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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Murad Method to De-Stress

Before you even manage to start your day, the majority of us experience what Doctor Howard Murad calls, Cultural Stress – the stress of modern living. This is a type of stress we experience daily and is having huge implications on our health.

Here are some easy to follow steps to de-stress.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Breathe Deeply

Taking in oxygen helps us to think more clearly. When you feel stressed, take a deep breath, hold for 3 seconds and release. Repeat as needed.

Use Calming Visualization

This may be a place, color or feeling. Simply shut your eyes and focus on a calming visualization for ten seconds.

Turn Off Your Device

Simply leave your phone in another room or switch it off for an hour. You will be amazed at the freedom created by stepping away from your digital dependency.

Find Something To Be Passionate About

Not everybody has a passion or hobby but it is never too late to start. Try something new today and find something that uniquely fulfills you.


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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Whole-person approach to beauty

At Murad, we believe that healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of how you live your life. Every aspect of your life directly affects cellular hydration—the health of every cell in your body. We believe there is a powerful, yet often overlooked, connection between the mind, body and skin, which we call Connected Beauty. This whole-person approach to beauty, health and wellbeing inspires you to take care of your skin not only with our efficacious products, but also proper nutrition, physical activity and stress management.

Because a connected life is a beautiful life.

    Connected Beauty is our unique, whole-person approach to beauty, health and well-being that inspires you to:

  • Nourish Your Skin by using efficacious skincare to help strengthen and protect skin, the first line of defense for every cell in the body.
  • Eat Your Water by consuming a balanced diet centered on nutritious, water-rich fruits and vegetables to help cells lock in hydration.
  • Awaken Your Body by participating in physical activities that bring you joy to build muscles that hold optimal hydration.
  • Be Kind to Your Mind by managing the stress of modern living and cultivating emotional self-awareness and resilience to help your cells stay hydrated and
    resistant to damage.

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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Travel Skincare Routine

For those who follow me on Snapchat or Instagram know that I am a huge advocate for skin care, and that I personally adopt the ten step Korean skin routine on a daily level. However when I travel I find it a pain to carry around five to eight different bottles, which is why after Murad sent me these products to try out I knew this routine would be perfect for travel. I am currently using this as I am visiting Toronto and New York, but I’ve also been testing this out for the past month and can’t wait to share my findings with you guys!

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Review by Charmyn from Ko-morebi

I typically have a day and night cleanser, however when I want to travel light I like to use the Murad Daily Cleansing Foam since its mild in nature and balances out my Ph levels while reducing the level of oil on my face. My skin type is combination sensitive, so I like to use this since it doesn’t strip the skin harshly of its essential oils, and instead fresh and ready for makeup or moisturizer depending on my schedule.

I know, eye cream before your daily moisturizer?
I too was hesitant at first when I saw that eye cream was a step two product, but after testing the Renewing Eye Cream for a month I can say that more product is absorbed into my under eye circles.
The skin concerns for my under eyes consist of dark circles and a lack of collagen.
University can be taxing on the face, especially with the lack of sleep and a terrible diet, and in an attempt to counter this problem I’ve been scouring for an eye cream that reduces my under eye indentation and dark circles.
After testing this for a month I’ve felt that my dark circles are not as detrimental as before, and that my under eyes are not as drastically indented as before.
Out of all the products I was sent, I found the eye cream to show the most results since my eye bags are the biggest concern out of my skin care regime.

Since it’s winter my skin is a lot more dry, and I would want a more rich and dense daily moisturizer to prevent my skin from peeling. Especially around my nose, I find that area to be the most dry. Surprisingly this moisturizer is the perfect combination of hydration and comfort since other creams I’ve tried make my skin incredibly oily and sticky that eventually cause breakouts on my forehead. However, for the Skin Protecting Lotion it initially feels rich when you squeeze it out of the tube, but once absorbed into the skin it transforms into a light layer that protects the skin throughout the day.
With or without makeup I find this to provide the right amount of moisture without letting me get too oily throughout the day.
Till next time lovelies!

