by Kimberly Yang
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3 Mario Badescu Products You Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Know About

You’ve gone through countless Mario Badescu Facial Sprays and always stock your medicine cabinet with a bottle of Drying Lotion for emergencies. You know the Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Drying Cream like the back of your hand—but what you may not know is that there are over 150 products in the Mario Badescu Skin Care line. What you see in store is but a fraction of our complete collection, so we’re about to give you a primer on some of our most beloved but under-the-radar products.

Let’s start off easy with three products you probably never heard of, but need to know about.

3 Mario Badescu Products You Didn't Know About But Need To

ROLLING CREAM PEEL WITH A.H.A.

What it is: This is a unique cream exfoliant that rolls away dulling dead skin cells. Lactic Acid and Peach Extract are the key players in this formula—and when combined with the physical rolling, back-and-forth motion, this peel helps remove that layer of dulling, dead skin cells so your skin looks soft, smooth, and renewed.

Who it’s for: Almost all skin types. If you have extremely sensitive or delicate skin, are prone to irritation, or are experiencing moderate to severe breakouts, Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A. isn’t a good fit.

How to use Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A.: Make sure your skin is completely dry before you apply the cream peel. Use a pea-sized amount and apply a thin layer to the skin (so that you can still see your skin through the layer of peel), avoiding the eye area. Wait a few minutes until you can feel that the product is completely dry, then use your fingertips to gently roll away the cream in back-and-forth motions until the entire cream layer rolls off. Follow with toner to remove any remaining trace of product—and voila! Skin as soft and smooth as can be.

#MBSkinTip: Try using it on your hands and feet for a gentle, exfoliating treatment, too!

 

CREAM “X”

What it is: Mysterious as Cream “X” is, it’s a secret superstar in the eyes of our New York City salon aestheticians. This little-known product is actually a super effective and restorative, dry/winter skin solution: it boasts a supremely rich formula that delivers intense moisture while rejuvenating skin. With Salicylic Acid to resurface and a host of hydration powerhouses to replenish, this is a must-have face cream if you have dull, depleted skin.

Who it’s for: Dry skin

How to use Cream “X”: Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage after cleansing and toning (avoiding the eye area). Wearing it during the day? Be sure to pair this with sunscreen!

#MBSkinTip: You know it’s a solid product when makeup artists carry a jar in their kits! When working with clients who have dry skin, makeup artists will use Cream X to help revive parched, tired skin prior to makeup application.

MUSCLE OIL

What it is: This is a lightweight, aromatherapeutic body oil designed to help invigorate and soothe. Almond Oil gives it a lovely slip as Eucalytus, Fennel, and Rosemary Oils work their magic. Its distinct herbaceous scent and lingering, cooling touch makes it an essential.

Who it’s for: All skin types

How to use Muscle Oil: Massage 2-3 drops where needed, then layer body lotion on top for additional moisture.

#MBSkinTip: It’s the perfect post-workout treat—but also a savior for hard-working hands and feet. After a long day of writing/typing/standing on your feet all day, massage a few drops into your skin as an at-home spa remedy.

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: March Skincare

Spring is in the air—which means it’s time to spring clean our medicine cabinets.

mario badescu seaweed cleansing soap review march skincare

Skin can be a little finicky as it adjusts to the changing seasons. Our solution? Picking products with the same precision Goldilocks did (without drumming up a fight with three bears, luckily) so everything is just right.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap. Creamy, mineral-rich, and formulated with real (yes, real) seaweed grains, this easy-rinsing face wash leaves skin feeling rejuvenated. It’s a double-duty face wash that exfoliates while cleansing your skin, which means you get a little glow-boosting action twice daily.

Plus it smells like the sea—every bit fresh and beach-y like its ingredients.

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. Some skin types tend to get oilier once the weather warms up—but they’re still a little dehydrated or too winter-worn to start using the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion just yet. Enter the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, a mild astringent that’s formulated with Witch Hazel to help cleanse skin of excess oil and impurities without overdrying skin. Bladderwrack (a mineral-rich seaweed) and Aloe Vera combine to soften and lightly hydrate—leaving skin refreshed and re-balanced.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Exfoliate away the dull, winter blues. Literally.

Hyaluronic Eye Cream. Swap out your rich, winter eye cream for something a little more lightweight. Hyaluronic Acid and Safflower Seed Oil are the power players in this formulation that replenish and lock in moisture without feeling heavy on your skin.

Honey Moisturizer. Though simple by nature—the name says it all—our Honey-infused moisturizer is truly a gorgeous formulation that softens, smooths, and boosts radiance in combination skin.

Seaweed Night Cream. For extra nourishment in the evenings, reach for this oil-free night cream. A luxe, silky-smooth texture makes it a treat to apply every night. And come morning, you’ll wake up with softer, smoother, dewier-looking skin.

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by Nicole Darmanin
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The Best Cleanser/Toner Duos for Your Skin Type

Because the right cleanser and toner can make or break your daily skin care regimen.

If your skin care regimen was a house, your cleansing and toning routine would be the foundation. These steps set the rest of your regimen up for success. Using a cleanser or toner that is too aggressive can leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, which can lead to dry patches and flaking. Using ones that are too mild for your skin type may cause congestion, blackheads, and milia.

