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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Do Skin Types Matter

There’s no dearth of skin products on the market to match every skin type, but don’t let it drive you crazy. Go by how your skin feels in response to the products you choose. Most people are oily in some places and drier in others. A few tips to consider:

  • If you’ve got oily skin, don’t be afraid to cleanse, treat and moisturize twice a day, as would a person with dry skin. Even though your skin looks “moist” doesn’t mean you could be missing key lipids to maintain your skin’s barrier: Your oil glands within the follicles are simply genetically programmed to be more active. Try using a cleanser with hydroxy acids on alternative days, or more often if your skin seems to respond well to it.
  • Dry skin is the most fragile. Be careful about over cleansing and over exfoliating, as your skin is more susceptible to irritation. Use a cleanser and tone with hydrating ingredients and exfoliate gently (and not every day). Look for products that contain skin soothers such as chamomile extract and arnica.
  • Fair-skinned people and those who spend a lot of time outdoors need to be extra cautious about over exposure to UV radiation. While a sunscreen with SPF 15 if sufficient for many, I recommend upping that coverage to at least 30 if you’re more sensitive to the sun. Similarly, if you take drugs that increase your sensitivity to the sun, which is the case for birth control pills, for example, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Don’t overdo it. No matter what kind of skin you have, it’s easy to over clean and over exfoliate and in a word, irritate. You can also trigger excessive oil production with excessive use of soaps, cleansers, scrubs, and toners made with drying alcohols. Listen to what your skin is telling you and adjust your skin care routine accordingly

Give products up to six months to work and show results.

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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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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Skin Typing – what is normal skin and dry skin

Everyone has a unique genetic profile. No two of us are exactly alike, with the exception of identical twins. The characteristics of your skin –its color and pore size, how much hair you have and where you have it, and how much sebum and sweat coats your skin –are dictated by your genes. Your skin characteristics may be similar to your father’s skin or your sisters but there are going to be important differences. After all, the medicines you take, where you live, the stress you experience are unique to you. Even identical twins are exposed to different environmental influences. And your own skin will not be the same tomorrow as it is today.

When people think of skin type, they typically mean how oily or dry the skin is. Oily is actually a white, fatty, sticky, substance secreted by the sebaceous glands. Except for the lips and eyelids, which have no hair follicles or sweat glands, sebaceous glands empty sebum into the upper part of the hair follicle. As the oil emerges from the follicle opening, or pore, it lightly coats the skin, mixing with the structural lipids within the stratum corneum, creating a kind of protective barrier that keeps water within the layers, helping the skin stay moist and soft.

When the sebaceous glands are overactive, the excess sebum can make skin look shiny or feel greasy. When sebaceous glands are underactive or harsh chemicals or overzealous scrubbing remove the natural lubricant, moisture is lost and the skin becomes dry.

Using sebum and structural lipids, or oil, as primary criteria, the skin types are broadly categorized as oily, dry, or normal/combination. It is normal for pores to be more abundant on the nose and chin, and so there is more oil secreted in these areas, the so called T-zone. There are fewer pores on the cheeks and around the eyes, so these normally tend to be drier.


The pores of your skin are medium-size. Although you may have more pores along your nose and chin, and these areas may be oilier than your cheeks and around your eyes, you are not troubled with blackheads and pimples. Your complexion is bright and it feels smooth to the touch. Your skin is usually free of blemishes and tolerates extremes in temperatures well. Your cheeks may redden in the cold, but they don’t become irritated and chapped. Makeup stays where you put it and doesn’t flake. Weather conditions may change your skin: it’s a bit oiler when it’s warm and drier when it’s cool.

Your pores are small and fine, even across your nose and chin. You may have flaky areas where there are fewer pores, and your skin is thin over your cheeks. It may be transparent and delicate that you can see small blood vessels beneath it, especially on your cheeks. Your skin looks smooth, but it feels rough when you run your fingers across it. There’s tightness to your skin’s texture within a half hour after you wash your face with a gentle cleanser, especially when you don’t use a moisturizer. That tightness may even feel uncomfortable by midday. Harsh weather –cold temperatures and wind –can make it feel even worse. You may even get red, scaly patches after being outdoors. You may notices very fine superficial lines etched on your cheeks. That’s because the normal creases in the skin are more obvious when there isn’t enough moisture to soften them. Moisturizing creams and lotions disappear quickly into your skin after you apply them.

 

In a sense, dry skin is like a dry sponge. It rough, hard, and has little cracks in it. When the sponge is soaked in water, it becomes plump, soft, and smooth, and those little cracks disappear. Dryness is caused by lack of either sufficient sebum or structure lipids or both. So if you have dry skin, it may be because your oil glands are not producing enough sebum, or aging has taken a toll on the production of structural lipids within and outside of your skin cells, or because you are cleansing your skin too aggressively or too often. Sometimes the wrong foundation or face powder can be drying. Whatever the reason, the lack of moisture disturbs the skins barrier function.

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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Why should I use a night cream?

