Dr. Murad’s Water Secret Smoothie Recipe

blueberry_banana_smoothieOne of Dr. Murad’s favourite sayings is “before there was medicine there was food.” This reflects the simple reality that before modern medical treatments people had to rely on eating healthily to be healthy!

In light of this we thought we’d share with you the recipe to his Cellular Water Secret Smoothie which contains all the nutrients you need to build stronger cells for a healthy body, healthy skin and healthy mind:

1/2 pomegranate juice (unsweetened)

½ cup soy, low-fat, or non-fat milk

½ cup blueberries (fresh or unsweetened frozen)

1 tablespoon lecithin granules

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons dried goji berries

3 to 4 ice cubes or crushed ice (optional)

Sweetener (optional) to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

This is one smoothie which is incredibly good for you and tastes incredibly good too!

Find more recipes for healthy living in Dr. Murad’s book ‘The Water Secret – how to look and feel 10 years younger’.

Dr. Murad is a world-renowned dermatologist, trained pharmacist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad skincare. Not only is he a world famous skincare expert, he’s also an expert on sleep, nutrition, stress, promoting health and happiness to achieve beautiful skin.

Why Essential Fatty Acids are Important for Healthy Skin

Regardless of your age, gender or skin type, there’s no getting away from it, a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids is essential for healthy, beautiful skin. You may not have considered diet as a path to great skin but the truth is, what you eat is as important as the products you use! The best results come from Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of skincare. This combines cell-saving topical formulas to help you Look Better with targeted cell-building nutrient to help you to Live Better, plus strategies for coping with cell-killing Cultural Stress® to help you Feel Better.

So what Is an Essential Fatty Acid?

Essential Fatty Acids are the “good fats” your body needs to keep cells healthy. They help maintain healthy cellular walls and promote the transference of waste and water on a cellular level. All of those cellular functions are important parts of having healthy skin as well as general health.

Essential Fatty Acids are called “essential” because they are not produced by the human body, yet are essential for our survival. As we don’t produce them, the only way to ensure you have enough of them is through diet and supplements.

Essential Fatty Acids & Younger-looking Skin
There are many factors that contribute to the ageing process of your skin, including a loss of collagen and elastin. However, one of the most important differences between youthful skin and older skin is youthful skin is much better at holding on to water.  That’s why anti-ageing skincare products contain more moisturising ingredients; they’re trying to get that youthful level of hydration back.

Murad Youth Builder SupplementsNow here’s the technical bit! At a cellular level, the ability to stay hydrated and plump depends on a healthy cell membrane that can hold water, take in nutrients and allow waste products to pass out of the cell. Essential Fatty Acids are great for improving the strength and the function of the cell membrane.

Cellular membranes weaken with age so we need a steady stream of Essential Fatty Acids to enable the body to replace old, damaged leaky cells with new, younger, stronger cells with thick, fully functional membranes.  Having strong, youthful cells is the key factor that distinguishes young, healthy, firm skin from saggy, loose skin.

We recommend: Murad Youth Builder Supplements for youthful skin from the inside out.

Essential Fatty Acids & Cellulite

People often think of cellulite as a “fat problem”, but the truth is that cellulite is actually a skin problem. Cellulite is caused by a weakening of skin’s structure which makes it unable to hold back the underlying layer of fat. When that happens, the underlying layer of fat becomes visible as bumps, which is what we know as cellulite.

As we now know from combating ageing skin, a rich supply of dietary Essential Fatty Acids helps the body build stronger cells and it’s these stronger cells which can better hold fat in place. The result? Smoother skin!

We recommend: Murad Firm and SONY DSCTone Dietary Supplement Pack
In addition to helping to build strong cells that can stay hydrated, the Essential Fatty Acids in this formula hydrate the skin by helping it to attract and bind water to its surface.  Connective Support Complex in this formula encourages the appearance of smoother skin and helps improve skin’s elasticity.

What our customers say:
“Hello short shorts!!Finally something that works! I have struggled with fairly severe cellulite since i was a young teenager. I have maintained the accurate weight for my height and even exercised but I still had cellulite!! I have tried lots of topical treatments for cellulite and nothing works. After taking these vitamins for only 4 weeks I have seen a dramatic change in my skin all over my body! My cellulite is barely visible. I want to show off my thighs! My skin is smooth and firm and I have more energy too. All the little tiny bumps that I never really noticed before are gone. Firm and tone is fantastic!”

Essential Fatty Acids & Blemishes
A healthy diet is essential for reducing blemishes and acne too. While a diet that promotes healthy, blemish-free skin is more complex than simply making sure that you get Essential Fatty Acids, a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids helps build healthy, strong skin that is more naturally resistant to breakouts.

Essential Fatty Acids also support the skin’s natural healing processes to speed the repair of any post-blemish marks or scars from breakouts or pimples.

SalmonWhere Do You Find Essential Fatty Acids?
There are plenty of foods that contain lots of lovely Essential Fatty Acids. A great place to start is by adding a touch of flax seed, walnuts, salmon and canola oil into your diet. Also, be sure to look for products that contain Omega 3s – these are the Essential Fatty Acids that you need the most!

