NEW Instant Radiance Eye Cream

The Instant Radiance Eye Cream is part of our Environmental Shield collection and is ideal for those who suffer from dark circles, age spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation. The formula is designed for use on the entire eye area, including lids and under eyes, that brightens and smoothes the area to deliver a more youthful, radiant appearance. This anti-aging minimizes the appearance of dark circles by 30% in 15 minutes and by 48% after 2 weeks.* Additionally, Instant Radiance Eye Cream improves smoothness by 48% after one application.*

Featuring Resilient-C Complex, Instant Radiance Eye Cream is formulated with light diffusers to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles along with Retinyl Palmitate to brighten skin and Tangerine Butter to lock in moisture, smooth skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Designed for use on the brow bone, eye lid and under eye, Instant Radiance Eye Cream also serves as an effective eye primer to ensure smooth application of foundation and concealer.

Shop it here

Also featuring Resilient-C Complex™, Murad’s proprietary technology that delivers multiple forms of pure Vitamin C in its most stable form directly to the skin and maximizes collagen production, Advanced Active Radiance Serum is a reformulation of its prior generation and now contains Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide along with Indian Fig which boosts skin clarity and encourages cell renewal to keep skin radiant and luminous.

*In a Murad sponsored study. Based on average percent improvement. Individual results will vary. Study results on file

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Environmental Shield Regimen Review

Tori Sung Self-Explanatori Blog
Review by Self-Explanatori Blog

Like many others, I have a love/hate relationship with the sun; I love to frolic around on sunny days but hate the freckles it brings out, and the sun spots that never seem to fade. If you’re like me and rarely listened to your parents’ sunscreen policing, or you had that moment where you decided that looking two shades darker was more important than re-applying your SPF 50 sunscreen, you have come to the right place.

The products below are from Murad’s Environmental Shield line which is meant to protect your skin from the sun and premature aging while reviving its radiance, and reducing dark spots and wrinkles. Clearly, I don’t have many wrinkles yet at the ripe age of 21, but I worked outdoors at a summer camp for two years and could always use a little brightening and dark spot correcting. I’m still searching for that miracle product that makes your skin look like you were literally born yesterday, but in the meantime I’ll try anything that gets it anywhere close to that.

I LOVE Murad. (I’ve actually written about two of their other lines before: their Age Reform Intensives and the Blemish Control Travel Kit. If those sound like they’re more up your skincare alley, then I’d definitely give those posts a read). One thing I love about Murad is that everything is always made easy with a clear 3-step process so if you’re really confused about when you’re supposed to use a serum in your skincare routine, or just have no idea where to start when trying to choose out of their large selection of products, it makes it a little easier.

There are more products to this line than the three reviewed below, but hopefully this gives you a taste of what it has to offer, and if it’s worth purchasing!

1) Cleanse | Tone : Essential-C Cleanser

Murad Environmetal Shield Skincare Review Cleanser

I have never been a wash-my-face-in-the-morning person. Ever. I think I never got into it because I really don’t like to moisturize my face in the morning either. A lot of the cleansers I’ve used are amazing but often immediately leave me feeling like I’ve had all of the moisture sucked out of my skin, so I like to avoid this entire process.

The Essential-C Cleanser is the first and only cleanser I’ve actually been able to use, and continue using, in the morning. This is totally a morning cleanser. There is by no means any reason why you can’t use this at night (I think it’s actually included in Murad’s Night & Day regimen sets?) but this is literally the best way I can describe it to you. It smells AMAZING. The fruity citrusy scent punches you right in the face (in the gentlest way possible) and instantly puts me in a better mood and makes me a little more alert than I was 10 seconds before I lathered it on my face. The scent is beautiful but strong, so if you really do not like scented products, maybe try a tester size out before committing to a full size to see if you can handle it.

With Vitamins A, C and E, this cleanser is meant to neutralize environmental aggressors, restore moisture, and prepare your skin for repair. I can’t really speak to whether this cleanser made a difference in terms of environmental factors, but it definitely left my skin feeling pet-your-own-face smooth and squeaky clean, but didn’t make me feel like I’d just stripped all of the moisture from my skin. I would 100% recommend investing in this if you’re prone to dry skin, or if you’re looking for a morning cleanser that sets your skin as the perfect base for whatever products you put on afterwards.

