Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Healthy Food For Healthy Skin: The Recipe Roundup

If there’s something we love more than skin care (believe us, there are very few things that top the list), it’s food.

And while we’re willing to admit that yes, you should eat to live, mindful eating allow you to live to eat. We can be happy and healthy and have beautiful skin!

Here’s what’s on our anti-aging, skin-brightening menu this week:

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BREAKFAST

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(via Into the Gloss)

 

Persian Spiced Avocado-Pistachio Smoothie

Smoothies are often our breakfast go-to: they’re quick, they’re easy for those on the go, go, go, and they pack a punch. Not only does it have enough protein to keep you going until lunchtime, but it also gets you a serving of all the greens (and good stuff in the fridge) without you tasting a thing. Banana, kale, oats, almond butter, honey, and pomegranate seeds offer potent antioxidant, brightening, and smoothing benefits that give you – and your skin – a glowing boost.

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LUNCH

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(via Edible Perspective)

 

Strawberry Spring Salad with Lemon Roasted Chickpeas & Lemon Shallot Dressing

With salad as our go-to meal a good 80 percent of the time, we’re always on the hunt for a new combination to jazz things up a bit. This one is a year-round favorite: it’s bright, it’s colorful, and it’s chock full of all the good stuff. Strawberries, for some potent antioxidant Vitamin C; avocados for good-for-you fats to lend skin a dewy glow; baby spinach for wrinkle-fighting vitamins and minerals; and lemon juice for added detox benefits (and zingy zest!).

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(via Flourishing Foodie)

Arugula & Olive Salad with Roasted Almonds & Tomatoes

Sometimes we’re after a bit of kick – so rocket it is. Arugula is a super nutritious leafy green boasting incredible antioxidant strength (it has a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity); it is also rich in phytochemicals known to counter cancer-cell growth. Plus, it’s ranks right along kale as an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, and K. Toss in some fresh tomatoes and olives for even more Vitamin A and a skin-smoothing, anti-aging boost.

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DINNER

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(via Master Chef)

 

Seared Salmon with Sautéed White Beans & Bacon, in Basil Sauce

Are you drooling yet? We usually nix the bacon, but hey – sometimes a little indulgence is just what you need after a long week. The base of this meal is fresh salmon, which is rich in necessary omega-3 fatty acids that help balance skin to reduce acne and wrinkle-causing inflammation. White beans harbor great antioxidant value for skin-smoothing benefits, while basil boasts the ability to help beat blemishes and lower stress.

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(via Into the Gloss)

Baja Beach Tacos

This one has been a summer-long favorite, and still is now that the days are shorter and a bit colder (and we’re doing our grilling on the stovetop grill-pan!). In the spirit of keeping that late-night, outdoor grilling post-lazy beach day feeling, we’re keeping these Baja Beach Tacos on the menu until we get tired of them (we haven’t yet). What we love most is how easily customizable this recipe is: change the fish, add more or less of whatever seasoning and veggies you’re craving, etc. Make it yours! What’s given is the omega-3 fatty acids, skin-brightening and smoothing lutein, and other antioxidant-rich vegetables you’re bound to get from this meal.

October 29, 2014
by Jill
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MB Halloween Selfie Contest!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the spookiest #selfie of all?? We want to see! Tag your Halloween makeup looks on Instagram and Facebook with @mariobadescu and hashtag #MBTrickOrTreat and you’re entered to win all three products– the Eye Make-Up Remover Cream, Orange Tonic Mask, and Cucumber Make-Up Remover Cream. After all, how else are you going to remove all that makeup?

FIVE winners will be selected! We’ll announce the winners on Monday, November 3, 2014; participants from the US and Canada are eligible.
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October 27, 2014
by Jill
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Product Spotlight: Solutions For Extremely Dry Skin

extremely dry skinWhat’s the key to hydrating extremely dry skin? We’ve got you covered with super emollient night creams, seriously moisturizing serums, and daily hydrators with broad spectrum protection. Let’s get started!

Protein Night Cream
There’s no reason to wake up to dry, tight skin. Instead, use a night cream and experience a soft, smooth complexion to go with your a.m. cup of coffee. The Protein Night Cream is a rich, thick night cream in a line of night creams that is—let’s face it—super hydrating to begin with. (Seriously, no one need walk away from Mario Badescu Skin Care with dry skin.)

