Q&A with our Beauty Advisors: Meet Dania

As Beauty Advisors, our team members use acquired knowledge, research methods and real life experiences to advise customers on how to put their best face forward. Meet Dania- articulate, driven and an all-around boisterous person, Dania is committed to finding the root of your problems and fixing them!

Describe yourself in 3 sentences:

My name is Dania and I’m 22, and I have been suffering from acne since the age of 10. I have skin as dry as the Sahara, and my easily tanned skin does nothing to cover the acne scars left over from my ignorant “picking” years. My favorite Murad products are the Oil Control Mattifier and the Skin Smoothing Polish.

What are your skin concerns?

Well, let’s see; my skin has changed so much over the last ten years that I’m not even sure where to start! I have aggravated acne, all over my chin, cheeks and upper back, my skin is dry and flakes easily and the blackheads on my nose don’t disappear, no matter how expensive my foundation is! Not to mention, if I get less than 7 hours of sleep for 1 night, I look as though I was on the receiving end of a couple of very bad black eyes. The worst part of it all? Everyone in my family looks like they’re ready to step on a runway, even before their morning coffee! My mother is truly my skinspiration, but no one believes me when I say she is close to sixty!

What products have you tried before Murad?

I truly can say I have tried all the big name acne brands and nothing gave me the results I wanted. The closest I came was when I was 16, on Proactiv, and I was on the regimen for 6 months. I finally saw pimples that seemed to be on my face for years virtually disappear! But my success came with a down side: My skin before using the products was smooth around the pimples, but the moment I started using Proactiv, my skin became so dry, and to my chagrin, it has remained that way ever since! Nothing has worked on my back acne, but I later discovered that I had a combination of problems in that area: both tinea versicolor, from my athletic tendencies, and acne vulgaris. I have been treating the tinea versicolor, but until that’s gone, my pimples remain.

Which Murad products have benefited you most?

Definitely all the Acne products! I love the Clarifying Cleanser so much, with its relatively high salicylic acid content, which helps penetrate deep in your pores to kill off that pesky P. acnes bacteria at the source. For date night, the Acne Spot Treatment is extremely handy in reducing the appearance of those few pimples that you couldn’t catch in time. Also, the Oil-Control Mattifier is always found in my purse, no matter where I’m going and the best way to combat those ridiculous blackheads is by using the Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish three times a week.

What is your favorite beauty tip?

Live your life so that, 10 or 20 years down the line, no one will remember your skin; rather, they’ll remember the impact you had on the lives around you. If that fails, wear something crazy! No one will look at your face then.

What is your favorite Dr. Murad insight?

True health is not the absence of disease. True health is emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being – The Cellulite Solution, by Dr. Howard Murad.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Emily Bronte, no doubt whatsoever. The first time I read “Wuthering Heights” I was speechless. When I read about the history of the Bronte sisters, especially how they wrote under male pseudonyms, due to a largely patriarchal society, I felt that I was insignificant and would never amount to anything. But the beauty of reading is that it truly transports you to a different time, and every time I read Wuthering Heights, I find myself delving deeper into a world I began to understand.

How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health Vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel #BetterEveryDay?

How do you LOOK BETTER?

With acne, one thing we don’t realize is that the pimples that you see on your face have been building up and growing for weeks. By treating pimples before they even surface, you don’t have to deal with those angry, red bumps that come out in the worst times. Also, I love makeup but I realized that by using comedogenic materials, my acne was exacerbated! So now I use makeup that is non-comedogenic and uses organic materials, and making sure to wash my makeup brushes daily is a must!

How do you LIVE BETTER?

I was always very athletic. I played soccer, basketball, I did karate; you name it, I did it! But as life progressed, I had less time to do those things that I enjoyed and were beneficial to me! Currently, I try to include at least 2 one hour workouts at the gym weekly, and I walk everywhere. One of the benefits of living in beautiful Vancouver is that you don’t really need a car to get around!

How do you FEEL BETTER?

Prayer. When times are tough, and you feel like no one is there to help you, I realize that there is always One who is always there for you. But my family are my rock too. My sister is the best listener I’ve ever met, and my mother gives such powerful advice, I truly don’t know what I would do without them.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

Sun protection is crucial for your skin. You’re probably using sunscreen every day, but do you know how to use it?

  1. Higher SPF doesn’t mean better protection – it means longer protection. SPF of 15 filters up to 95% of the UVs while SPF50 up to 98%. But the higher the SPF number, the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. In theory, SPF of 15 means you can safely be in the sun up to 15 times longer than you could without using sunscreen. This is only a guideline and it is 100% valid only if you’re using the sunscreen correctly and reapplying as indicated.
  2. Less is NOT more. Apply generous amounts of sunscreen lotion– and make sure you reapply as needed. You can lose protection even when you sweat or rub your skin.
  3. UV-Bs are the ultraviolet rays that burn your skin – but not the only ones to cause damage! While UV-As only cause sun burns in large doses, they are still associated with aging and other detrimental changes to the skin because of their action on the collagen and elastin fibrils. UV-As are milder, but they are still not safe. So make sure you choose a sunscreen that guards skin from both UV-As and UV-Bs.
  4. The SPF number only measures the amount of UV-B protection you get. It doesn’t measure the amount of UV-A protection, which is given by another number. When purchasing a product, try to find out the UV-A protection factor. If this is not available, a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects against both A and B rays will suffice.
  5. Clothes are not an efficient barrier against sun damage. Wear sunscreen on your entire body under your clothes when you spend lots of time outdoors. Clothes only have a SPF of 4 up to 7, not enough to protect during longer sun exposure.
  6. Tan is the skin’s defense reaction to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It eventually acts as a filter for ultraviolet rays (partially) but this doesn’t recommend using your newly achieved tan as SPF. The beginning stage of tanning is essentially skin inflammation and the tan itself is just damaged skin which can be seriously affected when overexposed to sun.
  7. Layering sunscreen lotions will not multiply the SPF protection. If you apply a lotion with SPF 15 and then makeup with SPF 20, the total SPF you’re benefiting from is 20; the SPF you end up with is the highest one you have applied.
  8. Sunscreen will not prevent body from producing the necessary amount of Vitamin D. Your skin needs UV-B rays to make vitamin D. While these can be filtered out by sunscreen, you only need approximately 10 minutes of sun a day for producing vitamin D – which you are likely to get considering people almost never apply sunscreen correctly and just a little time outdoors is enough. Be careful though: your skin stops producing Vitamin D a few minutes after sun exposure. Sunbathing for hours will not increase your vitamin D levels.
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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Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin

People in the tropics once called the coconut the “tree of life.”

Dr. Murad has discovered that the same complex lipid structure that makes coconut oil healthy to eat also makes Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin and protecting it from moisture loss.

This highly potent ingredient was incorporated into Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture to improve and enhance its ability to protect, hydrate, soften and smooth for a more youthful complexion.

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Collagen Building Foods

Collagen is the foundation of healthy skin. It provides the natural support structure that gives skin strength and resilience. It helps our lips stay plump and prevents our cheeks from drooping into jowls. However, as we age, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases. Generally, the first signs of age-related collagen loss are fine lines, which can develop into wrinkles over time. Both men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. For women, however, this loss of collagen escalates significantly in the first five years after menopause.

To help combat this decline, here are nine collagen-boosting foods you can easily incorporate into your daily diet:

  1. Fish

    Omega-3 fatty acids create an ideal environment for collagen production. Find this nutrient in fish such as salmon and black cod.

  2. Prunes

    As free radicals attack the skin, they break down collagen. To combat free radical damage, eat antioxidant rich prunes. Eat five to six prunes daily for a great health boost.

  3. Manuka Honey

    This special honey from New Zealand has long been promoted for its special healing properties. Manuka Honey has been touted as helpful in the formation of strong collagen. Additionally, it is rich in antioxidants and has been traditionally used to help to reduce inflammation and breakouts.

  4. Pineapple

    Your body needs an ample amount of the mineral manganese for collagen production, especially when healing wounds. Pineapple is high in manganese and can help you achieve the recommended daily amount of 2.3 milligrams per day.

