Dr. Murad’s Tips For Sleep Deprived Skin

Dr. Murad’s Tips for Sleep Deprived Skin

You know when you feel sleep deprived – did you know you can look sleep deprived? Beauty sleep is not a cliché. If you’ve been told that you “look tired” there’s a chance that your skin is reflecting the tell-tale signs of a rough night’s sleep.

Without restorative sleep, your skin (and the rest of your body) misses out on essential recovery that keeps you healthy and, most of all, youthfully hydrated. Especially the production of growth hormone (GH), which is essential to refreshing cells, restoring skin elasticity, improving the body’s use of oxygen and even aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

If you’re tired of looking tired, try these tips I’ve shared with my patients. They set the stage for a better night’s sleep, so you feel and look refreshed upon waking.

Use a humidifier. Skin becomes drier as we age because of a loss of lipids and a weaker skin barrier. Humidifiers put moisture into the air that helps relieve issues like skin dehydration.

Do something that relaxes you. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is in direct competition with sleep-enhancing melatonin. So, if you’re stressed before bed, your sleep will suffer.  What relaxes me might not relax you, so dedicate some time to figuring out what helps you wind down and prep for bed. Try a warm bath, relaxing music, a cup of caffeine-free tea, aromatherapy or meditation. I advise all my patients to disconnect from anything digital. Whatever you do, make it a goal to take 30 minutes before your set bedtime to follow a relaxing routine.

Fortify your body with nutrition. Entering sleep allows your body to repair itself.  Encourage this process by consuming healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, omegas and amino acids. I like to eat walnuts and/or supplements that contain both omegas and antioxidants.

Do not eat a heavy meal within two hours of going to sleep. Your body, including your digestive system, needs to relax before you go to bed. Keep this in mind and, whenever possible, eat dinner earlier on in the evening.

Try a sleep-enhancing mist. Melatonin is found naturally in the body. It helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythm to promote deeper, more restful sleep. Beauty RESTore Sleep Oral Spray combines Melatonin with stress-relieving GABA and L-Theanine to encourage relaxation before bedtime. Just one to two mists an hour before bedtime not only encourages more restful sleep, but also helps improve the restorative abilities of your skin, so you wake looking refreshed and revived.

Transform Your Skin from Within

Transform Your Skin from Within

FACT: You have 19 million skin cells on every square inch of your body. Are you feeding them right to look your best?

Yes, you are what you eat. And, try as you might, it’s impossible to get all your nutrients from food. “Even the 20 to 30% of Americans who make the effort to consistently eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may not be getting the vitamins and minerals they think their healthy eating guarantees,” says Dr. Murad, board-certified Dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare.

Diet isn’t the only factor in skin health. No time for exercise, increased stress levels, even where you live can negatively impact the look and health of your skin (think skin that looks, feels and acts dull, discolored, aged, and damaged).

Understanding this, Doctor Murad developed Internal Skincare®, the philosophy of supporting your skin health from the inside out. He has successfully advised his patients on this principle for over 50 years.

Internal Skincare for External Skin Health

“The years I spent treating skin were my training grounds for establishing an approach to skin health that goes far beyond the surface of the body,” says Dr. Murad. His commitment paid off in results. “I found that those who took advantage of my internal skincare program felt better, slept better, had a remarkable reduction in the severity of common skin disorders, and showed an apparent increase in structural strength and resilience that made it appear firmer, plumper, brighter—more like young skin.”

An essential part of these incredible, non-surgical results were supplements that benefited skin health the inside out. While Doctor Murad’s pioneering Internal Skincare® supplements weren’t available to the public until 1995, he has been prescribing supplements for skincare since 1972—almost 2 decades before founding his eponymous skincare system.

Why Murad Supplements?

Murad is the only skincare company that offers comprehensive, targeted internal AND external products designed specifically for the 4 major skin concerns: anti-aging, dehydration, acne, sun damage. Our supplements are dermatologist developed, specifically for skincare concerns, rather than general well-being. Murad’s skin-benefiting supplements unite with his innovative, award-winning skincare products to create a whole-person regimen. Just like Murad skincare, Murad supplements are intentionally formulated with natural and biosynthesized ingredients for superior efficacy and performance. Uniformity in skincare and supplements is critical, and we choose the best delivery to maximize free radical defense, boost hydration, and stimulate collagen production so skin stays smoother, younger, vibrant, and more radiant.

