Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin

People in the tropics once called the coconut the “tree of life.”

Dr. Murad has discovered that the same complex lipid structure that makes coconut oil healthy to eat also makes Coconut Extract an ideal agent for conditioning the skin and protecting it from moisture loss.

This highly potent ingredient was incorporated into Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture to improve and enhance its ability to protect, hydrate, soften and smooth for a more youthful complexion.

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First Impressions of Murad

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Review by laurens-list.com

Guys!! I am officially obsessed with Murad! Not only are their ingredients bomb but they deliver amazing results too. Like, no joke, my wrinkles/fine lines seemed to disappear overnight, okay maybe not completely but they sure were plump and smoothed by morning. Although I have not finished my bottles yet I’m pretty much hooked on their products and I can’t wait to try more… Keep reading to hear my thoughts.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

This cream is a dry skin saviour!! It is an uber-rich, hydrating moisturizer that locks in hydration for up to eight hours. With an ultra concentrated and non-greasy formula it provides immediate, long-lasting hydration, smoothness and comfort. It is also formulated with Murad’s Collagen Support Complex which boosts the skin’s resilience and delivers a gorgeous glow!

I’m obsessed with this cream and love the fact that it comes with an applicator so that no bacteria gets trapped in the jar. It applies white, and disappears once massaged into your skin. It truly does leave you with plump, hydrated skin without that sticky silicone feeling.

No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances/dyes, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosans.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence

I love this serum- it’s silky smooth texture instantly won my heart! Basically the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is a moisture-enhancing treatment that optimizes your skin’s capacity to retain moisture while leaving it plump and soft- I always use this before my Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisture and the combination is insane! It contains Mexican blue agave leaf extract to restore your skins ability to retain water, glycolic acid to gently exfoliate for a smooth natural texture and a blend of watermelon, apple and lentil to help reduce dryness, flakiness and rough patches. A definite re-purchase for me as it has become a staple in my routine.

No parabens or sulfates.

Murad Refreshing Cleanser

Their Refreshing Cleanser is a non-drying, foaming cleanser that claims to wash away surface oil and makeup. Did it work? It sure did. It’s formulated with Hawaiian white ginger, algae and cucumber extract and leaves your skin oh so fresh and clean (not sure if it has added fragrance but I’m loving the scent)! I absolutely love pairing this cleanser with my Clarisonic brush for an extra deep clean feeling!

Murad Hydrating Toner

I have been wanting to try this toner for ages! It’s gentle, hydrating formula and invigorating scent is a must. Murad’s Hydrating Toner is a classic complexion-perfecting toner, which means it rebalances and rehydrates your skin while neutralizing any surface impurities. It contains infusions of lecithin, chamomile and cucumber for a soft, rejuvenated look and feel. I also like this because it can double as a setting spray for your makeup.

Murad has quickly become my go-to for skincare. It’s been a while since I’ve been this blown away by a brand so I’m pretty excited. 🙂 I need to try all their products!

Have any of you tried Murad products, if so what are some of your favourites? I’ll definitely update you guys once I finish these.

Check them out at Murad Canada and @muradcanada (they’re also sold at Sephora Canada).

♡ Lauren

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Skincare Essentials After a Long Night Out

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If you are heading out to a party this weekend, we hope you have fun! But we also would like to offer you some quick and easy tips on how to take care of your skin when you get home from celebrating.

The most important thing to do is wash your face, even if you don’’t want to (we’’ve all been there). It will just take a minute, and it is SO worth it. Your skin will thank you in the morning.

We’ put together a simple, but effective, 3-step regimen to give your face some love after a night out on the town. It will take you less than 5 minutes, and you will wake up looking refreshed and rehydrated, rather than drab and dry.

Step 1: Remove your makeup. Grab Murad’’s Skin Smoothing Polish and gently massage it into your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with the Renewing Cleansing Cream to remove any left-over makeup on your skin. This cleanser is a non-drying formula that soothes your skin and washes away excess surface oil, makeup and impurities.

