The 5 W’s Of Facial Oil



Gone are the days when oil-free products lined our bathroom counters. Instead, our regimens are rounded out with dainty eye-dropper
bottles filled with infusions that claim to smooth out lines, relieve dryness, and even clear breakouts. So, are these skin saviors worth
their weight in oil? We put them to the test with the 5 Ws.


A facial oil harnesses the power of a natural botanical oil or oils for various skincare benefits. It is believed by many cosmetic chemists and skincare practitioners that oils better penetrate the surface layers of the skin than a moisturizer. This is because of their lower molecular weight (think thinness versus thickness).

Most oils are single purposed, meaning they rely on one key vitamin or ingredient to enhance the health of skin. Dermatologist and skincare innovator Dr. Howard Murad has recently created a multi-purpose facial treatment oil for all skin types by combining 6 key vitamins that activate recovery where your skin needs it. This means each drop contains the power to help minimize lines, even tone, boost radiance, boost hydration, shield against environmental damage, and balance skin to control oil production.


Your skin is made up of natural oils (or what dermatologists would refer to as sebum). Things get complicated when oil gets out of balance. When glands produce too much oil, you’re likely to have oily skin or be prone to breakouts. When it under-produces oil, you’re likely to have dry skin and be more prone to visible wrinkles. (Dry, not dehydrated. There’s a difference, and we’ll explain it soon.)

Oil balance is critical to skin health, and a facial oil can correct the imbalance no matter what side you’re on. Adding ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Vitamin B can help clear out pores and balance the skin, while antioxidants like Vitamin E help restore and defend the skin’s barrier to help prevent moisture loss.


Any skin type and every skin type can and should use a facial oil. Yes, that includes you, breakout-prone skin types and oily skin types. Quick lesson: oily skin can still be dehydrated skin, because dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. Confusing the two could lead to stripping oil from your skin. This throws your oil glands into hyper drive as they will produce more oil to replace what was lost.

Adding a facial oil to any regimen can bring the essential balance skin craves to be healthier and better equipped at fighting off dryness, dehydration, oiliness, and breakouts.


You can use it morning, night, or morning and night! Facial oils are all about you in the sense that they can fit anywhere in your regimen. But, if you’re using a facial oil with Vitamin A during the day, always finish your routine with a sunscreen.

Depending on the weight of your facial oil, it should be applied sometime after cleansing and toning and before moisturizing. A good rule of thumb is to apply skincare products in order from lightest to heaviest weight. Some facial oils are more full-bodied than serums or essences— if that’s the case for your oil, apply it post-serum. If your facial oil is lightweight or more like a dry oil that absorbs quickly into skin without a residue.

If you’re not sure if your oil is heavy or lightweight, take the easy route and mix it into your moisturizer.


Anywhere from your forehead to your chin, down your neck, and onto your décolleté! A little goes a long way with a quality facial oil, so there’s no need to deprive other areas of your skin if they could benefit from a little extra nourishment.

In the winter, facial oils can become dry skin’s best friend. Try a drop or two on rough elbows or dry knees. Massage a few drops onto the back of your hands before hitting the pillow. Are split ends and frizzies making you frazzled? Rub a few drops between your hands and smooth over hair ends. Facial oils have infinite uses with every drop, so get creative and enjoy the benefits.

1 Drop…

on an eyeshadow brush helps shimmer shadow stay put.

on each cheekbone creates a natural dewy highlight.

2 Drops…

turn a powder blush into a velvety dab-on cream.

take foundation from flat to flattering.

3 Drops or more…

turn your moisturizer into a multi-vitamin powerhouse.

work like a precleanser to dissolve waterproof makeup.

How Much Facial Oil Should I Use for My Skin Type?

Our professionals recommend the following drops by skin type. But, of course, this can be adjusted to work with how your skin looks and feels each day.

Oily Skin: 5 drops

Combination Skin: 6 Drops

Normal Skin: 7 Drops

Dry Skin: 8 Drops

Murad’s Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil

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You know when you feel sleep deprived – did you know you can look sleep deprived? Beauty sleep is not a cliché. If you’ve been told that you “look tired” there’s a chance that your skin is reflecting the tell-tale signs of a rough night’s sleep.

Without restorative sleep, your skin (and the rest of your body) misses out on essential recovery that keeps you healthy and, most of all, youthfully hydrated. Especially the production of growth hormone (GH), which is essential to refreshing cells, restoring skin elasticity, improving the body’s use of oxygen and even aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

If you’re tired of looking tired, try these tips I’ve shared with my patients. They set the stage for a better night’s sleep, so you feel and look refreshed upon waking.

