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Skin Care Canada

"Skin care can lead the way to overall health," Howard Murad, M.D.

Skin care is a crucial part of your daily routine in maintaining a healthy, youthful-looking complexion. As the largest single organ in the human body, skin functions to protect the body from water loss, store fat and create Vitamin D. Whether your skin type is oily or sensitive, there is a skin care regimen just for you.

Now you can get clear and stay clear with Murad Canada.

Say goodbye to acne and any other acne-like skin condition in only three simple steps with the Acne Complex program.

1. Cleanse / Tone
Wash your face twice daily to remove dirt, debris, makeup, dead skin cells and accumulated oils. Use toner - no more than twice a day - to restore skin's pH and prepare for the next step.

2. Target / Repair
This is the most important step of every skin treatment. Use as instructed to repair damage that has already been done and to optimize the health of your skin so it can defend itself against further injury.

3. Hydrate / Protect
Apply a moisturizer to replenish and restore your skin. Be sure to use a sunscreen every day regardless of your activities or the weather.

Year-Round Skin Care:

Summer can be a demanding time for your skin. Because intense heat and humidity may aggravate preexisting conditions or create new ones, it's important to understand how to treat them. While summer skin disorders are uncomfortable, you can easily control many of these dilemmas by altering your daily skin care regimen and taking some simple precautions.
1. Back Acne
2. Increased Pigmentation
3. Rosacea
4. Summer Rash

Often referred to as "bacne", these breakouts can keep you from enjoying a summer day out. Get back on track with these easy-to-follow tips:

• Wash your back immediately after exercising
• Make sure your back is completely dry before you dress
• Avoid wearing clothing that might irritate existing acne.
• Apply sunscreen if your back is going to be exposed to the sun

If you spend time in the sun this summer, you may notice some increased skin pigmentation. This happens because the skin's pigment, melanin, absorbs the energy of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure. Skin tanning occurs as a result of this process, causing hyperpigmented areas to become even darker. Individuals with darker skin types are more commonly affected. Prevent it by:

• Minimizing your exposure to sunlight can help prevent further darkening of existing hyperpigmented patches, as well as to prevent the formation of new ones. This is especially important for women who take birth control pills or hormone supplements and for people who have had hyperpigmentation in the past.
• Using a sunscreen product with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
• Taking anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to help your body fight sun damage
Rosacea looks like acne but it's not. Rosacea occurs in the center of the face and begins with a red flush on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. The early stage is often mistaken for a mild skin irritation or sunburn, however left untreated, the redness can increase as tiny blood vessels may become visible. While it cannot be cured, the symptoms are reasonably well understood as are a variety of lifestyle factors that are known to trigger outbreaks in people that have the disease. Prevent outbreaks by:

• Avoid sun exposure whenever possible.
• Use a high quality, non-irritating sunscreen every single day, year round.
• Protect internally with antioxidant supplements and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen.
• Stay in a cool, air-conditioned environment on hot, humid days.
• Shower in cool, not hot water.
• Steer clear of foods that can inflame Rosacea. These include; hot spicy foods or beverages, alcohol, and dairy products.
• And of course, smoking should be avoided.

Summer Rash - also known as Tinea Versicolor, is a common skin disorder on due to the overgrowth of yeast (a type of fungus). This overgrowth results in uneven skin color and scaling on the upper arms, chest, neck, and back areas. During the summer months when the temperature and humidity are high, the fungus can increase. This excess fungus on the skin prevents the normal pigmentation process and causes the spots to develop. It is easily treatable with topical and oral medications. Prevent it by:

• Wash all body parts daily and use a dandruff shampoo.
• Dry thoroughly, particularly between skin folds and between toes
• Avoid tight clothing, particularly in hot weather.
• Wear natural fabrics that will allow the skin to breathe.
• Change clothes daily, particularly footwear and undergarments

Skin Care for Men:

Just as your body requires energy for an active lifestyle, your skin requires essential nutrients to keep its healthy appearance. It's a fact that active skin ages faster than passive skin. If you're spending time in the sun and you are not using a daily skin care regimen or sun care product, you're probably stretching your skin to the limits.

It's common knowledge that men and women differ in many ways. The way a man's skin looks is primarily caused by differences that are hormonally conditioned. Men tend to have larger pores, as well as oilier and thicker skin than women. They are also less likely to put a lot of time into their skin care regimen.

Every man owes it to himself to take care of his health and youthful appearance. But taking good care of your skin doesn't have to be time consuming or complicated. Think of these steps as your skin's daily minimum requirement.

This may be the most important step you can take to ensure the health of your skin. Cleansers are designed to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. A good one to try? Murad's Clarifying Skin Cleanser removes 99.9% of bacteria within one minute while soothing skin and reducing acne breakouts.

Toners help remove traces of soap residue, surface skin cells and excess oil from your skin. They also remove dirt and perspiration from oilier skin types, and can tighten pores. Great for use as aftershave, Murad's Clarifying Toner leaves your skin feeling cool, clean and refreshed.

Every skin type needs a moisturizer. Using one daily keeps your skin soft, smooth and well hydrated healthy. Try our Oil Free Skin Perfecting Lotion in the evening and our Age Proof Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 for daytime protection. For an SPF and moisturizer in one, try Environmental Shield™ Essential Day Moisturizer SPF 15. This complete formula provides maximum moisturization during the day while repairing and protecting your skin from damage.

Even in the best of circumstances, a daily shave can have an abrasive effect on your skin. The red bumps and skin irritations that often appear after shaving, occur because minor nicks and cuts have been exposed to bacteria on your skin and traveled down into the hair follicle. This condition, called Folliculitis, is easily countered.

Before shaving, use an antibacterial cleanser. This creates a smooth, clean canvas for shaving and prevents the typical inflammation around the hair follicle. After shaving, follow with a toner and at night, follow with an exfoliating treatment to help prevent clogged pores.

Try the Acne Complex Kit™. A great all-in-one, easy to use system.

Brief yourself for beautiful skin.

ACNE DO'S

ACNE DON'T

DO develop a daily skin care regimen with products that include:

-Exfoliants and pore cleansers (Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinol) to deep clean and slough off pore-clogging dead skin cells
-Anti-inflammatories (Licorice Extract, Allantoin) to diminish irritation and redness
-Vitamin C helps to diminish post-acne marks

DO use spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation and to preserve skin elasticity.

DO use dietary supplements for internal skin care. Supplements act like an internal acne medication that protect from the inside-out to help minimize breakouts.

Other Do's:

-DO frequently change pillowcases and towels
-DO replace makeup sponges and sterilize makeup sponges and sterilize

DON'T stray from your skin care routine:

-Daily use of Murad's high-performance acne treatment will help reduce the symptoms of acne. But even when the symptoms are diminished, you must keep using the products to prevent future occurrences. Consistency is essential to managing and controlling acne.

DON'T use greasy cosmetics. Oily makeup can cause clogged pores.

DON'T pick. No matter how tempting, squeezing blemishes can prolong infection and can also cause permanent scarring.

Other DON'Ts:

-DON'T use drying products. Harsh astringents and cleansers can actually worsen acne. Dehydrated, acne-prone skin compensates by producing even more oil.
-DON'T scrub too hard. Treating acne-inflamed skin too roughly or with scalding hot water may help spread infection and worsen the skin disease.
-DON'T ignore it. The little time it takes to care for your skin each day can make all the difference in the way you look and feel.



Doctor's Orders:

"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 - and over time, your whole body will be healthier too."