Introducing New Murad White Brilliance Skin Care Line by Laura Barrow

 

Formulated with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract to even skin tone, the White Brilliance collection enhances skin’s translucence for a luminous and glowing complexion. These advanced formulas improve texture, tone, and protect from harmful UV aggressors to ensure skin is beautifully translucent with a porcelain-smooth finish.

 

1.  Cleansing Cream

This rich, gently foaming cleanser, infused with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract, purifies and restores for a translucent and luminous complexion, while gentle enough for sensitive skin.

 

2.  Porcelain Serum

This high-potency serum, infused with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract, enhances skin’s translucence with 4 brightening technologies to give the complexion a visible, luminous glow, while gentle enough for sensitive skin.

 

3.  Luminous Essence

This light-enhancing essence, infused with precious, skin-illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract, exfoliates and hydrates to restore youthful texture and luminosity, while gentle enough for sensitive skin.

 

 

The Importance of Balancing At-Home Facials with Professional Facials by Laura Barrow

By Jen Harmatz, Murad Director of National Retail Education

Have you ever walked out of great facial and received compliments on your glowing skin? Recently, I had one on my lunch break, and I got so many compliments on my skin! How good it looked and how I glowed. It felt as if I had brand-new, baby skin, and I was showing it off to everybody! One colleague said, “How nice that you treated yourself to a facial!” I agreed with her because I felt the same, but that word made me pause.

Treat…why do we think it’s a treat to commit to personal care? Why is it a treat to take care of my skin? When I looked up “treat” in the thesaurus, its synonyms were: extravagance, luxury and lavishness. I think we need to change how we think about the idea of a facial being a luxury, because it’s an essential step to maintaining and keeping your skin looking its finest. My cousin’s husband said to me a few months ago, “I only have one face; I better take care of it.” More on that in a bit.

Getting a facial once a month helps your skin look fresh, youthful, and it helps to clear up any congestion like clogged pores and breakouts. One reason young skin looks so vital, healthy and full of light is because there is minimal dead skin hiding the living layers of the skin. When you’re younger, skin has a shorter cell turnover rate. Cell turnover is the time – the hard, outermost barrier layer of your skin. Up until you are typically around the age of 30, cell turnover happens every 28-30 days. Young skin also has had less damage from UV rays and pollutants, so it will look brighter and suppler. As we get older, the cell turnover time frame gets longer, so there is more buildup of dead skin cells masking the living layers. Skin starts to look dull and have a rough texture, and fine lines start to creep up on you. One main purpose of an effective skin routine is to promote a faster cell turnover rate for more youthful-looking skin. You can make this even more effective by having a professional facial once a month.

Working with an expert to evaluate your skin on a monthly basis can help take your skin where you want it to go. Fluctuations in seasons, weather and hormones can cause changes in your skin, and an esthetician can make recommendations on how to switch up your routine to influence those changes. During a facial, your esthetician can offer deep exfoliation to remove dead skin cells that have piled up on your face, perform extractions safely without scarring, impart penetrating hydration, and help brighten hyper-pigmentation. These treatments can help you maintain your most balanced skin.

When a skilled professional evaluates your skin monthly, he or she is in the perfect position to guide you to the products for use at home that work best for your skin. Having the right ritual of products to use morning and night is just as important as your monthly facial. Think about it like going to the dentist. You have your teeth professionally cleaned, but you wouldn’t dare think of not brushing twice a day or flossing, right? It’s the same idea; you have to do your own at-home maintenance to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Your esthetician will be able to help you choose the right cleanser, serum and moisturizer for day and night for what your skin currently needs. Think about those like your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. They are a necessity.

Now that we know the importance of a daily routine of products, I want to impress upon you the idea of doing an at-home DIY facial to boost your skin fitness and beauty. A weekly mask or peel can help extend the benefits of the treatment room. Select the right one for how your skin is acting that week. Choose a peel for brightening dull skin or a hydrating mask to get deep-down moisture. This is your time to either replenish or refresh your complexion. Create your “me time” to take care of yourself, breathe deep and relax, leaving the stress of the day or week behind you. If nothing else, pamper yourself for at least 5 minutes–#5m4u!

