How Murad Changed My Life


Hi Friends! I trust you are all well. Today, I will be sharing a very personal issue for me which had so affected my self-esteem and my depression and anxiety. When I met Emma Hindmarsh of Murad Australia, she changed my life. I am crying as I am typing this because of the overwhelming feelings of gratitude towards Emma and the Murad Team.

I AM GRATEFUL TO ONE DAY DREAM PR FOR INVITING ME TO THE MURAD AUSTRALIA LAUNCH EVENT WHERE I WAS ABLE TO MEET EMMA HINDMARSH.

This is a SPONSORED POST, however, if you follow me on Instagram @teacupofmakeup, you would have seen me demonstrate or talk about Murad products for yonks. In fact, you can find some archived demos under the Highlight "SKINCARE" on my profile page.

https://www.instagram.com/teacupofmakeup/

DISCLAIMER: THE TEXT BELOW HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW AND UNDERLINED REPRESENT MY PERSONAL OPINION ONLY. IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SIMILAR ISSUES, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DISCUSS THESE WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND/OR ACCREDITED SKINCARE SPECIALIST. PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW WHICH HAVE MY WATERMARK WERE TAKEN BY ME. OTHER PHOTOS WERE SOURCED FROM MURAD'S WEBSITE.


DEALING WITH MY DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AND SIDE EFFECTS FROM PRESCRIBED MEDICATION

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I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2008. I was classified as a “high preforming” person with mental health issues and I was able to rise through the ranks when I was working as a lawyer.

However, a series of unfortunate incidents happened at work and in my life. I was put under enormous pressure at work, handling work that should have been done by at least three people. I was basically working 24/7 for my clients. I had to constantly put on a front as a lawyer, as negotiations over contract terms can be quite a battleground and lawyers like to call it "point scoring". Often these negotiations would happen late at night (11pm - 2 am) and work would continue on through the weekend when a transaction was on. Millions, Billions of dollars were at stake and you can imagine the pressure I put on myself NOT to make any mistakes. So it was always checking, double checking, triple checking work that I might have delegated and then checking and reworking it. I was constantly thinking of solutions for my clients and also consulted with Government for better legislation. I also published several articles. OK, I am a workaholic.

I also had to cope with taking care of my parents. Over those years, I tried so many medications to help me cope with my mental health issues. I also tried to exercise regularly. I am prone to side effected and I have tried over 10 varieties of medications.

The one which caused me the most side effects was Lithium. Lithium is a mood stabiliser. However, unbeknownst to my doctor and specialists, people of Asian descent, particularly people like me who are prone to side effects, can suffer from rare side effects of losing their hair (I did lose a whole chunk); experience nausea and dry mouth; AND horrible painful (throbbing) red cystic acne.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY, PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO FIND HELP HERE:https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

In March 2017, I was invited to an even celebrating the launch of Murad skincare i Australia. It was held on 30th March 2017 and that evening changed my life as I met Emma Hindmarsh the Country Manager for Murad Australia that evening. I think One Day Dream PR for the invitation and they probably won’t know how much it changed my life. I’ve used some Murad products before but mainly the Matiifyer with SPF (which I started using in 2010 when I first discovered Murad in NYC).

Well, I can say that Emma Hindmarsh made a huge impact on my life. She is a living example of Murad’s philosophy “Connected Beauty”. There are more details about this philosophy which is on my website.

DEALING WITH PAINFUL CYSTIC ACNE

The cystic acne slowly creeped in. It started with one large one on my left under jaw area that I thought that I could pop using a lancet, but it never came to a "head". I then thought I had to get it surgically removed. That single pimple than slowly grew into twins and then quads, and eventually covered my under jaw area on both sides. They were in a awkward position. I couldn't see them unless someone took a photo of them (even a mirror didn't work). They would get inflamed, sore, sometimes I would experience throbbing pain. They were so far beneath the upper skin.

Over 3 years, they continued to stay and one time, one "newish" one actually came to a head and what came out of the pus was a tiny hard white ball (very tiny and not like your "usual" cyst). I later learned that the tiny white ball was a cyst.

Emma really cared. I showed her my cystic acne and she immediately started to give me valuable advice on how to change my diet (no sugars; no diary; no gluten); inspired me to exercise more (if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen men my daily meditation walks) and sent me so many products. WE started off being friends on Instagram and this progressed to regular catch ups. In July 2017, Emma gave me a lab sample (which is now the OutSmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment). I could feel immediately on applying it on my cystic acne that the inflammation went down, it soothed the pain and made the horrible patches less obvious.