Step 2: Hydrate with a toner. It’’ a very quick step; just a few spritzes. So easy, but so effective. Murad’’s Hydrating Toner replenishes lost moisture and restores your skin’s natural pH balance. The bonus? It smells amazing.

Step 3: Treat and moisturize. Mix 1 part Hydro-Dynamic® Quenching Essence with 1 part Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture on the back of your hand. Then apply all over your face and neck. This powerful combo will give you long-lasting hydration and restore suppleness.

That’s it! All you have to do now is put on your pajamas and jump into bed for a good night’’s sleep.

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Nature’s High-Performance Moisturizer: Hyaluronic Acid

Regardless of your skin type, once you reach adulthood, your skin becomes a little drier every day. How you respond to that loss of moisture may be the single most important factor in determining how old you look. For people with skin that is naturally less oily, dry-skin-related issues are often apparent at an early age. They can begin to experience symptoms such as dullness, rough texture, flaking, cracking and tightness as early as their 20s. People with more oily skin tend to see different symptoms of water loss and see them a bit later, typically in their 30s or 40s. Common symptoms include fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume. But no matter when you begin to see signs of persistent dehydration, restoring lost water is a central component in any anti-aging skincare program. Fortunately, there are some amazing super-hydrators available to help you to replenish your skin.

Moisturizers help to renew skin with 3 classes of ingredients: water, hydrophobic agents that seal water into the skin’s surface, and hydrophilic agents (also known as humectants) that attract water and create a reservoir within the skin to help keep moisture at an optimal level. One of the most important humectants in high-performance skincare is Hyaluronic Acid, a long, elastic molecule that is naturally abundant in young skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a component of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF), the water-soluble compounds responsible for the wettability, water-holding and absorbing powers of the skin’s surface. It also plays an important role deep within the skin and throughout the body where it binds with water to form a slippery gel that provides cushioning and lubrication. It is part of the synovial fluid that keeps our joints comfortable, and it also forms part of the intercellular matrix—the watery medium between cells through which nutrients and cellular waste products flow. Because each molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, it allows topical moisturizers to provide the sustained supply of water needed to keep skin plump, smooth and well hydrated.

In addition to the ability to enhance the moisturizing power of topical skincare, the natural plumping properties of Hyaluronic Acid have also made it a popular ingredient for injectable wrinkle fillers. New Hyaluronic filling sphere technologies, however, now give topical anti-aging moisture formulas the power to deliver results comparable to injections.

Beyond its remarkable power as a topical hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid is also used to give skin an exceptionally beautiful finish—what skincare chemists call the “after feel.” If you are looking to take your anti-aging hydration strategy to the next level, be sure that the moisturizer you select includes this remarkable substance.

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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How to Create the Perfect Dewy Look

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Brett Freedman is a LA –based makeup artist who has work on the world’s most beautiful women. He knows the secret to a perfect red carpet makeup look and shares with us today how to master the Dewy Look.

The first tip that he uses on actresses for the red carpet, is to create what he calls a “lit from within” look. This is achieved by creating the dewy finish he teaches us today. His secret weapon? To prep the skin for that dewy, gorgeous skin. Using our newest product, the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, he sets the stage for makeup. The essence glides glides perfectly over the skin, leaving it treated and full of hydration.

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Next, he mixes the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture with his chosen foundation which is going to give an uber-moisturized, hydrated and dewy finish to the skin. Mixing the moisturizer and foundation helps it go on so easily!

To give skin an even fresher and more radiant look, Brett goes on to use the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence on the cheek bones and brow bones. This is going to help catch as much light as possible for a brighter look.

