Renowned as the “father of internal skin care,” Dr. Howard Murad’s groundbreaking work and research during the past decade has centered on helping people cope with “cultural stress.”
“As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment,” said Dr. Murad. “The irony of technological advancement is that we are more digitally connected than ever before, yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. This has profound implications for our skin, health and ultimately happiness.”
In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin, according to Murad. Chronic stress, like that from cultural stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging.
Through the campaign, Murad hopes to use its brand expertise on the topic to empower people to connect by disconnecting, thereby taking action against their own form of cultural stress.
The endeavor includes an educational film created to raise awareness about the power of human connection. In addition, Murad is also launching a content hub (www.EyesUp.com) to educate people about digital dependence and social isolation, and asking people to take the EyesUp pledge. The in-depth resource will include new research, tips and tools for unlocking the power of human connection, and articles from expert contributors including neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre and the renowned research organization Sputnik Observatory, dedicated to the study of contemporary culture.
Further, Murad is unveiling an employee engagement program in which each employee is invited to take the EyesUp Diagnostic Quiz to measure their own levels of cultural stress and they will get a prescription for coping with their unique source of cultural stress. The firm has also installed EyesUp Digital Device Stations in each conference room to encourage device-free meetings and deeper connections with one another throughout the day, and set up “EyesUp Zones” throughout the office where employees are encouraged to talk with one another face-to-face over complimentary drinks and water-rich fruits and snacks.