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.

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.


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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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.

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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Hello Gorgeous!

Review by Michelle from Teaching in Fashion

At the start of every summer I like to revamp my skincare routine. I find that I need to mix up products every few months so that my skin gets refreshed. Today, I am thrilled to share my new summer skincare routine with Murad Canada. Murad has just released a line that will improve your overall complexion. The White Brilliance line purifies, and restores your skin so that your brilliant complexion shines through.

The White Brilliance Cleanser is very gentle on the skin. This cleanser will not leave your skin feeling dry as it locks moisture in. As a lady in her ’30’s this is so important to me because having my skin stay hydrated takes years off- YAY!

My favourite product in this line is the White Brilliance Luminous Essence. This is a serum based product that exfoliates and hydrate the skin prepping it for the next product. This product is also very gentle so it locks in moisture leaving your skin gorgeous!

Lastly, my new night cream is the Murad Age Balancing Night Cream. Again Murad seems to know the exact formula my skin needs as this product has the perfect consistency. It’s not too heavy but it definitely provides that extra moisture your skin needs for night time.

These Murad products have really stepped up my summer skincare game and my skin could not be happier!

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First Impressions of Murad

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Guys!! I am officially obsessed with Murad! Not only are their ingredients bomb but they deliver amazing results too. Like, no joke, my wrinkles/fine lines seemed to disappear overnight, okay maybe not completely but they sure were plump and smoothed by morning. Although I have not finished my bottles yet I’m pretty much hooked on their products and I can’t wait to try more… Keep reading to hear my thoughts.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

This cream is a dry skin saviour!! It is an uber-rich, hydrating moisturizer that locks in hydration for up to eight hours. With an ultra concentrated and non-greasy formula it provides immediate, long-lasting hydration, smoothness and comfort. It is also formulated with Murad’s Collagen Support Complex which boosts the skin’s resilience and delivers a gorgeous glow!

I’m obsessed with this cream and love the fact that it comes with an applicator so that no bacteria gets trapped in the jar. It applies white, and disappears once massaged into your skin. It truly does leave you with plump, hydrated skin without that sticky silicone feeling.

No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances/dyes, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosans.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence

I love this serum- it’s silky smooth texture instantly won my heart! Basically the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is a moisture-enhancing treatment that optimizes your skin’s capacity to retain moisture while leaving it plump and soft- I always use this before my Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisture and the combination is insane! It contains Mexican blue agave leaf extract to restore your skins ability to retain water, glycolic acid to gently exfoliate for a smooth natural texture and a blend of watermelon, apple and lentil to help reduce dryness, flakiness and rough patches. A definite re-purchase for me as it has become a staple in my routine.

No parabens or sulfates.

Murad Refreshing Cleanser

Their Refreshing Cleanser is a non-drying, foaming cleanser that claims to wash away surface oil and makeup. Did it work? It sure did. It’s formulated with Hawaiian white ginger, algae and cucumber extract and leaves your skin oh so fresh and clean (not sure if it has added fragrance but I’m loving the scent)! I absolutely love pairing this cleanser with my Clarisonic brush for an extra deep clean feeling!

Murad Hydrating Toner

I have been wanting to try this toner for ages! It’s gentle, hydrating formula and invigorating scent is a must. Murad’s Hydrating Toner is a classic complexion-perfecting toner, which means it rebalances and rehydrates your skin while neutralizing any surface impurities. It contains infusions of lecithin, chamomile and cucumber for a soft, rejuvenated look and feel. I also like this because it can double as a setting spray for your makeup.

Murad has quickly become my go-to for skincare. It’s been a while since I’ve been this blown away by a brand so I’m pretty excited. 🙂 I need to try all their products!

Have any of you tried Murad products, if so what are some of your favourites? I’ll definitely update you guys once I finish these.

Check them out at Murad Canada and @muradcanada (they’re also sold at Sephora Canada).

♡ Lauren

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I knew I needed to try it.

We have teamed up with interior, lifestyle and beauty influencer Diana from 204 Park to find out what she thinks of the brand new collection from Murad, White Brilliance.

“As I get older my skin concerns are definitely changing. I’ve gone from worrying only about breakouts and oily skin to also being concerned about the tone and brightness of my skin as well. Years ago I never would have thought I’d worry about ‘dull’ skin but lately, I feel like unless I’m totally on top of my skincare regime, I need a little extra oomph to get some glow back.

