3 Easy Steps to a Firmer and More Youthful Complexion with the Murad Youth Renewal Trio
all hail Retinol!If you've been hanging around here for any amount of time, you know that Retinol is one of my all time favorite skin care ingredients. I have used it for years and I've seen the benefits for myself, on my face, with my own eyes. I am always excited to try new to me skin care brands that contain that magic elixir so I was thrilled when a representative from Murad reached out to me and invited me to participate in their intro campaign for their Retinol Youth Renewal trio on Instagram. Since then, I've used these products pretty consistently and they are my new 3 Easy Steps to a Firmer and More Youthful Complexion!
what is it?Murad Retinol Youth Renewal is comprised of three products that harness the power of Retinol and Retinyl Propionate to target fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin firmness, uneven texture and tone while it may help to clear active acne breakouts. This gentler form of Retinol is especially suitable for people with sensitive skin and newbies who would like to explore the world of Retinol and see what it can do for their own skin.
Read on to learn more about each individual product and how they may help you reach your beautiful skin goals.
hey! eyes up here!Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, $85.00 - 15 mL/1/2 fl oz. This smooth, creamy serum containing skin nourishing goodies like Retinyl Propionate, Retinol, Cotton Wool Grass Extract, Marine Kelp Extract and Meadow foam, drops into the delicate skin around my eyes and makes the skin look and feel softer, firmer and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. Bonus and most important for me is that this serum doesn't irritate my uber sensitive eyes. This serum works and plays well with other eye creams that I like to mix and match it with. A little tiny bit of this serum goes a long way. Less than a pump does my eye area, under and over, above my brows and that area at the top of the bridge of my nose that wants to form that annoying horizontal crease. You know the one I'm talking about. I usually have enough left to pat into those annoying little vertical lip lines, too. I've been using this serum for almost two months and I still have a lot left in the tube.
Retinol Tri-Active Technology: Works fast to help fight the appearance of lines and deep wrinkles.
-Cotton Wool Grass Extract: Delivers up to 24 hours of hydration to minimize dryness.
-Marine Kelp Complex: Helps visibly lift and firm for more youthful-looking eyes.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Retinyl Propionate, Retinol, Swertia Chirata Leaf Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, PVP, Hexylene Glycol, Capryl Glycol, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, PEG-8, Carbomer, Sodium Bisulfite, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
let's face it...Murad Youth Renewal Serum, $89.00 - 30 mL/1 fl oz or a snack size 10mL/0.33 fl oz for $25.00. I love it when skin care companies release generous, snack sized versions that I can grab and try before I make a big investment in a product that I don't know will work for me. Confession, I own a lot of snack sized beauty; skin care and makeup items that aren't just for try it - they are a part of my regular beauty routine. Anyway, this smooth, silky serum is a lover. Packed with skin adoring ingredients like Ceramides, Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Amino Acids and Glycerin, a small pump is enough for my face, throat and neck, I usually get out a little more for my decollete. With consistent use, my forehead, upper cheekbone areas, especially feel softer and firmer and look smoother, more youthful and lifted. This serum cooperates beautifully with it's sister eye serum and moisturizer and other products in my pink skin care fridge.
Retinol Tri-Active Technology: Helps the look of fight lines and deep wrinkles, visibly even skin tone, and visibly boost radiance.
-Swertia flower extract: Helps increase skin’s resilience and improves the look of youthful contours.
-Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates to visibly plump and minimize dryness.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Retinol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Swertia Chirata Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Laureth-23, Polysorbate 20, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tris (Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 4 (CI 14700), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Fragrance (Parfum).
about face!Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, $82.00 - 50mL/1.7 fl oz. Ah, treatment thanks to Retinyl Propionate. Hyaluronic Acid, Wild Yam Extract and Niacinamide all in a lovely, lightweight face cream that improves firmness, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while evening out my skin tone and imparting that good Retinol glow. Unfortunately, this cream doesn't have quite enough heft to act as my sole night cream. After I apply this cream, I pat a richer, more deeply hydrating cream on top to give my mature, Sahara Desert Dry skin the moisture it needs. If you're not as dry as I am, this night cream should be plenty hydrating for you.
-Retinol Tri-Active Technology: Helps fight the appearance of lines/deep wrinkles, even skin tone, and visibly boost radiance.
-Niacinamide and picolinamide: Supports skin’s natural protective barrier.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Isostearyl Hydroxystearate, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Retinol, Retinyl Propionate, Oleyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Hexyldecanol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycerin, Polyglucuronic Acid, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Room Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Algin, Caprylyl Glycol, Swertia Chirata Extract, Lecithin, Pullulan, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Cetyl Hydroxethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Picolinamide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Fragrance (Parfum).
final thoughts and where to shop
Retinol is one of my skin's power ingredients and this trio of gentle yet effective products make my complexion quite happy. I could wish for more Retinol power, tho the amount in these products is effective and it would be lovely of the moisturizer were richer and more hydrating but those are just my personal skin care concerns. Overall, I feel that these products will work well for most people and skin types. If you have never used Retinol, go in slow and easy. Use it once or twice a week and see how your skin responds. A little warmth, a bit of tingling maybe some pink or redness that fades away after a while are normal, temporary and no cause for alarm. Retinol increases skin turnover and the surface of my skin can get flaky and feel dry. I like to use a combination of a chemical exfoliant like AHA and a gentle physical scrub to keep my skin smooth and soft. I like to use Retinol at night and of course, I protect my complexion from the harmful rays of the sun with a good, high SPF mineral sunscreen and I can be seen in a wide brimmed sun hat/carrying a large, UV blocking bumbershoot, as well.
Use of Retinol is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Have a chat with your doctor for more information.
If Murad Retinol Youth Renewal sounds like a line that you'd like to try you can find it at Sephora and Ulta Beauty. Murad skin care is cruelty free. Some of their products are vegan, some contain small quantities of honey, beeswax and marine proteins. For more specific information, refer to the ingredients lists on the packaging.
Have I mentioned that I like these three products, a lot? Well, I do and I'd love to further explore this brand in the future. Have you tried Murad? What are your favorite products from this brand?