Prevent Winter Skin Damage

‘Tis the season to bundle up with a hot cocoa by the fireplace! However, our lives don’t stop just because the weather has turned increasingly cold and frightful. While you’re out there battling the elements, your skin is going through a tough time, trying to keep up. Here are some ways to make sure your skin is protected and ready for battle this winter.

Dry Skin:

Does your skin dry up throughout the day, causing you to re-apply your moisturizer? Does your skin feel tight ten minutes after cleansing? If you said yes, then you have dry skin and we have a solution.

  • The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture locks moisture in your skin for up to 24 hours. Dr. Murad uses Advanced Hyaluronic Acid technology to enhance the skins ability to attract and retain water deep within its surface for intense, long-lasting hydration. Use this once a day, or more if desired, but you can’t go wrong with this velvety, yet lightweight luxurious moisturizer.
    Pro-tip: Use the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence before the moisturizer, to boost the moisture to extraordinary levels.

  • Firming Peptide Body Treatment: Your body needs protecting this winter too! Although most of us tend to wear slightly more clothing during this season, sometimes it’s simply not enough for those ashy elbows, knees and whatever else. This body treatment not only helps moisturize skin, it also uses proprietary peptide blends to visibly tone and firm skin! Get ready for bikini season early this year.

Sensitive Skin:

Many people suffer from sensitive skin, and it can be a nightmare to treat. It feels like every product you put on your face burns, and your skin gets red very quickly! The winter can be the worst for people with sensitive skin, as you combine the regular skin problems with harsh climate and the rapid decrease of humidity. Dr. Murad has, as both a dermatologist and pharmacist, treated hundreds of people over the years with sensitive skin, and his approach is: less is more. Rather than applying 5 different products this winter, we’ve narrowed it down to two fantastic products to make your skin feel great.

  • The Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum is the ultimate in skin sensitive products. As a serum, it helps treat the redness, while making sure your skin feels cool and stays hydrated throughout the day. Once again. Dr. Murad highlights the importance of Hyaluronic Acid in this formula, combined with Glycolipids to help ease into winter in comfort.
  • This time of year can turn anyone into a grinch, especially those of us who are consistently losing our gloves! Your hands, though very capable at holding and pointing, turn super sensitive and red when exposed to the elements. Even if you’re indoors all day, you’re not completely safe from the dry heat being pumped through the heating ducts. That’s why the Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream reigns supreme. The AHA stands for Glycolic Acid, which helps lightly exfoliate the dead cells on top of your skin, to reveal the soft, younger skin below. As an added bonus, the smell of this cream will transport you to a land far away, where no snow or rain dares to enter, thanks to the Lemongrass and Vetiver! Give your hands a hand this winter.

Oily Skin:

You would think, given the dry weather, that our sebaceous (oil) glands would go into hibernation for the season, but contrary to popular belief, dry weather makes the glands go into overdrive! When those oil glands get clogged with dead skin, debris and other unmentionables, you can sure bet a pimple is soon to follow. To prevent the cacophony of problems, start by preventing the oil build-up in the first place!

  • The Oil-Control Mattifer has been tried and tested and has come up victorious. Notorious for its Oil-Control Complex which effectively reduces shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours! Not only that, but the SPF of 15 is geared for all year wear, whether you’re hitting the slopes or looking for a beach getaway this winter.
    Pro Tip: For a night on the town, use this moisturizer just before your makeup process begins, and watch how it mattifies all the imperfections. You’ll be looking #FLAWLESS all night long!
  • Make way for the mistletoe! Your lips are getting ready to pucker up, but all you notice is the dry, flakiness and painful sensation of over-dried lips. Even lipstick can’t help cover up this major winter catastrophe. Never fear, Dr. Murad has, once again, come to the rescue. The Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips will step up to the plate for you, preparing your lips for all kinds of winter fun. The enhanced collagen technology instantly plumps and restores volume, while the Shea Butter and Apple Extract hydrate and smooth the lips. Just because your lips don’t have oil glands doesn’t mean they can’t shine bright all night!

