What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

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And why am I reading about it everywhere? Hyaluronic Acid has been trending lately within the beauty and skincare world. But we have known about its incredible skin benefits for years. It’s become the gold standard in hydrating skin and improving visible signs of aging. But what is Hyaluronic Acid anyway? Don’t be scared away by the hard-to-pronounce name! This ingredient is, in fact, produced naturally within our own bodies.

What is Hyaluronic Acid, and how does it help skin?

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance produced by our body to bind water to keep tissues well balanced, moist, and hydrated. It exists in our skin and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is essential because it’s one of the main substances that help our skin look fresh, plump, and youthful.

Applying HA is like giving your skin a heaping glass of water. In fact, HA not only provides immediate benefits to the skin, it also helps the skincare products layered on top work more effectively to deliver even better results you can see and feel.

When should I start using Hyaluronic Acid?

Typically, the body’s own production of HA starts to decrease in your late twenties. Which makes then a good time to start adding Hyaluronic Acid (HA) into your skincare routine for its anti-aging benefits. But HA is great for all skin types and ages. It’s beneficial for people who experience dry skin because of its hydrating powers. And it can also help to calm sensitive and blemish-prone skin.

It’s never too early to start hydrating your skin regularly. As the skin loses its moisture, ingredients like HA work to help the skin stay happily hydrated. It works like a sponge to retain water and keep your skin’s moisture levels high.

Other than aging, your lifestyle may affect your skins’ health. Environmental factors like pollution, smoke, the sun’s rays, and more may decrease the amount of HA in your body. This is why it’s essential to add Hyaluronic Acid to your daily skincare regimen to boost the effectiveness of your other skincare products.

Whether you’re interested in HA for its anti-aging benefits like visibly improving fine lines and wrinkles or you’re experiencing dryness, this universal ingredient can help boost the results of any routine.

I understand HA has lots of benefits for the skin, but how exactly does it work?

Hyaluronic Acid is mostly known for benefits like alleviating dry skin and reducing visible signs of aging, like those pesky fine lines and wrinkles that start to appear as we age. When is skin is dry, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can become more prominent. Hydrated skin helps reduce the visibility of these visible signs of aging

HA can be used in the form of a topical treatment (applied directly on the skin), a supplement, or through injections. Topical applications, like through a serum, are less invasive and deliver immediate visible results. It can take much longer to see visible results from supplements. Adding a serum like Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum into your Regimen is an easy way to work HA into your skincare routine and experience its benefits. HA transforms dry skin into younger-looking, younger-acting skin. You can typically start to see results in a week after first use. Remember, results also vary based on your skin condition, age, gender, lifestyle, etc.

Can I use Hyaluronic Acid in place of a moisturizer?

Let’s start by learning about the difference between hydration and moisturization when it comes to skincare.

Simply put, we can say that a hydrator equates to water, whereas a moisturizer has more to do with oil. Dryness in your skin comes from a lack of oils. Dehydration comes from lack of water. All skin types need hydration. Dry or dehydrated skin can lead to visible dullness and flakiness. Hyaluronic Acid is a perfect hydrator because it helps bring water to the skin’s surface using humectants. Moisturizers, on the other hand, lock the moisture in and work to protect the skin’s natural oil barrier. Keeping skin hydrated can help boost radiance, improve texture and overall smoothness.

Since hydrators and moisturizers work to address differing skincare needs, it can be beneficial to use both HA and a moisturizer separately as two different steps in your skincare routine. For best results, we recommend that you apply anHA serum after toner and before any moisturizers.

Should I use Hyaluronic Acid in the AM, PM or both?

When you first start to use it, it’s better to do so at night. For best results, apply daily after your cleanser and toner. You can also use it during your morning routine if you have dry skin.

How long after I apply an HA product, like a serum, should I apply moisturizer or other products?

With any routine, it’s recommended to let your skin dry between each step before layering on the next product. Formulations are made for layering. And layering in the correct order is more important than timing. However, some prefer to wait 30 to 60 seconds between steps. Your skincare routine should center around your preferences.

Is it too much to use a serum with HA and then apply a moisturizer with HA afterward?

No, it’s not harmful to use HA in multiple products. What’s most important is applying products in the right order to ensure ingredients and formulas can work in tandem to provide the best visible results.

Can Hyaluronic Acid cause acne?

If you are worried about adding a new ingredient to your skincare routine, it never hurts to reach out to your doctor to make sure it is right for you. Everyone’s skin needs are different.

Is it true that too much HA can lead to drying out my skin?

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating ingredient. Using HA once or twice a day shouldn’t be an issue. If you experience any drying, it never hurts to reach out to your doctor.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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Glycerin vs. Hyaluronic Acid – Which Should You Use?