Review by Diana from 204 Park

When I heard that Murad had a new line out specifically targeted at skin brightening I knew I needed to try it. Plus you know it’s going to be good as it’s a huge skincare trend in Korea. I don’t know about you but any time I hear about the next biggest thing in skincare, it’s always ‘big in Korea’. They seem to know what’s up when it comes to skincare! So thankfully Murad has made getting glowing luminous skin attainable and my skin is loving it! Here’s what it’s all about…

Step One: Cleansing Cream

A rich, gentle foaming cleanser that purifies and restores skin, utilizing a nourishing blend of Omega-6 Essential Lipids and Jojoba-derived Esters to enhance moisture retention, imparting skin with a silky, smooth texture.


Step Two: Luminous Essence

A quick absorbing, lightweight formula featuring an extract of electrolyte-rich Kunai Root to deliver essential hydration deep into the skin. Red Algae and Indian Fig Extracts gently exfoliate, restoring youthful texture and luminosity and priming the skin for optimized penetration of subsequent treatment products.


Step Three: Porcelain Serum

A powerful, high-potency serum that enhances skin’s translucence, formulated with four brightening technologies that leave the skin with a luminous glow; Porcelain Flower Extract evens and illuminates skin tone, Green Tea Extract helps promote skin’s brightness and firmness, and Hexylresorcinol and Hexapeptide-2 work together to deliver a visibly radiant and translucent complexion.

Step Four: Luminous Shield SPF 50

An ultra-lightweight UV lotion that protects skin’s rosy glow utilizing antioxidant-rich Grape Seed Extract to neutralize environmental aggressors and preserve skin’s brightness while light-diffusing microspheres fill in lines and wrinkles, making them appear less visible upon application


Because I’m loving this regime so far, I want to offer you the chance to win my favourite products, the Luminous Essence and The Luminous Shield. And with summer around the corner, a little SPF 50 is definitely going to come in handy!

Good luck! XO

Want to try the New White Brilliance duo? Enter our giveaway below.
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White Brilliance Collection review

Review by Rebekah from lipstick and lullabies

I have spoken often about how frustrated I am with the pregnancy mask that never went away, and how I have been on the hunt for products that will help… the new Murad White Brilliance collection focuses specifically on hyperpigmentation and uneven texture and tone – it’s like this line was made for me. I have super short reviews for each product below, because I have been using them together I can’t speak to what the serum and essence have done individually… I can say that overall since adding these products to my routine 3-4 weeks ago, I think my skin feels smoother, looks brighter, and I haven’t had any negative reactions.

I honestly think I have found my winning combo. I will be putting off reviewing new skincare products (except moisturizers… I love new moisturizers) for a while because I want to give my skin a few months with these and maybe… just maybe… I’ll be able to go foundation free this summer! If I am successful I will be sure to post about it, because it would be a huge win for me.

all three of these products are vegan, gluten-free and tested on people, not animals ♥

White Brilliance Cleansing Cream 4.5 oz



A rich, gently foaming cleanser that purifies and restores skin, utilizing a nourishing blend of Omega-6 Essential Lipids and Jojoba-derived Esters to enhance moisture retention, imparting skin with a silky, smooth texture.

Designed for normal to dry skin but safe for sensitive skin, the White Brilliance collection is also dermatologist developed, scientifically advanced and features potent ingredients that enhance skin’s translucence for a luminous and glowing complexion.

High Performance Ingredients
Porcelain Flower Extract helps even skin tone and illuminates skin
Omega-6 Essential Lipid Blend helps keep skin hydrated
Jojoba Esters give the skin a silky, youthfully smooth texture and enhance moisture retention

I am in love with this cleanser. I have been using it for about a month now with my Clarisonic and it leaves my skin feeling clean but not at all dried out. Usually I have to apply my serums and lotions immediately after cleansing, but I don’t feel rushed to after using this. I love the twist cap packaging and the light floral scent – it smells like something you’d find in a spa.

White Brilliance Luminous Essence 1.7 oz


This light-enhancing essence, infused with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract, exfoliates and hydrates to restore youthful texture and luminosity.

