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.*

Read more about Luminous Essence

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.*

Read more about Hydro-Dynamic® Quenching Essence

*In a 28-day Murad sponsored study. Individual results will vary.

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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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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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Halloween SkinSCARE Hacks

Get these BOO-tiful looks using our high-rated skincare products.

 

Glitter Lip

Learn how to add some sparkle to your smile with this playfully bold lip.

Use Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips to set a long-lasting, uber-smooth and plump-tastic shimmery pout.​
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Mermaid Scales

Make Atlantis’ best-dressed list with a colorful contour and shimmering scales.


Use Essential-C Toner to create multi-dimensional mermaid scales and give your skin a splash of hydration.

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Rocker Glam

Take center stage by rocking a dramatic cat eye and daring glitter shadow.

Use Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum to keep glitter in place on the eyelids and protect your ​skin from even the wildest mosh pit.

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Don’t scare your skin this Halloween!

Halloween makeup can cause irritation and breakouts. Here are some tips on what you can do to prevent these reaction.

Prepare Your Skin
Before applying all those layers of makeup and face paint, wash your face, moisturize and use a face primer to help preserve the makeup’s rich colors and provide a smooth skin surface for application.

Remove All Of It
Wash your face and don’t leave that heavy Halloween costume makeup on overnight! No matter how exhausted you are after your night out, you need to wash your face and remove all the makeup and before crawling into bed, be sure to moisturize your skin again so you wake up refreshed and replenished.

Happy Halloween.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

Sun protection is crucial for your skin. You’re probably using sunscreen every day, but do you know how to use it?

  1. Higher SPF doesn’t mean better protection – it means longer protection. SPF of 15 filters up to 95% of the UVs while SPF50 up to 98%. But the higher the SPF number, the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. In theory, SPF of 15 means you can safely be in the sun up to 15 times longer than you could without using sunscreen. This is only a guideline and it is 100% valid only if you’re using the sunscreen correctly and reapplying as indicated.
  2. Less is NOT more. Apply generous amounts of sunscreen lotion– and make sure you reapply as needed. You can lose protection even when you sweat or rub your skin.
  3. UV-Bs are the ultraviolet rays that burn your skin – but not the only ones to cause damage! While UV-As only cause sun burns in large doses, they are still associated with aging and other detrimental changes to the skin because of their action on the collagen and elastin fibrils. UV-As are milder, but they are still not safe. So make sure you choose a sunscreen that guards skin from both UV-As and UV-Bs.
  4. The SPF number only measures the amount of UV-B protection you get. It doesn’t measure the amount of UV-A protection, which is given by another number. When purchasing a product, try to find out the UV-A protection factor. If this is not available, a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects against both A and B rays will suffice.
  5. Clothes are not an efficient barrier against sun damage. Wear sunscreen on your entire body under your clothes when you spend lots of time outdoors. Clothes only have a SPF of 4 up to 7, not enough to protect during longer sun exposure.
  6. Tan is the skin’s defense reaction to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It eventually acts as a filter for ultraviolet rays (partially) but this doesn’t recommend using your newly achieved tan as SPF. The beginning stage of tanning is essentially skin inflammation and the tan itself is just damaged skin which can be seriously affected when overexposed to sun.
  7. Layering sunscreen lotions will not multiply the SPF protection. If you apply a lotion with SPF 15 and then makeup with SPF 20, the total SPF you’re benefiting from is 20; the SPF you end up with is the highest one you have applied.
  8. Sunscreen will not prevent body from producing the necessary amount of Vitamin D. Your skin needs UV-B rays to make vitamin D. While these can be filtered out by sunscreen, you only need approximately 10 minutes of sun a day for producing vitamin D – which you are likely to get considering people almost never apply sunscreen correctly and just a little time outdoors is enough. Be careful though: your skin stops producing Vitamin D a few minutes after sun exposure. Sunbathing for hours will not increase your vitamin D levels.
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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Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin

People in the tropics once called the coconut the “tree of life.”

Dr. Murad has discovered that the same complex lipid structure that makes coconut oil healthy to eat also makes Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin and protecting it from moisture loss.

This highly potent ingredient was incorporated into Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture to improve and enhance its ability to protect, hydrate, soften and smooth for a more youthful complexion.

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Collagen Building Foods

Collagen is the foundation of healthy skin. It provides the natural support structure that gives skin strength and resilience. It helps our lips stay plump and prevents our cheeks from drooping into jowls. However, as we age, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases. Generally, the first signs of age-related collagen loss are fine lines, which can develop into wrinkles over time. Both men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. For women, however, this loss of collagen escalates significantly in the first five years after menopause.

To help combat this decline, here are nine collagen-boosting foods you can easily incorporate into your daily diet:

  1. Fish

    Omega-3 fatty acids create an ideal environment for collagen production. Find this nutrient in fish such as salmon and black cod.

  2. Prunes

    As free radicals attack the skin, they break down collagen. To combat free radical damage, eat antioxidant rich prunes. Eat five to six prunes daily for a great health boost.

  3. Manuka Honey

    This special honey from New Zealand has long been promoted for its special healing properties. Manuka Honey has been touted as helpful in the formation of strong collagen. Additionally, it is rich in antioxidants and has been traditionally used to help to reduce inflammation and breakouts.

  4. Pineapple

    Your body needs an ample amount of the mineral manganese for collagen production, especially when healing wounds. Pineapple is high in manganese and can help you achieve the recommended daily amount of 2.3 milligrams per day.

  5. Turkey

    Turkey contains carnosine, which research suggests may slow down the collagen damaging aging process called cross-linking. Cross-linking makes collagen stiff and less resilient. Eat turkey two to three times a week to help your skin snap back into shape.

  6. Oranges

    Your body uses Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins that help keep your skin firm. Get 75 – 90 milligrams of vitamin c daily for ideal collagen production.

  7. Grapefruit

    After age 50, it is recommended that you concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables to boost your vitamin c intake. Grapefruit is a great vitamin c-rich alternative to oranges.

  8. Shellfish

    Shellfish contains a concentrated amount of copper, an essential mineral the body uses to bind collagen and elastin for strong, healthy skin. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper a day to help boost healthy collagen and elastin production.

  9. Tomatoes, pepper and beets.

    These red foods are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that boost skin’s own natural sun protection to help prevent collagen damage resulting from UV exposure.

While the body is constantly producing new collagen, since that production naturally decreases with age, adding collagen-boosting foods to your diet is a great way to encourage your body to produce as much as it can, no matter what your age.

It’s a smart step that can help keep skin healthy and supple.

Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Learn more about Dr. Murad.

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

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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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