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Enjoy a pomegranate – for the sake of 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.

Check out Murad’s pomegranate line of beauty products below!!

I’m in love with Murad’s Refreshing Cleanser!

I ran out of my last face wash, and headed to Sephora in search of something new! I use Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion, I already knew I loved the line! It’s an awesome non-drying, foaming cleanser that washes away surface oil and makeup. I don’t like to take my makeup off first with a makeup remover – then wash my face with a different product. This combines both – leaving my face feeling clean and healthy! I highly recommend this product! You won’t be disappointed!

$29.50

What I’m using right now…

I (Jocelyn) start my day with Bliss‘ absolutely BLISSFUL Fabulous Foaming Face Wash! I’ve used this on and off for years, and I really like it. It just leaves my skin feeling so great after using it.

A 2-in-1 rinse-off cleansing and exfoliating gel for all skin types, Fabulous Foaming Facial Cleanser leaves skin clean, hydrated and fresh. With Botanicell soothing technology, super soft exfoliating beads, rose hips, chamomile, and passion flower this refreshing cleanser will leave your face feeling fabulous.

$22.00 – BUY IT HERE!

Every Monday I start my week by doing a face mask using Bliss’ Steep Clean. After a few encounters with Steep Clean, you might find yourself wondering why Bliss would risk launching a product that’s so blindingly good at clearing blackheads it might put their facial tables out of business. The next best thing to ‘being there’, this 15-minute facial in a tube will transform even a permanently-clogged t-zone into a scene of extreme clean, while helping to remove dead cells and dark spots. Really a miracle mask.

what’s so great about steep clean?
# It dissolves blackhead buildup on your face in fifteen minutes flat.
# It makes large pores look like they’ve shrunk.
# Steep clean exfoliates, smoothes, and brightens your skin’s surface.how does steep clean work?
# Steep clean digests dead skin cells with powerful microencapsulated enzymatic exfoliators.
# It slows excess sebum secretions to keep blackheads from building up.
# It promotes a glowing, even skin tone using botanical skin brighteners.how often should you use steep clean?
Use steep clean once or twice weekly, depending on your skin type.

I totally recommend Steep Clean – my skin is so much smoother – and I’ve noticed a huge difference after only 2 mask treatments!

$48.00 – BUY IT HERE!

My everyday lotion right now is Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion. I love this lotion for two reasons. First – because you only need a teeeeenie tiny amount to cover your face. Should last me quite some time. Second of all – and most important, it dries completely – leaving my skin feeling hydrated and not the slightest bit greasy. It absorbs completely leaving my skin soft as a baby’s butt.

Every type of skin needs hydration, even blemish-prone and oily skin. This ultra light, oil-free moisturizer leaves skin perfectly hydrated every day without any residue. Skin is soothed, softened, renewed, and protected with algae extract, panthenol, retinol, and our exclusive AHA/BHA complex with powerful antioxidants.

$33.00 – and worth every penny!  BUY IT HERE!


Two great face moisturizers for colder weather!

Does your skin act differently when the weather changes? Mine sure does.  My face gets much more needy this time of year. The cold air definitely takes a toll on my skin, and I need to switch my moisturizer.  I recently had the opportunity of trying two new face lotions – by two of my favorite brands, and I thought I’d share the results with you here!

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Murad’s Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15

I think this is my favorite of the two lotions, so I’ll put this one first. I love this lotion! It takes such a small amount, this small bottle will last a while! It has a really subtle shimmer, so your skin looks like it’s glowing all day long!

Restores elasticity, smoothes fine line and reveals a healthy-looking glow. Shea Butter delivers essential hydration while a special blend of luminescent minerals leave complexion naturally radiant even without makeup.

Additional features and ingredients:

  • Essential fatty acids help maintain skin’s barrier
  • An antioxidant complex, featuring Vitamins C and E, boosts protection
    against free radical damage
  • Soybean and Wild Yam Extracts increase elasticity

Elle Beauty

“Murad Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture works on a hormonal level, enhancing moisture by mimicking natural skin lipids.”
Elle Canada

$68.00 – BUY IT HERE!

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Caudalie’s VINOPERFECT Day Perfecting Cream SPF15

This SPF15 cream absorbs rapidly and helps to visibly improve the appearance of dark spots and enhance the brightness of your complexion. Protected from the sun and environment and moisturized* all day long, your skin is luminous and your complexion is radiant. Leaves no white residue.

Discovered in grapevine stalks, the 500 ppm titration of pure Viniferine was stabilized and patented by Caudalie in collaboration with the University of Pharmacy. This exclusive ingredient has exceptional radiance, complexion enhancing and anti-oxidant* actions.

*upper layers of the epidermis.

Who is it for?
Ideal for all skin types. Formulated for those who wish to correct and prevent dark spots while enhancing their skin’s radiance, tone and clarity.

Ingredients
- Viniferine – 500 ppm titration >
Radiance, complexion enhancing and anti-oxidant* actions
- Olive squalane, Shea butter, Pea & Sodium Hyaluronate > Nourishing & moisturizing
- Pro-vitamin B5 & Camomile extract > Soothing
- Sweet orange, Tangerine, Cypress, Galbanum, & Mint … > Energizing

When? How?
In the morning, apply to face and neck after VINOPERFECT Serum. Use the three VINOPERFECT skincare products in synergy for increased, clinically-proven effectiveness.

$68.00 – BUY IT HERE!

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