8 Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Skin for Spring

hero_pomcleanser.1415763290
Prepare your body and your skin for the season change, with these easy must-do’s:

1. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit

Spring comes with its fresh production of greens and vegetables so take advantage of the plentiful vitamins. Learn more about the importance of eating and drinking your water for your skin with Dr. Murad’s concept: The Science of Cellular Water.

2. Eat right

Take a few days off your winter diet and get to eat more fresh produce, whole cereal and dairy products while you drink lots of water and tea. Give up meat and fatty food during this time.

3. Go outside

Spend as much time as possible outdoors, take a walk or exercise, enjoy the sun light and the fresh air. This can significantly help skin regain its natural functions. Winter meant cold weather and time spent indoors with the heaters on. In between the extreme low temperatures outside and the dry heat inside, your skin turned drier that usual and needs intensive hydration to restore the elasticity.

4. Get Vitamin D naturally

Your vitamin D, naturally produced by the skin exposed to sun, is at low levels after long and dark winters – all you need is a boost of sun light. Enjoy sun with caution and use sunscreen, especially around the eyes where skin is very sensitive. Use a higher-factor sunscreen if you have acne scars and hyper-pigmentation – sun light makes them appear darker.

5. Cleanse your face

Deep clean your pores with gentle exfoliators based on Glycolic Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acids and don’t forget to tone. Once a week, apply nourishing or detoxifying face masks. For a DIY version, you can even use fresh fruits such as strawberries.

6. Get a new glow

Shed the dull winter skin all over your body with a good exfoliator. Revive the pink on your skin and prepare to breathe the spring air through every pore. Natural scrubs can be prepared right at home: mix some honey with sea salt, wheat or coffee and rub it on your skin. End your all over skin routine a splash of cold water to energize and tone.

7. Hydrate, protect

Spring calls for a different type of hydration – a lighter lotion, with sunscreen. Water based hydrators are always suitable for most of the skin types and shine-free in spring and summer days. Hydrate your skin day and night and eat vitamins that will promote healthy skin inside and out. For aging skin, use your regular skincare regimen and don’t forget the SPF in your day cream.

8. Take time to smell the roses

Since a healthy mind will help a body stay healthy, take time for your emotional self-care, which eventually will help you feel and look good. Spring is the perfect time for outdoor relaxation so make time for a few moments in nature, do the things that make you happy and take your mind off negative things. Your body will thank you.

Suggested skincare products for your Spring Detox:Spring Cleansers Hydrators

 

 

Read More

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.

Read More

Dr. Murad’s Pitcher of Health

Dr. Murad's Pitcher of Health

 

The modern-day North American diet is sad. This is because it’s mostly salt, sugar, fat, processed foods and very low in water-rich foods. But what’s also really sad, is that it’s a cell-damaging diet that makes people sick, tired and overweight.

I know from my patients that people want to eat better, but just don’t know where to start. That’s why I created a simple teaching tool called the Pitcher of Health. The Pitcher helps people visualize what a healthy diet really looks like.

I designed the pitcher with these goals in mind:

1. Help people eat their water
2. Help people get the building blocks they need to build strong healthy cell membranes that can hold water and resist damage

The Pitcher of Health is based on water-rich foods and supplements. See my daily serving recommendations:Pitcher of Health
  • Vegetables: 5 or more servings
  • Fruits: 3 or more servings
  • Whole Grains: 4-8 servings
  • Lean protein: 4-6 servings
  • Fats: 3-4 servings
  • Supplements: Daily multi-vitamin

A key aspect to think about as you look at the Pitcher of Health is to consider these guidelines as part of what I call the “80/20” rule. Your diet should consist 80% of great, healthy nutritious foods and 20% should be more flexible—foods you love regardless of whether they are “good for you.” If you never allow yourself the joy to experience your favorites treats in moderation, eating can become a chore and the tendency to binge eat will be much greater. Plus, when people eat the 80% portion of the pitcher regularly, they tend to decrease intense cravings for less than ideal foods so that, over time, their 20% starts to look a lot like their 80%.

And the health benefits of eating well are so clear. I often like to say that, “Before there was medicine, there was food.”

 

Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.

