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ESSENTIALS & ENHANCEMENTS FAQs

Do I need Active Hydration Serum if I am using another R+F moisturizer (e.g. SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment, REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment or REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream)?

Hydration and moisturization address dryness in different way. Hydration adds water to the skin, while moisturizer do not actually add water to the skin, but rather they form an occlusive barrier on top of the skin to seal in the moisture that is already there. Active Hydration Serum and its 3D3P Molecular Matrix adds continuous hydration to the skin. It has been clinically tested to work synergistically with all R+F Regimens to boost results.

Can you substitute Active Hydration Serum for Night Renewing Serum when using the AMP MD Roller?

No. Active Hydration Serum and Night Renewing Serum have different benefits. The REDEFINE AMP MD Roller has been clinically tested and patented with the Night Renewing Serum to firm the appearance of the skin. Active Hydration Serum can be used in addition to Night Renewing Serum to amplify the effects, however, it should not be used to replace Night Renewing Serum.

The great news is that they can be used together to amplify effects. Just apply Active Hydration Serum after rolling with the REDEFINE AMP MD and before the REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum.

Can I use Active Hydration Serum with my AMP MD and Night Renewing Serum?

Yes. Active Hydration Serum is safe for use with REDEFINE AMP MD and REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum. In fact, Active Hydration Serum helps prime skin and can amplify the effects of product layered on top of it. When used together you are able to maximize the anti-aging benefits of your Regimen. To incorporate with AMP MD Roller and Night Renewing Serum use the following steps: 1) Cleanse and tone skin; 2) Roll with AMP MD Roller; 3) Layer Active Hydration Serum; 4) Apply Night Renewing Serum; and 5) Continue with Step 3 or the remaining products in your routine.

Can I use Active Hydration Serum with my AMP MD?

Yes. Active Hydration Serum is safe for use with REDEFINE AMP MD. In fact, Active Hydration Serum helps prime skin and can amplify the effects of product layered on top of it. When used together you are able to maximize the anti-aging benefits of your Regimen. To incorporate Active Hydration Serum with the AMP MD Roller in your nightly routine use the following steps: 1) Cleanse and tone skin; 2) Roll with AMP MD Roller; 3) Layer Active Hydration Serum; and 4) Continue with Step 3 or the remaining products in your routine.

How do I use Active Hydration Serum with my Regimen?

Active Hydration Serum works best when layered under a moisturizer or other skincare product. Apply after cleansing and toning. Do not wait for product to dry, immediately follow with the remaining steps in your skincare routine.

Use prior to Step 3 when using the REDEFINE, REVERSE or UNBLEMISH Regimens. Use prior to Step 2 with the SOOTHE Regimen. Just remember: Wash. Tone. Hydrate. Condition.

What are the clinical results of Active Hydration Serum?

Active Hydration Serum has both hydration benefits as well as Regimen-specific benefits. All users of Active Hydration Serum will experience smoother, softer, more radiant-looking skin.

HYDRATION BENEFITS: Immediate and continuous hydration for smooth, soft, radiant-looking skin.

Immediate Boost of Hydration:
 •Instantly raises skin’s hydration level by 200% after just one use and keeps it there for 8 hours*

Continuous improvement in skin’s moisture level over time*:
 •100% increase in skin’s moisture retention after 1 week*
 •94% saw an improvement in moisture after 2 weeks**

Long-term visible improvement after 2 weeks:
 •93% of participants saw smoother skin
 •87% of participants saw more supple skin
 •86% of participants saw more radiant skin
*Based on an eight-day U.S. clinical study. **Based on a two-week U.S. consumer study.

REGIMEN BENEFITS: When used with your R+F Regimen you will experience additional skin benefits beyond what your Regimen provides, plus smoother, softer, more radiant-looking skin. When Active Hydration Serum was added to each R+F Regimen, participants in an 8-week clinical study achieved the following results:

Active Hydration Serum + REDEFINE Regimen Benefits = Increased Radiance
 •100% had smoother skin
 •100% had softer skin
 •100% had more radiant skin
 •96% had younger-looking skin
 •88% had healthier-looking skin

Active Hydration Serum + REVERSE Regimen* Benefits = Fewer Fine Lines
 •100% had more radiant skin
 •96% had smoother skin
 •96% had softer skin
 •96% had fewer fine lines
 •70% had less visible pores

Active Hydration Serum + UNBLEMISH Regimen Benefits = Balanced Skin
 •94% had more radiant skin
 •81% had softer skin
 •75% had smoother skin
 •88% had less oily skin (t-zone)
 •81% had less dry skin
 •75% had less blotchy skin

Active Hydration Serum + SOOTHE Regimen Benefits = Visibly Firmer Skin
 •95% had softer skin
 •95% saw visibly firmer skin**
 •91% had more radiant skin
 •91% had smoother skin
 •86% had fewer fine lines
 •76% had smaller-looking pores

Based on an eight-week U.S. clinical study, participants’ improvement based on clinical grading. *Results based on testing with REVERSE Brightening Regimen in U.S., but may be used with REVERSE Lightening. **Based on an eight-week independent U.S. consumer study, participants noticed visible improvement.