  5. Turkey

    Turkey contains carnosine, which research suggests may slow down the collagen damaging aging process called cross-linking. Cross-linking makes collagen stiff and less resilient. Eat turkey two to three times a week to help your skin snap back into shape.

  6. Oranges

    Your body uses Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins that help keep your skin firm. Get 75 – 90 milligrams of vitamin c daily for ideal collagen production.

  7. Grapefruit

    After age 50, it is recommended that you concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables to boost your vitamin c intake. Grapefruit is a great vitamin c-rich alternative to oranges.

  8. Shellfish

    Shellfish contains a concentrated amount of copper, an essential mineral the body uses to bind collagen and elastin for strong, healthy skin. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper a day to help boost healthy collagen and elastin production.

  9. Tomatoes, pepper and beets.

    These red foods are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that boost skin’s own natural sun protection to help prevent collagen damage resulting from UV exposure.

While the body is constantly producing new collagen, since that production naturally decreases with age, adding collagen-boosting foods to your diet is a great way to encourage your body to produce as much as it can, no matter what your age.

It’s a smart step that can help keep skin healthy and supple.

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

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What Skin Care Products Do You Need in Your Gym Bag?

For those with an active lifestyle, making sure that you have the right skin treatment products is essential to having great-looking skin. Regular workouts can be healthy for your body and skin, but the buildup of sweat on your clothes during your workouts can cause breakouts that can damage your skin. Of course, you probably take a shower or clean up after your workouts, meaning you most likely put a few products into your gym bag to keep your skin clear and clean. While there are times that you may forget or run out of your usual skin care products while you’re at the gym, you also want to think about using products that are milder and gentler on your skin. If you’re going to be washing your skin a little more than usual during the day, you don’t want to irritate it! Here are gentle skin care products you want to start keeping in your gym bag.

Cleansers for Removing Sweat and Salt

No time for a wash?

Get a few spritzes of the on-the-go-friendly, refreshing Hydrating Toner to rehydrate skin and neutralize surface impurities

A mild, gentle cleanser is important if you’re going to wash your face after a hard workout. Make sure that you use one that won’t irritate your skin and cause problems down the line. You also need to get skin those vital nutrients and antioxidants that will help combat breakouts as well as the signs of aging. Murad Daily Cleansing Foam helps give your skin a healthy glow while gently clearing it. It works to restore skin’s natural balance while pomegranate extract gives your skin the needed antioxidants it needs to stay protected from free radicals.

Have 5 minutes?

Cleanse skin immediately with the antioxidant-rich Essential-C Cleanser to remove oil and sweat, and refresh skin with a burst of citrus.

 

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion for Hydrated, Post-Workout Skin

A gentle cleanse means making sure that you use the right lotion to make sure that your skin isn’t irritated after frequent washings. Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion is formulated to reduce the size of pores and refine your skin’s texture. As an oil-free moisturizing formula, Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion contains Queen of Meadow and Algae extract which work to clear pores.

A Lip Treatment

In our skin care treatment routines, we tend to focus on our face or body when it comes to anti-aging or acne treatments. While skin care products that focus on your face or body are the primary products of any regimen, you should also be using a lip treatment that will moisturize your lips. Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips is especially formulated to help moisture penetrate your skin. It’s the perfect size to pop in your gym bag for use after every workout.

But No matter what….

Always use an SPF before heading back to work. Apply the 3-in-1 Invisiblur formula under or on top of makeup to protect skin from UV rays, blur imperfections and treat signs of aging.

When you’re going to the gym more often, making adjustments to your skin care treatment routine can be tough when you want to keep your skin healthy while not irritating it after an extra washing. Make sure you choose the gentlest skin care products that will make sure your skin keeps that healthy glow, especially after a tough workout!

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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The Research Is In: Travel Is Good For You

You can stop making excuses. No more “We’ll take that trip next year,” or “We’ll travel when we’re retired.” A multi-million dollar research project by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) and Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) has proven that travel provides more than just a good time. In addition to the social and psychological benefits of exploring new places and cultures, travel provides scientifically-proven cognitive and physical benefits.

