Q&A with our Beauty Advisors: Meet Dania

As Beauty Advisors, our team members use acquired knowledge, research methods and real life experiences to advise customers on how to put their best face forward. Meet Dania- articulate, driven and an all-around boisterous person, Dania is committed to finding the root of your problems and fixing them!

Describe yourself in 3 sentences:

My name is Dania and I’m 22, and I have been suffering from acne since the age of 10. I have skin as dry as the Sahara, and my easily tanned skin does nothing to cover the acne scars left over from my ignorant “picking” years. My favorite Murad products are the Oil Control Mattifier and the Skin Smoothing Polish.

What are your skin concerns?

Well, let’s see; my skin has changed so much over the last ten years that I’m not even sure where to start! I have aggravated acne, all over my chin, cheeks and upper back, my skin is dry and flakes easily and the blackheads on my nose don’t disappear, no matter how expensive my foundation is! Not to mention, if I get less than 7 hours of sleep for 1 night, I look as though I was on the receiving end of a couple of very bad black eyes. The worst part of it all? Everyone in my family looks like they’re ready to step on a runway, even before their morning coffee! My mother is truly my skinspiration, but no one believes me when I say she is close to sixty!

What products have you tried before Murad?

I truly can say I have tried all the big name acne brands and nothing gave me the results I wanted. The closest I came was when I was 16, on Proactiv, and I was on the regimen for 6 months. I finally saw pimples that seemed to be on my face for years virtually disappear! But my success came with a down side: My skin before using the products was smooth around the pimples, but the moment I started using Proactiv, my skin became so dry, and to my chagrin, it has remained that way ever since! Nothing has worked on my back acne, but I later discovered that I had a combination of problems in that area: both tinea versicolor, from my athletic tendencies, and acne vulgaris. I have been treating the tinea versicolor, but until that’s gone, my pimples remain.

Which Murad products have benefited you most?

Definitely all the Acne products! I love the Clarifying Cleanser so much, with its relatively high salicylic acid content, which helps penetrate deep in your pores to kill off that pesky P. acnes bacteria at the source. For date night, the Acne Spot Treatment is extremely handy in reducing the appearance of those few pimples that you couldn’t catch in time. Also, the Oil-Control Mattifier is always found in my purse, no matter where I’m going and the best way to combat those ridiculous blackheads is by using the Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish three times a week.

What is your favorite beauty tip?

Live your life so that, 10 or 20 years down the line, no one will remember your skin; rather, they’ll remember the impact you had on the lives around you. If that fails, wear something crazy! No one will look at your face then.

What is your favorite Dr. Murad insight?

True health is not the absence of disease. True health is emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being – The Cellulite Solution, by Dr. Howard Murad.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Emily Bronte, no doubt whatsoever. The first time I read “Wuthering Heights” I was speechless. When I read about the history of the Bronte sisters, especially how they wrote under male pseudonyms, due to a largely patriarchal society, I felt that I was insignificant and would never amount to anything. But the beauty of reading is that it truly transports you to a different time, and every time I read Wuthering Heights, I find myself delving deeper into a world I began to understand.

How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health Vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel #BetterEveryDay?

How do you LOOK BETTER?

With acne, one thing we don’t realize is that the pimples that you see on your face have been building up and growing for weeks. By treating pimples before they even surface, you don’t have to deal with those angry, red bumps that come out in the worst times. Also, I love makeup but I realized that by using comedogenic materials, my acne was exacerbated! So now I use makeup that is non-comedogenic and uses organic materials, and making sure to wash my makeup brushes daily is a must!

How do you LIVE BETTER?

I was always very athletic. I played soccer, basketball, I did karate; you name it, I did it! But as life progressed, I had less time to do those things that I enjoyed and were beneficial to me! Currently, I try to include at least 2 one hour workouts at the gym weekly, and I walk everywhere. One of the benefits of living in beautiful Vancouver is that you don’t really need a car to get around!

How do you FEEL BETTER?

Prayer. When times are tough, and you feel like no one is there to help you, I realize that there is always One who is always there for you. But my family are my rock too. My sister is the best listener I’ve ever met, and my mother gives such powerful advice, I truly don’t know what I would do without them.