A soft color on the lips, and there you have it: a dewy, luminous look!
Check out the full video to watch Brett show us how it works and learn his expert advice:

 

Shop the look:

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A New Approach to Essential Moisture—Layered Hydration

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As we age, every part of our body, from our principal systems to the cells from which those systems are composed, grows drier. Since our skin is our largest, most interconnected and most exposed organ, age-related dehydration starts to become visible on our skin as early as our 20s. Because dehydrated skin is more fragile and has less volume, it looks rougher, more wrinkled and ultimately older than well-hydrated skin. Understanding this process, it comes as no surprise that most children don’t need to use moisturizers while elderly people often need to apply heavy creams several times a day to improve its comfort and strength.

To be truly effective, topical hydration formulas contain two essential classes of ingredients: hydrophilic agents and hydrophobic agents. Hydrophilic agents, like Hyaluronic Acid, draw moisture to themselves. These agents help to restore skin’s youthful plumpness, firmness and resilience. Hydrophobic agents, like nut or seed oils, create a waterproof seal that preserves water within the skin’s surface. Both the balance between these two types of agents, as well as the actual agents that are selected, will be key to determining the power and the texture of any given moisturizing formula.

Over the years, I have developed many multitasking formulas to help keep skin hydrated, but during the past few years, I have been exploring a new approach to moisture that I call Hydro-Dynamic® technology. As the name suggests, this technology is focused on changing the relationship between your skin and water. The ultimate goal of this new technology is to create long-lasting moisture without adding a feeling of weight or heaviness to the skin’s surface.

My first explorations focused on re-examining conventional thinking about the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance to create a new kind of moisturizer for step 3 in the modern 3-step skincare regimen. My initial efforts yielded a breakthrough formula with a light, whipped texture that provided 8 hours of continuous, luxurious hydration. The formula provided a whole new level of relief to people who had lost faith that they would ever discover an elegant and sophisticated solution to their dry skin issues. I had clearly tapped into a well of people with very thirsty skin, and I made a commitment to keep developing more and better ways to help them to quench that thirst.

Recently that commitment to continuing research into hydration has yielded some exceptional results. By reformulating our most hydrating moisturizer, using a different kind of lipid derived from Coconut Extract, I was able to extend the hydration window for from 8 to 24 hours. A second avenue I have been researching is how to complement that extended hydration duration with improvements to both the speed and quality of hydration. What I have discovered is that a layered approach to hydration allows us to achieve these twin goals. Layering treatments is a new idea for us, but it is a major trend emerging from South Korea, one of the most demanding, and adventurous, skincare markets. The most popular new treatment layer is called an “essence,” and it is a kind of a half-step between toner and treatment. By creating a new hydrating essence, powered by Blue Agave Leaf Extract, we have found a new way to enhance skin’s ability to attract and hold moisture. Layering the hydrating essence with our next-generation, 24-hour moisturizer, we have been able to increase hydration by a remarkable 500%.

I have been so impressed with the way that layering has allowed us to improve hydration that I’m eager to explore the use of essences to help address other key skin concerns. Using essences to add a new layer to the twice-daily skincare regimen clearly provides a tremendous new treatment opportunity to transform the skin on every level.

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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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My Murad skincare regime

Murad has become a part of my skincare regime now for 2 months and I am so excited to finally share that regime with you! For year I have been so notorious for not washing my face every night and giving it the TLC it really needs, in the end it only made my dry skin suffer more.

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Review by Roxanne from bonjourblissblog.com

I have to admit that less than a year ago you would find me crawling into bed after exhaustedly wiping my entire face with a baby wipe before bed and that’s it!! Terrible I know right? Must be a mom thing, I can’t be the only one who was doing this! They just work exceptionally well to remove mascara and are oh-so convenient…thank gosh I stopped though because I was only neglecting my skin by doing this and I knew better. On comes the colder weather and my dry skin was getting worse, as soon as mid fall hits there is a drastic change in the condition of my skin. When Murad reached out to me I thought, well isn’t this product just for acneic skin? NO! They have a phenomenal range of products for different skin types with fantastic reviews if you check them out here at Sephora! As I mentioned previously this week I used to do aesthetics and after studying the skin you have a greater appreciation for the dynamics of it and what products claim to do and how. After checking out their entire website I knew the exact products I wanted to try! So, I have been using about 6 of their products religiously paired with my Spin cleansing brush I talked about on Instagram. Here are the products I am using & how…