Travel Is a Must for Kids

Research from the TCRS and GCOA study published by the U.S. Travel Association found that children between the ages of 12 and 18 who travel outside of their region perform better in school. In addition to being more interested in their studies, kids who travel are more likely to earn college degrees. The study may seem biased toward children of wealthier parents with more money to travel, but researchers confirmed that kids from a wide range of social classes were examined. The results were consistent across all classes.

Adults Are Healthier When They Travel

The benefits of travel weren’t just obvious among the kids studied. The research project proved that travel can create major health benefits among men and women. Women who took a vacation every six years, or even less often, had a significantly higher risk of heart attack or coronary death than women who took a vacation at least twice a year. Similarly, men who didn’t take annual vacation showed a 20-percent higher risk of death and a 30-percent higher risk of death from heart disease.

The Benefits Start Immediately

The study found that the benefits of travel among adults are almost immediate. After only a day or two of vacation, 89-percent of the respondents saw significant decreases in stress. The study also confirmed that 59-percent of Americans dream of traveling once retired, but the most impactful trips are those enjoyed with family and friends.

Similar Studies Prove Even More Benefits

If you’re still not convinced that it’s time to book your plane tickets and starting planning an upcoming getaway, a number of additional studies prove even more benefits associated with travel. During an MRI study, Swedish scientists discovered that learning a foreign language showed substantial growth in specific parts of the brain, including those involved with creativity and memory. A study of 853 adults by Edinburgh University found benefits to learning a second language beyond childhood. Similarly, Canadian studies found that being bilingual could delay the onset of dementia and the effects of alzheimer’s disease.

What Are You Waiting for?

In addition to the scientifically-proven health benefits of traveling, exploring new places and new cultures can have a positive impact in a multitude of other ways. Discovering new ways of living and seeing the world can give you a different perspective on your own life. Maybe it’s time to start a new career path or simply start appreciating the access you have to food, shelter, and clean drinking water. Traveling offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultures, taste new foods, and discover new ways of living to help you discover that “different” should never be confused with “bad.”

Whether you’re in need of a serious de-stressing or are looking for a new way to enjoy life, the study performed by the TCRS and GCOA proves that travel is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Source: Huffingtonpost.ca

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Take a Deep Breath

The practice of quieting your mind and focusing on your breath is not just for the enlightened. Here’s one of my favorite deep breathing exercises. It can be done at any time and any place. Try it lying down or sitting in a comfortable chair while maintaining good posture.

  • Close your eyes and relax your body as much as possible. Scan your body from head to toe and let go of any tension.
  • Pay attention to your breathing. With one hand on your heart and another on your belly, notice the rise and fall of each breath. If you are using the lower part of your lungs, your abdomen should be noticeably rising and falling. Your chest should not be rising nearly as much.
  • Continue breathing deeply through your nose.
  • After several more breaths, inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Keep your mouth, tongue, jaw relaxed.
  • Continue this pattern of methodical breathing as you stay relaxed, and focus on the sound and feeling of long, slow, deep breaths.

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Meditation is not for everyone, but it’s also not just for monks anymore. With time and patience, anyone can learn to meditate. It’s like entering a deeply restful sleep while being fully awake; its casting the human brain back to a more primitive state where we are freed of our analytical and critical selves. In this blissful state of mind, you are more aware of senses and feelings rather than negativity and stress. Here’s a simple way to try it:

  • Sit in a quiet comfortable spot. Be mindful of your posture. Set a timer for five or ten minutes.
  • Choose a word to repeat to yourself. Many people like to use the word “om” because it has been shown to be calming. Or you can murmur “breathe in” and “breathe out” to yourself, or count your breaths from one to ten, then repeat.
  • Close your eyes and focus on your work or count. When thoughts intrude, gently bring your attention back to the words or count.
  • Keep going as long as you can without falling asleep.
  • When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes. How do you feel?

 

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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Bridal Beauty – top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

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We know you want to look flawless on your big day! Having great skin is just as important as wearing the perfect bridal gown, so start your pre-wedding skincare countdown now. Our Murad skincare experts put together this helpful six-month timeline to follow for glowing, gorgeous skin on your big day.

