A lot of people don't bother with applying sunscreen every day because they hate the way sunscreens feel. We can understand that, but it doesn't negate the need for daily UV protection—the number one thing you can do to prevent signs of aging on your skin. We predict Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen will change your mind!
Best for normal to combination or dry skin, this fluid lotion is dispensed from an opaque bottle topped with a needle-nose dispenser. The dispenser ensures the product doesn't become messy, a thoughtful touch, and the packaging keeps the antioxidants protected from degrading light and air exposure.
Fortified with the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the fragrance-free formula provides gentle broad spectrum protection and contains plenty of antioxidants to help defend skin from other types of light exposure, such as infrared and blue light. Murad is making distinctions on the type of light this product protects skin from, but really any sunscreen loaded with antioxidants can provide this additional measure of defense.
Mineral sunscreens tend to leave an unflattering white cast on skin, but not this one. Murad has offset this issue by adding a subtle peach tint that also enlivens skin for a visible yet non-sparkling glow. This also keeps the matte (in feel) finish from making skin look dull. Someone at Murad did their homework on perfecting this product's esthetics!
We should also mention this daytime moisturizer is a joy to apply. It spreads easily and sets without feeling occlusive or greasy, avoiding the over-blending necessary with some mineral sunscreens. A great sunscreen is one you'll look forward to using, and this is one such product.
A slight concern is that this product's price might discourage liberal application. We don't want you to skimp on protecting your skin, so if you feel this product's cost might lead to that, think twice before purchasing. Liberal application is critical to getting the SPF rating on the label.
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. Murad’s skin-care philosophy, stated on his Web site, includes the following statement: "Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin—including 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 Murad’s 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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