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Keep your immune system strong with the immune-booster soup

It’s that time of the year where our immune systems may be weakened. To keep your immune system strong and to keep colds and flu at bay, eat a variety of foods that provide vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, particularly those rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and zinc.

Below is a super easy chicken soup recipe that utilize different ingredients to boost your immune system.

The Ultimate Immune-Boosting Soup

Recipe by: By Davida @ The Healthy Maven

Before I set you free to make this recipe, I wanted to share why I chose to use certain ingredients. I’m totally fascinated by the health benefits of various foods, so I hope you geek out to this stuff too!

Mushrooms– the soup is made in a mushroom broth (simmering mushrooms for an hour+) and mushrooms are a power food that contains Ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals. They’re also a powerful source of Vitamin D.

Coconut Oil – contains two important anti-viral compounds, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Together these help ward off bacterial and viral infections.

Garlic – eating garlic can actually boost the number of virus-fighting T-cells in your bloodstream. It also contains alliin which converts to allicin, which is believed to be the major antibacterial compound in garlic.

Turmeric – probably best known for its ability to fight inflammation, turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant called curcumin which is responsible for this decrease in inflammation that is oftentimes found to be related to various illnesses.

Bok Choy – it is very high in Vitamin A, which is essential for a properly functioning immune system, while also containing high amounts of vitamin C, an antioxidant that shields the body from free radicals.

Kale – I don’t even know where to begin with the powerhouse that is kale. It’s packed full of iron, which is essential for your body working at its ultimate level, along with being a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. When they say “eat your kale”, EAT YOUR KALE!

    Ingredients

  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 lb shitake mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, bottoms chopped off
  • 1/2 head kale, chopped
  • optional: 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

    Instructions

  • Chop off the bottom of the stem from your mushrooms and discard. Seperate stems from tops and slice tops and remaining stem if necessary, into large pieces. You will only discard the very bottom of the stems, not the full stems as they contain many nutritional benefits!
  • Heat up coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add in garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add in celery and mushrooms and sautee for about 10 minutes or until mushrooms have wilted.
  • Add in spices (including ginger, if using) and water and bring to a boil.
  • Then let simmer, covered for 1 hour or as long as you want (the longer you leave, the better!)
  • Add bok choy and kale in the last 10 minutes of cooking to wilt.
  • Serve warm or store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Recipe by: By Davida @ The Healthy Maven

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Wondering what causes oily skin in the first place?

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 to keep your skin oil free. 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 InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask will offer a deep-cleansing three-minute mask to help instantly control oil for a long-lasting matte complexion.


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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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If you’re going to do one thing for a healthier 2017, choose one of these

Welcome to a new year filled with hopes for a healthy, happy 2017. The same resolutions are thrown around each year – lose weight, save money, and spend more time with family, for example.

Canadians from coast-to-coast may want to lead a healthier life, but don’t know where to get started. Global News asked leading health experts and organizations to pick the top priority they’d like Canadians to focus on for the year ahead.

Focus on your behaviours, not the numbers on the scale

Hide the scale. Losing weight and keeping it off is always a challenge. However, simply focusing on improving your diet, increasing your physical activity levels, getting enough sleep and feeling better about yourself can lead to important health improvements even with no – or very little – weight loss.

But remember, it is easier to achieve and sustain behavioural goals when they are specific, realistic, and measureable.

Also, it is better to focus on changing one behaviour at a time rather than trying to change everything at once.

– Arya Sharma, scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network

Get a pulse on your mental health and well-being

Mental health is key to well-being. It affects every single aspect of your daily life. Maintaining your mental health is a lot like staying physically fit: it requires a little effort, but the rewards are worth it.

Get into the habit of learning to recognize and express your emotions – without awareness it’s difficult to pinpoint why you are so stressed or having problems coping.