Glycerin vs. Hyaluronic Acid – Which Should You Use?

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WHEN IT COMES TO GLYCERIN AND HYALURONIC ACID, WHICH SHOULD YOU BE USING? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED AT THE ANSWER!

When choosing the best skincare routine for you, it’s easy to get tripped up about the right ingredients. There are so many formulations available on the market that are targeted to different skin concerns — from anti-aging to acne to hydration to addressing fine lines and wrinkles. Things get especially confusing when it comes to hydrating versus moisturizing. To that end, in this post, we’ll talk about two common moisturizing and hydration ingredients, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, respectively. You’ve likely heard about both of these, as each is a common skincare ingredient see on product ingredient lists.

How do these two skincare component powerhouses measure up in terms of efficacy?

What are the differences between the two of them?

Can these two ingredients be used individually or in combination?

Read on and find out more.

Glycerin & hyaluronic acid in skincare 

To put it simply, Glycerin is a humectant. That means that it is a type of moisturizing agent. Glycerin works by drawing water from the air and making it available to the outer layer of your skin. If you look on skincare ingredient lists, Glycerin comes up a lot.  It can be used with more occlusive ingredients too, to help the skin retain moisture by preventing water loss.

So what is hyaluronic acid?

When considering glycerin vs hyaluronic acid, it’s important to know the similarities and differences to choose what’s best for your skin at any given time.

Benefits of glycerin 

Moisture-attracting Glycerin is a star ingredient for soothing and moisturizing creating smoother, more comfortable skin. Glycerin is used to hydrate the outer layer of the skin and by its nature of being semi-occlusive may improve the skin’s ability to retain water. In this way, it may also help provide protection against various skin irritants, in addition to helping speed up the wound-healing process. It replenishes and restores skin so that the natural moisture barrier is strengthened and revitalized. Glycerin also has benefits of softening the skin to improve overall texture. Scaly skin and even psoriasis have been known to be soothed by glycerin.

Hyaluronic acid benefits 

Hyaluronic acid is an absolute hero for hydration! It is a naturally occurring humectant that draws moisture from its surroundings. Applying HA is like letting your skin have a restorative, super hydrating drink of water. Hyaluronic acid has immediate benefits for the skin and also supports skincare products to be layered more effectively. It essentially preps skin to better receive the ingredients that follow. Hyaluronic acid helps skin achieve its self-repairing potential, too.

Glycerin vs hyaluronic acid – do you really need to choose? 

There are benefits of both ingredients individually, and you may find you have a preference for one over the other sometimes. Examine your usual skin type and needs, and note how using glycerin and hyaluronic acid together or apart will have unique qualities. There’s no need to choose one over the other if both serve your skin well, and it’s often recommended to use both together. Hyaluronic acid retains moisture on the surface of the skin, while glycerin has the ability to pull moisture deep from the skin.

Common questions about glycerin & hyaluronic acid 

There are a lot of questions and conversations buzzing around in regards to the difference between glycerin and hyaluronic acid, and how to know when to use each one. Here are some of the top questions we receive.

What is better – glycerin or hyaluronic acid? 

Go for glycerin if you are looking to add moisture, bounce, and balance. To lock in the hydration you have, hyaluronic acid is the best go-to. HA is more likely to stop dry skin from getting worse, making it a great dry skin treatment, while glycerin adds moisture.

Can I use glycerin instead of hyaluronic acid?  

It’s always up to your skin to see how to build up your moisturizing routine. It depends on the results you want and finding the moisturizing formulas that suit lifestyle and texture preferences. Both glycerin and hyaluronic acid are humectants

Does Glycerin contain Hyaluronic Acid? 

No, Glycerin does not contain Hyaluronic Acid. Glycerin is actually an alcohol, and can be derived from animal products, plants, or petroleum. Vegetable glycerin is a variant that is made from plant oils.

Is glycerin a good moisturizer? 

Yes, glycerin is known to be a moisturizing agent due to its ability to drawing out moisture from the deep layers of the skin and also from the air. It’s a common ingredient listed in many moisturizing skincare products.

Should I use glycerin or hyaluronic acid first? 

Hyaluronic acid can be found in hydrating serums and moisturizers and can be used in the form of a topical treatment (applied directly on the skin), a supplement, or through injections. Topical applications, like through a serum, are less invasive and deliver immediate visible results. It can take much longer to see visible results from supplements.

Glycerin is found in moisturizers, masks, cleansers, facial sprays, essences, and serums.

Think of Hyaluronic acid as a base that locks in any moisturizing ingredient that follows. Apply your HA, then always follow with moisturizers (like glycerin) that you want to sink into your skin.

Can I mix the two ingredients? 

