Since growing out of my break-out phase (for the most part), I haven't really been sure how I should be caring for my skin. If you're in the same boat, a good place to start is with Rodan + Fields specialized skin-care regimens. Started by dermatologists Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields—famous for their acne-fighting Proactiv brand—Rodan + Fields offers four regimens for different skin concerns, including Anti-Age, Reverse, Unblemish, and Soothe, which is the first one I decided to try.
I'm usually skeptical of these types of three-step regimens—like, how different can a special "soothing" moisturizer be from a normal moisturizer? But I have to say, I was really impressed with this set, which is designed to treat sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness. The package includes a soothing facial cleanser, a face cream, an SPF 15 sunscreen, and a hydrocortisone lotion to use as needed. To learn how Rodan + Fields won me over, read more
The Soothe facial cleanser is one of the gentlest face washes I've ever tried. More of a cream than a soap, it hardly even gets foamy, but it leaves my skin feeling clean without drying it out. I also liked the lightweight sunscreen, which doesn't feel the slightest bit greasy.
But to me, the most impressive product was the Soothing Facial Cream, which got rid of my flaky skin unlike any other moisturizer I've tried. Better yet, it's a great base for make-up, because it doesn't make my skin oily and creates a sort of luminous glow. As for the hydrocortisone lotion, I don't have as much use for that, but I do appreciate having an alternative to a medicinal tube of hydrocortisone.