Look out for the next post which will detail which foods are rich in Essential Fatty Acids!

Beautiful skin is about more than what you put on it. It’s also about what you put into your body. Eat a balanced diet and be sure to hydrate internally by “eating your water” as described in Dr. Murad’s best-selling Inclusive Health® book, The Water Secret. Combined with an effective topical skincare regimen to help you Look Better, and a Cultural Stress® management program to help you Feel Better, the results of eating well to Live Better will show on your face and help you face the world!

Pregnancy Glow or Pregnancy Low?

pregnant-ladyAfter the wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting the pitter patter of tiny royal feet, we thought we would give some tips on skincare during pregnancy. This is a time when hormones go wild and for some it means a healthy pregnancy ‘glow’, but for others it can mean a pregnancy low.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your skin looking beautiful and radiant during pregnancy:

Acne and Spots
Pregnancy has a funny way of clearing up problem skin and muddling up clear skin. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy increase androgens in the body and can cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, boosting the production of sebum which can block your pores and lead to inflammation and breakouts.

Make sure to cleanse, treat and moisturise your face in the morning and again at night to rid skin of dirt and bacteria. Look for sulphur-based topical products, like the Blemish Spot Treatment, as well as products containing AHAs or glycolic acid to encourage cell turnover, like the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser.

If you find your skin is particularly oily, use a moisturiser to balance oil production and leave skin looking matte, like the Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15, and make sure your make-up won’t clog pores. Use the Skin Perfecting Primer – Blemish and Shine Control for a perfectly matte and shine-free finish.

Dryness/Itchiness
From a dry face to an itchy belly, you can thank hormonal shifts and stretching skin for these pregnancy skin concerns. Many women also find that they have an increased sensitivity to conditions that normally only make them feel slightly itchy, such as eczema and food allergies.

Wear loose cotton clothing, since perspiration can increase itching. Use mild products to avoid reactions to fragrance and harsh ingredients like our Redness Therapy Range which soothes and hydrates skin providing instant relief from irritation.

Melasma
Also known as “the mask of pregnancy,” melasma is typically characterised by discolouration on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose and/or upper lip. It is commonly believed to be caused by hormonal shifts during pregnancy.

Use an SPF religiously! Sun exposure can worsen the effects of melasma. Try Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplements which are 100% pure pomegranate. Pomegranate extract has been shown to increase the SPF of topical sunscreens, plus it has great antioxidants to help fight free radical damage but as always, ask your doctor before taking any internal supplements.

Stretch Marks
More than half of all pregnant women get stretch marks during their pregnancy. Usually appearing during the later months of pregnancy, stretch marks are caused by small tears in the connective tissue that supports the skin.

Keep your belly well hydrated as it grows. Look for a lotion that contains shea butter and Vitamin E to help hydrate, and Vitamin C to enhance skin’s elasticity, like our Body Firming Cream. Also, keep your weight in check by gaining the healthy amount recommended by your doctor, and avoid sudden weight gains if possible.

Eat Your Water
As always, eating a varied and healthy diet is extremely important not only for your skin but for the developing foetus inside you. Fruit and green leafy vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients which will boost your overall health and your baby’s.
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Remember: Always talk to your doctor before taking any internal supplements.

Skincare Ingredients – What do they really mean?

Looking after your skin is a must but when you hear words like Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides, it can all become rather daunting. So what exactly do all these scientific words mean and which ones should you be looking out for? The skincare experts at Murad explain all…

Retinol is a popular ingredient in many anti-ageing products and one that you may already be familiar with. It is an active form of the vitamin A molecule and often described as an anti-ageing wonder ingredient.  It is a powerful exfoliant that encourages dead skin to shed and turn over younger, healthier cells. Using retinols can improve the firmness of skin, reverse the signs of sun and environmental damage, treat acne, reduce hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also increases the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid making skin look smooth, youthful and supple.

Hyaluronic Acid can sound scary but it is a naturally occurring and essential substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains the skin’s natural moisture and elasticity. When used topically, it creates a moisture barrier on the skin, making it feel smoother and softer.

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Ceramides are the glue that hold your cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and helps retain moisture. They are used to replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors such as drying winds, sun damage and also during the ageing process. They restore moisture, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and help protect it against harm from foreign elements. Ceramides are also particularly effective in treating eczema and are great for your hair too, protecting and preventing breakages.

Peptides are segments of active proteins that communicate with cells and instruct them to behave in certain ways. Peptides are often used in anti-ageing products to encourage skin to produce collagen, reduce redness or signal muscles to relax reducing wrinkles.  Other peptides don’t actually stimulate your skin at all but are so small they are used to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and deliver other ingredients.

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Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid are organic acids that act as exfoliants. AHA’s are derived from fruit and milk and include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid among others. BHA refers to Salicylic Acid, which is derived from plants. While they both exfoliate, AHA are small molecules and penetrate deep down into pores removing dead skin cells, smoothing lines and wrinkles, refining pores and stimulating cell turnover. BHA’s are much larger and work the surface of the skin. The result is that they stay in the pore and continue to work, functioning to break down the build up that is responsible for enlarged pores, acne and inflammatory conditions.