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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Are You #EyesUp?

The Stress of Modern Living is Hurting us More Than we Think

Every species evolves in response to its environment. Most of the time, these changes are subtle, and only pinpointed over millenia. This is not the case with modern humans. We’re changing and rapidly so. We’re not sprouting wings or developing new body parts, but we are adapting to a new norm where constant stress is pervasive. Unabated exposure to technology is altering who we are in profound ways.

With the ubiquitous use of smartphones, our evolution has begun. Future scholars may look back and recognize our generation as the first one where our natural eye position moved downward and eye contact with others decreased. We are able to see some of these changes easily around us—glance about at a restaurant. You might even recognize the symptoms in yourself like “tech neck,” blue light skin damage, and even depression. Science has shown that being constantly connected to technology has caused an increase in sleeplessness, sedentary lifestyles, isolation, depression and anxiety—all of which have significant implications for our skin, health and ultimately happiness.

As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment. This is what I refer to as Cultural Stress, or the stress of modern living.

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].

That’s why today I am proud to launch EyesUp, my new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. I am encouraging people to pledge to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

But what does it mean to go EyesUp?

Let me share a story. One of my friends told me about a recent boat ride she went on with some colleagues. Later, the friend realized she completely missed her co-worker’s boyfriend propose to her in the midst of a beautiful sunset. My friend was, like so many of us, focused on perfecting the perfect photo and engrossed in her social media feed. My friend missed the opportunity to connect with her colleagues because her eyes – quite literally – were down.

The truth is that there is beauty all around us: babies being born, friendships being made, and relationships to be nurtured. But so often, we miss these everyday milestones because we’re focused on things that are, ultimately, meaningless.

At the end of life, people often ask themselves, “Is there anything I wish I had done differently?” Most people say, “I wish I had spent more time with my children and the people I love.” But because of Cultural Stress and digital dependency, we’re spending more time alone and not seeing the beauty of what life is. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in starting this movement to disconnect with our devices and reconnect with the people who are important to us.

To living a happier, healthier life!

Dr. Howard Murad


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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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Murad Method to De-Stress

Before you even manage to start your day, the majority of us experience what Doctor Howard Murad calls, Cultural Stress – the stress of modern living. This is a type of stress we experience daily and is having huge implications on our health.

Here are some easy to follow steps to de-stress.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Breathe Deeply

Taking in oxygen helps us to think more clearly. When you feel stressed, take a deep breath, hold for 3 seconds and release. Repeat as needed.

Use Calming Visualization

This may be a place, color or feeling. Simply shut your eyes and focus on a calming visualization for ten seconds.

Turn Off Your Device

Simply leave your phone in another room or switch it off for an hour. You will be amazed at the freedom created by stepping away from your digital dependency.

Find Something To Be Passionate About

Not everybody has a passion or hobby but it is never too late to start. Try something new today and find something that uniquely fulfills you.


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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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Stress, the Silent Killer

Historically, mammals have used stress to get out of potentially dangerous situations. When you face off with a predator in the middle of the jungle, that fight or flight instinct characterized by blood rushing to your muscles, hyper-awareness and an extreme adrenaline rush, was a method of ensuring the safety of our ancestors, which many animals in the wild still use for survival today. In our modern-day concrete jungle, however, it is not as necessary to utilize these momentary survival techniques. How is it, then, that we are so stressed out on a daily basis? Most of our lives revolve around the constant bombardment of stressors. This encompasses many situations we may experience daily: the rush hour traffic after a long day, or the incessant beeping of your cellphone. To understand how we can manage stress better, let’s differentiate the different types of stress.

In his book, “Conquering Cultural Stress: The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging and Happiness” Dr. Murad breaks down stress into three categories: acute stress, episodic acute stress and chronic stress.

Acute Stress:
This stress is the short-term, most common type of stress. It is experienced by most people several times a year. It can come from narrowly escaping a car crash, or preparing for an important interview. This stress is a direct link to the stress of survival we have faced as a species, which can help us survive today. However, when this stress is applied to our bodies on a regular basis, it can wear down our potential response to danger, rendering it ineffectual.

Episodic Acute Stress:
This stress happens to people who live in a chaotic environment. Have you ever had so much to do that you jump from task to task, but have nothing to show for it at the end of the day? This stress accompanies that type of lifestyle and is entirely self-afflicted, as we do not take enough time to focus on one thing at a time, leading to an extreme decrease in production.

Chronic Stress:
This stress is characterized by long-term problems, such as a dead-end job, a slowly sinking relationship or even our relationship with the scale! Sometimes we feel this stress keenly, but on other days it is at the back of our minds; still there, persisting on putting a damper on our happiest days, so that we cannot see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. People who suffer from this stress are almost always irritable, grumpy and generally have a very pessimistic outlook on life.

3 toddler-inspired techniques to combat stress:

  1. Breathe
  2. : All situations are temporary. Don’t over-stress yourself by worrying about the little things. Take the time you need to fix what you can, but then let go when it is out of your hands. Take deep breaths before you speak to avoid saying something you’ll regret!

  3. Eat:
  4. Enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals on a regular basis. Try new, delicious recipes with friends and family, and don’t forget to treat yourself with dessert! Eat 3-5 meals during the day to keep up your energy, and stay away from sodium-rich, empty snacks.