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Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

 

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are active ingredients found in popular acne treatments. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel. Salicylic Acid is a welcome alternative for people with sensitive skin.


Benzoyl Peroxide Salicylic Acid
Can cause initial dryness and irritation to skin, such as redness and swelling In skin care products it’s used as a gentle exfoliant to clear dead cells and stimulate new skin cells
Can remove the skin’s top protective layer, increasing the risk of sunburn and premature aging (if sunblock is not used) In toothpaste it’s used as an antiseptic to rid bacteria
Can bleach hair, teeth and clothing In medication it’s used to aid stomach and fever relief
Can be flammable at high concentrations In plants it can make flowers blossom

 

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a vital ingredient in many skin care products, lotions and creams, used to treat acne and psoriasis, as well as hair products to treat dandruff. This Beta Hydroxy Acid, compared to Alpha Hydroxy Acid, is a great exfoliant used to treat acne and acne-prone skin. It effectively penetrates oil-filled pores and exfoliates the dead skin cells that build up inside , thereby reducing irritation and inflammation. Salicylic Acid also helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. If used continuously, this acne medication can effectively unclog pores and prevent future breakouts.

Where does Salicylic Acid come from?

Derived from the bark of the willow tree, Salicylate has been used for centuries, though primarily for the treatment of fever relief. Salicylic Acid literally, comes from word “salix”, which is Latin for willow tree.

Who should use Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is tough enough to combat acne and gentle enough to soothe skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema and acne treatment. And it’s great for all skin types! It works well for oily and acne-prone skin as it deep cleans pores. It’s essential for dry/sensitive skin because it creates less irritation than AHAs and by removing the dead layer of skin it allows for moisturizer to be better absorbed. This exfoliating process is a must for aging skin, as it evens the appearance of tone and texture and allows for the growth of new skin.

How It Works

Acne occurs when excessive amounts of dead skin cells collect inside a pore and bind with excess oil to create a plug. That plug creates an airless environment that is an ideal condition for acne bacteria to thrive. Salicylic Acid, a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), fights the breakout within the pore by helping to normalize excessive shedding of cells and excess oil production—the primary contributors to blocked pores and breakouts. Salicylic Acid also gently exfoliates the upper layer of the skin to help keep pores clear and unblocked. Salicylic Acid is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps to calm red, swollen acne-stressed skin. The combination of benefits that Salicylic Acid provides makes is ideal for dealing with today’s breakouts and redness and for improving the health of the skin to inhibit the formation of future breakouts.

Why It’s Recommended

Salicylic Acid treats, heals and prevents acne without over-drying or irritating skin, which can cause more acne breakouts. Because acne can only be managed through regular and consistent treatment, Dr. Murad has specifically designed his formulas for daily use.

Murad’s Acne Products

Murad’s Acne Line is clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation. One of our bestselling products, Acne Clearing Solution, contains .5% Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree oil, Queen of the Meadow extract and a vitamin blend. In a Murad-sponsored study, 96% of users saw clearer skin in 72 hours. Our newest acne product is Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator which contains Salicylic Acid and pumpkin seed extract. Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells—while dissolving beads smooth and soften skin.

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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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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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Skin Brushing

Skin brushing is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells, and encourages new cell growth. You need only a loofah or a body brush with natural rather that you can reach your back and buttocks. To work your whole upper body, start at your feet and work your way up. Brushing the whole body in this way takes between three and five minutes, depending on how many strokes you give to each area. Pay particular attention to the cellulite-prone areas, using small circular movements. It is best done in the morning –the resulting acceleration of blood flow can be quite invigorating. The difference in your skin may be visible after just a few sessions –it becomes very soft and develops a rosy glow. Dry skin brushing must be done gently without harsh or rigorous rubbing that can damage the dermis. Overbrushing causes the skin to turn red and become irritated.

Treatments that stimulate the blood flow to the skin can have beneficial effects when combined with other principles of internal and external skincare. Although there are no blood vessels in the epidermis, the dermis is rich with blood vessels, and the epidermis receives nutrients and oxygen supply from the dermis. The blood vessels in the dermis are continuations of larger vessels located deeper in the body that branch out into smaller vessels as they approach the surface of the skin. Brushing can help to stimulate these vessels.