Use a humidifier. Skin becomes drier as we age because of a loss of lipids and a weaker skin barrier. Humidifiers put moisture into the air that helps relieve issues like skin dehydration.

Do something that relaxes you. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is in direct competition with sleep-enhancing melatonin. So, if you’re stressed before bed, your sleep will suffer. What relaxes me might not relax you, so dedicate some time to figuring out what helps you wind down and prep for bed. Try a warm bath, relaxing music, a cup of caffeine-free tea, aromatherapy or meditation. I advise all my patients to disconnect from anything digital. Whatever you do, make it a goal to take 30 minutes before your set bedtime to follow a relaxing routine.

Fortify your body with nutrition. Entering sleep allows your body to repair itself. Encourage this process by consuming healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, omegas and amino acids. I like to eat walnuts and/or supplements that contain both omegas and antioxidants.

Do not eat a heavy meal within two hours of going to sleep. Your body, including your digestive system, needs to relax before you go to bed. Keep this in mind and, whenever possible, eat dinner earlier on in the evening.

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The Bright Side: Sunscreen Q&A



Q: Dr. Murad, you often talk about the importance of spending time outside in order to combat social isolation.  How do you balance this with sun protection?

A: Social isolation is a growing concern with the society we live in today.  I believe that it important to step away from the office, to turn off your devices and to spend more time on being outside.  I promote living a very active lifestyle and I do not turn the sun into an enemy, but rather, learn to manage the dangers and embrace the benefits. By simply being careful and prepared, you can enjoy being outside.

Q:  Do you really need sunscreen when it’s overcast or when you are inside/at work?

A:  People often only think of sun protection as only a topical application – It isn’t.  I believe in whole body care and protection.  I want to split this into two key areas – eating your water and vitamin D.


A:  If we start with eating your water.  The sun obviously increases dehydration and it is important to stay hydrated and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables when you are spending time in the sun.  It is also important to build the strongest cells you can to help your skin from the inside out.  To learn more about eating your sunscreen and how the food we consume can protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays click here.

Secondly, one the key benefits we can take from the sun is Vitamin D. The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight in protected doses.  Vitamin D is linked it to numerous health benefits and studies now suggest vitamin D may go beyond its known role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancerheart diseasestrokediabetesautoimmune diseases, and more.  Despite the ability to get vitamin D from food and the sun, an estimated 45%-75% of people are deficient.  Again, I promote the use of supplements here to aid the use of vitamin D.   Ultimately, I prefer using appropriate sun protection to reduce the aging process and skin cancer risk and advise getting the optimal dose of vitamin D from supplement support.

Q:  What is the difference between UVA & UBV?

A: Sunlight made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). I call UVA rays the ‘aging rays’ as they penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer.  I call UVB rays the ‘burning rays’ as they usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. UBV rays plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PMbeing the peak hours.  I believe that is vital to protect against both types of rays.

Q: What does SPF stand for?

A: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to the ‘theoretical’ amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned after application. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection.

Q: Is it true that you put sunscreen in all of your Murad day moisturizers?

A: Yes.  All of our Murad day moisturizers contain a sunscreen. A personal favorite of mine is Essential C Day Moisture.  I believe that sun damage is a daily concern and therefore, at Murad, we make products with a duel benefit.  They hydrate and protect your skin on a daily basis (as well as addressing your individual need, acne, anti-aging etc.).

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Oily Skin, Meet your Matte!

It’s not a well-kept secret that I am an oily skin gal. Although, I don’t often talk about it, it’s usually the reason why someone might say to me in the middle of the day, “your skin is glowing! What do you use?” When I first became oily, I used multiple products to make me as matte as possible. Most of them didn’t work and I was left feeling unsatisfied until I finally gave up. The older I get, the less I like powders as they tend to show texture and fine lines making us look older, so I tend to skip them. This means that the majority of the time my face starts to look like a disco ball by late afternoon. Reflecting light in all directions – not a great feeling or look.

This leads to my new obsession: Murad’s new product MattEffect™ Blotting Perfector. It’s a liquid-to-powder formula that’s translucent so it works on any skin tone. It instantly mattifies and can be used as your last step before makeup, to set your makeup and as a touch-up throughout the day!

These cool Soft-Focus Mattifying Spheres absorb your oil while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections. Marshmallow Powder gives you cushiony softness and is designed to absorb sebum but not water. This means it won’t dehydrate your skin. Genius!

