Murad: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

 

Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

Expensive. No sunscreen.

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This moisturising cream from Murad is especially good for very dry skin. I’m in my mid-twenties and my skin is sensitive and needs a lot of moisture, but if I use a too rich cream during the daytime, it’s like my skin doesn’t absorb it all and my face can get that “shiny” look, which I’m not a fan of. This happens when I use this cream. Therefore, I only use this when I have a chill-day without makeup.
The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is described my Murad as “A super-rich, anti-aging moisturizer formulated to relieve dry, dehydrated skin and restore youthful resilience and tone.” and it claims to lock in moisture for eight hours.
I definitely agree that the cream is ultra-moisturising, and I love to use it once a week and when my skin needs rescue.
I can highly recommend this cream when you get into you late 40’s and thereafter to get the skin the moisture it needs.
Besides being too moisturising for me to use in my every day and being expensive, another con is that this cream does not contain any protection from the sun. Therefore, you have to apply sunscreen after using this cream as day cream. Which means you have to go out another expensive cream. I like simplicity, so I don’t like that constellation. On the other hand, that means that you can use this cream as a night cream as well, which is nice.
All in all, this product is great for giving your skin the moisture it needs. If you have very dry skin or you want a good anti-age cream, this is the cream for you. If you have a more combined/sensitive skin (like me) and your under 40, this cream is probably best as a once-in-a-while go-to when you need that extra moisture for your skin.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

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Murad: Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

 

Pros:

Reduces blemishes dramatically

Cons:

Does not work on severe acne. Can be “harsh” on your skin.

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The Murad Blemish Control series is “clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation.” (Source: Murad). The Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is “step two” in Murad’s series of four products that consist of a Clarifying Cleanser (check out the  review of the Clarifying Wipes), the Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel, the Blemish Spot Treatment and the Skin Perfecting Lotion.

I don’t suffer from acne or breakout often so I don’t use all four products listed above, but I do get a pimple once in a while. When I do, I am ready for it with this gel. I simply apply it to the pimple before bedtime and the next day the pimple is remarkably reduced. The gel lasts for ages when used that way and I know that I have a way to fight pimples when they pop up from nowhere.

I have heard that the four step system is great if you suffer from blemishes and outbreaks on a more regular basis, but I have not tried it myself. If you have severe acne, this Murad treatment will probably not work, as you need something that can really kill the Acne bacterias (and not only on the outside). However, it might help reduce it a little.

My skin is very sensitive and my cosmetologist told me not to use this Blemish Treatment Gel on my entire face, but only on outbreaks as it can be very harsh on sensitive skin.

Overall, the Mural Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is great for reducing blemishes when they appear once in a while, and I can also recommend it if you have blemish-prone skin and suffer from outbreaks regularly. However, for treating severe acne you should probably go to a professional Dermatologist (and not just a cosmetologist) to make sure you’re getting the right guidance and throwing your money after the right treatment for you.

 

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Murad Clarifying Wipes for blemish-prone skin Review

 

Pros:

Easy peasy to use

Cons:

Avoid eye-contact = Does not remove eye makeup.

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I got these Murad clarifying wipes, but they were packaged separately (and not in one package as on picture above). The separate packaging makes them perfect for travelling! It should be possible to buy them that way – it’s SO freaking nice.

The wipe removes my makeup (except eyes, see below) and leaves my skin with a fresh feeling without drying it out. The freshness feels somewhat like when adding Mentholatum (the lip balm) – or at least that’s the closest I get to describing it. The feeling is very fresh, clean, and like the blemishes are on their way out of there. On the other hand, it’s a tiny bit too much – The freshness.

I only used these wipes when travelling, hence, not enough to conclude whether it will “regulate excess sebum production” or “reduce shine and refresh oily skin”.

When it comes to the eye makeup removal, i.e. removal of mascara, the packaging tells you to “Avoid contact with eyes” . I can’t really use that for anything – the wipes should, no, correct that, NEED to be for EVERYTHING, including eyes. I was a crime rider and used them for removing mascara anyways – I had no other choice in the hotel room. My eyes felt very fresh and stung a little, but nothing mayor. I would do it again without hesitation.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Murad Perfecting Day Cream Review

 

Pros:

I like that it’s very hydrating. It’s also nice that it has build-in sun protection (SPF 30).

Cons:

If it gets into contact with my eyes, they get watery and irritated for a while, which is pretty annoing. Murad is relatively expensive.

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Okay, so I didn’t know whether to give this product three or four stars. I ended up giving it four stars because I would use this product in my everyday routine again after finishing this tube – I probably wouldn’t with a three star product.

It has a nice, not too overwhelming smell, it is nice ‘n easy to apply to face and it feels like it moisturises just right. It is absorbed in the skin quickly and afterwards it feels like you have a nice and soft “shield” on your skin.

The biggest minuses for me is the price, that it proclaims to do almost too much good and that it is not fragrance & parabene free and organic.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

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Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex Review

Pros:

Makes the skin feel smooth. Lightens dark spots a little bit and evens out the skin tone.

Cons:

I don’t see amazing results using this. And it’s expensive.

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I tried this for more than four months where I applied it daily.

This Murad product has a nice consistency and feels good to apply, even though it smelled a little too “perfumed”.

I saw some minor results in evening out my skin and lightening it a bit – but I didn’t see a clear change, so don’t expect miracles.

It’s also supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines by 17% – didn’t see any change, on the other hand, I do not have that many fine lines… yet…

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

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Murad: Essential-C Toner

Pros:

The spray does moisturise a bit. And it smells fresh (I don’t know if that’s a big pro because it could mean that there’s a lot of fragrance and other unhealthy stuff in it).

Cons:

I don’t really see any results from using the Murad Essential-C Toner.

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I like the thought of spraying an environmental shield onto my face, defending my skin from evil intruders throughout the day.

The “Bitter Orange Flower and Coneflower Extract”  are supposed to strengthen my skin’s natural defense system “(…)while natural moisture factors gently condition and hydrate skin“. Further, it should give my skin “a refreshing, hydrating lift any time of day.”  

However, none of this magic is observed on my skin when using the toner. Not even after applying it for several month at least once daily. Boohoo. The spray moisturises a bit and smells fresh.

In the directions on the Murad website, they guide you to “pour a small amount onto cotton pad and gently wipe over face and neck.” I simply spray it directly onto face instead in order to avoid any of the cotton pad clogging my pores (A dermatologist told me cotton pads can do that (!)).

Source to my quotes: http://www.murad.com/vitamin-c-toner/

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