December 3, 2013

Jocelyn

Can You Improve Your Skin By Spending Less Time Online?

Skin care and healthy skin isn’t just about what topical skin care products you use. It’s also about what lifestyle choices you make, what you put into your body and how you adapt to and deal with Cultural Stress®. It’s all part of Dr. Murad’s revolutionary philosophy of Inclusive Health®, which gives you the tools to achieve healthy skin and a healthy body by teaching you to Look Better, Live Better and Feel Better. While it may not seem as though the amount of time that you spend on the internet can impact how your skin looks, it’s actually the opposite that is true. You may be surprised by the number of ways in which the time that you spend online can impact the health of your body and its largest organ, the skin.

 

Skin Care: Online HealthOnline Time Equates to Cultural Stress Time

You may feel as though the time that you spend on the internet is your relaxation or “zone out” time, but studies have shown that online time can lead to stress. This is particularly true if you spend a lot of time participating in social networks. Studies have shown that social networks increase your stress level. Your brain isn’t relaxing when you’re online. It’s actually in over-drive. This is even truer if you use your mobile device to browse the internet and participate on social media at all times of the day and night. This means that you are never disconnected from an ongoing stream of issues, “live-up-to-expectations” and chatter. While most of the studies on social networks and stress have been performed on teenagers and young adults, the impact is just as powerful for people of any age.

 

Stress impacts your skin no matter what your skin type or skin care concern is. For people with acne-prone skin or using an acne treatment regimen, stress triggers the adrenal gland. That creates an over-production of androgens, which leads to an excess of pore-clogging skin cells that then lead to inflamed blemishes. For all other skin types, stress affects hormones, which when out of balance can cause dry skin, oily skin, depleted collagen or even dark spots.

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December 3, 2013

Jocelyn

Murad Skin Care Ingredients: Instant Radiance Eye Cream

Instant Radiance Eye Cream is the newest addition to the Murad collection of eye creams. Learn what the ingredients in this eye cream are and how they can help minimize wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

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November 22, 2013

Jocelyn

Five Skin Care Surprises Caused by Hormonal Shifts

Hormones control more of your skin’s appearance than you may initially realize. While we often think of hormones as associated with acne breakouts, the reality is that hormones can dictate other changes in your skin’s appearance and texture. As your body changes with age, responds to stress and lifestyle or reacts to diet changes, hormones can trigger unwanted or unexpected changes in your skin. If you’re experiencing a surprising change in your skin and can’t quite identify what the source of it is, look to your hormones. Here are five changes in your skin that may be the result of hormonal shifts in your body.

 

Skin Care: Hormonal SkinHormonal Acne Breakouts and Blemishes

Most people are familiar with the relationship between acne breakouts and hormones. The shift in hormones that happens in both genders as they reach puberty often results in breakouts and blemishes and the need for a consistent acne treatment regimen. However, hormones can also be the reason for adult acne breakouts. In both genders, an over-production of androgens (male hormones) can result in an over-production of sebum (oil) and skin cells that clog pores and cause inflamed blemishes. While these adult hormonal shifts may be due to natural processes such as pregnancy, menopause and fertility cycles, they may also be a response to Cultural Stress®, dietary changes and even environmental factors. If you’re experiencing adult breakouts, you may want to examine areas of your life that may be impacting your hormonal balance.

 

Wrinkles and Loose Skin: Hormonal Aging

For women, the loss of estrogen that occurs leading up to and after menopause can result in wrinkles and loose skin. This process, known as Hormonal Aging, results in a loss of skin-firming collagen. Estrogen hormones play a critical role in informing the body that it needs to produce collagen. As estrogen depletes with age, a corresponding depletion in collagen occurs. In some studies, women have been shown to lose up to 30% of their collagen in the five years following menopause. If you’ve had firm, youthful skin for the majority of your life and notice rapid aging (or other skin changes) as you approach menopause, the cause is most likely hormonally-related.

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November 22, 2013

Jocelyn

Can You Prevent Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation? Dr. Murad Answers.

Can you prevent dark spots and age spots from forming on your skin just by making lifestyle choices? Dr. Howard Murad explains how a combination of skin care and Inclusive Health® can help you to prevent dark spots on your skin.

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November 19, 2013

Jocelyn

Understanding Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is often listed as a key ingredient in home facial peels, skin cleansers, acne treatment products and anti-aging products. If that list reads as though Glycolic Acid is included in skin care products for just about every skin type and skin concern, then that’s because the properties and qualities of Glycolic Acid make it a powerful tool in creating flawless, radiant, healthy skin. While it’s important to look for skin care products that include Glycolic Acid, it’s equally important to understand why this ingredient is so effective in creating your best possible skin. Today, we’ll take a deeper look at Glycolic Acid and its role in skin care.

