Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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April 22, 2014
by Lee Ann

The Best Way To Exfoliate For Bright, Glowing Skin

It is crucial to exfoliate on a regular basis to help speed up the skin’s natural cellular turnover (which slows as we age). A lack of exfoliation leads to a buildup of dead skin cells, which may yield one or more of the following: dull, dry, or flaky skin, acne breakouts, clogged pores, and uneven skin tone.

chemical exfoliation

For skin that glows…

There are two ways to exfoliate: mechanically and chemically. Mechanical exfoliation involves physically removing dead skin cells, often with a scrub.

Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves a process using an acid such as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid). Alpha Hydroxy Acids are best for sun-damaged skin, uneven complexion, and dryness, while Salicylic Acid is best for breakouts and congestion. However, both both Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids help address clogged pores.

Wondering if you can incorporate both physical and chemical exfoliation into your regimen?

(Read more: What really happens when you don’t exfoliate)

For most skin types (with the exception of inflamed or severe acne—in which case, face scrubs should be avoided) the answer is yes. The goal is to get the best out of each method without over-exfoliating. Here are a few suggestions for each skin type:

Combination/Oily or Oily Skin Types should exfoliate two to three times a week. If your skin falls under this category,  use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid once or twice a week (the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is a good choice) and use a face scrub once a week (or vice-versa).

Combination/Dry or Dry Skin Types should exfoliate once or twice a week. If you have skin that is dry or on the dry side, you can use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser in place of your daily cleanser (i.e., Seaweed Cleansing Soap) once a week and use a face scrub once a week, or use the Glycolic Acid Toner daily and a face scrub once a week.

Oily/Acne-Prone Skin responds best to products that contain Salicylic Acid, such as our Acne Facial Cleanser (which is gentle enough to use daily) and Anti-Acne Serum.

Reveal your best complexion yet by exfoliating the best way for your skin type!


April 21, 2014
by Lee Ann

Product Spotlight: Acne Repair Kit

For many of us, warmer weather means more acne. This year, we’re preparing early with the Acne Repair Kit

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You never know when life will hand you lemons. Sometimes those ‘lemons’ are breakouts and we have to be fully equipped to handle an acne eruption if it strikes.

The Acne Repair Kit is the triple threat of acne treatment because it’s fully loaded with three superstar spot treatments that are prepared to help fight blemishes—whether acute, sudden breakouts or chronic, stubborn acne—that just don’t belong on your face.

(VIDEO: How to prevent acne breakouts)

The kit includes:

the Drying Lotion, to help shrink or eliminate whiteheads rapidly;

Drying Cream, to help address small red or flesh colored bumpy breakouts at the surface or right beneath; and

the Buffering Lotion, to help fight cystic acne.

Want to know how to get rid of acne? Be at-the-ready to fight breakouts when they happen!

April 19, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Samples: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Whether you’re a sample hoarder or just happen to accumulate a small fortune thanks to generous salespeople and fortuitous beauty purchases, don’t toss those samples! Here’s how to get the most out of ‘em!

BUT FIRST: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that you can try samples of Mario Badescu, too. If you haven’t already, take our online skin analysis. We’ll create a regimen customized for your skin based on your responses to the analysis questions, and you’ll receive samples that are just right for you!

