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Line We Love: Rodan + Fields

By Klaudia Tirico / June 7, 2011


I couldn't think of a better time to try Rodan + Fields' new sun and body products than Memorial Day Weekend. Although I never used to be a stickler for SPF, this summer I'm all about maximum UV protection while basking in the sunshine.

My first concern was getting my winter-white skin some (faux) color - the vampire-in-a-bikini look isn’t my style. Some self-tanners can leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa, but the Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan ($24) gave my skin a surprisingly natural-looking, golden tan. In just a few hours, I looked like I just got back from a tropical island. The perks? It wasn't sticky; it wasn't streaky; and it wasn't stinky. It was just... perfect! The airy, foaming solution made it really easy to distribute the product evenly throughout my body. It took fewer than five minutes to apply and even less time to dry.

Once I arrived at the good ol’ Jersey Shore, I slathered the Essentials SPF 30 Body Sunscreen ($24) on my body and the Reverse Environmental Shield SPF 55 ($41) on my face. While both provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, neither is your typical heavy, white sunscreen. I was pleasantly surprised by the lightweight formula that feels like a luxurious body lotion. And thanks to the SPF 55 of the Reverse Environmental Shield, I escaped without the Rudolph nose that I usually get when I'm out in the sun for too long. It also helps treat brown spots and sun damage. Other ingredients include vitamin E and green tea, which help fight free radicals and prevent future damage, and licorice extract and mulberry, which help turn dull skin into a radiant complexion. It's a win-win situation.

Before I finally laid down for some R&R, I swiped on some Essentials Lip Shield SPF 25 ($16 for a 2-pack). Although it may look and taste like a plain Jane balm-stick, it automatically adds a large dose of moisture and protection to my pucker. Hey, it’s the beach, not a red carpet event! If you’re really into a tinted lip while you sunbathe, use the lip shield under your favorite gloss.

Rodan + Fields has prepared my skin from head to toe this summer. Now I have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather with my friends and family.