Pro Logic: Dr. Murad Shares 10 Steps to Better Skin Thursday 24 May, 2012
Stress, lack of sleep and exercise, nutrition: It all affects your skin’s health. Dr. Howard Murad, creator of Murad skin care, shares his 10 steps to healthier skin and well being.
I’m a long-time fan of Murad skincare products—especially the Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum, which, I kid you not, takes away redness in the blink of an eye. I typically slather it on after exfoliating with a DDF benzoyl peroxide scrub I have, which leaves my skin tight and ruddy (a small price to pay since it does a splendid job of sopping up pore-clogging oil and dirt). I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing the man behind Murad, Dr. Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, who is extremely pleasant and entirely passionate about his approach to skin health. This approach is multi-prong—it addresses skin issues and health through internal care (such as proper nutrition and supplementation), topical care (appropriate skin care regimens and professional services) and mental care (managing stress and maintaining a healthy connection to yourself and your surroundings). Which all makes sense: When we stress, our body does strange things. I can vouch for this: Stress presents physiologically in my body through such oddities as bubbles in my throat to large knots in my back and neck. Naturally, skin could be a target of stress as well.
Because Dr. Murad is the sharing type, he’s pulled together 10 steps that can help you get your skin glowing—and somewhere along the way, you’ll find your body and mind will glow, too!
Are you “honk-shooing” enough at night? (That’s my snoring sound, spelled out.) You need to. “Sleep enables the body to reverse everyday free radical damage by replenishing energy, building new cells and repairing connective tissue,” Dr. Murad says. “Because sleep is an ideal time for cellular renewal and overall repair for the skin and other organs, poor sleep is quite apparent in the complexion.”
Yes, facials can be pricey, but here’s why the money may be worth parting with: “Revitalizing skin, relaxing the mind, and improving your skin’s appearance are all benefits of a good facial. Facials feed the skin with nutrients that provide a boost to the complexion resulting in a radiant look,” Dr. Murad shares. And if your pocketbook isn’t allowing for this service, see Step 10.
If it wasn’t enough reason to hit the gym (or outdoor activity) to maintain your figure or build that curve-enhancing muscle—exercise helps skin too. “Take up an activity that you enjoy and will stick with,” he says. “Exercising regularly nourishes the skin with oxygen while sweating flushes out toxins.”
Before you stuff that macaron in your mouth, peep this: “Food fuels your body and mind and when eating poor foods, it appears on your skin. Try eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, like pomegranates, which help fight free-radical damage,” he says.
For many, this is easier said than done. But, as Dr. Murad points out, taking your office stress into your personal life adversely affects your skin. “Make time for family, meeting up with friends, or just doing what you enjoy; your mental, physical and emotional health will improve and be reflected on your skin,” he says.
Yep: A skincare regimen noticeably helps skin’s appearance. “Your face needs TLC too! Just like your dentist says to brush in the morning and night, you should also wash your face to rid your skin and pores from the dirt, oil and free radical damage that occurs whether awake or asleep,” he explains.
We all know this, but do we do it? “Protect your skin and keep your complexion looking its best by using sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day to avoid damaging skin,” he says.
The jury’s still out regarding supplements and skin health, but Dr. Murad is a big proponent of the movement. His view: “Take daily dietary supplements to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to function and provide radiance to your skin,” he claims.
Like #5 on this list, this is easier said than done. But it’s not like you have to get thee to the yoga studio. As Dr. Murad points out, any activity that gives you a sense of purpose, joy and well-being helps to minimize stress. “Participating in something you’re passionate about reduces stress, promotes positive self reflection and connects people based on similar interests,” he explains. “Engaging in these activities each day will help fight the feelings of isolation that are growing more prevalent in today’s fast-paced society.”
I’m always on the hunt for a good peel; indulging in one once a week is a de-stressor for me. And, it appears to be a great way to make your skin glow: “Take the time a couple times a week to nurture your skin with a mask or peel, such as Intensive-C Radiance Peel,” Dr. Murad says. “Look for one that has plenty of antioxidants to combat free radicals. This is a great way to maintain the skin’s health in between facial treatments and boost your weekly skincare routine.”
Now, go out there and get glowing!
(Model image via MAC)