– Patrick Smith, national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association

Break a sweat

A healthy lifestyle helps prevent 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke – leading killers of Canadians. The easiest way to reduce your risk is to get moving. Walk, dance, play a sport, take the stairs – make it fun! Even if you don’t have extra time, short rounds of exercise add up: 10 minutes is enough to get real cardiovascular benefits. Over time, you’ll work up to 30 minutes of daily physical activity at a moderate intensity. Repeat five days a week.

– Diego Marchese, CEO of Heart & Stroke

Think of the mental health of your loved ones

Operate on the statistically safe assumption that someone you know – a family member, friend, neighbour, fellow student, or coworker – is currently struggling with some form of mental illness. Take a moment to think about who that person is and then reflect on how you have responded to their experience of illness. Ask yourself if your response was different than it would have been if he or she had a broken leg or a cancer diagnosis. And if there is indeed a difference, then consider how you might support them differently.

The reality is that mental illness can be an isolating, even humiliating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Connecting makes a difference and enriches a relationship – it can relieve the sense of being alone and provide comfort, help and reassurance.

– David S. Goldbloom, senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Plan your meals

Meal planning is a vital part of healthy eating and makes you happy as there will be less stress around weekday meals. It saves time by eliminating the deliberation when you’re trying to decide what’s for dinner. It will also save you money as you’ll only shop for ingredients you need on your plan. Finally, it saves calories.

When you arrive home from work, you’re less likely to mindlessly munch when you know what is planned for dinner. Keep menu planning simple – set aside 30 minutes before grocery shopping to survey the family. Bookmark favourite meals and reuse them weekly.

– Jaclyn Pritchard, registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto

Schedule quality time with your family

Spending time with the family is essential to the health and well-being of both children and adults. Focus on your children by playing their favourite games with them, encouraging conversation by asking about their day at school, and showing interest in their ideas and activities. Share mealtime as an important way to connect and unwind at the end of a busy day.

Even when family members are off in different directions with school, work and activities, be sure to come together at the table at least once a week.

Decide on specific times when everyone’s electronic devices will be turned off. When you’re unplugged, get active – play games like tag, go for a walk, or sled in park.

– Staff at the Canadian Paediatric Society

Reduce your alcohol consumption

Lower your long-term health risks by staying within average levels of alcohol consumption. For women, the recommended daily serving is less than 10 ounces. With today’s wine glasses, your pour should be less than a third of the glass. For men, if you like to try the latest craft beers, keep it to two tall cans.

Always have some non-drinking days each week to minimize tolerance and habit formation.

– Dr. Granger Avery, president of the Canadian Medical Association

Quit smoking for one week

Quit smoking for a week, and then a month, and then a year and beyond. But start with that first week. Setting that small goal can help you with your longer-term goals, and everytime you quit – even if you don’t succeed – you learn more about how to quit successfully. Research shows that if you can quit for one week, you are nine times more likely to quit for the long haul. In some provinces, it could even win you $500 from the Smokers’ Helpline’s First Week Challenge Contest.

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health. Within 10 years of quitting, an ex-smoker’s overall risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.

– John Atkinson, director of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline

Don’t fall for gimmicks

Rather than fall prey to this year’s crop of fad diets, or worrying about a particular probiotic, nutrient or scary sounding chemical, focus instead on the bigger picture. Set a goal of cooking more from fresh whole ingredients and eating them around a table free from distraction. Reduce your restaurant usage. Aim for better nights’ sleeps. Cultivate healthy relationships with your friends and family. Don’t drink alcohol to excess and reduce your consumption of all sources of liquid calories. Do those things well and avoid news about the latest fad diet.

– Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute

Feed your brain

Do more physical activity, not for your waistline but for your brain. It gets blood pumping which helps your brain to function as well as possible. The increased blood flow nourishes your brain’s cells with nutrients and oxygen. It also encourages the development of new cells, all factors in reducing your risk of stroke.

Your brain is like your heart. They’re both muscles that need to be given a workout to stay healthy. Challenge your mind with exercise training, learning a new language or joining a book club, as examples.

– Larry Chambers, scientific advisor for the Alzheimer Society of Canada

Take a small step, master it, then take on another

Many of us are familiar with the best intentions of starting off the year with lofty goals when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle – followed by the enthusiasm of resolutions declining a few weeks after.