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Q&A with our Beauty Advisors: Meet Elodie

One of the most important skills to have in order to become a successful Beauty Advisor at Murad Canada is a wide general knowledge of skincare and beauty secrets. Our esthetician on the team sure knows what she talks about when advising customers on which products they should be using. With her bubbly personality and her extensive knowledge of skincare, Elodie has been more than a delight to have on our team.

Describe yourself in 3 sentences

My name is Elodie, I’m 26. I have been a Beauty Advisor at Murad Canada since June 2014 and a qualified esthetician since 2008.

What is your favorite/must-have Murad products and why?10731605_623124721144413_1077409897_n

My must-have Murad product is the Hydrating Toner. It’s funny how most people usually underestimate toners, but I absolutely love them. When I wake up, I cannot do anything before refreshing my face with a toner followed by a dark strong coffee, and then I am awake. The Hydrating Toner neutralizes the surface of the skin and helps any day or night cream penetrate better and boost my skin hydration even more. During summer time, this toner offers my skin a light moisture and a lot of freshness. Definitely a must-have!

When do you recommend these product?

Any time really. When you wake up and especially during the summer to refresh the skin. If you have a dinner date but don’t have time to touch up your makeup, two sprays of the Hydrating Toner and your makeup will be refreshed in a second!

What is your favourite beauty tip?

As an esthetician I love to have impeccable skin and great makeup. Wearing makeup doesn’t mean painting your face. To me, it’s really all about how to enhance a person’s natural beauty. So less is more! To keep both my makeup and skin beautiful throughout the day I use the Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 as a primer on my T-zone. This way, my foundation lasts longer and I don’t need any more touch ups during the day!

What is your favorite Dr. Murad insight?

“Stay in touch with your passion.”
Do only what you love to do. Forget what others tell you, because only you know what makes you happy. Your passion might not be the easiest path to take but always remember that it’s worth it.

If you weren’t at work, what would you be doing?

It depends on the weather. On a rainy day, I like to make a big pot of soup and read a great book. But on a sunny day, I am definitely outside. I love to discover the city I live in, it’s always full of surprises.

 

How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health Vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel #BetterEveryDay?

How do you LOOK BETTER?

Having a daily routine is really important to me. From removing makeup, to cleansing and hydrating, each step helps my skin feel good and look better every day.

How do you LIVE BETTER?

Walking and hiking! I live downtown and I never take the bus in the city. Wherever I go, I walk. If I have to take the bus to go further away, I stop before my station and walk up to my destination. This way, I make sure I take the time to clear my head and I feel great. When the days get longer and it is sunnier outside, I like to challenge myself by going on a hike every week, each time going on a more difficult one.

How do you FEEL BETTER?

I try to eat as healthy as I can, by making everything homemade: soups, salads, cakes… But if a donut is around me, I am not promising you anything!!! 🙂

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Q&A with our Beauty Advisors: Meet Payvand

Beauty Advisors play an important role here at Murad Canada: from advising to listening, they are always ready to address a skin concern.  Their passion for skincare is reflected through the dedication they have in assisting our customers. Finding the Murad products that will perfectly match each and every one of our customers’ skin is not an easy task, but they succeed every time. We are very excited to introduce our amazing Customer Service Team Supervisor, Payvand.
Her positivity, honesty and dedication have made her an amazing leader and we are so lucky to have her part of our team.

Describe yourself in 3 sentences

I have been a Beauty Advisor at Murad Canada for almost 2 years. I am in my thirties, have dry skin and like most women my age, I am starting to notice wrinkles and puffiness around my eyes. The Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream has been my saving grace and I use this daily to keep those unwanted wrinkles at bay.

What is your favorite/must-have Murad products and why?

My twenties were carefree and I didn’t have any skin concerns but lately my skin became dryer. The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture was the best moisturizer to address this and it gave lots of hydration to my skin. I use it daily after my shower to avoid dryer skin. I also use the Renewing Eye Cream every morning after I wash my face to reduce puffiness around my eyes. Believe it or not these became less visible.

When do you recommend these product?

I highly recommend both of these products to anybody suffering from dry skin and it is important to use and eye cream daily to hydrate the very sensitive skin around our eye area.

What is your favourite beauty tip?

I would say, lots of laughter and exercise!

