The 5 W’s Of Facial Oil



Gone are the days when oil-free products lined our bathroom counters. Instead, our regimens are rounded out with dainty eye-dropper
bottles filled with infusions that claim to smooth out lines, relieve dryness, and even clear breakouts. So, are these skin saviors worth
their weight in oil? We put them to the test with the 5 Ws.


A facial oil harnesses the power of a natural botanical oil or oils for various skincare benefits. It is believed by many cosmetic chemists and skincare practitioners that oils better penetrate the surface layers of the skin than a moisturizer. This is because of their lower molecular weight (think thinness versus thickness).

Most oils are single purposed, meaning they rely on one key vitamin or ingredient to enhance the health of skin. Dermatologist and skincare innovator Dr. Howard Murad has recently created a multi-purpose facial treatment oil for all skin types by combining 6 key vitamins that activate recovery where your skin needs it. This means each drop contains the power to help minimize lines, even tone, boost radiance, boost hydration, shield against environmental damage, and balance skin to control oil production.


Your skin is made up of natural oils (or what dermatologists would refer to as sebum). Things get complicated when oil gets out of balance. When glands produce too much oil, you’re likely to have oily skin or be prone to breakouts. When it under-produces oil, you’re likely to have dry skin and be more prone to visible wrinkles. (Dry, not dehydrated. There’s a difference, and we’ll explain it soon.)

Oil balance is critical to skin health, and a facial oil can correct the imbalance no matter what side you’re on. Adding ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Vitamin B can help clear out pores and balance the skin, while antioxidants like Vitamin E help restore and defend the skin’s barrier to help prevent moisture loss.


Any skin type and every skin type can and should use a facial oil. Yes, that includes you, breakout-prone skin types and oily skin types. Quick lesson: oily skin can still be dehydrated skin, because dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. Confusing the two could lead to stripping oil from your skin. This throws your oil glands into hyper drive as they will produce more oil to replace what was lost.

Adding a facial oil to any regimen can bring the essential balance skin craves to be healthier and better equipped at fighting off dryness, dehydration, oiliness, and breakouts.


You can use it morning, night, or morning and night! Facial oils are all about you in the sense that they can fit anywhere in your regimen. But, if you’re using a facial oil with Vitamin A during the day, always finish your routine with a sunscreen.

Depending on the weight of your facial oil, it should be applied sometime after cleansing and toning and before moisturizing. A good rule of thumb is to apply skincare products in order from lightest to heaviest weight. Some facial oils are more full-bodied than serums or essences— if that’s the case for your oil, apply it post-serum. If your facial oil is lightweight or more like a dry oil that absorbs quickly into skin without a residue.

If you’re not sure if your oil is heavy or lightweight, take the easy route and mix it into your moisturizer.


Anywhere from your forehead to your chin, down your neck, and onto your décolleté! A little goes a long way with a quality facial oil, so there’s no need to deprive other areas of your skin if they could benefit from a little extra nourishment.

In the winter, facial oils can become dry skin’s best friend. Try a drop or two on rough elbows or dry knees. Massage a few drops onto the back of your hands before hitting the pillow. Are split ends and frizzies making you frazzled? Rub a few drops between your hands and smooth over hair ends. Facial oils have infinite uses with every drop, so get creative and enjoy the benefits.

1 Drop…

on an eyeshadow brush helps shimmer shadow stay put.

on each cheekbone creates a natural dewy highlight.

2 Drops…

turn a powder blush into a velvety dab-on cream.

take foundation from flat to flattering.

3 Drops or more…

turn your moisturizer into a multi-vitamin powerhouse.

work like a precleanser to dissolve waterproof makeup.

How Much Facial Oil Should I Use for My Skin Type?

Our professionals recommend the following drops by skin type. But, of course, this can be adjusted to work with how your skin looks and feels each day.

Oily Skin: 5 drops

Combination Skin: 6 Drops

Normal Skin: 7 Drops

Dry Skin: 8 Drops

Murad’s Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil

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You know when you feel sleep deprived – did you know you can look sleep deprived? Beauty sleep is not a cliché. If you’ve been told that you “look tired” there’s a chance that your skin is reflecting the tell-tale signs of a rough night’s sleep.

