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.


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 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!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

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.


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 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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Sleeping Tips for Sweet Dreams

Sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep can be a challenge and this can have a negative impact on your quality of life, mental health, physical health and your skin. The most noticeable tell tale signs are bags under the eyes (dark circles) but, you will also see dryness, acne breakouts, fine lines and thinner skin. Lack of sleep affects the moisture levels in your skin, decreasing them which is why your skin looks less youthful.

Sleeping Tips:

  1. Regular pattern Go to sleep as much as possible around the same time and get up around the same time, even on weekends. This helps to develop a solid sleep-wake rhythm and improves the quality of sleep.
  2. Sleep Environment Sleep in a calm, quiet, dark room. Also put all light emitting devices (eg.TV) out. No phones, or radio. If you’re a light sleeper-use ear plugs to block out noises from the neighbours.
  3. Light & Dark Open the curtains immediately when rising. Close the curtains before bedtime for subdued light. This helps set our biological clock. Use a sleep mask to block out unwanted light.
  4. Temperature Fresh air in the bedroom (temperature 16-18 ° C.) helps you get a good sleep. Use lavender oil, gels on the wrists and pulse
    points to help you relax.
  5. Mattress Ensure you have a good quality mattress and a pillow that properly supports the cervical spine. Use bed sheets in natural substances. Avoid tight clothing which constricts circulation.
  6. Keep Work life away from the bedroom! Try to keep your sleeping room a place of escape. Set the alarm clock out of sight if the sound
    bothers you or if you have a tendency to constantly look at the clock.
  7. Sofa Sleeps Feel sleepy? Go to Bed! Avoid catnaps on the sofa.
  8. Daytime activities strongly influence your sleep quality. Daily exercise in the morning or early afternoon improves sleep. Strenuous activities just before bedtime has the opposite effect-and should be avoided.
  9. Wind Down Time Take 30 minutes before you go to bed to unwind. Avoid TV, computer games, surfing the Internet, tweeting etc. just
    before bedtime. Enjoy a warm bath, listen to relaxing music, take an evening stroll … Relaxation exercises just before you go to bed can promote sleep.
  10. Eating a light snack before bedtime can encourage sleep, whereas both hunger and a full stomach can stop you sleeping. Avoid drinking
    large quantities of water before sleeping to avoid bathroom visits that can disturb your sleep.

Sweet Dreams

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Connected Beauty

True beauty, health and well-being starts with your daily habits. Adopt these healthy habits for your most beautiful, healthy-looking skin from the inside out.

 

Nourish Your Skin

 

By using efficacious skincare to help strengthen and protect skin, the first line of defense for every cell in the body

 

Always Wear SPF

Protecting yourself from daily sun exposure is the most effective way to help prevent premature signs of aging. Exposure to UVA rays can lead to age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer; so while you may think you are getting a healthy glow, you are actually doing long-term harm to your skin. The healthiest glow you can get comes from self-tanners and bronzers.

Try this antioxidant-rich SPF moisturizer:
Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

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Don’t Sleep With Makeup On

No matter how tired you are, do not skip washing your face before bed. While you sleep, your body repairs itself and refreshes cells, making it the ideal time to maximize skincare. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil and pollutants that have accumulated on the skin during the day, so you can wake up to more radiant, healthier-looking skin.

Try this ultra-moisturizing cleanser:
Renewing Cleansing Cream

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Exfoliate 2-3 Times Per Week

Skin is constantly turning over, generating new cells at the lower level (the dermis) and sending them up to replace dead skin cells on the upper layer (epidermis). As you age, the cell-turnover process slows down, and cells begin to gather unevenly on the skins surface, which can lead to dry patches and a lackluster appearance. By exfoliating a few times a week or using a weekly peel, you can help remove the dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, younger cells below and restore skins natural clarity and brightness.

Try this invigorating scrub:
Skin Smoothing Polish

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Moisturize No Matter What

Regardless of your skin type, once you reach adulthood, your skin becomes a little drier every day. How you respond to that loss of moisture will be an
important factor in determining how old you look. No matter when you begin to see signs of persistent dehydration, restoring lost water is a central
component in any anti-aging skincare program.

Try this hydrating moisturizer :
Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

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Eat Your Water


By consuming a balanced diet centered on nutritious, water-rich fruits and vegetables to help cells lock in hydration.

Follow the 80/20 Rule

No matter what food choices you make, do not let food be one more source of stress and anxiety. Try to follow the simple guideline of 80% whole foods, with a special emphasis on colorful, water-rich fruits and vegetables, and 20% foods that you love, regardless of their inherent healthfulness. You will find that an occasional indulgence will make it even easier to stick to an overall healthy eating style.

Eat Your Sunscreen

Although daily SPF moisturizer is essential, it is helpful to double up on your sun protection through foods that improve your bodys natural environmental defenses and increase your cellular health. Eating foods like pomegranates, spinach and blueberries helps neutralize free radicals and minimize the damage they cause from penetrating your cells.

Antioxidant-Rich and Fermented Foods

Besides providing internal sun protection, eating antioxidant-rich foods helps prevent cell damage that may lead to skin aging, cancer and other ailments. Antioxidant-rich foods include goji berries, dark chocolate and kidney beans. Also, incorporate fermented foods, like kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut, into your diet to provide beneficial bacteria to your digestive system, which helps you absorb more of the nutrients from the food you eat.

Awaken Your Body

By participating in physical activities that bring you joy to bring muscles that hold optimal hydration.

Exercise Regularly

Whether it is running or yoga, physical activity releases stress-fighting endorphins in your brain. Dr. Murad calls this awakening your body and says that the best way to keep exercising is to practice an activity you enjoy. Think outside the box and explore new fitness classes or sports to discover your favorite way to stay active.

Take Your Workout Outside

Warm weather and sunshine are great motivators to get outside and exercise in the
fresh air. Go outside, breathe deeply and take a walk, preferably somewhere in nature.
Go for a hike with friends or take a yoga class at the beach. It doesnt matter what you
do, as long as it involves you connecting with nature and moving your body.

Get Up and Move at Work

Sometimes it is not easy to squeeze in a break during a crazy workday. Research shows
that only 1 in 5 people take a break for a mid-day meal. Most workers just eat at their desks, but it is so important for your health, sanity and work/life balance. Even if it is just 15-20 minutes, taking a break is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. If you are not able to leave your desk, try doing a series of stretches to refresh your body and mind.

Be Kind to Your Mind

By managing the stress of modern living and cultivating emotional self-awareness and resilience to help cells stay hydrated and resistant to damage.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

In our always-on world, getting enough sleep is one of the biggest challenges, but the replenishing effects of a good nights sleep are undeniable. The body is an amazing
factory, and when you go to sleep, the factory cleans up, repairs itself and files
everything away. It is critical that you allow your body to process each day, and the
only way to do this is by getting 7-9 hours of sleep daily.

Allow Yourself to Relax

Managing the stress of modern living, which Dr. Murad refers to as Cultural Stress.,
is crucial to feeling and looking your best. With the constant pressure to conquer a daily wave of text messages, emails and social media alerts, it is easy to get caught up and
forget to take time out for yourself. Schedule me time on your calendar and honor it as you would any other important appointment. You cannot excel in any aspect of your life
without caring for the most important person in your life: you.

Focus on the Good

Try to cultivate thankfulness with every breath you take. When you are dialed in to gratitude, you have the clarity to truly appreciate all the blessings in your life. This mindset will allow you to be more open to new opportunities, inspiration and creativity. Instead of magnifying the problems you face, minimize them with gratitude for everything that brings you joy.

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