06.27.2013
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Body Firming Cream
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6.75 fl. oz. for $45
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

What a shame this body moisturizer for dry skin contains several fragrant plant oils. Without them, it would be a very good option to improve your skin's appearance, even though the firmness-increasing claims aren't possible. You will not see firmer skin anywhere on your body no matter how much of this stuff you use.

Pros:
  • Emollient formula contains several beneficial ingredients for dry skin.
Cons:
  • The firming claims are without substantiated proof (see More Info for a discussion of Murad's claims).
  • Contains several fragrant oils that cause irritation and can increase skin's sensitivity to sunlight (see More Info for details on why irritation is bad for your skin).

More info:

Murad claims that this body cream increases firmness by 40% in 15 minutes, but there's no proof that it works that well, not to mention that none of the main ingredients have any research showing they can increase skin’s firmness, unless the irritation is what's causing the feeling of firmness. Plus, immediate firmness is unrelated to truly improving the appearance of skin, so don't be misled by the numbers.

There's also the issue that the irritating fragrant oils hinder rather than promote healthy collagen production, and healthy collagen is a key element of making skin firmer. This body cream may make your skin feel firmer, but that's not the same as actually making it become firmer.

Claims

Infused with Vitamin C to enhance skin’s elasticity and radiance, this ultra-rich cream increases body firmness by 40% in 15 minutes while restoring maximum moisture.

Ingredients

Water, Sunflower Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Shea Butter, Cetyl Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rice Amino Acids, Chitosan Ascorbate, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Zinc Aspartate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Oat Kernel Extract, Panthenol, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Orange Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Basil Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Galbanum Resin Oil

Brand Overview

Murad At-A-Glance

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, call (888) 996-8723 or visit www.murad.com.

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The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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