Emergency Spot Treatment Regime

Sometimes, no matter how great your skincare routine is, you still get a spot. It happens to us all. In fact, I very much doubt that there is anyone in the world who has not experienced a spot.

So what exactly can you do to minimise their presence and get rid of them as quickly as possible? Well, your first thought might be to grab the concealer and cover it up but before you do anything read these quick tips and tricks on how to deal with spots.

As soon as you feel a blemish developing, treat it.
The sooner you deal with the problem, the sooner it will go away. If you’re lucky enough to notice the blemish before you go to sleep at night, then whip out a treatment specifically designed to treat spots. Do not use toothpaste or perfume on a spot, this will only dry out the spot making it much more noticeable and inflamed. Use the Blemish Spot Treatment which contains Sulphur to treat the blemish and Liquorice Root Extract to calm any inflammation.

Draw out impurities.
After you have used the Blemish Spot Treatment, apply a mask directly to the spot. This will draw out spot-causing bacteria and impurities. Our favourite is the Clarifying Mask which contains rare earth clays to draw out and absorb pore-clogging dirt and oil, so you can wake up with your spot shrunk!

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Conceal
If you haven’t had the luxury of dealing with a spot the night before, it’s time to heal and conceal. The most basic (and important) piece of make-up advice you need to remember is to make sure the concealer that you choose matches your skin tone. If it’s the wrong colour you will only be drawing unnecessary attention to the spot(s).

Make sure the concealer you are using won’t clog pores or dry out spots, making them worse. Look for a high-quality concealer with clinical skincare benefits—non comedogenic with a gentle treatment like salicylic acid. Our Blemish Treatment Concealer comes light and medium, and heals as it conceals.

Don’t cake on the make-up.
Remember, less is more when it comes to concealer. You might think your spot is really obvious but most people will only glance at your face and probably won’t notice your spot at all. A small dab of concealer is usually enough to make sure your spot doesn’t stand out. In contrast, a big, heavy spot of concealer will definitely draw attention to your spot.

Again, use a light foundation which won’t clog pores, making the spot worse. The Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer – Blemish and Shine Control is perfect for concealing imperfections and giving a flawless, matte finish while the Probiotic Complex treats spots, keeping pores clear and under control.

Do not pop your spots!
We can’t stress enough just how important this is. Popping your spots is one of the worst things you can do. Not only can it cause scarring (which is much harder to conceal than a spot), but it spreads infection. When you squeeze the spot to the surface, you are also squeezing far more bacteria further under the skin leading to more spots!

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Managing Your Skin During Winter

During the colder weather skin is exposed to many stresses; outside you have the skin drying winds and freezing cold temperatures while indoors you have dehydrating heaters. Keeping your skin in tip-top condition can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema. Here at Murad we have compiled some top tips to manage your skin during winter and prevent dry skin flare-ups.

Avoid scalding hot showers and baths.
As tempting as they can be, hot water can lead to a loss in moisture by breaking down lipid barriers in your skin. Instead, opt for warm, quick showers.

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Moisturise immediately after showering.
Switch your lotion to a body cream. Like your face, your body requires more moisture in the dry winter months. Using a luxurious body cream every day before bed and after you shower will make your skin supple, youthful and glowing. Try our Body Firming Cream to increase skin’s elasticity and radiance while restoring maximum moisture.

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Use sun block. 
We may be more aware of the sun during the summer months, but UV rays are just as strong during the winter season too. Make sure you are using a moisturiser like the Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 PA+++ during the day to keep your skin protected and avoid damaging and ageing UVA rays.

Don’t Forget Your Lips.
It’s very important to not forget about the lips. Winter months can wreak havoc on your lips, causing dry, chapped areas of the mouth. Applying a lip balm with vitamin E like our Soothing Skin and Lip Care will soothe this. Also, try gently rubbing your lips with a toothbrush, which will de-flake the area, allowing your lips to look and feel softer, smoother and moisturised.

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Use a Humidifier. 
As heaters are turned up and windows stay closed in winter, indoor air can become extremely dry. This can become extremely problematic if you have particularly sensitive skin or suffer from eczema.  If you don’t have a humidifier, you could leave a bowl of water on your radiators to keep the air moist, thereby reducing the symptoms of eczema.

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Use the Right Products
During the colder months, you skin can become much more sensitive, dry, red and flaky. Use products formulated to reduce sensitivity and infuse skin with moisture like our Redness Therapy Range. The Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 is particularly fantastic at counteracting any redness you might be experience, keeping your complexion looking and feeling beautiful and healthy.

