October 1, 2015
by Jill

Using A Tissue-Off Cleanser For Chronic Dry Skin

chronic dry skin

chronic dry skinI have so many memories of my grandmother using a face cream to wipe her makeup off at the end of the day. Her skin was always so soft and smelled so lovely.

Tissue-off cleansers are still a really good option for skin that’s very dry and sensitive. While we definitely don’t consider our wash-off cleansers harsh or stripping, they can be if your skin is really dry, delicate, or sensitive.

If you think this might be the best option for you, check out the Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. It’s a creamy, tissue-off formula that cleanses chronic dry skin without leaving it parched. In fact, it helps to hydrate and soften.

You can use it with this toner: Chamomile Cleansing Lotion

September 30, 2015
by Jill

Let’s Talk: Pockmarks

pockmarkspockmarksA ‘pockmark’ is a term sometimes used to describe pitted, depressed scars left in the skin after an infection (such as acne or chicken pox).

Generally speaking, pockmarks are best treated by a dermatologist using various techniques, including lasers, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and/or fillers. HOWEVER, you can most certainly help the process along at home.

How? By using products that help speed up cellular turnover, particularly Glycolic Acid. If you’re interested, you could incorporate a toner into your routine that includes this powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Our Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion is a good choice if your skin is also oily or combination/oily. It uses Glycolic Acid and exfoliating Citrus Extracts to exfoliate.

Here are a few other MB faves that contain Glycolic Acid.

September 25, 2015
by Jill

Would You Ever? Eating Clay For Better Skin

eating clay

Here’s an interesting trend. Some people are eating clay for better health (and better skin). Because clay has detoxifying properties, the idea is to use it to draw out anything negative within the body.

We haven’t tried this trend, some swear by it but something about it makes us nervous. We’d probably ask a doctor before making a clay smoothie, and suggest you do the same. Don’t misunderstand us, we are big advocates of the beautifying powers of clay here at Mario Badescu.

In fact, we use it directly on our skin. It has the amazing ability to absorb unwanted oil from clogged pores, which is why we include Kaolin Clay in so many of our products for oilier or acne-prone skin types.

If you’re interested in this natural oil-absorber, you might want to try the Flower & Tonic Mask, which is a mask we recommend to a lot of different people with varying levels of oily skin, combination/oily skin, and acne.


September 24, 2015
by Jill

Powder BEFORE Foundation?

powder before foundation

Does your foundation ever get a little funky by the end of the day? Mine used to wear off by 5pm every afternoon, even with a dusting of powder—especially in my somewhat oily T-zone.

powder before foundationThat’s when I discovered, like many of you have, the concept of applying powder before foundation. Have you tried it yet? The theory behind it is that it helps you use less liquid foundation while getting more coverage, and that your makeup will last longer.

Even better than traditional powder, though, is our Special Healing Powder. It will simultaneously tone down redness while absorbing excess oil.

After you apply your moisturizer and primer (if you’re using a primer), wait a few minutes for these to absorb. Then, dust a light coating of the Special Healing Powder on your skin. Proceed as usual with your foundation application.

[P.S., makeup artists LOVE this moisturizer for under makeup]

September 22, 2015
by Jill
Comments Off on Do You Have ‘Bad Skin’?

Do You Have ‘Bad Skin’?

bad skinDo you think you have ‘bad skin?’ I’ve heard this phrase used a lot. Bad skin. What does it mean? Acne-prone skin? A scarred complexion? Aging skin?

There’s no reason to walk around feeling like your skin is not good. There are simply too many really effective solutions out there for pretty much every skin issue. I really believe that excellent skin care can change lives.

This is the reason I became an esthetician—to help people. Also, because there was a time when I, too, felt that I had ‘bad skin.’ I know what that feels like.

Okay, let’s talk solutions. Here’s what we can do: