The Best Murad Moisturizers For Your Skin Type

Do you moisturize your skin every day? If you don’t, you should. Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger, you will have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated for longer. Moisturize daily sounds easy enough but you need to make sure that you are using the right moisturizer. Just like there are different moisturizers for different skin types (dry, oily and combination), the same goes for SPF products. This guide should help you select the right moisturizer.

Dry Skin

Age-Balancing Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a daily moisturiser that significantly improves hydration, protects skin’s elasticity to reverse the visible signs of ageing while providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This formula utilizes specialized proteins from the Resurrection Plant—a highly-resilient species of desert plant which is known to survive severe dehydration and thrive in very harsh conditions — to deeply nourish, protect and restore moisture to dry, advanced ageing skin.

Dry Skin

The Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30 | PA+++ provides essential hydration and broad spectrum sun protection to dry skin. Moisturizers restore suppleness and ease lines while powerful antioxidants boost protection against free radical damage.

Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30
Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30

Sun-Damaged Skin

Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 | PA+++ – This antioxidant-rich moisturizer shields and revitalizes environmentally damaged skin

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++
Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++

Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This ultra-light moisturizer hydrates without causing blemishes while defending against signs of aging.

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++ – Our oil mattifier is a shine-reducing moisturizer that creates an immediate matte surface and controls oil for up to 8 hours. Oil-Control Complex® helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.

White Brilliance Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++
White Brilliance Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++
Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++

All Skin Types

Luminous Shield SPF 50 | PA++++ – This ultra-lightweight UV lotion provides powerful sun protection to help preserve skin’s rosy glow and give skin a porcelain smooth finish.

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This breakthrough, invisible skin-perfecting shield instantly blurs imperfections and treats signs of aging.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

Sun protection is crucial for your skin. You’re probably using sunscreen every day, but do you know how to use it?

  1. Higher SPF doesn’t mean better protection – it means longer protection. SPF of 15 filters up to 95% of the UVs while SPF50 up to 98%. But the higher the SPF number, the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. In theory, SPF of 15 means you can safely be in the sun up to 15 times longer than you could without using sunscreen. This is only a guideline and it is 100% valid only if you’re using the sunscreen correctly and reapplying as indicated.
  2. Less is NOT more. Apply generous amounts of sunscreen lotion– and make sure you reapply as needed. You can lose protection even when you sweat or rub your skin.
  3. UV-Bs are the ultraviolet rays that burn your skin – but not the only ones to cause damage! While UV-As only cause sun burns in large doses, they are still associated with aging and other detrimental changes to the skin because of their action on the collagen and elastin fibrils. UV-As are milder, but they are still not safe. So make sure you choose a sunscreen that guards skin from both UV-As and UV-Bs.
  4. The SPF number only measures the amount of UV-B protection you get. It doesn’t measure the amount of UV-A protection, which is given by another number. When purchasing a product, try to find out the UV-A protection factor. If this is not available, a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects against both A and B rays will suffice.
  5. Clothes are not an efficient barrier against sun damage. Wear sunscreen on your entire body under your clothes when you spend lots of time outdoors. Clothes only have a SPF of 4 up to 7, not enough to protect during longer sun exposure.
  6. Tan is the skin’s defense reaction to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It eventually acts as a filter for ultraviolet rays (partially) but this doesn’t recommend using your newly achieved tan as SPF. The beginning stage of tanning is essentially skin inflammation and the tan itself is just damaged skin which can be seriously affected when overexposed to sun.
  7. Layering sunscreen lotions will not multiply the SPF protection. If you apply a lotion with SPF 15 and then makeup with SPF 20, the total SPF you’re benefiting from is 20; the SPF you end up with is the highest one you have applied.
  8. Sunscreen will not prevent body from producing the necessary amount of Vitamin D. Your skin needs UV-B rays to make vitamin D. While these can be filtered out by sunscreen, you only need approximately 10 minutes of sun a day for producing vitamin D – which you are likely to get considering people almost never apply sunscreen correctly and just a little time outdoors is enough. Be careful though: your skin stops producing Vitamin D a few minutes after sun exposure. Sunbathing for hours will not increase your vitamin D levels.
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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5 Ways to Prepare Your Skin For The Colder Days

Our skin is always vulnerable during the cold winter days: the freezing breeze, the dry weather. The fact that we are busy shouldn’t let us forget about how important it is to take care of our skin. This winter, stay protected. It all starts now, before damages can happen. With these few tips, you’ll keep your skin beautiful all winter long.

