6 Easy Rules of Summer Skincare

Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but it is recommended to change a few of your skincare products with the change of seasons. While in winter we tend to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas. Here’s what you should change this summer:

1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer

In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.

2. Increase your SPF usage

Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected)
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Meet Elodie Rivet, Esthetician and Makeup Artist

We had the opportunity to interview Elodie, a licensed esthetician with over 7 years of experience in the beauty industry. Elodie’s passion for skin care and makeup has been proven through her experience working with top cosmetic and skin care brand. She is also a freelance makeup artist, where she applies her passion and expertise to beauty and fashion photo-shoots. We are excited to share with you her vision on and advice for beautiful, healthy skin!

What’s your favorite part about working in the beauty industry?

I really enjoy creating regimen for my customers. Listening to them and understanding their skin concerns to find answers and solutions is rewarding. I like explaining how each products will help them achieve the skin they want. That’s what really makes me happy. When a customer reaches out to me for more advice a few months later, this is when you realize that you have created a connection with this person, and that is priceless!

What’s your biggest beauty secret?

This is not a secret, but I love trying new skin care products!
I am very loyal to my night routine in terms of cleansing. I NEVER, ever skip using my Renewing Cleansing Cream on my Clarisonic brush. Nothing is can compare to that result. My skin always feels incredibly smooth and deeply clean. Any products that are going to be applied after will be absorbed deeper into the skin, for better results. Cleansing is for me the number one step that will make a big difference for a perfect healthy, glowing skin.

Who is your beauty icon and why do you admire her?

Jessica Alba is my beauty icon, stylish but never over the top. Her career as a business woman and as a mom is incredible. She is a real example for everyone.
In terms of beauty, she believes in having an easy but daily skin care routine, which is also essential to me. In terms of makeup, she always goes for a flawless but luminescent complexion with either bold lips for a pop of color or a nice sexy smoky eyes which is a classic but so modern at the same time.

What are your favorite Murad products and why?

Over the past months, my skin seemed to have changed a little. It is not as dry as it used to be. So to make sure that my makeup is staying on all day, I use the Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15. Not only does it provide a matte finish, but it also hydrates my skin. For less of a matte look but deep hydration, I choose the Skin Perfection Lotion.

If you could only have one makeup item, for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Only one? This is difficult. If I had to choose one, I would go for a concealer because I have red cheeks. If this had to be my only makeup item, I would still be able to mix it with a lip balm for a nude lip look or apply a touch of it on the eye lid for a bright, eye-opening look.

What is your favorite treatment to give clients and why?

Facials are without a doubt my favorite kind of treatment. Before each treatment, I consult with my clients in order to understand their skin concerns and their expectations. I love seeing how they relax and forget about their stressful life for a moment. A facial treatment is very beneficial for the skins overall health and wellness and it allows me to connect with clients on a deeper level, which I am all about.

Photos by: Sebastien Panouille.

 

Recommended products from this story:
Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
Skin Perfecting Lotion Renewing Cleansing Cream

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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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Which Serum is Right for you?

Quite a few of our customer ask us: “Should I be switching to another serum now that I’m a bit older?” or “Is this serum what I need for my skin concern?”. Those are all fair questions, as it is always valuable to re-evaluate your skincare routine every now and then. With quite a few serums to choose from, it can be a challenge determining which one is the best for your skin type or skin concern.  Therefore, we decided to create a friendly chart to help guide you to the serum that will provide exactly what you are looking for.

Infographic: Finding the right serum

Click on the serums below to learn even more about each of them:
1. Rapid Collagen Infusion
2. Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum
3. Advanced Active Radiance Serum
4. Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
5. Complete Reform

We hope this helps, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, or comment below we’ll be happy to help!

 

Article by Elodie Rivet – Murad Beauty Advisor

 

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Ingredient spotlight: Avocado Oil

Avocado

 

Native to Mexico and Central America, Avocado is a great source of potassium, dietary fiber, and the phytosterols, monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats that are widely regarded as supportive of heart and brain health.

Dr. Murad has discovered that adding a very special grade of avocado oil to skincare formulas enhances their power to help soothe sensitive skin. Helping skin stay smooth and hydrated are the main benefits of adding avocado oil to our products.

Avocado has a very high content of monosaturated fat than most other fruit. Avocado oil is pressed from the fruit of avocado and it is used as a key ingredient in many skincare products – mainly moisturizers. Rich in vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, and fatty acids, it is packed with benefits that address many skincare concerns.

