Ten steps to great skin…
‘Eat your water for beautiful skin and a healthier body’. It’s a common misconception that the body needs eight glasses of water a day. For healthier skin replace one glass of water a day with eating a raw fruit or vegetable. Water that is in raw fruits and vegetables is structured water which is more efficient and has the ability to better penetrate water into our living cells. Structured Water will reach every cell in our body including the epidermis more than when drinking water (tap or bottled). Not only will they stay hydrated longer, they will get vital nutrients to help build stronger cells, resulting in a healthier, more resilient complexion. Skin can only be beautiful if healthy at cellular level.
‘Reduce cell-damaging stress!’ Stress not only can cause you breakouts, it creates tiny holes in your cell membranes that lead to water leaking out of your cells, dehydrating your skin and causing fine lines, wrinkles, and a lackluster skin tone. Take time for you, maybe take a time-out at a spa, relax, sleep well, spend time with friends and family and make time for hobbies and the things you love.
‘Exfoliate!’ Dull, lackluster skin can make you look older than you really are. Dullness is usually a result of a build up of dead skin cells on your face. Exfoliation lifts the dulling film of dead skin from your skin to give you a fresh and more youthful looking complexion.
Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser smooths texture while cleansing away dullness and impurities. Using a unique blend of ingredients such as Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids, the cleanser polishes away dry skin to boost hydration and optimise skin brightness, while dissolving skin cell buildup to reveal beautifully glowing skin!
‘My top general health tip is to smile…’ When you feel your best you will look your best. Try to take a few moments a day to do something you love. It will not only nourish your soul, but will make you feel better physically as well.
‘Eat embryonic foods’ like eggs, nuts and seeds. These specific food types contain all the building blocks for life (a seed turns into a plant, right?) and will help your body form healthier, stronger cells that are more resistant to damage…and the signs of ageing.
‘Protect your skin from UV damage’ “One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols like ellagic acid,” which can help to protect skin from serious sun damage. Another great food is tomatoes which contain lycopene to help the skin fend off UV rays!
We love the Oil free Sunblock SPF 30 from Murad which prevents signs of premature ageing from the sun, hydrates, controls oil and contains pomegranate extract to boost sunscreen protection.
‘Get a good night’s rest!’ “Getting deep sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your health. Sleep isn’t just about waking well rested, sleep has important therapeutic benefits – it may be one of your body’s most productive times for repairing every system in your body, including skin which is your largest system – and the one that displays the most dramatic signs of sleep deprivation”
‘Be thrilled with who you are.’ The most important person in the world is you! Look after your emotional wellbeing by treating yourself like royalty; have a relaxing massage, buy those shoes you’ve wanted for ages, or take some ‘me time’.
‘Always wear sunscreen.’ Don’t ruin gorgeous skin by skipping this simple step. Regardless of the time of year, weather, or your skin type, you are exposed everyday to environmental aggressors and need protection. Remember to use a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to protect your skin from damage.
Murad’s moisturisers are great for everyday skin protection! Containing a range of SPF from 15 to 30, it is easy to choose a moisturiser that works for your skin. The Hydrate Protect Pore Reform Balancing Moisturiser has an SPF 15 is great for normal/combination to dry skin as it works to rehydrate the skin cells and unclog any pores caused by dead-skin congestion. For oilier skin, the Oil Control Mattifier has an SPF 15, which helps to protect the skin from UV damage while limiting excess oil build up – resulting in less shine but more glow!
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‘Cleanse every morning and night.’ Many people neglect to cleanse before bed, which is really the most important time, as dead-skin cells and bacteria can build up over the day.
During the sleep cycle, your skin has the time to rest and repair. You therefore want to ensure it has a clean and balanced environment in which to do so. Without proper cleansing, bacteria can survive (and thrive) on your skin, leading to breakouts. Also, the free radicals your skin encounters during the day, from pollution, sun and environmental exposure, can build up, causing tissue damage which leads to accelerated skin ageing.
Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser is great for removing surface build-up on the skin and gentle deep cleansing. Suitable for all skin ages and tones, the cleanser helps to combat breakouts by using a unique combination of green tea and salicylic acid, which helps keep skin bacterial free and glowing!
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Howard Murad, MD, FAAD, is a trained pharmacist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, founder of Murad Skincare Inc., President of The University for Inclusive Health and a physician who specializes in both Inclusive Health and dermatology. He has been acclaimed as a “Beauty Genius” by Ellemagazine, an “Industry Visionary” by the International SPA Association, and has been inducted into Dermascope’s “Academy of Legends.”
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