Thanks to my Sicilian-Lebanese heritage, I’ve been blessed with Mediterranean skin. It has served me well for 56 years—I have no wrinkles or fine lines to speak of, my skin is rarely dry, and it has an elasticity that would make Gumby proud. You do know that there’s a ‘however’ coming, right?
The downside of a skin type such as mine is excess oil that can lead to the occasional pimple, and a tendency toward clogged pores. As blessed as I am to have the skin I have, it nevertheless strikes me as unfair that at my age I still worry about blemishes. Now that’s a First World Problem if ever there was one.
Stress tends to trigger my breakouts; in August and September, with stress levels high, four pimples appeared like four badges of honor on my face. In addition, my skin looked dull and tired—probably because I was feeling dull and tired. Then two things occurred that brightened my outlook considerably.
First, I went on the Digest Diet in September and lost ten pounds. I’ve blogged about my weight loss journey (I’ve kept the weight off, too) and as I noted, one of the side benefits to the diet was a new-found clarity to my skin.
Second, I changed-up my skin care routine. I’d used Bliss products for years and liked them just fine, but my skin seems to have outgrown them. My face just wasn’t feeling clean or bright. As luck would have it, I was given an opportunity to try three products from Murad‘s Vitalic skin care line. Let me tell you a bit about Murad.
Dr. Howard Murad is the man behind the company. A board-certified dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, he has devised something called the “Science of Cellular Water,” which looks at the ability of cell membranes to retain water within cells as the fundamental marker of youthful good health. Dr. Murad combined this with an approach to skin care he calls “inclusive health.” It’s no surprise that my dieting, in tandem with Murad products, resulted in glowing skin: internal care is one of the three pillars of Dr. Murad’s plan, with the other two being topical skin care and sense of self.
I was doing aces in the internal care component, which, according to the Murad website, “maximizes the body’s healing capacity through choices in food … that ensure it has the building blocks it needs to produce strong, watertight cells.” Admittedly, I still need to find time for those “sense of self”—activities such as facials and massages that also help to reduce one’s level of cell-damaging stress.
Here’s how my path crossed with Murad products.
When I was at the BlogHer12 conference in New York City, I attended a fabulous party sponsored by BOOMBox Network. The B(L)OOMERS PARTY, as it was called, celebrated the theme of beauty and wisdom, and brought together, in one sophisticated location near Bryant Park, a whole flock of women who blog about midlife issues. (I have so much more to tell you about this event, but it will have to keep for a future post. For now, here’s a photo from the party.)
Many of the party’s sponsors were eager to meet with us to show off their latest and greatest products, samples of which could be found in the swag bags we received. Murad was one company that immediately caught my eye. Our gift bags included a sample kit of their Resurgence line of skin care products, which are designed to address the signs of hormonal aging.
When I got home I gave the products a try, but I sensed—correctly—that they weren’t what my skin needed. When I wrote to the representative I’d met at the party to let her know, she told me that another product line might suit me better.
She sent me three different products to try from Murad’s Vitalic Line, which was created to even oily and dry zones, clear clogged pores, and keep combination skin like mine in balance. Here’s what I promised Murad: if I was pleased with the products, I would write a review. There was no expectation that I would do so; I could have tried the products, hated them, called it a day, and you’d be reading something else right now.
But that’s not what happened.
The pomegranate-kissed products in the Murad Vitalic line are exactly what I’ve been looking for. I absolutely love these products. I love the way my face feels after washing it with the Energizing Pomegranate cleanser. Besides having a pleasant fragrance—something akin to pink lemonade—the cleanser leaves my skin feeling freshly-scrubbed but not dry. One of its main ingredients is witch hazel, a botanical used to produce astringents. That’s one of the reasons I feel so clean after using this cleanser—the witch hazel actually removes the excess oil from my Mediterranean skin.
After washing my face and neck with the Pomegranate cleanser, I gently massage the T-Zone Pore Refining Gel over my face and neck. The packaging tells me that I can expect the retinol in this gel to help improve my skin texture, tone, and radiance; the glycolic and salicylic acids act as an exfoliant to help clear my pores and imperfections; and the pomegranate extract neutralizes and protects my skin against free radical damage. Now I studied biology, not chemistry, but I’m sure that indeed is what’s going on. The proof is in the mirror.
The third-step is the moisturizer, which is oil free and contains broad spectrum SPF 15 protection—a nice added benefit. I don’t use this moisturizer near my eyes, however; in fact, I’m still using the Renewing Eye Cream from the Resurgence line for that area. I’d love it if Murad would manufacturer an eye-specific moisturizer in the Vitalic line—maybe something that can reduce the puffiness under my eyes. The other two products I have yet to try are the Energizing Pomegranate SPF 15 Lip Protector and a Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask. It’s been a long while since I’ve treated myself to a decent facial, so I plan on purchasing the mask and give myself one at home.
Most Murad products are available at Sephora. Murad also has a line of professional spa treatments; if you visit the spa locator on their website you can find out whether there’s a salon offering Murad near you.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this review, or about Murad products in general. My glowing skin and I are happy to help!
Read this important update about Murad’s Vitalic skin care line.
I have not tried any of the products you wrote about in this post, but I am a loyal user of both the lip protector and the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask! I think you should try the mask – it really brightens my skin. Combination skin can be so hard to accommodate, but it looks like you’ve found a winning trio. Thanks for sharing!
And thank you for writing! I’m looking forward to trying the exfoliating mask; it’s so helpful to have the endorsements from people who have actually used these products. Thanks again for visiting TMSW!
I love Murad and use their acne/wrinkle line. I get mine at Ulta. They frequently have a gift with purchase so I can try new products.
You look great, Marci. My British skin should hold up so well!
I’ve never shopped at Ulta; I’ll have to check it out sometime. I’m a V.I.B. member of Sephora, so I usually get free samples when I’ve accumulated a certain number of points—doesn’t take me long to do that, either. Thanks so much for taking the time to chime in and for your sweet words!
Ginger Kay said:
British skin? If that is another way of saying pale, dry, wrinkly, and quickly losing all elasticity, then that is what I have, too.
Marci, you look beautiful.
Thank you, Ginger! I wonder how many of us Mediterranean types would trade places once in a while for some of that porcelain, peaches-and-cream, unblemished British skin!
Ginger Kay said:
If by peaches-and-cream you mean red and splotchy, and by porcelain you mean cracked and crazed, I am willing to trade for a day, just to see how the other half lives!
Marci, so glad you enjoyed Murad and found which of their lines works for you. It’s an iconic skin care company, especially for women our age. I love the Resurgence line that has done really, really nice things to my skin! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for writing, Anne-Marie! It’s a pleasure to support a company that creates such outstanding products, and I’m so glad to have been introduced to them. Cheers, Marci
Chloe Jeffreys (@ChloeJeffreys) said:
I love Murad, too. You might want to check out their Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture for eyes. I think it helps with bags under the eyes.
I will check that out! Thanks so much, Chloe—and thanks for stopping by!
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