Saturday, 23 July 2016

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Describe the brand in five words.
Doc. Water. Derm. Acne. American.

What is it?
'A luxurious, yet lightweight cream that provides 24-hour hydration to restore suppleness and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.'

A moisturiser.

Who is it for?
Murad say this is for dry/dehydrated skin. They have an essence for oily/combo skins, although I have used this on clients with oilier skins with much success.

What’s in it?
Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eiosadioate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Stearic Acid, Oat Kernel Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Yeast Amino Acids, Betaine, Inositol, Taurine, Trehalose, Soybean Sterols, Corn Starch, Olive Fruit Oil, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Polysorbate 60, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Panthenol, Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Polysorbate 80, Urea, Glucosamine HCI, PEG-8, Bisabolol, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

What's not in it?
Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates 

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Shea butter - but it is far enough down the inci to not cause me an issue.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made 

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Feels lovely on the skin, absorbs nice and slow.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After serums, am and/or pm.

How long before you should see results?
It's a moisturiser, so immediately.

How long did I test it for?
I used up the entire jar. 

How much is it? /Size
£55.00/$72.00 for 50ml.
Lasted me a couple of months, and I'm heavy-handed. 

What’s good about it?
This is a great, solid moisturiser that not only works brilliantly on its own but allows the serums you use underneath it to work as they are supposed to, without interfering with their action.
It's fragrance-free, so suitable for people with those specific sensitivities, yet not unpleasant or 'functional' to use. Feels luxurious on the skin but leaves no residue or greasiness at all. 
I've used this on the majority of clients in treatments, finishing off fairly aggressive treatments (under SPF) with great results. It hydrates, nourishes and moisturises, exactly as it says on the pot.

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing. Not one complaint.

Works well with?
Every single serum I have trialled in the last two months (or thereabouts) was used with this moisturiser. In fact the only time I strayed, I got spots. That review is coming.

What’s the website like?
It's good. A bit of a trek to find all the ingredients listings, but at least they do have them - I would've expected a Dr's site to make them more accessible though. Other than that it's fine. A bit basic, but fine.

Would I purchase/repurchase?

Similar products?

Murad's Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is £55.00/$72.00 for 50ml and available from various outlets including:

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  1. Murad soundds like such a wonderful brand, great review. It's nice to know that this might work on oily skins too xxx

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  2. Hey, Caroline.

    I thought "Myristyl Myristate" was a highly comedogenic ingredient. Was that old, incorrect information? Or should certain skin types avoid products with this ingredient?


  3. Trusted eBay stores (fresh-cosmetics and cosmetics-now-australia) have it for us Aussies too! Hopefully either Sephora Aus or Mecca Cosmetica will sell it in stores soon.

  4. This sounds really nice. Will have to give it a try when I need to purchase more moisturizer.

  5. Non specifically related (since you closed the specific post) but, I would love to see your Fave Five on retinols? Thank you Caroline. Love from Argentina.

  6. You mentioned that this moisturiser allows the serum you put on underneath to work as it should do without interference from the moisturiser. What moisturisers DON'T allow serums underneath to work??? Also, I am a firm "HIRONOLOGY"believer, follower and activist! ✌️😆

  7. Caroline started using this, love it! So rich, makes my skin feel awesome :). Queston after I use my acid toner and serum I start to sweat, is that normal? It is not an oily feeling but in my t zone and under my eyes , I have beads of sweat and have to pad off before using moisturizer :/??

  8. Another product to add to me "to try" list. Thanks Caroline!! x

  9. very good review:-) the Murad eye cream is also good.

  10. Hola,
    I picked this up from Sephora yesterday along with a Tatcha serum. I went from an oily dull skin to luminous skin thanks to you Mrs. Hiron. Sending you all my love and gratitude from Los Angeles, CA.

  11. Caroline, any thoughts on Skinmedica products , mostly their retonols? Also is there anyway to get beauty boxs from the past, I really loved the products talked about in cult beauty box #3?