Eat your water-rich foods!
Hydration is absolutely essential to maintaining skin’s moisture throughout the winter months. Think of the 80/20 rule: 20% of your skin is in the epidermis, reachable by topical products, while 80% of the skin is the dermis, treatable by what you ingest. Not only will this strategy help you keep your body hydrated, but you’ll also move towards a healthier lifestyle without having to stick to a rigorous diet that you’ll want to abandon after a few weeks.

Great foods to eat during the winter months to nourish your skin from the inside out:

Dr Murad always recommends that you should treat your skin from within. So what foods should you be eating in winter to keep skin looking healthy, hydrated and beautiful?

Cold water fish and ground flaxseeds

Why eat them? Cold water fish and ground flaxseeds are excellent food sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA’s are vital and have amazing hydrating abilities in topical creams and when taken internally, they help to build up cell membranes and attract water to cells.

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Walnuts

Why eat them? A handful of walnuts will help satisfy your daily cell-hydrating omega-3 fatty acids which helps attract water to dehydrated cells and connective tissue.

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Goji berries

Why eat them? Goji berries are an extremely dense and nutritious food – a great source of essential fatty acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, trace minerals, B vitamins, and eighteen amino acids.

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 Eggs

Why eat them? Eggs contain lecithin. Lecithin is a vital nutritional component that your body needs to repair tissues because it allows the body to build healthy new cells with strong cell membranes

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To ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, take daily supplements. Think of them as insurance that you’ll maintain the nutrient levels you need.

Halloween Skincare Tips and Tricks

Halloween is upon us and that means dressing up, painting our faces and eating several days worth of sugar in one sitting. Halloween can be a blast, but it can also be hard on your skin. Take the right steps to make sure that your amazing Halloween costume doesn’t leave you with dull, lifeless skin right before the holidays.

1. Don’t Buy Cheap Costume Makeup
This is one instance when it’s worth spending a little bit more, even though it’s just for one night, on premium costume makeup. Cheap makeup is greasy and will clog pores leading to breakouts, allergic reactions and dry skin. Is it really worth doing that to your skin for just one night? If you do cause damage to your skin, use the Redness Therapy range to re-hydrate and soothe irritated skin.

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2. Remove Makeup Before Bed
No matter how exhausted you are when you arrive home after your Halloween party or gathering, make sure you wash off your makeup! If you don’t it can lead to breakouts and skin will look dull in the days to come. Use a good skin cleanser like the Refreshing Cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and impurities. Bare in mind, if your makeup is thick you maay have to double cleanse to ensure everything is removed and skin can breathe.

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3. Use a Moisturiser
Applying a good moisturiser to your face, like the Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, before your put on your makeup will not only help your face stay fresh and hydrated, but it will also give your makeup a more finished look that lasts all night. At night, use the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture to re-hydrate skin and make sure you don’t wake up with skin that still resembles a zombies.

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4. Stay Hydrated
Although there are plenty of sweets and treats to be had on Halloween, make sure you stay hydrated by eating lots of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water too!

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5. Avoid Frightful Blemishes
After removing your makeup, use a face mask to deep clean pores and remove the last traces of molecules of makeup. The Clarifying Mask draws out impurities and reduces breakouts by delivering powerful medication and absorbing pore clogging dirt and oil.

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Clear away cobwebs after the Halloween celebrations with Murad’s Ageless Beauty Starter Kit which contains great products to keep your skin looking beautiful and bright right  up to the festive season!

What is Hormonal Ageing?

Hormonal ageing is a natural form of ageing that happens to everyone. It occurs when levels of oestrogen decline, and starts to happen long before menopause. In fact, by the time a woman reaches her twenties, she will have already begun to age and will probably show it. The speed at which it happens differs from person to person however, adopting a healthy lifestyle, reducing your stress and taking care of your skin can greatly reduce the effects of hormonal ageing.

The effects on the skin include a loss of collagen supplies, which means the skin thinning and becoming more fragile, fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of firmness. Cell renewal slows down which means that skin looks dull and uneven and pores can get clogged. Oil production increases as skin becomes dehydrated and coarse, and you can suffer from spots and blemish breakouts.

How do you treat Hormonal Ageing?

Having a skin care regime is essential, especially one that treats the unique concerns of adult skin. Use a cleanser, like the Renewing Cleansing Cream, which not only exfoliates to restore radiance but deeply hydrates the skin, restoring the natural barrier function.  Treat and repair your skin with the Age Diffusing Serum, which will firm the skin and reduce deep lines and wrinkles. Finish with the Age-Balancing Night Cream to balance hormonally ageing skin overnight by delivering intense hydration to the skin without clogging pores and increasing cell turnover, so you can wake up looking and feeling as fresh as a daisy!

