You probably make choices all the time about whether to buy a lotion or a cream when it comes to your day moisturizer and night face cream.
How do you make an informed decision? Sometimes products are formulated as a cream or lotion based on which one is a better vehicle for ingredients. But often, it is also a format choice that takes into account your skin type, the season or simply personal preference that will help with your Regimen compliance in the long run.
Which should you slather on for smoother, softer skin?
Here’s what you need to know about the differences between creams and lotions.
What is the difference between a cream and a lotion?
When it comes to formulation, typically, lotions are formulated with water, as opposed to oil. Creams are the opposite, as they are usually made with oil. Lotions tend to be lighter and thinner, absorbing into the skin easily. Creams are richer and tend to take a bit longer to absorb, as well. Some skincare products are formulated as creams and others as lotions because these respective formulas offer a delivery system that helps certain ingredients penetrate the skin.
REDEFINE Regimen gives you the option to choose a lotion or a cream in Step 3 in your customized routine. Regimens backed by our Multi-Med Therapy approach take the guesswork out of selecting a skincare routine by providing a complex set of ingredients and technologies that work in a simple step-by-step way.
Depending on your choice of lotion or cream, the ingredients are purposefully combined, providing the perfect vehicle to deliver benefits. Your Regimen is also applied in the right order to produce maximum effectiveness and results.
What are the benefits of a face cream?
Heavier moisturizers have higher oil and wax content and work well for dry skin. Those with extremely dry skin reap the benefits of thick creams and ointments because of moisture-locking and protective qualities of these formulations. Creams help protect your skin’s moisture barrier from being damaged.
REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Creamis a rich, deeply moisturizing Retinoid cream for night. It combinesBakuchiol, a naturally-derived alternative to Retinol, and Glycolic Acid to target fine lines and deep wrinkles for smoother-looking skin. It also visibly lifts, sculpts and defines to improve facial contours for younger-looking skin.
What are the benefits of a lotion?
Lotions for both face and body seep into the skin quickly. What’s great about this is you can take care of your skin and get on with your day — no waiting for this type of formula to absorb. Best for normal-to-combination skin types, lotions provide light moisturization incorporating little or no oil to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. Perfect for those who are oily or acne-prone, lotions with low levels of emulsifiers and oils work well.
REDEFINE Overnight Reparative Lotion is a potent nighttime finishing step that defines to improve facial contours for younger-looking skin. This product boasts Retinal MD Technology, which targets fine lines and deep wrinkles to visibly sculpt, define, and smooth skin. Retinal is a form of Vitamin A that’s more potent than Retinol.
How do you know which one would be better for you?
There are a few factors at play here. One is skin type. Those with oily skin might find creams a bit heavy and may want to opt for a lotion instead. That said, a cream might work well for nighttime use for this crew. If you have dry skin, you may want a cream for day and night, but prefer a lotion in the hot summer months. In a nutshell, those with oily and acne-prone skin should choose a lotion. Those with sensitive and combination skin can do either option—and will probably use both formulas at different times of the year. Those with dry skin will likely want to choose a cream year-round, morning and night.
How does texture factor in when making your skincare choices?
Texture plays a major role when it comes to choosing which products make it into your skincare routine. We test out formulas to find the one that’s the best fit for our skincare goals — but also for the elegant formulation we crave. Skincare is self-care, after all. Loving your skincare routine is especially vital for your skin. It becomes a ritual. The right cream or lotion for you — the scent, the feel, all of it— ensures you’ll use your products every morning and night. This helps you achieve the results you’re seeking. It takes a few weeks of regular, consistent use to see a visible difference, so stick with it!
From targeted Instagram ads for supplement powders to add to your morning coffee, to the many methods of stimulating it in your own skin, you’ve likely heard talk of collagen. Collagen has recently skyrocketed in popularity. It’s found not only in skincare products but in shampoos, the aforementioned nutrition powders and body creams. So, what is it all about and what role does it play with regard to your skin? In this post, we’ll tackle what exactly collagen is, the relationship it has with your skin as you age and what ingredients you should be looking for in your skincare to boost your skin’s collagen. Find out which products to choose and when you can expect results. Here, your guide to everything you always wanted to know about collagen and more.
What Is Collagen?
Let’s begin with the basics. What is collagen? Collagen is a protein that provides structure to your bones, skin, tendons and ligaments —essentially, much of your body. Collagen’s role with regard to skincare is vital from both a functional and cosmetic perspective. The reality is that everyone’s normal aging process causes a decrease in the skin’s natural collagen production and this leads to a number of common aesthetic skin concerns. These include everything from lines and wrinkles to a loss of firmness to uneven texture in the skin. In other words, these are the visible signs of a lack or decreased levels of collagen on your skin.
