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



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.

eye-cream 3-Tiered Treat

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.


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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Acne Do’s and Don’ts

Murad has been helping people get acne-free for years, both through our acne treatment products and through the advice of our founder, renowned dermatologist and author Dr. Howard Murad. Our clinically proven Acne Complex® products combine the best of science and nature to unclog pores, kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce oil and shine. Unfortunately, getting rid of acne isn’t as simple as just changing your skin cleanser. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help:


  • DO develop a daily skin care regimen with products that include:
    • Exfoliate and pore cleansers (Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinol) for a deep clean and slough off pore-clogging dead skin cells
    • -Anti-inflammatories (Licorice Extract, Allantoin) to diminish irritation and redness
    • -Vitamin C helps to diminish post-acne marks
  • DO use spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen to prevent hyper-pigmentation and to preserve skin elasticity.
  • DO use dietary supplements for internal skin care. Supplements act like an internal acne medication that protect from the inside-out to help minimize breakouts.
  • DO frequently change pillowcases and towels
  • DO replace makeup sponges and sterilize makeup sponges and sterilize


  • DON’T stray from your skin care routine:
  • Daily use of Murad’s high-performance acne treatment will help reduce the symptoms of acne. But even when the symptoms are diminished, you must keep using the products to prevent future occurrences. Consistency is essential to managing and controlling acne.
  • DON’T use greasy cosmetics. Oily makeup can cause clogged pores.
  • DON’T pick. No matter how tempting, squeezing blemishes can prolong infection and can also cause permanent scarring.
  • DON’T use drying products. Harsh astringents and cleansers can actually worsen acne. Dehydrated, acne-prone skin compensates by producing even more oil.
  • DON’T scrub too hard. Treating acne-inflamed skin too roughly or with scalding hot water may help spread infection and worsen the skin disease.
  • DON’T ignore it. The little time it takes to care for your skin each day can make all the difference in the way you look and feel.

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Do Skin Types Matter

There’s no dearth of skin products on the market to match every skin type, but don’t let it drive you crazy. Go by how your skin feels in response to the products you choose. Most people are oily in some places and drier in others. A few tips to consider:

  • If you’ve got oily skin, don’t be afraid to cleanse, treat and moisturize twice a day, as would a person with dry skin. Even though your skin looks “moist” doesn’t mean you could be missing key lipids to maintain your skin’s barrier: Your oil glands within the follicles are simply genetically programmed to be more active. Try using a cleanser with hydroxy acids on alternative days, or more often if your skin seems to respond well to it.
  • Dry skin is the most fragile. Be careful about over cleansing and over exfoliating, as your skin is more susceptible to irritation. Use a cleanser and tone with hydrating ingredients and exfoliate gently (and not every day). Look for products that contain skin soothers such as chamomile extract and arnica.
  • Fair-skinned people and those who spend a lot of time outdoors need to be extra cautious about over exposure to UV radiation. While a sunscreen with SPF 15 if sufficient for many, I recommend upping that coverage to at least 30 if you’re more sensitive to the sun. Similarly, if you take drugs that increase your sensitivity to the sun, which is the case for birth control pills, for example, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Don’t overdo it. No matter what kind of skin you have, it’s easy to over clean and over exfoliate and in a word, irritate. You can also trigger excessive oil production with excessive use of soaps, cleansers, scrubs, and toners made with drying alcohols. Listen to what your skin is telling you and adjust your skin care routine accordingly

Give products up to six months to work and show results.

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 sunscreen protects

Sunscreens protect your skin by blocking or absorbing the sun’s rays. Depending on the active ingredients in the sunscreen you use, you will protect yourself from the burning ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and the more penetrating ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.

The growing awareness of UVA’s destructive power is especially disturbing because since sunscreens were invented we have has the ability to protect ourselves against the burning UVB rays. That, obviously is a good thing. However, the downside is that since we’re less likely to burn, there is no warning sign that we’ve gotten too much sun. We could stay at the beach or on the golf course much longer than we might have in the days before sunscreens, exposing our skin to huge doses of UVA. Today we have broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Tip: Always wear a moisturizer with SPF.

What are the side effects of sun damage?

Dr. Murad explains.


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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Skincare and Shaving: Pro Tips for Men

Men’s skincare is totally different than women’s skincare. The daily need to combat razor burn and ingrown hairs from shaving requires a specific regimen. Our Murad Man products keep things simple. Follow these four easy steps to achieve the perfect shave:

  1. Use a pre-shave exfoliator.
  2. Apply Cleansing Shave, a cleanser/shaving cream.
  3. Apply Razor Burn Rescue®, a post-shave razor burn treatment.

Our team put together this helpful infographic to explain the benefits. Pin it to your Pinterest account to save for future reference!


This daily regimen is a soothing and effective combination suitable for all skin types. It will ensure that your next shave is nice and smooth! Check out our Murad Man skincare products for healthy, bump-free skin.

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Skin Detox How To

When your skincare regimen needs an extra boost, try a skin detox. Murad products packed with antioxidants, vitamins and detoxifying clays.

Alyssa from the Global Education department at Murad Skincare talks about one of the biggest trends at the moment: skin detoxing. Just as it is very important to detox your body by eating fruits and vegetables, it is equally important to detox your skin. This will especially be useful to get rid of all the dirt that accumulates on your skin during the day.

The first step to an ideal skin detox is to exfoliate to polish away the buildup that sits on the face. The Skin Smoothing Polish is the perfect product for this step. Your skin will be baby smooth and all the dead skin cells will be polished away!03.16-PoreDuoMarchMaskness

A clay mask is the perfect product if you want to eliminate toxins. The clay will act as a magnet to draw out all the impurities that are located in the pores. The step 1 of the Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo is ideal if you want to focus on your nose and chin area where blackheads are more likely to be found. Apply the mask and leave on for 10 minutes.