1. ADOPT A NEW MOISTURIZER

A change in weather requires a change in moisturizer! In the winter your skin needs richer and creamier products in order to stay hydrated. Slowly make the switch to oil-based but non-clogging cleansers and daily creams.

2. EXFOLIATE

Although we all want to keep the last bit of tan we finally managed to get over the summer, your skin needs to breath and for that it should be exfoliated. Cellular build-up on the skin’s surface could result in a dull looking skin tone and cause pores to clog, ultimately leading to irritation. To effectively remove dead skin cells, exfoliate frequently.

3. DON’T FORGET SPF

You might be thinking: “Why should I wear sunscreen during winter? It’s not even hot out!” Most of us forget that the sun’s UV rays are still present over the winter and they remain strong. Wearing a daily moisturizer with SPF continues to be as crucial to protect your skin from environmental damages.

4. PROTECT DELICATE SKIN

Lip balms and hand creams are your best friends! We suggest carrying a lip balm and a hand cream in your handbag, so that you don’t forget about these very delicate areas. Keep your hands and lips as healthy as they were during the summer days.

5. HYDRATE

Although it is not as hot outside, our body still needs as much water! So don’t forget about the most essential liquid in your body and drink up. Caffeine-free teas or healthy juices can also help you maintain the same amount of water you should drink every day.

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Healthy Skin From the Inside Out

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall health and well-being. Good skincare practices consist of a double approach, internal and topical. Internal skincare is caring for your skin from the inside, by eating a balanced diet, full of beautifying nutrients, providing proper hydration and maintaining low stress levels. Topical skincare is caring for your skin from the outside by helping the epidermis stay strong and healthy. Sunscreen, creams, cleansers, and various treatments are necessary topical solutions for skin.

The inside-out approach to skincare can be summarized by a few basic rules and habits one must follow as part of the daily skincare routine.

    Internally:

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  • Eat a nutritious breakfast and include cereal, fiber-rich foods and probiotic yogurt. Fiber and probiotics help clean your intestines of toxins which can cause skin problems like acne, dermatitis, or irritation and sensitivity.
  • Integrate leafy greens, vegetables and fruits in you diet with every meal. Minerals like Zinc and Selenium are crucial in skin regeneration, anti-oxidants fight free radical damage at cellular level, vitamins nourish the skin from the inside making it radiant and healthy-looking. Tip: add spinach and other greens to your omelettes, sandwiches and salads.
  • Eat ‘good fats’ like Omega 3 and Omega 6 every day to maintain cellular integrity and help maintain skin hydrated from the bottom layers. If cells are optimally hydrated, they are stronger and healthier.
  • Be wise about losing weight. If you plan a diet, make sure you’re not excluding vital nutrients from your meals and exercise to keep your body toned and maintain optimal hydration levels in your muscles. Weight loss usually depletes your body of extra water in your tissues making skin appear saggy, while fat loss makes your skin appear older with visible wrinkles.
  • Don’t forget exercise! Even if you don’t exercise for a dream body, exercising improves blood circulation and skin appearance. Moderate exercise like an hour of walk every day could do wonders for your entire body and your skin.
  • Take time to relax and do a little something you love every day: sleep an extra 10 minutes in the morning, read, go to a spa, or meet your friends. Maintaining low stress levels helps skin stay healthy and wrinkle-free.

