T   G   I   F   !

The acronym says it all. There’s nothing more satisfying (and equally torturous) than waking up with knowledge that it’s Friday (TGIF!) only to realize that there’s still the remainder of Friday before it’s actually the weekend. Trust. We know the feeling all too well – counting down the hours, minutes, seconds before clocking out, heading home, doing last minute chores and finally relaxing.

While we’ve produced skin miracles (our customers’ words!), we haven’t the ability to  make Fridays whiz by. If we could, we would have done that a looong time ago. However, we do have little tips and tricks for making those last 9 – 5 hours worth it. Yes, really. Patience is a virtue, forget instant gratification, and let the wait be the reward itself.

Set aside at least one hour to yourself every Friday night. Disconnect from the rest of the world (no phones, no internet, nothing!). Wind down. (no really, part ways with your computer/laptop/cell phone/etc.!). Whether you decide to stay in or head out, start your Friday nights right by treating your skin for a bit of at-home TLC. After all, there’s nothing like a refreshing cleanse, scrub and mask to rid ourselves of the workweek’s stress and start the weekend anew.

Our favorite little recipe for quick fix? Though the following products recommended are great for most skin types, please keep your individual skin type in mind!

You Will Need:

The How-To:

1. Squeeze a dime to nickel sized amount of the Enzyme Cleansing Gel into the palm of your hand and massage it onto your face. Work it into the skin in circular motions, letting it remove a day’s worth of makeup, dirt and oil while Papaya and Grapefruit extracts gently exfoliate.  Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a clean wash cloth. Ahh. Already you should feel a bit more refreshed!

2. Scoop a bit of this delectable (smelling) blend and massage the Almond & Honey Scrub onto your face for a minute or so. Relaxation calls for a silky, non-abrasive exfoliant that helps reveal softer, smoother, supple skin. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

3. Refresh and purify. Apply a thin layer of the Orange Tonic Mask (another delicious fragrant to woo your senses) over your entire face – avoiding the eyes – and down onto your neck and chest. For the next 15-20 minutes, feel it rejuvenate, tighten and clarify. Read a magazine, start a new book, or lie down with cucumber slices over your eyes. Relax.

4. Once the mask has fully dried, cleanse your skin thoroughly. Pat dry.

Serves one. Double, triple, quadruple the ingredients for a girl’s night!


Tell me you don’t feel much better already.

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What would be your ultimate Friday night combo? Let us know in the comments below!

Not sure if these products will work for you? Leave a comment with your skin type and we will make recommendations; it’s all about swapping, mixing and matching products for specific skin types.

Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, Aries, content manager here at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.