Murad was a skincare brand that I wasn’t hugely familiar with – based in California but distributed across 40 countries, it is a huge contender on the skincare market.
Murad Facial at Murad Inclusive Health Spa in El Segundo California
My friend Gethin Jones had been for a facial in London, and suggested that I go for a Murad facial at their skincare centre whilst I was in Los Angeles in November. El Segundo – which is moments from Manhattan Beach is home to Murad Inclusive Health Spa and is about a 45 minute drive from Beverly Hills.
I was greeted with champagne at the front desk. I should have said no, but I didn’t. My therapist Rosa collected me from the waiting area, and showed me to the treatment room. She was utterly delightful, kind, knowledgable and I would highly recommend Rosa to anyone who visits the California based spa. She cleansed my skin and then checked it before custom designing my treatment. My hands and feet were cleansed and massaged, my hands were dipped in paraffin wax – which is not only nourishing but also healing I recently learnt from a friend of mine, who had consistently injured his hands competing at judo. I was extremely relaxed – the facial involved not only exfoliation and a masque but also lots of massage – and I did fall asleep!
Facials at the Inclusive Health Spa range in price from $75 to $175, and the full list of treatments can be found at – http://www.muradinclusivehealth.com
Murad ‘City Facial’ at House of Fraser Oxford Street London
I was invited to Murad in House of Fraser on Oxford Street on my return to try a ‘City Facial’. The City Facial is only available at House of Fraser, and is designed to dissolve pollution, clean congested pores, neutralise free radicals and infuse the skin with essential vitamins and minerals. For those elsewhere in the UK the Vitamin C Infusion Facial is very similar. They also scanned my skin with Murad’s Youth Cam – the results of skin scans are always a little depressing!!
Pigmentation and Age Spots – 35% (my main concern, and I have worn SPF every day since I was 14 years old)
Inflammation – 0% (basically I don’t have sensitive or reactive skin)
Redness – 5%
Pore Size – 13%
The City Facial which is priced at £70.00 for one hour is ideal for men and women who live in polluted areas – like London – and are looking for an effective treat and boost for the skin. My therapist on the day was Natasha. Osmolyte Tonic – a spray – is given to every client to rehydrate and protect the skin for the seven days after the treatment. Murad Facials at House of Fraser on Oxford Street start at £55.00 for 60 minutes.
Contact – 08448003752
I left with products specifically recommended for me. Products at Murad are labelled 1 (cleansing and toning), 2 (target and repair) , and 3 (hydration and moisture).
White Brilliance Gentle Cleanser £27.90 HERE
Gently cleanses the skin and lifts away impurities to leave the complexion clear and bright. Can be used both morning and night.
Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion £70.20 HERE
This product is a potent and speedy one. It promotes the production of collagen and helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles almost instantly.
Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream £60.30 HERE
Restore suppleness and helps to firm the delicate eye area. Also helps by diminishing under eye puffiness and dark circles.
Environmental Shield Intensive-C Radiance Peel £44.55 HERE
Designed to reverse environmental ageing caused by pollutants and the sun.
Environmental Shield Advanced Active Radiance Serum £108.00 HERE
Improves skin brightness and radiance by 60% in less than one week.
Environmental Shield Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30 £51.30 HERE
Shield your skin from damaging UV rays with friend in the pigmentation battle ‘Vitamin C’.
All of the above products have free worldwide delivery. I have only just started to try the products as I was finishing some that I had open – I loved my skin’s appearance after both facials it looked clear and bright and healthy. Dr Murad is from what I have heard a wonderful man, he is very popular at the spa in California. Some of his affirmations are below – three of which were handed to me on cards as I finished my treatment at Manhattan Beach – which I thought was lovely
‘Ignore the naysayers from without, and more importantly, those from within’
‘If it’s not personal, don’t take it personally’
‘Life is good and bad and indifferent, focus on the good’
‘Transformation can happen in 10 weeks’
‘Treat yourself as royalty’
‘Reduce complexity in your life’
To find a Murad salon in the UK – http://www.murad.co.uk/salons
To find a salon or spa in the USA – http://www.murad.com