Beautiful, Badescu Skin

"Putting your best face forward."

February 26, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

Not a Morning Person? 6 Ways To Make Your Routine Easier

Sometimes it’s too cold to get out of bed. Sometimes you had a late night and physically can’t get up until it’s absolutely necessary. Sometimes it’s just too early to get through all the steps. 

But sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Get up, and put your best face forward.

morning personHitting snooze again might sound tempting, but trust: there’s nothing worse than rushing through your morning routine and feeling less than 100 percent to face the world. Haste makes waste, as the saying goes, and when you’re down to 10 minutes before you have to be out the door, something is bound to get sacrificed. Which will it be this time? Your hair or your outfit? Your breath (hopefully not!) or your face?

I’ll tell you this much from personal experience: there have been a few times where I’d given up my skincare regimen in favor of getting somewhere (classes) on time and I always regretted it. Few things are worse than feeling icky and self-conscious: is my face shiny? Can people see these dry spots on face? Will I have aged myself by x amount of years for not wearing my Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30 this morning?!

There’s a reason why I carry a travel-sized bottle of cleanser in my handbag with me at all times.

I’ve since learned to prioritize. I’m not a morning person by any means, but here’s how I make things easier:

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1. Turn off all electronics by 9 p.m. the night before.

Eight, if I’m feeling virtuous. I’ll be honest: going prehistoric (okay, sans electronics) is pretty difficult, but it makes a world of difference in (1) how fast you fall asleep (2) how well you sleep. There’s a science to it all, but I’ll keep it simple: light stimulates the brain and messes with your natural clock. Put your laptop to sleep, turn your tablets and gadgets off, and put your phone face down. Better yet – try the “Do Not Disturb” (the moon icon, for us Apple lovers) function. It’ll ensure you get through the night without interference.

After all, a morning can’t quite get off to a good start without proper rest.

What to do for the rest of the night you ask? Sleep – duh! But if you’re a night owl (like me), get out a book or magazine. Let’s do things the old-fashioned way.

2. Put your alarm (your phone, presumably) somewhere else not by your bed. We’re trying to break free of the ol’ hit-snooze-and-sleep routine.

You snooze, you lose.

How about keeping your phone across the room? It’s cruel (I know), but it works. Come morning, your alarm will be going off – seemingly louder and more annoying by the second – and you’ll be forced to get crawl out of bed and turn it off. And by the time you’re up and walking (or on all fours), you’ll be up. The worst is over. You’re up. Go get ready.

3. Plan the night before.

If you can’t tell, half the trick to becoming a morning person (or making mornings less chaotic) is getting stuff done the night before. Some things (like brushing your teeth, washing your face, doing hair/makeup if desired) just have to be done the day of; others don’t have to be. Get the latter done and you won’t be forced to prioritize or sacrifice anything. (Bad breath but presentable; polished makeup but paired with bedhead… we’ve all done it at some point.)

Lay out your outfit. Keep a clean mug for coffee or tea on the counter (alongside any necessities: French press, Keurig, tea bag, etc.). Pack your lunch. Double-check all necessary paperwork and other essentials are tucked into your bag.

4. Get rid of those blackout curtains.

Non-natural light when it’s dark out isn’t the best for your circadian rhythm. So, in that same note, man-made darkness isn’t good for your natural body clock, either.

Natural light is what tells the body when to sleep and when to wake up. You’ll find that it’s easier to rise when there’s natural light flooding the room… which makes shutting off that alarm that much easier.

5. Focus on refreshing your complexion.

In a rush? Keep your beauty regimen simple (but your hygiene routine intact: priorities!). When it comes to skincare, pick and choose what your skin needs most. A clean complexion is a must, but if you’re running out of time, just cleanse, moisturize, and go. Skip toner if you must.

No time for pulling your hair back or getting your face wet? We don’t suggest this for every morning, but when push comes to shove, dampen a cotton pad and cleanse using your toner before applying moisturizer. Toner can help give you the refreshing boost you need while getting rid of last night’s excess sebum.

6. Think about products that are double-duty.

Broad spectrum moisturizers mean you don’t have to apply moisturizer and sunscreen separately.

A dewy complexion is your go-to look, but if you’re running out of time, skip the extra steps where you apply a luminous primer and/or highlighter. Instead, give your complexion a few spritzes of our rosewater facial spray to help set makeup and impart a refreshed, radiant glow.

