As beauty editors, our ears are always to the ground because we want to be the first to tell you what new products are about to change the game. One that recently piqued our curiosity was Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum. To find out what all the hype was about, we sent senior beauty editor, Jessica Chia, to the brand's headquarters in the Bay Area. After a visit to the Rodan + Fields lab in Berkeley, where she caught up with the brand's vice president of research and innovation, Tim Falla, (and also made a not-so-thrilling discovery about her own skin on the moisture meter), Jessica dropped by the office in San Francisco to find out more about the brand's skin-care philosophy from its co-founders, Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields.
Jessica Chia: What inspired you to make the leap from treating patients to actually creating your own skin-care products?
Katie Rodan: When it came to skin care, most of our patients had low expectations. They had been disappointed by nearly everything they had ever tried, whether from the drugstore or the department store. As dermatologists, we knew we could do better by creating products that worked and helped them address their most pressing skin concerns.
Kathy Fields: And the number-one concern we were seeing in our practices was acne. It affected people of all ages and skin types and because we both had suffered with acne, we understood the stigma of having it and how much it impacted self-confidence and self-esteem.
JC: How did you want to address acne in a way that others hadn’t?
KF: Back in the '90s, the medicines available to dermatologists were limited, ineffective, and full of side effects. In fact, they were the same ones we used as teens in the '70s. So, we were compelled to create an over-the-counter system to help people effectively control their acne. In our quest to make an innovative acne product, we started researching and studying the science. Through trial and error and numerous product renditions, we learned what was effective and we figured out that instead of treating pimple by pimple the old-fashioned way, that we could control acne by creating a system with a focus on prevention.