Yes, glycerin and hyaluronic acid serum are commonly used together! Here’s why. The science is important here. Glycerin is a small molecule that is capable of absorbing at the skin’s surface. Conversely, Hyaluronic Acid is a very large molecule that sits on top of the skin when applied, creating a hydrating cushion. Combining both Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid provides a superior capacity for binding water and boosting your skin’s hydration.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid are amazing skincare ingredients that bind water and boost hydration levels in your skin. Embrace that dewy, hydrated, moisturized effect that these two ingredients provide.

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Learn more about Rodan + Fields  and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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5 Must-Have Hydration Hacks

5 Must-Have Hydration Hacks

Active Hydration Serum

Let’s hear it for hydration! Besides your daily water intake, our Active Hydration Serum is the ticket to that coveted radiant glow. It boosts hydration levels by 200%, promotes dewy skin, and creates a smooth foundation for skincare products and makeup. Our Rodan + Fields Employees have shared their top 5 skincare hacks using our must-have serum—check them out below!

1. “Add Active Hydration Serum to your Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid for that perfect dewy look.”  – Molly, PR

This hack is a must-have for those busy days and weeks full of “grab and glow” moments! Lock in moisture while protecting your skin’s delicate barriers by combining Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid SPF 30 with Active Hydration Serum. Lightweight, tinted moisturizer Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, helps achieve complexion perfection while defending against environmental aggressors. It also repairs skin’s moisture barrier and protects from UV rays as it visibly evens + perfects skin tone. Mixed with super-hydrator Active Hydration Serum, you’ll keep skin nourished and hydrated with key ingredients Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid! 

Pro tip: Mix products together on the back of your hand before applying to your face to ensure the best consistency and even distribution of ingredients.

2. “Active Hydration Serum is amazing to use before your other moisturizers to boost results.” -Franny, Communications

Balanced skin naturally acts and looks younger, ideally behaving like a sponge that absorbs key ingredients in your skincare products. Active Hydration Serum assures a head start on hydration with R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix (including Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid), instantly surging the skin with moisture, creating visible results while prepping it for the products that follow. Apply serum directly on the skin to get that bouncy, youthful effect – no makeup necessary! 

Pro tip: Don’t forget to apply a generous amount of serum to your neck and décolletage!

3. “Apply Active Hydration Serum to your beard! It instantly tames and moisturizes those hard-to-reach areas. Seriously – it works, and it’s now part of my daily routine.” -Brad, Learning and Development

No matter your age, gender, skin type, or climate – moisturizing is essential for skin health, self-care and comfort. When applied to the base of a beard, brows, or other hair follicles, Active Hydration Serum can help address dryness on impact. The result? Healthy-looking skin and hair. 

Pro tip: Massage serum in a circular motion into your skin – not directly onto hair – to promote extra hydration and target key areas of concern.

4. “Apply Active Hydration Serum to your hands + cuticles! I no longer need to buy different hydrating products for different areas of my skin. I’ve found my hydration Holy Grail!” -Amanda, Brand Marketing

We’ll shake on it – your dry skin and hands will have met their match with Active Hydration Serum. Not only does the serum infuse your hands with the moisture it needs for comfort, but it sinks in without leaving a sticky or oily residue, making it an ideal on-the-go manicure. 

Pro tip: Don’t let your serum go to waste after applying it to your face! Simply rub any remaining product onto the back of your hands and up your arms for an effortless hydration hack.

5. “Always start with Active Hydration Serum when giving yourself a facial. It preps and awakens the skin, basically drinking up the ingredients of your favorite facial products that follow!”  -Randi, Field Communications

At-home facials have never been more popular. Prep skin by applying Active Hydration Serum first, to give the skin an opportunity to reboot and refuel, opening up glowing possibilities. 

Pro tip: Let your serum sink in for 3-5 minutes before the next step to let it “bake” into the skin for easier layering.

Are you feeling inspired to try out any of these hydration hacks? Get our must-have Active Hydration Serum now!

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

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

Dermatologist Dr. Tomi Lee Wall points out that retinol is one of the best-known boosters of collagen. The third step of the REVERSE Brightening Regimen is the Dual 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, try REDEFINE 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 the REDEFINE 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.  

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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7 SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOUR GUY WISHES YOU’D GIVE HIM

7 SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOUR GUY WISHES YOU’D GIVE HIM

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.
REGI-MEN
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 ?.”
Even if they’re not using a full Regimen, the men of the Home Office take their SPF seriously. Compliance Analyst Cody Wilbur uses 3) REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 as his go-to sunscreen, while Justin Ramsay, Social Media Manager, faithfully applies 4) SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 on his face. He appreciates the product’s matte finish and that it “protects him from the sun.”
DUDES BEING SMOOTH
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.
GUY-DRATION NATION
6) Active Hydration Body Replenish is 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.”
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Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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