Why Rodan + Fields

Hello, friends!

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why I decided to partner with Rodan + Fields, so I thought I’d do a quick post about what sets this company apart from others in the direct sales space.

1.    4th Largest Among Top U.S. Premium Skincare Brands

Based on 2013 market share statistics published by Euromonitor International, Rodan + Fields is the 4th largest {and fastest growing} premium skincare brand in the U.S., following Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme.  While there are other direct sales companies offering skincare products, they simply can’t compete with Rodan + Fields in terms of market share and growth.

Rodan + Fields’s prices are similar to their premium competitors, although we offer 10% {plus} discounts off the listed retail prices.  And the success and growth of this company, formed in 2002, is remarkable considering its top three competitors have been around since 1968, 1946, and 1935, respectively.

2.     We Only Sell Skincare 

Rodan + Fields is a skincare company formed by two practicing dermatologists.  In the words of Dr. Katie Rodan: “Before Rodan + Fields was a company, it was two doctors.  First and foremost, we are physicians committed to healing our patients’ skin.  We stand behind our products, but most importantly, we stand behind you.”

Aside from Vitamin D supplements, which go hand in hand with our Skin Cancer Foundation recommended body and face sunscreens, we do not offer any other products.   And, as discussed below, we believe your skincare should be as unique as your skin.  This again sets us apart from other direct sales companies who may offer one skincare line in addition to a host of other products.

3.     Guaranteed + Clinically Proven Results

Rodan + Fields’s product philosophy is simple: “To see real changes in your skin, you must use real ingredients.”  Our core products come in four {customizable} regimens to address everyday skin issues.  This regimen-based approach to treating common skin concerns blends over-the-counter and active cosmetic ingredients in the right combination with optimized, elegant formulations to deliver clinically proven results, without a visit to the dermatologist’s office.

Each regimen undergoes third party clinical tests to ensure safety and efficacy.  And the doctors are so confident in their products that each one—including the business kits sold to new consultant—comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.  Here are my personal results after only 60 days.  My skin has only gotten better, and the extra income I’ve earned working minimal hours has been invaluable during my transition from full-time attorney to entrepreneur.

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I hope this was helpful!  If you are curious about either the products or how to share a part of this thriving business, please contact me.  All seriousness aside, I have been having so much fun!  And that, my friends, is priceless.  😉

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

P.S. – Please note that this post is not meant to knock other direct sales or network marketing companies in any way.  I have friends selling supplements, body wraps, nail polish, makeup, essential oils, cleaning products, etc.  And they’ve done some amazing things: one of my friends just received a free cruise to Jamaica for hitting her sales goal!  {Jealous!!}  I happily support any woman {or man} who has the courage to break from the corporate world and go their own way.  As Madeleine Albright so eloquently stated: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

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Skincare Simplified

Hello friends!

It’s no secret that everyone’s skin is different.  Because I’ve struggled with adult acne, I’ve been using a host of different skincare products for years.  Many of you are fortunate to have non-problematic skin, so skincare is not only low on your priority list but it’s also likely overwhelming.

Rodan + Fields makes it easy and takes the guesswork out of skincare.  The doctors designed four dermatology-based skincare regimens to address everyday skin issues.  Whether you’re struggling with problematic skin {wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, or skin sensitivity} or just want to keep your beautiful face looking young and fresh, there’s a regimen for you.  {And yes, guys, skincare is for men too!}

  • Skincare newbie?  The bottles are each numbered so it’s fool proof—even if you’re not a product junkie like me.  😉  Plus there are a host of additional products you can add to your basic routine to enhance and amp up the results if you’re ready to go beyond the basic steps.
  • You can take a short quiz on my website to see what products may be best for you, but I encourage you to let me help so we can make sure to get you the right products for your skin.

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What I’ve learned since I started using Rodan + Fields, however, is that their multi-med therapy is more than just good skincare.  It’s medicated and actually changes the structure of your skin, delivering active ingredients that improve texture, diminish lines and wrinkles, and reverse the signs of aging.  Try as we might to avoid it, we’re all aging, and genetics are only 20% responsible for the way skin ages.  The good news is that means 80% is up to you, and it’s never too early or too late to take better care of your skin!

I know a lot of people are skeptical about before + after pictures: I was too, until I took my own. But you can trust me on this: Rodan + Fields takes these pictures really seriously, and the policies against photoshop {and even makeup!} are strictly enforced.  These are some of the amazing results that real people have achieved with R+F products.  Don’t believe me?  Give it a try. 😊

Transformation Unblemish Before + After

Transformation Reverse Before + After

Transformation Redefine Before + After 2

Transformation Soothe Before + After

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for stopping by!!  And please, don’t forget the sunscreen, even if it’s overcast!  😉

xoxo,
Jenn

My Daily Sunscreen {And How to Get One for Free}

Hello friends!

