October 16, 2016
by Kimberly Yang

Which Serum Is Right For My Skin?

mario badescu best serum for skin guide

What is a serum, anyway?

Serums are highly concentrated formulas, specially designed with smaller molecules and without most fluids, waxes, and thickening agents. Hero ingredients (such as Collagen, Vitamin C, and Peptides) are thus able to absorb quickly and easily into skin, delivering fortified benefits (like enhanced moisture, additional nourishment, etc.) efficiently and effectively.

Do I need a serum?

A serum isn’t a necessity, per se—at least not like your cleanser or moisturizer is. (A friendly reminder: a basic regimen consists of a cleanser, toner, eye cream, moisturizer, mask, and exfoliant.)

Think of it this way: Serums, though an extra step, are the products that make a mile of a difference. They’re able to target specific concerns with more intensity, thanks to their advanced, potent formulas.

Which serum is right for my skin?


Targets: Dullness, discoloration, fine lines, uneven texture

What it does: Boosts radiance and retexturizes skin

Ideal for: All skin types (except acne-prone or acne-erupted skin)

Key ingredients: Vitamin C, Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ginseng, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Lavender Oil


Targets: Fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, loss of elasticity

What it does: Encourages firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin

Ideal for: Dry or mature skin types

Key ingredients: Peptides, Green Tea, Yarrow, Sage, Willow Bark, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Palmaria Palmata, Aloe Vera


Targets: Fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration

What it does: Plumps and smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles

Ideal for: Combination, Dry, or mature skin types

Key ingredients: Collagen, Elastin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bladderwrack Extract, Peptides, Vitamin E


Targets: Dehydration

What it does: Restores a natural, dewy glow with super lightweight, oil-free hydration

Ideal for: All skin types

Key ingredients: Ceramides, Ginseng, Ginkgo


Targets: Dryness, dullness

What it does: Revives and smooths dry patches

Ideal for: Combination or Dry skin

Key ingredients: Rose Hips Extract, Glycerin

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October 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: October Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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Leaves are falling. Halloween stores are setting up shop left and right. If you had any doubt (we’re still experiencing the odd warm-weather day in New York City, so it’s understandable), take a look around: Fall is officially in the air, ladies and gents. Dry air, inevitable chill, and all.

Sweaters may be out of storage, but skin is always in—which is why every October is all about maintaining balance as the seasons continue to shift. This is the perfect time to start easing those heavier, creamier moisturizers back into regimen while retiring lightweight formulas. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the skincare we’re into this month:

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion. Autumn air can leave skin tight, ashy, and dry—which is why it’s imperative you moisturize daily. This classic formula is a Badescu best-seller and fall favorite for men and women alike: it’s a rich, nourishing formula infused with Olive Oil to help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother, more radiant-looking skin.

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E. If you’re worried about feeling sticky or greasy post-hand cream application, don’t. Our Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, though creamy in texture, boasts a fast-absorbing formula that sinks in quickly for intense moisture sans the heavy residue. Antioxidant oils nourish dehydrated skin while smoothing the look of fine lines so your hands feel silky-soft, always.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. There’s never a time when we don’t want to glow, but if you need reasons, we got ‘em. Fall weather, personal heaters, and back-to-school stress tend to leave the complexion a little lackluster, which is where masking comes in. For an instant pick-me-up, (and 15-20 minutes of built-in TLC), apply our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask where your skin is looking dull, tired, or dehydrated.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. If there’s one product you need this season, it’s this. Unlike most facial oils, our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil boasts a lightweight yet moisture-intensive formula that helps revive and smooth dehydrated skin. Rose Hips Extract, a natural source of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C, brightens lackluster while hydrating any dry patches—revealing softer, more radiant skin.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap. It’s creamy, it’s fresh, it’s oil-free—making it the ideal cleanser for all skin types. It never leaves behind a residue, nor does it leave the skin feeling tight or dry. (Enzyme Cleansing Gel fans, you’ll love this face wash as a fall/winter alternative!)

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. This is the ideal, in-between-seasons toner. It’s a gentler alternative to an astringent (like our Cucumber Cleansing Lotion), but it still offers enhanced cleansing thanks to its Witch Hazel content.


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September 20, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Best Facial Cleanser for your Skin Type

When you think about it, facial cleanser is the foundation of your skin care regimen. Skin that is properly cleansed is primed and ready to receive the benefits of the rest of your daily skin routine, and choosing the right facial cleanser can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall condition of your skin.

Which Cleanser is right for your skin type

Which is right for your type?

I  know. With all of the options available deciding on a cleanser can seem a bit daunting so I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a cheat sheet! Here is a roundup of my favorite facial cleansers and the skin types that love them:


Acne Facial Cleanser– Skin types prone to congestion and breakouts will love this non-foaming gel-based cleanser. The gentle, yet effective, formula employs Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract to banish blemishes along with Aloe Vera and Chamomile to keep skin calm.


Good for Combo/Oily skin types

Best for Combo/Oily skin types

Try pairing it with Special Cleansing Lotion C


Enzyme Cleansing Gel– This non-foaming gel cleanser is wildly popular and consistently tops our list of best-sellers. Skin will feel equally clean and refreshed. I’ve even heard that this cleanser—and knowing that there is a carafe of cold brew in the fridge—is enough to get certain MB staffers out of bed in the morning.