Ready to Reveal Your One-of-a-Kind Regimen?

Take our quick quiz and get the internal and external skincare kit customized just for you.

Ingredients to avoid if you have Rosacea

I’ve written about Rosacea many times – ingredients to avoid, the effects of diet, environmental triggers etc. But the message is far more interesting coming from Rosacea sufferers themselves.

According to the National Rosacea Society, 41% of 1,066 patients surveyed said that certain skincare products aggravated their condition.

Here are the top six skincare ingredients to avoid based on their reactions:

  1. 66% said Alcohol
  2. 30% said Witch Hazel
  3. 30% said Fragrance
  4. 21% said Menthol
  5. 14% said Peppermint
  6. 13% said Eucalyptus

Do you agree? Have you ever experienced a Rosacea or redness flare after using products containing any of these ingredients?

For more advice on how to manage Rosacea, have a read through my previous post: What is Rosacea and how can I treat it?

You can also read the full report from the National Rosacea Society here, or if you’d like anymore in depth or personalised skincare advice, email our team of sensitive skincare experts on support@paiskincare.com.

Pai On Tour: We’re Coming To Canada

Did you hear our exciting news? The Pai team are packing their bags and going on tour!

We’ll be visiting some of our favourite stockists next week to hold a series of Sensitive Skin SOS talks with Sarah Brown, our Founder.

Sarah Brown created Pai Skincare after suffering from hyper-sensitive and irritated skin, and her products have become well known for nurturing sensitive skin.

Join us for Q+As with Sarah, receive customised skincare recommendations, and have an opportunity to find products specific to your skincare needs. There’ll also be some special offers and gifts on the night!

Meet the maker for yourself at our events at Etiket, Montreal April 16 and The Detox Market, Toronto April 17.

Tickets are limited so make sure you get yours now. Etiket tickets are available using the link here, while you’ll get tickets for The Detox Market Toronto right here.

We can’t wait to meet our Canadian friends and fans!


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How to Multi-Mask

Become a multitasking mask master in just three easy steps.

Although we tend to identify our skin as one overall type, it’s a pretty broad generalization. Inspect further and you’ll notice that each area of your face is different from the next. For example, your forehead might be prone to dryness, but the center of your face tends to be on the oily side.

The solution? Multi-masking. If you aren’t familiar, don’t know how, or simply haven’t tried the technique, yet, now’s a good time as any to start. Multi-masking allows you to customize your at-home facial to accommodate all of your skin’s needs in one fell swoop.

Here’s how to multi-mask:

Most people tend to see two to four different “zones” on their faces. For example:

  1. FOREHEAD: Prone to dehydration (if you’re dry) or excess shine (if you’re oily)
  2. CHEEKS: Prone to dullness or uneven skin tone and texture
  3. CHIN: Prone to congestion/breakouts
  4. NOSE: Prone to excess oil & congestion

Take a few minutes to analyze your skin and map out each “zone.” If you’re not sure where to start, use our face mask map as a guideline!

This is where you can get creative and completely customize your at-home facial! Start by washing your face (or gently exfoliating first), then get masking.

Be sure to apply the masks in a thin but opaque layer to ensure everything dries evenly. Let the masks work their magic for 8-10 minutes, then…

#Selfie optional. But first: follow with toner and your favorite serums and/or face creams, then finish with a liberal misting of your favorite facial spray.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

Rose Facial Spray & Other Floral Favorites for Spring Skin

Miranda Priestly might’ve scoffed at the suggestion of florals for spring (brownie points for those who remember the iconic movie moment), but when it comes to skin care, few things feel more fitting in your spring skin care routine than floral-infused formulas and beautiful botanical blends.

These are a few of our floral favorites:

With Extracts of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme (oh my!), this cult-favorite Mario Badescu facial spray a surefire staple in every medicine cabinet. In fact, we suggest stashing a bottle wherever you can: your desk (or in your drawer to keep away from shamelessly mist-heavy co-workers!), your handbag, and your fridge (for an extra cooling boost).

Gardenia and Rose Extracts are beloved for their ability to help improve moisture levels and Thyme boasts clarifying properties, which makes this mist a favorite no matter your skin type—especially if you embrace the dew.