How do I open the Active Hydration Serum bottle?

Twist cap counter-clockwise to unlock, then remove cap from bottle. Serum will automatically pull into the dropper. Push the button on the top of the cap to expel dropper contents into the palm of your hand. Apply product all over face and immediately follow with the next step in your Rodan + Fields Regimen.

To close the bottle twist the cap clockwise until the button on top pulls down flush with the top in the lock position.

How do I use Active Hydration Serum?

Apply nightly after cleansing and toning. Apply product all over face, and immediately follow with the next step in your Rodan + Fields Regimen (Step 3 for REDEFINE, REVERSE and UNBLEMISH; Step 2 for SOOTHE). Product works best when layered with your Regimen or under a moisturizer/treatment product. May be used twice daily as needed. May be used with AMP MD™ and Night Renewing Serum (apply after AMP MD and before Night Renewing Serum). Do not use on eyelids.

For best results, start with nightly use and adjust dosage based on your skins needs. We recommend nightly use if you have oily or combination skin, however Active Hydration Serum may be used twice daily (morning and evening) if you have dry skin.

Will Active Hydration Serum work if I live in a dry climate?

Yes, those in dry climate will see and feel the immediate benefits of Active Hydration Serum. Active Hydration Serum was formulated to work with all skin types regardless of climate. Regardless of the climate outside, the 3D3P Molecular Matrix draws and locks in moisture from the atmosphere, forming a water reservoir on the skin’s surface, allowing it to take in hydration as needed. If fact, we tested Active Hydration Serum in the desert of Las Vegas during R+F Convention 2016 on more than 4200 people of different ages, ethnicities and with varying skin concerns. Even in those extreme conditions, 96% of them saw an immediate increase in their moisture level.

Do I need Active Hydration Serum if I live in a humid climate?

Living in a humid climate does not mean that your skin in hydrated. Active Hydration Serum was formulated to work with all skin types regardless of climate with the right kind and right level of oil-free hydration. R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix draws and locks in moisture from the atmosphere, forming a water reservoir on the skin’s surface, allowing it to take in hydration as needed. Skin will be smoother, softer and more radiant-looking, and not greasy or oily.

Do I need Active Hydration Serum if I have oily skin?

Those with oily skin are often hesitant to apply hydrating or moisturizing products for fear of creating additional oil. However, hydration and oil are two very different things. Hydration adds water to your skin to reduce dehydration, while oil sits on top of the skin. And even though there may be no visible signs, oily skin can often be dry underneath causing it to produce more oil.

Everyone can benefit from additional hydration to perform optimally, regardless of your skin type. The trick is to find the right kind. Active Hydration Serum is perfect for all skin types because it self-adjusts to what your skin needs to help it reach its optimal hydration level and maintain it. Active Hydration Serum is oil-free, so it will leave skin feeling smooth, soft and radiant, and not oily or greasy.

In fact, Active Hydration Serum can help balance oil. The 3D3P Molecular Matrix has been specially formulated to ensure that sebum (oil) does not accumulate on the surface of skin. For those with oily skin, we recommend nightly use to help give your skin the hydration it needs.

Can ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost be used on the lower lash line?

ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost was only clinically tested on the upper lash line. We do not recommend use on the lower lash line.

Applying ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost to the upper lashes alone will subsequently apply to the lower lashes by the way of natural blinking. Thus, we do not recommend applying ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost on the lower lashes because it could lead to excessive product usage and irritate the eye area.

How do I use ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost with my Regimen?

Remove your makeup (you may use REDEFINE Eye Cloths). Then wash your face with your Rodan + Fields Regimen Wash. Eyes should be completely clean and dry. Apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost as directed and wait at least 90 seconds for the product to completely dry. Follow with the remaining Rodan + Fields Regimen Steps 2-4, avoiding the eye area.

How do I use ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost with REDEFINE ACUTE CARE?