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A night cream is a moisturizer in which there is a greater concentration of hydrating ingredients than is typically used in a day cream or lotion. Because of this richness, night creams may leave the skin with a slight occlusive layer that many people would not be comfortable wearing during the day or under foundation.

There are two reasons why a night cream is useful. One is that transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is greatest at night, and a night cream can help prevent that kind of dehydration. Two is that the body’s cells are replenished with nutrients and are being regenerated at night, so this is the time to optimize the delivery of the raw materials skin needs. Now, too, is when free radical damage from the environment is at its lowest point. You’re indoors, in the dark and not active, so fewer free radicals are being produced within your skin as well. You can take advantage of this break in the action to disarm the free radicals that have accumulated during the day and saturate the skin with an extra supply so that you don’t start the next day unprotected.

We recommend the following intense and moisturizing night creams:

  • AGE-BALANCING NIGHT CREAM to replenish moisture.
    While your body rests, this luxurious, hydrating cream boosts and restores moisture, improves elasticity, and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles overnight.

    • Essential Fatty Acids and Shea Butter provide and lock in intense hydration against dry, dull skin
    • Phytoestrogens and Retinol improve elasticity and help smooth skin
  • ESSENTIAL-C NIGHT MOISTURE to neutralize toxins.
    This ultra-hydrating formula encourages healthy cell renewal to reveal healthier, younger-looking complexion overnight.

    • Vitamin C neutralizes toxins and fights free radical damage
    • Shea butter delivers deep, instant hydration to reduce creases
  • PERFECTING NIGHT CREAM hydrate overnight.
    Rejuvenate your skin overnight by restoring hydration and promoting cell turnover.

    • Evening Primrose and Borage Seed Oils, both rich in Omega-6, restore lost moisture
    • Medowsweet Extract refines

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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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Q and A with Dr. Murad about oily skin

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My skin is very oily. To avoid a slick look, I have to wash my face after lunch at the office and reapply makeup. I usually use a mild cleanser and those little disposable abrasive sponges. Someone told me that I’m only irritating my skin with all this scrubbing and actually increasing the activity of my oil glands. Is this true? I like the “clean” feeling that I get after using the sponges, but I’m wondering if I’m making my oily skin even worse.

Dr. Murad Answer

Hormones and other internal agents control oil production from the sebaceous glands, not massage, face washing, or anything else you do to care for your skin. Instead of washing your face so often, though try using rice paper to blot the oil. You press the paper to your skin, on top of your makeup, and it quickly absorbs the excess oil. You might do this two or three times a day. You won’t have to spend the time reapplying your makeup and you’ll avoid irritating your skin with so much washing.

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The Benefits of Using a Night Cream

A night cream is a moisturizer in which there is a greater concentration of hydrating ingredients than is typically used in a day cream or lotion. Because of this richness, night creams may leave the skin with a slight occlusive layer that many people would not find comfortable wearing during the day or under foundation.

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There are two reasons why a night cream is useful.

  1. One is that transepidermal water loss is greatest at night, and a night cream can help prevent that kind of hydration.
  2. Two is that the body’s cells are replenished with nutrients and are being regenerated at night, so this is the time to optimize the delivery of the raw materials skin needs. Now, too, is when free radicals are being produced within your skin as well. You can take advantage of this break in the action to disarm the free radicals that have accumulated during the day and saturate the skin with an extra supply so that you don’t start the next day unprotected.

The advantages of using a night cream are manifold. It not only nourishes and revitalizes your skin but also treats pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, fine lines and acne. It also helps soothe your skin and promotes even complexion and fine texture, boosts collagen and elastic production, improves blood circulation, and reduces discoloration of the skin.

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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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Get the Look: The Perfect Matte Red Lip

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Skincare is the key to great makeup application. It’s important to make sure your lips are smooth and plump prior to lipstick application, this will result in a longer lasting lipstick and an impeccable look.  Our Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips is perfect as a lip treatment before adding lip stick on. Not only will it prevent you lips from thinning, it will also hydrate and plump so you can keep those beautiful lips for as long as possible.

There are many lip colors to choose from, but a vibrant red lip color will add a pop to any simple outfit, making you feel confident, put together and ready to seize the day.

Plump the Pout

Apply a thin layer of Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips and let it absorb for 2 minutes. This will keep your lips soft and supple longer and give a plumper, fuller look.


Line the Lips

Apply your favorite red lip liner.
Pro tip: Fill in your entire lip with your lip liner underneath lipstick for long-lasting color.

Paint it Red

Apply your favorite matte red lipstick.
Pro tip: A red lipstick with a blue undertone makes your teeth look whiter, while an orange undertone will make your complexion look more sun-kissed.

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Touch it up

Clean up the edges of your lips with a small angle brush and your favorite concealer.
Pro tip: If you choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone, it can create a highlighting effect.

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When the Party is Over

Before bed, use Renewing Cleansing Oil on a cotton pad to clean your lips. Apply Soothing Skin and Lip Care to keep your lips hydrated all night.

 

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