What is your favorite Dr. Murad insight?

I would say “Be thrilled by who you are”, because it gives you both self-esteem and confidence. It also encourages you to make improvements on yourself on different paths in life.

If you were to inherit a fortune, what would you do with it?

I would definitely buy a beautiful farm near a lake. This way I could always be farming, camping and fishing!

You have such a positive attitude. How do you stay so balanced?

I try not to think about the less important issues but rather focusing on what really matters. Prioritizing, planning and being prepared are the key factors to solving any problem. I believe that this will resolve a problem before it gets worse.

 

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How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health Vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel #BetterEveryDay?

How do you LOOK BETTER?

I look better when I exercise. I love swimming, yoga, and I make sure to eat healthy meals with lots of vegetables.

How do you LIVE BETTER?

In high school I started my love affair with chocolate and gained a lot of weight but the year before going to University I realized that I had to change. I tried a lot of diets and none of them worked but the solutions was actually so simple. Cutting sugar from my diet completely. I lost 20kg and have maintained my goal weight since then. I have a sugar-free diet and live better every day because of this.

How do you FEEL BETTER?

I feel better when I see love, support and respect from others around me.

 

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Q&A with our Beauty Advisors: Meet Céline

Beauty Advisors play an important role here at Murad Canada, today we’re happy to introduce you to Céline. Incredibly dedicated, wise and full of energy, Céline is always ready to help customers find the Murad product that will best suit they skin type. Dry skin? She’s on it! Sun damages? Clogged pores? She’s already found the solution to your skin concern! So without further ado, let’s get to know her better.

Describe yourself in 3 sentences

I’m Céline and I’m in my mid-twenties. I have been a Beauty Advisor for a little under 10 month at Murad Canada. I would describe my skin as combination-oily. It is normal on my cheeks and oily on my T-zone with some dry patches once in a while. I also get occasional hormonal acne on my chin and jaw line.

What is your favorite/must-have Murad products and why?

I would say my favorite Murad Product is the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I love that it gives both a mechanical exfoliation with the Jojoba beads as well as a chemical one with the acids in it. I use it twice a week and it really makes my skin smooth and helps it stay balanced.

When do you recommend this product?

This product is so great and gentle that I recommend it to anyone. To me it’s really important to have a good exfoliator in your skincare routine. The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is so gentle that even people with sensitive skin can use it, although in that case, I would say use it once a week instead of twice.

What is your favourite beauty tip?

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate again! No matter your skin type (yes, even oily!), do not let your skin dehydrate. Your skin needs hydration to go through the day and night. Finding the right hydrator for your skin type can do wonders, but also remember to keep yourself hydrated during the entire day.

What is your favorite Dr. Murad insight?

“When you come to a wall in the road, life is telling your to make turn.”  and   “Be imperfect. Live longer.”

If you weren’t at work, what would you be doing?

When I’m not at work, I’m probably hanging out with my boyfriend, going to the movies or going for walks around town to go shopping. Otherwise, I’m probably at home skyping my family or reading a good book.

We all know you as a bookworm in the office! What are you currently reading? And what is your favorite book?

As I read a lot, I think I will never be able to choose only one ultimate favorite book because it changes a lot. But recently I read 2 books from Gayle Forman: If I Stay and Where She Went and I can definitely say they will stay in my personal top 10 for a while. I’m also a big big fan of anything of thrillers, in that category my favorite authors would be Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, if you love a good investigation with action, just go right to their books!

 

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How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health Vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel #BetterEveryDay?

How do you LOOK BETTER?

By telling myself that I do! Okay maybe not only that. I do like to wear makeup to improve my appearance but I am a firm believer that you don’t need makeup to look pretty and that you should focus more on skincare than on makeup to accept yourself.

How do you LIVE BETTER?

By listening to myself and to what I want. By taking time some “me” time when I get a chance (or create this chance when I really need to). One of my guilty pleasure is culinary and I often indulge in a good restaurant to finish my month on a cheerful note.

How do you FEEL BETTER?

My family and friends’ support is really important to me and when I feel a little bit under they will be the one to cheer me up and make me see that there is always a bright sides to things. If I feel down and am by myself at the moment, I will start planning something that I know will make me feel good, like a short trip or a nice evening.

 

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