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You know those women who have skin so perfect and refined that it appears poreless? I’m not one of them. My pores are out there for everyone to see, regardless of the products or skin care regimens I’ve tried. My goal is simple: minimize the appearance of my pores by keeping them clear and unclogged. So when TIA asked me to review Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil for Face, Eyes, and Lips ($32), I paused. A bad flashback to the past came to mind, with giant pores and a dash of acne thrown in. Imagine a strawberry with all those little indentations and seeds—that’s what my face can look like at its worst. Ugh! At the same time, with dry autumn weather arriving in the Northeast, I thought it might be a good time to try this product which claims to ease dryness and restore suppleness. Bottom line, I’m glad I took the leap of faith. Left to my own devices, I would never have tried this great product.
Using Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil is a cinch. Simply dampen your hands, squeeze a liberal amount of oil onto your hands, and then massage onto a dry face for 30-60 seconds. You can even rub it you’re your lashes and brows to remove makeup. When finished, rinse your face and pat dry. I expected my skin to feel slick and oily after each use, but it wasn’t. It felt soft and moisturized. There was a slightly oily residue left behind, but it only takes about five minutes to soak in the rest of the way. After this soak in period, I apply my favorite serums and so forth.
Following the directions which indicate “use as needed,” I found myself using this cleanser two to three times a week with one exception. During an unseasonably warm and humid week, I used it only once. I felt like my skin didn’t need as much hydration in the humidity. I especially enjoy using Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil after a night out. It removes all of my makeup, including eye makeup, and leaves my skin feeling nice and supple. When I wake up in the morning it still feels smooth, soft, and hydrated. So what makes this oil cleanser, which is part of Murad’s Resurgence anti-aging product line, work well even on a skin type like mine? It contains a blend of natural botanical oils including soybean, jojoba, licorice, grapeseed, sweet almond, and pomegranate seed oil (punica granatum seed oil). Together, they work a little miracle, leaving skin feeling soft and supple, not slippery or greasy.
Soybean oil, the first listed ingredient, has a molecular structure small enough to penetrate the epidermis, thus moisturizing below the skin’s surface to help reduce the appearance of lines/wrinkles. It’s also supposed to help reduce blotchiness/discoloration.
The second listed ingredient, caprylic/capric triglyceride, is actually a mixed triester (a compound containing three ester groups) derived from coconut oil and glycerin. As an emollient, it quickly penetrates the surface to condition the skin and provides a lightweight and non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
There are a variety of skin care claims surrounding jojoba oil, which is actually a liquid wax, but Murad sticks with saying it helps improve dry, cracked skin, along with the licorice oil. Pomegranate seed oil has antioxidant properties and also adds moisture to improve aging skin. Grapeseed oil is a light moisturizer known for nourishing skin without turning it greasy.
Happily, Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil for Face, Eyes, and Lips didn’t result in clogged pores, my biggest fear, and left my skin feeling great. Personally, I enjoy the feel of squeaky clean skin, so I would never replace my regular cleansing and toning system with this product, but using it a few times a week, especially in fall/dry weather season, is a nice balance. I’ll keep it as part of my regimen. It works as advertised for me.
Ingredients in Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil for Face, Eyes, and Lips: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-8, Polybutene (Isobutylene/ Butene Copolymer), Polysorbate 20, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, PPG -15 Stearyl Ether, Isostearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis ( Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dipotassium, Glycyrrhizinate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Linalool, D-Limonene, Citral, Citronellol