What Skin Care Products Do You Need in Your Gym Bag?

For those with an active lifestyle, making sure that you have the right skin treatment products is essential to having great-looking skin. Regular workouts can be healthy for your body and skin, but the buildup of sweat on your clothes during your workouts can cause breakouts that can damage your skin. Of course, you probably take a shower or clean up after your workouts, meaning you most likely put a few products into your gym bag to keep your skin clear and clean. While there are times that you may forget or run out of your usual skin care products while you’re at the gym, you also want to think about using products that are milder and gentler on your skin. If you’re going to be washing your skin a little more than usual during the day, you don’t want to irritate it! Here are gentle skin care products you want to start keeping in your gym bag.

Cleansers for Removing Sweat and Salt

No time for a wash?

Get a few spritzes of the on-the-go-friendly, refreshing Hydrating Toner to rehydrate skin and neutralize surface impurities

A mild, gentle cleanser is important if you’re going to wash your face after a hard workout. Make sure that you use one that won’t irritate your skin and cause problems down the line. You also need to get skin those vital nutrients and antioxidants that will help combat breakouts as well as the signs of aging. Murad Daily Cleansing Foam helps give your skin a healthy glow while gently clearing it. It works to restore skin’s natural balance while pomegranate extract gives your skin the needed antioxidants it needs to stay protected from free radicals.

Have 5 minutes?

Cleanse skin immediately with the antioxidant-rich Essential-C Cleanser to remove oil and sweat, and refresh skin with a burst of citrus.

 

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion for Hydrated, Post-Workout Skin

A gentle cleanse means making sure that you use the right lotion to make sure that your skin isn’t irritated after frequent washings. Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion is formulated to reduce the size of pores and refine your skin’s texture. As an oil-free moisturizing formula, Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion contains Queen of Meadow and Algae extract which work to clear pores.

A Lip Treatment

In our skin care treatment routines, we tend to focus on our face or body when it comes to anti-aging or acne treatments. While skin care products that focus on your face or body are the primary products of any regimen, you should also be using a lip treatment that will moisturize your lips. Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips is especially formulated to help moisture penetrate your skin. It’s the perfect size to pop in your gym bag for use after every workout.

But No matter what….

Always use an SPF before heading back to work. Apply the 3-in-1 Invisiblur formula under or on top of makeup to protect skin from UV rays, blur imperfections and treat signs of aging.

When you’re going to the gym more often, making adjustments to your skin care treatment routine can be tough when you want to keep your skin healthy while not irritating it after an extra washing. Make sure you choose the gentlest skin care products that will make sure your skin keeps that healthy glow, especially after a tough workout!

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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Sensitive Skin

People of all skin colors can have sensitive skin, but it is more common in those with a fair complexion and light-colored eyes. Your skin tends to sting when you put certain things on it, and you’ve probably learned over the years what to avoid. Your skin may even react to cold temperatures or wind by becoming red and irritated. You may also notice tiny cracks in your skin, and that makeup becomes flaky. In fact, the barrier function of skin in people with sensitivities has been disturbed, which is why it’s so vulnerable to anything that’s put on it.

Although the irritation –redness, stinging itching, and burning –that you sometimes experience is not the same as a truly allergic reaction, you are more prone to true allergies, and you can break out in a rash all over if you are allergic to a fragrance or some other ingredient or drug.

With few exceptions, the formulations of my products are safe for the most people with sensitive skin. Therefore I have not designed a separate daily regimen for this skin type. Usually following the recommendations for dry skin will be fine for you. However, you may have an allergic response to some ingredient in any formulation, regardless of how much testing has been done to ensure that it is unlikely to cause a reaction. So you might do your own skin test on the inside of your upper arm before using a product for the first time. Also, you can develop an allergy to something you have used without any problems for yours, so don’t ignore any unusual symptoms such as redness, rashes, irritation, stinging, or dry patches that occur when you use a product.

According to some surveys, about 40% of women say they have sensitive skin. They say their skin becomes red, itches, feels tight, stings, and burns in response to changes in the climate, in the reaction to the sun, or when they use some products. No one knows how many people really have sensitive skin, but it is estimated that as many as 20% of people are allergic to certain things that make contact with their skin.

 

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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Know Your Skin

Whatever your age, there are two guiding principles underlying everything you do as part of your daily basic skin care: one is to increase its moisture content. And two is to protect the skin’s barrier function. Water is what keeps the cells plump and functioning. Even after the cells die, their ability to absorb moisture continues for some time. As long as the cells are moist and fit tightly together, the barrier function of skin is assured.

Protecting the topmost layers, the stratum corneum, is essential when caring for the skin. Washing, toning, and moisturizing seem so simple and straightforward that many of us take these routine skin care steps for granted, assuming we know what we’re doing and using our favorite products. I’ve found that as knowledgeable as many men and women are, they are often victims of misinformation. They mistakenly believe, for example, that some products will shrink pores. Or that one cleanser is as good as another. Some people also believe that the skin type they are in their thirties or fifties is the same type they were a decade earlier or when they lived in the desert or in the mountains.

People often don’t realize that skin type may not only change with age, it can also change in response to a shift in the external or internal environment. Traveling to a different climate or a higher or lower altitude and seasonal shifts in temperature and humidity are the most obvious examples. But certain medications, particularly hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, can affect skin type, too. So do drugs designed to get rid of wrinkles, such as Retin-A, or those used to treat acne, such as Accutane. Illness, pregnancy, and menopause cause significant changes in skin physiology. Normal/combination skin can become dry. Dry skin can become oily.

Just as we all have different hair colors, eye colors and skin tones, we also have different skin types. Knowing yours can help you choose the skincare products that are right for you. For example, is your skin oily, dry or a combination of both? Using the appropriate products formulated specifically for your skin type will make a difference in how your skin looks, feels and repairs itself. Our expert team here at Murad has put together this simple flow chart to help you identify your skin type.

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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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Healthy Skin From the Inside Out

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall health and well-being. Good skincare practices consist of a double approach, internal and topical. Internal skincare is caring for your skin from the inside, by eating a balanced diet, full of beautifying nutrients, providing proper hydration and maintaining low stress levels. Topical skincare is caring for your skin from the outside by helping the epidermis stay strong and healthy. Sunscreen, creams, cleansers, and various treatments are necessary topical solutions for skin.

The inside-out approach to skincare can be summarized by a few basic rules and habits one must follow as part of the daily skincare routine.

    Internally:

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  • Eat a nutritious breakfast and include cereal, fiber-rich foods and probiotic yogurt. Fiber and probiotics help clean your intestines of toxins which can cause skin problems like acne, dermatitis, or irritation and sensitivity.
  • Integrate leafy greens, vegetables and fruits in you diet with every meal. Minerals like Zinc and Selenium are crucial in skin regeneration, anti-oxidants fight free radical damage at cellular level, vitamins nourish the skin from the inside making it radiant and healthy-looking. Tip: add spinach and other greens to your omelettes, sandwiches and salads.
  • Eat ‘good fats’ like Omega 3 and Omega 6 every day to maintain cellular integrity and help maintain skin hydrated from the bottom layers. If cells are optimally hydrated, they are stronger and healthier.
  • Be wise about losing weight. If you plan a diet, make sure you’re not excluding vital nutrients from your meals and exercise to keep your body toned and maintain optimal hydration levels in your muscles. Weight loss usually depletes your body of extra water in your tissues making skin appear saggy, while fat loss makes your skin appear older with visible wrinkles.
  • Don’t forget exercise! Even if you don’t exercise for a dream body, exercising improves blood circulation and skin appearance. Moderate exercise like an hour of walk every day could do wonders for your entire body and your skin.
  • Take time to relax and do a little something you love every day: sleep an extra 10 minutes in the morning, read, go to a spa, or meet your friends. Maintaining low stress levels helps skin stay healthy and wrinkle-free.