2) Treat | Repair : Advanced Active Radiance Serum

Murad Environmetal Shield Skincare Review Serum

This is my favourite product out of these three. I’ve actually tried quite a few similar serum-type products to get rid of dark/sun spots including Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment, and Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. Quite honestly, both of these products help fade dark sun spots, but one is ridiculously pricey in a way that makes you never want to use it, and I had to use the other for months before I saw any improvement. This serum is better than both of those products combined.

Before I get into talking about the actual product, I need to talk about the packaging. I am NOT a fan of pumps. So many get clogged up easily or are prone to explode which makes travelling with them a nightmare. The best part about this serum? It’s lid. Even though the pump itself doesn’t twist and lock (which I never find is that big of a help anyways when your suitcase gets thrown around), the lid seals it completely and obviously makes it difficult for the pump to be pushed or broken. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I literally swung this bottle around violently while just holding onto the lid (over my couch just in case it fell) and it didn’t pop off. Basically what I’m trying to say is that this product restored my faith in the ability to travel with products with a pump.

This serum is meant to protect and repair skin with Vitamin C technology that neutralizes free radicals, restoring tone, texture and skin firmness. I preferred using it at night (again, not a big morning skincare routine person) and literally found myself admiring my reflection for a little too long in the mirror each morning because my skin looked and felt so good.

Another thing I love about this is that it goes on smoothly and absorbs almost INSTANTLY. It doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue, or give you that gross feeling like it’s never going to absorb into your skin.

Again, the only issue I can foresee with this product is that it also has a strong citrus scent. However, the scent does disappear once the product absorbs into your skin, so you won’t have to be conscious of it for long if you really can’t handle scented products. Honestly though, if you’ve ever tried any serums that claim to do similar things, they all have a strong scent to them. The Sunday Riley treatment’s smell is probably the most controversial (I actually didn’t mind it), but it definitely lingers for quite a while in comparison to this one.

3) Hydrate | Protect : Essential-C Day Moisture – SPF 30

Murad Environmetal Shield Skincare Review Cream SPF

First things first, you literally cannot tell this is SPF 30. It doesn’t feel sunscreen-y and doesn’t start to flake during the day like sunscreen sometimes tends to do after you’ve been wearing it for a while.

I really like this moisturizer. The few times I tried it in the morning (still working on sticking to that morning skincare routine) it was the perfect base for makeup. I didn’t need to use any primer with it, and it honestly just makes your skin glow. Sometimes I find that products with SPF can be irritating to use because they cause breakouts, but I have had no issues with this moisturizer so far. Even though it’s pricier than drugstore moisturizers, a little goes a long way. I’ve used this product upwards of ten times and it’s still more than 3/4 full.

Because I currently live in Montreal where it’s cold and I only see the sun for 6 hours a day, I’m probably not going to use this product as much as I would in the warmer months. Even though I do think it’s important to wear products with SPF in them all year round, I’ll probably put using this cream on hold until the spring/summer. There’s also a nighttime version of this moisturizer that I haven’t tried but that I’m definitely considering after trying out the day version.

This product also has the citrus scent but I ADORE it in the cream. Realistically, if you’re one of those people who cuts up lemons, limes and oranges to put into your tea or water in the morning, you’re probably used to this smell anyways. The smell doesn’t fade as quickly as it does with the serum, but it’s light enough in this formulation that you get used to it within a few seconds.

The Lowdown
If you’re really looking for something to protect your skin, and to help you do the impossible and go back in time to repair some of the damage that’s already showing, look no further than this line. Out of the three product lines I’ve tried from Murad, this is my absolute favourite. My skin looks clearer and definitely feels firmer, but with a softer texture.

As I’ve said throughout this entire post, if you’re concerned about the beautiful citrus scent, I’d either try out a starter kit to see if you can handle it, or look for an alternative. The starter/travel kit is also a really cool option if you aren’t ready to fully commit and spend the money, but are interested in seeing if these products work for you.