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?  I had been thinking about sharing my favorite daily sunscreens, but I felt it was even more important after I saw and shared this post on Facebook.  Sobering to say the least…  And in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I would love to give you one of my favorite products!  Please keep reading to find out more.

First, it should go without saying that tanning beds are not okay. Aside from rapidly aging your skin, it’s proven to be seriously dangerous.  When I first moved to California, I fell into the tanning bed trap to try to fit into what I thought was the “California Girl” mold. Thankfully it didn’t last long, partly because of the effects of daily tanning I saw on my friends: leathery skin is no bueno.  {I hope they have stopped tanning too!}

I’ve been wearing sunscreen nonstop for the past 10+ years and I’ve come to love my fair skin, especially since I found pale foundations to match it.  {Some of my favorites are discussed here, here, and here.}  But my arsenal lacked two key products: a daily body sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast or leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky, and a way to reapply sunscreen over makeup without undoing all the work.  Today I’m sharing these two gems with you.

Rodan and Fields Body Sunscreen + Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Spray

They are both SPF 30, which is perfect for my normal daily routine.  {I do prefer a heavier body sunscreen if I’m going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, especially around water.  This lotion and this spray are two of my favorites.}  But while I love those for vacation, I don’t want to “feel” like I’m wearing sunscreen in my daily life {or smell like it either}.

Rodan and Fields Essentials Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen

I’ve tried so many drugstore and high end lotions with sunscreen in my hunt to find one that actually felt like lotion.  And the Rodan + Fields Essentials Body Sunscreen is the first one to actually deliver.  It absorbs quickly, has a pleasant scent that immediately fades, and leaves your skin moisturized without being at all sticky or greasy.  There’s no white cast, nor does it leave a shiny finish.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and it’s great for the whole family (men, women, and kiddos). It’s also the first sunscreen I’ve ever been able to apply to the part in my hair without causing the roots to get greasy or look dirty.   {There’s nothing worse than a sun burn on your scalp!  Shampooing is miserable, and the peeling, flaking aftermath is not sexy.}

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF 30

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF 30 is another recent discovery that never leaves my handbag.  For years I’ve wrestled with how to reapply sunscreen during the day without disturbing my makeup.  I tried powder sunscreens but they just don’t agree with my dry skin. This spray is indispensable: it’s light, absorbs quickly, doesn’t disturb makeup, and doesn’t leave a white or powdery residue.  It’s also great under makeup {or as a base sunscreen} if you feel like you want a bit more protection.  It does have more of a “sunscreeny” fragrance, but it fades immediately.  You only need a spray or two to cover your whole face, so this bottle will last a long time {especially if it’s a backup to your regular morning sunscreen}.

Speaking of which, I love my current morning routine!

Unblemish Regimen Redefine Triple Defense Treatment Redefine Eye Cream

The Redefine Triple Defense Treatment contains a broad spectrum SPF 30, keeps my dry skin soft and hydrated, and contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin.  And it is a dream under makeup!!  I also love the Reverse Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen for days when I know I’ll be spending more time outside.

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Each of Rodan + Fields sunscreens have also been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. This designation is only granted to sun protection products that meet stringent criteria and provide scientific data to demonstrate that the product sufficiently and safely aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.

And each of the Rodan + Fields regimens comes with a sunscreen.  In order to protect yourself from the health risks, everyone should be wearing daily sunscreen: men and women of all skin color, regardless of how quickly your skin tans or burns.  It’s just not worth the risk to skip this simple and effective preventative measure.  Which leads me to the giveaway!!

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From now through May 31st, I will give one of my favorite Rodan + Fields Essentials Body Sunscreens to everyone who purchases a skincare regimen through our Preferred Customer program.  Please send me an email so we can figure out which regimen is right for you! {jenn.m.french at gmail dot com}  It’s the perfect time of year to get started on an SPF routine before those long summer days of fun.  As one of my fellow consultants wisely said, “Your skin will be with you until the end…treat it well.”

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo,
Jenn

Turn Back Time

Hello friends!

I gave in to Internet peer pressure and decided to try out how-old.net.  In a nutshell, it’s a computer program that analyzes your facial features and estimates your age and gender.  You can read all about how it works here.  A lot of my friends have already shared their results on Facebook and Instagram, but after seeing this one, I had had to try it out.  Here’s an un-edited picture I snapped a few minutes ago:

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And here’s an un-edited picture from November 2014.  I tried to capture the same angle and expression in both pictures for the best comparison.