Evenings:

  1. Cleanse & Tone with the Age Reform Refreshing Cleanser + my Spin brush
  2. Treat with the Resurgence Age-Diffusing Serum
  3. Hydrate & Protect with the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Mornings:

  1. Cleanse & Tone with the Age Reform Refreshing Cleanser
  2. Hydrate & Protect with the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
  3. Treat & Protect with the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Refreshing Cleanser: This is a gentle formula cleanser that hydrates my skin while removing impurities from the surface but not stripping it of its oils (so important guys!). I cleanse every night with my Spin brush and in the mornings just my hands.

Age-Diffusing Serum: This serum works wonders and I can feel it work when I use it, your skin works so hard at night while you sleep so why not help it do its job? This product helps fight age-related dehydration which has been perfect for my skin and helped to reduce the fine lines I see creeping up on me!

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture: This moisturizer is phenomenal, I put it on very heavy at night after my serum dries and in the morning my face feels baby smooth and seems to hold its moisture better all day as well!

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield: This bad boy has replaced my usual primer, I rarely wear foundation as I am a die hard tinted moisturizer fan and lately I have been using the Invisiblur + my Smashbox Halo bronzing powder (found here) and it’s perfect!

I’ve also been using their Hydro-Dynamic Eye Moisturizer at night and their Soothing Skin & lip care during the day with the cold front upon us! My skin has been really appreciating all of these products and I look forward to seeing the results after long term use!

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Hydrate

Applying a moisturizer after every cleansing will immediately replenish the skin with structural lipids, smooth the rough, dry surface cells, and seal the barrier of the stratum corneum. A good moisturizer contains a mix of water-attracting and water-holding ingredients. Keep in mind, though, that as with every other product, it the total formulation that affects how the moisturizer feels on your skin as well as it’s hydrating potential. For example, two moisturizers can contain similar ingredients yet one will be more occlusive than the other, making it better for dry skin that needs that kind of invisible, nongreasy, water-holding shield. One moisturizer may work better under a foundation. And some women prefer a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen when they’re not wearing foundation. Men may prefer a moisturizer with more soothing ingredients to use after shaving.

Although most moisturizers are meant to be slightly occlusive, many of those on the market today don’t make the skin feel greasy. In the past, petrolatum or mineral oil was often used in a moisturizer because of its occlusive properties. With the new technology available to cosmetic chemists, though, these sticky products have been replaced with lightweight ones that are even more effective. They often contain ceramides that seem to dissolve right into your skin,

In the past most moisturizers were available in either a water-in-oil formulation or an oil-in-water one. People with dry skin were encouraged to use the water-in-oil products that were more occlusive; and people who produced too much sebum or structural lipids were advised to use oil-in-water products. These distinctions are now outdated, as new ingredients and manufacturing processes have improved the formulations.

New delivery systems are also now incorporated into many moisturizers. The liposome, for instance, involves a kind of encapsulation process that transports whatever agent is put within the liposome into the epidermis. In contrast, biovectors can be attached to ingredients to keep them at the top of the skin.

Typically women prefer creamier moisturizers, and men prefer lotions that don’t have thickening agents. But a lotion can be just as hydrating as a cream. One of the most popular moisturizing products in the Murad skincare line is neither a lotion nor a cream, but a viscous liquid. It’s a combination of only water-attracting natural moisture factors and water-holding lipids. It’s light and it’s absorbed immediately into the skin, moistening and smoothing the stratum corneum and leaving no trace on the skins surface.

I believe that everyone, even those people with oily skin, needs to use a moisturizer. The idea of a moisturizer is not to add structural lipids alone. Rather, a moisturizer serves several purposes: smoothing, hydrating, and restoring the barrier function of the stratum corneum.

