Boost Radiance with Vitamin C

It’s June and thankfully in many parts of the country the sun has appeared – let us rejoice! As it gets warmer, you may want to use a lighter foundation and let your skin breathe, but to do so you’ll need to feel confident your skin is radiant and glowing! To boost radiance and get that gorgeous Angelina Jolie-type natural glow we all long for Dr. Murad recommends looking for products with Vitamin C: “When used in intense quantities Vitamin C helps to build collagen, brighten skin and neutralize toxins.” This sounds like the perfect ingredient to perk up our ageing, polluted skins!

But can’t we just eat more oranges? Well yes, we highly recommend eating your water through raw fruits and vegetables to strengthen your skin from within however the body can only absorb so much vitamin C from food. Dr. Murad explains: “Since there is a limit to how much Vitamin C the body will absorb from food, it is important to bypass the body and deliver this potent nutrient directly to the skin. Applied topically, Vitamin C not only keeps the skin moisturised and supple, but it also helps rebuild elastin and collagen, which help keep our skin firm and plump. Vit C also neutralises damaging free radicals – these nuisances attack us on a daily basis wherever we go, think pollution, cigarette smoke, sun damage and processed foods – which can cause premature ageing (argh!) and it even increases the effectiveness of a topical SPF, protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.” We say hurrah for Vitamin C!

Interesting fact: Glycolic Acid is extracted from natural sugar cane!

Interesting fact: Glycolic Acid is extracted from natural sugar cane!

Since Dr. Murad is a super clever dermatologist (ELLE magazine calls him a Beauty Genius don’t you know!) he’s taken Vitamin C to the next level. Not only has he stabilised super powerful forms (hardly any other brands can do this) but he’s combined his five-star Vitamin C with other fab ingredients like Glycolic Acid and Indian Fig. Glycolic is Dr. Mruad’s favourite surface exfoliator – here’s some trivia for you, he was the first person to discover their potential in skincare and brought them to the beauty market many moons ago! So with Glycolic Acid exfoliating away several layers of dead, dry or dull skin, this speeds up cell turnover so the new, healthier, more radiant skin beneath can shine through. New botanical ingredient Indian Fig stimulates our skin’s own natural exfoliators giving us the most exfoliation and brightening power we can get! The synergy of these ingredients with Vitamin C works to enhance our skin’s luminosity and causes an immediate boost in the brightness of the skin.

PeelIf you’re as excited about Dr. Murad’s new Vitamin C complex as we are you may want to try our brand new product: Murad Intensive-C® Radiance Peel – it’s the only one to have this in!

This radiance-boosting home facial peel combines exfoliating, smoothing and hydrating powers with potent antioxidants for visibly brighter skin after just one application. Popping this peel on your face for ten minutes will the best ten minutes you’ve invested in your skin – and no downtime like with traditional peels, so you are good to go right away! We’ll take two!

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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.