If you are anything like me, you are a mixture of annoyed and wary by the unprovoked social media messages asking if you would like to buy Rodan + Fields face cream and wash from someone that you haven’t seen since elementary school and wouldn’t recognize in public if you tried. I quickly defriend said message senders because I find it bizarre. Yet, I also have a few friends who are a part of this business who don’t incessantly bug me. So, I began to wonder….
Do these products truly do what they say they do or are the consultants just posting filtered pictures in the right lighting at the right time of day to reveal a stunning before and after? Do the consultants believe in the products or are they just out to make a few dollars so they fund their kids dance and soccer lessons? Why is skincare even being sold via direct sales? Is it any better than what I can buy at a local spa or retail store? And do these consultants even know what they are talking about?
So I asked my friend Emily, who is a consultant– What is the deal with this stuff? Is it a cult (joking, a little)? Do you really believe in the product? She was really passionate about the products and the results if used correctly over time. 60 days later, here we are with my unfiltered and truthful review of what I think as someone who is in NO way affiliated with the company.
There are four product lines, and after checking out each one, I tried the Redefine Regimen for 30 days. Why Redefine? Because my kids are aging me by light years! Thank goodness they are cute because they owe me BIG TIME. Thank you sweet sweet children of mine. I have used no other skin care products during the last 60 days and refrained from wearing makeup.
What I found interesting about the company – founded in 2002 by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the ladies behind Proactiv. In 2003, Rodan + Fields was purchased by Estee Lauder and products were placed in department stores. In 2007, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields bought back the company and switched to a consultant sales business model in which they rely primarily on the Independent Consultants to share/sell the product via social media and the “Before and After” selfie, like the one below. CNBC reported in December 2017 that there were 200,000 consultants and hit 1 billion dollars in sales in 2016.
Naturally, as a skeptic, I wondered why? Why are they hitting 1 billion in sales? Is it because their products are superior? Or is it relying on social media pressure and marketing to influence women to buy because their social media feeds are FILLED with images and sales and gimmicks.
I took my own before and after pics – same bathroom, same lighting, same girl. No filters, no makeup, no fancy camera, just Rodan and Fields for 60 days. The only thing that is different is that I actually brushed my hair on the after picture, WINNING!
But, what we all want to discuss…….Pricing. 180$ for the 4 items is far outside of my budget. However, the face wash/mask should last 2 months, the toner will likely last you 5 months, and the moisturizer will also last 2 months based on feedback from Emily. I will probably have enough product left to last until 75 days of use. Once I considered these factors the price seemed a little less of sticker shock but still out of my price range as we gear up for frugal living with the addition of another baby in 3 months. I am a firm believer that price doesn’t always equate to quality and have to believe that there is a quality product out there that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg. The only complaint I have about product is that my skin burned on week 2-ish after I used toner which was bizarre and I clearly wasn’t a fan of.
Final conclusion – I liked the ritual and routine of wash, tone, moisturize 2x a day. I do think my skin tone looks more even than before which is great because I really am not a big fan of wearing makeup so having more evenly toned skin to go makeup free is a big plus. I liked the way the wash/mask tightened my skin after leaving on for 2-3 minutes. Prior to this trial period, I washed my face once a day, whenever I showered if I remembered, with 5$ up and up Target brand face wash and that was it. If you are anything like me you find it a success to shower on a regular basis without hands and people screaming “MOM! I need a snack!” or ripping curtain back every 5 seconds. Not quite the skincare routine I should be proud of but that’s my life. My face does feel very soft, but unfortunately I don’t look 21 again (UGH, what a letdown JK!) All in all, its a quick routine that even a busy mom can handle which was nice. So, what everyone has been asking me incessantly over the last few weeks? Will I buy again? If 180$ was no big deal to spend, sure. But, it is a lot for us right now. I will still be searching for the best fit for me and my wallet.
What do you think? Are you a Rodan and Fields lover? Are you still on the hunt for anti aging skin care? Are you just as appalled by me that we are somehow even discussing Anti Aging Skincare regimens all of a sudden and I swear last week I was watching MTV music videos after school with my girlfriends on our 3 way house phone chats? Have you tried Rodan and Fields? Let me know what you think as well!