by Nicole Darmanin

The Best Skin Care for Extremely Dry Skin

Only people who suffer from extremely dry skin know the struggle that comes along with it: the uncomfortable tight feeling, flakiness, and even irritation.

Extremely dry skin can be rough (note the irresistible double entendre), frustrating, and in some cases, painful. Since the cold air and indoor heat that winter brings can suck even more moisture out of already parched skin, we thought we’d give you a rundown of the luxuriously rich, moisture-dense creams and cleansers that we reach for to alleviate that dreaded tight feeling and also soften with vitamin-rich oils, protective natural butters, and nourishing botanicals. These are the “big guns” so to speak, the indispensable products you reach for when nothing else will help.

Creams for extremely dry skin



Cleansing Milk with Carnation and Rice Oil– This oil-based cleansing milk will dissolve makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin while adding moisture. Just massage onto skin and wipe off with a cotton pad—no water necessary.

Cream Soaps– If the concept of a waterless cleanser is something that you can’t wrap your head around, a cream soap is a great way to go. These non-foaming cleansers won’t strip delicate skin and are mild enough for sensitive types.

Eye Cream:

Dermonectin Eye Cream– The beautiful silky texture of this eye cream allows it to glide on and meld seamlessly onto the skin without feeling heavy. And please don’t take this eye cream’s silkiness for weakness; it contains a super softening blend of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Peanut Oil along with youth-boosting peptides to replenish moisture to the eye area.

Special Eye Cream V-This rich, nourishing eye cream contains Peanut Oil to nourish and Beeswax to seal in moisture and provide enduring dry skin relief that will last all day or night.

Day Cream:

Kera Moist Cream– The word that comes to mind when we use this cold weather favorite? Lovely. This delightful cream restores moisture levels with vitamin-rich Avocado and Rose Hip Oils while Lemongrass Extract brightens and Oatmeal soothes.

Hydro-Emollient Cream-This classic formula is known for amassing a cult following amongst flight attendants during the 70s and 80s. It was so effective at preserving their skin by defending against drying cabin air during long intercontinental flights that the attendants would scurry out of their East Side apartments in New York City and into the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon to stock up before heading out to one of the local airports to catch their flights. The secret to this coveted formula is its rich blend of vitamin oils and water-binding Collagen along with Beeswax to protect the skin from harsh elements. Use it in any harsh weather situation wind, dry climate, even to protect against swimming pool chlorine.

Cream X– In addition to the allure of its mysterious name, Cream X certainly does the trick when it comes to moisturizing ultra-dry skin, especially for those experiencing uneven texture and flakiness. This gloriously rich formula contains Salicylic Acid to smooth rough spots, Vitamins A and E to nourish, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Beeswax to ensure long lasting moisture.

Night Cream:

Protein Night Cream– We love this night cream because it manages to protect the skin and sink in at the same time. Apply before bed and wake up feeling soft and refreshed. Collagen and peptides work to encourage plump, hydrated looking skin.

Revitalin Night Cream-One of our most densely rich formulas designed to deliver intense moisture to dry and delicate skin. This buttery, balmy cream will nourish and protect skin from moisture loss while you sleep. A blend of oils and butters soften and protect while Glycolipids and Glycoproteins help restore moisture to the skin’s outermost layer. We suggest warming the cream with your fingertips before gently pressing onto extremely dry skin.

by Kimberly Yang

What’s the Difference Between All Three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?

Since the launch of our latest Lavender-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial  mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

 What's the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays


What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract


What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera


What it is: Our latest. Calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C combine in a soothing mist that replenishes skin while combating skin-aging free radicals.

What it does:  Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all three Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all three into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:


Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.


Keep your rose-infused face mist on hand as a mid-day pick-me-up or to bring back the dew in your makeup look.


Set the tone before bed. Use Facial Spray with Aloe, Lavender and Chamomile before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.


by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: January Skincare Favorites

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

Mario Badescu Winter Skin Care Edit

Whether you’re a resolution-maker or just into going with the flow, January is all about you. Refocus, re-center, and get your skin back to pre-holiday-insanity perfection.  So, to help bring back the calm and in an effort to follow our New Year’s resolution, this is the regimen we’re following to start off 2018 with our best face forward:

(If you haven’t seen our New Year’s resolution guide on how to achieve your best skin now, check it out here.)

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

No regimen begins without a solid cleanser—and in this case, we’re reaching for a classic favorite. Exfoliating enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (found in fruit extracts) give skin a deep clean that leaves the complexion looking bright and refreshed.

Aloe Vera Toner

Winter skin tends to veer on the dry and sensitive side, so be sure to choose a toner that can help re-balance your complexion post-cleanse. This one is super gentle: any remaining impurities are swept away from the surface as Aloe provides a light, soothing hydration.

Cellufirm Drops + Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

Between holiday parties and New Year’s Eve, sleep hasn’t been your best friend. Brighten, plump, and smooth tired under-eyes with this pro-favorite combo: Gently pat a drop or two of Cellufirm Drops around the eye area, then follow with the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.

Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C

Replenishing your skin’s natural moisture is essential when it comes to putting your best face forward. This lightweight formula delivers Vitamin C-enhanced hydration to help restore radiance and clarity to dull, dehydrated skin. Need a little more moisture? Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops underneath for extra skin-smoothing benefits.

