Skincare Review: Rodan + Fields Masks / by Didier Young

Guys, I have a confession to make. Before attending the recent event for the launch of Rodan + Fields’ new face masks, I had never heard of the brand. I have no shame admitting it: there are so many skincare brands out there (both good and bad) that I have yet to experiment with. In a way, it is a blessing to delve into a brand without any prior history with it and to truly give an unbiased opinion about the products. The brand was created by Stanford- trained dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields who aimed to create dermatology- inspired skincare and it is available only on their website or via an independent consultant (it is a similar concept to Avon). They kindly gifted me the four masks on launch day so I could give them a try at home (#RFGifts) so without further ado, let’s talk about their latest launch.

The brand has five different lines that target five specific skin issues. With the mask launch, they created four companion masks that can be used in conjunction with the main lines or to target any secondary issues that you might experience. Each mask retails for 60 USD for a 50ml jar/tube which is slightly above the average retail price for most masks on the market. That being said, if a product works then it is totally worth spending the extra amount right?

SOOTHE Rescue Mask

The SOOTHE rescue mask is a calamine based clay mask which helps to reduce any visible redness and reveals smoother- looking skin in 10 minutes. The calamine helps to calm skin and the moisture-attracting glycerin helps the skin feel softer instantly. As far as clay masks go, this one felt really great on the skin and didn’t have that crazy tightening feeling that many of them do and it was super easy to put on and off. My skin also felt super comfortable afterwards which isn’t something that I’m used to after using a clay mask. Usually my skin would be parched and require immediate moisturizing but in this case, I almost forgot to moisturize afterwards.

REDEFINE Rejuvenation Mask

This blue mask gives a boost of hydration to tired skin and helps to smooth out the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time. Using the brand’s 3D3P Molecular matrix with hyaluronic acid and glycerin, the mask helps to draw moisture from the air to lock in onto the skin plus the jojoba beads exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal the younger, radiant skin underneath. This was such a fun mask to use. As you apply it, REDEFINE starts to bubble up and it feels like pop rocks exploding on your skin. The sensation was quite glorious and my skin felt moisturized after I was done. The exfoliating process was also very gentle and it did help to remove dullness without feeling like I was scrubbing my face too harshly.

REVERSE Radiance Mask

REVERSE was the mask I was the most eager to give a try mostly because of how it looks. Looks aside, the mask is formulated with brightening retinal MD technology which refreshes the skin, exfoliating glycolic acid and turmeric extract which boosts luminosity. This was my favourite mask in terms of results. I felt like my skin looked really radiant after one usage, like it usually does after a good night of sleep. It also helped with my skin texture and skin tone.

UNBLEMISH Clarifying Mask

UNBLEMISH helps to reduce excess oil and remove impurities from the surface of the skin, thus decreasing the chances of new breakouts while still helping to treat existing acne thanks to purifying sulfur. The fun part with this mask is that it starts off green but as you massage it into your skin, it turns purple. This is due to the colour changing beads present in the formula that help to gently exfoliate and also release calming ingredients. I decided to try out this mask as a spot treatment and I was pleasantly surprised by how it calmed down the blotchiness around a new breakout that I had at the time.

Of course, only time will tell how truly effective those masks are but judging by the preliminary results that I have experienced so far, I was quite happy with them. I would personally restock the REVERSE and REDEFINE masks but I did think that the other two were great as well. Which one would you guys want to try?