My cystic acne is a challenge to dermatologists and skincare specialists because it is SO deep below the surface of the skin. However the OutSmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment) did help. It also kept the rest of my face acne free except for the odd pimple here and there during “that time of the month”. I was soon getting positive comments from people that I had shown my cystic acne to.

In this video you will see a Murad facial done by Katy, Murad’s Sales and Education Manager, Asia Pacific. We took instax photos for a "before and after" and you can see in one short treatment (30 mins), what a huge difference Murad’s retail and professional-only products did to my skin. I’ve listed a number of salons which use Murad and are trained in the “Murad Method”.



Trust me, I love them so much that I introduced the brand to significant number of people who now use Murad (having not heard of the brand before). I even connected them to Murad Australia.

I hope you find this video useful and give it a like and leave a comment. There will also be a giveaway.


IF THE LINK ABOVE DOES NOT WORK, YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/pRth-upi7Fk

SOME OF MY FAVOURITES FROM THE BLEMISH CONTROL RANGE

The text that is highlighted in yellow and underlined are my personal thoughts.

The rest of the information has been copied from https://www.murad.com/

Places to buy Murad:

The prices quoted below are in Australian Dollars.

The very first item I tried from Murad is the Oil-Control Mattifier with SPF 15 PA++. I discovered it in a Sephora at Times Square, NYC in 2010. This was 8 years ago. I had just started to become interested in makeup and skincare and was immediately drawn to this product, which till today is one of my faves. It works as a really good makeup primer.

The Cleanser is very refreshing. It has a "time release" formula (includes salicylic acid). I really enjoy using this in the morning and night as it leaves my skin clean, soft and clearer.

The Rapid Spot Remover is also very good. It calms down the random spots on my face. I've heard from Sephora Beauty Advisers that they always recommend it. It also has a cooling effect. I've used both the Oil-Control Mattifier and Rapid Spot treatment on and off for 8 years now.

Blemish Control Oil Control Mattifier SPF15 50mL RRPS$70 (this

Recommended For:

  • Reducing shine by balancing oil throughout the day

  • Reducing new breakouts from forming

  • Protecting skin with SPF

A non-comedogenic moisturiser that immediately mattifies and controls oil for up to 8 hours*. Provides powerful UVA/UVB sun protection without blocking pores.

Oily complexions are prone to blemishes and blackheads, so this mattifier helps to restore balance by removing excess oil for up to 8 hours*, leaving skin cleaner, clearer and healthier-looking.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenylbenzimidazole SulfonicAcid, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Phospholipids,Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl HexylDimethicone, Farnesyl Acetate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract,Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, PunicaGranatum Seed Oil, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum BarkExtract, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Chitosan,Propyl Gallate, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Melaleuca Alternifolia(Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Gluconate, Acrylates Crosspolymer,Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, SodiumChloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Blemish Control Clarifying Cleanser 200mL ARRP$50

Recommended For:

  • Combatting and reducing blemishes and breakouts

  • Controlling oils

  • Preventing future breakouts

A powerful daily gel cleanser that combats blemishes, washing away pore-clogging grime, oil and irritants, which helps treat and prevent blemish breakouts. Maximum strength for acne-prone skin only or for severe blemishes and extreme oil.

Ingredients

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Salicylic Acid,Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26,PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, ButyleneGlycol, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract,Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Silver Citrate,Menthol, PEG-150 Distearate, Zea Mays(Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch,Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate,Glyceryl Stearate, CocamidopropylDimethylamine, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid,Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Limonene,Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil,Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, CitrusMedica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, CitrusAurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil,Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil,Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Parfum

Rapid Relief Spot Treatment 15mL ARRP$32

Recommended For

  • Achieving fast results

  • Exfoliating, clearing, smoothing and balancing skin

  • The occasional spot and ongoing breakout treatment

This maximum strength, invisible gel spot treatment reduces blemish sizes and redness within 4 hours*. Use with or without makeup on top - the invisible gel formula does not peel or flake.

Ingredients:

Salicylic Acid : Maximum strength 2.0% Salicylic Acid formula - the highest percentage in the Murad Blemish Control Collection. This is formulated to exfoliate, clear, balance and soothe skin to effectively treat breakouts quickly.

