21-day complexion challenge
Achieving a clear, healthy complexion isn’t the result of a single beauty treatment or tool. It’s the reward for a complete routine. To help you check off all the boxes, we’ve assembled our 21-Day Complexion Challenge with a new pro tip every day for noticeably clearer skin.
Check back daily for new tips and product recommendations. Simply tap on the highlighted days and take your skincare routine to the next level.
USE A BRUSH, NOT YOUR HANDS
Cleanse the day away! Start off your 21-day challenge tonight with the Complexion Cleansing Brush. Its superfine, soft bristles clean deep into pores to wash away impurities while gently exfoliating your skin. Because of the even pressure applied all over the face from the brush, the skin will be left feeling considerably smoother than if you had merely hand washed it, giving you a clearer and brighter look. The cleansing brush also removes makeup and impurities that hands alone simply won’t be able to remove. The result: a more even skin tone, which means you will be able to wear less makeup overall.shop now
GO MAKEUP FREE
While we are always a sucker for a flawless foundation, makeup can trap sweat and bacteria causing breakouts and dull skin. Work on giving your skin a breather (and your pores some much-needed air) at least once a week. You can start today!
PRO TIP: Adding a few drops of the Murad Vitamin Infusion Oil on the days you go makeup free, will give your skin an instant dose of radiance. This oil targets signs of aging, boosts hydration, brightens skin, and defends from free radicals for a more youthful-looking complexion.
MORE GREEN TEA, PLEASE
Get your morning jolt via an antioxidant-rich green tea rather than coffee. Green tea improves your complexion and makes your skin healthy from the inside out. It helps flush out toxins, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation.
CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
Our makeup brushes tend to collect everything on our face (oil, dead skin cells, dust), so it’s important to give our brushes a deep clean at least once a month and more frequently, if you’re using liquid products. This will help prevent acne, avoid germs, and keep your brushes long-lasting!
PRO TIP: Apply a spritz of isopropyl alcohol in between washes to prevent “cakey” makeup and really keep those germs away.
GET THAT GLOW WITH GREENS
Add some fiber and energy to your day by drinking a green smoothie. Green smoothies provide your body with essential nutrients as well as the necessary hydration to help you look and feel better. Because of the high level of antioxidants contained in your green smoothie, your skin will really thank you by taking on a vibrant, healthy glow.
UP YOUR SPF
Since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, protecting your skin from the sun is an absolute must.
Aim for a 30 SPF daytime lotion, like the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This invisible skin perfecting shield blends together advanced treatment, primer and SPF technologies to immediately blur and protect while combating the signs of aging. You’ll be on your way to flawless and fabulous in just one step. Remember, the earlier you start daily application, the better!
Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the pores and uncovers fresh new cells. After washing your face with warm water, prep skin with a serum or moisturizer. Hold the Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner flat against the surface of your skin with the blade at a 90-degree angle. Move tool gently with light pressure and short strokes in a downward motion over the forehead, cheek, chin and nose areas. This will work to remove dead, dull skin cells and leave you with a brighter (and clearer) complexion!shop now
CATCH MORE ZZZ’S!
Poor sleep (or lack of sleep) can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. Go to bed early tonight and make getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye your last good skin move every day!
FIX YOUR FACE WASHING MISTAKES
We recommend cleansing your skin twice daily. Over washing can lead to irritation and loss of moisture but not cleansing enough can leave behind free radicals from the environment. Avoid hot water; lukewarm water is ideal for cleansing and rinsing. When drying your skin, pat gently with a towel as tugging and rubbing can damage your skin’s elasticity.
STOP PICKING YOUR SKIN!
Using fingers to pick at your skin can lead to scarring or infection. Remove those pesky blackheads and whiteheads safely (and hygienically) with our No-Slip Skincare Tool. The long, flat loop is specially designed to gently and flawlessly roll out mature whiteheads. The smaller, angled end is designed to effectively press out blackheads without damaging skin.shop now
Drink lots of water; at least eight 8 oz. glasses daily. Water is essential to maintaining optimum skin moisture and delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. Drinking water can also help delay the appearance of signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.