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HOLY CRAP.  This robot is my new best friend.  😉

This isn’t a true before and after comparison, of course, because I’m wearing makeup in both pictures.  But the changes in my face are easy to see, especially around my eyes and mouth. What I love the most, aside from my acne-free face, however, is the overall clarity, smoothness, and glow of my skin.

The day after I shared my results, I started using the Rodan + Fields Redefine regimen at night to combat the signs of aging, including my favorite night renewing serum.  I still use Unblemish in the mornings, and our eye cream is a non-negotiable.  But to kick things up a notch, I’ve added the amazing Macro Exfoliator to my routine once a week, along with the Micro-Exfoliating Roller.  These tools deserve their own post, and they’ll get one soon.  But essentially they allow you to get serious at-home results at a fraction of the cost of similar exfoliating facials or medical procedures.  And the results speak for themselves.

I’m not sure if I really look 23, but I don’t think I look 35 either.  And more importantly, I don’t feel 35!  I’m reading Dr. Kathy Fields + Dr. Katie Rodan’s book, and this quote resonated with me:

“It’s not vain to want to look as good as you feel.  In fact, we are giving you permission to be vain.  It can be a positive thing.  It means looking after yourself and striving to be the best you can be.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Whether you’re 25 or 65, a makeup lover or a bare-faced beauty, male or female, you deserve the best skin of your life.  And it would be my pleasure to help you get started on your journey to great skin.

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

xoxo,
Jenn

Transformation Tuesday: ScarFace Undone

Hello friends!

Last week I shared my personal struggle with adult acne {the good, the bad, and the ugly} and my before and after pictures using the Unblemish line from Rodan + Fields. Thank you so very much for your kind messages in response to my post! I appreciate your support, and I am so, so excited for those of you who are on your way to better skin as a result!  My favorite part of this business is helping people, and I can’t wait to hear how your new products are changing your skin for the better. ❤

This week I wanted to share another transformation: the incredibly brave Danita Clark Able. She wrote about her successful battle with skin cancer and how our Redefine products helped heal her scar tissue after surgery. Her story is absolutely amazing, and you won’t believe the results she achieved! It brought tears to my eyes. Her takeaway? “Your skin will be with you until the end…treat it well.”  Indeed.

This story is especially close to my heart, as my own mother is a cancer survivor. She’s using the Reverse regimen to combat dark spots on her face, the hormonal aftermath of chemo and radiation. I absolutely believe that Rodan + Fields lives up to their promise: changing skin + changing lives.

Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo,
Jenn

red clay ponderings

This past October 2014, I had surgery on my face. The surgery was to remove skin cancer from beneath the surface of my skin.

September, the month of impending change, is when I learned I had cancer. Before surgery, I had a couple of weeks to think about the alien living below my eyes, beneath my skin. I hated the idea of something foreign living there. Knowing it was caused by too many unprotected days in the sun, I vowed to never again go outside without wearing a good quality sunscreen. I’ve honored the vow.

Below is a photo of the day I learned that yellow fireball had not been my friend.

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I had both dreaded and looked forward to surgery. I was not excited about having my faced opened up, but I was anxious to get the show on the road. October, one of my favorite months, ushered in…

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Transformation Tuesday: My Before + After Pictures!

Hello friends!

Thanks to the magic of photo editing apps and Instagram filters, it’s easy to look like you have perfect skin.  Real women can now achieve the same false perfection that we’ve been ogling in magazines for years.  But real life?  That’s a whole different story.

I’ve written before about my love for full coverage foundations.  And while I do love makeup (and always will!), that love grew out of necessity: I’ve suffered from adult acne for years.  And because my skin is so fair, those pimples don’t fade after a week or two. In fact, before I started using Rodan + Fields, they never faded, no matter what products I tried (including some heavy hitters like La Mer, SK-II, Dr. Dennis Gross, etc.).  I had angry red scars, and inflamed red skin, and the thought of leaving the house without a healthy dose of spackle was inconceivable to me.

 

And if you don’t think it means what I think it means, here’s a true confession: last year I was working from home when my husband cut his finger on a china bowl while doing dishes.  And I took one minute (I promise!) to put foundation on before we went to get stitches.  I wish I were kidding… But today we’re getting real.  I’ve skipped Facetime calls with my family on lazy makeup-free weekends, and even missed an indoor water park on a family vacation because my skin was being particularly difficult.  It’s really not about vanity; I know that my friends and family love me regardless of what my skin looks like.  But if you suffer from acne, you understand that these insecurities run deep.