Avocado oil has healing properties on damaged skin, in fact, sun damage and age spots can be significantly corrected with avocado oil in various cosmetic preparations. With its regenerating properties, it helps heal sun burns, scars and other skin disorders associated with UV damage.

 

products-with-avo-oilShop Murad products with Avocado Oil:

Perfecting Serum

A velvety gel that smoothes fine lines and wrinkles while creating a long-lasting and refined finish and locks in moisture.

 

Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15

This day cream with SPF 15 Instantly hydrates dry, hormonally aging skin to deliver a natural dewy glow

 

Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

The most hydrating moisturizer Murad has ever offered. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, this NON-GREASY, velvety formula provides all-day moisture, all-day smoothness and all-day comfort – leaving skin perfectly polished.

 

Age-Balancing Night Cream

An ultra-rich hydrating night cream that restores suppleness and minimizes wrinkles with essential fatty acids and Shea Butter while encouraging cell turnover to improve skin texture.

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Three Myths about anti wrinkle creams

If you’re using an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle cream as part of your skin care regimen, then we applaud you for taking the necessary steps to ensure that you’ll have youthful looking skin for a long time to come. However, there is actually quite a lot of misinformation out there regarding what an anti-wrinkle cream should and should do and what it should and shouldn’t contain. Here are three myths about anti-aging skin care.

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Myth 1: One Anti-Wrinkle Cream is enough!

It’s actually not true that you can buy one anti-aging or anti-wrinkle cream and have it provide all of your needs! After all, the skin on your face isn’t all the same, is it? Nor are your needs during the course of a twenty-four hour period the same. We recommend that you use three basic anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products:

  1. A daytime anti wrinkle moisturizer or cream that is lightweight enough to not feel too heavy during the day,
  2. A night time anti wrinkle moisturizer, cream or serum that provides more intense results, and
  3. A separate anti wrinkle eye cream for the more sensitive and often more wrinkle-impacted area around your eyes.

Myth 2: Anti Wrinkle Creams Will Solve All Signs of Aging

While it’s true that a good, quality wrinkle cream will remedy many of the signs of aging in the form of fine lines and wrinkles that come with age, there are other signs of aging that you will need to address in other ways. The most common of these are age or sun spots, which are darker discolorations that come with age and which can be treated with a lightening or fading agent. The second most common is an overall loss of firmness in your skin, which is the result of hormonal aging. Murad Resurgence® anti aging skin care products are designed specifically to address this loss of firmness.

Myth 3: Only Old Women Use Anti Wrinkle Creams

This just isn’t true! It’s never too early to start addressing the signs of aging on your skin. Whether your first tiny lines and winkles are already visible or whether you’re using an anti wrinkle cream preventatively, you don’t need to be a senior individual to begin ensuring that you have youthful, beautiful skin for as long as possible!

How to apply a anti wrinkle eye cream

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MEET: Actress and Author Robin Givens

We’re excited to introduce you to one of Murad’s most celebrated celebrity fans. Actress, author and mom Robin Givens is a big fan of our products and embraces Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health philosophy. We had a great chat with her about motherhood, her writing career, and what her secrets are to looking, living and feeling #BetterEveryDay.

Robin Givens

How did you meet Dr. Murad?

First, I saw him on TV. He has a nice calm about him. I was aware of the product, and wanted to hear what he said about it. I met him in person in the office and he was radiant! There was an energy that lit him up from the inside. I saw his artwork and he was so warm. He cared about not only how women looked, but felt about themselves. I always knew he was knowledgeable, but I really got the feeling that he cared about women and understood that beauty came from feeling good.

What are your favorite Murad products?

I love the Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream and I love the cleansers, both AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and the Essential-C Cleanser. I don’t go anywhere without the cleansers! And the Rapid Collagen Infusion is amazing.

How do you embrace the Murad Inclusive Health® vision and strive to Look, Live and Feel Better Every Day? How do you LOOK BETTER?

When I feel good, I look good. Exercise is a great part of looking good. I like to sweat. It makes me feel emotionally really good. Those endorphins! I like to move my body. A body in motion stays in motion. The older you get, you actually have to move more. If you take a few days off, it’s harder to get started again. I walk everywhere when I’m in New York City. I also do spinning, yoga and pilates. I even get on my son’s skateboard! Whatever you find you respond to and works for you. The key thing is to mix it up because your body gets used to the same thing over and over again.

How do you LIVE BETTER?

Nutrition goes along with working out. I’ve become so much more sensitive as I age. If I eat Chinese food, I’m going to feel it; too much sodium. So proper nutrition is key; it really affects everything.

How do you FEEL BETTER?

