I was chatting with a good friend the other day. We had just finished waxing her eyebrows and the topic of good skin care came up. She wanted to know if I had heard about Rodan + Fields because it was all over her Facebook feed.
“Is it any good?”, she asked.
At the time I knew very little about Rodan + Fields except that the same doctors who were behind Proactive (acne skin care line) formulated it as well.
This spiked by curiosity. I would get back to her with more information once I did some research.
Here’s what I found out.
In 2002, the doctors established Rodan + Fields, a more upscale brand for aging skin with four distinct product lines. Early Rodan + Fields, Estee Lauder bought the brand and sold it in department stores. It wasn’t flying off the backlit shelves so in 2007 Rodan and Fields took an unusual step by buying back their company. The doctors thought, Why not skip the department stores and just pay your friends?
So it began, Multi-level marketing! It was to be distributed by your everyday woman. Your neighbor up the street and she doesn’t have to be a skin care specialist to sell it.
During this time the economy was tanking. People were losing their jobs like crazy. Everyone needed a new way to make money. At the same time social media was taking off. The launch timeline was perfect.
A Rodan + Field consultant is more likely to use Facebook and Instagram, posting before-and-after skin selfies and offers for free products. It has gotten into the hands of some well known celebrities who would post on Instagram with hashtags. Soon everyone was talking about it.
But is the product any good?
I took out my Milady’s, Skin Care & Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary to look over the ingredients. It’s a decent line. Some of the components include hydroquinone, an active ingredient used for lightening the skin. However, it doesn’t compare to medical grade product with scientific studies to back it.
Personally, I would prefer to purchase my skin care from someone who is knowledgeable about the ingredients and my overall skin care needs. Not to mention what other services I could benefit from. I call them Skin whisperers.
The average cost for a Rodan + Fields product line is about $250 and if you add additional specialty products you could be in $500. That’s a pretty penny! Rodan + Field consultants advertise a special membership pricing where you can get up to 20% off in savings if you have it shipped to your door every month.
If you’re needing product every month, you’re going through it too quickly.
I spent some time reading the reviews on Google. It was split down the middle on who loved Rodan + Fields and who was disappointed. The biggest complaint was that the consultant who sold the product to them over promised and under delivered results.
Rodan + Fields is a multi-level marketing skin care product sold by your everyday woman, who may or may not have any prior expertise in skin. Its price is comparable to medical grade product.
I would rather purchase my skin care products from a medical spa, dermatologist or plastic surgeon, a professional educated in skin. Wouldn’t you?