I don’t think you want to labour over another of my thesis-length posts today, so here’s just a (hopefully) quick beauty bite you can scan through.
Introducing a new range of products by Murad skincare, the Murad Prebiotic skincare range. I thought it was quite interesting, and you might too.
A few years ago, I’d noticed a slow but steady increase in brands introducing prebiotic or probiotic skincare. However, I had a bad reaction when ingesting probiotics (a post that still generates A LOT of discussion and interest), so I was a little wary. But I noted to a friend that it was a trend to watch.
Interestingly, the prebiotics/probiotics skincare trend hasn’t exploded as quickly as I thought it would. Perhaps, it’s more like a slow burn, that may only come to a head in the next year or two. Perhaps it will peter out. Who knows.
But Dr. Murad has gotten in on this trend, and I think that means something!
What are prebiotics?
First, we have to ask – what are prebiotics?
Prebiotics feed the good bacteria and beneficial organisms in our body. These beneficial organisms, which include bacteria and yeast, are known as probiotics. So, Prebiotics are the food for these Probiotics.
Just putting it very simply.
Prebiotics and probiotics are usually talked about in relation to gut health. For the skin however, it is something I am less familiar with.
However, it appears that we have all this bacteria on our skin as well, not all of which is bad, apparently. So, in order to maintain this balance of good bacteria on our skin surface, we have to feed it, so it stays happy, and therefore our skin stays healthy.
Gives new meaning to feeding your skin doesn’t it? :P
Murad Prebiotics Skincare
So, Murad has come up with a range of Prebiotics skincare, to help us do this – feed our skin, so the good bacteria doesn’t die off more than the bad bacteria. Not being a scientist nor an expect, I’m going to have to assume here, that prebiotics only feed good bacteria, and not bad.
Might be worrying if bad bacteria adapted, won’t it? :P
Feeding our skin prebiotics will help it rebalance itself, combat dryness, and sensitivity and strengthen our skin. This also helps combat the signs of aging.
With this in mind, there are at present, 2 products in the Murad Prebiotic skincare range forming their Prebiotic Power Duo :D
Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multi Cleanser – RM198 | US$36 for 148ml
This is formulated to be very gentle and non-stripping to the skin, even as it cleanses your skin of oils and makeup and dirt, all the while, feeding your skin prebiotics. Whew! Quite a multi-tasker!
It is a gel to oil formula, which I had the opportunity to feel at the media launch. It does feel quite lush, and is something I could forsee myself using.
It says that it can remove makeup, even longwearing makeup, so I’d probably go at it as my first cleanse. Should I follow up with a second cleanse?
I normally would. But would that mean I wash off the prebiotics food that the probiotics are happily munching on? Goodness knows! I’ll have to think about this some more if I ever try it one day :P
Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist – RM158 | US$32 for 100ml
Ah, a mist! I perked up the moment this was introduced.
This Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist is hydrating, filled with peptides, and also hydrating sugars to feed all that good bacteria on our skin. It is hydrating and refreshing, and can even be used to set makeup, I’m told.
I did test this at the media event, and it did feel lovely. Hydrating and refreshing the skin almost immediately. Being a hydrating mist, I definitely forsee it fitting nicely into a moisture sandwich routine.
I’ll let you know how I feel about it when I’ve had a go – I did manage to get hold of this, so we’ll see!
The Murad Prebiotic skincare range is cemented with the duo above. But they also recently launched a new treatment serum.
Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment – RM398 | US$70 for 30ml
This one’s a night serum, that’s meant to repair skin overnight and boost hydration, minimize fine lines, and revive radiance. It has something called a chronopeptide which syncs with the body’s circadian rhythm.
What this essentially does is give your skin the rest and repair it needs while you sleep. To be honest, it does sound remarkably like another serum that gives me the same spiel. Right down to the circadian rhythm story.
I don’t have a proper sample of this, so I will not be able to test it out fully, but if I do get hold of it, I’ll be sure to have a go, and then see how it feels next to the other one which happens to be an old favourite!
Do you use any prebiotic skincare? Or anything from Murad I should check out?
I don’t use anything from Murad, except the sunscreen that I’m finishing up. In years past, I had tried a few of their products, but it didn’t sit too well with me, feeling a little more harsh than I liked. But I am intrigued about their retinol serum. I hear it’s a must-try! :)
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