Skin-Care Tips

‘I’ve Been a Dermatologist for 49 Years, and These Are the Products I Always Recommend’

Kells McPhillips

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When Howard Murad, MD, started practicing in 1972, his small, 400-square-foot office didn't even have a sign on the door. 49 years later, Dr. Murad is a household name for beauty enthusiasts worldwide. Heralded by some as the Father of Modern Wellness, he believes that the state of our skin tells the overall story of our health and well-being. So after years of formulating award-winning beauty products, we asked him to name the five best Murad products everyone should add to their arsenal.

"First and foremost, the products you use will depend on your skin type and concerns, so I always recommend consulting with your dermatologist to develop a routine suited to you specifically," says Dr. Murad, adding that he also recommends taking inventory of the other aspects of your life that may be having negative effects on your complexion. "Your skin is connected to everything else, so the healthier you are as a person, the healthier your skin will be. Things like stress result in loss of water in our skin which then leads to advanced aging," he says.

Keep reading to shop Murad's best products, selected by Dr. Murad–the man, the myth, the beauty legend—himself.

The 5 Best Murad Products, According to Dr. Howard Murad

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser — $42.00

Every good routine starts with a cleanser, and Dr. Murad loves this one because it removes the dirt your skin that collects over the course of the day without stripping it of its natural oils.

Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel — $62.00

“It’s extremely important to protect the skin’s barrier and lock hydration into the skin morning and night,” says Dr. Murad. This super-light formula contains vitamins, minerals, and peptides designed to help your skin retain moisture for five days.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA++++ — $68.00

It’s no surprise that an SPF makes Dr. Murad’s list of absolute musts. “Even when you’re indoors or it’s cloudy out, always apply an SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and environmental stressors,” he says. Apart from shielding your skin from UV rays, this product also combats blue light damage and pollution.

Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum — $80.00

Dr. Murad recommends this product “to refine texture and dark spots, and enhance overall brightness and glow.” Glycolic acid exfoliates first to help your skin better absorb the formula’s vitamin C, leaving your complexion radiant.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum — $89.00

Dr. Murad recommends retinol to waylay the signs of aging (think: wrinkles and fine lines), and to help fight acne. This one features three different types of the ingredient—a fast-acting retinoid that works to plump your skin, a time-release retinoid that works to stimulate cell turnover over time, and a retinol booster that pushes them both to work at their maximum capacities—and is formulated with cotton wool extract to help hydrate the skin and combat retinol’s usual drying effects.

For more derm-approved skin care, check out the video below. 

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