Let’s talk men’s grooming and skin for a minute. Men often do very little for their skin or nothing at all. It’s just as important for men to think about their skin health; in fact, maybe even more so with the stressors of shaving every day. Razor burn and ingrown hairs can be minimized or even prevented by using the right products and ingredients that help combat those problems. Over time, taking care of your skin will help the lipid barrier remain strong, which will cause less sensitivity and burning. Regular exfoliation helps to stop ingrown hairs in their tracks and will help get you a clean, close shave.

Now back to my cousin’s husband. A year ago, after much convincing, my cousin persuaded her husband to get a facial. The experience changed how he felt and thought about his skin. He realized he spent hours washing and taking care of his car or tuning up his bike. He recognized he should take just as good of care of his skin, if not better, because, as I mentioned at the top, he only has one face for the rest of his life so he better take care of it.

I am going to commit to taking better care of my skin and get back in the habit of monthly professional facials and weekly, at-home DIY facials. I ask you to commit to your skin, and start yourself on a monthly cycle of facials, too!

4 Recipes to Help Fight Acne by Laura Barrow

4 Recipes to Help Fight Acne

In advising us on our quest for health, Dr. Murad often advocates looking to the pantry before looking to the medicine cabinet. His observation that, “before there was medicine, there was food,” inspired us to share some recipes made with foods that can help to support your body in its fight against breakouts. If you’re struggling with an acne breakout, or trying to stay one step ahead of your next breakout, try these “inside-out” recipes for clear, healthy, hydrated skin.

Goji Berry Smoothie
A complexion composed of healthy cells can heal faster and is more resistant to infection. Goji berries are a great source of cellular building blocks, and for antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can help reduce cell damage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
    Add-ons:
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder or nibs (chocolate goes great with goji berries)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or chia seed gel

Directions:

  1. Place the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Recipe from HealthySmoothieHQ.com

Strawberry Pistachio Summer Salad
The pistachios and pumpkin seeds in this recipe are high in zinc, which helps alleviate inflammation and scarring caused by an acne infection.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • ½ large avocado, diced
  • ½ large cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup cooked black quinoa
  • ¼ cup raw shelled pistachios
  • ¼ raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • dressing of choice or lemon juice & olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large serving bowl, gently toss all salad ingredients until well combined.
  2. Dress with your favorite dressing or the juice of one lemon + 2 tablespoons olive oil.Serves 2.

Recipe from InMyBowl.com

Kale Chips Baked with Parmesan Cheese
Dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach help normalize the turnover of dead skin cells to help avoid blocked pores, a key factor in acne breakouts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut kale leaves into large pieces off of their thick stems. Wash leaves and dry thoroughly.
  3. In a large bowl, toss kale leaves, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and salt.
  4. Spread kale leaves out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until leaves are crisp when shaken in pan.

Recipe from SheKnows.com

Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Don’t be afraid of oil! All skin types need healthy oils (like the salmon, eggs and avocado in this recipe) to keep complexions well-nourished and prevent skin from drying out and breaking out.

Ingredients:

For the salmon: 

  • 4 (6 oz.) salmon fillets, deboned
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the dressing: 
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad: 

  • Mixed salad greens and/or lettuce (about 16 oz.)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1-2 ripe avocados
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Sliced or quartered grape or cherry tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet skin side down. Brush top lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  2. For the salad dressing, combine oil, vinegar, yogurt, honey, and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk rapidly until well combined and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice the hard boiled eggs and the avocados. Plate portions of salad greens on salad plates and top with egg, avocado, tomatoes and red onion. Remove the salmon fillets from the skin and place on top of salads. Flake or slice gently. Drizzle lightly with the mustard vinaigrette. Serves 4.

Recipe from Annies-eats.com