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Get Beach- Ready with Ten Tips from Dr. Murad!

As summer approaches, world-renowned dermatologist Howard Murad M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc., is sharing his top ten tips for getting beach-ready. From SPF to foods and exercise, Dr. Murad suggests effective ways to reduce cellulite and protect skin throughout body-baring months.

Tip 1 Start Wearing SPF
No one is ever too young to protect themselves from the sun. The general consensus in the medical community is that the majority of sun damage occurs before a person turns 18 years old. Younger skin is much more sensitive to sun exposure and free radical damage. And many signs of skin damage are cumulative as we age and will likely not be visible until you are much older. I recommend everyone wear SPF on a daily basis because most sun damage occurs during daily activities. This incidental exposure includes more than just direct sunlight on bare skin while you’re tanning. Light also reflects off surfaces, comes through building and car windows and penetrates through clothing.

Tip 2 Eat More Eggs
When weakened skin and connective tissue can no longer hold fat invisibly in place, it migrates up through the skin to become cellulite. To build healthy new cells with strong membranes, your body needs lecithin, which is found in many foods – including eggs, soy, spinach, peanuts, apples, cauliflower, and potatoes.

Tip 3 Try Dry Skin Brushing
This simple technique is one of the most effective exfoliating treatments for skin with cellulite and stretch marks. Use a body brush or exfoliating gloves to remove old dead and dying cells, while simultaneously increasing the blood flow to the affected areas and stimulating the body’s ability to remove built-up toxins.

Tip 4 Add More Raw Fruits and Vegetables to Your Grocery List
Applying topical lotions containing SPF is only one way to protect skin from the sun; select raw fruits and vegetables, as well as dietary supplements, can also help defend skin from the sun and the resulting damage. Add food such as broccoli, tomatoes, cranberries and spinach to your grocery list and take a supplement containing Pomegranate Extract for maximum benefits.

Tip 5 Shape Up Your Self-Image
Since you’ll soon be spending more time showing off your arms and legs, take simple steps to reshape your body into a point of pride by doing some exercise you enjoy at least a few times a week. Getting in shape is more than just a matter of physical exercise, getting in shape will help you feel confident and comfortable as you show off more skin.

Tip 6 Get Your EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids)
Add extra healthy fats to your diet, like flaxseed oil, olive oil, seeds and oil from cold-water fish (like black cod and salmon) to attract water to dehydrated cells and prevent future water loss. Healthy water-tight cells mean better overall skin health including a reduction in the skin damage cycle that leads to cellulite and sagging skin.

Tip 7 Discover Botanicals and Essential Oils
To reduce cellulite, check products for effective botanicals and essential oils such as Aloe Vera, Basil, Cat’s Claw, Cedarwood, Tiger’s Herb, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Grape Seed, Mint, Pine, Pomegranate, and Tea (black, red, white, and green).

Tip 8 Stretch
In addition to helping your flexibility and enhancing your fitness routine, stretching, including yoga, can have the added benefit of stress relief – which means less cell damage. Optimizing your cellular health is key to look your best in the long and the short term.

Tip 9 Shop Smart
When purchasing a sunscreen, be sure to look for four key basic features: full spectrum sun protection for UVA and UVB radiation, antioxidants to neutralize aging free radicals,
anti-inflammatory agents to prevent redness and soothe skin, and hydrating ingredients to replace moisture loss due to sun exposure.

Tip 10 Adopt an Inclusive Health Lifestyle
A healthy body and complexion are a reflection of total wellness. Inclusive Health, a 3-prong approach to health through topical, internal and emotional self care, provides your body the opportunity to build youthful vitality at the cellular level. By optimizing these three environments, your body and spirit will have the best opportunity to thrive.

 

Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30
Why you need it: Lightweight, shine-free formula provides high UVA/UVB protection
Primary Benefits: Prevents sun and free radical damage and provides an oil-free matte finish

Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30
Why you need it: Delivers maximum UVA/UVB protection for active lifestyles
Primary Benefits: Prevents free radical damage to age-proof skin and resists water for long-lasting defense.

Murad Launches New Anti-Aging Firming Mask.

I was excited to try the new Murad mask but in the back of my mind was thinking I’m only 34 I don’t know if I really need a “firming” mask. But hey who doesn’t want to sample a new product? So my fellow friends in aging denial this mask is my new BFF. 

After application my skin felt good and did feel firmer. But the real magic was revealed the next morning and after continued use. My skin was not only firmer but brighter, even without makeup my face looks refreshed and younger. Touche Murad I do need a “firming’ mask!

Murad’s Age-Diffusing Firming Mask is a rich, at-home skin firming booster that targets dull, dry, lackluster skin by delivering essential moisture – that launched TODAY!. This formula enhances skin elasticity and promotes instant firming to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to improve overall skin health. This mask is part of best-selling anti-aging line, Resurgence™, the first skincare line developed to treat hormonally aging skin!

