02.05.2014
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SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream
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1.7 fl. oz. for $53
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.05.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Rodan + Fields' Soothe line is designed for sensitive skin, and this fragrance-free moisturizer is indeed suitable for that skin type, assuming your skin is also dry because this has a rich texture.

This moisturizer contains an interesting mix of standard but beneficial ingredients like glycerin and silicone, plus novel plant oils such as Echium plantagineum, which is a rich source of fatty acids, and a type of yeast known as Pichia anomala, although there's no research on the latter ingredient and its potential benefit (or lack thereof) for skin. Also on hand are non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils such as olive and grape seed.

This moisturizer also contains a soothing plant extract, but, ideally, more soothing ingredients would make the product's name more accurate. Still, there are no known irritants and those with sensitive, dry skin should find this works quite well, although you don't need to spend nearly this much for an effective moisturizer.

Rodan + Fields' claim that 98% of this moisturizer is a blend of moisturizing ingredients is accurate, but that doesn't mean this is head and shoulders above the rest. In truth, most moisturizers for dry skin could make similar boasts, because the non-moisturizing ingredients (typically preservatives, fragrance, and the like) typically comprise around 3% of a given moisturizer formula.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin, including rosacea.
  • Contains some excellent ingredients to restore and repair dry skin.
  • Non-fragrant plant oils provide antioxidant benefits (and the tube packaging helps ensure these delicate ingredients remain stable).
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • The yeast ingredient doesn't have any research pertaining to its benefit for skin (whereas some other types of yeast do, so the question is why not use one of those instead?).
Claims

Rich, dewy formula replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors as it soothes, hydrates and nourishes. Nearly all of the formula (over 98%) is an exclusive blend of skin beneficial moisturizers, humectants, skin conditioners and protectants that offer effective, long-lasting moisturization.

Ingredients

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carnitine, Pichia Anomala Extract, Canola Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Urea, Triacetin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide

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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03.17.2015
reason why I love Rodan + Fields

I have horrible psoriasis and soothe saved my skin

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03.16.2015
Love it!!!

i love this stuff. My skin feels amazing after and so gentle I use it on all of my kids (ages 9,7 4 months)

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vanessa P
03.26.2014
SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream

I am very pleased with some of my Rodan & Fields products but this is not one of them. It has all those moisturizing ingredients but It does not effectively moisturize my skin and is just as poor as numerous drugstore products I have tried for my dry sensitive and redness-prone skin. It does seem to reduce redness but my skin has little flakes all over it.

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