Are Rodan + Fields skin care products natural? Here is my experience.

One of the questions I get asked most often about Rodan + Fields products is “Are they natural?”.

Truth be told, it’s a bit of a tricky one to answer. And while I sometimes feel like a bit of a sell-out in admitting it’s not 100% natural, let me explain, and maybe you’ll be able to relate…

 

Through years of skin dramas (I’m talking since the age of 12), I was on the natural train… this was handed down from my mom, who got it from her mom, etc. Tea tree oil was a top contender, as were various creams, scrubs, lotions and potions from the health food store.

Going natural seemed like a smart and logical decision. The products smelled nice, felt great, and were safe to use.

The issue? They didn’t work.

Month after month, and year after year, my acne was just as bad, and as I got into my twenties and beyond, fine lines started appearing on my forehead and around my mouth. Rather cruel that I couldn’t have at least a few “good years” in between being a pimply pre-teen and a wrinkly old lady.

The search for the perfect (and effective) skin care products continued, and I eventually got wind of Rodan + Fields, seeing their dramatic before & after photos. I was curious.

But I also wanted to keep things natural and not spread loads of chemicals on my body. Looking at the ingredients list, I could see that they certainly weren’t “all natural” like lots of other “green products” out there, but I had the inkling to keep digging.

 

In a nutshell, here’s what I found:

The products are developed by dermatologists, are clinically tested to be safe, and are super effective at doing what they say they will do. For example, if they say they’ll diminish your sun spots, and fine lines and wrinkles, or get rid of your acne, etc… that’s what they’ll actually do (as long as you are diligent and consistent with use (twice a day)).

While using natural products is a good idea in general, there are many “natural” products out there that aren’t actually safe for you at all. Think rubbing poison ivy on your skin, using cocaine, or drinking goat urine. 😉

Also, many beauty products that are labeled as “natural” actually aren’t. There isn’t very tight regulation on claims that companies make on being natural, so any company can say their products are “natural,” and pretty much be lying.

Or worse, some companies put natural ingredients into their products that haven’t been tested, and could therefore actually be harmful to you.

That being said, some of the Rodan + Fields products do contain natural ingredients, such as macadamia seed oil, shea butter, lemon peel extract, olive fruit oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, yucca glauca root extract, and chamomilla flower extract.

 

This is me, before and after using Rodan + Fields’ Unblemish regimen.

All this being said, I gave the Rodan + Fields Unblemish regimen a whirl, and was amazed by the results. Within a few weeks I started to see my acne go away (and stay away), and over the next several months my skin kept improving. I’m still using it now, since being “acne-prone” is often a life-long condition, which needs to be maintained.

I’m also so won over that I’ve started selling it; I LOVE seeing my clients’ skin transformed, and getting happy messages from them. Brings a smile to my face every time.

As for my initial concerns about it being natural?

Well, I’m willing to compromise a small part of my body (my face) for not-all-natural products in order to achieve an acne-free face and get my confidence back.

 

And in other parts of my life…

Do I still use shea butter and aloe on the rest of my body?  Yes.

Do I use aluminum-free, non-anti-perspirant deodorant?  Absolutely.

Make my own pumpkin-spice drinks and treats instead of buying store-bought ones that have likely never been near a real pumpkin?  Yup.

Chemical-free laundry detergent?  You bet.

Have I tossed my microwave?  No. Way too convenient.

Do I eat organic foods? Mmm-hmmm.  Whenever possible and affordable.

You get the picture… within reason, my life is as healthy and harm-free as reasonably possible, but when it comes to facial skin care products, I’m sticking with the most effective option.

 

 

 

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