When Should You Focus on Boosting Collagen?
When is the right time to stimulate your own collagen production? According to dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay, everyone aged 20 and up should be using some type of treatment that speeds up cell renewal. “By the time you are 50 years old, you have half as much of your collagen and half as much of your hyaluronic acid as you would in your 20s,” Dr. Bucay explains. Here’s another fun fact: She notes that every year, you lose 3% of your collagen, which is what gives the skin support. She uses a mattress as an analogy. “Collagen is like the mattress covering,” Dr. Bucay explains. “It holds everything together.” To further the analogy, in this scenario, Hyaluronic Acid is the coils, she says. “They resist compressive forces, and the less we are able to resist these forces, the harder it is for the skin to bounce back,” she says. For example, you know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and have that line from the pillow? The older you get, the longer it takes for that line to disappear. After your mid-30s, it can take at least an hour plus for that line to go away. Note to self: It’s good to invest in a silk pillowcase.
What You Eat Makes A Difference
A healthy diet is also integral to supporting the natural process of collagen production. Eat protein-rich foods from plant or animal sources to get amino acids. More nutrients that assist in the process of producing collagen are zinc, Vitamin C and copper. You’ll find these in fruits and vegetables. You’ll find zinc in dairy, red meat and poultry, along with beans, nuts, crab, lobster and whole grains. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, green and red peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and winter squash. Copper is in dark chocolate (yes!), leafy greens, shiitake mushrooms, nuts and seeds.
What You Don’t Eat Also Makes A Difference
You also want to avoid things that accelerate collagen damage, of course. Some things that are associated with creating a decline in collagen production are probably not a surprise to you. Smoking and UV rays are high on the list of things you should avoid. And what you don’t eat is important as well. Avoid eating foods that are high in sugar or reaching for a lot of refined carbohydrates. These can also have a negative effect on increasing collagen production.
Incorporate Retinol and Vitamin C Into Your Skincare Routine
1: Try A Complex
DermatologistDr. Tomi Lee Wallpoints out that retinol is one of the best-known boosters of collagen. The third step of theREVERSE Brightening Regimenis theDual Active Brightening Complex, which combines Vitamin C and Retinol. The power pair works together to enhance radiance and reveal brighter skin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both retinoids and Vitamin C help improve the appearance the visible signs of aging on skin, often caused by decreased collagen levels.
2: Try A Serum
If a serum’s more your thing, tryREDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum. This skincare product is formulated with Retinal-MD Technology, a form of Vitamin A that’s more potent than Retinol, but gentle enough for daily use. This nighttime serum jump starts your skin’s natural renewing process to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revealing younger-looking skin. When adding any retinol product into your routine, it’s good to use it 2-3 nights a week and gradually amp up use up to every other evening. Always layer a nighttime moisturizer on top to minimize flaking.
The Case For Derma-Rollers
Dr. Wall says that a Derma-Roller is also an incredible tool for stimulating collagen. “Within your skin you have cells called fibroblasts, which are the makers of collagen,” Dr. Wall explains. “As you are derma-rolling, you create tiny areas of ‘trauma’ in the skin, which ‘tricks’ your fibroblasts to thinking they need to create more collagen,” she says. The micro-exfoliating, handheld Derma-Roller is part of theREDEFINE AMP MD System. The Derma-Roller uses micro-exfoliating tips to condition the uppermost layer of skin and boosts the performance of other products. This improves absorption and amplifies the results of Intensive Renewing Serum layered on top for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
As Always, Consistency Is Key
How long do you need to use a proper skincare regimen to see the results? It typically takes about a month for skin cells to turn over. So, a good rule of thumb is to follow your skincare Regimen consistently to see the visible results on your skin. Keep up with those morning and evening skincare routines and you’ll see youthful-looking, glowing skin before you know it.
The man in your life may never ask directly. But if these Rodan + Fields products were to appear in his medicine cabinet, they wouldn’t go to waste.
How do we know? Because we asked the experts. The men at the Rodan + Fields Home Office enjoy free R+F products as a perk. (All employees do, and it’s awesome.) With access to all of the company’s skincare, we wondered, what do men choose for themselves?
With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, we thought we’d put this list of dude-approved R+F products out there. Just saying.
There’s never a dull moment at the Home Office, judging from the number of men who use the 1)REVERSE Brightening Regimen for dullness, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. “I use REVERSE almost every day,” says Rodan + Fields Chairman Amnon Rodan. “I love how it feels, smells, and that it’s not oily, sticky, or greasy. I love that it makes me look young – or, if not that, I love that it makes me glow.”