Patented Complex: inspired by Thyme and Pine Fights irritants while preserving skin's healthy balance.

Horse Chestnut and Oat Extracts: Soothe skin and reduce redness.

Other Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Thymol, Terpineol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide

The Blemish Control range is one of Murad's best sellers. Trust me, from experience, these are the best anti-blemish products you can buy from retail (i.e. not prescription medication). I've only tried the toner, mask and oil control mask for a few months now. I do enjoy using them. Like the other Blemish Control products, I feel refreshed after using them. Both masks are fabulous and the Clarifying Mask does sooth the inflammation on my skin. The Oil Control Mask is very effective.

Blemish Control Clarifying Toner 180mL ARRP$35

Recommended For

  • Controlling excess oil on the face

  • Tightening pores

  • Reducing shine and blemish causing bacteria

This toner is for very oily, blemish-prone skin. It helps control oil production and eliminates shine while keeping pores clear and free from blemish-causing bacteria, ensuring skin is smooth and looking healthy every day. Skin is instantly refreshed, while pores are cleared and tightened, leaving you with a smooth, flawless complexion.

Not suitable for sensitive/dry skin types.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Menthol, Menthoxypropanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Citral, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730)

Blemish Control Clarifying Mask 75mL ARRP$68

Recommended For

  • Treating blemishes for clearer skin

  • Reducing inflammation associated with blemishes

  • Mattifying skin

A facial mask treatment that deeply cleans skin with a unique combination of clays that draw out impurities and absorb excess oil, leaving skin looking beautifully soft, smooth and shine-free. It reduces the severity of blemishes by calming, soothing and healing skin and removing deep underlying pore-clogging impurities while reducing redness and giving skin a long-lasting, healthy looking glow.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Kaolin, Bentonite,Sulfur, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Glyceryl Stearate SE, Zinc Oxide, Talc,Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Alcohol,Dicaprylyl Maleate, Salicylic Acid, Urea,Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol,Taurine, Betaine, Hydroxyacetophenone,Lecithin, Tocopherol, MagnesiumAscorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera(Grape) Seed Extract, DipotassiumGlycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol, Decylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol, Camphor, Geraniol,Limonene, Linalool, LavandulaAngustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Instamatte Oil-Control Mask 100mL ARRP$60

Recommended For

  • Instantly dissolving & controlling oil

  • Leaving a long-lasting matte finish to skin

  • Preventing breakouts

InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask is a three-minute deep-cleansing mask designed to instantly dissolve and control oil. Also prevents breakouts, for a long-lasting matte complexion. Ideal for oily and/or blemish-prone skin. It leaves skin healthy-looking, clear and shine-free. It can also be used as a cleanser for daily oil-control.


Of course, here is my current "HOLY GRAIL" skincare item. The Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment which I have been testing a lab sample of for more than a year now. I love it so much that I am constantly checking where I keep it. It just HAS to be in a highly visible spot. I felt an immediate improvement (soothing) and saw long term results. I even stopped applying the prescribed topical antibiotics cream that my dermatologist prescribed,

OutSmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment 50mL ARRP$70

Lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall blemishes in just 1 week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic and glycolic acids in Penta-Acid Technology to clear skin of blemish-causing bacteria, oiliness and blackheads while minimising dryness and irritation.

Clinically proven to reduce pimples, blackheads and whiteheads in just 1 week.*

WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW

Which skin type is it good for?

Oily

Formulated without:

  • Parabens

  • Sulfates

  • Phthalates

  • Gluten

  • Animal-derived ingredients

Active Ingredients:

Penta-Acid Technology

Dr. Murad’s combination of 5 powerful acids—salicylic acid combined with lysophosphatidic acid, hydroxydecanoic acid, sebacic acid and glycolic acid—help clear skin and prevent future breakouts.

Salicylic acid reduces the severity of acne, helps keep skin clear by preventing formation of new acne and allows skin to heal.

Hydroxydecanoic acid and sebacic acid

Commonly found in royal jelly, these two ingredients are fatty acids with purifying properties. Clinical testing has shown that these ingredients can reduce sebum and are fast-acting sebum regulators.

Lysophosphatidic acid, bio-molecule derived from soy beans, helps reduce the appearance of pores.

