Murad: travelling light but beautifully

Murad Discovery KitsSo, Cannes was an experience. Not wholly a bad one (the 30 degree temperatures wear you down after a while) but leaving Scrip and my husband for a week was very tough. I can honestly say I’ve never been so excited to leave a beautiful, sunny country behind me and head home. And the first cuddles at Heathrow were lovely.

I’m pleased to say the weather here hasn’t disappointed and we’ve had a lovely few days as a backdrop to my welcome home. That also means that I’ve kept my suncream with me, rolled out all the sundresses and also carried on using the travel beauty kit I’ve been trying out from Murad (one of my favourite brands). I tried out the Smooth and Soften Discovery Kit and there’s also a Youthful You or Balance and Protect: all available from Marks & Spencer for £10.

Each of the products is in a small, holiday size and they come in a neat little case. It’s also transparent and zippable so perfect for airport security checks (although I couldn’t fit my clunky electric toothbrush in as well).

The idea is that, as well as a host of Murad products, each of the three travel sets includes a Murad day cream with broad-spectrum protection; which means you’re protected from both the UVA (ageing) rays and UVB (burning) rays. They also feature MuraSol™: a blend of antioxidants which penetrate the skin deeply, defusing the free radical aging damage from UV rays.

Everyone remembers to pack sunscreen on holiday (or can at least pick it up last minute at the airport) but it’s the accidental damage from being outside before you’ve slathered on the factor 30 that the day cream helps protect.

You can choose from balancing oily skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles soft and smooth, and firming up skin. I thought they were good value (especially when you see how much the products are usually worth). I particularly loved the glow the Sheer Lustre Day Moisturiser gave me and found the products a handy size for a week’s holiday or so – not necessarily much longer. All I need is another week in the sun now. This time with Scrip and my husband there too.

More details:

Smooth and Soften Travel Kit (worth £25)

  • Tackles fine lines and wrinkles.
  • AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (30ml)
  • Complete Reform (3.7ml)
  • Time Release Retinol Concentrate (0.9ml)
  • Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 PA +++ (7.5ml)

Youthful You Travel Kit (worth £27)

  • Firms and brightens skin.
  • Renewing Cleansing Cream (45ml)
  • Age-Diffusing Serum (3.7ml)
  • Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 PA +++ (7.5ml)

Balance and Protect Travel Kit (worth £15)

  • Balances oily, blemish-prone skin.
  • Clarifying Wipes (x5)
  • Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA ++ (10ml)
  • Skin Perfecting Primer (5ml)

Available from Marks and Spencer stores and online at

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