According to leading internal skincare authority and Murad Skincare founder Dr. Howard Murad, your skin is a product of its environment. Weather is a major player when it comes to wreaking havoc on your skin, but you knew that. What you didn’t know is that “environmental aging,” coined by the good doctor himself in the ’90s, is real and a serious derm issue not to be ignored. (Think global warming, but for your skin.) Today, Dr. Murad explains environmental aging, the skin truths you need to know about, and the Murad Enviromental Shield products that will be essential to protecting your skin in the winter months.
“Environmental aging is the cumulative damage to your skin from the everyday assaults on your skin by environmental aggressors—typically sun, pollution, and stress. All that daily damage makes your skin look older than it should, so it ages you prematurely.” — Dr. Murad
“Immediate signs of environmental aging include the redness and discomfort of sun and windburn, dryness, flakiness, freckles, and tanning. People need to remember that tanning is the body’s response to sun damage. Long-term signs of environmental aging include fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and rough texture.” — Dr. Murad
“What you are seeing when dark circles appear is discoloration caused by leaking blood vessels, not unlike a bruise. This damage to your circulatory system from lack of sleep is happening everywhere in your body—it is just more visible under the eyes because it is some of your very thinnest skin. The key environmental component is—not surprisingly—lack of sleep. I think it’s helpful to think about lack of sleep as an environmental factor, since it changes the environment within your body in many detrimental ways.” — Dr. Murad
“People love Instant Radiance Eye Cream because it delivers a big brightening boost to the eye area, and that makes such a difference in the appearance of dark circles. Another reason people really love this product is because it is one of the few eye creams that is safe to use on your eyelids.” — Dr. Murad
“The most important preventative step is strong sun protection—applied and reapplied every day—regardless of the weather, the time of year, or the amount of time you anticipate spending outside. Incidental exposure adds up, and you are vulnerable to sun damage inside your car and even at the office because UVA rays penetrate ordinary window glass. To properly protect your skin, you also need to understand that all sun protection is not created equal. You need to select a product that has an SPF of 30, which offers broad-spectrum protection to shield your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.” — Dr. Murad
“A little science is important to remember when you think about moisturizers. The most effective moisturizers function just like the skin’s surface; that is to say they are able to help the skin to attract moisture with hydrophilic ingredients and able to help the skin to retain moisture with hydrophobic ingredients.” — Dr. Howard Murad
“Serums are now well established as the heart of any daily skincare regimen. They have become popular because people understand that serums have the highest levels of active ingredients and will do the most to help them achieve real results.” — Dr. Murad
“We included vitamin C and Indian fig in Intensive-C® Radiance Peel because they are powerful skin brighteners. A woman should start to use a smoothing and brightening treatment, like Murad Intensive-C® Radiance Peel, when she starts to see fine lines and other signs of environmental aging. For most women, that would be in her mid-20s.” — Dr. Murad
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