It’s hard work being a beauty blogger with sensitive skin, sometimes. I’m a big fan of results-led, science-based skincare, and I have a clear preference for doctor brands that have a philosophy of really caring for skin, rather than just using skincare as line extensions for their other product ranges. This isn’t to say that there isn’t good skincare coming from other more nature-based, or makeup-based ranges (there are excellent products in some unexpected places out there), but, when your skin is sensitive, finding products that are both results-led, and yet still bland enough not to cause flare-ups can cause problems. Essential oils such as orange and lavender, used in a lot of “unfragranced” natural products, are a particular problem for my facial skincare routine, and I’ve found that I have far fewer issues with lab-based synthetics than many organic ranges as a result.
All of which is a long way around of saying that I really like the Murad Hydro-Dynamic range of products. I’m both oily combination and sensitive-skinned, and at times I’m also very dehydrated, but I’ve found that the Hydro-Dynamic range helps on all counts. The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is a product I was introduced to last year, and I admit that I was a little underwhelmed with it at the time (it’s more of a serum than I was expecting an “essence” to be – not a liquid at all!), but I think I was a little less stressed and dehydrated last summer than I have been this year – the house move a few months ago took a lot more out of me than I was expecting. This time of using, however, I like it much more, it adds hydration without loading the skin with too much oil, or that silicone-y feeling or being a gel, and leaves a lovely, velvety texture behind after applying. It somehow just feels like it lasts longer on the skin than either a liquid or gel hyaluronic acid-based hydrator.
The Murad Hydrodynamic Ultimate Moisture is pretty much how I would describe my perfect moisturiser. It feels luxurious and rich when taking it out of the jar, but it spreads and sinks into the skin beautifully, disappearing completely, but leaving skin feeling hydrated and supple, and ready for anything else that you want to apply afterwards. It never overloads the skin, never triggers a reaction (despite what I might have applied first – in fact it’s an ideal cream for using when trialling other products that you fear might cause a reaction), and hydrates without being greasy, clogging pores, or causing redness. I love it. It’s bland, unscented, and inactive (in a good way), having only one job to do (hydrating), and it does it exceptionally well. So for those of us with over-excitable skin, it’s a perfect cream. I don’t always get on well with Murad products, they have a habit of being just that little bit too strong for my skin issues, but in this duo, I’ve found my happy Murad place.
At £59.50 for the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence and £55.00 for the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, they might not be the cheapest products on the market, but for me and my stupid skin, they’re great. If you only get one, get the moisturiser, it might not set your world on fire, but you won’t regret it. Your skin will love you for it.
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