Bedhead looking a little more just-rolled-out-of-bed than je-ne-sais-quoi? Our Nucleic Hair Rinse not only helps condition locks, but also gives hair a smooth, sleek shine so that it looks a little more pretty and polished.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

What time-saving tricks do you rely on to help you look your best in no time at all?

February 25, 2015
by Jill

Let’s Talk: Laugh Lines

Casual Young WomanHave you heard about the woman who hasn’t smiled for 40 years in order to avoid laugh lines and other wrinkles? (Yes, this is a real news story.)

We don’t recommend forgoing laughter for the sake of your skin. In fact, we encourage laughter! Studies show that it boosts your immune system, relieves physical pain, and lowers stress levels. It may even help you to learn new information.

The downside? Laugh lines. More accurately known as nasolabial folds, we’re talking about those parenthesis-like lines that etch their way into the skin on either side of your mouth. These occur when the skin’s structural elements—like collagen and elastin—begin to weaken and deplete, causing the skin to loosen and crease. At the same time, levels of oil production and Hyaluronic Acid also decrease, making skin drier and causing wrinkles to be more apparent.

Here’s what you can do:

Peptides, peptides, peptides! Peptides work by helping to increase collagen production by directly communicating with skin cells. This addresses one of the major causes of skin wrinkling.

  [Read more: What are Peptides?]

Keep skin well hydrated. Using products that incorporate the missing elements in the skin—collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—is a smart idea. Skin that’s moisturized will look plumper, smoother, and more youthful.

Wear daily sun protection. We say this all the time for a really good reason.

Exfoliate. Removing the dead cells on the surface of the skin has two benefits:

  • Reveals fresher skin.
  • Boosts product penetration. For example, powerful peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid have a better shot of doing their jobs on properly exfoliated skin.

Change your diet. Studies show that excessive sugar consumption can actually cause wrinkles.

  [Read more: How sugar affects your skin]

Keep smiling. Laughter helps reduce stress, and reducing stress helps slow the aging process!

 [Learn More: The real reason stress causes wrinkles]


February 24, 2015
by Jill

How To Exfoliate When You Have Acne

Don't do this during an acne breakout.

Don’t do this during an acne breakout.

While proper exfoliation is essential for fighting acne, over-exfoliation (or exfoliating the wrong way) isn’t going to help you get clearer skin. Here’s how to exfoliate when you have acne:

  • Don’t use a granular scrub if you have current acne breakouts. You’ll risk tearing the skin and inviting further infection. Scrubbing is also a good way to irritate acne-prone skin, leading to redness.
  • Use a chemical exfoliant, such as Glycolic Acid, to chemically loosen the sticky bonds between dead skin cells and help slough away the outer layer of skin. Glcyolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid made from sugar cane. 
  • Don’t exfoliate every day. Those with sensitive skin should exfoliate 1-2 times each week (depending on tolerance levels), while everyone else can exfoliate 2-3 times per week. Get to know your skin and see what works for you.

    Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

    Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

February 23, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

Under-The-Radar: Skin Renewal Complex


WHO: Skin Renewal Complex

WHAT: Papaya Extract, Honey Extract, Peanut Oil

WHY: An anti-aging cream formulated to help improve skin’s texture and soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and minor discoloration, our Skin Renewal Complex does exactly what its name suggests: revitalize and renew the complexion.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids found naturally in Papaya Extract help smooth rough, uneven patches as anti-aging Vitamins A, D, and E help fight free radical damage. Antioxidant-rich Peanut Oil and Honey Extract further nourish and rejuvenate skin, giving drier skin types a revived, healthy glow.

HOW: Apply after cleansing and toning, apply the cream all over your face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. Perfect for daily use in the morning and/or evening.

February 22, 2015
by Jill
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A Trick For Perfect Sunless Tanner

self tannerIt’s easy to associate tans with warmth, but sunless tanner is a little different. You actually want your skin to be cool, not warm, before application of sunless tanners.

Here’s why: A lot of people think that applying a self-tanner right out of the shower is a good idea. However, this can encourage self-tanner to settle into your pores, making for a spotty, dirty-looking tan.

Instead, apply self tanner at room temperature. If you’ve just gotten out of the shower, use a hair dryer set on the ‘cool’ function to chill skin out OR stand in front of a fan (and have a Beyonce moment, if you’re so inclined!).

Other tips for the perfect sunless tan:

Did you know that Mario Badescu has an oil-free self tanner? Check it out!