One of the foundational concepts of my approach to skincare is the simple truth that beautiful skin is healthy skin and healthy skin is beautiful. Early on in my career as a dermatologist, I realized that there were three key processes that rob skin of both health and beauty: free-radical oxidation, inflammation triggered by irritation and last but not least, dehydration. Armed with that insight, I began to experiment with different combinations of ingredients that addressed all three of these damaging processes.
Eventually I perfected just the right “recipe” of antioxidants, anti-irritants and hydrators and blended it intoevery one of my formulas. These three classes of ingredients are now recognized as essential to maintaining skin health. Here’s what you need to know about each class.
- Antixodants like pomegranate extract, vitamin C and grape seed extract help protect against possible sun damage and fight the damaging free radicals responsible for much of what we perceive as skin aging, including fine lines.
- Anti-irritants, including zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal, neutralize redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.
- Hydrators such as ceramides, amino acids and essential fatty acids strengthen the skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes. These ingredients protect against dryness and fine lines by replenishing naturally occurring skin lipids, improving moisture retention and protecting skin from the environment.
While may other have seen the wisdom of this approach and followed in my footsteps, only Murad products contain the true Murad Recipe, which is my personal prescription for skin health.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.