Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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December 15, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Product Spotlight: Elbow & Heel Smoothing Cream

dry elbowsWHO: Elbow & Heel Smoothing Cream

WHAT: Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Wheat Starch

WHY: Our heels and elbows are tough spots as it is – but come the cold and dry winter months, they get even rougher. (Literally.) This thick, moisture-intensive gel-cream is formulated specially to target those dry elbows and heels by softening and smoothing parched, calloused skin. With Salicylic Acid and Wheat Starch to gently exfoliate and polish away dry skin buildup as well as Glycerin (a powerful humectant) to intensely hydrate, our Elbow & Heel Smoothing Cream gives skin the moisture and relief it needs.

HOW TO USE: For best results, use as an overnight treatment.

For feet: After cleansing and exfoliating (focusing on the heel and big toe mound, where skin tends to be tougher and rougher), apply a generous amount of the cream all over feet. Cover with thick cotton socks.

For elbows: Massage a small amount of cream on skin as needed.


December 12, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Stop! 10 Skin Care Mistakes You’re Making

Are you making these 10 skin care mistakes?
skin care mistakes1. Being harsh on your skin.

Cleansing too often or using cleansers or toners that are too harsh for your specific skin type (a common mistake especially for those with acne-prone or oily skin) is detrimental to the skin. As all the “good” oils and outermost, protective barrier are stripped away, skin isn’t just left parched – it’s left completely vulnerable. Dry skin isn’t just uncomfortable – it can actually cause an increase in oil production that leads to more blackheads and breakouts.

2. Exfoliating acne-erupted skin with a granular exfoliant.

Speaking of harsh… We know your first instinct is to go gung-ho on those blemishes, but scrubbing will only make things worse. Using a granular exfoliant scratches at pimples, leaving them open and raw.

Instead, use a chemical exfoliant. A Salicylic Acid-based cleanser not only helps promote faster healing of acne, but also dissolves away any dulling, pore-clogging buildup to reduce congestion and future breakouts.

3. Popping pimples and squeezing blackheads.

The urge to pop a pesky pimple or squeeze a gnarly blackhead is seemingly irresistible (if you’re curious as to why, find out here), but remember: you know better. No good can come of it; your skin is left blotchy, red, and irritated. You’ve also just spread bacteria to those open wounds, increasing your risk of infection and inflammation.

The immediate aftermath isn’t the worst part, though. Picking and squeezing nearly guarantees leaving behind acne marks or permanent scarring.

Moral of the story? Hands off. No pimple popping under any circumstances, and leave blackhead extractions to the professionals.

4. Double dipping into jars.

Always wash your hands to minimize spreading bacteria, dirt, and oils on your face and in your products. And if you’re going to double dip, don’t: wash those hands again.

Beauty Tip: Do as our aestheticians do – ensure everything’s sanitary by scooping out product with a spatula (or a cotton swab!)

5. Skipping eye cream.

The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate, which means it requires specialized care. Apply eye cream twice daily to prevent dehydration, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. We recommend starting in your early twenties – but it’s always better late than never.

Take it from Mario Badescu himself:

“Every man or woman over the age of 21 should apply an eye cream in the morning and in the evening, as a part of the daily routine. There are no exceptions.”

6. Over-doing it.

Too many cooks spoil the broth. While we’re delighted at your exuberance, too many products can leave your skin confused, imbalanced, and sensitive. This is especially pertinent when testing new products; to minimize irritation (and at the most basic level, figure out whether or not a product works well with your skin), introduce one product at a time. It takes at least a month for your skin to get accustomed to something new (but stop use immediately if any burning, itching, or stinging is experienced).

Start simple. Stick with your Sacred Six plus sunscreen– cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or sunscreen, eye cream, exfoliant, and mask – because it’s a foundation that not only covers all bases, but works. Once you’ve established a regimen that your skin loves, then add on the extras (serums, additional masks, spot treatments, etc.)

… but just a few. Remember: simple and gentle is always the most effective.

7. Applying products out of order.

It’s not so slap-dash-and-go with skin care. There’s an order that begs to be followed for utmost efficacy.

It’s easy to remember if you think of it in terms of applying in order of consistency. To ensure that your skin better absorbs each layer, thin to thick is the way to go. For example:

1. Cleanser
2. Toner
3. Serum (if applicable)
4. Eye Cream
5. Moisturizer/Cream

    1. Spot treatment (for occasional acne breakouts)

And a few extra tips: spritz hydrating sprays before and/or after your moisturizer as needed, and apply a serum under your mask for additional benefits.

