Attaining and maintaining beautiful skin requires more than night creams, Botox cocktails and tutorials on how to use cosmetics.
True beauty comes from healthy habits, says Dr. Howard Murad of the namesake skin care line. "To me health and beauty are synonymous. When you're healthy, you're going to be more beautiful," he says.
Now he's taking that philosophy beyond the confines of his dermatology practice in El Segundo by offering an immersive weekend health retreat at the Parker Palm Springs in September.
The itinerary includes consultations with Murad, a Murad signature treatment and products to take home, but also sessions with a fitness expert and health practitioner, lectures, yoga, cooking class, art class and hiking.
It's all in keeping with his belief that to slow or potentially reverse aspects of the aging process requires a holistic approach.
"One of my favorite sayings is, 'I don't have any acne patients — I have patients who have acne.' So treating the patient first is actually more critical than treating the disease because everything is connected," Murad says. He tries to determine what's causing the acne, whether it could be stress, medication, hormones, a genetic predisposition or all combined.
At the retreat, guests will learn about proper nutrition to make cell membranes stronger.
They'll also exercise and de-stress as part of the doctor's beauty prescription.
"This retreat is about being thrilled and comfortable with who you are," Murad says. "Smiling, laughing and enjoying life makes you look happier — and better."
Murad Inclusive Health Weekend Retreat at the Parker Palm Springs, 4200 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Dates are Sept. 20-22; Registration closes Aug. 30. Single occupancy, $1,500; double occupancy, $2,400. Register online. For more information call: (800) 825-7651.