Designed for normal to dry skin but safe for sensitive skin, the White Brilliance collection is also dermatologist developed, scientifically advanced and features potent ingredients that enhance skin’s translucence for a luminous and glowing complexion.

High Performance Ingredients
Porcelain Flower Extract helps even skin tone and illuminates skin
Red Algae and Indian Fig work together to exfoliate and support natural renewal to enhance smoothness
Kunai Root Extract, rich in electrolytes, speeds up rehydration

I have been using this right after washing my face. The texture is very thin and watery, and absorbs very quickly. This essence formula is supposed to penetrate deep into the skin and help prepare it for the next step, which for me right now is the serum and then a light moisturizer. It retails for $70 CAD at Sephora.

White Brilliance Porcelain Serum 1 oz


High-potency serum, infused with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract, enhances skin’s translucence with 4 brightening technologies to give the complexion a visible, luminous glow.
Designed for normal to dry skin but safe for sensitive skin, the White Brilliance collection is also dermatologist developed, scientifically advanced and features potent ingredients that enhance skin’s translucence for a luminous and glowing complexion

High Performance Ingredients
– Porcelain Flower Extract helps even skin tone and illuminates skin
– Green Tea Extract’s phytoactive elements preserve and help promote skin’s brightness and firmness
– Hexylresorcinol and Hexapeptide-2, powerful brightening agents, infuse skin with radiance and enhance translucency

This serum is thicker than the essence, but still absorbs quickly. It has a delicate scent and is the most expensive of the trio.


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Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair

We have teamed up with Vancouverite, fashionista and beauty influencer Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair to find out what she thinks of the brand new collection from Murad, White Brilliance.

“I am also on the hunt for the best beauty products out there – I have sensitive skin and am often traveling, so I need to be so careful when choosing products to put on my skin.

I discovered Murad’s White Brilliance collection and it is fantastic! Their Ultra-Lightweight UV Lotion has made its way into my daily beauty routine – I absolutely love the lightweight consistency (it definitely doesn’t feel like you are wearing sunscreen but it has 50 SPF which is what I definitely need for my face at all times, and especially when I am in beach destinations!) and it also helps to lessen the look of lines & wrinkles.

I like to pair the UV Lotion with the Murad Cleansing Cream that is really gentle and leaves my skin feeling super smooth as well as the Murad White Brilliance Porcelain Serum that gives me a natural glow that makes it look like I have always just returned from a tropical getaway, even when I haven’t!

You can see the rest of the Murad White Brilliance Collection here, and make sure to enter the giving away for The Cleansing cream and the Luminous Shield SPF 50 below”

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White Brilliance collection review

One of the hottest skincare topics that are trending right now is the Korean skincare regimen.  It is about taking a multi-step approach, sometimes upwards of 10+ steps in a routine and using targeted skincare products instead of multipurpose products. It all boils down to cleansing, exfoliating, treating, intensely moisturizing and applying plenty of SPF during the day.


Koreans view the care of skin as something to savor and enjoy and don’t have a ‘sense of urgency’ to hurry and finish quickly. Instead they prefer to stretch out the skin care process and enjoy every step.


Part of the White Brilliance collection is the Luminous Essence. 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.

Professional Makeup artist, Elodie Rivet will share her experience after using the brand new collection from Murad, White Brilliance.

On trying to follow the Korean beauty routine…

Koreans are known for their beautiful glowing skin and extended beauty routine, unlike us that sometimes believe in a minimalistic approach or a fast approach to get it done. They understand the importance of caring for their complexion and will invest time and money to achieve this. Layering is a huge part of it, but it can be confusing. Layering doesn’t mean that we should be using ten products twice a day. I see it more as using the correct products for your skins needs. Our skin changes and ages with each season and that’s why it is important to understand your skin and which concerns you need to address. Knowing this before you start your routine will make all the difference. I take extra time to observe and ask questions  to my client before I choose what products I should use. Layering is very important and I can use up to 2 different day creams or a serum to address a skin concern.