If you are concerned about deep wrinkles around the eyes, use the Renewing Eye Cream to firm and restore the delicate eye area, reducing wrinkles, under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Ensure you use a day cream with an SPF to protect your skin from damaging UV rays; Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 provides powerful protection from the sun while restoring skin elasticity and giving it a luminous glow.

To truly treat hormonal ageing, you need to take an inclusive approach, and the earlier you start, the better the results. As well as a great skin care regime, you need to adopt a healthy, nutritious diet and eat your water. This means including plenty of raw fruit and vegetables in your diet, the juicier the better! Fruit and vegetables such as Pomegranates, Goji Berries and Kale are rich in antioxidants which defend your skin against free radical damage; ensuring skin is healthy and looking young.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep for your body to repair and rejuvenate and try to limit your stress. Take some ‘me’ time to indulge in the things you love, visit a salon for a relaxing massage and facial or take a walk in the countryside whenever you can. The happier you are, the younger you will look!

Q: Do men suffer from ‘Hormonal Ageing’?

A: Yes!

Hormonal ageing in men is called andropause and occurs as levels of testosterone decline. The effects are similar and widely visible. The hallmark signs include sagging breasts, excessive hair growth in areas such as the ears and eyebrows, and thinning hair on top of the head.

Skin can become dry, lines and wrinkles may appear and he might have concerns about ageing. Dr Murad uses the Resurgence range himself to counteract the drying of mature skin. Use the Essential-C Cleanser every morning and night and follow with the Age Diffusing Serum. Finish with a good moisturiser such as the Skin Perfecting Lotion at night and the Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 for daytime use.

Q: Will Resurgence help with dry, flaky skin?

A: Yes!

Resurgence was designed to help address dehydration caused by the fluctuation in hormone levels. Each product helps to introduce moisture into the skin at every step of the regime. The gentle exfoliation provided by the cleanser, along with the additional moisture from all of the products, will help to relieve the flakiness and prevent it in the future.

Are you guilty of these common skincare mistakes?

We all want our skin to look fabulous every single day. We may even think that we are taking the best possible care of our skin, yet so many of us are guilty of some obvious skincare mistakes. Are you guilty of any of the following?

Not washing your makeup off before bed.

We’ve all been there. It’s late, we’re lying in bed feeling very sleepy and it can be easy to let the sleep overcome us. Do not do this! If you don’t wash your face when you go to sleep at night, you are going to wake up with clogged pores and a congested, dull complexion. You wouldn’t go to sleep without brushing your teeth so while you are in the bathroom brushing your teeth anyway, just quickly splash your face with some water, grab the cleanser and give your face a clean, removing all that pore-clogging makeup. I know, I know, once you splash your face with water it wakes you up a bit but make sure the water is warm and once you are in a routine it can be hard to actually go to sleep without washing your face!

Using a cleanser that’s too harsh for your skin.

Using the wrong cleanser for your skin type can cause dryness, breakouts and strip skin of its natural oils. If your skin starts to feel dry or tight after washing your face, your cleanser might be too harsh for your skin type. Switch to something a bit gentler and see how you get on. Remember, don’t exfoliate too much. Two to three times a week should be sufficient enough to ensure you have a radiant, glowing complexion.

Using too much product.

Sometimes, especially if you are suffering from problem skin, you might feel like the more you put on your face, the better. This is not true and can actually cause more harm than good. When using a cleanser, use only a small pea sized amount. Lather between the palms of your hands and apply to your face. Using too much can dry out your skin and make it feel tight. When using a treatment or a moisturiser, follow the instructions and use the directed amount. Use too much and you can end up with clogged pores and breakouts. Using products with a two in one functionality, such as a moisturiser with sun protection, means you don’t need to layer product after product onto your skin. It’s also great value for money!

Using hot water instead of warm.

It can be so tempting to have a nice hot shower or a long hot bath, especially in winter when it’s cold outside. This unfortunately will dry out your skin. Have a warm shower or bath instead and make sure you moisturise afterwards. Your skin will thank you!

Ignoring your neck and chest.

Our chest, neck and hands can be such a giveaway to our age yet we all tend to forget these areas and concentrate on our faces. The skin on your neck and chest is much thinner than the skin on your face, and yet often it gets just as much sun exposure. Ignore these areas and you’ll likely see sun damage showing up as blotchy skin, broken capillaries, and dry patches. Next time you are taking care of your face, ensure you apply the same care to your hands, neck and chest!

Not wearing sun cream every day.

We all know the importance of wearing sun cream in the summer, especially if we know we will be out in it all day. However when the sun is hiding, we tend to forget that UVA rays are just as strong all year round. Wear sun cream even when it’s dull out to keep your skin looking young and healthy and don’t forget to reapply regularly!