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Murad have made so many of my must-have skincare products, so I was really excited when they launched their Exasoothe range, designed for very dry and eczema-prone skin. There are 3 products in the line and here's how I got on with them... The first product I have to talk about is the Soothing Oat & Peptide Cleanser* | £42. Although this is on the pricer side for a cleanser, you do get a whopping 200ml of product in here, so the cost per use is actually very reasonable. This is a kind of milky gel emulsion cleanser that feels water-based on the skin but doesn't foam. It's formulated with glycerin (to pull hydration into the skin), squalane (a skin-similar plant-based moisturising oil), nourishing shea butter, soothing oat extract, hydrating ingredients that mimic the skin's natural moisturising factors and cleansing micellar peptides. I really enjoy this cleanser because the texture feels pretty fresh and lightweight on the skin, despite the fact it's completely non-drying and non-stripping and adds a lot of moisture back into the skin during the cleansing process. If you have very dry or reactive skin: definitely give this a go, because it works as a cleanser and it's easy to wash off but helps keep the moisture barrier intact.
The Daily Defense Cream* | £54 | is a really interesting product with quite a unique texture. Based on the goals of this skincare line and many of the ingredients included, I was expecting a richer cream, however this is more of an occlusive formula with a smoothing slip and a matte dry-down. It contains soothing, replenishing oat lipids, hydrators (sugar-derived ingredients, plus glycerin as a humectant), niacinamide (this can help stop discolouration in its tracks, regulate oil production in the skin and boost up ceramide production, thereby helping keep the skin's barrier functioning healthily) and nourishing shea butter. This doesn't actually contain any silicones, interestingly, but it has that type of feel. Personally, it's not for me, but if you're oily-skinned and you want a formula to support your skin barrier that's not too thick or rich, this could be a match.
The Quick Relief Moisture Treatment* | £46 | was much more my sort of thing! This is a kind of cream that can be used all over or spot-applied like a balm where your skin needs it. It has much more of a traditional moisturiser texture, and it's still not too heavy, having quite a lotion-y feel on the skin. It's formulated with colloidal oat and oat lipids, which are proven to work extremely well for dry skin conditions. There's also niacinamide in here, moisturising jojoba esters, Vitamin E to protect and moisturise the skin, soothing allantoin and shea butter for deep nourishment. I really enjoy this and often use it all over my face alongside a new retinoid or when I've just used an intense peel. I will definitely be using this again when we head back towards the colder months to winter-proof my skin. It's a really effective formula and contains similar ingredients to the daily cream but with a different texture, so you can just choose which finish and feel would best suit your skin type.
Do you suffer from dry skin or any form of sensitivity? Have you tried anything from this range?
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