Most of you probably can’t tell because I cover them up with makeup, but I’ve had freckles since I was a kid. Over the years I’ve developed some sun spots and discoloration. After I was pregnant in 2015, I noticed they had amplified. I was no longer happy with my bare skin makeup free.
So I began thinking about my options.
- Laser photo facial ($200-$500 per area per visit)
- Chemical Peel (scary)
- Research brands and buy products at Sephora (can get EXPENSIVE)
- Rodan and Fields ($190)
I have a friend who sells R&F, and I’ve been noticing some of the results she’s been posting, and finally decided to give it a try. If it works, then it’s the cheapest treatment! If it doesn’t work, then I can move onto the others.
Before October 9, 2017
Waiting for my shipment to arrive. I will be using on my face, chest and arms. I’ll probably go through the product quicker because I’m using on more areas than just my face.
I received my treatment regimen. It’s important to read the box! It says to start out once a day, every other day for the first week. Then work your way up to twice a day, every day, for the rest of the 4-6 weeks. This is important because it gives your skin a chance to get used to any harshness of the product.
My first time using the scrub I definitely could feel like it was working. My skin felt super fresh and clean like I had just had a spa treatment.
October 26, 2017
I’ve been using the products for a little over 2 weeks now, and can definitely see a difference in my skin. My darkest spots have faded and lightened, and my skin looks overall brighter, more youthful.
I’ve been using gycolic and retinol pads with it too. I wipe my face with these after I wash with the scrub but before the toner and treatment. These are by skinscript. I’ve used this brand before and love their products. I bought them at a local skin spa but you can find them online, HERE.
Here are my mid trial before and after results:
March 12, 2018
Final results and overall review. I still have some product left. I must admit I’m not the best at washing my face every day so doing it twice a day like recommended was almost impossible for me. I’m going to break down each product pros and cons.
- My favorite part
- It’s a scrub so I definitely feel like my skin is fresh and clean after using.
- It has a citrus smell which I love.
- No cons in my opinion, other than I’m not good at washing my face twice a day.
I overused the toner and ran out of that a while ago.
- Citrus smell
- I definitely felt like this product helped lighten my skin
- Left my skin feeling fresh
- Easy to overuse and run out quickly if you not have the gauze pads that come with it (you can purchase them extra)
I still have some of this product left because I only used at night. It left my skin a tad greasy feeling, so I only used it at night.
- I definitely feel this product helped lighten my skin
- I still have some left after 5 months
- Nice citrus smell
- Left my skin slightly greasy so I only wanted to put it on at night and not during the day.
Full disclosure I never used the R&F products just by themselves, I used with my retinol glycolic pads. Also, starting March 1, I started using a Retin-A cream prescribed by my dermatologist. She said my skin looked great but, I definitely had some stubborn freckles that weren’t going away. R&F does sell a Retinal cream but mine is pure, and with insurance only $5.
If you are pregnant or nursing, Retin-A cream is recommended not to use. Especially if pregnant! I did some research though and if breastfeeding, topical Retin-A cream is ok because so little goes into the breastmilk if any at all. Taking an oral/pill form of Retin-a is not advised. But still that was my personal choice. I’m not as strict on what I eat or use while nursing, especially now since I’m only nursing 2-3 times a day and not 100%. I was while pregnant and during my first year of breastfeeding though. Now that Olivia’s almost 2 and eating food, I could stop breastfeeding tomorrow if I wanted to. I have also done a lot of research on what products go into milk supply vs what do not. A lot of information out there (such as breastfeeding and anesthesia) is outdated and definitely does a disservice to breastfeeding mothers. I’d definitely talk to your dr before using any of these products while pregnant or nursing though.
** update, my friend Sharon mentioned you can buy each product individually, they are just more expensive than if you got them all in the kit.
I definitely feel using the R&F Lightening Regimen was a good start and lightened my spots a good amount, but I also need Retin-A to finish the job.
Left: October 2017
Right: March 2018 (5 months using products)
Both pictures I have ZERO makeup on
Do you feel it lightened your skin? Yes. Not 100% but definitely made a noticeable difference. I think my results were amplified by using other products with it.
Would you buy again? Yes and no. I don’t think I need anymore since it did it’s job and I’m finishing with the Retin-A cream, but I’m satisfied with buying it and don’t feel it was a waste. I would buy again periodically to freshen up and brighten as needed, if I get any more sun spots.
Was it worth the money? Yes, all of the products were good and I noticed a difference. It’s cheaper than some options out there. I will say if you do your research you can definitely find similar products out there at Sephora or online, but buying this set is convenient.
Where can I buy? You can buy from anyone that sells R&F. If you don’t know a rep, I bought from my friend Sharon. You can see products and purchase here.
Some other R&F products I have used and like are:
Lip renewing serum
My lips are always chapped and feel so soft after I put this on. I keep just using samples but I seriously need to jus buy the big jar of it!
I’m always a huge fan of a good scrub. This scrub definitely left my skin super greasy and clean but was not harsh on my skin.
* Make sure you get the Lightening regime, not the Brightening. They are two different regimines. Brighten is for dull skin. Lighten is to get rid of sun spots etc.
I hope this review was helpful. It was 100% honest. I don’t sell the products so my review does not benefit me in any way. I have always wanted to try it, and since I started it, I’ve had so many people message me on Instagram asking how I liked it, if it worked, etc., so I felt like a review with my experience and results would be helpful to anyone also considering it.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments for me!