Thanks to Rodan + Fields for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As you all know, I’m a huge advocate for having a consistent skincare routine. My skin has always been a high priority for me but even more so after working for a dermatologist for years. During my time there, I learned the importance of a consistent skincare routine and preventive care like SPF but even then, sometimes the skin needs a little TLC when damage pops up from years past. That’s the thing about skin… sometimes the damage doesn’t show up immediately, especially when concerning the sun. It may take years before it catches up with you, which is why preventative care is key. However, we don’t always wear sunscreen and even the most minor damage can result in dark spots and skin discoloration seemingly popping up out of nowhere years later. Today, I’m sharing my skincare routine for addressing discoloration and dark spots head-on featuring the Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen + REVERSE Targeted Dark Spot Corrector!
My Skincare Routine for Dark Spots and Discoloration
In the past, I’ve been pretty good about putting on sunscreen but I do have some damage from when I was in high school (hello, freckles!). I also have stubborn dark spots on my skin from acne and while I’ve finally got my acne under control, the spots are still there so I decided to give the Rodan + Fields REVERSE collection a try!
Before Starting Your Regimen
When starting out, it does specify to use it every 2 days for the first week, then every other day the second week before starting consistent daily use. I want to note that I think this is really important to follow when beginning your regimen, especially if you have more sensitive skin like myself. When starting any new skincare routine, it can take a little while for your skin to become accustomed to the products, especially when using specific ingredients. During the first two weeks, I used as directed and noticed a bit of redness and slight irritation. I have noticed that this happens to my skin with products including retinoids, as well so I wasn’t too alarmed but I did proceed with caution as I continued. After the second week, my skin did not experience any redness or irritation whatsoever and now I can see how effective the products are with visible changes to my skin. Here is what my skincare routine for dark spot removal looks like:
Step One: REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Cleanser
This cleanser is amazing! It’s like a cleanser and exfoliator in one and I use it every morning and evening for 30 seconds. Since it is an exfoliator, I should note that it’s important to be gentle when used. It includes Glycolic Acid to soften skin texture by gently exfoliating dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, Jojoba Esters + Polyactic Acid to refine skin texture without irritation and physically lift and clear skin impurities, and Lactic Acid to refine for a brighter and smoother-looking complexion. I have noticed that this cleanser not only leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean and refreshed but after consistent use, the texture of my skin is much smoother and radiant-looking!
Step Two: REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner
After cleansing my skin every morning and evening, I follow up with the toner. I think that people often forget to use toners in their skincare routine but it’s such an easy step that takes hardly any time at all and it’s incredibly effective not only on it’s own but in conjunction with other skincare products. This specific toner is really nice because it softens skin and visibly brightens with use. It includes Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to visibly even skin tone and decongest skin, Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and soothe skin, and Licorice Extract to visibly reduce discoloration caused by environmental factors.
Step Three (AM): REVERSE Brightening Defense Fluid Lotion SPF 50
You guys know that I am all about that SPF! This lotion is super lightweight and protects against UVA/UVB rays and environmental aggressors that can lead to dullness, skin discoloration and aging skin. Incorporating SPF into your daily skincare routine helps to protect the skin and prevent future visible discoloration from forming. Like the toner, it also includes Licorice Extract but it also has a Patented RF3 Antioxidant Complex, which was developed and patented in the US by Rodan + Fields scientists to help prevent visible discoloration caused by environmental triggers. I really love that this lotion is virtually weightless on the skin and it works really well under makeup as well, which not all products do. You can also wear it alone but be sure to reapply every 2-3 when exposed to the sun, especially when swimming and sweating 😉
Step 3 (PM): REVERSE Tone Correcting Treatment
Apply this treatment at night after you have cleansed and toned the skin. I really love night products because I truly do feel like they’re miracles workers and this treatment specifically is a dream! It includes 10% Stabilized Vitamin C Blend to help brighten skin tone, Kojic Acid to diminish discoloration to help even skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots and freckles, and proprietary Retinal-MD technology to revitalize skin and enhance natural cell turnover to help reduce visible signs of aging. Vitamin C and Retinal are two of my favorite skincare ingredients so I love that they are both in this treatment! I absolutely love the texture of this product and I wake up in the morning with visibly smoother, brighter-looking skin that seems to glow! I’ve noticed that it looks much more hydrated as well 🙂
Optional Step: REVERSE Targeted Dark Spot Corrector
If you have stubborn dark marks and patches, this corrector is perfect for you! It helps to minimize the appearance of skin discoloration including brown spots, dark spots, age spots, dark marks, patches and post-acne dark marks! You can apply it every morning and evening after cleansing and toning and before moisturizing. It includes Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), RF3 Antioxidant Complex and ToneRF Technology, a proprietary ingredient blend featuring a molecule developed by Sirona Biochem to selectively target areas of discoloration and T-Catappa (Indian Almond Leaf Extract) to significantly diminish the appearance of existing discoloration in as little as two weeks! I personally like to use this on those stubborn discolored spots on my skin left by acne.
I’m really pleased with these products and how they work so well together! Previously, I hadn’t tried Rodan + Fields so this was a completely new experience for me but I can see how much thought and care they put into developing their products, something I definitely appreciate as a skincare connoisseur. I also don’t typically use a lot of dark spot correcting products but I was very impressed with these, even with the initial transition. Again, I will say that it’s important to follow the application guidelines when beginning the routine. I think that a lot of people tend to jump into it thinking that their skin will be fine, but it’s important to let your skin acclimate itself with the products so no irritation or discomfort is caused. Also, I love the ease of use with only three steps in the routine (makes it super easy to take care of your skin when you’re super busy like me lol!). And I love that they offer a 60-day money back guarantee on all of their products, even if they are empty. This is wonderful because not all skincare products work for everyone and 60 days is definitely enough time to see if it would work for you and your skincare concerns. Just having that money back guarantee makes it so much easier to start!
The REVERSE Regimen is available for purchase on www.rodanandfields.com or through Independent Consultants.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my skincare routine for dark spot removal and I hope that you found it helpful! 🙂
Are dark spots one of your skincare concerns? Let me know below!