Take a step back and think of something you can realistically and comfortably accomplish when it comes to exercise, your diet, weight management or stress – and you will be more likely to stick to it.

Try incorporating 15 minutes of physical activity to your routine just a few days a week, and as you progress, move to 30 minutes. When you’ve made that into a habit, remove sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet, for example.

– Joanne Lewis, director of healthy eating and nutrition programming at the Canadian Diabetes Association

Ease your mind and treat yourself

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By Carmen Chai
National Online Journalist, Health Global News

Pace yourself at work. Try not to check your work emails after hours, truly disconnect.

Just like the 12 days of Christmas, practice 12 days of self-care in 2017.

Go for a walk, ski or snowshoe in the woods, treat yourself to a latte, book a massage, take a yoga class or volunteer. Don’t forget that doing something for others not only makes them feel good, but can lift your spirits.

– The Mental Health Commission of Canada

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The Best Murad Moisturizers For Your Skin Type

Do you moisturize your skin every day? If you don’t, you should. Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger, you will have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated for longer. Moisturize daily sounds easy enough but you need to make sure that you are using the right moisturizer. Just like there are different moisturizers for different skin types (dry, oily and combination), the same goes for SPF products. This guide should help you select the right moisturizer.

Dry Skin

Age-Balancing Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a daily moisturiser that significantly improves hydration, protects skin’s elasticity to reverse the visible signs of ageing while providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This formula utilizes specialized proteins from the Resurrection Plant—a highly-resilient species of desert plant which is known to survive severe dehydration and thrive in very harsh conditions — to deeply nourish, protect and restore moisture to dry, advanced ageing skin.

Dry Skin

The Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30 | PA+++ provides essential hydration and broad spectrum sun protection to dry skin. Moisturizers restore suppleness and ease lines while powerful antioxidants boost protection against free radical damage.

Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30
Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30

Sun-Damaged Skin

Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 | PA+++ – This antioxidant-rich moisturizer shields and revitalizes environmentally damaged skin

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++
Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++

Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This ultra-light moisturizer hydrates without causing blemishes while defending against signs of aging.

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++ – Our oil mattifier is a shine-reducing moisturizer that creates an immediate matte surface and controls oil for up to 8 hours. Oil-Control Complex® helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.

White Brilliance Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++
White Brilliance Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++
Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++

All Skin Types

Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++ – This ultra-lightweight UV lotion provides powerful sun protection to help preserve skin’s rosy glow and give skin a porcelain smooth finish.

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This breakthrough, invisible skin-perfecting shield instantly blurs imperfections and treats signs of aging.

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Winter Skincare with Murad

Naturally flawless skin is not something I was blessed with and it’s been an effort even to maintain my far from perfect skin over the years. Having suffered from acne throughout my teenage years well into early adulthood I was left with damaged, uneven skin tones in my t-zone area that never quite went back to normal. While I get that some may never have perfectly flawless skin without having to break out the makeup arsenal, it would still be nice to have skin that looks decent enough to wear outside without cover up whenever you just don’t feel like putting make up on.

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Review by Agnes from House of Illusions

Having said that, with all the advancements in skincare technology nowadays I knew there had to be a product out there that could potentially minimize my redness and even out my skin tone to a realistic expectation. An opportunity presented itself to try Murad skincare, and seeing as how I had only heard good things in the past, I was excited to try the line. I ended up using an assortment of products from different lines for my three-step routine.

Step 1

To achieving my near perfect skin was to replenish my dry skin with the Renewing Cleansing Cream. Needed now more than even in the winter. The cleanser smells like papaya tea to me and is quite refreshing in the mornings. The cleansing cream feels really good on your face and you can actually feel the silkiness and moisture as you’re using it. It’s loaded with papaya enzymes and apricot oil, and is very concentrated; a pea size amount is enough to wash your face and effectively remove all makeup.