You have to have a sense of gratitude—when you look around and you’re just grateful for everything. My son says “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” Just being appreciative of being here and doing the best you can every day.

What inspires you?

Life. I love people, being close to nature, spending time with my kids, learning something new every day and being the best person I can be every day.

What’s your personal mantra?

Be gentle with myself. Just be gentle. Whatever you can do, if you do the best you can do at that moment, that’s success. As women, we are kind of hard on ourselves.

Describe a typical day in your life.

Wake up at 5am. I love it when it’s quiet and dark outside. At 6am I do pilates, then pick up bagels for my son. I drop him at school, return phone calls, do some writing, take him to tennis practice. Then I make a healthy dinner and do some more writing. As women, we keep a lot of balls in the air.

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?

You get to see the world all over again through these brand new eyes that are so gung-ho about life. Your parents start raising you and your children finish the job. My children teach me patience and compassion. They really know how to work that love muscle. Nothing’s made me happier in my life than being a mom.

If you weren’t an actress, what would you be?

Maybe a doctor or an ice skater or a tennis player. Or a political journalist.

You’re an author, tell us about your book.

My book is Grace Will Lead Me Home, and I’m working on another one. It will be a major investigation of Robin. I’m starting with my grandmother, then my mother, then myself. Basically, what made me me. Also, I recently wrote a piece for Time Magazine and I wrote my first feature film, which we’re shooting next spring. I write everything out with a yellow legal pad and a pen!

Robin, we love how honest, real and refreshing you are. And you look gorgeous! We can’t wait to read your new book. We look forward to getting more tips from Robin on staying fit, eating right, and being a strong, confident woman.
Listen to Robin’s story about hormonal aging in the video below:

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Not all aging is the same

Age has different reasons and triggers for this process. We all know age is inevitable, but it is also important to understand what cause aging. Here some main type of causes of aging to help you to completely grasp how to address aging.


Aging a fact of life:

Aging is simply a natural aging process no matter what you do to try halt it. In your body, aging result in loss of collagen and elastin, but also reduced water content in the cells.

Environmental aging, inevitable but controllable:

It is exactly like it sounds, aging from combination of injury to your outside compromised cellular functions on your insides. Lucky this type of aging can be control to some degree. Factor such as sun exposure, pollution, smoking, poor diet, alcohol, stress contribute to this type of aging. The good news is the effect (dryness – sun damage – sagging…) of environmental aging can be minimized through both preventive action and treatment.
Healthy food, exercises, sun protection, removing your make up every night… Add all those small habits to your routine and you will see improvement on your skin, on your health, as well.

Hormonal aging:

It occurs as levels of estrogen decline (start happening long before menopause).
Glycolic acid, retinol, papaya extract or Shea butter, will be ingredients to help enhance your skin despite the hormonal aging happening.

Taking care of yourself, will make the difference. You will still take one year every 365 days, but if during 365 days, you help your body, your skin to glow and show how beautiful you are, one more year doesn’t mean much anymore.
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Advices Line:

Resurgence:

Help with Hormonal Aging, loss of elasticity, thinning skin, medium and deep wrinkles

Environmental Shield:

Help with Age, sun spots, dry, stressed out skin wrinkle, lines and creases uneven tone and texture

***source info: The Water secret by H.Murad

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Star Beauty Awards 2012 – Murad Rejuvenating Lift for Neck & Décolleté

Rejuvenating Lift for Neck & Décolleté.Don’t stop with an anti-aging regimen that ends at your chin – get youthful looking skin everywhere that it counts without surgery!

The solution is the Rejuvenating Lift for Neck & Décolleté.
Winner of the Star Beauty Awards for the “Best Anti-Aging Cream”
Firms skin by 42% after one application *

This intensive serum increases skin’s firmness, evens skin tone and retestures skin to give you a youthful-looking neck and décolleté region.
It also helps to reduce the appearance of age spots, resulting in a more youthful look and feel.

Buy Rejuvenating Lift for Neck & Décolleté

*Study results on file.

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A gentle cleanser and a deeper clean

DID YOU KNOW..

Today’s makeup is super long-wearing—that means great day coverage but a real risk of clogged pores and acne at night. To meet the challenge of easily removing these long-wearing products without stripping your skin, we’ve developed Renewing Cleansing Oil. Renewing Cleansing Oil is a remarkable new, non-greasy cleanser that has the power to thoroughly remove your makeup without scrubbing. Renewing Cleansing Oil not only leaves your skin remarkably clean, it actually leaves your skin noticeably softer and smoother.  (more…)

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