 

    Topically:

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  • Use sunscreen every day. Ultra Violet (UV) light in excess damages skin tissue and causes skin aging. Use a minimum SPF15 all over your body every day and reapply a few times when you’re outside on sunny days.
  • Cleanse twice a day. It is imperative to cleanse your face in the morning before applying moisturizers or makeup and in the evening before going to bed. This prevents acne flare-ups, inflammations, and helps moisturizers and treatments penetrate pores better. A clean face at night allows skin to regenerate and build new healthy cells.
  • Exfoliate! The older you get, skin regenerates slower. Help your skin with AHA & BHA peels or gentle scrubs a few times a week. On your body, use a moisturizing scrub or use a loofah while you shower.
  • Moisturize – hydration is essential for supple and healthy skin. Maintain optimal hydration levels with proper nutrition but help your skin stay protected by supplementing moisture with creams and lotions. Even oily skin needs hydration in order to balance the production of sebum; oiliness is often a sign of dehydration – when skin doesn’t have sufficient moisture, it compensates by producing more oil. Keep oil at bay by moisturizing, it will help skin regenerate and stay healthy.

Internal skincare supports topical skincare. The two combined significantly improve the quality of skin and maintain its youthfulness. While cleansing and moisturizing skin is important for everyday care, nourishing and hydrating from the inside with proper nutrients is vital for overall health and improves skin quality in the long term.

 

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Do Something Great for Your Skin in 1 Minute

Got 1 minute? Skincare doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process, but for great results, it has to be consistent. Some skincare routines can be completed in less than a minute, so here’s what you can do to pamper your skin without taking too much time off your other daily activities:

Tone and moisturize

To save some seconds, use a spray toner! Spritz some all over your face and then apply a bit of moisturizer on the damp skin. Massage until absorbed and you’re ready to go!

Exfoliate

Grab an exfoliating cleanser of your choice and gently massage all over your face for 1 minute. Voilà, your skin is smooth and baby soft.

Refresh

Got a minute on a late afternoon? Quickly wipe your face with a cleansing cloth to remove impurities or remove excess oil with some blotting papers if you have makeup on.

Apply a mask

You’d think this needs more time, but a cleansing or hydrating mask can be used for 1 minute only. If you’d prefer to create your own mask (and spare a couple extra minutes preparing it), mix 1 part olive oil with 1 part honey for a quick hydrating mask, or equal parts honey and fresh lemon juice for normal and oily skin. Otherwise use a store-bought 1 minute mask and leave on while you count to 60!

Treat your imperfections

Got an unsightly pimple, dark circles or a deep wrinkle? 1 minute is all you need to apply targeted treatments on these problem areas. Finish with a light touch of powder or tinted moisturizer and you’re good to go.

Take your make up off

Yes, this is one of the most amazing things you can do for your skin and 1 minute is all it takes. Use disposable pre-moistened wipes for a quick makeup removal before bed and you don’t even need to cleanse with water anymore.

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Environmental Shield System review by Madison

For the longest time, my main skin concern was oil control and acne prevention/treatment. It has only been in the past couple of years that I have been able to shift skincare gears towards more anti-aging and brightening products. I love testing out new makeup, but it’s safe to say that I enjoy changing up my skincare regimen equally as much! So I was super excited to have the opportunity to test out some products by Murad.

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Review by Madison from Cold Side of the pillow

Murad, founded by renowned dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, is a higher end skincare brand dedicated to using high quality ingredients to combat anti-aging and acne. Prior to this, I had never tried any Murad products, because they are quite pricey. However, I think that skincare is one area that it’s okay to splurge if there are proven results.

Now, onto the products.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been following the Murad “Environmental Shield” skincare routine, a Vitamin C-based regimen which includes the Essential-C Cleanser, Advanced Active Radiance Serum and Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This line is meant to help treat and prevent environmental skincare damage which can result in “sun spots, dry and stressed out skin, wrinkles, lines and creases, uneven tone and texture.”