It comes in a cushion compact with an antimicrobial cooling puff. Lightly tap the puff into the compact to get a light amount of product. Be careful to not over-saturate the puff. Then gently tap the puff in your oilier areas or all over the face to give skin a natural matte finish. A little of this goes a long way.

To clean the puff wash in mild soap and warm water once a week.

MattEffect Blotting Perfector takes the place of any powder and blotting papers, won’t disturb your makeup and leave your skin looking beautifully perfected. I hope you become just as obsessed as I am with it! Happy tapping!

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How to keep your skin looking younger

Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity.

When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself.

But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south.

Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production. The key is to keep skin cells hydrated, for Youthful-Looking skin from inside out!

Follow these tips from Dr. Murad:

Nourish Your Skin
Use a daily moisturizer to deliver a rush of hydration to your skin, this also helps create an environmental barrier that protects your cells from the daily stresses.

Eat Your Water
Enjoy an amino-acid and antioxidant-rich goji berry smoothie to help strengthen the cellular membrane and retain hydration.

Awaken Your Body
Build muscles that hold optimal hydration by practicing strength-training exercises, such as squats and lunges.

Be Kind to Your Mind
Practice breathing exercises to reduce Cultural Stress®, which is linked to high cortisol levels that lead to cellular dehydration.

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Which Essence is Right for You?

An essence formula is highly concentrated with active ingredients, with textures ranging from a water-like lotion to a gel to a more serum-like texture. Essences penetrate deep into the skin to help prepare it for the next step.

Discover Your Essence

Luminous Essence

  • A delicately textured treatment, perfect for hot and humid climates, designed to lighten and brighten.
  • Porcelain Flower Extract helps even skin tone and illuminates skin.
  • 85% of women agree their skin is clearer and fairer.*

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Hydro-Dynamic® Quenching Essence

  • A silky, weightless, moisture enhancing treatment that acts as a primer in humid climates.
  • Mexican Blue Agave Leaf Extract works deep within the skin’s surface, restoring its ability to attract and retain water.
  • 100% instantly saw smoother, silkier, more supple skin texture.*

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*In a 28-day Murad sponsored study. Individual results will vary.

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Are You #EyesUp?

The Stress of Modern Living is Hurting us More Than we Think

Every species evolves in response to its environment. Most of the time, these changes are subtle, and only pinpointed over millenia. This is not the case with modern humans. We’re changing and rapidly so. We’re not sprouting wings or developing new body parts, but we are adapting to a new norm where constant stress is pervasive. Unabated exposure to technology is altering who we are in profound ways.

With the ubiquitous use of smartphones, our evolution has begun. Future scholars may look back and recognize our generation as the first one where our natural eye position moved downward and eye contact with others decreased. We are able to see some of these changes easily around us—glance about at a restaurant. You might even recognize the symptoms in yourself like “tech neck,” blue light skin damage, and even depression. Science has shown that being constantly connected to technology has caused an increase in sleeplessness, sedentary lifestyles, isolation, depression and anxiety—all of which have significant implications for our skin, health and ultimately happiness.

As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment. This is what I refer to as Cultural Stress, or the stress of modern living.

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].

That’s why today I am proud to launch EyesUp, my new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. I am encouraging people to pledge to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

But what does it mean to go EyesUp?

Let me share a story. One of my friends told me about a recent boat ride she went on with some colleagues. Later, the friend realized she completely missed her co-worker’s boyfriend propose to her in the midst of a beautiful sunset. My friend was, like so many of us, focused on perfecting the perfect photo and engrossed in her social media feed. My friend missed the opportunity to connect with her colleagues because her eyes – quite literally – were down.

The truth is that there is beauty all around us: babies being born, friendships being made, and relationships to be nurtured. But so often, we miss these everyday milestones because we’re focused on things that are, ultimately, meaningless.

At the end of life, people often ask themselves, “Is there anything I wish I had done differently?” Most people say, “I wish I had spent more time with my children and the people I love.” But because of Cultural Stress and digital dependency, we’re spending more time alone and not seeing the beauty of what life is. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in starting this movement to disconnect with our devices and reconnect with the people who are important to us.

To living a happier, healthier life!

Dr. Howard Murad

Doctor Murad

 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.




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How to control oil internally

The saying, “you are what you eat” could not be more accurate when it comes to healthy skin. Research shows that eating high-glycemic index foods such as cookies, soda, sugary cereals, potato chips and pizza directly correlates to oily skin. And no one wants that mid-day look with excess oil amplifying your pores to the world.

