06.27.2013
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Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $51
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum contains some very good soothing agents, water-binding agents, and antioxidants. It misses the mark only due to the inclusion of ivy extract, arnica flower, and pellitory. None of these plant extracts are what is needed for sensitive skin or for decreasing irritation. They’re not present in large amounts, but including them at all wasn’t a wise choice. Although this is a risky proposition for someone with irritated, sensitive skin, its texture is suitable for normal to oily or breakout-prone skin.

Claims

Weightless serum improves hydration, suppleness and resiliency to help decrease irritation and redness caused by waxing, professional services, sunburn or skin irritants.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycolipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Algae Extract, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Yeast Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Blue 1, Yellow 6

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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02.02.2015
p.s. correction

p. s. ;-) oops, I mistakenly added that this product, Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum, included Retinol C- my mistake, it does NOT. I was reading my new product label at the same time, by Murad, Time Release Retinol Concentrate , which targets lines, day and/or night, once only a day if you are too sensitive. Sorry! You will love both of these, especially for dry and/or red skin, for soothing protection as well as benefits from the Retinol Concentrate for all-over or under eyes.

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02.02.2015
silky, finishing serum

Upon application this product, to be used after facial cleansing/any lotion, it will feel a bit sticky, then it truly changes to a silky, smooth finish after a few minutes. I just started this product, recommended by my facial lady, as a product for dry and maturing skin; it feels soothing, and adds a layer of protection during the dry air season, includes time-released Retinol C. Designed to target lines, also underneath eye area, not around the top of brow bone down to lids. Day and night.

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