Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

by Murad  
Price:
$65 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

Although pricey, this light yet slightly creamy moisturizer for dry skin contains a broad assortment of brilliant ingredients that can help ease dryness while improving signs of aging. Unfortunately, the jar packaging means most of the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable after opening, so your skin cannot take full advantage of this otherwise well-formulated product. If you buy a skin-care product, the least you should expect is for the beneficial ingredients to not break down after opening.

Pros:
  • Claims to be intensely hydrating, and it is!
  • Contains a broad range of beneficial ingredients to improve dry skin and signs of aging.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Expensive considering the problems jar packaging presents.
  • Jar packaging means many of the critical ingredients skin needs to look and act younger won't remain effective for long.

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Regarding the jar packaging: All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients. In better packaging, this moisturizer would be rated much higher, even though you don't need to spend this much for an outstanding moisturizer.

Über-rich, intensely hydrating, all purpose cream provides instant and long term relief from dryness.

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Stearic Acid, Oat Kernel Extract, Yeast Extract, Algae Extract, Soybean Sterols, Corn Starch, Olive Fruit Oil, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Polysorbate 60, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Panthenol, Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Polysorbate 80, Urea, Glucosamine HCI, PEG-8, Bisabolol, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

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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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Annette D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 29, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Impressive
    • Hydrating enough for my parched winter skin. I don't consider this a light weight moisturizer. My only complaint is the price.

  2. SAN M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    I like it
    • I live in Colorado. My skin is combo with a few lines, etc. I can't use a heavy moisturizer as most are too greasy under make up. This is one of the only moisturizers I have tired that give my skin hydration and is not to heavy under foundation. I wish the package was better...

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