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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Best Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $65.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Best Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA +++ Murad SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $25.00 0.33 fl. oz.
Good Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 | PA++ for Blemish-Prone Skin Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $47.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Renewing Cleansing Cream Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $36.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Good Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Decollete Murad AHAs  $55.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish Murad Foundation Primer  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Refreshing Cleanser Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $32.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Good Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes Murad AHAs  $95.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish Murad Foundation Primer  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15/P++ Murad Eye Moisturizers  $69.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $39.50 1.70 fl. oz.
Good AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Murad Scrubs  $36.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Good Perfecting Serum Murad Serums  $65.00 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 Intensive Resurfacing Peel Murad AHAs  $45.00 4.00 treatments
Good Skin Perfecting Primer Acne Shine Control Murad Foundation Primers  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30 Age-Proof Suncare (Discontinued) Murad SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $31.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Intensive Wrinkle Reducer Murad AHAs  $150.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Down for Defense SPF 15 Moisturizer (Discontinued) Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $24.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Balancing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $35.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Cleansing Shave Murad Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels  $28.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Average Acne Treatment Concealer Murad Stick Concealer  $21.00
Average Hybrids Eye Lift Perfector Murad Eyeshadow Primers  $35.00 0.06 fl. oz.
Average Age-Diffusing Firming Mask Murad Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $68.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum Murad Serums  $51.00 1.00 fl. oz.
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