When it comes to skincare results, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Rodan + Fields even offers a free regimen if you post your before and after pictures to the corporate website.  When I first started using the products, I dutifully took my before pictures with absolutely no intention whatsoever under any circumstance of showing them to anyone {see above}.  And then I took my 60 day pictures.  Here they are, back to back with no filter, no editing, and no makeup:

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Skincare is a journey, and I still suffer from the occasional stress/hormone/life induced breakout. But for the first time in six years, my acne scars are fading.  My skin is calm, soft, and smooth.  And when I don’t wear makeup on the weekends, I feel comfortable in my own skin.  That feeling is priceless, my friends!!  I’m amazed by the results I’ve achieved so far and can’t wait to see how my face looks in another 60 days!

{In case you’re wondering, I use a combination of Unblemish and Redefine products to combat acne and the effects of aging.  My skin is dry, so I use both the Redefine lotions, and I am madly in love with the night renewing serum.  The gentle retinol formula not only helps improve skin texture, firmness, and wrinkles, but aids in the acne fight.  I also use our eye cream.}

I’m sharing this picture today for a few reasons.  First and foremost, I want everyone who has suffered with adult acne to know that there is hope!!  Of course not every product line works for everyone.  {I tried Proactiv as a teenager and it did play nicely with my dry skin.}  But with a 60 day money back guarantee, there’s really nothing to lose.  And even if you choose to purchase at retail prices, most regimens will cost less per day than one grande latte from Starbucks.*   Second, you will only hear about Rodan + Fields through independent consultants like me.  They don’t advertise, and there aren’t any infomercials.  Similarly, you can only buy the products from independent consultants.  The doctors made an unprecedented move from brick and mortar stores to partner with entrepreneurs who want more from life than the 9 to 5  (or 9 to 9…) grind.

Thank you for reading and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to get started on your journey to the best skin of your life!  It would be an honor to help you.

xoxo,
Jenn

* I calculated the retail price per day by dividing the cost of the regimen by the 60 day supply (e.g., $171.00 / 60 = $2.85).  If you decide to become a Preferred Customer, it’s even less.

WCW: 10 Most Success Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade

Hello friends!

I love the idea of “WCW” {aka Woman Crush Wednesday}, but likely not in the way that many who use the hashtag on social media do.  In my mind, it’s akin to supporting and highlighting women in your life that provide inspiration, encouragement, etc.  {And while I do think some of my WCWs are absolute knockouts, my crushes have more to do with what these women have on the inside. ;-)}

With the amazing Today show feature this week, choosing my WCW was a no brainer: Drs. Katie Rodan + Kathy Fields.

Drs. Katie Rodan + Kathy Fields

I’ve written about my decision to become an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields, and how the skincare has changed my life for the better {here}.  What I didn’t tell you is that I was incredibly skeptical about the direct sales business.  It was never something I had considered, and I’m not going to lie — I remained a bit skeptical even after deciding to partner with Rodan + Fields.  Then l started using the skincare, and I got it.  The most important part of any business that’s driven by networking is believing in your products, and even after just a few days of use, I could.not.believe the way my skin looked and felt. That’s what I mean by “I got it”: I understood why the doctors chose to take their products out of high-end department stores and move into the direct sales space, because I couldn’t help but tell my friends + family about the changes to my skin!!

But after this week, I’m questioning the wisdom of my initial skepticism, because Investopedia just announced the “10 Most Success Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade.”  There are some very well known, and quite impressive, women on this list, including Oprah Winfrey, Tory Burch, Beyonce, Ariana Huffington, and my new business partners, Dr. Katie Rodan + Dr. Kathy Fields!!  {It also includes some women you may not have heard of, including the founder of an Indian biopharma company that reached $1 billion on its first trading day, and the only female founder of a semiconductor company.}  What an inspiring list!!

It’s really exciting to be a part of this growing business, and I know the day will come when Rodan + Fields is as much of a household name as Proactiv.  Until then, the only way you’ll hear about R+F is through consultants like me, and I am having sooooooo much fun being the bearer of this news!!  🙂

Many people have a preconceived notion of what direct sales looks like {myself included}.  Did you just picture a pink cadillac or a gloved woman in a full skirt knocking at the door with a suitcase full of night cream?  {Avon calling!}  I did too.  But that’s not me, and that’s not Rodan + Fields.

If you’re looking for a skin care solution with clinically proven results, or you want to learn more about partnering with these incredible women, I would love to help.  Please send me an email: {jenn.m.french at gmail dot com}.  You can also visit my website, although I would love to help you find the best products for your skin with a personal consultation.  😉

Thanks so much for reading; I truly appreciate it!

xoxo,
Jenn