Expressing her story
This feature highlights the transformative effects Rodan + Fields® products can have on people’s skin. This month, Mary Radford, RN, director of the RF Connection, shares the storylines behind her expression lines and her solution for losing the wrinkles.
Growing up it seemed that everyone aged the same way with deep wrinkles—11’s between the brows, crow’s feet and smile lines. By following a good anti-aging skincare regimen, I was able to avoid developing these expression lines for quite some time but, sure enough, as each year passed, I noticed that those lines began to take hold longer than the moment of expression.
Also, I’ve found that denial can cause wrinkles. For instance, while driving, I noticed that road signs started appearing less clear, and I could easily miss a turn if the neighborhood was unfamiliar. My myopic vision caused squinting that resulted in the formation of “11’s” between my brows and deeper crow’s feet.
Fortunately, I have been using the REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller to help my skin appear firmer and look smoother. I was amazed at what could be accomplished, but I wanted more.
When REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines was presented for in-house testing, I immediately volunteered and was amazed that, with each use, my face looked more relaxed. People asked if I just got back from vacation. The best part is that I look natural.
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ACUTE CARE™ Available To All Customers March 2
- ACUTE CARE is receiving from beauty sources including POPSUGAR and People StyleWatch magazine
Ask the Doctors
If you had two of the most renowned skincare experts cornered at a party, what would you ask them? Our Derm RF feature, “Ask the Doctors,” will give you on-call access to hear straight from Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields with answers to your most pressing skin concerns.
I am on the SOOTHE Regimen. What other products would you recommend to address deep lines and wrinkles?
Dr. Katie Rodan: By helping to calm sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness, SOOTHE has anti-aging benefits. SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment with exclusive RFp3 peptide technology helps shield against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with inflammation, a potential cause of skin aging.
For stubborn expression lines, like “crow’s feet,” you may try REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines at night. Its Liquid Cone Technology melts non-irritating, line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for smoother-looking skin. Use ACUTE CARE on clean dry, skin, avoiding areas of redness or sensitivity.
Another option is to consider using our REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum, which contains a proprietary blend of time-released peptides and retinol packaged in individual capsules once or twice per week just prior to applying SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment. This proprietary blend of time-released peptides and retinol helps to visibly improve skin texture and encourage younger-looking skin.
During the day, REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment may be substituted for SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen. This broad spectrum SPF 30 contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin.
As with all new products, we recommend patch-testing before using. Apply a small amount of the product three times per day for three days on your jawline or neck. Watch for any signs of redness, dryness, irritation or swelling.
If you determine you are sensitive to a product, discontinue use. Consider consulting your physician for further testing to determine which ingredient(s) you may be sensitive to.
Check your Emotions
Life’s greatest moments of joy, sorrow, stress and triumph can be traced in the expression lines on our face. They’re our personal storylines, weaving a complex tale that all too often reveals itself in the form of crow’s feet, marionette lines around the mouth and parallel grooves, or “goal posts” between the brows.
But did you know that those same expression lines may cause observers to mistake older adults as appearing angry or sadder than they actually are?
In a 2013 Penn State University study, participants were asked to assess the emotion they perceived in photographs of 64 faces. Older adult faces were viewed as sadder and angrier than those of their younger counterparts, even though all of the faces studied were “neutral,” according to the researchers.
Expression lines can cause the mouth to drop, resulting in the appearance of a frown. And those “11s” between the brows and crow’s feet around the eyes may also result in features that observers often interpret as anger or sadness, says a lead study researcher.
Certain at-home skincare solutions can visibly improve the effects. For instance, hyaluronic acid, a humectant that’s capable of retaining 1,000 times its weight in water, helps plump the skin’s cells to keep skin of all ages looking smoother longer. In addition, a daily regimen featuring a broad-spectrum sunscreen, retinoids, peptides, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids will help stave off the creases and keep skin looking younger.
So smile and find your expression. Just lose the wrinkle.
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Don't let fear keep you from something amazing!
Is it possible that people with fewer frown lines might actually be happier?
Michael Lewis, a psychology professor at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the science of happiness, has found that our facial expressions can influence our moods. Studies from the University of California, Riverside, among others, have also shown that happier people tend to be more successful, have better relationships, are healthier and tend to live longer. Suppose that smoother skin with diminished expression lines really does lead to a happier mood and success in life. Should we all rush out and inject our expression lines with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid fillers? Not so fast.
According to the latest statistics, more people are seeking less-invasive procedures, with many preferring topical products over a needle. As technology in topical ingredients improves, so do our options. This month, Rodan + Fields® will present landmark research at the 73rd Annual Meeting of American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, demonstrating how proprietary Liquid Cone Technology could visibly smooth wrinkles using micronized cones—rather than needles—to melt peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into expression lines.
Can these tiny cones bless you with a successful career and a longer life? Probably not. But they are sure to put a smile on your face with their youthful-looking results.