Glycolic acid is a high purity, low molecular weight alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane that helps skin renew and helps rid the skin’s surface of cellular debris to keep pores clear.

Honey extract, boswellia extract and rice extract

These three extracts combined have soothing and hydrating benefits that help counteract dryness and redness.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/Silica Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Salicylic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Oligopeptide-10, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Allantoin, Honey Extract, Sebacic Acid, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Silver Citrate, Glycerin,Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, 1,10-Decanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, CaprylylGlycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Blue 1(CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

THE ISSUE OF "CULTURAL STRESS"

THE FOLLOWING ARE EXTRACTS FROM A ARTICLE BY Howard Murad, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc.

IT DOES REFER TO THE ISSUE AS IMPACTING THOSE LIVING IN AMERICA, BUT I FEEL THAT IT IS EQUALLY APPLICABLE TO ALL FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES.

SOURCE: https://www.corporatewellnessmagazine.com/others/cultural-stress-a-modern-threat-to-health/

Cultural Stress and Skin

Cultural Stress can cause an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress-related hormones that contribute to damaged cell walls which in turn, allows the precious water that keeps them functioning to escape. The water loss has a myriad of effects. It causes our cells and connective tissue to break down, which prevents our heart, lungs, brain and other organs from functioning at optimal levels – all of which become apparent when you look at the skin. Stress induced water loss also contributes to common skin problems – acne, rosacea and even premature signs of aging.

We can encourage more water in the cells and reduce Cultural Stress if we address the body with a comprehensive care program based upon Inclusive Health.® This approach takes all external, internal and emotional factors into account.

1) Topical Care – as the largest organ of the body, the skin is extremely responsive to products applied topically. Appropriate skincare regimen and professional spa treatments will address skincare concerns ranging from acne to wrinkles, while also preventing future damage.

2) Internal Care – we can only address cell health in the top 20% of the skin, the epidermis, with topical care. The cells in the remaining 80%, the dermis, must be addressed internally through diet and supplementation. A diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables and healthy fats such as those found in raw nuts and olive oil will promote the body to create healthy, hydrated cells. Dietary supplements provide the body with a constant supply of essential nutrients that serve as the building blocks of strong healthy cells.

3) Emotional Care – maintain connections with others, discover a passion such as painting or dancing. Reducing isolation promotes a healthy sense of self. Seek out the nurturing power of touch through facials and massage.

Connecting the Dots

It’s easy to tell people to relax or to be good to themselves, but when stress is so pervasive that there’s no hiding from or avoiding it, it takes effort to unplug. The reality is that our lives will become even more hectic as time goes on and we will continue to push our children and ourselves to capacity until we wear out. As Americans, it’s not easy to unlearn the need to be on the go, but when it comes to mental and physical health, a day, week or month of complete relaxation may be just what the doctor orders. Everything in moderation is the key and this includes the things that contribute to Cultural Stress. The goal is to reduce Cultural Stress while enjoying the simple pleasures of life.”

MORE ABOUT HOWARD MURAD, M.D., FAAD

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD has literally changed the face of skincare by devoting his life to making beautiful, healthy skin attainable for everyone. His scientifically-proven formulas and inclusive approach to overall skin and body health have helped millions to live better lives.

A board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dr. Murad has personally treated over 50,000 patients. In 1989, he founded Murad, Inc. as a way to share his groundbreaking skincare formulas which were among the first to achieve significant measurable anti-aging results without surgery. Dr. Murad continues his innovative research and holds 18 patents for advances in the science of skin health. These proprietary breakthroughs help Murad products deliver the real results that make Murad one of the world’s premier clinical skincare brands.

OTHER MURAD PRODUCTS I LOVE THAT WORK WELL WITH THE BLEMISH CONTROL RANGE


This face oil is magic in a bottle. It absorbs very quickly into my skin and has a very soothing and calming scent. I love using this as part of my nighttime face routine. Apply it on your palms, run your palms together and gently pat it onto your face. Breathe it in the calming scent. It is fabulous. I don't wake up with an "oil slick" face in the mornings. This also contains key vitamins that help your skin recover and rejuvenate.

Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil 30mL ARRP$122

This revolutionary, non-comedogenic treatment oil is powered by 6 key vitamins; A-F; that synergistically target signs of ageing, boost hydration, brighten skin, and defend from free radicals for a more youthful-looking complexion. Feather-light formula absorbs quickly for an instant dose of radiance while helping balance skin for a healthy, vibrant glow.