Good for all skin types

Best for combination and oily skin types

Try pairing it with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion or Cucumber Cleansing Lotion


Seaweed Cleansing Soap– Do you feel like your skin is hard to please? Do oily skin cleansers make you feel dry, and mild cleansers lead to breakouts and congestion? This non-foaming cleanser is my favorite for what I’ve dubbed “tricky skin”. It thoroughly cleanses, rinses clean, and is somehow still gentle enough to leave skin feeling soft and not taut.


Good for all skin types

Best for Combo/Oily & Combo/dry skin types

Try pairing it with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion


Cucumber Cream Soap– Anyone who has dry and/or sensitive skin understands how using the wrong facial cleanser can seriously throw your skin off balance. This non-foaming cleanser gently cleanses without stripping skin of essential moisture. #MBSkinTip: If you wear makeup, use a remover prior to cleansing with an ultra-mild cleanser.


Good for all skin types

Best for dry skin

Try removing makeup prior to cleansing with Cucumber Makeup Remover Cream and toning with Aloe Vera Toner


Cleansing Milk with Carnation and Rice Oil– Some skin is so dry and sensitive that even cleansing with a gentle rinse-off cleanser is irritating. For those with ultra-sensitive skin this oil-based milk cleanser is a must. It will completely dissolve makeup and impurities so that they can be wiped away with a soft cotton pad. This cleanser is also great for those with dry skin types who would like to remove makeup and cleanse in one step.


Good for dry, sensitive skin

Best for dry, sensitive skin

Try pairing with Chamomile Cleansing Lotion


Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– You skin will be next-level clean with this supplemental, foaming, gel cleanser. Glycolic Acid works to gently dissolve dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cells and other impurities from the surface of the skin making this the perfect regimen booster. Use 1-2 times a week for Dry and Combo/Dry skin and 2-3 times a week for Combo/Oily and Oily skin types.

Good for all skin types

Best for all skin types

Pairs well with any toner that suits your skin type!


Is your current cleanser right for your type?

September 12, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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5 Tips: Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is easily one of the most sought after products in the line. Not only is it a favorite of our amazing loyal customers (hi!), but it has also earned space in the skin care collections of our favorite bloggers, YouTube beauty gurus, celebrities, and makeup artists. Even with all of the popularity that this item has gained, we are frequently asked how the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater should be used.

MBTravels Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Coney Island Brooklyn

Misting by the sea shore!

We totally get it, it hydrates, but isn’t a moisturizer, it tones, but isn’t a toner. So, how exactly do you use it? The answer to this question is that there are many ways to use our Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, and everyone that we know has their own favorite use. What most people agree on is that the more you use it, the better, because every use makes us feel refreshed and ready-to-go!

Here are five of our favorite ways to use Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater:

#1 Boost hydration by misting evenly to cleansed, toned skin. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#2 Mist Facial Spray as a final step after makeup application to give your makeup a natural dewy finish.

#3 Need a midday beauty reboot? Keep a bottle of Facial Spray handy to refresh your face and your mood!

#4 Use to moisten makeup brushes, sponges, or your Beauty Blender.

#5 Give your at-home facial a botanical boost! Liberally mist skin with Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater before applying your mask. Once your mask has set and is ready to be removed, mist

the face one more time. This will soften the mask in preparation for removal to help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on skin.


September 6, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Back-To-School Basics

Whether you’re headed back to school or just want a fresh start for the new season, clear out your medicine cabinet so you can get rid of the old, empty, and used. After all, September (a.k.a. Back-To-School) is all about returning to the basics. The goal isn’t to stir things up—we know seasonal changes and new beginnings can be stressful—it’s to go back to the tried-and-true favorites we trust. The result? You’re able to help your skin maintain balance and achieve healthier, clearer-looking skin.

To help you put your best face forward no matter what, keep these back-to-school basics in your skincare stash:

Mario Badescu Back to School Beauty BasicsEnzyme Cleansing Gel 

Perfect for all skin types, this refreshing face wash is infused with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and natural fruit enzymes (found in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts) to provide effective—but gentle—exfoliation. Dulling dead skin cells and pore-clogging oils are removed from the surface to ensure that your complexion looks and feels rejuvenated.

#MBSkinTip: Leave the cleanser on your skin for an extra minute or so to allow more time for the AHAs to work their magic. Then, massage the gel into your face once more before rinsing well with warm water.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

This cult-favorite facial mist is a must-have—so much so that we keep one at home and one in our backpack. To help wake up tired skin and boost hydration during those early mornings, we love a good spritz before we apply our moisturizer and after makeup application.

You can also revive dull or oily skin throughout the day—simply mist your face whenever, wherever.

#MBSkinTip: Keep one in your gym locker to help refresh your hair, face, and body.

Drying Lotion

Pesky problems seem to pop up when you least expect them to—or right before Picture Day (or a big meeting). Our solution? Nip it in the bud while you sleep. Simply dip a clean cotton swab into the pink sediment, dab the product directly on any surface blemishes, and go to sleep.

It’s that simple.

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