As with the other Murad products I’ve tried, a little goes a long way. Despite being pricier than some drugstore skincare products, these will last you a long time and are probably better for your skin overall. Personally, I know my skin just reacts better when I stick to one formulated line of products at a time instead of dabbling in a bunch of brands and their products all at once.

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Murad Environmental Shield Line Review

Review by Nee from Bebexo Beauty Blog

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.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser

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.

Murad Advance Radiance Serum

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.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SFP 30 PA+++


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.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

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.

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The Beautiful Skin Collection

The Beautiful Skin Collection’s four limited edition deluxe gift sets each feature a different configuration of Murad’s most popular products:

  • Beautiful Smooth Skin Kit: An assortment of targeted solutions from the award-winning Age Reform® line, this set is specifically designed to target fine lines and wrinkles while helping to restore elasticity and suppleness. The Beautiful Smooth Skin Kit includes full retail sizes of AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and Rapid Collagen Infusion with a deluxe size of Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30.
  • Beautiful Firm Skin Kit: From the brand’s famed Resurgence® line, these products reduce the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles while delivering essential moisture for a smoother, more hydrated complexion. The Beautiful Firm Skin Kit includes full sizes of Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum and Renewing Eye Cream, as well as a deluxe size of the award-winning Renewing Cleansing Cream.
  • Beautiful Bright Skin Kit: A part of the renowned Environmental Shield® line, the Beautiful Bright Skin Kit is a maximum-strength Vitamin C regimen to brighten the skin’s tone and refine its texture. This kit contains full sizes of Advanced Active Radiance Serum and Essential-C Day Cream SPF 30 and a deluxe sized Essential-C Cleanser.
  • Altogether Beautiful Kit: A collection of richly hydrating products from Murad’s Youth Builder Bodycare line of scientifically formulated solutions that firm, smooth and hydrate with full retail sizes of Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream and Collagen Support Body Cream. Restorative aromas help to promote sensorial stimulation and encourage an at-home spa experience.


In addition to The Beautiful Skin Collection, Murad will offer four starter kits that feature a 30-day product regimen, perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a seasonal party hostess gift. Featuring travel-friendly and airline approved sizes, these starter kits are also ideal for the jetsetter.

  • Age Reform Starter Kit: A full anti-aging regimen that restores firmness and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Environmental Shield Starter Kit: A Vitamin C-packed regimen that protects and strengthens skin against environmental damage while restoring radiance, youthful texture and tone.
  • Resurgence Starter Kit: A targeted regimen that softens medium to deep wrinkles for a luminous, youthful glow.
  • Acne Starter Kit: A maximum strength regimen that delivers rapid results without dryness or irritation. Murad Acne products are both effective and gentle because they are formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and enriched with hydrators, anti- inflammatories and antioxidants.


“The hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season is stressful and finding the perfect gift can be difficult and overwhelming,” said Howard Murad, M.D, FAAD, founder of Murad, Inc. and the Inclusive Health® movement. “My hope is that The Beautiful Skin Collection will make gift giving easier so our customers can have more time to spend with their loves ones.”

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Confidence with Murad

I’ve mentioned many times before that I do not wear makeup on most days, well, this did not come from nowhere. It’s true I’ve always loved makeup but I never wear that much of it. However, I would rarely leave the house without makeup before this year. This year one of my main focuses was to investigate skincare lines to find the one that fits for me. I truly believe that not all products from one line will necessarily fit with your skin or lifestyle but you can find true gems. Firstly, I would like to mention that I don’t mess with skincare.