The first step in this skincare routine is the Essential-C Cleanser containing Vitamins A, C and E. First off, this stuff smells amazing. It smells the Vitamin C Vicks Candy, but better. I really enjoyed using it in the morning, as it’s super refreshing. It does a good job of removing most of my makeup in just one go, but I do have to use a separate cleanser for my eye makeup in order to get everything off.

The full size of this product (mine was a smaller size that is included in a starter kit) retails for $42.00 for 6.75 fl. oz or for $34.95 if you join the “Murad Healthy Skin Club” which is an auto-refill program. It’s not the best price, but it’s definitely not the worst price for the quality of ingredients you get.

Next is the Advanced Active Radiance Serum. This stuff claims to improve brightness, clarity and radiance with consistent use. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how great this stuff smells and how comfortable it is on the skin. It’s thankfully not sticky or tacky like some serums. Has it completely brightened my complexion? It’s hard to say. But I definitely have seen improvements in my acne scarring and dark spots since I’ve started using it, so hopefully it’s doing the trick!

The full size (1.0 fl. oz – not pictured above) retails for $95.00, or $84.95 as a club member

Of all the products in the Environmental Shield line, I think the Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is my favourite. It’s rare for me to find a moisturizer with a good SPF that doesn’t break me out, but I think I’ve found one that works for me! This stuff came in handy while at Osheaga this past weekend. I spent three full days in the sun with no tan or burn to show for it. Of all three products, this will be the one that I repurchase for sure! Especially for the summer time.

Full size (1.7 fl. oz – not pictured above) retails for $69.00. Club price: $59.95.

Overall, I was quite pleased with my first Murad experience. Although the products come with a hefty price tag, the high quality and well-thought out ingredients make it worth exploring if you’re a skincare junkie like I am! The products are available both at Sephora and at Murad Canada.

Note: This is not a paid or sponsored post. I was sent these products for consideration of review. The views expressed in this post are my own, honest opinion.

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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.

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  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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How to Find a Facial Cleanser That’s Just Right for You

How to Find the right Face Cleanser
Before you select your cleanser, you must understand your skin type. A well-targeted skin treatment can dramatically change your skin. We’ve laid out the 4 most common skin type, their characteristics and the cleansers that will best fit you!

Acne-Prone Skin

Whether an occasional pimple or a painful, chronic condition, it’s all acne and it can occur on anyone at any age. Characterized by pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, redness, inflammation and irritation, an acne-prone skin is not curable but can be controlled and managed.

Acne-prone skin responds well to daily use of exfoliating AHA- and BHA- based products, along with anti-irritants, anti-inflammatories and antibacterials to alleviate excess skin cell buildup, keep pores clear and disinfect. Salicylic Acid is a powerful yet gentle BHA that clears skin and prevents future breakouts.

The Cleansers for you: Clarifying Cleanser (Acne), Soothing Gel Cleanser (Redness, Sensitivity).

 

Dry or Sensitive Skin Type

Dry or sensitive skin requires special care and handling because it is susceptible to irritants of all kinds. Characterized by tightness, fine lines, redness and irritation.

Deliver moisture and nutrient to your skin, day and night. Opt for a creamier cleanser that will sooth the skin and boost moisture. Avoid foamy cleanser, which can dry up the skin and once a week us a gentle exfoliator with AHAs to enhance the penetration of moisturizers.

The Cleansers for you: Renewing Cleansing Cream and Refreshing Cleanser (Creamier), AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (Gentle Exfoliator)

 

Normal or Combination Skin Type

Normal skin is balanced and trouble-free. Combination skin is characterized by excess oil in the T-zone where occasional breakouts may appear, while cheek and eye areas are drier.
You may benefit modifying your skin care regimen according to the season or geography. In warmer months or climates, cleansers and moisturizers for oily skin work best, while in cooler conditions, the skin may need more moisture. Use mild acne treatments, clay masks and hydrating treatments such as our Skin Perfecting Lotion, the perfect oil-free hydrator.

