This fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is an excellent and, yes, soothing option for normal to dry or sensitive skin that's not prone to breakouts.
The silky formula contains gentle mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and they're joined by skin-defending antioxidants, anti-irritants, and a skin-repairing ingredient. For what this costs, we'd like to see the antioxidants more prominent in the formula, but their inclusion should prove helpful.
Although we're giving this our highest rating, keep in mind that any SPF-rated product that costs this much may discourage liberal application, but liberal application is absolutely necessary to achieve the SPF rating the label states. If you think the price may keep you from applying this liberally, think twice before purchasing.
One more comment: Although the amount of mineral actives ensures excellent broad-spectrum sun protection, this untinted formula leaves a bit of a white cast. Be sure to blend thoroughly each time you apply (and reapply).
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula contains proven soothing ingredients.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Suitable for sensitive skin, including rosacea.
- Contains antioxidants for additional benefits beyond sun protection.
- Expensive, which may discourage liberal application.
- Can leave a white cast unless blended very well.
Formulated without chemical sunscreens, fragrance, dyes or alcohol that can irritate sensitive skin, this lightweight formula protects without compromising skin’s delicate moisture barrier as it calms and soothes. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB formula contains only mineral-based sunscreen ingredients that deflect the sun’s rays, keeping the skin’s surface cooler to minimize the appearance of facial redness. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, including rosacea-prone skin.
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 12%, Titanium Dioxide 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Methicone, Silica, 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.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.