The name was a dead giveaway, but let’s delve into the botanical extracts that give this mask its name. If we’re sticking to strictly florals, there’s a Gardenia and Evening Primrose infusion—but you’ll also find Olive Leaf Extract in here, too. When combined with other moisturizing ingredients like antioxidant Vitamin E and tempered with natural oil-absorbent minerals, Flower & Tonic Mask is a staple that works to balance your complexion.

You get the deep clean all skin types (including dry and sensitive skin!) need plus skin-smoothing benefits. What’s not to love?

Rosehip is technically the “accessory” fruit of the rose, but let’s not dwell on technicalities and instead, focus on the benefits. Rosehip is known for its antioxidant properties and shown to help improve moisture levels—so when both Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil are used in a formula, you know it’s a match made in heaven for dull, dehydrated skin.

Enter Rose Hips Mask, which not only contains both forms of Rosehip, but also ingredients like Extracts of Evening Primrose, Olive Leaf, and Lemongrass in addition to antioxidant Vitamin E, Kaolin Clay, and Zinc Oxide. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and what you’re left with is a complexion that appears moisturized, soft, and smooth to the touch—with an added youthful glow.

You’ll find Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil in our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, too. Don’t be fooled by the lightweight feel of this facial oil, though: it packs serious punch in the moisture department. Apply it all over or just in targeted areas to help revive dehydrated skin and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky patches.

#MBSkinTip: We love using this multi-purpose oil on our cuticles too! It’s portable size makes it a handbag or deskside staple—so if ever your face or cuticles are in need of a moisture boost, you have your Rose Hips Nourishing Oil at the ready.

Mario Badescu Chamomile Buttermilk Lavender Skin Care

Glycolic Acid tends to get the spotlight in this resurfacing face wash (which should only be used 1-3 times a week in place of your normal facial cleanser!), but there’s also a botanical blend that works to restore balance at the same time.

With floral extracts like Chamomile and Yarrow (plus a botanical blend of Marshmallow—the root, not the puffy hot chocolate topper!), Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is able to address concerns like dullness, congestion, and uneven skin tone and texture without leaving skin feeling tight and dry.

Lactic Acid is the hero ingredient that makes this moisturizer so unique, but the Chamomile Extract is deserving of a mention, too. Buttermilk Moisturizer provides soothing hydration in addition to gentle resurfacing benefits that take dull and dehydrated to smooth and rejuvenated.

And here we have another Chamomile contender, which proves just how classic this floral extract. Designed to deliver soothing moisture and nourish parched skin, Chamomile Night Cream is a rich formula that was designed specifically to comfort dry, sensitive complexions all night long.

If you adore Chamomile in your skin care, pair this night cream with our Chamomile Eye Cream. Just like its face cream counterpart, the eye cream boasts a luxurious texture that makes it a dream for delicate, dehydrated under-eyes.

There will always be a time when your skin craves calm and comfort—no matter your skin type. This calming blend of Chamomile Extract, Lavender Essential Water, and Lavender Oil is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin C to create a facial mist that leaves your complexion balanced and bright.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

5 Signs You Need to Deep Clean Your Medicine Cabinet, NOW


  1. You have empty bottles of Glycolic Acid Toner taking up prime real estate. We know you love your toner, but unless you’re a beauty YouTuber racking up used products for an “empties video,” those bottles need to go. You deserve a fresh one!
  1. That pack of face wipes is all dried up. You know you should not be using those as a sole cleansing method, right? (Face wash and eye makeup removers are non-negotiable in every cleansing regimen!) Toss out those wipes, make a pact to never buy them again, and replace an Enzyme Cleansing Gel in its spot.
  1. Your mask is all dried up too, which can mean one of two things: (1) you didn’t like that mask much and still kept it for whatever reason, or (2) you barely reached for it. Masks are supposed to be used regularly—2 time a week—and thus are meant to last a year max. If you’re not sure what kind of mask you should be using, take this skin analysis to get a recommendation from a skincare specialist. And remember: mask often to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
  1. You’re not quite sure what that jar used to be. If the label’s grubby or all worn off, TOSS it. Expired or bacteria-infested profits from being kept too long or stored improperly are no joke. Better to be safe than sorry.
  1. Your cotton swabs are looking a little dusty. Don’t think twice; kick ’em to the curb. Chances are, you’re using them for to dot on your Drying Lotion, and the last thing you want to do is have a whole bunch of germs and dirt further clogging up that pesky spot. Storing your Q-Tips in that mini Diptyque candle may be cute when you #doitforthegram, but it’s not the most sanitary way to do it. If you still want something cute but practical, look for an apothecary jar with a lid.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type


Before we dive into the best serums for each skin type, let’s start at the beginning with a frequently asked question:

We get it: It’s hard to know what you actually need or should be using when products are being thrown at you left and right.  So when we’re asked, “Do I really need a serum?” our answer is simple:

Take our skin analysis.

