Age-Diffusing Serum does have a lot going for it when you consider this water-based AHA serum’s level of silicones, range of antioxidants, and several water-binding agents. Yet, like so many Murad products, too many irritating ingredients that have no benefit for skin corrupt its good start. Clove flower and iris extracts are the prime offenders, and further down on the ingredient list orange, lime, tangerine, and rosewood oils are joined by buchu leaf oil, which contains camphor as a major constituent. How disappointing!
AHAs and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 work together in this clinically proven skin firming formula to reduce the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles while Phytoestrogens naturally improve elasticity, inhibit degeneration of collagen and deliver essential moisture to plump and reduce sagging.
Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sclerotium Gum, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Butylene Glycol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Punica Granatum Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin, Oleyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene *, Linalool *, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Amara (Bitter Almond) Kernel Oil, Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)
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.
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