up to par for sensitive skin and that most of the helpful ingredients (which is what you’re paying extra for) are present only in minuscule amounts. It also contains fragrant plant oils that are potent skin irritants, which is especially disappointing given that this product is marketed for sensitive, reddened skin!

The “optical filters” referred to in the claims are merely mica (a mineral pigment that adds shine) and titanium dioxide, which is present in an amount that’s high enough to leave a whitish cast on skin. That will help mask redness, but a neutral-toned foundation or tinted moisturizer would do a much better job.

A silicone (dimethicone) and soothing agent are the active ingredients, but the amounts aren’t much different from the amounts in many other moisturizers that don’t call out these skin protectants as active ingredients. This product also contains an oil from the plant Perilla ocymoides, which is known to cause contact dermatitis, once again a problem for sensitive skin. Given that there are so many great plant oils that are known for their anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties, this adds up to an overall poor formulation for any skin type (Sources:, Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, April 2003, pages 560–563; and Biochemical Pharmacology, August 2004, pages 433–439).

Hydrating cream with exclusive rfp3 peptide technology helps to interrupt the inflammatory cascade to promote smooth, clear, healthy-looking skin. Fda-recognized skin protectants, dimethicone and allantoin, along with antioxidants and natural lipids, restore the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness, reduce sensitivity, and calm irritation. Optical filters immediately neutralize the look of redness.

Active: Dimethicone (2.9%), Allantoin (0.5%) Other: Water, Glycerin, Isododecane, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, PEG-40 Stearate, Polysilicone-11, Phospholipids, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Dimethylacrylamide /Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolyol, Titanium Dioxide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Bisabolol, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Linolenic Acid, Lysolecithin, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Honey Extract, Chlorhexadine Digluconate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Tetrapeptide-16, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Oligopeptide-10, Tropolone, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol

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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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • This brand is so over hyped (mostly by the consultants themselves.) They act like the products sent from God himself. Real annoying considering they are average products at best. I did try this product (as well as their other lines) - they did nothing to help my skin. Way over priced. Thank goodness for Paula's Choice!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Crazy good stuff!!!
    • SOOTHE is the best product I have ever used. I call it my "miracle in a bottle, " and won't leave the house without it. It's the only product my kids will let me use on them, and IT WORKS!!! Dry skin, diaper rash, bug bites, sunburn, eczema, you name it, it's got you covered. This is the first winter that my skin hasn't been dry and flaky too. Worth it's weight in gold!!!

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