If you liked this post, you will also like: The Science of Cellular Water Explained

Follow Murad Canada on Twitter
Engage with us on Facebook

Read More

Mix & Match

Most of us are not worried about only one single skin issue or concern. Some of us are concerned with dark spots and pigmentation in addition to fine lines and wrinkles. Some of us will be concerned with redness, but also with very dry skin. Each and every single person is different, and so should be our skincare routine.  Dr. Murad has created different skincare lines, each developed for a specific skin concerns, so it is time to start mixing and matching your products!

We often do not realize that it is completely possible and beneficial to use on a daily or weekly basis products from different lines. Acne products, for example, are perfectly compatible with anti-aging products. If you suffer from acne but still worry about the appearance of wrinkles, you should be using skincare products from different lines in order to treat these two different skin concerns.

What we suggest to do is to first identify the two most important skin concerns you would like to treat. Focusing on these, you will now be able to choose the products that will best suit your complexion.10688204_10152436940957124_620409105925865071_o

Let’s take a look at an example!
Profile: Woman, 45 years old.
Skin concern: Oily skin and a dull complexion.
Treating her oily skin only is not a solution, so we suggest she mixes different Murad Skincare lines we have to offer.

A great routine for her to follow would be:

In the Morning:  Use the Murad Clarifying Cleanser, followed by the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. With these two products, she fights back against her acne and control future blemishes. She also mattifies her oily skin so that at the end of the day her skin is not shiny and she keeps her skin well hydrated.

At Night: Using the Murad Essential-C Toner and the Murad Essential-C Night Cream, she provides her skin with an extra glow for the radiant skin tone she is looking for. Vitamin C is a powerful and wonderful antioxidant that will help brighten skin for a beautiful, youthful complexion.

With this skin care routine her skin will be well regenerated. She will have no shine during all day and a glowing, healthy skin. A great combo.

This example can be applied to all kind of different skin care problems, as Murad offers a wide variety of lines. Now we leave it to you to test and mix our products in order to find the best customized skin care routine that will fit your skin.

 

Article by Elodie Rivet – Murad Beauty Advisor

Read More

5 Tips for Acne Breakout Prevention

1. Eat your Water

One of the easiest lifestyle choices you can make is making sure you stay hydrated. Hydrated skin doesn’t over-produce oil that can cause breakouts. Along with drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables that are antioxidant-rich and that contain cellular water will help keep your skin looking great all year round. Goji berries and pomegranates are particularly good for hydrating your cells and feeding your complexion with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

(more…)

Read More

Murad Skincare Haul a review by Alexis Mae

Alexis Mea is a professional hair stylist and beauty blogger. This is her review of the following products:
“I’ve dealt with acne and uneven texture creating a uncomfortable feeling with my skin”

  • Renewing Cleansing Oil
    Step #1 Cleanse: Formula abundant in natural botanical oils, gently cleanses and renews the skin while maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier.
  • Clarifying Cleanser
    Step #1 Cleanse: This maximum strength cleansing gel cleanser combats acne and skin breakouts. 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days*. Encapsulated Salicylic Acid continually releases acne treatment for hours even after rinsing

(more…)

Read More

Cosmopolitan for Latinas – Winter 2013

cosmo-latin

If you’re hiding under layers and battling hat head, you’re probably dreaming of the warm sun in San Juan. But the hot weather can cause winter-worn skin to go into shock. “Salt water and ocean breezes can zap moisture out of your complexion,” warns dermatologist Howard Murad. What to pack for oily/combination skin: Murad 30-Day Acne Complex Kit, contains all your acne and shine-fighting essentials in a neat TSA-friendly set.

Read More

Need to clear a blemish on the spot? Tips on how to do just that.

While treating your acne problem holistically is the best way to get clear skin, sometimes you need to treat a blemish on the spot. 10408897_10152208850242124_6925456880913826573_n Even if you have found an effective acne treatment program and experience clear skin most of the time, sometimes an acne blemish just pops up. This can be due to stress, a reaction to makeup, a skin care problem or a sudden shift in your hormones. If you suffer from ongoing acne, treating your inflammatory acne blemishes is a daily activity. Whether you’re trying to treat a rare blemish that just showed up on your skin one day or trying to get rid of acne blemishes as part of a larger acne treatment program, here are some important things to keep in mind about acne spot treatment.

Treating a Blemish Doesn’t Mean Popping or Picking at It! (more…)

Read More