The right duo will leave your skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Whether you are cleansing after a night’s sleep in the morning or washing away traces of a long day before bed, there are few things in life that feel quite as nice as a freshly washed face. Keep reading for our favorite cleanser/toner duos for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Toners

Oily/Acne-Prone

Botanical Facial Gel– This Grapefruit-infused cleanser breaks down shine and impurities on even the oiliest skin types without being harsh. It is a great summertime face wash if your oil production rises when the thermometer does.
Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Acne Facial Cleanser– Deep clean pores to promote clarity and prevent congestion with this popular daily gel cleanser. This formula contains complexion-boosting botanicals including Thyme Extract, which has been shown in studies to help banish blemishes.
Tone with Special Cleansing Lotion C

Combination

Enzyme Cleansing Gel-This best-selling formula is so addictive it makes its devotees look forward to waking up for work so they can wash their face. Grapefruit and Papaya Extracts work to gently brighten while the non-foaming gel formula removes makeup and impurities. Perfect for skin types that swing from dry in some spots to oily in others.
Combo/oily? Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
Comb/dry? Try Glycolic Acid Toner

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– If you have combination skin that needs a gentle but thorough cleanser, look no more. This creamy wash is brimming with mineral-rich seaweed and rinses clean without leaving skin feeling tight.
Tone with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

Orange Cleansing Soap-Combination/dry skin loves this formula that removes traces of makeup and leaves skin soft and never tight, even with daily use.
Tone with Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Dry

Keratoplast Cream Soap-Dry skin is especially vulnerable to rough patches. This mild cleanser works to gently smooth away roughness without depleting essential moisture.
Tone with Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion

Cucumber Cream Soap-Cooling mineral-rich Cucumber Extract is just what dry, angry skin needs to restore balance and maintain moisture levels.
Tone with Aloe Vera Toner

Supplemental

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– All skin types can take their cleansing regimen to the next level by swapping their daily wash with this one 2-3 times a week. This foaming wash combines deep cleansing properties with the brightening, smoothing benefits of Glycolic Acid to reveal clear, rejuvenated skin.

 

Does your cleanse and tone routine need a makeover?


by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: February Skincare

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

Mario Badescu Skincare Monthly Edit Medicine Cabinet

January was all about brightening and smoothing, natch (there really is no better way to start off a new year, to be honest). This month, we’re going back to the basics for two reasons:

  1. To maintain balance to windy, winter weather doesn’t wreak havoc on our skin, and
  2. To let us take a closer look at what our skin really

Too often we’re tempted by the latest series of peels or acid-based products (which usually happens right before the New Year in a rushed attempt to get our skin looking as perfect as possible)—and while those things can benefit your skin, they’re not for every skin type. (It’s also important to note that too much can take a toll on your skin, no matter how oily or resilient you think your skin is.)

…which is where simple, gentle, and effective skin care come into play. Forget the bells and whistles for a second, and instead, reach for tried-and-true staples that can return your skin back to a state of balance.

Here’s what we recommend for dry, sensitive, or over-worked skin this month. (And if you’re combination/oily, we recommend following this regimen instead.)

Cream Soap. This is the most gentle face wash in our entire line. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and it’s fragrance-free—making it the go-to cleanser for those with reactive skin. Light makeup, excess oil, and impurities are washed away without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. Another go-to for sensitive skin, this toner harbors the Chamomile’s calming properties to help comfort and re-balance skin after cleansing.

Flower & Tonic Mask. All skin types—including dry—need a weekly deep cleaning. Our Flower & Tonic Mask is a mild, purifying mask that gently pulls out impurities from pores as antioxidant Evening Primrose and Gardenia work to help improve moisture levels and encourage firmer, smoother skin.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This under-the-radar skin-saver deserves more time in the limelight. Its lightweight formula sinks in quickly to revive flaky or dehydrated areas while giving skin a dewy, youthful glow.

#MBSkinTip 1: Keep a bottle on hand at all times to smooth dry patches (like between the brows or around the nose). Simply apply 1-2 drops to the areas that need a hydration boost to rejuvenate skin.

#MBSkinTip 2: Stash this oil in your carry-on. This frequent flyer fave is a must for beating cabin air (notorious for making skin dry, tight, and totally out-of-balance.)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. If you haven’t tried this facial mist, trust [the countless fans who adore it]. Your skin needed a spritz of this yesterday.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

Not sure what to gift the special women in your life? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for unique and thoughtful ideas.

mario badescu valentine's day gift guide vintage white roses

For Mom / the Mother-in-Law:

2 dozen white roses + Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum

(or, if you’re in the NYC area—a gift certificate to our spa!)

For Your Aunt:

her favorite flowers + Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E + Vitamin E Body Lotion + Facial Spray

For Your Best Friend:

a kitschy Valentine + box of chocolates + Facial Spray

For Your Sister(s):

Drying Lotion + Facial Spray (a smaller bottle to keep in her bag + the larger one to keep at her vanity!)

For Your Co-Worker:

Facial Spray

valentine's day red roses brown paper rosewater facial spray

For the Girly-Girl:

pink peonies + Facial Spray + Strawberry Tonic Mask + Strawberry Face Scrub

For the Uptown Sophisticate:

white roses + Flower & Tonic Mask + Caviar Day Cream + Caviar Night Cream

 

For the Makeup Lover / YouTube Beauty Guru:

pink roses + Facial Spray + Eye Makeup Remover Cream + Temporary Lifting Mask

For the Jet-Setter:

tickets for a romantic getaway for two + Facial Spray + Super Collagen Mask + Hydro-Emollient Cream

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