Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen is a set of skin creams that claim they will give you a dramatic reduction of spots on your skin in just 7 days. They tout products in Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen contain a doctor’s proprietary formula that are clinically proven to have spot-removing and skin lightening results comparable to professional in-office treatments.
Tell me more about Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen and how they say it works to reduce spots on my skin.
Ok, we will! Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen is essentially 3 different Murad skin treatment products combined into one sales package. They are all formulated by Dr. Howard Murad M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist, and Associate Clincial Professor of Medicine at UCLA. The Murad products included are listed as:
Murad Essential C-Cleanser: They state this gel cleans impurities on your skin and stimulates cell turnover.
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum: They list their product contains 2% Hydroquinone, which they tout is the highest amount available without a prescription and the “gold standard” for skin lightening. They add it also contains hexapeptide-2, which boosts the formula.
Essential C-Day Moisturizer: Said to be a revitalizing daily moisturizer that contains SPF 30 sunscreen.
Plus, with your initial order of Murad Lightening Regimen they include as a free gift:
Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum that improves brightness, clarity, and radiance by 60% in less than one week – at least that’s what the participants of a Murad-sponsored study reported.
Intensive C-Radiance Peel that they claim brightens, tones, smoothens, and hydrates your skin and you’ll see a radiant glow after one treatment (again, based on a study sponsored by Murad).
They do not specifically state the formula of any of their Lightening Regimen because they say it is proprietary. However, they tout that all active ingredients are approved by the FDA and they follow guidelines set up by CTFA, (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the CIR, (Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board).
They claim (according to an unnamed clinical study) if you follow a regimen of using their skin products twice daily for 6 weeks, you will have results similar to 2 IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments over 6 weeks. However, they boast if you use the Rapid Lightening Regimen, your spots and freckles will get 2 shades lighter in just one week. To prove this, they have several “Before” and “After” photos, which they claim are of real users who took their 7-day challenge.
Ok – give me the skinny on what it costs to use Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen on my face and skin.
Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen is promoting the above package of products in a 30-day supply that they will send to you with free shipping for $39.95.
However, if you don’t carefully read all the terms and conditions, you may not realize that you are also being enrolled in an auto-ship program.
- Approximately 30 days after this first order is shipped, you will be sent a 90-day Rapid Lightening Kit (which does not include the gifts) and billed $39.95 EVERY MONTH FOR THREE MONTHS (plus one shipping fee of $8.90) for a total of $128.75.
- Every 90 days, this billing and shipping pattern continues until you call and cancel.
- Murad customer service can be reached at (888) 786-8723
What is the money back guarantee on Murad Lightening Regimen products?
Murad offers a 60-day money back guarantee for your first shipment of Murad Rapid Lightening Regimen, which includes free return shipping. But remember, this guarantee starts from the date you purchased it, not when you started using it. (Still, they tell you that if you don’t see results within 7 days to send it back to them.)
If you decide to keep enrolled in the Murad Lightening Regimen 90-day program, subsequent shipments are also backed by a 60-day guarantee, minus shipping.
Bottom Line: Murad Lightening Regimen is likely effective, but expensive – know full price before you buy
Generally speaking, Murad products get good reviews from many different review sources. For example the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum averages 4 stars from over 1000 reviewers on Sephora. And while it is expected that their own website contains rave reviews, they do also appear to include low-rated reviews.
Hydroquinone is a common skin bleaching topical that is considered safe by the FDA. There is some controversy about the ingredient because it is banned in Europe; however, most dermatologists consider it both safe and effective so long as it is used in as instructed (you need a prescription for more than 2%); they also recommend a four-month on/four-month off cycle for added safety.
There are some cautions for people with sensitive skin and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use it. If you have a bad reaction, you should stop using it immediately and call your dermatologist if it is severe.
With all that said, there is little doubt that Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum will safely work to reduce spots and freckles on skin for many people. The other products may indeed work too, but you may want to consider alternatives if you are on a budget. You can get 2% hydroquinone at your local CVS that may be just as effective for your spots and the same goes with vitamin-C cleansers and creams.
If you are interested in Murad Lightening Regimen, we suggest ordering and trying their 7-day challenge. If you do not see the results they promised within that time frame, you’ll get all of your money back including return postage.
If you decide it does work for you, remember it’s going to be $39.95 per month for the package. You’ll get the best value if you remember to call customer service and ask them to pause your order every four months for four months.
We hope this helps you dissect the Murad Lightening Regimen and understand all the details. Let us know your experience below.
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