Review by Katia from Lapiz of luxury
Review by Katia from Lapiz of luxury

When I decide to share it with you, it’s because I truly see a difference on my skin and I want to share the love. I started using Murad products this summer and truly saw a difference in my skin’s texture and appearance. After seeing amazing results, I decided to attack one of my main problems, skin tone unevenness and hyper pigmentation from acne scars. These two things were the sole reason I was not leaving the house without makeup. Enter the Murad Environmental Shield range of products. I started testing these at the beginning of August and I really wanted to fully experience the products before coming on here and spilling the beans. Murad has changed not only my skin but my self confidence. The products talk for themselves. I clean my face every morning with the Murad Essential-C cleanser, add the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum and then top it off with the Murad Essential-C Day moisturizer. My acne scarring has disappeared, my skin tone is uniform and I now leave the house without an inch of makeup, whether it’s to work or for a night event and I absolutely adore it. It’s definitely worth the plunge in the Murad world, I’m already contemplating purchasing the Essential-C toner to add to my collection. Go check it out at Sephora.


À plusieurs reprises, j’ai cité que je ne porte pas de maquillage au quotidien, et bien, cela vient de quelque part. J’ai toujours adoré le maquillage, mais je n’ai jamais été la fille qui en portait beaucoup. Cependant, avant 2015, je sortais très rarement de chez moi sans maquillage. Cette année, je m’étais planifiée des buts en terme de soins de la peau et je voulais étudier les différentes marques de soin, afin de trouver différents produits qui pourraient régler mes problèmes. Je suis de l’école de pensée qu’il ne faut pas utiliser tous les produits de la même ligne, mais il faut magasiner et bien étudier les produits. Les produits en soi doivent s’agencer avec votre type de peau et votre style de vie. Si vous savez que nous n’allez jamais appliquer de sérum, il est inutile de s’en procurer. Tout d’abord, je tiens à mentionner les soins de la peau est quelque chose que je prends très au sérieux, surtout avec l’âge ;p. Ceci étant dit, lorsque je décide de partager avec vous mes trouvailles soins de peau sur le blog, c’est parce que j’ai réellement vu une différence au niveau de ma peau et je tiens à partager la bonne nouvelle pour informer d’autres filles. J’ai commencé à utiliser les produits Murad (voir mon article sur la marque ici) au début de l’été et j’ai réellement était satisfaite pour les résultats. Alors, j’ai décidé d’attaquer mes problèmes qui me tracassaient tel que l’hyperpigmentation et les cicatrices d’acné. Ces deux petites problématiques étaient les seules raisons pour mon port du maquillage dès ma sortie de la maison. Voici que rentre la ligne de soin de peau Murad Environmental Shield. J’ai commencé à tester ces produits au début du mois d’août et je voulais vraiment profiter pleinement des produits avant de vous écrire mon avis. Murad a changé non seulement ma peau, mais ma confiance en moi. Les produits parlent d’eux-mêmes. Je nettoie mon visage tous les matins avec le Murad Essential-C nettoyant, j’ajoute le Murad Essential-C Sérum puis je complète le tout avec la crème hydratante Murad Essential-C de jour. Mes cicatrices d’acné ont disparu, mon teint s’est vraiment uniformisé et je me permets maintenant de quitter la maison sans une once de maquillage. Et oui, même pour le travail ou pour des évènements du blogue. Magasiner et étudier différents produits de beauté vaut vraiment la peine. J’ai déjà sur ma petite liste le Essential-C Toner. Les produits Murad sont disponibles chez Sephora.

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Environmental Shield Regimen Review

Murad is one of those brands that’s been on my radar for a while, but yet I haven’t experimented with any of their products. When they contacted me to review a few of their skin care products, I was beyond excited. Just in time for summer, they’ve launched an Environmental Shield Start Kit that contains two of Murads best-sellers, along with a few other necessities to help protect your skin from every day environmental damage caused by the sun, smog, radiation and stress. By using these few simple products, you’ll be on your way to brighter, more radiant and glowing skin this season. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this review.

