Monday, November 26, 2012

Holy Grail Status: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

I don't talk about moisturizers often because I dislike the majority of the ones I try. When you have combination/oily skin, moisturizing is often a big mystery. I was in the market for a new daily facial moisturizer since we are now getting into the colder months of the year and my skin needs a little extra something to protect from the elements.

Last year I raved about the La Roche Posay Toleriane lotion and while I still think that it is a great product for balancing out irritated skin and dry patches, I wanted something with a pretty decent SPF since I've been using a toner with glycolic acid in it on a daily basis (more on that later). When you're using products that contain chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.) it is recommended that you always use SPF during the day since those ingredients increase your sensitivity to the sun.



Enter my new skincare love - the Essential-C Day Moisture from Murad. I bought this on a whim from Sephora during their friends and family sale last month and I am so happy that I did. It's pretty out of character for me since I'm usually the type who sits and research 48723842 different products before biting the bullet and deciding on a thing to buy. 

"A daytime moisturizer for face and neck skin that’s packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to create a facial lotion that’s not only refreshing, it’s also the key to beautiful, revitalized skin. This face cream from the scientific skin care experts at Murad restores skin from sun damage and the impact of the environment while also protecting against future damage."

Here's what I love about it:

- lightweight, sinks into the skin right away leaving it soft and plump
- very very faint citrus scent, which is nice
- it contains SPF 30 PA+++ which is great for my everyday needs
- it helped balance out my skin within a week
- contains vitamin C, which helps fade marks over time
- great to use under foundation
- only need a small amount for the whole face

I am a happy camper. Only downside? The price. At $60 it's not the most economical of products but a little goes a long way and the benefits are well worth your while. 

Note: I bought mine from Sephora, but for some reason I can't find the exact same product on the website. It might be out of stock at the moment, but click any of the links above for other stockists that carry the product!

28 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more - I adore this product. And the matching eye cream and serum are divine too!

    Nic x

    http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/

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    1. glad you like it too!! will have to look into the eye cream once I use up what I have :)

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  2. Wow this sounds great, i have been on the lookout for a good moisturiser for combo skin. Ouch at the price tag though! Xx

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  3. expensive but their products are truly amazing! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I'm going to have a look at the mattifying moisturizer for the summer, too! i was initially looking to buy that one first but it was sold out.

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  4. I use it for 2 years now, and although i always thought it do nothing blablabla i always reach for it hehe...

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  5. This means using the highest concentration,professional skin care products your skin can handle.The best choice of similar skin products. post baby creams

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  6. Ive never really used anything for Murad but I know many people love the brand
    X

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  7. I received a sample of this product and while I like the texture, I cannot stand the smell! It reminds me of the orange-flavored baby aspirin I was forced to take as a child and it does not dissipate! Glad you can tolerate it, but I just want to warn people. The eye cream has no fragrance at all so I don't know why the face cream is so noxious.

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  8. I love Murad!! My favorite is the Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum.

    http://www.gildedsunflower.com

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  9. Yeah that's too expensive for me. I have the same skin type. I've been using the Aveeno Foaming Cleanser and it is wonderful! Then I use a face cream I got from an Etsy shop that's really good. A lot cheaper than this, and it's all natural ingredients. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it, I will have to look into it and see if she's still in business. She's got great products at affordable prices. I believe it's called Botanical Babe, you might consider looking it up on Etsy. I've tried the face scrub, the face and the hand cream, and the lip balm... all really good products!

    Sarah
    http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/

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    1. i've tried all natural brand moisturizers before and they have all made my face blow up with cystic acne, so i'm always wary. so glad that you found something that works for you, though :) do you use anything on blemishes?

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  10. I agree, this really is an amazing cream for combination skin.

    Love your blog!

    http://beautyandlifestylehunter.blogspot.com.au/

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  11. This sounds fantastic! I have combo/oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin, so it's often quite difficult to find a moisturizer that doesn't break out or irritate my skin. This sounds like an excellent option. Thanks for sharing! :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  12. I've only used the Murad oil-control one.

    would love to test it out!
    Does it work well under your makeup and not increase oiliness?

    myobsession-l.blogspot.com

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  13. I love your blog! And would like to try this murad cream, sounds great. I´m your newest follower! :)

    http://mymakeupcompulsion.blogspot.com.es/

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  14. Love your blog!! xo

    http://sheikhsstyling.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. I want to thank you for this recommendation. I bought it since I have similar sounding skin issues and although I've only used it for a couple days, I love it. I found it on Amazon for $37.70:

    http://www.amazon.com/Murad-Essential-C-Moisture-0-20-Ounce/dp/B0029L1LI8

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  16. This has become one of my holy grails as well.. I think we have the same skin type and it's always so hard to find the right balance between moisture and oil control.

    I also revert back to Clean & Clear dual action ...when I feel the breakouts coming. It seems to keep them in control but still leave the skin hydrated.

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  17. loveee the blog <3
    you may like ours. xo from Bg,.
    love AF

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  18. Thanks for sharing. Murad is a nice brand. I also like citrus smells.

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  19. Sounds perfect! I'm about to head to the South of France until June so I may have to pick this up!


    www.freshlookbeautyblog.com

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  20. My wife just got a facelift in Perth, and staying out of the sun is really a must. Thank you for this post. I'll recommend this product for her!

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  21. Apparently we have shared grief, because moisturizers have often bewildered me and my combination/oily skin for years. The ones I try are either too hydrating, or not hydrating enough, and it can get super frustrating at times! So a million thank yous for this recommendation, I wish it weren't $60, but if it works..! Definitely on my beauty radar now, plus I loove a subtle citrus scent. xx

    http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/

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  22. I wrote a post about my holy grail moisturizer on my blog if you're interested! It's soo soothing and great for sensitive skin - LOVE http://beautyjunkiezz.wordpress.com/

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  23. It is very helpful and informative article. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!! I am using Sakare products, because it really helps to moisturize my skin.

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