How to keep your skin looking younger

Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity.

When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself.

But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south.

Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production. The key is to keep skin cells hydrated, for Youthful-Looking skin from inside out!

Follow these tips from Dr. Murad:

Nourish Your Skin
Use a daily moisturizer to deliver a rush of hydration to your skin, this also helps create an environmental barrier that protects your cells from the daily stresses.

Eat Your Water
Enjoy an amino-acid and antioxidant-rich goji berry smoothie to help strengthen the cellular membrane and retain hydration.

Awaken Your Body
Build muscles that hold optimal hydration by practicing strength-training exercises, such as squats and lunges.

Be Kind to Your Mind
Practice breathing exercises to reduce Cultural Stress®, which is linked to high cortisol levels that lead to cellular dehydration.

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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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Bridal Beauty – top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

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We know you want to look flawless on your big day! Having great skin is just as important as wearing the perfect bridal gown, so start your pre-wedding skincare countdown now. Our Murad skincare experts put together this helpful six-month timeline to follow for glowing, gorgeous skin on your big day.

Pre-Wedding Skincare Countdown: A few tips for a beautiful skin

 6 months to go
  •  Take daily dietary supplements to give your body the building blocks it needs to help every cell in every system.
  • Now that you’re engaged, everyone will be paying extra attention to your hands! Rejuvenate them with a monthly manicure and moisturize daily (We recommend our Youth Builder Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream) to keep them looking and feeling soft and lovely.
3 months to go
  •  Stick to your workouts to reduce skin-damaging stress and wedding-planning anxiety.
  • Commit to a monthly facial routine to keep your complexion healthy and rejuvenated.
1 month to go
  •  Keep your skin smooth and glowing by exfoliating 1-2 times a week (We recommend trying our Skin Smoothing Polish).
  • Get your last facial 2-3 weeks before your big day to allow redness from extractions to resolve.
Week of the wedding
  •  Get a stress-relieving massage.
  • Keep your diet heavy on fruits and veggies and light on salty, processed foods, which can make your eyes look puffy and your body feel bloated. We suggest you read a bit more about the science behind eating fruits and veggies with Dr. Murad’s “Eat Your Water” research.
The Big Day

Remember that it’s likely something won’t go as planned or turn out the way you imagined it, but don’t let that ruin your day. As Dr. Murad says, “When you learn to be imperfect, your life will be more perfect.”

 

Here are top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

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While the early-morning beauty prep gets underway, start with this professional-strength eye treatment. Its exclusive surface-filling and firming technologies work beneath the eye pads to instantly lift, firm and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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Spray a few spritzes of this refreshing toner to rehydrate skin and restore pH balance. The fresh peach scent also helps set the relaxing, pampering mood for the makeup and hair prep to come.

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Save yourself from a makeup meltdown during any outdoor photo shoots by applying this mattifying moisturizer with SPF 15. It helps control oil for up to 8 hours so you’ll stay picture-perfect all throughout your wedding day.

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Between battling the never-ending to-do lists, last-minute crises and wedding jitters, getting a full night’s sleep might slip down the priority list. Keep under-eye creasing and puffiness at bay with this multi-active eye cream that firms, brightens and hydrates.

invisiblur Toast to a Flawless Future

Before you apply foundation, finish with this breakthrough product to treat, blur and protect. Its silky smooth formula blurs lines and imperfections, conceals pores, and primes skin, so you’ll look flawless in all your wedding photos.

We wish all the brides-to-be out there a joyful, stress-free, beautiful wedding day; one filled with moments you will cherish forever!

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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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What is the differences between Cellulite and Stretch Marks?

Think of a rubber band that is stretched out over time. It loses its elasticity and becomes weak. The same thing with your connective tissue. As parts of it become damaged and brittle, their newly ridged texture and lack of elasticity become visible. Stretch marks are cause by acute damage to specific areas of the body that are stretched. It affects 70% of adolescent females and 40% of young males, 90% of pregnant women (during the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy). The most common areas where they occur is on the abdomen, thighs, breasts in women; armpits in men. Stretch marks affects adolescents experiencing growth spurts, body builders who practice strenuous and repetitive exercise, users of topical and systemic steroids, people with massive weight gain and loss (including pregnancy), and people with certain diseases such as tuberculosis.

You know that fatty tissue is found in most parts of your body to varying degrees. It primarily functions as a protective cushion for your organs and as an energy reserve. When you reduce your normal intake of food, your body automatically burns its own reservoir of stored fat. On a low-calorie diet, fat comes off in many areas, but the cellulite bulges remain. Cellulite is a complex disease or problem that starts with damage to the vascular system. Its causes are both hormonal and genetic. It affects 80-90% of women and rarely seen in men. The most common areas they appear are on the thighs, hips, buttocks, knees, upper arms and abdomen.

It’s rarely discussed, but the skin of your behind needs special care too. Bring the saying soft as a babys bottom to your own backside by exfoliating the skin on your derrière 2-3 times per week with your favorite body scrub or dry brush. Minimize the appearance of cellulite by using topical products like the Firming Peptide Body Treatment that help restore skin elasticity and firmness. Or get a deep tissue massage (butt included) to help break up that connective tissue and improve circulation for healthy skin everywhere!