Without restorative sleep, your skin (and the rest of your body) misses out on essential recovery that keeps you healthy and, most of all, youthfully hydrated. Especially the production of growth hormone (GH), which is essential to refreshing cells, restoring skin elasticity, improving the body’s use of oxygen and even aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

If you’re tired of looking tired, try these tips I’ve shared with my patients. They set the stage for a better night’s sleep, so you feel and look refreshed upon waking.

Use a humidifier. Skin becomes drier as we age because of a loss of lipids and a weaker skin barrier. Humidifiers put moisture into the air that helps relieve issues like skin dehydration.

Do something that relaxes you. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is in direct competition with sleep-enhancing melatonin. So, if you’re stressed before bed, your sleep will suffer. What relaxes me might not relax you, so dedicate some time to figuring out what helps you wind down and prep for bed. Try a warm bath, relaxing music, a cup of caffeine-free tea, aromatherapy or meditation. I advise all my patients to disconnect from anything digital. Whatever you do, make it a goal to take 30 minutes before your set bedtime to follow a relaxing routine.

Fortify your body with nutrition. Entering sleep allows your body to repair itself. Encourage this process by consuming healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, omegas and amino acids. I like to eat walnuts and/or supplements that contain both omegas and antioxidants.

Do not eat a heavy meal within two hours of going to sleep. Your body, including your digestive system, needs to relax before you go to bed. Keep this in mind and, whenever possible, eat dinner earlier on in the evening.

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The Bright Side: Sunscreen Q&A



Q: Dr. Murad, you often talk about the importance of spending time outside in order to combat social isolation.  How do you balance this with sun protection?

A: Social isolation is a growing concern with the society we live in today.  I believe that it important to step away from the office, to turn off your devices and to spend more time on being outside.  I promote living a very active lifestyle and I do not turn the sun into an enemy, but rather, learn to manage the dangers and embrace the benefits. By simply being careful and prepared, you can enjoy being outside.

Q:  Do you really need sunscreen when it’s overcast or when you are inside/at work?

A:  People often only think of sun protection as only a topical application – It isn’t.  I believe in whole body care and protection.  I want to split this into two key areas – eating your water and vitamin D.


A:  If we start with eating your water.  The sun obviously increases dehydration and it is important to stay hydrated and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables when you are spending time in the sun.  It is also important to build the strongest cells you can to help your skin from the inside out.  To learn more about eating your sunscreen and how the food we consume can protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays click here.

Secondly, one the key benefits we can take from the sun is Vitamin D. The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight in protected doses.  Vitamin D is linked it to numerous health benefits and studies now suggest vitamin D may go beyond its known role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancerheart diseasestrokediabetesautoimmune diseases, and more.  Despite the ability to get vitamin D from food and the sun, an estimated 45%-75% of people are deficient.  Again, I promote the use of supplements here to aid the use of vitamin D.   Ultimately, I prefer using appropriate sun protection to reduce the aging process and skin cancer risk and advise getting the optimal dose of vitamin D from supplement support.

Q:  What is the difference between UVA & UBV?

A: Sunlight made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). I call UVA rays the ‘aging rays’ as they penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer.  I call UVB rays the ‘burning rays’ as they usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. UBV rays plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PMbeing the peak hours.  I believe that is vital to protect against both types of rays.

Q: What does SPF stand for?

A: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to the ‘theoretical’ amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned after application. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection.

Q: Is it true that you put sunscreen in all of your Murad day moisturizers?

A: Yes.  All of our Murad day moisturizers contain a sunscreen. A personal favorite of mine is Essential C Day Moisture.  I believe that sun damage is a daily concern and therefore, at Murad, we make products with a duel benefit.  They hydrate and protect your skin on a daily basis (as well as addressing your individual need, acne, anti-aging etc.).

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Improve your skin with a home facial

A skin-improving facial doesn’t always mean a trip to the spa. Murad face masks and home facials provide an intensive treatment boost for any skin type or skin concern, delivering powerful treatment ingredients while also providing relaxation and stress relief. Whether you’re using a mask as part of an acne treatment program or for general skin care concerns, Murad masks improve skin’s appearance and overall health. As part of the second step of the Murad three-step skin care regimen, Step Two: Treat | Repair, Murad face masks and home facials provide intensive skin care treatments as a complement to a daily skin care regimen.
Read more about masks:
How to Master the Art of Multimasking
3 Masks Every Woman should use

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How do you live beautifully?