Bee Pollen Night Cream

Glowing skin is always #goals no matter the season (or new year), so we’re adding this rejuvenating night cream into our evening regimen. This silky-smooth cream is enriched with Bee Pollen Extract and Beeswax to nourish dry skin with antioxidants and essential nutrient—revealing dewy, youthful-looking skin come morning.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Here’s an #MBSkinTip that’s been a total game-changer for those with bumpy or breakout-prone skin: Use this exfoliating cleanser one to three times a week on your back, arms, and legs to help keep your skin even from head to toe.

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion

After every bath or shower, moisturize. your. body. We’re partial to the Super Rich Olive Body Lotion come winter—it’s rich (as the name implies), creamy, and infused with Olive Oil.

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by Kimberly Yang

2018 Resolutions: Your Best Skin Starts Now

Beauty Resolutions Skin Care

New year, new skin is what everyone’s saying—but make no mistake: there’s nothing wrong with the skin you’re in, now.

In light of gratitude and positive thinking, let’s approach skin care a little differently in 2018. What do you love about your skin? What does your skin crave? Start with the qualities you appreciate and work from there. For example: You love how dewy your skin looks even in the dead of winter, but you wouldn’t mind cutting back on some shine to maintain the balance. Easy solution: Use a clay-based mask a few times a week to help deep clean and absorb excess oil. Or, perhaps you’re grateful that breakouts are something you never have to worry about—but could use a little pick-me-up in the hydration department. The answer? Mist your complexion throughout the day with our hydrating facial spray, and layer up your serums and moisturizers.

This New Year’s, make a resolution to carve out time for self-care—which means, taking care of your skin twice a day, seven days a week. Make that commitment, because you’re in it for the long haul. (We read somewhere that it only takes 21 days for something new to become a habit. Put in the elbow grease for three weeks and before you know it, you won’t be able to leave the house or go to bed without following your skin care routine.) Plus, in 10 years, you’ll be grateful you’ve held onto that resolution.

Here’s how to get started.

  1. Never go to bed with makeup on. Ever.
  2. Cleanse twice daily. Here’s how to find your perfect face wash.
  3. Make it a mission to incorporate eye cream into your daily regimen. I’m the overachiever who keeps a jar of eye cream with me at all times (true story, read more about it here), but you could easily do just fine with applying it every morning and evening.
  4. Moisturizer is non-negotiable. In fact, your choice of moisturizer can make or break your skin care regimen. This is how to pick the right one.
  5. Take your regimen to the next level. Add a serum into the mix; it can be game-changing. Find the right serum for your skin, here.
  6. Make exfoliation a regular part of your routine. Need a few ideas on how to get your ultimate glowing skin regimen? Check out our guide.
  7. Mask twice a week. If you’re not masking, you’re missing out. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide on which masks are best for what, here.

by Kimberly Yang

2017: A Year in Review

Here’s what happened in 2017 here at Mario Badescu Skin Care:

January 2017

We made our beauty resolutions. The ball dropped. We clinked our glasses, sipped champagne, and launched headfirst into our 50th anniversary—because half a century ago was when it all began.

It was in 1967, out of a two-room Manhattan apartment, where our salon and product line came to be.

February 2017

We launched a new Facial Spray to complement the OG cult favorite: Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea.

Here’s how it differs from the original.

March 2017

You make her happy, we’ll make her glow 😉

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There was the Mario Badescu meme heard ‘round the world. We didn’t break the internet, but we nearly broke up a couple (sorry, Isabela 😉!).

The icing on the cake? Getting named “Best Acne Skin Care Winner” in Yahoo’s first-ever “Diversity in Beauty Awards.”

April 2017

Our two most iconic products—the rose-infused facial spray and one and only Drying Lotion—were in the running for Pro Awards from The Makeup Show!

May 2017

Going to #Disney? Your definitive checklist of things to bring has been posted—link in bio!

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We headed to Orlando, Florida for the annual Ulta GMC Conference and a company-wide retreat that quickly turned into a Disney World takeover. Read more about our trip and what we packed here.

#Embraceyourface#beyourbiggestfan 😁 Swipe 👉🏿➡️

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Another highlight of our year? Seeing that Caleb Mclaughlin loves pink dots just as much as we do! We loved him the moment we saw him in Netflix’s Stranger Things, but his #EmbraceYourFace campaign was what had us head over heels.

June 2017

Going to #Disney? Your definitive checklist of things to bring has been posted—link in bio!

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After Orlando, we were on warm weather withdrawal… so to combat the palm tree blues, we promptly jet-set off to San Juan, Puerto Rico. When in Puerto Rico, you mist, apply SPF, and repeat. See our skin care travel diary here.

July 2017

Hot off the presses. #MBFactoryFriday

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One Mario Badescu Facial Spray is sold every. 20. seconds.

August 2017

Drying Lotion is named a winner of the Teen vogue Acne Awards 2017! Here’s why:

“This holy grail product for Kylie Jenner and Teen Vogue editors alike can, no joke, make a pimple vanish overnight. Simply dip a q-tip all the way into the unshaken, separated solution and dab it onto your spots. Sulfur, salicylic acid and zinc oxide work to dry up your whiteheads and give you a glowy start to your day.”

September 2017

We launched in Glowhaus, Bloomingdale’s new beauty boutique!

October 2017

We’re in Times Square! #wemadeit

November 2017

Our collaboration with the inimitable Martha Stewart—made exclusively for QVC—launches, introducing skin care by the decades. Hand-picked by Martha, made by Mario Badescu Skin Care.

December 2017

Mario Badescu Skin Care Year in Review 50th Anniversary

Holiday season is our favorite time of year. With exclusive kits and giftable sets galore, we’re excited with all the ways we can be a part of your tradition this time of year.

Plus, we’re brewing up some newness for 2018. So stay tuned.