How it works:
· FirmQ2 instantly firms and lifts the skin
· Golden Seaweed restores skin resilience resulting in a youthful glow
· Brazilian Fruit Extracts promote collagen production to plump skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles
· Shea Butter and trace minerals infuse skin with hydration leaving it soft and smooth

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask (1.7 FL. OZ., $68.00), will be available on Murad.com, at the Murad Inclusive Health Spa and Murad Inclusive Health Media Group TODAY, and at Sephora, Ulta, and leading salons and spa locations nationwide July 2012.

 

Disclosure: MHU received a sample to provide and honest review for our readers.

Introducing Clean Scene by Murad

Life can be complicated, skincare shouldn’t be.
Clean Scene® by Murad®

There’s more pressure than ever to look your best – and even more pressure to look great, especially in Jr. high and high school. Teens are juggling more than ever these days: schoolwork, friendships, social networking, sports, extracurricular activities and – those pesky breakouts. Clean Scene® is the first brand developed by Murad, Inc to tackle those embarrassing blemishes in easy steps created to make healthy, clean skin drama-free!

In addition to powerful ingredients that target acne, each product in the Clean Scene line utilizes the power of the newest super-fruit, the Yumberry, an exotic Chinese wonder that contains powerful antioxidants. Yumberry helps neutralize skin damaging enemies from stress, sun and pollution to leave a balanced, smooth complexion.

Murad’s Clean Scene includes:

Craving for Clean®
Gently wash away dirt and makeup for squeaky-clean skin that’s soft, smooth and hydrated. This foaming cleanser creates a luscious lather for a fresh way to start and end each day. (4.5 FL. OZ. $17)

Gaga for Glow®
For soft skin that never gets mixed up with a rough crowd, dismiss dullness with this gentle facial scrub. It deep-cleans to minimize the appearance of pores and gets rid of excess oil, revealing super smooth, glowing skin. (2.5 FL. OZ. $20)

· Crazy for Clear®
Say bye-bye to blemishes and hello to clear, healthy skin. This targeted spot treatment starts healing breakouts on contact while helping to prevent new ones from forming. (0.5 FL. OZ. for $16)

· Down for Defense®
Don’t get burned! Give your skin a fresh dewy glow and protect it from UVA/UVB rays with this SPF 15 moisturizer. (1.7 FL. OZ. $24)

· Begging for Balance®
Shut down shine and get hydration in check with this oil-free moisturizer. Use it nightly for a smooth, balanced complexion and develop a healthy relationship with your skin. (1.7 FL. OZ. $22)


Introducing Murad’s NEW Pomegranate line!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Murad’s new line of pomegranate products. I was lucky enough to receive two of the products to try, and I had to share them with you! I tried the Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser and the Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer.

I have used Murad products for years – and so to try NEW products was like Christmas morning for me.

I am absolutely in love with these products. The cleanser is gentle – yet effective. It makes my skin tingle, which I love. The moisturizer is so wonderful. I don’t think there’s any shimmer in it, but my skin looks like it’s glowing all day when I wear it. My skin has felt healthier – more firm. My pores are smaller, and my skin overall – looks amazing.

In case you missed my post a couple weeks ago – here’s why Murad is going with pomegranate – and why it’s so good for your skin!

From healthy, beautiful skin to lower stress levels, the pomegranate is a valuable resource in helping jumpstart your complexion and your mood.

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, shows us six ways pomegranates can help your skin look younger and your body feel healthier.

Build Youth Back into Your Skin

Summer berries aren’t the only way to get your antioxidant fix. The pomegranate, a winter fruit, has powerful antioxidants that assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water. It also boosts anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen levels, and fights oxidative stress that ages us internally and externally. You can eat pomegranate to reap the benefits but also look for topical products that contain Pomegranate Extract to help fight free radical damage and promote overall skin health.

Decrease Inflammation

Winter weather is known to inflict a mild inflammatory reaction in exposed skin, like the face and hands. Studies have shown that Pomegranate Extract significantly reduces the activity of proteins that cause inflammation. It also reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds produced by cells isolated from cartilage.

Increase Your Oxygen Intake

Exercise is great way to increase oxygen flow. However, the cold winter weather can make it challenging to get daily exercise. Research shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pure pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart and skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth–without having to hit the gym!

Minimize Cultural Stress

A study found that having pomegranate juice every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure, which leads to healthier, happier skin. Volunteers in the study reported feeling less distressed and more enthusiastic in their general well-being after consuming pomegranate juice.

Boost Your Natural SPF

Many people think that sun damage is only prevalent during summer months, yet the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin even through overcast weather. One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, like ellagic acid. Murad’s clinical trials show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when a pomegranate extract supplement is added to a diet because it boosts natural sunscreen levels. If topical sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract, there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Studies have also shown the application of pomegranate to the skin minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.

Help Banish Breast Cancer

Murad recently partnered with City of Hope to help raise funds for breast and women’s cancers research, education and treatment. So it only makes sense that the internationally acclaimed hospital would find the pomegranate to be as amazing of a superfruit as Murad did. City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have also detected two substances in the fruit with the potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.