Dont forget to take care of your skin – all of it! Your body will thank you.

Recommended products for Cellulite and Stretch Marks

 

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 is a water gauge

The Water Principle is not about drinking four to eight or twelve glasses a day, it is about getting water into cells and keeping it there so that every one of the trillions of cells in your body functions at full capacity.

Next to oxygen, water is the most important substance you need, and almost everything we know about aging tells us that the decline in function over the years is a story of water loss. At birth, about 75 percent of our weight is water, but gradually as we age we lose the ability to hold on to water. On average, man is about 60 percent water and a 15 percent decrease in water may not seem like much, but as you’ll see, if we look at the cheek of a baby and a seventy-year-old, it makes a dramatic, visible difference.

The skin is the largest and only visible organ of the body, and it reflects the aging processes – including water loss – that occur throughout the body. The damaged, water-deprived fibers and cells, and the gel-like substance in which they are all embedded, tell me that a similar situation exists in the cells of the heart, the muscles, the liver, the walls of the blood vessels, and the joints. Each and every cell of the body is connected. Therefore, if water is lost from the epidermis, those cells will withdraw water from somewhere else. It comes from the fluid circulating around the cells, then from an adjacent cell or from the dermis beneath it, and eventually from other tissues or cells of other organs.

Water is essential to the life of every living cell. It is what keeps a cell from collapsing in on itself, so one of the purposes of the body’s natural chemistry is to insure that each cell from the brain to the heart to the organs of the abdomen are kept plump with fluid on the inside and lubricated with moisture on the outside. Water also gives volume to the blood and pliability to the tissues. You can see this in your skin.

Without an adequate water supply, the skin cells, disintegrate. Structures that support skin become stiff and lose flexibility. The skin layers become thin and flat. Blood vessel walls become fragile, porous, and leak water like old pipes. Nutrients can’t be delivered, and waste materials aren’t carried away. And the more water that’s lost, the more fragile and penetrable the barrier is. That weakening means even more water is lost, and a destructive, self-perpetuating cycle is set in motion.

You can put a stop to this water loss. You can rebuild a vital strong barrier than not only gives you a more youthful appearance but also functions at its full potential, defending itself against further water loss.

Read more about:
The Science of Cellular Water
Health Benefits of Watermelon
3 Rules for good health
Recipe for hydration
 

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 sunscreen protects

Sunscreens protect your skin by blocking or absorbing the sun’s rays. Depending on the active ingredients in the sunscreen you use, you will protect yourself from the burning ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and the more penetrating ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.

The growing awareness of UVA’s destructive power is especially disturbing because since sunscreens were invented we have has the ability to protect ourselves against the burning UVB rays. That, obviously is a good thing. However, the downside is that since we’re less likely to burn, there is no warning sign that we’ve gotten too much sun. We could stay at the beach or on the golf course much longer than we might have in the days before sunscreens, exposing our skin to huge doses of UVA. Today we have broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Tip: Always wear a moisturizer with SPF.

What are the side effects of sun damage?

Dr. Murad explains.

 

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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Skincare and Shaving: Pro Tips for Men

Men’s skincare is totally different than women’s skincare. The daily need to combat razor burn and ingrown hairs from shaving requires a specific regimen. Our Murad Man products keep things simple. Follow these four easy steps to achieve the perfect shave:

  1. Use a pre-shave exfoliator.
  2. Apply Cleansing Shave, a cleanser/shaving cream.
  3. Apply Razor Burn Rescue®, a post-shave razor burn treatment.

Our team put together this helpful infographic to explain the benefits. Pin it to your Pinterest account to save for future reference!

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This daily regimen is a soothing and effective combination suitable for all skin types. It will ensure that your next shave is nice and smooth! Check out our Murad Man skincare products for healthy, bump-free skin.

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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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Time-saving Skincare and Beauty Hacks

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Celebrity makeup artist Nikki DeRoest, has an extensive amount of knowledge on makeup and beauty, so we asked the pro. What are her tips and advice on applying makeup when time is limited?

She starts by sharing how to get a glowing, radiant look in just a few steps. The key to a bright, radiant skin? The preparation before makeup with skincare. We all know that beautiful skin is first healthy skin, so her beauty hacks focus on using skincare together or before makeup.

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The first step is to use the Active Radiance Serum in order to prep the skin before the foundation. Nikki explains how that is going to brighten skin so that it looks even more radiant before working on the foundation.

Next step is to apply a moisturizer. Don’t skip it! In order to give your skin an extra boost of hydration without making it feel greasy, Nikki uses the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. The light-weight texture is going to hydrate skin and help the foundation melt on the skin for a smoother skin.

An important part of achieving a glowing, radiant is to brighten up the eye area. Using an eye cream together with a concealer is a great idea to get the full benefits. Blend a pump of the Renewing Eye Cream with your favorite concealer and apply under the eyes.

Now quickly before you leave the house, add a touch of color to your lips! Mixing a lip treatment and a cream blush, Nikki explains how fast and time saving this process is. Simply mix your chosen blush with our Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips to give your lips some color and treating them at the same time.

Ready, Set, Go!

Check out the full video of Nikki’s best beauty hacks for the busy gal on the go:

 

Shop the look:

Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

Renewing Eye Cream

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Advanced Active Radiance Serum

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