 

Skin Care: Glycolic AcidUnderstanding Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are a family of gentle acids found naturally in plants that have exfoliating properties when applied to the skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acids typically are water-soluble so they cannot penetrate beneath the skin’s surface (Beta Hydroxy Acids, however, are oil-soluble and can penetrate into pores). In addition to Glycolic Acid, the most common types of AHAs include Lactic Acid (derived from sour milk products), Citric Acid (derived from citrus products), Malic Acid (derived from apples) and Tartaric Acid (derived from grapes).

 

Glycolic Acid is primarily derived from sugar cane, but it can also be extracted from cantaloupe and pineapple.  (Learn more about AHAs.)

 

The Benefits of Glycolic Acid for Healthy Skin

While Glycolic Acid does have moisturizing benefits, its primary role as part of a personalized skin care regimen is to exfoliate away the top layer of dead, dry, dull skin to reveal the newer, younger skin beneath. For every skin concern, this process of increasing cell turnover in your skin provides a unique benefit.

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November 19, 2013

Jocelyn

Is Hydroquinone Safe to Use? Dr. Murad Answers.

Dr. Murad discusses the safety of using a product that contains hydroquinone, the active ingredient in Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum.

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November 15, 2013

Jocelyn

Preventing “Sleeping Lines”: Wrinkles Caused by Sleeping Patterns

When developing your personalized anti-aging skin care regimen, it’s likely that at least one of your goals will include preventing or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While there are a variety of best practices for ensuring that you have the smoothest, most-youthful skin possible, your anti-wrinkle regimen will be the most effective if you also understand what causes the development of wrinkled skin. In some cases, it’s just as important to make lifestyle changes as it is to find the right topical skin care products. One of the most often-overlooked causes of wrinkles that, if altered, can help to prevent their future wrinkle development is the position in which you sleep.

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Sleep WrinklesSleep Lines and Sleep Wrinkles are Not a Myth

The idea of “sleep wrinkles” is often considered to be a “beauty myth”, but in actuality sleep wrinkles are recognized as a dermatologic entity. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology supports the idea that sleeping in certain positions will increase and cause wrinkles.

 

Which Sleeping Positions Cause or Prevent Wrinkles and Why

Sleeping on your side or with your face down on your pillow can cause wrinkles to form, while sleeping on your back can prevent the formation of wrinkles. The reason for this has to do with two other causes of wrinkles: repetitive motion and gravity. As you will see below when we discuss the role of collagen and elastin with sleep wrinkles, repetitive motions can ultimately lead to wrinkles over time. Examples of this include laugh lines around your mouth and crow’s feet around your eyes. When you sleep on your side or with your face down into the pillow, you “push” your skin into positions in a way that is similar to repetitive facial motions.

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November 15, 2013

Jocelyn

How Do You Fade Dark Spots On Your Skin? Murad Explains.

Jeff Murad discusses how Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum reduces the appearance of dark spots and sun spots.

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November 12, 2013

Jocelyn

Acne Treatment Ingredients You May Not Have Heard Of

When it comes to acne treatment products, most of us are familiar with the common ingredients or the active topical acne-fighting medications. If you’re searching for the right acne treatment for your skin, it’s likely that you’ve already learned about Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Benzoyl Peroxide. However, what’s in your acne products is important even when it comes to ingredients that may not be the primary ones. What should you look for when reading the ingredient listing on acne products? Be sure to check the label to look for any of the following.

 

Skin Care Tips: Unique Acne Product IngredientsSilver Citrate: Fights Acne-Causing Bacteria

Cultures around the world have known for centuries that silver has antimicrobial properties. While there are many examples, our favorite is that historically silver dollars were placed in milk jars before refrigeration to keep them bacteria free. As metals were studied for their antimicrobial effect, it was discovered that silver had the most powerful antibacterial power and the lowest toxicity to human cells of all of the metals. Interestingly, while silver became less popular as an antibacterial agent as antibiotics were developed, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains in recent years has made silver more popular for its bacteria fighting power.

 

As part of an acne treatment regimen, silver works to fight the bacteria that build up within clogged pores or on the surface of the skin and which ultimately lead to inflamed acne blemishes.

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November 12, 2013

Jocelyn

Murad Skin Care Ingredients: What is Hydroquinone?

Dr. Murad discusses hydroquinone, the active ingredient in Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum.

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