The next step? Hydration. Alyssa chose the Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 to balance her skin and protect it from the sun. Find the best hydrating moisturizer depending on your skin concerns.

These few products and steps, will help you detox your skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Check out the full video to watch Alyssa apply her clay mask and explain skin detox:

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Skin Smoothing Polish

Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo

Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

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Time Release Acne Cleanser question.

Murad acne treatment products treat the source of blemishes deep beneath the surface instead of just over-drying your skin. Whether you’re combatting persistent hormonal acne or just the occasional breakout, Murad acne products combined with Inclusive Health™ practices can get you clear, glowing skin.

FAQ about the Time Release Acne Cleanser

Will the Time Release Acne Cleanser work well for cystic acne?

Yes! The Time Release Acne Cleanser is great! Extra-gentle, low foaming cleanser delivers a sustained release acne treatment while optimizing hydration to restore suppleness. Multi-active acne fighting system, featuring encapsulated Salicylic Acid technology, provides a sustained release that continues to treat acne, even after rinsing. Amino acids and Hyaluronic Acid bind moisture to skin while. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance.

Is the Time Release Acne Cleanser a scrub or cream?

The Time Release Cleanser is a gel cleanser that lathers and gently cleanses away impurities. It is not a scrub.
Time Release Cleanser

What is the different between the Murad Time Release Acne cleanser and Clarifying cleanser?

The Clarifying Cleanser is best for those with oily skin and acne. The Time Release Cleanser is appropriate for those with drier skin. So, depending on what your skin type is would determine what would work best for you.

Will the Clarifying Toner remove any of the time releasing capsules if I tone after cleansing my face with the Time Release Cleanser in the anti-aging acne line?


No, if rinsing does not remove the encapsulated Salicylic Acid, toner certainly does not remove it. It travels deeply into the pores.

More information about Time Release with encapsulated Salicylic Acid:
Multi-layered encapsulation system designed to provide a slow and extended release of Salicylic Acid alleviating the problems of skin sensitivity. This technology involves double layer encapsulation. Salicylic Acid is encapsulated in sub-micronspheres that are then encapsulated in microspheres. Upon application, the larger primary microsphere breaks and releases free Sal Acid as well as sal acid encapsulated in sub-micron spheres. The submicon spheres are integrated within the top layer of the skin (and “stick” to the skin due to their charged coating). After they stick, the SA will slowly diffuse out of the sphere. The SA will release faster if there is inflammation (Acne, redness) because there is a high level of enzyme (lipase) that can breakdown the spheres. Controlled, slow, diffusion of Salicylic Acid results in reduced skin irritation, and prolonged product effectiveness.

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Skincare Essentials After a Long Night Out

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If you are heading out to a party this weekend, we hope you have fun! But we also would like to offer you some quick and easy tips on how to take care of your skin when you get home from celebrating.

The most important thing to do is wash your face, even if you don’’t want to (we’’ve all been there). It will just take a minute, and it is SO worth it. Your skin will thank you in the morning.

We’ put together a simple, but effective, 3-step regimen to give your face some love after a night out on the town. It will take you less than 5 minutes, and you will wake up looking refreshed and rehydrated, rather than drab and dry.

Step 1: Remove your makeup. Grab Murad’’s Skin Smoothing Polish and gently massage it into your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with the Renewing Cleansing Cream to remove any left-over makeup on your skin. This cleanser is a non-drying formula that soothes your skin and washes away excess surface oil, makeup and impurities.

Step 2: Hydrate with a toner. It’’ a very quick step; just a few spritzes. So easy, but so effective. Murad’’s Hydrating Toner replenishes lost moisture and restores your skin’s natural pH balance. The bonus? It smells amazing.

Step 3: Treat and moisturize. Mix 1 part Hydro-Dynamic® Quenching Essence with 1 part Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture on the back of your hand. Then apply all over your face and neck. This powerful combo will give you long-lasting hydration and restore suppleness.

That’s it! All you have to do now is put on your pajamas and jump into bed for a good night’’s sleep.

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Time-saving Skincare and Beauty Hacks



Celebrity makeup artist Nikki DeRoest, has an extensive amount of knowledge on makeup and beauty, so we asked the pro. What are her tips and advice on applying makeup when time is limited?

She starts by sharing how to get a glowing, radiant look in just a few steps. The key to a bright, radiant skin? The preparation before makeup with skincare. We all know that beautiful skin is first healthy skin, so her beauty hacks focus on using skincare together or before makeup.


The first step is to use the Active Radiance Serum in order to prep the skin before the foundation. Nikki explains how that is going to brighten skin so that it looks even more radiant before working on the foundation.

Next step is to apply a moisturizer. Don’t skip it! In order to give your skin an extra boost of hydration without making it feel greasy, Nikki uses the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. The light-weight texture is going to hydrate skin and help the foundation melt on the skin for a smoother skin.

An important part of achieving a glowing, radiant is to brighten up the eye area. Using an eye cream together with a concealer is a great idea to get the full benefits. Blend a pump of the Renewing Eye Cream with your favorite concealer and apply under the eyes.

Now quickly before you leave the house, add a touch of color to your lips! Mixing a lip treatment and a cream blush, Nikki explains how fast and time saving this process is. Simply mix your chosen blush with our Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips to give your lips some color and treating them at the same time.

Ready, Set, Go!

Check out the full video of Nikki’s best beauty hacks for the busy gal on the go:


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Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

Renewing Eye Cream

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Advanced Active Radiance Serum

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