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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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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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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Junelle’s Murad Skincare essentials

I’m sure a lot of you can relate, I’ve had acne since I was a kid and up until now, I still have to deal with it. And to be honest, I think adult acne is something that is harder to heal and to take care of. Which is why I always watch what I use on my face. I don’t usually change my skin care routine since my skin is really sensitive to some products. I’ve tried a sample of Murad a few years back from Sephora, and I really loved it. However, I didn’t have the courage to try the full size product. Murad Canada was kind enough to send some products for me to try. I think it’s a sign to change my skincare routine a little bit. Since my usual cleanser doesn’t seem to work on me anymore.

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Review by Junelle from Everything About Her

After trying these products for a few days, it quickly became part of my routine. So now, it’s my current go-to skincare essentials. I love how the products are numbered 1: Cleanse 2: Treat 3: Hydrate. So you know which one to use first.

Daily Cleansing Foam – I was amazed the first time I tried this product. It claimed that it evens oily and dry zones. And you won’t believe that it actually does. It mattifies my skin in a way that it’s not drying, I’m really impressed. With those previous cleansers I’ve used, I usually have to use makeup remover before the cleanser, just to make sure that my face is completely clean. But for this cleanser, it removes dirt and makeup without having to use makeup remover. Who wouldn’t love that?

Oil Control Mattifier with SPF 15 – Where can you find an oil control with an SPF. Often times products with SPF are usually oily. The higher the SPF is, the oilier your skin gets. This is a godsend product for oily skin people like me. Since my skin tends to be super oily, usually at the end of the day, my makeup has slid off my face. Though, I have to warn you, this product has a thick consistency, which makes it hard to put on all over your face. Which is why I use it on top of my moisturizer and it definitely helps my makeup to stay throughout the day. I wouldn’t recommend it for people with dry skin, though, since it will make your skin even more dry.

Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips – Now that the temperature is dropping, my lips are becoming more cracked and really dry. Especially when I use lipstick. It definitely is not a good sight. It claims to instantly smooth and soften the lips and the entire lip area. And it also claims to give a your lips a fuller and plumper look. So I was really excited to try this, and hoping in the back of my mind that it actually works. Having said that, after trying it for the first time, I actually saw the difference in appearance. Although it didn’t measure up to its claims of a fuller and plumper look, it sure made my lips smoother and softer. But you can feel a tingling effect after you put it on. So if you’re someone who can’t stand any tingling effect, I advise you to stay away from this product.

Eye Lift Firming Treatment – Now that finals are coming up, it means it’s time for sleepless nights. I don’t really have visible wrinkles underneath my eyes. But I sure do have crazy puffy eyebags. I can’t really say if it works to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, but I can definitely say it helps for tired and puffy bags. You’ll see a difference on the first try, you’ll feel your bags tightening, and you can see that your undereye is more hydrated and soft. It comes with cloth pads to put on top of the product underneath your eyes. I have to warn you though, it also has a slight tingling effect when using this product.

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Be Merry & Glowing this holiday season

We have teamed up with Emily from @best_ofthislife and are giving away her favourite holiday set – The limited-edition Merry & Glowing Set. Emily Smith is the Editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. She writes about gluten-free recipes, fashion, family, motherhood, healthy living, style, travel and a litany of other topics. She loves sharing her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.

“The holidays are noted for so many fun, festive events and get-togethers, and a lot of the time is spent outside playing in the snow, traveling to see family and friends, and decorating outside and in. Unfortunately, the constant change from a warm house or car to the cold outdoors can wreak havoc on the delicate skin of your face and neck (I know it does for me!), resulting in dry, dull skin that feels about as far from “merry and bright” as possible. Thankfully, Murad Canada is my own personal Santa Claus this year with their Merry & Glowing limited edition skincare giftset (an exclusive for the 2016 holiday season). emilyThe main goals of this three-itemed boxset are to brighten, clarify, and increase skin’s radiance—and I certainly experienced that! Over the past few weeks of using it, I’ve noticed a significant increase in the brightness of my skin, and the citrus scent is revitalizing and lovely.”

Enter for a chance to win* this beautiful Merry & Glowing Gift Set. Good luck and happy holidays!