  5. Sleep:
  6. Turn off all electronics, block out any noise with earplugs, and truly relax. Your body needs the time during the night to restore its levels back to full capacity. Take at least 30 minutes before bedtime to unwind with a warm, scented bath or cuddle up with your cat for some therapeutic purring.

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The Research Is In: Travel Is Good For You

You can stop making excuses. No more “We’ll take that trip next year,” or “We’ll travel when we’re retired.” A multi-million dollar research project by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) and Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) has proven that travel provides more than just a good time. In addition to the social and psychological benefits of exploring new places and cultures, travel provides scientifically-proven cognitive and physical benefits.

Travel Is a Must for Kids

Research from the TCRS and GCOA study published by the U.S. Travel Association found that children between the ages of 12 and 18 who travel outside of their region perform better in school. In addition to being more interested in their studies, kids who travel are more likely to earn college degrees. The study may seem biased toward children of wealthier parents with more money to travel, but researchers confirmed that kids from a wide range of social classes were examined. The results were consistent across all classes.

Adults Are Healthier When They Travel

The benefits of travel weren’t just obvious among the kids studied. The research project proved that travel can create major health benefits among men and women. Women who took a vacation every six years, or even less often, had a significantly higher risk of heart attack or coronary death than women who took a vacation at least twice a year. Similarly, men who didn’t take annual vacation showed a 20-percent higher risk of death and a 30-percent higher risk of death from heart disease.

The Benefits Start Immediately

The study found that the benefits of travel among adults are almost immediate. After only a day or two of vacation, 89-percent of the respondents saw significant decreases in stress. The study also confirmed that 59-percent of Americans dream of traveling once retired, but the most impactful trips are those enjoyed with family and friends.

Similar Studies Prove Even More Benefits

If you’re still not convinced that it’s time to book your plane tickets and starting planning an upcoming getaway, a number of additional studies prove even more benefits associated with travel. During an MRI study, Swedish scientists discovered that learning a foreign language showed substantial growth in specific parts of the brain, including those involved with creativity and memory. A study of 853 adults by Edinburgh University found benefits to learning a second language beyond childhood. Similarly, Canadian studies found that being bilingual could delay the onset of dementia and the effects of alzheimer’s disease.

What Are You Waiting for?

In addition to the scientifically-proven health benefits of traveling, exploring new places and new cultures can have a positive impact in a multitude of other ways. Discovering new ways of living and seeing the world can give you a different perspective on your own life. Maybe it’s time to start a new career path or simply start appreciating the access you have to food, shelter, and clean drinking water. Traveling offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultures, taste new foods, and discover new ways of living to help you discover that “different” should never be confused with “bad.”

Whether you’re in need of a serious de-stressing or are looking for a new way to enjoy life, the study performed by the TCRS and GCOA proves that travel is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Source: Huffingtonpost.ca

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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.

hydrating-toner Happily Ever Hydrated

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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Can stress cause acne?

Yes, absolutely. Stress is one of the most common triggers of acne and is part of the reason we are seeing more and more adults with breakouts and acne. The pervasive and constant stress of everyday life; the pressure to be everywhere at once, to answer that last email, to return that last phone call – Dr. Murad calls this Cultural Stress and it wreaks havoc on delicate skin.

Androgens are a hormone that the body produces when it is under stress, it is shown to stimulate the oil glands in our pores that cause the breakouts; this is what is causing stress-related acne.

“I see a lot of my patients suffering from Cultural Stress and I have to remind them that they are the most important people in their lives because when they are not at their best, they cannot help those around them.” Dr. Murad

Take a quick walk around the office to remove yourself from a stressful situation, meditate in the morning, exercise and even treat yourself to a spa day. These are all things that will help you to return to a healthy state of mind to manage your stress effectively. And as I always say, “be imperfect – live longer!”


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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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Embracing Change

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One of my favorite insights is: “The road to success runs through managing change.”

In fact, the very thought of change can be terrifying for many people. There is a comfort in the constant and familiar. We have a routine, we know a place inside and out, and we like it that way. It feels safe. But, as the saying goes, change is inevitable. The difference between those for whom change is a trigger for stress and deterioration and those for whom it is a trigger for growth is the attitude with which they react to change. It’s no surprise that those who react to change with fear don’t embrace it and that those who react with eagerness or excitement do embrace it and see it as a source of opportunity. (more…)

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Surround Yourself With Happiness

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One of the factors that contributes most to cultural stress is isolation. We all have busy schedules, but taking the time to reconnect with your family or loved ones is one of the healthiest things you can do – and it can play a key role in reducing stress.

An insight that I like to share with patients who love their family members but have simply not carved out any quality time with them is, “Surround yourself with happiness.”

While it is important to make time for yourself as well, being surrounded by family or close friends in a happy setting has proven healing and stress reducing effects.

If you place yourself in a happy environment, you are much more likely to experience happiness yourself.

It’s worth considering the importance of connecting with those you hold dear – and not just on holidays and special occasions.

A few other insights to consider:

  • “Heal yourself, reduce isolation.”
  • “Share your love.”
  • “Bear hugs keep the doctor away.”

Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.

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