Wondering what causes oily skin in the first place? According to the Skin Pharmacology and Physiology Journal from the University of California, San Francisco, “Oily skin (seborrhea) is a common cosmetic problem that occurs when oversized sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts of sebum giving the appearance of shiny and greasy skin.”

These sebaceous glands are very responsive to foods high in glucose. The glucose can also pass quickly and unchanged from the circulation to the sebaceous cells. In addition to causing surface oiliness, these foods cause pore blockages, provide an environment for bacteria to live under the skin. Overactive sebaceous glands have also been associated with annoying acne-flare ups.

Alternatively, low-glycemic index foods like whole-grain bread, vegetables, air-popped popcorn and fruits like grapefruit, do a complexion good by not upsetting sebaceous glands.

Grapefruit is one of the best foods to eat for matte skin. The subtropical fruit, know for its tangy taste, has unique phytochemicals (a.k.a. bioflavanoids) that help promote skin health and general health. It is also the citrus fruit with the highest concentration of Vitamin C.

According to LiveStrong, the bioflavoids are biologically active members of plant-derived compounds known as flavonoids. The ones found in grapefruit are also found in fruits like oranges. These powerful compounds neutralize free radicals in the body and are packed with water, fiber, and antioxidants.

Eating a diet rich in fruits like grapefruit, will keep oil producing glands at bay, while our MattEffect™ Blotting Perfector will instantly absorb excess oil, minimize pores and perfect skin. The on-the-go powder compact will have you breaking up with your blotting papers and rocking that freshly applied makeup look all day. For matte skin, lightly press the applicator puff into the cushion and pat the puff onto your face, concentrating on oily areas.

Looking for more natural ways to nurture skin from the inside out? As an added bonus, MattEffect™ contains pomegranate extract that infuses the skin with extra antioxidants for a healthy glow, while the punic acid found in pomegranates acts as a natural astringent.

Doctor Murad

 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.




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NEW Instant Radiance Eye Cream

The Instant Radiance Eye Cream is part of our Environmental Shield collection and is ideal for those who suffer from dark circles, age spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation. The formula is designed for use on the entire eye area, including lids and under eyes, that brightens and smoothes the area to deliver a more youthful, radiant appearance. This anti-aging minimizes the appearance of dark circles by 30% in 15 minutes and by 48% after 2 weeks.* Additionally, Instant Radiance Eye Cream improves smoothness by 48% after one application.*

Featuring Resilient-C Complex, Instant Radiance Eye Cream is formulated with light diffusers to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles along with Retinyl Palmitate to brighten skin and Tangerine Butter to lock in moisture, smooth skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Designed for use on the brow bone, eye lid and under eye, Instant Radiance Eye Cream also serves as an effective eye primer to ensure smooth application of foundation and concealer.

Shop it here

Also featuring Resilient-C Complex™, Murad’s proprietary technology that delivers multiple forms of pure Vitamin C in its most stable form directly to the skin and maximizes collagen production, Advanced Active Radiance Serum is a reformulation of its prior generation and now contains Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide along with Indian Fig which boosts skin clarity and encourages cell renewal to keep skin radiant and luminous.

*In a Murad sponsored study. Based on average percent improvement. Individual results will vary. Study results on file

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Avocado Fruit Cup with Chia Yogurt Dressing

On average, fruits and vegetables have very high water content. But unlike water you may drink from the tap or bottle, fruits and vegetables also contain essential antioxidants, phytochemicals, and macro- and micronutrients.

Eat Your Water – Don’t Just Drink it.

Grapefruit, blueberries, pear, orange, mango, and strawberries, are all water-rich fruits (75% + when it comes to their water content). Greek yogurt also contains around 80 percent water, and chia seeds help the body soak in all of that water! Avocado adds some healthy fats to help you feel full, but feel free to omit if you prefer.

Serves: 6 (you can also eat all 6 servings yourself!)


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango
  • 2 handfuls of blueberries
  • 4 handfuls of strawberries
  • ½ lemon, juice squeezed
  • ½ lime, juice squeezed
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 5 finally chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds


Wash, peel, core, remove seeds (if necessary) and cut into desired size pieced fruits. Add to a bowl.

To make the dressing, in a separate bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, lemon and lime juice, chopped mint and chia seeds. Pour over the fruits and mix just enough to combine. Serve chilled. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Top Tip: The longer you leave the chia seeds, the more they soak up the water. This also provides an interesting texture to the dish and is well worth a try.

Doctor Murad

 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.




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