The 2)REDEFINE Regimen for lines, wrinkles, and visible signs of aging is also popular. Customer Care Instructional Designer Nicolas Dionisio is solidly on Team REDEFINE and recommends it “to anyone who wants to look as young as I do 😀.”
5) Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, our exfoliating face-and-body scrub, is also a fan favorite. Order Management Specialist Dustin Robinson appreciates that he can use it in the shower. (The men in our office definitely demand convenience in their skincare.) Convention Program Manager Josh Goodman says MD Paste is at the top of his current want-to-try list. Facilities Coordinator Randall Vaughan envisions combining the scrub and a classic outdoor water slide for an innovation he would call “Slip and Exfoliate.” Note to Randall: Please do not actually try this.
6) Active Hydration Body Replenishis another fave. Elite Support Coordinator Enrique Garcia, who works on cars and does outdoor activities in his spare time, uses this award-winning cream on his elbows, knees, and knuckles — “pain points when it comes to dry skin because these are the areas that come in most contact with rough surfaces,” he says.
As for the product universally beloved by the men of the Rodan + Fields Home Office? Well, it turns out there’s a reason why they’re all so radiant.
“I suffer from dry skin,” says David Horton, Senior Director of Architecture, Methods, and Tools. But with daily use of 7) Active Hydration Serum, “I’ve noticed much more comfort during the day — less cracking, flaking of my skin, and definitely less tightness.” His skin is less red and irritated, too. “Overall, my complexion has smoothed out,” he says.
Do you know who couldn’t agree more? The inventor of this ultra-hydrating moisture magnet himself. Active Hydration Serum “instantly hydrates after skiing, being in the sun or simply being,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Tim Falla, who uses it frequently. “My rougher, drier skin needs all the help it can get.”
It’s been stressful lately! And that stress can show up in unexpected ways, including on your skin. Anxiety and fear, which have become pretty regular feelings for a lot of us given the current situation, trigger a fight or flight response in your body. This fight or flight response releases cortisone, a stress hormone, that increases oil production. This means clogged pores, dull complexion and maybe even breakouts.
No need to stress even more. We’ve got some easy solutions to help you out. Once a day, swap your regular cleanser forUNBLEMISHorSPOTLESSto deep clean and help reduce oil. Add in our RECHARGE Detox Mask 2-3 times a week to take care of clogged pores and blackheads. Or, if you have blemishes, tryUNBLEMISH Clarifying Mask.
Stress can also affect your immune system. This makes skin more vulnerable to blotchiness, redness and irritation. If you’re experiencing any of those issues, try our SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment1-2 times a day. It hydrates and helps reduce visible redness as it protects and calms dry, chapped skin.
Another easy way to help keep your immune system strong is Vitamin D3. It’s recognized by healthcare professionals as good for the overall health of bones, muscles and the immune system. Which is more important than ever right now. Our Maximum D3 is a once a week supplement with 10,000 international units of Vitamin D3. To find the right dose for you, ask your doctor to make a personalized recommendation.
1) ESSENTIALS GAUZE PADShave a soft textured weave to allow the Regimen Toners + ESSENTIALS Complete Eye Makeup Remover to catch dirt and debris. The cotton weave evenly distributes the formulas and their benefits onto your skin so you see the best results.
2) REMOVE MAKEUP before cleansing get the full benefits of your Regimen cleanser’s targeted ingredients. This also reduces how many dirty towels you have to wash and prevents using excess amounts of cleanser. OurInstant Makeup Remover Wipeshave good-for-skin ingredients like conditioners to help soften.
3) USE FINGERTIPS to apply products to avoid wasting any on your palms. Bonus: your fingertips send sensorial feedback that helps you apply products properly. The formulas to do the heavy lifting when applied with light-medium pressure.
4) ADD AN EXFOLIATOR if your Regimen has a bead-free cleanser. UseENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste1-3 times a week in place of your regular cleanser. Exfoliation helps remove dead cells so formulas can reach skin and pores more easily. If you have sensitive skin, lightly massage exfoliator onto damp instead of dry skin as tolerated.
5) WEAR SUNSCREEN every day! Apply your Regimen SPF in the morning to get the full benefits of our unique combinations of sunscreen and targeted ingredients for your skin concern. UV rays can penetrate windows so don’t skip the SPF even though you’re WFH.
6) GET SAFE SUNKISSED SKIN when you use Foaming Sunless Tan 1-2 times a week. Canceled vacations and being stuck inside doesn’t have to mean living without a golden glow! Amp up your bronze even more with the right shade of Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid.