Speed of Results7
Quality of Ingredient7.5
The duo of dermatologists who designed this serum, Rodan + Fields, describes it as being able to revitalize your skin. They market their Redefine Intensive Renewing Serum, which is the subject of our review today, as being able to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Essentially then, the serum promises to give you younger looking skin. It is important to note that the manufacturers do not recommend using this serum if you have sensitive skin or suffer from acne.
Some featured ingredients are:
- Alkyl Benzoate
- Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14
- Retinyl Palmitate
The manufacturers have used their trademarked Retinal-MD Technology to produce what they deem to be a clinical-strength serum. It is ostensibly high in Vitamin A because they also further assert that it is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without an actual prescription. Vitamin A or retinol is responsible for helping to produce tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy. Alkyl Benzoate makes skin soft and smooth, however, it is also widely considered to be an agent that can contribute to developing cancer. Dimethicone is a silicone-like substance used to lock in moisture. One of the issues though is precisely that it rests so heavily on the working of Vitamin A, to the exclusion of other clinically proven ingredients required for a range of purposes from collagen stimulation to improved hydration, even skin tone and more. These ingredients include but are not limited to wheat extract, Electric Daisy Flower, Alpenrose and others.
The manufacturer recommends that you use this serum in the evening for best results. Start by cleansing and toning your skin. Open one capsule by twisting off the tail. Smooth the serum over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Leave it on. The serum can turn fabrics yellow if it comes into contact so avoid this.
The jar contains 60 capsules, which retail for $93.00 on Amazon. There are no discounts.
Guarantee & Feedback
Provided you follow the correct procedure within 60 days of purchase, you qualify to receive a full refund should you not be happy. Of concern is a report from a verified customer that only half the purchase price money was returned. It is not clear if this would have been due to shipping fee or restocking deductions. We do feel that this is somewhat of a red flag as the manufacturer does not refer to deductions openly in their stated policy.
Due to the high price, the serum seems to attract a small but dedicated following, who mostly give the capsules positive reviews. Those who don’t like the product report that it leaves red blotches on their skin. In this case, it could be that they have sensitive skin types. The manufacturer expressly notes that it is best not to use this serum if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Our Conclusive Review About Rodan + Fields Redefine Intensive Renewing Serum
We agree that the technology and key ingredient base uses the skin’s own renewing potential to smooth and firm your skin. It also contains an adequate moisture barrier. However, it does not contain adequate moisture, potentially drying out your skin and causing it stress. This is why it is not advised for sensitive skin. There are a number of key clinically proven ingredients missing which would have rounded off the formulation, and countered the potentially harsh effects of a high-dose vitamin A treatment. Regarding the near medical prescription strength claims, one of the issues is that without cGMP certification and third-party verification, there is no factual confirmation of such a high strength, or that no contaminants or changes to the ingredients have occurred during manufacturing. The trademarked Retinal-MD Technology shows that much effort has gone into how to deliver the ingredients. But the most assured way of delivering a superior form of vitamin A would have been through an ingredient patent, and there isn’t one. Other advanced formulations that have proven to be effective are leading with a minimum of five patented ingredients by comparison. Our final concern is that the manufacturer is not necessarily committed to using all-natural ingredients and makes this clear. They also do not confirm an anti-animal-cruelty approach. This does call the heart of the philosophy and ethics into question.