June 19, 2013
by Kimberly Yang
June 19, 2013
by Kimberly Yang
June 18, 2013
by Sara Kosmyna
Welcome to the time of year oily guys and girls dread most. The transition from spring to summer often leaves oily complexions shiny and out of control. It’s important to know how to stop oily skin before it gets out of hand Luckily, with the right tools you can look and feel your most confident every day of the year.
If your skin is oily, it’s important to get your skincare regimen off to the right start. Deep cleaning your skin with a gel cleanser formulated for oily skin twice a day will help to remove excess sebum (oil) from the surface. Botanical Facial Gel is a great choice for combating intense oiliness without drying the skin. Designed with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, this refreshing cleanser removes makeup, dirt and oil.
To combat dull skin and congested pores, it’s important to exfoliate regularly. Those who do not exfoliate are more likely to suffer from acne because bacteria, dirt and oil can get trapped under dead skin cells, thereby creating the perfect breeding ground on the skin’s surface. To gently exfoliate, oily skin types can use Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times per week, in place of their regular cleanser.
The second step after a quality cleanse is applying astringent or toner. When done both morning and night, this step helps to remove any leftover oil, dirt or cleanser from the face and neck. Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is formulated to be an effective yet gentle toner that removes excess oil and soothes the skin with cucumber extract.
Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin is the go-to product for hydrating oily skin without leaving a greasy film or texture. This soothing blend is ideal for oily skin and those who experience acne regularly, as it’s designed not to contribute to breakouts. It can be used morning and night after cleansing and toning for best results.
Frequently, excessive oil leads to breakouts, and that’s when the Drying Mask steps in. This sulfur-based formulation helps to dry up existing pimples, promoting clear, unblemished skin. Excessively oily, blemish-prone skin actively experiencing moderate to severe breakouts can use this mask up to three times per week. May be used on top of Special Healing Powder to help control oil. Alternate with the Healing and Soothing Mask. For those who are acne prone, with only occasional or minor breakouts, the Flower & Tonic Mask is another great option.
When it comes to oily skin, all masks aren’t created equal. For those who have especially active t-zones, the Special Mask for Oily Skin helps to combat extra shine. Used as a treatment up to three times per week, this clay-based mask helps to absorb oil and control surface build-up.
Diminish surface shine effortlessly with a dusting of the Special Healing Powder. Simply sprinkle some of the powder onto a soft brush and apply to areas of the face that have excess oil. As a bonus, this powder can be used with loose foundation to enhance its oil control.
While you yearn for that perfectly matte finish of skin, with just the right amount of dewiness, try to remember that there’s something especially beautiful and charming about having a gorgeous glow that comes from within.
June 17, 2013
by Sara Kosmyna
A refreshing treat for the skin!
Grapefruit has long been hailed for its benefits when used in skincare. Since this natural ingredient has the ability to tone the skin and it works great for oily and acne-prone complexions, grapefruit extract has become a staple ingredient in many skincare preparations aimed at balancing the skin. This eye-catching superfruit is a source of Vitamin C and many other important nutrients.
Since our line is built on a strong foundation of natural ingredients, many of our products include Grapefruit Extract, which also acts as a gentle exfoliant. Give your skin the benefits of this citrusy ingredient with one of the products below!
Surface debris and impurities can be lightly rinsed away with Enzyme Cleansing Gel. This botanical infusion swiftly takes care of dirt, oil and makeup while gently exfoliating with Papaya and Citrus extracts.
If your skin is Combination, Dry or Sensitive, turn to our alcohol-free Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion to soothe the skin with Aloe and Seaweed while breaking down the gunk in clogged pores.
Glycolic Acid Toner is the answer for Dry or Sensitive skin types that are worried about wrinkles and pigmentation. This refreshing alcohol-free toner can be used twice daily after cleansing to aid in remove dulling build-up and surface residue.
Enzyme Protective Cream is a rejuvenating treat for Combination, Dry or Sensitive skin types during cold weather. This lightweight protective cream goes on smooth and absorbs easily to soften and smooth.
Revive congested skin with a layer of Glycolic Gel. This miracle in a bottle is just what you need to minimize rough skin texture and the appearance of dull, lackluster skin and blackheads.
If you’ve never tried Alpha Hydroxy Acids before, get ready to fall in love. Our hydrating Enzyme Revitalizing Mask leaves Combination, Dry or Sensitive skin types looking and feeling soft, luminous and nurtured!
A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap is an enriching blend of Oat Protein and fruit extracts making it the perfect body cleanser for all skin types–even those with sensitivities, dryness and problem skin.
Achieve the clean and invigorated body you deserve with the Citrus Body Cleanser. This body wash is made with Orange and Grapefruit extracts to gently clean and whisk away dirt and impurities, leaving your skin feeling fresh
Now, which of these grapefruit infused goodies are you going to try?
June 14, 2013
Did you know that Mario Badescu Skin Care also offers hair products? Here are my two favorites– the Henna & Seamollient Shampoo (which enhances natural highlights and leaves hair clean and shiny) and the Hair Rinsing Conditioner (a completely genius conditioner which feels deceptively light, yet makes the hair super soft, shiny and lovely!).
It’s time to try this shampoo/conditioner set! Please comment on the blog below and we’ll randomly select one of you to win the Henna & Seamollient Shampoo and Hair Rinsing Conditioner!*
*Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada and runs from June 14-16, 2013. Winner will be announced Monday, June 17 and will be contacted privately via email.
June 13, 2013
Here’s an interesting fact: the earliest recorded skincare recipe in the East belonged to the renowned beauty and concubine Zhang Lihua, who made a facial cream with egg-white and powdered vermillion around 553-604.
Fifteen hundred years later, we’re still using egg albumin in skin care. The Temporary Lifting Mask works exactly as you think it would (and as we suspect it worked for Zhang Lihua), by tightening the appearance of pores and lifting the skin.
Fast forward to the Tang Dynasty of the 700s and you’ll find Yang Guifei (known as the fragrant concubine), the most influential and powerful concubine of her time. Her power over the ruling Tang Emperor helped secure high government appointments for her family and her face has gone down in history as the ‘face that puts flowers to shame.’
She had a little help from some excellent skin care practices. We know that she cleansed with a combination of almond and honey to soften and smooth her skin. We can’t help but think how much easier it would have been if she could have simply popped online and ordered a jar of Almond & Honey Face Scrub. Since she also bathed in milk, she’d probably check out the Buttermilk Moisturizer as well.
The conclusion to this little history lesson is this: natural ingredients have always been the very best for your skin. That was true over a thousand years ago and it’s still true. The more we travel the world and explore the secrets of the past, the more we realize how amazing it is to find these very same ingredients in our medicine cabinets.