Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF30 PA+++ is marketed as an ultra-light, fast absorbing moisturizer that provides hydration while reducing the early signs of aging and fighting breakouts. It sounded perfect for me. A light AM moisturizer with SPF that won’t cause breakouts was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to its claims.
There are definitely some good things about this daytime moisturizer. The SPF30 is provided by a series of chemical sunscreens, so your skin will be well protected from sun damage. It also contains various vitamins and antioxidants to help prevent and correct sun damage and preserve a youthful-looking complexion.
But now the not-so-good things…
First of all, it wasn’t all that light. I would still call it a lotion. But to call it ultra-light is a bit of a stretch. It was actually pretty heavy for a lotion. If that was the only issue, it wouldn’t be a big deal. The texture was fine, and it absorbed ok. It left a bit of a sheen, but nothing a bit of makeup and setting powder wouldn’t fix.
Second of all, it claims to fight breakouts. However, it doesn’t actually contain any acne-fighting ingredients. Far down the ingredients list is a bit of Tea Tree Oil, which could maybe help a bit. But there likely isn’t enough to do much. I also didn’t consider this to be a big deal. As long as my morning sunscreen doesn’t cause breakouts … except that it did cause breakouts.
After using this for a few weeks, I started to break out on my lower cheeks and around my chin. This is usually where I break out when I’m allergic to something in one of my skincare products. After a few days off from using this, they started to clear up. So I can be confident this was the problem.
There are a couple ingredients that could have been the culprit. One is the fragrance. I had hoped it wouldn’t be an issue, since I have had success with other Murad products in the past. I’m inclined to believe the fragrance wasn’t the whole problem, since fragrance usually breaks me out mid-cheek rather than around my chin. The urea could have also caused the problem. I haven’t really noticed a correlation between products containing urea and allergic reactions in the past, but urea is known to be a potential irritant and can cause contact dermatitis in some people. It could also have been the “Oil Control Complex”. Almost every time I have tested a product that claimed to actually control oil, I’ve broken out. These types of ingredients always seem to cause problems for me. I don’t know why, but they do. I probably should have known better.
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyester-8, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Zinc Gluconate, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance.
So I can’t really recommend this to anyone who is sensitive or breakout prone. But if your skin is normal to combination or oily and you aren’t prone to breakouts, then you might like this. However, don’t expect it to control breakouts. The best it can possibly do is not cause additional breakouts (although that obviously wasn’t the case for me).