Transform every inch of your skin with Murad Youth Builder Bodycare

Unlock the potential of Murad’s most advanced treatment technologies to transform every inch of your skin. Youth Builder’s unique transformative formulas awaken the spirit with fragrant aromas of Lemongrass Vetiver & Bergamot while delivering on the Murad promise of real results.

We recommend the following bodycare products:

 

Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser

 
Transform your shower into a detoxifying ritual with this rich, luxurious White Clay cleanser. Ginger Root Extract helps stimulate circulation while Safflower and Sunflower Oils impart moisture to skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated. Check it out here.

 

Collagen Support Body Cream

 
This intensely hydrating body cream triples skin’s moisture upon application and nourishes skin by locking in moisture for 24 hours, while lightly scenting skin with Lemongrass and Vetiver. Check it out here.

 

Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream

 
Rejuvenate your hands with this lightweight, quick-absorbing cream featuring Glycolic Acid (AHA) to improve clarity and texture. A Hyaluronic Acid-rich botanical extract improves hydration and protects the moisture barrier to keep skin soft and smooth. Check it out here.

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Anti-aging Ingredients, The Solution In a Jar

Anti-aging products take so many forms nowadays: from creams to cleansers, from serums to exfoliants, all of these promise a specific ingredient that addresses the anti aging skin concerns. While formulas become more and more complex, and the range of products designed for aging skin is being diversified, not all products present major differences in terms of ingredients.

But of course, there are ingredients that are almost an imperative for any anti-aging product formula and need to address dryness, flakiness, spots and wrinkles. Moisturizers, in particular, are a must in any anti aging product, in order to maintain healthy skin and to help fight aging signs. Whether it’s hormonal or genetic or environmental, the symptoms of aging can be alleviated with topical skin care, but not permanently overcome.

Some of the most popular ingredients in anti aging creams and treatments are on everyone’s lips but not everyone is totally aware of their role in skin care. The best anti-aging ingredients are usually hydrators, vitamins, proteins and botanicals:

Collagen

The skin protein is responsible for maintaining elasticity by binding water molecules and preventing the cellular water loss; collagen fibers are the ones that provide support and strength to the skin. Their loss can be compensated with collagen in creams, or by stimulating the body to produce more collagen on its own. Nutrition plays an important role in our body’s collagen production.

What is collagen and why is it important for my skin?

Retinol

It is a natural form of Vitamin A which is essential for maintaining the skin functions and necessary for cell renewal; supplements can make up for the lack of this vitamin in our bodies.

Coenzyme Q10

This is a potent antioxidant which is praised for its anti-aging benefits, usually quite efficient in body aging prevention; it occurs naturally in our skin but its presence decreases with age, so internal or topical supplements are recommended.

Plant Based Estrogens

Replacing the loss of natural estrogen that comes with aging, they deliver hydration and improve elasticity when skin needs it mostly. Estrogen is a female hormone involved in the development of the female characteristics and in maintaining skin elasticity.

Sodium PCA

It is a natural ingredient derived from vegetal sources that is also a very efficient emollient on the skin. It is usually used for intensive hydration of aging skin.

Glycerin

One of the best humectants in skin care, it improves smoothness and hydration and is used in most of the topical products because of its water retaining properties.

Essential Fatty Acids

Vital elements that regenerate and restore skin while providing intense hydration, they are considered some of the most nourishing ingredients; internally or topically, they are “essential” for our bodies.

Botanicals and Fruit Enzymes

Nature has its riches, like ingredients that have regenerating, nourishing, soothing and moisturizing properties; fruit enzymes are also very efficient exfoliators for aging skin.

AHAs & BHAs

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are the most popular exfoliators out there. AHAs are stronger and BHAs are known to be milder, suitable for normal and sensitive skin.

Lactic Acid

An exfoliator as well (it is basically an Alpha Hydroxy Acid), it is suitable for almost any type of skin and softens while exfoliating the dead skin cells layers on the surface. Its main benefit is that it doesn’t dry out the skin.

 

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What is sensitive skin and how does it differ from normal skin?

Sensitive skin reacts much more violently to outside aggressors like smoke, pollution and sun damage than typical “normal” skin. Topical and internal stressors can also inflame sensitive skin, including increased reactions to drinking alcohol or even eating spicy foods. For example, prolonged exposure to the sun may cause severe burning for someone with sensitive skin while someone with atypical skin may notice slight coloring. Also, those with sensitive skin will also notice alleviated redness during cold or hot weather, aerobic exercise and even spurred emotion.

Why does sensitive skin need special treatment?

Just like any departure from what is considered “normal”, sensitive skin needs precautionary care to ensure it’s always at it healthiest and most radiant. Sensitive skin can often be painful and uncomfortable so it’s important to always prevent flare-ups or reactions when possible. I always recommend my patients to spot-test any topical agent to the inside of their upper arm first before they apply to their face. This area mimics the skin on the face in terms of sensitivity but it can also be discreetly hidden if there is some sort of a visible reaction. I also recommend spot-testing behind the ears as it can be concealed, as well.


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 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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Dr. Murad’s Recipe for Beautiful Skin

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One of the foundational concepts of my approach to skincare is the simple truth that beautiful skin is healthy skin and healthy skin is beautiful. Early on in my career as a dermatologist, I realized that there were three key processes that rob skin of both health and beauty: free-radical oxidation, inflammation triggered by irritation and last but not least, dehydration. Armed with that insight, I began to experiment with different combinations of ingredients that addressed all three of these damaging processes.

Eventually I perfected just the right “recipe” of antioxidants, anti-irritants and hydrators and blended it intoevery one of my formulas. These three classes of ingredients are now recognized as essential to maintaining skin health. Here’s what you need to know about each class.

  • Antixodants like pomegranate extract, vitamin C and grape seed extract help protect against possible sun damage and fight the damaging free radicals responsible for much of what we perceive as skin aging, including fine lines.
  • Anti-irritants, including zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal, neutralize redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.
  • Hydrators such as ceramides, amino acids and essential fatty acids strengthen the skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes. These ingredients protect against dryness and fine lines by replenishing naturally occurring skin lipids, improving moisture retention and protecting skin from the environment.

 

While may other have seen the wisdom of this approach and followed in my footsteps, only Murad products contain the true Murad Recipe, which is my personal prescription for skin health.

 


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 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 Reduce Redness and Skin Irritation

Whether you are suffering from Rosacea or experiencing light redness and irritation, your sensitive skin requires special care as it is susceptible to irritants of all kinds. Here at Murad Canada, we know genetics are not the only ones to blame for the causes of redness and irritation. Powerful environmental factors, such as the strong cold wind we often experience, can intensify the first signs of dryness and sensitivity.

Murad Redness Therapy

Dr. Murad has developed the Redness Therapy skin care products to help his patients soothe and calm irritated skin. The discomfort of dry, tight skin is definitely not something you want to ignore as it is proven to have an impact on concentration and self-confidence.
To help you regain the soft and hydrated skin you once had, here are 3 ideal products that will deliver nutrients and moisture to you skin in order to bring back that healthy glow.

Step 1: Calm Skin SoothingGelCleanser_6.75oz_LR

Comfort and cool your skin with our Soothing Gel Cleanser. Designed to wash away irritating impurities, this cleanser will not only gently clean your skin it will also alleviate redness, tightness and discomfort.

Step 2: Boost Moisture

Being one of the best serums for sensitive skin, our Soothing Serum is like a “drink of water” for your skin. With chamomile extract and arnica, it soothes and improves suppleness of skin while helping skin attract and retain vital moisture. Say good-bye to redness and irritation!

Step 3: Strengthen and Recondition

With Azelaic Acid and Peppermint Extract, our Recovery Treatment Gel calms inflammation for all day relief. This soothing moisturizer will also accelerate healing of the skin and strengthen it so you can now focus on you daily tasks without worrying about dry, irritated skin.

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