8. Going to bed with makeup on.

Just don’t do it. No. Excuses.

9. Not washing your makeup brushes or pillowcases regularly.

We talk about this skin sin here, and how to properly clean your makeup brushes (thanks to pro Chad Hayduk!) here.

10. Not clocking enough hours of sleep.

It’s not called beauty sleep without reason: insufficient sleep is scientifically linked to accelerating physical signs of aging as well as the skin’s ability to repair itself. Plus, no sleep means more stress, which means hormonal imbalances that cause inflammation and breakouts.

December 11, 2014
by Jill

2014 Gift Guide: Teenagers

Buying gifts for teens is nearly impossible. Let’s face it—if you’re over 30, nothing you think is cool is actually still cool (at least in the eyes of the younger set!).

gifts for teensFortunately, skin care is universal, and a lot of people first start thinking about their complexion during the teen years. Check out these perfect gifts:

When you have NO IDEA what to get them: You can’t go wrong with some body wash (AHA Botanical Body Soap is a fave!), hand cream (Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E), and a shampoo/conditioner combo (Henna & Semollient Shampoo and Hair Rinsing Conditioner).

December 10, 2014
by Jill

4 Skin Care Lies From TV And Movies

1.    You can have perfect skin without any effort. 
Rom-com heroines are always going to bed without washing their faces and then magically waking up with a perfect face full of makeup. Don’t let this fool you or make you wonder why you don’t look so flawless all the time. It’s just movie magic! Behind the scenes, the actors are receiving excellent skin care.

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Even Katherine Heigl has to wash her face.

2.    Window cleaner clears up acne.
Remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Nia Vardalos’ new husband confesses that he cleared up his pre-wedding zit with some window cleaner. Maybe that was a joke? But let it be said: do NOT put harsh cleansers (especially ones with ammonia!) anywhere near your face or eyes.

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It’s only the fumes making them think that window cleaner can clear up zits!

3.    Toothpaste clears up acne.
Seriously, let’s stop putting weird stuff on our faces. Remember the 90s sitcom Mad About You? If not, it was a really cute show about the sweet romance between newly-married Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. She, of course, gets a zit the night before their wedding, and what does she use to try to clear it up? Toothpaste!*

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Save the toothpaste for your teeth!

4.    Only bad guys have troubled skin
Guys, this one really bothers me. We so often see movie villains with skin issues that it’s impossible to shake the idea that you’re somehow naturally ‘bad’ if you’re dealing with a difficult skin problem. Can we get rid of this idea for good?

*Just an aside, but the characters in Mad About You were living in Union Square—a short cab ride up to our Midtown salon ; Helen Hunt could have gotten the Drying Lotion and actually cleared up her zit!

December 9, 2014
by Jill

Help! I Have Acne AND Sensitive Skin!

A lot of acne-fighting skin care systems are one-size-fits-all (and sometimes that size just doesn’t fit). If your skin is sensitive, you know all too well how it reacts to acne kits and pre-packaged skin care regimens.

acne and sensitive skinIn some cases, the products actually work to clear up your acne, but your complexion is left looking red and angry. When this happens, you probably go in search of the best anti-redness product OR a good foundation to even out your skin tone.

Other times, the acne products don’t work at all, yet they still manage to cause irritation, thereby doubling your skin problems. It can be really disheartening when this happens, and it’s easy to just give up.

Here’s the trick for getting clear skin (whether or not your skin is sensitive): use a customized program of skin care. A cleanser that works for a lot of people may not necessarily be the best choice for you. For example, depending on different factors, we might not recommend the Acne Facial Cleanser for you. Instead, we might go with the Enzyme Cleansing Gel or the Seaweed Cleansing Soap.

[Read more: How To Choose A Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin]

Let’s look at a sample regimen for someone with acne and sensitive skin:

Cleanser: Enzyme Cleansing Gel
Toner: Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
Moisturizer: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17
Exfoliant: Glycolic Foaming Cleanser 1-2 times a week
Mask: Flower & Tonic Mask
Drying Lotion for spot treatment at night.

We have several ways to help you determine which products are best for you. You can either take our online skin analysis OR speak with a skin care specialist at our Manhattan salon (call 800.223.3827). We also have someone ready to speak to you via LiveChat on our website from 9-5 EST.

Are you sure you’re using the right skin care products?