This questionnaire was designed by our skin specialists to help determine the best products for your skin type—including deciding whether or not you need a serum at this point in your life. At the most basic, pared down level, you should be following a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner, eye cream (from your 20s on), moisturizer, exfoliant, and mask. Anything additional would be prescribed based on concerns to help you achieve skin goals.

Incorporate Anti Acne Serum into your evening routine. This balancing serum combines the two most important things that congested, troubled skin needs:

  • Oil-free hydration, and
  • Clarifying properties.

That oil-free hydration comes by way of Glycerin, a classic humectant that works to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. Key ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract work help encourage clearer-looking skin.

How to use Anti Acne Serum: This clarifying serum is meant to be used every night or as needed. Before bed (after you’ve cleansed and toned), apply a thin layer on troubled areas. Anti Acne Serum is designed to be worn alone, in place of a traditional evening moisturizer or night cream.

Herbal Hydrating Serum will leave your skin looking dewy and fresh-faced. Ceramides, Ginkgo, and Ginseng are infused to revive, soften, and smooth—making this unique gel a versatile staple in all skin care regimens. It’s water-light in texture and oil-free in formulation, which enables you to effectively hydrate without leaving your T-zone feeling like an oil slick.

How to use Herbal Hydrating Serum: For the super oily, wear this serum on its own in place of a moisturizer. All other skin types can still use this serum, though: simply apply a thin layer over moisturizer/night cream for enhanced hydration and glow.

Vitamin C Serum will be a game-changer for lackluster complexions seeking a boost in radiance. This is a lightweight serum that helps restore youthful luminosity to skin while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and skin-aging free radicals.

If you’re keen on adding an anti-aging serum to your regimen (whether you’re 20-something or in your 50s), Vitamin C Serum is quickly becoming a beloved medicine cabinet staple for all skin types. Here’s why:

It’s powerful in formulation, but absorbs seamlessly into skin to help brighten uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines. Vitamin C, Collagen, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone—leaving all skin types soft, smooth, and glowing.

How to use Vitamin C Serum: Apply 3-4 drops to clean skin every other evening. Follow with your favorite night cream.

Apply Cellufirm Drops under your daily moisturizer or night cream. Uniquely versatile and designed to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, this serum is a must-have for dry skin. Antioxidant oils soften and nourish as a protein-enriched blend of Collagen. Elastin, RNA, and peptides works to give skin a supple, youthful appearance.

How to use Cellufirm Drops: Apply a few drops to targeted areas that need extra moisture, or apply 4-5 drops all over your face and neck for maximum skin-smoothing benefits. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Cellufirm Drops can be used under and around the eye area under your eye cream, too!

Revive dehydrated skin and smooth dry patches with Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This lightweight yet moisture-intensive facial oil is infused with Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil—both known as great sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C—to provide comforting moisture and reveal softer, more radiant skin.

How to use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil: Massage 2-3 drops on clean skin. Or, apply 1-2 drops to dry patches that need a targeted moisture boost. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Roll up your sleeves and customize your glow. Mix a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum and Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to get your perfect dewy skin concoction. Use more of the blue when you want to keep it light, or mix in more oil to give your mixture slip and added moisturizing benefits.

Try Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C or Corrective Complex Emulsion. Both serums have a lightweight slip that absorb beautifully into skin. Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C is designed to boost moisture and give depleted skin a more youthful, hydrated appearance. Corrective Complex Emulsion also boasts nourishing ingredients to soften and smooth skin, but also contains Oligopeptide-5 for an added anti-aging boost.

How to use both emulsions: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin, then follow with night cream.

Incorporate Peptide Renewal Serum into your routine to target visible signs of aging and deeply nourish skin. This complex blend of Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, and complexion-boosting botanicals is specially formulated to improve the look of depleted, mature skin and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles—leaving the complexion soft, smooth, and supple.

How to use Peptide Renewal Serum: Because of its rich consistency, less is more with this product. Apply 1-2 drops on your face, neck, and décolleté. Wear it alone or layer it under your favorite face cream or night cream.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.