Pre-Wedding Skincare Countdown: A few tips for a beautiful skin

 6 months to go
  •  Take daily dietary supplements to give your body the building blocks it needs to help every cell in every system.
  • Now that you’re engaged, everyone will be paying extra attention to your hands! Rejuvenate them with a monthly manicure and moisturize daily (We recommend our Youth Builder Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream) to keep them looking and feeling soft and lovely.
3 months to go
  •  Stick to your workouts to reduce skin-damaging stress and wedding-planning anxiety.
  • Commit to a monthly facial routine to keep your complexion healthy and rejuvenated.
1 month to go
  •  Keep your skin smooth and glowing by exfoliating 1-2 times a week (We recommend trying our Skin Smoothing Polish).
  • Get your last facial 2-3 weeks before your big day to allow redness from extractions to resolve.
Week of the wedding
  •  Get a stress-relieving massage.
  • Keep your diet heavy on fruits and veggies and light on salty, processed foods, which can make your eyes look puffy and your body feel bloated. We suggest you read a bit more about the science behind eating fruits and veggies with Dr. Murad’s “Eat Your Water” research.
The Big Day

Remember that it’s likely something won’t go as planned or turn out the way you imagined it, but don’t let that ruin your day. As Dr. Murad says, “When you learn to be imperfect, your life will be more perfect.”

 

Here are top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

eye-lift-firm Say “Eye Do”

While the early-morning beauty prep gets underway, start with this professional-strength eye treatment. Its exclusive surface-filling and firming technologies work beneath the eye pads to instantly lift, firm and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

hydrating-toner Happily Ever Hydrated

Spray a few spritzes of this refreshing toner to rehydrate skin and restore pH balance. The fresh peach scent also helps set the relaxing, pampering mood for the makeup and hair prep to come.

oil-control-mattifier Joined in Matte-rimony

Save yourself from a makeup meltdown during any outdoor photo shoots by applying this mattifying moisturizer with SPF 15. It helps control oil for up to 8 hours so you’ll stay picture-perfect all throughout your wedding day.

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Between battling the never-ending to-do lists, last-minute crises and wedding jitters, getting a full night’s sleep might slip down the priority list. Keep under-eye creasing and puffiness at bay with this multi-active eye cream that firms, brightens and hydrates.

invisiblur Toast to a Flawless Future

Before you apply foundation, finish with this breakthrough product to treat, blur and protect. Its silky smooth formula blurs lines and imperfections, conceals pores, and primes skin, so you’ll look flawless in all your wedding photos.

We wish all the brides-to-be out there a joyful, stress-free, beautiful wedding day; one filled with moments you will cherish forever!

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Create a matte makeup look that lasts

Create a matte makeup look that lasts with the ultimate oil-control duo.

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Oil breaks down makeup, so prep skin with InstaMatte™ Oil-Control Mask for a fresh, matte canvas

Pro Tip: Mask can also be used as a daily cleanser.

Press and pat Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA into skin to help control oil for up to 8 hours.

Apply matte foundation, blending from the center of your face outward.

Sculpt your face with matte bronzer to give your look dimension. Apply blush to cheeks for a pop of colour.

Pro Tip: For a natural flush of colour, use your bare lip colour as a guideline for selecting the perfect blush shade.

Apply peachy eye shadow all over eyelids and warm bronze eye shadow to the outer corners and creases for an understated, classic look.

Pro Tip: Use your matte bronzer and blush as the lid and crease colours.

Apply peachy-nude matte lipstick to lips to complete the look.

Pro Tip: For a long-lasting matte lip, line and fill in lips with lip liner. This also adds structure for a more polished look


InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask is an ideal treatment prior to makeup application for oily and acne-prone skin types to create a shine-free canvas for a flawless finish. This non-drying formula imparts a subtle yet refreshing grapefruit scent and helps to keep makeup in place all day for a fresh, matte complexion.

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6 Easy Rules of Summer Skincare

Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but it is recommended to change a few of your skincare products with the change of seasons. While in winter we tend to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas. Here’s what you should change this summer:

1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer

In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.

2. Increase your SPF usage

Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected)
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