6 Easy Rules of Summer Skincare

Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but it is recommended to change a few of your skincare products with the change of seasons. While in winter we tend to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas. Here’s what you should change this summer:

1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer

In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.

2. Increase your SPF usage

Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected)
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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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Why You Should Be Using An Oil-Based Makeup Remover

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Today’s makeup is super long-wearing—that means great day coverage but a real risk of clogged pores and acne at night. To meet the challenge of easily removing these long-wearing products without stripping your skin, we’ve developed Renewing Cleansing Oil. Renewing Cleansing Oil is a remarkable new, non-greasy cleanser that has the power to thoroughly remove your makeup without scrubbing. Renewing Cleansing Oil not only leaves your skin remarkably clean, it actually leaves your skin noticeably softer and smoother.

How it works:

Renewing Cleansing Oil forms a strong bond with the oils and minerals that give your makeup its staying power. That’s why when you rinse off with Renewing Cleansing Oil, makeup, BB cream, sun-block, excess oil and impurities rinse off too—leaving skin free of potentially pore clogging debris. And Renewing Cleansing Oil isn’t just an exceptional makeup remover. Renewing Cleansing Oil supports the health of your skin by preserving your natural pH balance and strengthening skin’s natural protective barrier.

How to use:

Massage Renewing Cleansing Oil’s botanical oil formula directly onto dry skin to dissolve makeup—even the most stubborn mascara. Rinse off dissolved makeup and grime with a splash of water to enjoy skin that’s soft, residue-free and healthfully clean.

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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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#TakeBack10 minutes of your day by multitasking while treating your eyes

The first formula to launch in this professional-strength collection, Eye Lift Firming Treatment™, is one of Dr. Murad’s most sought after anti-aging treatments and features highly efficacious concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid. This treatment infuses the delicate eye area with an exclusive, proprietary surface-filling and firming technology that instantly lifts, firms and tightens and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Watch our video tutorial to learn how Eye Lift Firming Treatment works as well as how to use it.

#TakeBack10 minutes of your day by multitasking while treating your eyes to Eye Lift Firming Treatment. Share how you #TakeBack10 with the hashtag. Tell us about it @MuradCanada

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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!

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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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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

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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.

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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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The new beauty movement that everyones talking about – Korean skincare

Its the innovative, new beauty movement that everyones talking about. Korean skincare, or K-beauty, popped up everywhere in 2015, and its continuing to pick up steam in 2016. One of the fundamental concepts of this groundbreaking movement is layering a variety of different products on the skin. The results are incredible: flawless, youthful, hydrated skin. Murad has a number of products to help you jumpstart your K-beauty routine. Heres a look at 3 Korean beauty trends that you can add to your skincare regimen starting today!

Double-Cleansing.

This trend is exactly what it sounds like: you wash your face twice. Start with a cleansing oil, and follow with a foaming cleanser. The cleansing oil gets rid of oil-based pollutants (like sunscreen and makeup), while the foaming cleanser removes water-based debris (like old skin cells, bacteria and sweat).

Essences.

This is a K-beauty buzzword and one of the most cutting-edge and popular types of Korean skincare products. 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. We have developed our first-ever essence product, Hydro Dynamic® Quenching Essence, which optimizes the skins capacity to retain hydration, leaving it soft, plump and youthful.

Multimasking.

Another hot topic in the K-beauty world is multimasking, which targets multiple skin concerns all at once. The idea is to apply multiple masks simultaneously on different zones of the face to address concerns for those specific areas. Murad offers a variety of treatment masks to target a variety of concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, acne, and blackheads, so you can start multimasking to target your skins unique concerns. Our beauty team put together this video tutorial on how to master the art of multimasking.


Most K-beauty regimens include using anywhere from 8 to up to 17 layers of different skincare products! But we dont want you to get overwhelmed. The 3 techniques explained above double-cleansing, essences and multimasking are a great place to start.

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