I am a beauty klutz. When God was handing out traits, I somehow missed getting the one that makes you good at doing things like creating the perfect smokey eye, flat-ironing your hair, or understanding which bracelet matches that polka-dot blouse.
As a result, I have spent much of my life admiring women who always look so ‘together.’ I’m sure you know them. Perhaps you’re even one of them: their hair always falls in perfect beachy curls, or is elegantly straight. They never have smeared lipstick, or clumpy eyelashes. And they always have a cute bag.
While I may not be the greatest at wielding a flatiron, I take my skin pretty seriously. I may not have the most religious or the most complex skincare routine, I have been using an SPF moisturizer since I was in my early 20’s, and that has probably been my skin’s salvation.
Developed by an American dermatologist, Murad is popular with many celebrities, and they have a few product lines, including an acne line, and a couple of anti-aging lines. Given that my skin concerns are much more about wrinkles than they are about pimples these days, I was pretty excited to test products from Murad’s Resurgence and Age Reform lines.
I got to test three products: an exfoliant, a masque, and an eye cream.
AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: Not all exfoliants are created equal, although all of them have the same purpose: to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells that makes your face look dull. This reveals a younger, more smooth layer of skin underneath. Some exfoliants are physical in nature: they are more akin to sandpaper, using things like sugar, salt, coffee, or ground up nut shells to buff off your top layer of skin. A second kind of exfoliant is more chemically-based, using things like AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) to remove that top layer. This exfoliant is of the second variety, containng Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids, as well as Jojoba beads. It also contains liquorice extract to help mitigate some of the irritation. I found my skin to be really soft and smooth after using this, but without the irritation or redness that often comes with some exfoliants.
Age-Diffusing Firming Mask: The kind of mask I’m mostly familiar with is a clay-based version. Clay helps to pull out the impurities that lurk under the surface. But it hardens on your skin, which leaves you with a weird, frozen-face feeling until you wash it off. I loved this mask–it was my favourite product of the three. It went on and dried clear, first of all, meaning that I could go about my every day life, even having a glass of wine while it was on. In fact, I could probably have gone out for dinner and no one would have noticed. It didn’t freeze my face, and when I washed it off, again, my skin felt fresh and smooth. The mask contains Golden Seaweed, Brazilian Fruit Extracts, and Shea Butter (which is one of my favourite things in the whole world).
Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture For Eyes: like many 40-somethings, I have three main areas where wrinkling happens the most: on my forehead (I spend a lot of time thinking!), the labial folds (from smiling–I won’t stop) and the fine lines under my eyes (unfortunately named “crow’s feet”). This skin is really thin and tends to be among the driest on my face. The moisturizer contains a peptide blend, meant to brighten the eye area, and collagen to plump up the area. I patted a tiny bit of this below my eyes, and it really felt moisturized and calm.
Murad is not a drugstore brand, so it’s more expensive. These products will run you between $35-$72, but a little goes a long way. And most importantly, even a beauty klutz can successfully use them!
For more information, please visit: MuradCanada.com. Murad is also available through Sephora.