Step 2

Is the Luminous Essence. Umm…I didn’t even know there was an essence until research time for this post. Essence is a concentrated formula that treats on a cellular level targeting wrinkles, fine lines and dull/uneven skin tone. The Murad light enhancing essence is infused with skin-illuminating botanicals to help restore youthful texture and luminosity. Some of the extracts include red algae and indian fig which work together to support natural renewal, enhancing smoothness, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while increasing firmness and elasticity. It smells pleasant and feels quite refreshing on the skin – think thirst-quenching hydration but for your face.

Step 3

Hydrates with the Skin Perfecting Lotion. This lotion offers shine-free hydration without clogging pores in a lightweight oil-free formula. As someone who usually has to reach for a blotting paper right around noon, this is a must. The lotion kept my pores clear and minimized, a benefit of the retinol and queen meadow extract I’m sure, which reduce oil production, tone and tighten pores.

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I’ve been using the products for over 2 weeks now and am starting to notice that the rosy areas of my face have become more subtle and are blending in better with my natural yellow undertones. My skin is also less oily, if anything, some of the dry areas could use more moisturization. And that’s actually another thing I love about the lotion, it is compact enough to throw in your clutch. I am very pleased with the results and am thankful to Murad for letting me try their skincare line, and in the process giving me better skin. For what I was after – naked skin that is beautiful enough to run errands with, I sure got it. I look forward to using this regimen over a longer period of time to see if my skin improves further – I have a feeling it will.

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NEW Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

The NEW Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, an anti-aging powerhouse that quickly and visibly targets key signs of aging without any downtime or side effects. Powered by Murad’s proprietary Retinol Tri-Active Technology, this fast-acting serum gently minimizes lines and deep wrinkles, firms, evens skin tone and boosts radiance for more vibrant, youthful skin. In a Murad-sponsored study, 93 percent of users saw a reduction in lines and wrinkles and 98 percent noticed smoother skin after just two weeks of use.

“Retinol is well-known as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient; that’s why my patients ask for it frequently,”

“However, I saw a significant need for a new product that worked more quickly and didn’t cause irritation and dryness. After years of research and development, I’m proud to say we have finally perfected the science of retinol with this revolutionary serum.”
Dr. Murad

While many retinol products rely on a single form of retinol and can take several weeks to become noticeable, Murad’s unique formula features a combination of three retinol technologies to deliver quick and visible results without any irritation. As a result of this three-pronged system, Retinol Youth Renewal Serum delivers the optimal levels of retinol by working faster, delivering sustained results, and boosting efficacy.

    The Retinol Tri-Active Technology works in three ways:

  1. Fast-Acting Retinoid: Accelerates results by quickly boosting cellular turnover;
  2. Time-Released Retinol: Encapsulated in a lipid shell that slowly melts onto the skin, it delivers consistent, sustained levels of retinol over time;
  3. Retinol Booster: Enhances efficacy by acting like a magnet to help enhance skin’s receptivity to retinol’s benefits.

What exactly is retinol and what is it used for?

Retinol is a pure form of Vitamin A. Your skin uses Vitamin A naturally in its regeneration and repair cycle. It is most commonly used in skincare for two things: reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fighting acne.

This potent ingredient provides its anti-aging benefits by stimulating cellular turnover and bringing new, healthy cells to the skins surface for a more youthful appearance.

And now for the science: retinol plays a vital role in epidermal renewal and keratin synthesis, and contributes to the strength of collagen and elastin proteins. This means that as we age, our keratin proteins become less compact and more dehydrated; retinol helps to bring back the elasticity and compact nature of these proteins. It is because of its proven renewing power that retinol is recognized as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient.

Retinol is also a powerful ingredient when it comes to acne. Retinol helps to reduce outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores (normalizing the stratum corneum and reducing the overproduction of sebum).

Retinol Benefits At Age

Promotes healthy cell turnover that creates a strong foundation to help resist future signs of aging
Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, boosts radiance, and smooths skin’s texture
Targets wrinkles and uneven skin tone to smooth and brighten skin.
Helps correct advanced signs of aging to increase firmness and boost radiance.

 

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