*This giveaway is open to Canadians who have reached the age of majority. Giveaway ends December 14th at midnight EST. Good luck! This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media.

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Prevent Winter Skin Damage

‘Tis the season to bundle up with a hot cocoa by the fireplace! However, our lives don’t stop just because the weather has turned increasingly cold and frightful. While you’re out there battling the elements, your skin is going through a tough time, trying to keep up. Here are some ways to make sure your skin is protected and ready for battle this winter.

Dry Skin:

Does your skin dry up throughout the day, causing you to re-apply your moisturizer? Does your skin feel tight ten minutes after cleansing? If you said yes, then you have dry skin and we have a solution.

  • The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture locks moisture in your skin for up to 24 hours. Dr. Murad uses Advanced Hyaluronic Acid technology to enhance the skins ability to attract and retain water deep within its surface for intense, long-lasting hydration. Use this once a day, or more if desired, but you can’t go wrong with this velvety, yet lightweight luxurious moisturizer.
    Pro-tip: Use the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence before the moisturizer, to boost the moisture to extraordinary levels.

  • Firming Peptide Body Treatment: Your body needs protecting this winter too! Although most of us tend to wear slightly more clothing during this season, sometimes it’s simply not enough for those ashy elbows, knees and whatever else. This body treatment not only helps moisturize skin, it also uses proprietary peptide blends to visibly tone and firm skin! Get ready for bikini season early this year.

Sensitive Skin:

Many people suffer from sensitive skin, and it can be a nightmare to treat. It feels like every product you put on your face burns, and your skin gets red very quickly! The winter can be the worst for people with sensitive skin, as you combine the regular skin problems with harsh climate and the rapid decrease of humidity. Dr. Murad has, as both a dermatologist and pharmacist, treated hundreds of people over the years with sensitive skin, and his approach is: less is more. Rather than applying 5 different products this winter, we’ve narrowed it down to two fantastic products to make your skin feel great.

  • The Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum is the ultimate in skin sensitive products. As a serum, it helps treat the redness, while making sure your skin feels cool and stays hydrated throughout the day. Once again. Dr. Murad highlights the importance of Hyaluronic Acid in this formula, combined with Glycolipids to help ease into winter in comfort.
  • This time of year can turn anyone into a grinch, especially those of us who are consistently losing our gloves! Your hands, though very capable at holding and pointing, turn super sensitive and red when exposed to the elements. Even if you’re indoors all day, you’re not completely safe from the dry heat being pumped through the heating ducts. That’s why the Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream reigns supreme. The AHA stands for Glycolic Acid, which helps lightly exfoliate the dead cells on top of your skin, to reveal the soft, younger skin below. As an added bonus, the smell of this cream will transport you to a land far away, where no snow or rain dares to enter, thanks to the Lemongrass and Vetiver! Give your hands a hand this winter.

Oily Skin:

You would think, given the dry weather, that our sebaceous (oil) glands would go into hibernation for the season, but contrary to popular belief, dry weather makes the glands go into overdrive! When those oil glands get clogged with dead skin, debris and other unmentionables, you can sure bet a pimple is soon to follow. To prevent the cacophony of problems, start by preventing the oil build-up in the first place!

  • The Oil-Control Mattifer has been tried and tested and has come up victorious. Notorious for its Oil-Control Complex which effectively reduces shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours! Not only that, but the SPF of 15 is geared for all year wear, whether you’re hitting the slopes or looking for a beach getaway this winter.
    Pro Tip: For a night on the town, use this moisturizer just before your makeup process begins, and watch how it mattifies all the imperfections. You’ll be looking #FLAWLESS all night long!
  • Make way for the mistletoe! Your lips are getting ready to pucker up, but all you notice is the dry, flakiness and painful sensation of over-dried lips. Even lipstick can’t help cover up this major winter catastrophe. Never fear, Dr. Murad has, once again, come to the rescue. The Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips will step up to the plate for you, preparing your lips for all kinds of winter fun. The enhanced collagen technology instantly plumps and restores volume, while the Shea Butter and Apple Extract hydrate and smooth the lips. Just because your lips don’t have oil glands doesn’t mean they can’t shine bright all night!

Post by Beauty Advisor – Dania

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