We asked four women what it means to live beautifully. Their answers are inspiring, but also filled with simplicity and truth.

From confidence to a mother-daughter connection or even to simply being our true selves, what makes us feel beautiful is personal. To many of us it can be difficult to feel completely comfortable in our skin, but these women might help you get on the right track.

Watch the video and ask yourself: what does beauty mean to you?




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Unauthorized Murad Retailers

Don’t be a victim of diversion

What is diversion?
Products sold by unauthorized retailers or sites are referred to as ‘diverted’ products. Diverted products are reaching consumers through unknown channels of distribution. Murad products are only sold at national retailers such as Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom, as well as professional spa locations.

What are the risks?
Diverted products can be counterfeit, old or expired, diluted or filled with unknown substances – the bottom line is they may not be safe to use. If you buy our products at unauthorized retailers, we cannot guarantee that it will perform as advertised and tested. Contaminated or counterfeit products could cause adverse reactions such as irritation or infection.

Limited Warranted
Murad does not offer a manufacturer’s limited warranty and cannot vouch for the authenticity of products purchased from anyone who is not an authorized dealer. The warranty, if any, on Murad products is not valid if the products have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer. The warranty, if any, is also not valid on Murad products that have defaced seals or otherwise tampered packaging.

Look for Our Seal of Authenticity
Beginning January 1, 2009, authentic Murad products bear a seal with a state of the art, currency grade hologram. When tipped, three patterns composed of elements of the Murad logo will be visible on the seal. To avoid counterfeit goods and to enjoy the safety, quality and performance of Murad products, always look for the Murad seal. Please avoid Murad products that have defaced seals or otherwise tampered packaging.


What is Murad doing to fight diversion?
Murad employs a task force that monitors known channels of distribution and pursues legal action against diverters. We regularly monitor suspected diverters and utilize advanced tracking systems to trace diverted products back to their original source.

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Unauthorized Sites
Murad is not able to identify all persons and companies who claim to be authorized Murad dealers. Murad has been able to identify the following companies who are NOT authorized Murad dealers:

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  • All things Beauty
  • ASAP Beauty
  • AZPerfume
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  • BHNY Sales
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  • Candela Network
  • Cosmetics Online LLC
  • Costco
  • Daily Beauty Store
  • Dermco
  • Eternity Essentials
  • Express Health
  • Get WholeSale Price
  • Go Party
  • Gorgeous Beauty Supply
  • Happy Nails
  • Hollys Best Beauty
  • Icondeals
  • Jewlzie
  • KramerDistribution
  • love our lines beauty
  • NewWebMart
  • One Stop Supply
  • Perfume Emporium
  • Pure Essence Health
  • Quidsi Retail LLC
  • Quinstra
  • regalbeauty_skincare
  • Risque Chalet
  • RVBeauty
  • shopUSAmall
  • Sorriso Beauty
  • Sylvia’s Treasure
  • The Beauty Club
  • Visage Skin and Beauty Bar
  • Wholesaler America US
  • Wilshire Beauty
  • ZappySales

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Food Is Medicine

Before there was medicine, there was food. An emerging body of evidence suggests that if we ate a healthier diet, we might not need so much medication. Have you ever asked why certain things grow in some places and not in others? Take, for example, oranges, pomegranates, and apricots, which are grown in the Middle East and also in California. These fruits originally came from Southeast Asia but as people traveled, they carried the fruits with them for quick and easy nourishment. For example, sailors planted orange groves along their trade routes to prevent scurvy caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. But beyond ease of transportation and transplantation, each of these fruits served a health purpose.

Scientifically, we now know that oranges, pomegranates, goji berries and apricots are packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants, which can help combat cell oxidation and sun damage, and in the case of pomegranates, even boost natural damage, and in the case of pomegranates, even boost natural sunscreen levels, which is extremely helpful in warm, sunny climates. Going further, science has illuminated the importance of obtaining antioxidants from the diet because the body cannot make many of them, including vitamin C. Antioxidants also assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water.


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Tips for Combination Skin


Late afternoon: your forehead, nose and chin look embarrassingly shiny and your pores are about the size of craters of the moon. No matter how much powder you apply, the shine just reappears with a vengeance. What’s even more intriguing is that the rest of your face looks perfectly fine: no shine, no enlarged pores, just smooth, balanced skin. Or maybe there’s some dryness on the sides of your cheeks? Either way, you are experiencing a bad case of COMBINATION SKIN.