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Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture
Topically, you can fight dryness and the visible signs of aging with a moisturizer that contains humectants and emollients. Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture is a powerhouse moisturizer that intensely hydrates, absorbs easily and quickly into the skin, and is gentle enough for someone with sensitive skin. It’s also filled to the brim with high-performance ingredients.

 

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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Forever young: Murad’s Age Reform Intensives review

As a 20-year-old, I’m not super concerned about anti-aging/wrinkles just yet, but I am definitely keen to try anything that will put both of these things off. After spending a lot of time outside in the sun this summer, I became conscious of some premature signs of aging on my face when a few dreaded dark spots started to appear. To battle these dark spots early on, and attempt to try and erase the damage my many careless sunscreen-less days had caused, I turned to Murad’s Age Reform line.

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Review by Victoria from Self-Explanatori

Since anti-aging is not my top priority, I opted to try three simple (and less daunting) products: the Intensive Resurfacing Peel, Rapid Collagen Infusion and Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Cream.

I LOVE face masks and peels. Whether they’re $5.00 or $50.00, and no matter what their purpose is, they always leave your face feeling like you’re fresh out of the womb. For those of you who don’t know the difference between a face mask and peel, let me break it down for you. A peel (gently) removes the outermost layer of skin to reveal the smooth layer underneath. This process helps even out dark spots (like acne scars and sun damage), and with continued use, many peels will even fade fine lines. Masks are geared towards working on your skin as is to absorb excess oil, enhance moisture, detoxify, or provide any other type of treatment.

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If you’ve read any of my past skincare product reviews, you’ll know that my favourite products make me feel like they’re actually actively doing something for my skin. I am the type of person who loves being reassured that a product’s active ingredients are working hard by an instantly-provided cooling effect on the skin, or the creation of a tingling sensation. This Murad peel does exactly that. It has a light fresh scent that disappears once applied, and it tingles for the first minute as it begins to interact with your skin.

All you have to do is gently massage and apply the peel all over your face after cleansing and toning. It has gentle microdermabrasion from bamboo beads (fancy, I know) and stimulates cell growth/turnover through glycolic and salicylic acid. I can’t comment on how well this peel would work on older and/or more damaged skin, but I instantly noticed that my face looked brighter, and felt a lot smoother after only one application. After using this peel three times over three weeks, many of my dark spots had noticeably faded. If you have any lingering acne scars, the Intensive Resurfacing Peel is a product that will definitely speed up the never-ending recovery process.

Even though the ingredients and tingling sensation I’ve talked about may make this product seem a little harsh, I assure you that even someone with sensitive skin can use it. You’re supposed to keep this peel on for a maximum of 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water, but because it’s so intense you will still feel/see results even if you can only leave it on for a few minutes.

The Rapid Collagen Infusion is meant to increase firmness after just one application, improving skin’s texture to reduce wrinkle depth. Essentially it is supposed to reveal softer and smoother skin. I used this product at night under moisturizer and found that my skin appeared less dull and tired-looking in the morning, even after some late Netflix nights. Again, I can’t attest to how well this product works on fine lines, wrinkles, or firmness, but it definitely has the ability to rejuvenate your skin.

The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture cream is unique because even though it’s part of an age reform line, it’s truly an all purpose cream. It claims to lock in moisture for 8 hours while restoring resilience and tone and it truly does all of that. It’s fragrance free and super lightweight making it perfect for day-time and night-time use. Even though it’s lightweight, this cream is still super hydrating and it absorbs into the skin quickly. I also had no issues using it under makeup which is a huge plus for me.

Personally I find that drugstore creams are hydrating enough for my skin except for in the coldest part of Winter, so I understand the hesitation towards dropping a lot of money on a face cream. That being said, if you’re looking for a rich, lightweight daytime moisturizer, or are already using other products from this line, this is definitely a product to save up for.

If anti-aging isn’t something you are worried about yet, then this obviously isn’t the skincare line for you. But if anti-aging is something you are starting to think about or, like me, you are looking to get rid of some minor dark spots, I would definitely recommend trying out some of these products.

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