96% noticed more radiant, healthier-looking skin after 4 weeks.

Solution For:

  • Dull Skin

  • Dry Skin

  • Fine Lines

  • Wrinkles

  • Uneven Skin Tone

  • Rough Skin Texture

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT

6 intuitive vitamins activate recovery where your skin needs it.

It’s good to take your vitamins, but research shows you should be applying them, too. Many scientific studies show that applying vitamins topically can enhance their efficacy. This multi-action oil infuses skin with 6 supercharged vitamins:

Vitamin A: Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it boosts skin firmness, evens skin tone and enhances radiance.

Vitamin B: A moisturizing humectant that helps balance oil and soothes skin.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that helps even skin tone, brighten skin and protect against skin-aging free radical damage.

Vitamin D: Helps improve the skin’s barrier to defend from environmental aggressors.

Vitamin E: Intercepts free radicals to prevent skin damage as it softens skin.

Vitamin F: A combination of essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 that helps improve skin texture and barrier function.

Other Ingredients

Coconut Alkanes, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Oil, Retinyl Propionate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Hexylresorcinol, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Salicylic Acid, Punica Granatum Sterols, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Linalool, Limonene

The AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser is one that I use about twice a week (when I remember). It is both a chemical and physical exfoliator. Highly effective in reducing the scars left on my skin from the acne as well as pigmentation. The Invisiblur is SO good. I like to use it on top of the Oil-Control Matiifier to give me an airbrushed look on "no makeup days". It also works very well as a primer for your foundation. The Rapid Collagen Infusion for lips is also very helpful. I use it as a lip plumper/primer (I'm not into getting lip fillers, #sorrynotsorry).

Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 200mL ARRP$62

Recommended For

  • Cleansing and smoothing skin

  • Polishing and retexturising the skin's surface

  • Softening skin

This intensive cleanser polishes away dullness and impurities for a smoother, younger-looking complexion. It smooths the texture of skin, clearing pores of dead skin cells and removing trapped dirt and impurities, helping to leave skin soft, smooth and supple, revealing a younger-looking complexion. You can also use this cleanser all over the body, ensuring super-soft skin from head to toe.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Jojoba Esters, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF15 30mL ARRP$105

Recommended For

  • Blurring and priming the skin for a matte finish

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improving smoothness and texture of skin

One Step to Perfection! An anti-ageing treatment that also blurs, primes, moisturises and protects the skin with an invisible sunscreen to reveal a smooth, visibly flawless complexion in just one step.

71% saw fewer lines and wrinkles*

94% saw improved smoothness and texture*

100% invisible SPF15 protection

Isododecane,Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PhenylTrimethicone, Homosalate, EthylhexylSalicylate, ButylMethoxydibenzoylmethane,Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl2,6-Naphthalate, Propylene GlycolDicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil,Hydrogenated Soy Polyglycerides,C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum(Black Currant) Seed Extract,Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate,PEG-8 Dimethicone, OctyldodecylStearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, HordeumVulgare (Barley) Extract, ButyleneGlycol, Lentinus Edodes (ShiitakeMushroom) Extract, Mucor MieheiExtract, Paeonia Suffruticosa RootExtract, Ascorbic Acid, TocopherylAcetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica,Sodium PropoxyhydroxypropylThiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus(Cucumber) Fruit Extract, RosmarinusOfficinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod)Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, HexylCinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde,Limonene, Linalool, Parfum

Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion For Lips 9.75mL ARRP$47

Recommended For

  • Boosting micro-circulation for plumper, fuller lips

  • Reducing the appearance of vertical lip lines and wrinkles

  • Instantly smoothing and hydrating lips

A unique lip treatment designed to target the signs of ageing on and around the lips. The translucent serum uses enhanced collagen technology to instantly plump and restore volume while powerful hydration boosters give silky smooth and soft lips. Instantly improves smoothness and texture* and revitalises lips for a more youthful appearance*.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, CapryloylGlycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, BrassicaAlba Sprout Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Collagen Amino Acids,Ethylene Propylene Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, LinoleicAcid, Phospholipids, Punica Granatum Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Erythritol,Betaine, Inositol, Taurine, Trehalose, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Tripeptide-3,Hexapeptide-3. Phenoxyethanol, Aroma

I love these mositurisers! Both work so well for me. I now know that if I use these after the Outsmart Blemish serum and before applying the Oil Control Mattifier, my skin looks a lot better under makeup. I prefer to wear not too much makeup so that you can still see my skin. I like that these two help ensure that my skin stays hydrated which in turn helps moderate the oil-production on my face. The Nutried-charged water gel is really good for after facial care as it is gentle yet nourishing.

Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic® Quenching Essence 30mL ARRP$139

Recommended For

  • Providing immediate hydration

  • Improving skin's ability to retain moisture

  • Reducing signs of ageing through hydration

This high-performance moisture booster provides immediate hydration whilst improving the skin's ability to retain moisture. 100% instantly saw smoother, silkier, more supple skin texture*. 94% saw plumper, more resilient skin with a visible boost in bounce*. Combine with Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture for 5x the hydrating power*.

Ingredients:

Water(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Glycolic Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol,Taurine, Betaine, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) FruitExtract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Yeast Extract,Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate,Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal,Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).

Nutrient-Charged Water Gel 50 mL ARRP$95

Intensely hydrating oil-free water gel contains revolutionary Cumulative Hydration-Release Technology that instantly locks moisture to skin and increases retention for up to 5 days*. A nutrient-charged blend of peptides, vitamins and minerals strengthens the skin’s barrier for plump, smooth skin.

100% showed skin barrier repair in 30 minutes.**

Solution for:

  • Dry Skin

  • Dull Skin

  • Fine Lines

  • Wrinkles

  • Rough Skin Texture

Active Ingredients:

B vitamins could almost be classified as the beauty vitamins. They have demonstrated an amazing ability to improve skin health by boosting moisture retention when applied topically. Vitamin E is a super antioxidant and nutrient that fights off free radicals that induce premature aging as it softens and nourishes. The combination of Vitamin E with Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 locks hydration into the skin to alleviate dryness, smooth out wrinkles, and soothe.

Minerals are just as essential to skin health function as vitamins. In fact, vitamins can’t be absorbed in the body without minerals. 5 bio-fermented minerals, Silicon, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Magnesium, are bio-available to enhance their topical absorption for optimal efficacy. The collection of minerals helps improve skin tone and texture.

Peptides

Peptides are made up of amino acids and function as skincare powerhouses that can counteract the visible effects of skin aging. Oligopeptide-1, Oligopeptide-2, Polypeptide-1, Polypeptide-9 and Polypeptide-11 help visibly restore damaged skin so it looks and feels more youthful.

Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Saccharide Isomerate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/Silica Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-9, sh-Polypeptide-11, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Bacillus/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Trehalose, Taurine, Serine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Phytantriol, Acetyl Glutamine, Urea, Cholesterol, Yeast Amino Acids, Phytosphingosine, Inositol, Betaine, Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyridoxine HCl, Sucrose, Algin, Pullulan, Maltodextrin, Polysilicone-11, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Decyl Glucoside, Pentylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Polyisobutene, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 4 (CI 14700)

THERE ARE MANY MORE MURAD PRODUCTS THAT I LIKE AND RECOMMEND BUT I WILL COVER THEM IN A SEPARATE ARTICLE.

LIST OF PLACES YOU CAN CURRENTLY GET "MURAD" FACIALS

The Paddington Beauty Room

212 Gelnmore Rd, Paddington

02 9356 8700

Skin Vision Maroubra

504 Malabar Road

Maroubra

02 9349 1488

The Parlour Room Clovelly

216 Clovelly Road

Randwick

H2O

68/71 Giles Street

Kingston

ACT

02 6295 7072

The Beauty Parlour

Carp street, Bega

0488 947 319

Professional Beauty By Samantha

Quakers Hill

0416091764

Nature Finds You

'The Loft', Mezzanine Level,

2 Queen Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

0412104696

The Skin Collective by G

Shop 2/212 - 220 Greenvale Dr,

Greenvale VIC 3059

Advanced Paramedical Skin and Laser

5 Mornington Rd,

Mount Eliza VIC 3930

(03) 97877475

Ultimate Aesthetics

318 Barker Road

Subiaco, WA 6008

(08) 93828859

Ultimate Aesthetics

51 Hulme Court

Myaree, WA 6154

(08) 61612514

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