You know you have combination skin when your T-zone is oily most of the times while the rest of your face stays normal or dry. The imaginary ”T “of the T-zone is formed by your forehead, nose with the surrounding area, plus your chin. This skin type in particular is always a challenge in skincare – products for oily skin will work on your T-zone but present the risk of over-drying the rest of your face, while hydrating products for dry skin will cause even more trouble on the oily parts while balancing the rest.

This is where products specifically formulated for combination skin are needed. Products for combination skin reduce oil production without stripping skin of its moisture while balancing and hydrating the rest of the face.

To balance your oily and dry areas effectively, give your skin some extra TLC.

Here are a few tips for combination skin:

Exfoliate regularly

– Exfoliation will remove the layer of dead skin cells that can lead to acne breakouts because of too much oil. If your sides are dry, then your skin’s cell turnover is slowed down and exfoliation will help improve this condition. Fruit enzymes, AHAs and BHAs are all effective exfoliators for combination skin.


– Probably not what you wished, especially for your T-Zone! But maintaining optimal hydration will help your skin produce lessmoisture oil and balance out the entire face. Special moisturizers for combination skin are water-based, oil-free, and include antioxidants and plant extracts that combat oil production. Such plants can be Queen of the Meadow, Myrtle, Witch Hazel, Cinnamon, Argania, etc.

Shrink the pores

– Often your pores in the T-zone appear enlarged. To minimize them and give your skin a smooth, even look, it helps to have some occasional steam bath for your face. Always use a gentle cleanser formulated for combination skin and use a toner that will help shrink those pores in an instant. Toners are designed to help balance your skin’s pH after cleansing and they are formulated with gentle astringents and botanicals that calm the skin.


Wash your face regularly

– It doesn’t get easier that using a special cleanser for combination skin. Morning and evening, wash your face to remove dirt and impurities and balance skin effectively. Cleansers for combination skin are gentle and don’t dry out your skin. Never go to bed with makeup on – it can cause more irritation and lead to imbalance.

Drink water

– Maintaining optimal internal hydration is essential for beautiful, balanced skin. It’s not just about the water intake, but also about other healthy fluids that count as “water”: natural juices, soups, herbal tea and milk.

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How to Wash Your Face

The most basic skin care action, whether you have normal skin or are trying to find a way to get rid of acne, is the act of washing your face. Any effective acne treatment product line that’s any good at all will include an acne skin cleanser as the first step. However, washing your face if you have acne-prone skin may not be a simple as you’re thinking it is. Believe it or not, there are ways in which washing your face can actually case more acne breakouts. So what should you keep in mind when washing your face if you have acne breakouts? Here’s the rundown on how to wash acne-prone skin.

Acne Facial Wash Tip

  1. Select a Good but Gentle Acne Skin Cleanser

    The first step, of course, is to select a great acne skin cleanser. In particular, you may want to look for more gentle acne cleansers that don’t include harsh ingredients, such as Benzoyl Peroxide, that can over-dry the skin. Some of the best skin care products are not necessarily the skin care products with the most powerful ingredients. In fact, strong ingredients can actually over-dry the skin, cause irritation and redness and even result in increased acne breakouts. Do your research and read up on skin care product reviews in order to figure out what the best acne skin cleanser for you is.

  2. Remove Makeup First

    In order to make sure that your acne facial wash works in its most effective way, gently remove your makeup with a makeup remover or soft wipe cloth before you wash your face. That way, your acne facial cleanser will be able to work more on residual surface dirt and less on having to wash away mascara.

  3. Don’t Scrub

    Much like using an acne skin cleanser with harsh ingredients can ultimately cause skin irritations that lead to more acne breakouts, “scrubbing” your face clean can result in the same thing. Simply splash water on your face to wet it, and then gently massage your skin cleanser in. Avoid wash clothes if possible.

  4. Splash to Rinse

    The same rule applies when you go to rinse your face. Instead of using a wash clothe to remove your skin cleanser, simply splash your face clean. This will reduce the amount of rubbing and roughness on your skin and reduce the chance of irritation and further breakouts.

