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My Dinner with Dr. Murad

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not having some sort of fantastical beauty dream. Last night was one of those times, as I was invited to a dinner with Dr. Howard Murad. Yes, that Dr. Murad. He was in town to fete the opening of the spa at the InterContinental Hotel, where his products and techniques are incorporated into skin-care treatments. (Never have I sat at a table among people with skin that beautiful. Never, ever.)

After meeting Dr. Murad, it's easy to understand why he's such a popular dermatologist. He's a gentleman, he's friendly, and he sincerely loves talking about skin. While enjoying beet salad, I asked him what we can do to have healthier skin. For a few of his tips for a beautiful complexion,


Some of Dr. Murad's advice for healthy skin:

  • Deliver water to your skin from the inside and out. Using a moisturizer is just part of hydrating your skin; you need to deliver water to your skin cells, whose membranes weaken with age. Drinking water is good, but juicing your own juices is even better. Dr. Murad recommends "eating your water" by consuming raw fruits and vegetables, whose vitamins and antioxidants support your skin from the inside. Healthy fats such as olive oil are better for your skin than butter, but here's something I didn't expect to learn: Eggs are rich in lecithin, which helps repair cell walls.
  • Wear sunblock. Daily, consistent application of sunblock helps to prevent environmental damage, which in turn prevents photoaging and skin cancer.
  • Repair damaged skin. "You can't treat the skin cells you had yesterday," Dr. Murad explained. "But you can treat the developing ones." He recommends topical vitamin C treatments, and he's just released Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes, which contains extracts from the antioxidant-rich durian fruit.
  • Stop the stress. "Being isolated isn't good for you," Dr. Murad said. (I hope that he meant "you" in the abstract sense and that he hadn't overheard me talking about how I watch a lot of Smiths videos at home.) He went on to say that emotional self-care is essential to overall health — and that when you're not emotionally healthy, your skin cells suffer, too.

Join The Conversation
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 9 years
Dr. Murad is amazing. Those are very important things to think about! He's exactly right, you can't just fix a concern with a product alone, it's a lifestyle thing. I really love him! My ultimate dinner would be Nicolas Perricone, Dennis Gross, Pat McGrath, Dany Sanz and Dr Murad. I would so die.
katie_c katie_c 9 years
how awesome to be at the same table as dr. murad. he's a personal favourite of my own. i'm a big fan of his pomegranate spf moisturizer. love the way it feels on my skin. love the way it smells. love the way my skin looks.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Wow, I eat an egg every morning and wear SPF 40 everyday (at least on my face), but the social isolation thing is a bad habit of mine, and I'm trying to become a freelance writer (i.e. more isolation). I'm married, so I'm not actually isolated, but it's something I should keep in mind when I'm working from join a couple of organizations or something. I can be a real hermit sometimes.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
The last one is specially true. Just notice when you laugh more your overall complexion just seems better.
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
Great tips :) It must be great to meet important ppl like him!
sldc sldc 9 years
I have seen sunbed users with lines at age 20/21. I would love to meet him!
gigill gigill 9 years
My friends who use sunbeds have visible lines (aged 25). I wear sunscreen everyday and I definitely notice a difference so I have next to none, woot!
calliope calliope 9 years
That's really cool that you got to meet Dr. Murad. I really liked his tips. I know my skin was the worst it has ever been when I was in a bad relationship last year. Thankfully, I'm in a better one now and I have better skin too. :)
gibbon345 gibbon345 9 years
You have just made me more excited. I go to esti school and we use murad products. we just had a class from them today. Dr murad is like a god to me. and lucky I get to meet him in 2 weeks when we take a feild trip to the murad center. WHOO HOO.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
That sounds so cool, Bella! I had no idea about eggs. How interesting.
vanitypot vanitypot 9 years
Oh, so that's they call it: emotional health. :D My mom is in her early 50s but her friends say that she looks like in her early 40s. I think her whole positive and life-has-to-go-on outlook in life made her look that way, despite emotional baggages she'd been through.. :)
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I never really realized that emotional health was important for good skin..good to know.
linday_love linday_love 9 years
your sooooooooooooo lucky!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Emotional health is very important.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Great tips. These are the most important ones out there along with cleaning your face before bed.
emalove emalove 9 years
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Eggs, olive oil, and socializing. Check, check and check!! :nerdgirl:
Beauty Beauty 9 years
It was really a treat to meet him. He was very kind and gracious — and truly passionate about his work.
areidz areidz 9 years
I never thought of the Isolating factor... though the rest I believe are pretty common knowledge- at least I hope so! He's great - that must have been so wonderful to meet him, Bella.
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