On how to apply the White Brilliance products…

The White Brilliance line has four easy steps that can be incorporated into your daily skin care routine. Remove all make-up with an oil followed by the Cleansing Cream. This creamy and luxurious cleanser will offer a deep cleanse and the aromas will help you to relax and enjoy the moment, just like in a spa. Apply the Luminous Essence right after on dry skin. It is similar to a serum, but the texture is lighter and it will instantly hydrate your skin. Apply the Porcelain Serum after the essence to enhance the results and brighten your skin to give it a healthy glow. Finally, the last step is the Luminous Shield SPF 50. I love the packaging and think that the tube with a pump is genius. The texture is light and you can apply your make-up right away without having to wait for the cream to fully penetrate into the skin, a time saver.

On how and when do you apply the essence?

When you are doing a photo shoot, you really want your model to have plump, hydrated skin without any dry patches or a dull complexion. Applying the essence before the serum and the moisturizer accomplished this. The product is so light that it is instantly absorbed.

On what is your favourite White Brilliance product to use…

This is a tough question to answer because all the products work in synergy but if I had to choose one, I would select the White Brilliance Luminous SPF 50 as my favorite. It is the first time that I used a SPF50 with such a light formula. When we do a photo shoot and I use a moisturizer with a SPF, it can create a white residue on the photos but this moisturizer didn’t. The photographer was very impressed with this and I can be assured that my model is well protected from the sun during the shoot. The Luminous SPF 50 is a must-have in my opinion.


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A New Approach to Essential Moisture—Layered Hydration



As we age, every part of our body, from our principal systems to the cells from which those systems are composed, grows drier. Since our skin is our largest, most interconnected and most exposed organ, age-related dehydration starts to become visible on our skin as early as our 20s. Because dehydrated skin is more fragile and has less volume, it looks rougher, more wrinkled and ultimately older than well-hydrated skin. Understanding this process, it comes as no surprise that most children don’t need to use moisturizers while elderly people often need to apply heavy creams several times a day to improve its comfort and strength.

To be truly effective, topical hydration formulas contain two essential classes of ingredients: hydrophilic agents and hydrophobic agents. Hydrophilic agents, like Hyaluronic Acid, draw moisture to themselves. These agents help to restore skin’s youthful plumpness, firmness and resilience. Hydrophobic agents, like nut or seed oils, create a waterproof seal that preserves water within the skin’s surface. Both the balance between these two types of agents, as well as the actual agents that are selected, will be key to determining the power and the texture of any given moisturizing formula.

Over the years, I have developed many multitasking formulas to help keep skin hydrated, but during the past few years, I have been exploring a new approach to moisture that I call Hydro-Dynamic® technology. As the name suggests, this technology is focused on changing the relationship between your skin and water. The ultimate goal of this new technology is to create long-lasting moisture without adding a feeling of weight or heaviness to the skin’s surface.

My first explorations focused on re-examining conventional thinking about the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance to create a new kind of moisturizer for step 3 in the modern 3-step skincare regimen. My initial efforts yielded a breakthrough formula with a light, whipped texture that provided 8 hours of continuous, luxurious hydration. The formula provided a whole new level of relief to people who had lost faith that they would ever discover an elegant and sophisticated solution to their dry skin issues. I had clearly tapped into a well of people with very thirsty skin, and I made a commitment to keep developing more and better ways to help them to quench that thirst.

Recently that commitment to continuing research into hydration has yielded some exceptional results. By reformulating our most hydrating moisturizer, using a different kind of lipid derived from Coconut Extract, I was able to extend the hydration window for from 8 to 24 hours. A second avenue I have been researching is how to complement that extended hydration duration with improvements to both the speed and quality of hydration. What I have discovered is that a layered approach to hydration allows us to achieve these twin goals. Layering treatments is a new idea for us, but it is a major trend emerging from South Korea, one of the most demanding, and adventurous, skincare markets. The most popular new treatment layer is called an “essence,” and it is a kind of a half-step between toner and treatment. By creating a new hydrating essence, powered by Blue Agave Leaf Extract, we have found a new way to enhance skin’s ability to attract and hold moisture. Layering the hydrating essence with our next-generation, 24-hour moisturizer, we have been able to increase hydration by a remarkable 500%.

I have been so impressed with the way that layering has allowed us to improve hydration that I’m eager to explore the use of essences to help address other key skin concerns. Using essences to add a new layer to the twice-daily skincare regimen clearly provides a tremendous new treatment opportunity to transform the skin on every level.


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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