PRO TIP: Add some cucumber and lemon to your water to add flavor and extra detoxifying benefits!
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing is vital for a healthy complexion. It can help keep skin looking youthful, reduce the appearance of other blemishes and help combat overly dry or oily skin. Apply moisturizer once in the morning and once at night on cleansed skin.
We recommend using Murad’s Nutrient Charged Water Gel. This intensely hydrating oil-free water gel contains revolutionary Cumulative Hydration-Release Technology that instantly locks moisture to skin and increases retention for up to 5 days. A nutrient-charged blend of peptides, vitamins and minerals also strengthen the skin’s barrier for plump, smooth skin.
DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE MAKEUP BEFORE BED
Leaving makeup on overnight means it has the chance to seep into your pores, which can lead to breakouts, clogged pores and a dull complexion the following morning. So, before you hit the pillow tonight, make sure your face is makeup-free. Makeup removing towelettes are one of the easiest ways to remove your makeup but for those who love a good smoky eye, cleansing oil could also be a good option, since it’s nourishing (oily skin types can use cleansing oil, too).
You also want to make sure you are using a good cleanser after removing your makeup. The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad polishes away dullness and impurities with three exfoliating agents—Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Glycolic Acid - and Jojoba beads revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.
TAKE YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN ON THE GO
Treat your skin right when on-the-go with a portable set perfect for all your skincare needs. The Complexion Prep To Go Set includes smaller versions of our classic complexion tools to take with you when you travel or to keep handy in the office. For those who practically live in an airport, flights are known to dry out and negatively affect your skin – by having this essential kit, it’s easy to quickly touch up when you land or at your hotel!shop now
SANITIZE YOUR SMART PHONE
According to a Stanford University study, that phone you can't keep your hands off of can get more germ-infested than a public toilet. And guess what? All of those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away! To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes a few times a day for healthy skin.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NECK & CHEST
Most of us are guilty of stopping our skincare routine as soon as we hit our chin. And our neglected neck and chest take vengeance by wrinkling, sagging, and displaying dark spots that beg to be hidden by a turtleneck. Use the same products as you would on your face, but start lightly (every other day) when applying active ingredients like retinols or acids since they may cause some initial irritation.
PRO TIP: Apply products in a light upward motion to avoid dragging down the skin. We recommend the Murad Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Décolleté. This patented formula rapidly firms, evens tone and smoothes skin texture by diminishing sagging, crepey skin and wrinkles associated with the effects of hormonal aging on the neck and décolleté. Apply with the Bbuddy Blender Sponge for proper application!
EAT YOUR BROCCOLI
Step aside, oranges! Research shows that just a half cup of raw broccoli is loaded with 65 percent of your daily value of Vitamin C, aiding in collagen production and keeping your skin healthy and supple.
Find A Serum
Adding a serum to your skincare routine can make an enormous difference to how your skin looks and feels. Serums keep your skin hydrated without leaving that greasy residue we hate so much and provides treatment benefits like reducing fine lines and blocking damage from free radicals. For a serum that works, try the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum. This potent, yet gentle, formula quickly and visibly minimizes lines and deep wrinkles, firms, evens skin tone and boosts radiance for more vibrant, youthful-looking skin.
PRO TIP: Right after cleansing and toning, use a damp Bbuddy Blender Sponge to gently apply the serum to your face, neck and décolleté. Your skin will thank you later!
SWEAT IT OUT!
Exercise regularly. Running, jogging and yoga will give your body the necessary blood circulation, and accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body. Have you ever noticed that post-workout glow? Make sure to also clean your skin after exercising to avoid breakouts and clogged pores. Once your face is clean, follow up with a toner and then use a moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin.
CREATE HEALTHY HABITS
Take out time for yourself, and try to avoid stress as much as possible. Begin a hobby, meditate, take a personal day – or just do something you enjoy! Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you tend to break out more?