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It’s hard to put a finger on my biggest skin issue; I’ve got them all! I’m a sufferer of crazy combination skin that changes with the seasons. One month I’m super oily, the next dry as a bone, and some months a little of both. I also fight acne, wrinkles and skin discoloration. Let’s just say I battle it all. One of my favorite skin care ingredients is Vitamin C – I’ve found that it helps with my combination of skin issues. We’ve all heard the benefits of using vitamin C enriched products in our skin care regimen. It’s known to increase collagen production, promote healing, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize the appearance of scars. Seriously, what more could a girl ask for? When the folks from Murad sent over a few of their products, including the Essential-C Day Moisture with SPF 15 and the Active Radiance Serum, both packed with the anti-age fighting vitamin C, I was over the moon.
We’ve professed our love for Murad a number of times on we heart this. (Check out the rave reviews from our testing team on the Sleep Reform Serum, the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and the Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15). So, I was excited to see what the magic of Murad and Vitamin C could do for my not so magical combination skin.
I was lucky enough to receive three Murad classics, the Essential-C Day Moisture, the Active Radiance Serum and the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask to try out. I’ve been using these products faithfully and am happy to say I’m quite pleased with the results (and my combo skin is too).
The Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 comes in a tube and is a perfect light moisturizer for daytime use. It does have a slight citrus scent, so if you are sensitive to fragrances, you might want to give this the sniff test. Scents usually do not bother me in beauty products and I really quite like the freshness of this one. Murad claims the Vitamin C and antioxidants work to protect skin from the environment. Another added bonus for me is the SPF 30. It’s a must to keep skin youthful and this formula goes on light, absorbs well and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.
The Active Radiance Serum is another vitamin C enriched product and its benefits include encouraging collagen production and helping your skin resist environmental stress and damage. It is hands down one of the best serums I’ve tried in quite a while. The instructions state to use this twice daily after cleansing. Then, wait about a minute for maximum absorption before applying moisturizer or makeup. This serum gives your face a slight tingling sensation, but for me is completely non-irritating. I love that I can feel it working instantly. My skin absolutely loves this serum! I haven’t seen such a healthy glow on my face in such a long time.
Finally, I tested the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask. According to Murad, this antioxidant-rich mask restores, revitalizes and balances combination skin. Perfect for me! Fruit enzymes work to dissolve dead skin and leave you with a soft, moisturized face. The masks are packaged in a box of six foils; one treatment per foil. However, I found that I had more than enough product using only half a package – hooray! You might even be able to squeeze out three uses with one pack to get even more for your money. Use once or twice a week for optimal results. I thought this mask had a nice silky texture to it and left my skin feeling nice and smooth. Bonus points for not leaving my face feeling tight and dry like a lot of masks tend to do.
True story: recently a friend asked me if I was pregnant. Not exactly the thing a non-pregnant girl wants to hear! She’s a good friend so I just came out and asked her if I looked like I was gaining weight. Luckily she said no, the reason she asked is because my face was absolutely glowing. (Tell her to lead with the glowing part next time! ~wht) This was after a month of using these products religiously. Of course, that just made my day and confirmed my love for Murad even more.
Anyone else glowing with love for Murad?
Contributor and wht member, Tiffany, is a wife, mother of two and photographer. Check out her Austin based, gorgeous family photography at tiffanyhicks.com.