For best results, apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost every evening on clean and dry upper lash lines as directed. Wait approximately 90 seconds until product has dried before applying REDEFINE ACUTE CARE. Use REDEFINE ACUTE CARE three evenings per week over the wrinkle area/crow’s feet, and press the adhesive gently and smooth out any bubbles. Follow with the rest of your nighttime Regimen, avoiding the area around REDEFINE ACUTE CARE.

For questions pertaining to any potential adverse effects associated with using ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost

Rodan + Fields’ philosophy is to create safe and effective formulations, and thus, would not place a product on the market otherwise. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is clinically and ophthalmologist tested, and found to be safe and non-irritating. It is a nightly lash conditioning serum that is intended to moisturize, nourish and protect your lashes. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is a cosmetic-grade product designed to improve the appearance of your lashes. It is not a drug product and will not affect the structure and function of your lashes. For best results, apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost to the lash or brow line. If you have health or medical concerns, confer with your doctor. And if you do experience some adverse effects, please discontinue use and seek medical advice.

Is ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost safe for my eyes?

Yes. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is ophthalmologist tested and found to be safe and non-irritating. However, as with any cosmetic product, some individuals may report temporary tingling or redness, which normally disappears after continued use. If any tingling, itching or redness persists or is not tolerable, discontinue use and seek medical advice.
If you experience slight irritation, discontinue use for at least one day or longer if symptoms persist. Sometimes your skin needs to adjust to new products/ingredients. Here are two options to determine if your skin accepts the ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost formulation.

  1. Patch test: On clean and dry skin apply a small amount of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost on a small area of the lash line of one eye. Allow to completely dry before applying other products near the area. Observe the skin for 24 hours to determine the skin acclimation.
  2. Reduce the frequency of application to every other day until the sensation no longer occurs. Gradually go back to daily application.

In either instance, if skin appears normal then apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost as directed. However, if any tingling, itching or redness persists or is not tolerable, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

I have heard about side effects caused by drugs and other products used to improve lashes. Should I be concerned about potential side effects from the use of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost?

No. The only serious side effects we have heard about are those associated with drug products, not cosmetics. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is a cosmetic, and the ingredients have not been associated with any significant side effects. Further, Rodan + Fields’ philosophy is to create safe and effective formulations, and thus, would not place a product on the market if otherwise. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is clinically and ophthalmologist tested, and found to be safe and non-irritating. However, if you have health or medical concerns, confer with your doctor.

Moreover, as with any cosmetic product, some individuals might experience temporary discoloration around the eye area associated with product sensitivity or excessive product usage. The eye area is thin, delicate skin and if you do experience sensitivity to ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost, we recommend temporarily discontinuing use to allow the skin to return to normal.

What are the most common consumer complaints you anticipate from use of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost?

The finished product and the ingredients contained in ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost have been thoroughly tested in Clinical and Consumer Studies. As with most cosmetic products, some consumers may report temporary tingling or redness, which normally disappears after continued use. However, if any tingling, itching or redness persists or is not tolerable, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

What if I experience tingling, burning, redness or irritation after using ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost?

Sometimes your skin needs to adjust to new products/ingredients. Here are two options to determine if your skin accepts the ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost formulation:

  1. Patch test: On clean and dry skin apply a small amount of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost on a small area of the lash line of one eye. Allow to completely dry before applying other products near the area. Observe the skin for 24 hours to determine the skin acclimation.
  2. Reduce the frequency of application to every other day until the sensation no longer occurs. Gradually go back to daily application.

In either instance if skin appears normal then apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost as directed. However, if any tingling, itching or redness persists or is not tolerable, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

Is it anticipated that ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost might cause discoloration or change in the pigmentation of the iris?

No. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost does not cause discoloration or change in pigmentation of the iris. Those serious side effects are associated with the warnings on drug products only. The cosmetic ingredients used in ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost have never been associated with reports of change in iris pigmentation or any discoloration.

Is it anticipated that ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost might cause permanent discoloration on the eye area?

No. ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is not anticipated to cause permanent discoloration on the eye area. None of our clinical and ophthalmology testing show discoloration on the eye area. However, as with any cosmetic product, some individuals may report temporary discoloration associated with product sensitivity or excessive product usage. For example, individuals with sensitivities to facial products may experience facial redness. Also, as the eye area is thin, delicate skin and if you do experience sensitivity to ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost, we recommend temporarily discontinuing use to allow the skin to return to normal.

If my skin is considered sensitive can I use ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost?