Dermonectin Eye Cream
This area is the first to show the signs of aging, and dry skin tends to exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. This eye cream offers moisture for extremely dry skin around the eyes with a special blend of Vegetable Oils and Coconut Oil.

Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20 
During the day, your moisturizer should provide broad spectrum protection from the sun’s damaging rays (which will only make dry skin worse). This daily moisturizer is an excellent choice for locking hydration into your complexion—it’s the one we recommend for extremely dry skin.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil
Dry, flaky patches of skin happen to the best of us. Rose Hips Extract has potent essential fatty acids to protect against dry skin and deliver necessary moisture to seriously dehydrated patches. Keep this insider secret on hand for when your skin experiences surface dehydration, and you’ll be prepared to quickly improve the texture of your complexion.

October 24, 2014
by Jill
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How To: Clear Up Cystic Acne On The Back, Chest, And Shoulders

acne on backI have a friend who, for years, refused to take his shirt off at the beach or the pool because he was self-conscious about the cystic acne on his back and chest.

As many of you have experienced, Cystic Acne can happen on different areas of your body, including your back, shoulders, and chest. These areas of inflamed, deep breakouts are often painful to the touch, making everyday activities uncomfortable; they can also affect your self-image.

It’s important to keep your hands away from the area and not try to ‘pop’ your cystic acne. This type of breakout is deeper in the skin, and no amount of force is going to speed up your recovery time. If anything, trying to pop an acne cyst will cause damage to healthy skin tissue.

You may also want to keep an eye on the foods you’re eating. Making choices that will help reduce inflammation (including foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants) can help protect the skin while having a calming effect. The opposite is also true, of course: foods that cause inflammation will not be helpful for cystic acne on the back or anywhere else on the face or body.

[Read more: 5 foods for beautiful, clear skin]

Another good choice is to stay away from the sun. Years ago, doctors prescribed sunlamp therapy for serious cases of acne. We now know that this is practice is both dangerous and ineffective, but the myth of an acne/tanning cure persists. And it’s just that—a myth. Any improvement in your acne after tanning is a temporary façade. The truth is that tanning is never good for your skin; it doesn’t help acne and it darkens acne scars.

Use products specifically developed for treating body acne:  the Special Cleansing Lotion O was designed to address body acne, including cystic acne. Use this after washing up with the AHA Botanical Body Soap.

Don’t be afraid to use products developed for face, too: the Drying Mask is an excellent choice for body acne. Additionally, our Buffering Lotion helps speed recovery times for cystic acne and can be used on the body as well as face.

Cystic acne on back

The Buffering Lotion was formulated to help heal Cystic Acne breakouts.

 

October 22, 2014
by Jill
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Q. When Should I Start Using A Skin Care Regimen?

skin care regimenA. If you’re not currently using a skin care regimen, the answer to this question is…right now. You should start using a regimen right away. 

Even if you haven’t taken care of your skin before, it’s never too late to achieve your skin care goals.

Allow me to explain.

A full regimen is actually fairly simple. We call this collection of skin care products the ‘sacred six,’ and it consists of the following:

Cleanser
Toner
Moisturizer
Eye Cream
Exfoliant
Mask

Here’s how you’ll use it:

  • Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. You may want to cleanse during the day if you’ve been sweating heavily. Also, using a moisturizer with a sun protection factor of at least 15 is essential during the day; at night, you will want to use a non-sunscreen moisturizer or night cream. Apply your eye cream.
  • Exfoliate between one to three times every week, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If your complexion isn’t at all sensitive, you can exfoliate three times; if it’s very sensitive, try exfoliating once a week. Exfoliation can either be done with a scrub or a chemical exfoliant (such as Glycolic Acid).
  • Use a mask twice a week to target your skin conditions, such as serious dryness or oiliness, acne, sensitivity, or the appearance of aging. The purpose of masks is to zero in on the issues you’d like to improve.

[Check out: a nightly skin care regimen for Combination-Oily skin]

It’s pretty simple. If you’re currently seeking a skin care system and just want to get your feet wet, start with cleanser, toner, and moisturizer and work your way up! A consistent routine is the very best way to get the skin that you’d like—whether you’re trying to clear up acne, prevent and fight the signs of aging, hydrate seriously dry skin, or control shine.

[Read: the perfect regimen for OILY skin]

As Mario Badescu would say… put your best face forward!