 

    Topically:

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  • Use sunscreen every day. Ultra Violet (UV) light in excess damages skin tissue and causes skin aging. Use a minimum SPF15 all over your body every day and reapply a few times when you’re outside on sunny days.
  • Cleanse twice a day. It is imperative to cleanse your face in the morning before applying moisturizers or makeup and in the evening before going to bed. This prevents acne flare-ups, inflammations, and helps moisturizers and treatments penetrate pores better. A clean face at night allows skin to regenerate and build new healthy cells.
  • Exfoliate! The older you get, skin regenerates slower. Help your skin with AHA & BHA peels or gentle scrubs a few times a week. On your body, use a moisturizing scrub or use a loofah while you shower.
  • Moisturize – hydration is essential for supple and healthy skin. Maintain optimal hydration levels with proper nutrition but help your skin stay protected by supplementing moisture with creams and lotions. Even oily skin needs hydration in order to balance the production of sebum; oiliness is often a sign of dehydration – when skin doesn’t have sufficient moisture, it compensates by producing more oil. Keep oil at bay by moisturizing, it will help skin regenerate and stay healthy.

Internal skincare supports topical skincare. The two combined significantly improve the quality of skin and maintain its youthfulness. While cleansing and moisturizing skin is important for everyday care, nourishing and hydrating from the inside with proper nutrients is vital for overall health and improves skin quality in the long term.

 

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Seasonal Skincare: Change your skincare regimen based on the weather

Seasonal-Skincare-Explained

There are certain things that we should do all year round (such as wearing sunscreen and “eating our water”) to help keep our skin protected and hydrated, but as the seasons change, so do our skincare needs.

In the short video below, I explain how our skin’s needs change with the weather:

So let’s review some of those key seasonal adjustments:

A heavier moisturizer in colder weather and a lighter moisturizer in the summer, as I mentioned in the video, is one example. Another adjustment we can make to protect the health of our skin is to optimize our sunblock use.

While I always say we should use sunblock year round, we find ourselves outside and exposed to harmful UV rays more often during the warmer months—when the sun is the strongest and most dangerous. That means we need to be extra vigilant and reapply more often spring through fall.
 
To help you through these changes in your skincare regimen as Spring and summer arrive, we suggest reading about the best ways to detoxify your skin for the warmer days days: here.

 


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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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Skin Care for Men

Just as your body requires energy for an active lifestyle, your skin requires essential nutrients to keep its healthy appearance. It’s a fact that active skin ages faster than passive skin. If you’re spending time in the sun and you are not using a daily skin care regimen or sun care product, you’re probably stretching your skin to the limits.

It’s common knowledge that men and women differ in many ways. The way a man’s skin looks is primarily caused by differences that are hormonally conditioned. Men tend to have larger pores, as well as oilier and thicker skin than women. They are also less likely to put a lot of time into their skin care regimen. Every man owes it to himself to take care of his health and youthful appearance. But taking good care of your skin doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. Think of these steps as your skin’s daily minimum requirement.

Refreshing WashMurad Clarifying Cleanser

This may be the most important step you can take to ensure the health of your skin. Cleansers are designed to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. A good one to try? The Murad Clarifying Cleanser removes 99.9% of bacteria within one minute while soothing skin and reducing acne breakouts. Toners help remove traces of soap residue, surface skin cells and excess oil from your skin. They also remove dirt and perspiration from oilier skin types, and can tighten pores. Great for use as aftershave, Murad’s Clarifying Toner leaves your skin feeling cool, clean and refreshed.

Shaving Hero

Even in the best of circumstances, a daily shave can have an abrasive effect on your skin. The red bumps and skin irritations that often appear after shaving, occur because minor nicks and cuts have been exposed to bacteria on your skin and traveled down into the hair follicle. This condition, called Folliculitis, is easily countered.

Before shaving, use an antibacterial cleanser. This creates a smooth, clean canvas for shaving and prevents the typical inflammation around the hair follicle. After shaving, follow with a toner and at night, follow with an exfoliating treatment to help prevent clogged pores.
Try the Acne Complex Kit™. A great all-in-one, easy to use system.

SPF moisturizer

Every skin type needs a moisturizer. Using one daily keeps your skin soft, smooth and well hydrated healthy. For oily skins try our Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15, not only will it protect your skin from the sun, it will also reduce shine and control oil throughout the day. For an stronger SPF and moisturizer in one, try Environmental Shield™ Essential Day Moisturizer SPF 30. This complete formula provides maximum moisture during the day while repairing and protecting your skin from damage.

 

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