Resurgence Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel
Murad’s Resurgence Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel is a leave-on exfoliant that checks off all the right boxes when it comes to making skin look and feel its best.
This comes in a lightly frosted bottle that lets you see the dual-phase liquid within (a light green fluid on top of a clear one). Murad instructs you to shake the bottle so the two phases mix, then apply the liquid to a cotton pad or fingers and spread it over your skin. Although visually impressive, this formulary result isn’t necessary to create an effective exfoliant.
This feels light and sinks into skin quickly with no greasy or sticky residue. It works well both over and under other skin care products.
When it comes to ingredients, there’s a lot to love here, including the AHAs glycolic, lactic, and malic acid, as well as BHA salicylic acid. We contacted Murad to see if there was a specific percentage of the acids included, but were told it was proprietary information. Still, based on the placement of glycolic acid in the ingredient list, it’s likely an effective concentration to provide exfoliation benefits, boosted by the smaller amounts of the other acids. Even better: this product is formulated at a pH of 3.68, which is within the optimal range of between 3 and 4 for them to exfoliate most effectively.
Serving as support for the exfoliants are tranexamic acid, a synthetic amino acid that can help lighten skin discolorations, plumping hyaluronic acid, and non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts, among them holy basil, eggplant, and turmeric.
The sole drawback (and it’s not a big one) is that because of its non-opaque packaging, this should be stored out of direct sunlight to protect many of its beneficial ingredients from losing their potency. With that in mind though, this is a great exfoliant that goes beyond just helping shed old skin and gives skin more of what it needs.
- Liquid texture absorbs quickly without a sticky feel.
- Includes glycolic, lactic, malic, and salicylic acids at a pH that’s optimal for exfoliation.
- Includes tranexamic acid, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidant plant extracts.
- Fragrance free.
- Must be stored out of direct light to protect some of its beneficial ingredients.
Daily bi-phase peel accelerates cell renewal by 33% in 7 days while nourishing skin to prevent dryness and reduce irritation. Phase 1: AHA/BHA/TXA blend resurfaces for smoother, brighter, youthful-looking skin. Phase 2: adaptogenic holy basil, rich in antioxidants, and omega-rich oils defend and strengthen skin’s surface for a healthier-looking, more vibrant complexion.
Strengths: A few good cleansers; a selection of well-formulated AHA products centered on glycolic acid; most of Murad's top-rated products are fragrance-free; the sunscreens go beyond the basics and include several antioxidants for enhanced protection.
Weaknesses: Expensive; no other dermatologist-designed line has more problem products than Murad; irritating ingredients are peppered throughout the selection of products, keeping several of them from earning a recommendation; the skin-lighteners are not well-formulated.
Dr. Murad was one of the first doctors to appear on an infomercial selling his own line of skin-care products, and quite successfully so, at least the second time around. This was largely because the company paid for independent clinical studies to establish the efficacy of Dr. Murad's products. There's no question that AHA products, when well-formulated, can be a powerful ally to create healthier, radiant skin. But in terms of independent clinical studies, we're skeptical, given that there are countless labs that exist solely to perform such studies in strict accordance with how the company wants the results to turn out. Murad certainly wouldn't mention in an infomercial that the clinical studies for his AHA products weren't as impressive as, say, those for Neutrogena's AHA products, or any other line for that matter. And what about BHA products? Clinical studies and testimonials may have prompted consumers to order, but the results from Murad's AHA products are hardly unique to this line.
Although this is a skin-care line to consider for some good AHA options, the majority of the products are nothing more than a problem for skin. Murad may have been one of the first dermatologist-developed skin-care lines, but by today's standards his line is deplorable. This is largely due to a preponderance of irritating ingredients that show up in product after product. Any dermatologist selling products that include lavender, basil, and various citrus oils plus menthol and other irritants doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. The same goes for Murad's overuse of alcohol and his preference for treating acne with sulfur, both factors that keep some of his otherwise well-formulated, efficacious products from earning a recommendation.
Yet what is most objectionable is the endless parade of products claiming they can stop, get rid of, or reduce wrinkles and aging. Regardless of whether dermatologists know best about lotions and potions, no conscientious doctor would or should be selling products using the ludicrous claims Murad makes. Most of the anti-aging products have the same hype, the same unsubstantiated claims, and the same exaggeration about the beneficial effects of ingredients that are often present only in the tiniest amounts, without even a mention of the standard or potentially irritating ingredients that are also present. Dr. Murads skin-care philosophy, stated on his Web site, includes the following statement: "Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skinincluding the right products, the proper nutrients (from both food and supplements) and positive lifestyle choices." That's an excellent piece of advice; the problem is that it is contradicted by Murads own products, most of which are far from the "right" options for all skin types.
For more information about Murad, now owned by Unilever, call (888) 996-8723 or visit www.murad.com.
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