The Cleansers for you: Daily Cleansing Foam (Oily T-zone), Essential-C Cleanser (Sun exposure).

 

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin feels thicker, it is characterized by an overproduction of oil (sebum) and may appear greasy, shiny, or with large pores. It requires care to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for the acne skin disorder.

Using overly drying or harsh products and cleansers in an attempt to control shine can easily cause dehydration. This only triggers the skin to produce more oil, leading to more surface grease: making the problem worse. Opt for an antibacterial deep cleanser, exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin and use clay-based masks to help pores appear smaller.

The Cleansers for you: Clarifying Cleanser, Skin Smoothing Polish
 
You are now ready to choose the perfect cleanser! Shop all Murad Cleansers here.

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Introducing Youth Builder® Bodycare

Youth Builder

 

How Should You Treat Your Body?

Just as Well as Your Treat Your Face.

The skin is your largest organ because it must protect your body from head to toe.  Shouldn’t you return the favor? The skin on your face is more visible, but it’s not dramatically different and the skin below your chin responds just as beautifully to products designed with skin’s health in mind. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce a new generation of bodycare formulas we call Youth Builder, that unlock the potential of Murad’s most advanced treatment technologies to transform every inch of your skin. Youth Builder’s unique transformative formulas awaken the spirit with fragrant aromas of Lemongrass Vetiver & Bergamot while delivering on the Murad promise of real results.

These two new products are suitable for all skin types and available now for purchase on MuradCanada.com

Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser
Transform your shower into a detoxifying ritual with this rich, luxurious White Clay cleanser. Ginger Root Extract helps stimulate circulation while Safflower and Sunflower Oils impart moisture to skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated.

Purchase it here.

Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream
Rejuvenate your hands with this lightweight, quick-absorbing cream featuring Glycolic Acid (AHA) to improve clarity and texture. A Hyaluronic Acid-rich botanical extract improves hydration and protects the moisture barrier to keep skin soft and smooth.

Check it out here.

Check back on the blog often for more skincare tips as well as tips and tricks to keep your entire body healthy from the inside out.

 

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What is the right amount of facial care product to use?

Are you using too much or too little and what is the right amount to use for the best results?

Here is a guide of how to use your facial care product and how much you should use:

Cleanser and exfoliator

  • Squeeze a small amount of cleanser, size of a hazelnut, into the palm of your wet hands.
  • Rub them together and apply gentle on your face,
  • Massage for a few minutes
  • Wash and rinse your face with warm water.

Toner


Spray one or two spritz on your face to refresh and moisture. Toning your face can help to absorb the beneficial anti-aging ingredients in the skin care products that you use.

Eye cream


The ideal amount of eye cream to use is a pea size for both eyes. A pump is often too much for your eyes. This area is very delicate and the skin can only absorb a small amount of cream. Gently massage or pat the area around the eye. Give your eye cream about a minute or longer, to absorb before you put makeup on.

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Serum


We tend to use a lot more than what we need because serums are light and fast-absorbing. One pump or one and a half are enough for your entire face and neck. These few concentrated drops are super-efficient. Apply the serum to your face and neck, patting it evenly but avoid the eyes area.

Day/Night cream


One or two pumps or the size of a small hazelnut is the perfect amount to moisturize your face and to get the best benefits of the ingredients (anti aging, acne, SPF).

Face mask


A thin layer of the mask will provide the best results without wasting. Keep in mind that more does not mean better. Your skin will only absorb what it needs and adding extra product will not give you better end results.

After you finish your skin care routine your skin should feel fresh and well moisturized.

Does your skin feel greasy after your skin care routine? It could be because you are using too much or that the products and not well suited for your skin type or skin concern. Try switching to a different moisturizer or serum.

Article by Elodie Rivet – Murad Beauty Advisor

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