This will be determined on an individual basis. Although ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost is ophthalmologist tested and found to be safe and non-irritating as with any cosmetic product, some individuals may experience redness or tingling/itching from one or more of the ingredients in the formulation.

If anyone has a health concern or is hesitant about using ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost, they may review the ingredient list with their doctor and utilize this patch test prior to use. On clean and dry skin, apply a small amount of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost on a small area of the lash line of one eye. Observe the skin for 24 hours to determine the skin acclimation. If skin appears normal then apply ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost as directed. If any tingling, itching, or redness persists or is not tolerable, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

How does ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost fit into the R+F Philosophy?

ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost follows the Rodan + Fields philosophy of Multi-Med Therapy for lashes by bringing together Biotin, Keratin and peptides to moisturize, nourish and protect your lashes. Biotin and Keratin deposit an infusion of protein to the lashes, helping to moisturize and condition them, while peptides enhance lash durability, supporting more voluminous looking lashes.

Why is hydration important to my skin?

Proper hydration should be the cornerstone of any skincare routine. One of the culprits of aging skin is dryness. Whether you experience dryness due to hormonal changes, the environment or age, it can make skin look older. In fact, research shows that dry skin actually behaves like older skin. As the outer surface becomes dry, cell turnover reduces which results in skin that is more prone to sensitivity, lines and wrinkles, and is less receptive to skincare products. As skin ages, it requires more hydration to perform optimally, and can become more difficult for skin to taken in hydration or other skincare ingredients.

How does Active Hydration Serum boost Regimen performance?

Active Hydration Serum boosts Regimen performance in two ways: 1) by amplifying the Regimen benefits, and 2) by adding benefits above and beyond what each Regimen provides.

1. Amplification of Regimen Benefits: Hydrated skin not only looks healthier, but is also primed to more readily accept ingredients from products that are layered on top.

2. Additional Benefits: When used with your R+F Regimen, you will experience additional skin benefits beyond what your Regimen provides as well as smoother, softer and more radiant-looking skin. When Active Hydration Serum was added to each R+F Regimen, participants in an 8-week clinical study experienced the following results:

  • REDEFINE users had the anti-aging benefits of the Regimen plus increased radiance and improved texture
  • REVERSE users had even-looking skin with a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • UNBLEMISH users had clearer skin with a balanced complexion and fewer oily and dry patches
  • SOOTHE users had skin that was not only calmer but also visibly firmer with fewer fine lines

How is ENHANCEMENTS Active Hydration Serum different from REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum and REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum?

A serum is simply a product formulated to address a specific need. Despite all being serums, Active Hydration Serum, Night Renewing Serum and Lip Renewing Serum each contain different ingredients to address specific skincare concerns and provide different benefits.

    • ENHANCEMENTS Active Hydration Serum delivers a high level of hydration in a lightweight formula to nourish and replenish skin. It immediately infuses skin with intense hydration for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion that visibly improves over time.
    • REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum contains a potent, proprietary blend of peptides and Retinol to visibly improve skin texture and firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Even though it feels silky smooth, it does not contain any moisturizing properties.

In fact, Active Hydration Serum is a layering serum that can be applied before the Night Renewing Serum to help amplify its effects. When used with the REDEFINE AMP MD Roller, roll first, then apply Active Hydration Serum, immediately follow with Night Renewing Serum and the remaining steps in your Regimen.

  • REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum utilizes peptides to help lips retain natural moisturizing factors, visibly smooth lip texture, and reduce the appearance of lip lines.

How does Active Hydration Serum fit into the Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy philosophy?

Multi-Med® Therapy is based on clinically-tested formulas that deliver the RIGHT ingredients in the RIGHT formulations in the RIGHT order with each step building on the last to create visible results. Active Hydration Serum was formulated to boost the efficacy of all of the products in our Regimens and clinically tested to deliver additional benefits when used in combination with our R+F Regimens.

Can Active Hydration Serum be used on acne prone skin?

Yes. Active Hydration Serum is oil-free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and will not cause breakouts. In fact, Active Hydration Serum can help combat dryness that can occur from over the counter (OTC) active ingredients used to treat acne. Often acne products may dry your skin as they dry up acne pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads forming in your pores. When skin becomes dry, oil glands are stimulated to coat and protect your skin. This boomerang effect usually leads to over cleansing which exasperates the oil imbalance.

The good news is that when used with the UNBLEMISH Regimen, Active Hydration Serum helps balance oil, dryness and blotchiness. Skin will look balanced, smoother, softer and more radiant. To incorporate Active Hydration Serum with the UNBLEMISH Regimen, use after UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner and before UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment, then continue to layer the remaining products in the UNBLEMISH Regimen.

