Murad skin perfecting lotion is just blah... Doesn't really do much except that it adds a greasy and glossy film to the face. I don't quite understand the main function of this product. For the price, I expect that it does much more than just to have a greasy film laying on top of my face and makes my makeup look chalky.
This lotion is so simple that I would rather get Cetaphil than to buy this again. It doesn't do much besides keeping the skin hydrated. I would expect more effects for anything from Murad.
I do like this lotion. It smells like vitamin c, which I don't mind and actually like. It's easy to spread, lightweight and fast-absorbing. I haven't used it for long so will have to update on whether I find it oily.
Ok, I didn't not at all expect to be this impressed with a moisturizer. I try to avoid reviewing too soon, but I feel I've tried this enough to say a little. My friend works for Murad and bought me some items as a gift. I was going through realllllyy bad skin problems (most likely due to an Rx, thanks a lot big pharmaceuticals!) She kept saying to get this moisturizer and I kept trying to say no (even though she paid for me!) because I tend to react/break out to products and especially moisturizers which can be heavy and clogging. She insisted so eventually I just said I would try it. Around the time I went to see her, I was getting super over dried from all the products I was using to clear me up. They caused more and more acne, so I kept using more and more until it was a huge dry, scaly, scary mess. I knew I needed to moisturize but I was super worried since my skin was so angry and exposed. Knowing this, I tried the cream, and it didn't sting, clog, or cause any problems. I thought I was loosing my mind when my skin actually looked BETTER the next day. It was almost like it was a recovery treatment, not a moisturizer. I haven't had any reactions at all, quite the opposite, it's been one of the most gentle products I've ever used, and I'm not immune to reacting to many others. (The Instant Radiance eye from Murad stings me a little, for example.) Even though this is pretty expensive for a small-ish tube, I really think I would pay full price continuously if it keeps delivering. I also think they have a great return policy which I always try to make sure of before I invest like this and I USE IT if I have to. I suggest you guys do the same, and find what really works instead of just losing you money! . It's so rare to find anything that works. I feel like I will really use this a lot in the winter too.
Update: Ugh this is ok but I just can't mess with chemicals. I'm always afraid to use moisturizers, though I need them, and in the end it wasn't transformative as I hoped. Not only that, the Murad cleansers (and pretty much everything) are really crap. So just not happy with them. I tried. :P
About 4 years ago I had a really bad breakout on vacation, and I used the Murad Acne line to fix my skin. After it was fixed, I moved on and tried about 500 things that didn't work.
Forward to last May, I decided to give this a shot. It worked beautifully. This first week my skin was a little sensitive to it (perhaps because I'm not used to retinoids during the day), but it's been wonderful since then. It's definitely going to be my go-to for April through October (a bottle easily lasts that long).
My skin is sensitive and dry (but acne-prone). This won't be moisturizing enough for me for the winter months, but I can definitely see this benefiting those with oily skin. For summer months, this has been the key to maintaining the smooth texture in my skin.
The first time I used the Murad Acne set, I found it too harsh (the whole line) for me. Now, I just used the moisturizer with the Mario Badescu Enzyme and Cucumber cleansers, and it works fine. Don't feel like you have to use the whole line (this moisturizer is the best part of it anyway!)
I forgot to add to my post the product is not greasy at all. The lotion goes on sort of thick but absorbs very fast. My skin is oily and it still soaks it up very well.
I've never written a review for anything in my life. This product has been so terrible that I had to make an account and warn everyone else. My whole life I struggled with moderate acne that I kept under control with creams and a good regimen. I've never had super sensitive skin and have never reacted to a product. That was UNTIL this one. I put this product on and a day later noticed some bumps on my chin. The next day I awoke to these bumps all over my face, my face felt bumpy all over and extremely uncomfortable, my eyes also became very swollen. After the rash staying for 3 days I went to the doctor and had to use a steroid cream which sort of helped. It took 2 weeks to fully recover from this cream. Now my skin is extremely sensitive to all products and I need to use everything organic. The dermatologist suggested that this product permanently damaged the makeup of my skin and created sensitivities that would not have been there prior. In summary TEST A PART OF YOUR SKIN FIRST! I suggest using this product under the chin for a week and slowly moving to more visible parts of your face to make sure there will be no reaction. Good luck...
I like this moisturizer, but I am not in love with it. I feel like if I use it to often that it actually breaks me out more. My skin just may be sensitive to it, although I do like keeping it around as a skin brightener. If I am planning to go out I just use it the day prior.
It absorbs really well. For me, this did not improve my normal, acne-prone skin. I would not repurchase the Age Reform version. Although I heard this is almost identical to the moisturizer in the acne kit, maybe that would work better for my skin. For the price, I expect a reduction in breakouts, more even skin, smaller pores, something! But nothing particularly noticeable happened with using it. And I don't know if I can use this on top of just any acne treatment due to the ingredients. Personally I'm probably better off with something from the drugstore. My skin was clearer using drugstore products than it ever was using Murad. Everyone's skin is different, but Murad seems to wreak havoc on my skin.
I read some of the other reviews and was surprised to hear it went on greasy or oily. I guess my skin is different (sensitive, not oily in the first place), but I do occasionally get breakouts from products. Not this one, though. It smells clean, is light and smooth, and keeps my skin feeling smooth all day. I don't wear foundation so this makes a great clean & dewy surface.