Review by Canadian Fashionista

Murad Essential-C Cleanser helps to remove impurities and potential irritants, while binding moisture to skin. It’s formulated with vitamins A, C and E to help neutralize free radicals and other aggressors, while phospholipids binds moisture back into the skin.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser has a gel-like consistency with tiny orange micro beads throughout that burst during use. You’ll have to use quite a bit of water if you want it to lather up and become foamy, which is what I look for in a cleanser. I think we can all agree, we don’t feel like its cleaning our face if we don’t see some foam? It does a wonderful job at removing all traces of makeup, dirt and oil, while keeping my skin comfortable. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and squeaky clean without feeling tight or dry. It’s extremely hydrating and seems to brighten my skin after a few short uses. It has the energizing scent of citrus that helps to awaken the sense in the morning.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum will help boost your skin’s natural defense against sun damage while encouraging repair of existing damage. It will help to improve natural radiance and clarity, while smoothing and restoring a youthful texture, tone and appearance to the skin.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum has an extremely lightweight, cooling, gel-like texture that provides intense moisture with a soft and silky finish. It really is quite soothing and refreshing on the skin. It’s comfortable to wear under a day cream, but also seems to work beautifully as a makeup base. It applies evenly and smoothly with only the smallest amount and absorbs into the skin within a few short seconds. It not only helps to blur out fine lines, but it seems to even out my skin texture, even before my foundation. My skin is left looking brighter and refreshed, while clearing up any dry patches I may have around my nose and chin. Its lightweight texture doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts, yet is hydrating enough to keep my skin plump and juicy.

Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 is a powerful antioxidant-rich sunscreen shields that helps to restore environmentally stressed skin, while blocking both UVA and UVB rays. This will help prevent sun and free radical damage, while improving skin’s barrier function to maintain optimal hydration.

Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 is both a moisturizer and sunblock in one, I love a double duty protect. It’s lightweight, creamy texture applies beautifully, but does take a few minutes to fully absorb into the skin. You will instantly see a white cast, from the sunblock, but it slowly disappears within a few short minutes. Just be sure to wait before applying your foundation, otherwise you may experience some pilling. It leaves skin feeling extremely hydrated without feeling greasy, sticky or oily. I love that it’s formulated with vitamin C to protect skin, while restoring and improving radiance, firmness and elasticity over time.

Last step, Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel will help to dramatically reverse environmental aging caused by sun, smog and stress. It actively smoothes and perfects skin to enhance luminosity, while reducing hyperpigmentation to help restore clarity.


Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel is a clay mask that’s applied to clean skin and left on for about 10 minutes. Since this is clay base, it was a little too drying for my skin type, and actually stripped away moisture, leaving my skin extremely parched. I think this would be an excellent alternative to abrasive exfoliators, such as glycolic peels, but with the same brightening benefits. It does leave skin feeling fresh and more luminous with a radiant glow, it’s just a little drying. If you’re looking for an instant boost in brightness, this would be an excellent mask to work into your weekly routine.

Looking to reverse age spots and dark spots, while diminishing the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, Murad Environmental Shield is for you. You’ll be on your way to radiant, healthy and glowing skin this summer in a few easy steps.

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Environmental Shield Skincare Review

Review by Victoria from Living Disrobed

Are you looking to reverse the signs of aging? Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and sun spots? Then Murad’s Environmental Shield line is for you! Created by Dr. Murad, a board-certified dermatologist and trained pharmacist, who has been named an “Industry Visionary” and a “Beauty Genius”. Pretty darn impressive if you ask me! As one of the worlds premier clinical skincare brands, my expectation were EXTREMELY high while going through my review process.

I was sent three product to review, a cleanser, serum and day cream. All which are a part of the environment shield line. A line that claims to “Free skin of dullness, fight dark spots and wrinkles and rediscover a younger-looking complexion while protecting skin from future environmental damage. A clinically proven, environmental aging combination protects and repairs skin with a remarkable new Vitamin C technology. Improves brightness, clarity and radiance by 60% in less than 1 week and Prevents free redical damage and maintains optimal hydration while blocking UVA/UVB rays.”


Murad Essential-C Cleanser
A blend of Mandarin Orange, Basil and Grapefruit gives this face wash a refreshing citrus smell. I absolutely love washing my face in the morning with this cleanser. It really does make me feel more awake! It was not drying at all and left my face feeling and looking clean. It removed makeup effortlessly and did not irritate my sensitive, acne prone skin.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

A super light weight serum that is meant to treat and repair. While I want the best skincare I can get, sometimes using a serum and moisturizer tends to be too moisturizing for my oily skin. However, this serum soaks into the skin leaving no trace behind so I love it!! It also proves that this serum is getting deep into your skin to provide optimal results. I definitely noticed my skin was much firmer each time I applied.
Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum delivers 50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations! Maximizes collagen production and skin brightening while providing all-day free radical protection.”


Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30

A thin formula that left my skin feeling very soft and hydrated. Loaded with antioxidants and SPF 30 which is necessary for year round protection. It is non greasy and did not leave a white cast on my face as some product do when sun protection is added. My skin is definitely more radiant when using this moisturiser. It is rare for me to find a day cream with SPF that I like as most of them I find to be far too heavy and ‘sit’ on my face rather than being absorbed, but this one has none of those poor qualities, I truly love this moisturizer!

“Increased Vitamin C power and SPF in Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 provide powerful protection against environmental damage. Next generation Vitamin C and the patented Skin Repair System improve radiance, firmness and elasticity.”


Victoria’s Verdict

I used this combination of skincare for approximately 4 weeks, and the results were phenomenal! My skin is noticeably firmer and more radiant. I do suffer from dark spots (post acne breakouts) and they were visibly reduced, and some have completely disappeared! I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a skincare line as much as this one. Each product seemed to have been crafted specifically for my skin. I highly recommend these products and will certainly be trying out other lines in the Murad collection in the near future!

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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.

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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Shining Light on Sun Safety

Sun Safety


As someone who reads up on news related to skincare and skin health, you’re doubtless practicing good sun safety. It’s likely that you’re the sort of person who books an annual skin physical with her dermatologist and gives herself a monthly skin check. But one thing about sun safety that you might not know is that as an expert on sun safety, you are in an amazing position to really spread the word in your community. Any kind of recommendation has more power to influence when it comes from someone you know and respect. So how do you create an opportunity to help friends, family and neighbors to understand the need to show their skin, and the sun, a little more respect? Try one of these “did-you-know” sound bites to start a conversation. (more…)

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Fade and Prevent Age or Sun Spots


Regardless of your skin type or color, the most important step to prevent age and sun spots is to wear “Broad-spectrum protection”. This specific protection in SPF products means that it will protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Sun spots are preventable, so seek shade as much as you can and do not over-expose your skin to the sun during which the sun’s harmful UV radiation are stronger: between 10 AM and 4PM. Have a look at Murad’s SPF products and find the one that best fits your skin concerns.

Protection is step 1, now let’s look at fading age and sun spots.

Essential-CThe first step to fading age spots is, of course, to actually fade the pigmented areas of the age spots. Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum uses Resilient-C Complex™ that maximizes collagen production and skin brightening while providing all-day free radical protection. The product is formulated using Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate both surface skin and dead skin cells beneath the skin’s surface within follicles. Its Myrtle Extract also encourages new cell growth and help boost cell vitality. That means that the Vitamin C in Murad’s active radiance serum can penetrate deeper and work more effectively to lighten hyper-pigmented areas. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids also encourage the movement of the pigmented cells to the skin’s surface where they are more easily and rapidly treated.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum can be used in both your morning and evening skin care regimen. Your Advanced Active Radiance Serum helps to restore tone and smooth texture and is clinically proven to improve skin firmness by up to 64% in just 15 minutes. To fade your age spots and sun spots, apply Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum after you cleanse your skin and then Starter Kit Essential Cfollow up with a skin or face moisturizer. In addition to fading sun spots and age spots, this serum also improves skin’s overall tone by lifting away other darkened or dull areas of skin discoloration for an overall even skin tone. Its faster-acting formula with double the brighteners boosts radiance and reverses visible signs of environmental damage. It will preserve clarity and defend against future damage for lasting youthful radiance. Try our Environmental Shield line with an affordable starter kit to see if these products are a match.

Although daily SPF moisturizers and serum just like our Advanced Active Radiance Serum are essential, it is helpful to double up on your sun protection through healthy food. In fact consuming more food which contains Polyphenols, Carotenoids, and Vitamin C such as vegetables and fruits, will help your skin keep its natural glow and avoid inflammation. Read more about eating the right food for your skin: Eat Your Sunscreen!

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