I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Dr. Howard Murad, the famed doctor behind the Murad skincare line, and his team of brilliant technicians. Did I go in to get my face dealt with? Sorta, but there’s more to a visit to the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Spa. Dr. Murad has a program that’s called “Inclusive health” where he or one of his Inclusive Health Practitioners sits down with you to discuss your emotional health, your cellular health and also your skincare concerns. Dr. Murad believes, and I highly agree, that external beauty stems from internal health. So if your cells aren’t well-hydrated, your skin will reflect that. Or if you’re stressed or unhappy at work, that will also take a toll on external beauty.
After taking a series of tests, you get an MIHI (Murad Inclusive Health Index) – mine was 76, which I was told was the highest of the day! Hurrah! I’m healthy and happy! (I asked if I get my photo on the wall – the doctor laughed, so I guess not.) I also learned that drinking water is not the best way to rehydrate cells – the molecules in drinking water are too big to penetrate cells. What you need to do is get water from food – mostly fruits and vegetables.
After the consultation, patients have the option of starting a 10-week plan to address their concerns, be it weight loss, cellulite reduction, acne relief or aging skin restoration. My specialist, Julietta, had an amazing, warm energy about her. She was very supportive and professional (so if you’re in the L.A.-area, I recommend booking an appointment with her!). She gave me some supplements to take daily to help my cells build up their walls and rehydrate.
The next part of my visit to the Murad space in Manhattan Beach was a Visio scan. This is where you put your face up to a scanner and it does a Complexion Analysis. (You know the photos where you see someone’s UV damage – it was one of those and I’ve always wanted to try it.) Overall, my skin was in pretty good shape, except for UV damage, which I’ll blame on my childhood, when I’d run around without sunblock on. They even scan the amount of bacteria on your face! (ew, right!?) I had practically no bacteria on my face, thankfully. (Photo at left) From this Visio scan, the specialist can determine what your skincare needs are more accurately – if you had a high amount of bacteria, then you would get anti-acne products. (Bacteria are what cause acne!) They also noticed that I have some under-eye wrinkles forming (EGAD!) so they gave me a strong under-eye wrinkle cream to start using, which I will!
So this isn’t the cheapest experience, but it’s well worth it. A one-hour consultation starts at $150 and the subsequent 10-week program starts at $410. Murad has locations around the country, so check it out when you’re ready to pursue beauty from the inside out. You might just learn a little about yourself and what will bring you happiness in the process – I did.