Can Active Hydration Serum be used on sensitive skin?

Yes. Not only is Active Hydration Serum safe for use on sensitive skin, our clinical testing demonstrates that participants with sensitive skin noticed an improvement in skin comfort after using Active Hydration Serum for 8 weeks. When used with the SOOTHE Regimen, participants experienced smoother, softer, more radiant-looking skin plus a visible improvement in firmness and a reduction of fine lines and pores. To incorporate Active Hydration Serum with the SOOTHE Regimen, use after the SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash and before the SOOTH Sensitive Skin Treatment, then continue to layer the remaining products in the SOOTHE Regimen.

How is Active Hydration Serum different from other hydrating skincare products?

Active Hydration Serum is not like any other product. The 3D3P Molecular Matrix is a patent-pending, one-of-a-kind structure, invented in our R+F lab. We created a new molecule to address hydration in a different way, binding Glycerin to Hyaluronic Acid and attracting moisture to the skin throughout the day as needed. Our proprietary technology allows us to deliver a high dose of 30% Glycerin versus other formulas that only contain 1-3%, making Active Hydration Serum more effective.

How does Active Hydration Serum address skin dryness in a new way?

There are two ways to condition dry skin. The most common way is to form an occlusive barrier on the skin to prevent moisture from escaping. However, occlusive barriers don’t actually add hydration to the skin and tend to feel heavy and greasy. The second way to tackle dryness is to add hydration to the skin’s surface. The best ingredient to achieve this is Glycerin. Unfortunately, Glycerin is sticky by nature so most formulas contain only 1-3% Glycerin, making them less effective. With Active Hydration Serum, we created a new molecule to deliver a 30% Glycerin in lightweight, elegant formula.

If I don’t see dryness do I need Active Hydration Serum?

Skin does not have to be visibly dry to be dehydrated. All skin types (including oily and blemish prone skin) can benefit from hydration. Dry skin is more sensitive, prone to lines and wrinkles, and less receptive to skincare products. With age, skin is no longer capable of maintaining moisture as well as youthful skin, and requires more maintenance. Well-hydrated skin retains a better barrier function and more elasticity to help achieve radiant, youthful-looking skin.

How do Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid differ?

Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid are humectants that attract and hold water. However, they behave differently on the skin. Glycerin is a small molecule which is capable of absorbing at the skin’s surface. 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 hydration.

What is a serum?

A serum is a lightweight skincare product that delivers higher concentrations of powerful ingredients to address a specific skin concern. Although there are many different types of serums on the market, each individual serum tends to address a specific concern for a more intensive effect. Serums are meant to work synergistically with your other skincare products, and are to be layered underneath moisturizers or other skin conditioning products for additional and/or better results.

What are the key ingredients in Active Hydration Serum?

R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix reengineers the best super-hydrators – maximized 30% Glycerin and cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid. Active Hydration Serum adds hydration back onto the skin to provide instant results and long term benefits.

  • Glycerin: Maximized 30% concentration draws in moisture from the atmosphere and creates a water reservoir on the skin’s surface to deliver continuous, all-day hydration as needed.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Powerful humectant that attracts and holds 1,000 times its weight in water.

How does Active Hydration Serum work?

Active Hydration Serum is formulated with a proprietary, patent-pending 3D3P Molecular Matrix that instantly hydrates skin to an optimal moisture equilibrium and maintains it over time. Flooded with 30% Glycerin and cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid, the 3D3P Molecular Matrix draws moisture from the atmosphere, forming a water reservoir on the skin’s surface, allowing it to take in hydration as needed. The intelligent technology self-adjusts to each individual’s skin needs and environment to deliver continuous hydration throughout the day.

What is Active Hydration Serum?

Active Hydration Serum is a layering super-serum that utilizes our patent-pending 3D3P Molecular Matrix to deliver a high level of Glycerin and cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid in an elegant, lightweight formula. It provides a high level of continuous hydration by pulling water from the atmosphere to nourish and replenish skin. Skin is immediately softer, smoother and more radiant-looking, and continues to improve over time.

Why is vitamin D important?

Vitamin D is part of a healthy diet and required for overall health and wellness. Our bodies are able to synthesize vitamin D, but the resulting incidental sun exposure damages and ages the skin. Dr. Rodan, Dr. Fields and leading healthcare authorities recommend avoiding the sun and supplementing with oral vitamin D. ESSENTIALS Maximum D3 Vitamin D3 Supplement offers 10,000 IU of vitamin D in a once-weekly capsule.