Come to think of it, our skin goes through a lot every single day. It’s exposed to UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and other environmental elements that can be damaging. In the long run, all of these factors can take a toll on your skin so it’s best to keep your skin protected.
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try out some Murad products and after checking out their skincare line, I decided to go with their Environmental Shield Line. The products from this line are designed to free skin of dullness, dark spots and wrinkles while protecting skin from environmental damage. I don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles yet but my skin can sure use some brightening action. It’s also not a bad idea to protect your skin’s future with an anti-photodamage regimen. I was sent a 3-step kit and one sample size product to review.
The Murad Essential-C Cleanser contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E to neutralize free radicals and other environmental aggressors while Phospholipids bind moisture to the skin. This is the first step of my morning skincare routine and I love it because the tiny beads and light burst of citrus really wake me up. It gently cleanses excess sebum and makes my skin feel fresh and ready to receive the subsequent hydration benefits of other products in my regimen.
After cleansing, I apply the Murad Advance Active Radiance Serum. This is an environmental aging treatment which protects and repairs skin with a new Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations. This serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into my skin. It doesn’t leave a tacky feeling and a little bit goes a long way. I received a 15mL deluxe sample but you can get the full 30mL bottle which is available on their website. After using this for a few days, I noticed a slight improvement in tone and texture. I will continue to use this serum to see if it gets any better. So far, so good.
The third step in my morning skin care routine is the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SFP 30 PA+++. Regardless of what the weather is outside, I always wear sunscreen when I leave the door because UVA rays can still penetrate through clouds and glass (so if you think you’re skin is safe in the car, think again). I appreciate that this particular face lotion has SFP 30 since my previous one had only SPF 15 and I also like that it has PA+++ which is the Japanese/Korean rating system to show how much protection you are getting from UVA rays. The more + signs, the higher the protection. Like the previous products, this lotion is packed with Vitamin C and high power antioxidants. The texture is thicker than most and it leans more towards the creamy side. As a result, it doesn’t get absorbed into my skin right away, but after a couple of minutes it settles in and I can apply makeup. If you have dry skin like me, you’d definitely like this one because it keeps your skin quenched during the cold season.
Once or twice a week after cleansing, it is recommended that you use the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel to instantly reverse environmental aging caused by sun, smog and stress. I use this chemical peel sparingly once a week since I don’t have much of it and I already love it. It instantly brightens and smoothes my skin. All you have to do is apply it on your skin for 10 minutes and rinse it off with a warm washcloth. This has a tingling sensation upon application due to the glycolic acid which accelerates the turnover rate of damaged cells to and it also contains hydroquinone which is a lightening agent that can correct skin discoloration.