  • Perfume samples are so adorable, aren’t they? They’re meant to be used as testers – so obviously use them as such – but after I’ve taken a whiff and decided which ones were a definitive “no” (and later given to someone else who might enjoy them), I divvy up the ones I do enjoy and keep them in handbags, clutches, and toiletries bags. You never know when you’re in need of a spritz, so finding a tiny vial of your favorite fragrance is kind of striking a gold mine.
  • Foundation, concealer, BB creams, oh my! I’m not a big base person, but if the sample shade is a fit, I always keep a packette in my wallet, gym/dance bag, travel makeup pouch, and work desk.
  • Shampoos, conditioners, styling product packettes are a jet-setters best friend. Also perfect for sleepovers or weekend getaways, because they nix any and all hassle that comes with packing potentially leaky bottles, meeting TSA requirements, and the devastation that may occur when your Holy Grail hair products get lost/damaged mid-travel.
    (Read: You need to check out this hair conditioner)
  • Lipstick samples are ideal to stash in your clutch for any busy day that calls for a day-to-night quick-change. No bulky lipstick bullets needed (your overstuffed evening bags will thank you; plus, when do we ladies ever reapply on a good night out?) – just hop into the nearest powder room, pop open a sample, apply with your finger, et voila! Instant glam and a pick-me-up all in one.
  • Skincare samples are made for travel. They’re usually a bit more generous in size – lasting anywhere from a weekend to a week, even – and like your hair goodies, save on precious space, heartache (delicate glass bottles! Leaking favorites! Etc.!), and frustration when TSA goes through your belongings. If you have sensitive skin, we highly advise that you stick to samples of brand favorites (experimentation can be a bit risky). And save those adorable jars and bottles! Recycling’s good for the soil and soul, plus, sample packages meet pesky air travel constraints. Simply give the empties a good clean and re-fill with your all-time favorites for the next trip. I’ve been reusing my MB sample bottles and friends never fail to marvel at just how adorable my minis look lined up at the hotel/host/hostess’ bathroom counter.
    • Quick Tip #1: I keep a sample of the Summer Shine Body Lotion with me at all times. Who doesn’t love glow? Better yet, who doesn’t love summer (and smelling like vacation, too)? There have been many-a-times when exposed collarbones, bare shoulders, or legs have been beautified because of this savior.
    • (Unconventional) Quick Tip #2: I’ve been known to tote around a mini of the Enzyme Cleansing Gel because of my 16-hour days. Morning rehearsals, to work and/or class, to more rehearsals – the skincare gods only know of how desperate I am for refresher in between it all. The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is lovely for an instant pick-me-up, but there’s no better feeling than the one you get post-cleanse, #amirite?
  • And if you’re really the queen of samples, know that giving’s good for the soul. No occasion needed: just curate a set of beauty things you know your friend(s) would love or have been dying to try, stick it in a cute/quirky mug, toss in a few chocolates, and wrap it up in pretty cellophane. Why not?

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How do YOU use your samples?

Take our skincare quiz and get three FREE samples with any order!

April 18, 2014
by Jill
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QUIZ: Tanning And Your Skin

When it comes to tanning, it’s imperative to know the truth—both for your health and your appearance. Test your knowledge with this tanning quiz: 

1. Tanning darkens the skin, thereby masking the appearance of acne.


(Read: The shocking truth about Hyperpigmentation)

2. Pale skin looks terrible in the summer.


3. It’s important to get a ‘base tan’ before exposing your skin to serious rays.


4. Tanning treats acne by drying out existing blemishes and preventing new ones.


(Read: What to eat if you have acne)

5. Freckles are cute


6. Darker skin tones don’t need to wear sun protection



We hate to admit it, but this statement is true—TEMPORARILY. Spend the day on the beach and you’ll have a fun night out looking glowing and bronze. But what happens the next day? The next week? Worse—what happens years from now?

First, it’s likely your skin will break out in response to your ‘tan.’ The term ‘tan’ is actually synonymous with ‘sun damage.’ This type of damage also dries out the skin, forcing it to produce more oil and potentially cause additional acne. Second, you’ll start to notice that acne scars and other discolorations have darkened. Over time, virtually every bit of sun damage you’ve accumulated will start to show on your skin year-round in the form of permanent hyperpigmentation.

(Read: 5 tips for acne scars)

Okay, this one is a little subjective. However, we believe that all skin tones are beautiful, no matter where you are or what time of year it is. All skin tones, when properly cared for all year ‘round, will look beautiful twelve months of the year.

Tanning is never recommended; the sun is the number one cause of aging and can lead to serious (even fatal) types of skin cancers. However, if you’re going to do the worst possible thing to your skin anyway, exposing winter-sheltered skin to serious sun without preparation may be a bad idea. In fact, a ‘base tan’ may provide your skin with protection equivalent to an SPF of 2 or 3. IF you’re going to do this, remember that you’ll still need a higher SPF when you go outdoors to tan. (Have we mentioned what a  bad idea it is to purposely ‘tan?’)

Tanning masks red areas and dries the surface of the skin, making it appear as though it is treating acne. However, any type of irritation can aggravate acne, and drying out the skin this way may cause even more acne. Worse, ongoing skin damage from tanning can make the skin thicken over time, making it even more difficult to deep-clean the skin.

Freckles are adorable! Freckles are normally the result of your genetic background. However, sun damage can cause freckles to darken; those with freckles tend to have a lower concentration of melanin and thus are more vulnerable to the effects of UV radiation. Be sure to keep the skin well protected if you are freckle-prone.

Darker skin contains more melanin, offering it a bit more protection against aging and skin cancer when compared with paler skin tones. However, it is possible for all skin tones to experience skin cancer and sunburns. Exposure to excessive sun can also darken hyperpigmentation and cause aging in darker skin tones. The lesson here? Everyone needs sun protection every day.