I’m one of those people who avoid everyone who sells stuff on Facebook. You know the people I’m talking about? From Thirty-One (or is it Thirty-Two? I’m not sure) to Essential Oils to Norwex to Pampered Chef, I’m not interested. Some of my friends of mine on Facebook seem to be in constant sales pitch mode, too, leading me to skip their status. (I don’t blame them; they are trying to earn some money.)
Recently, my sister, Amy, joined this club of women (at least all of my friends selling stuff are women) selling products. I don’t know how she found time to do it. Between selling houses, raising two busy children, being active in Junior League, and finding time to spend with her husband, she decided to start selling products from a skin care line. At first, I treated this new development like I do my other friends. I ignored it. I skimmed by her posts.
Then, one day Amy sent me an email with a proposal. She wanted me to review the skin care line on my blog. I’ll be honest. My automatic instinct was to say no. I’m not a beauty blogger and wasn’t sure it would fit here. However, after much thought, I reconsidered. Why? Well, she’s my sister, of course. (If anyone else had asked, I likely would have said no.) We discussed what I would do, and I decided to take the challenge and review the products. We’ll call it my skin experiment.
My Skin Care Regimen
When it comes to taking care of my skin, I’m pretty basic and always have been. At night, I wash my face with Noxema with Aloe followed by moisturizer. In the morning, I use a non-alcohol based toner from L’Oreal and moisturize (with SPF 15). Admittedly, since having my girls, I’ve gotten a bit lax about taking care of my skin. I’m usually exhausted at the end of the day and go straight to bed. I’m in a rush to take care of the girls after I wake up so I rush through everything, often skipping my skin. Bad girl! The idea of taking on a new skin care regimen seems a bit overwhelming.
Rodan + Fields
My sister and I decided I will do a three-part series on my review of the skin care line by Rodan + Fields: an introduction, a mid-way progress report, then a final review and evaluation plus a giveaway. Rodan and Fields are two doctors who created Proactiv®, you know, the commercials you see with Adam Levine and a few others. They say their line of products is dermatology-based skin care.
To get started, I had to complete what they call a solution tool to decide what my skin care needs are. I found this a bit hard to do. The tool itself was easy to use, but I found it hard to decide on my biggest concern versus my secondary concern. I’m getting older so I’m starting to have lots of concerns, unfortunately. I decided that my biggest concern was wrinkles and my secondary concern was acne, something that developed after getting pregnant.
The Rodan+Fields solution tool determined that I needed to use Unblemish Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash, Clarifying Toner, Dual Intensive Acne Treatment, and Oil Control Lotion as well as Redefine Night Renewing Serum and Overnight Restoration Cream.
Tonight, I will start this new skin care regimen. In 30 days, I’ll let you know how the regimen is going and even show follow-up photos. Then, two months from now, I will do one last follow-up and hold a Rodan + Fields giveaway.
So, to begin, I need to show you my before pictures. Please don’t judge my 43-year-old skin too harshly. After all, I’m not wearing makeup.
Close up of my face (and pores…ugh):
Close up of my eyes:
My chin, with lovely acne remnants:
Now, I’m feeling a bit “naked” on here. Hopefully, it’s worth it. Come back in 30 days to find out if it was.
What is your skin care regimen?
***Thank go to my sister, Amy Hogue, a consultant for Rodan + Fields, for providing the skin care products in exchange for this review. Although I received this product free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own.**