  5. Only Wash Your Face Twice a Day

    If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you will most likely think that the more times you wash your face per day to remove the surface oil, the better off you are. This is actually a myth. Much like the described activities above, the more you strip oil from your skin, the more oil your skin will produce. When you wash your face too often and remove surface oil, your skin “thinks” that it needs to produce even more oil to compensate. It’s healthy to wash your face once in the evening and once in the morning. Beyond that, you will be stripping too much oil from your face and will ultimately be causing even more oil production. If you need to remove oil from your skin mid day, try using a blotting cloth to reduce shine.

    Washing your face is one of the most important steps for healthy, acne free skin. Be sure that you’re not overdoing it or doing more damage by washing your face in order to get healthy, beautiful skin.

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Blackheads Explained by Jeff Murad


Jeff Murad, VP of Product Development, is often asked about his discoveries while developing new formulas and products. His team and himself discover new perspectives and use creativity to find solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges. The results are always rewarding and educational. Today, he shares with us the story behind the creation of our Blackhead and Pore Refining Duo in Murad’s Pore Reform line:


“Before I go into the story it may help to give a brief background on blackheads. Like whiteheads, blackheads are a type of acne lesion. The main difference is blackheads are not covered by a layer of skin as whiteheads are – hence the term open comedone. In the absence of this layer of skin, the sebum (the natural oils produced by our skin) within a blackhead-affected pore is exposed to the air around you, causing the sebum to oxidize; oxidized sebum turns dark brown or black – hence blackheads’ unique appearance.

Step 1
The methods of removing blackheads are well known (I am sure you have all tried several), so developing the first step in the duo, the Blackhead Remover cleanser/mask was relatively straightforward. The unique makeup of blackheads, however, makes any removal method short-lived since as soon as a plug is removed from a pore the sebum being produced underneath becomes exposed.  That exposed sebum quickly oxidizes and the never-ending blackhead cycle continues. While I didn’t know how we would solve this problem, I never doubted that the New Product Development team at Murad was up to the challenge.

Step 2
A second step was obviously needed to interrupt this cycle and it would likely involve antioxidants that inhibit sebum oxidation. The big question was which antioxidants? The variety of antioxidants on the planet is virtually limitless, each with unique strengths. Some, such as Vitamin E, function best in fatty tissues, primarily combating lipid peroxidation, while the unique polyphenol antioxidants found in grape seed extract seems best suited to inhibit oxidative damage of the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers.


Before embarking on a trial to evaluate a formula’s performance on a panel of people it is best to have significant confidence of its efficacy.  We develop that confidence through past performance history with, or extensive research on, the ingredients used in the formula. But in the case of our search for a blackhead inhibiting antioxidant, we had countless options and no experience or data that would give us a clue as to which antioxidant would be the best choice to inhibit oxidation of human sebum. Narrowing down our antioxidants options to test seemed an overwhelming task.

The solution
We purchased about 2 kilograms of human sebum from a biomedical research company (yes, there are actually companies that do this). We then broke it down into equal segments and added a measured dose to each of four dozen or so separate test tubes. We then added a sample of a different antioxidant (pomegranate, Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea etc.) to each, left them exposed to the air, and closely monitored them for a few days to see which, if any, of the antioxidants prevented oxidation –and to what degree. We also kept one sebum-filled test tube sealed and did not add anything to it as a positive control – a sample of healthy, unoxidized sebum to compare our results against. After a few days, almost all of the sebum in the experimental test tubes had darkened to some degree, with two exceptions: a coconut derived compound and a pseudopeptide form of carnosine, an endogenous antioxidant naturally created within the human body’s fatty tissues.

The Discovery

Feeling confident that we had found two ingredients whose primary antioxidant activity worked on preventing sebum oxidation, we decided to take the test one step Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duofurther. We added a combination of the two winners to a sample of sebum that had already oxidized. To our surprise and excitement, the brown, oxidized sebum gradually became white again. Not only did these powerful antioxidants prevent sebum oxidation in our laboratory experiment, but they actually reversed it as well. By infusing the 2 ingredients into a delivery system that creates an antioxidant-rich reservoir within pores, we found this benefit also translates to the sebum on people’s skin.

This discovery lead us to the first ever treatment that not only clears your pores of blackheads (with the always fantastic Blackhead Remover mask+scrub in one), but also keeps them clear.  When used after clearing your pores with the Blackhead Remover, our Pore Refining Sealer creates a barrier between the oxygen in the air and the fresh sebum within your pores, preventing new blackheads from forming.”



More on Murad’s Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo:


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