*Post sponsored by Murad, thoughts and words my own.*
My skin isn’t great lately and this year I’m committed to changing that. I used to have such a great skincare routine in place, but exhaustion and probably just complacency have started taking a visible toll and these days I’m often looking dull and tired. I used to make an appearance on my social feeds every now and again but now I stick my kids or products in front of the camera instead. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Although I’m happy enough with my overall appearance, when I’m using great skincare there is a huge difference in my skin versus when I just rush off to bed without putting those few minutes in. I don’t have a naturally great complexion so the neglect adds up until my skin appears lifeless and dull. It’s time to turn it around.
Retinol is a true one size fits all ingredient for those looking to diminish fine lines, and amp up an overall healthy looking glow. It’s derived from vitamin a which is proven to treat both acne and wrinkles by quickly turning over skin cells revealing new fresh skin underneath. It also increases collagen production and a rosy glow by stimulating blood vessels. A retinoid was the first FDA approved skin solution to treat wrinkles. There’s so much science behind it working and it does. When it’s done well…
Because of its reputation as a hero ingredient, there is so much retinol-based skincare on the market, though few offer great (if any) results. The natural serums with essential oils that mimic vitamin a haven’t been a win for me, and most others out there have weaker concentrations of retinol mixed in with skin softening ingredients so they feel great on the skin but do little to change it.
Murad’s Resurgence line is the closest you’ll come to prescription retinoid results without the price tag, doctor’s visit, or skin irritation. It’s the best selling retinol product in the U.S. from a line I’ve used personally for years (see prior posts here, here, here, or here just to highlight a few.) Their acne line was what I recommended my brides use for years before their weddings to clear up breakouts for their big day ensuring a smooth and flawless makeup application. Now using the latest in skincare technology, Resurgence improves wrinkles, hydration and firmness.
Their Retinol Youth Renewal Serum has their Retinol Tri-Active Technology (all 3 do!) which combines a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol, and a retinol booster for the ultimate performance. After just 2 weeks, you should see an improvement in lines and wrinkles, skin texture, and radiance. Pro tip: take an up-close photo of different area of your face. Make sure your skin is clean and you’re in daylight. Take photos weekly to see what the product is doing for you since you probably won’t be able to decipher otherwise. This is the best way to see what products are actually doing for your skin!
Their Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, a velvety smooth cream that hydrates and gives firmer, more supple skin. It can be used with the serum for additional benefits, and don’t forget your neck!
Eye cream is important. I’ve been using their Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum at night (which can actually be used on your eye lids as well). The Marine Kelp Complex helps to visibly lift for revitalized, youthful-looking eyes so they don’t look so tired in the morning! In trials, people sew a 94% reduction in fine lines around their eyes, so I can’t wait to see my results (I took baseline photos before I started using it!)
Do you love Retinol? What has it done for your skin? Sound off on my Instagram here!