Murad

Murad At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good water-soluble 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.

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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Poor Daily Moisture Charge SPF 30 (Discontinued) Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $100.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Down for Defense SPF 15 Moisturizer (Discontinued) Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $24.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser (Discontinued) Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $26.00 5.10 fl. oz.
Poor Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15 (Discontinued) Murad Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $17.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Essential-C Cleanser Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Poor Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $95.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $60.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15/P++ Murad Eye Moisturizers  $69.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Essential-C Night Moisture Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $63.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Best Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA +++ Murad SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $25.00 0.33 fl. oz.
Poor Essential-C Toner Murad Toners  $28.00 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel Murad BHA  $54.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Average Face Defense SPF 15 Murad Face/Eye Moisturizer  $33.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Firm and Tone Serum Murad Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products  $78.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Poor Gaga for Glow Facial Scrub Murad Scrubs  $10.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Gentle Acne Treatment Gel Murad BHA  $44.00 2.65 fl. oz.
Average Hybrids Eye Lift Illuminator Murad Specialty Makeup Products  $35.00 0.06 fl. oz.
Average Hybrids Eye Lift Perfector Murad Eyeshadow Primers  $35.00 0.06 fl. oz.
Good Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish Murad Foundation Primer  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish Murad Foundation Primer  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Hydrating Toner Murad Toners  $26.00 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Hydro-Dynamic Moisture for Eyes Murad Eye Moisturizers  $62.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $65.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Immuno-Skin Age Inhibitor (Discontinued) Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $150.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Intensive Resurfacing Peel Murad AHAs  $45.00 4.00 treatments
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