Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care, Splurge Worthy, Sun Care - October 28th, 2011
A while back, I was sent the Murad Anti-Aging Acne Starter Kit to review. I’ve been using the system regularly, and the verdict is in: I love it! It seems like I’m not alone in being concerned about the signs of aging (wrinkles, large pores, etc) but I’m still getting breakouts and have oily skin. The Murad Anti-Aging Acne line was created to address the concerns of women like me. The kit is composed of four items. It has the Time Release Acne Cleanser, Acne & Wrinkle Reducer, Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20, and the Acne Spot Treatment.
The Time Release Acne Cleanser ($30 for a full size) is a foaming cleanser with “encapsulated Salicylic Acid technology, provides a sustained release that continues to treat acne, even after rinsing.” It has a cooling feeling on the skin and doesn’t leave my face feeling like the desert. I like it, but I probably wouldn’t spring for a full-size, just because there are other cleansers I like that don’t cost as much. A little goes a long way, though, and I’m surprised at how long the travel-sized tube from the kit is lasting me. Admittedly, I only use it in the morning.
The Acne & Wrinkle Reducer ($58 for a full size) is AWESOME. This stuff is probably my favorite product in the line. It’s like my usual favorite Neutrogena 3 in 1 Treatment on steroids (although the cost is on steroids too!). It contains Murad’s Kombucha Collagen Defense™ which “stimulates collagen production and inhibits its breakdown to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” as well as salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and silver to fight the breakouts. It doesn’t dry my face out, it feels amazing, and I feel like it’s actually helping keep my skin young. Certainly my pores look smaller, to me. I’m budgeting for a full size of this product!
I also really like the Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 ($46 for a full size). This is the first moisturizer that contains sunscreen that REALLY doesn’t make my skin look shiny by mid-day. Whoa! I’ll keep buying it just for that reason alone! I only use it in the morning (don’t need sunscreen at night!) and I just love how my skin responds to this moisturizer. No shinies, it plays nicely with both powder and liquid foundation, and my skin is protected from UV damage. WIN!
The Acne Spot Treatment contains sulfur to treat blemishes and some nice botanical ingredients to help with the redness and inflammation (licorice, oats, and allantoin). I don’t know if it helps blemishes heal any faster (I’m BAD and pick, I can’t help it!) but it feels good.
Overall, I recommend this set. It’s a great value, and a good way to try the Murad products. I’ve had fewer breakouts since I’ve been using it, and what blemishes I do get don’t seem to scar like they used to. Is it the End Of Acne As We Know It? No – I still got a cluster of pimples on my chin area due to my monthly visitor (thanks hormones!), but then NOTHING seems to prevent that. Hormones seem to overpower skincare products every time. But they healed up with no marks, and were limited to my chin – not all over my face. What I especially like is that these products address wrinkles AND acne – a lot of anti-aging products are just TOO EMOLLIENT for my skin. This collection is perfect for my skin concerns. Your mileage may vary, but it’s worth checking out!