by Nicole Darmanin
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Best Face Moisturizer for Your Type

Your choice of moisturizer can make or break your skin care regimen. Bold statement, I know, but I’m standing by it.

The way I see it, moisturizer is pretty much the porridge of skin care—you know, like from Goldilocks? If a face cream is too rich it can cause blackheads and breakouts. If it is too lightweight, it will leave your skin feeling dehydrated and tight. To win a coveted spot in your medicine cabinet it has to be just right, doesn’t it?  I can stick it out to the end of a bottle of cleanser that isn’t quite right until I try a new one. Heck, I’ll use pretty much any eye cream until I hit the bottom of the jar, but if I suspect that my face lotion has caused one single pimple . . .mmm, bye.

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Because of this, I’ve created this guide to help you navigate our assortment. Keep reading to find the one that is “just right” for your individual skin type: 

Very Dry
Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20: Everything that dry, delicate skin needs in one place. Creamy, comforting moisture, antioxidant Vitamin E, and sun protection make this classic formula a long-time favorite of our most loyal customers.

Hydrating Moisturizer with Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid: For when you want the same cushiony formula as the Complex with Vitamin E without the sunscreen. Hyaluronic Acid adds moisture-binding muscle to help soften even the driest skin.

The Moisture Magnet SPF 15: Dry skin? This is your go-to. This best-selling formula thoroughly hydrates without sitting heavily on the skin and shields you from the harmful rays of the sun.

Cellufirm Moisturizer: Peptides, Collagen, and Vitamin E work to boost hydration levels . . .and your youthful appearance!

Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15: Hyaluronic Acid helps to hydrate dry areas and SPF 15 protects.

Honey Moisturizer: This super-sweet, mid-weight formula sinks right in and uses Honey Extract to soften and hydrate.

Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15: A favorite of the staff at Mario Badescu’s New York City Salon, this feel-good staple contains Cottonseed Oil to replenish any dry bits without adding too much moisture to areas that lean oily.

Buttermilk Moisturizer: This classic was originally formulated by Mario Badescu himself, and is perfect for those who need replenishment but prefer the feeling of ultra-lightweight formulas. Lactic Acid helps up your glow factor.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17: This tried-and-true go-to never disappoints. If you have combo/oily skin, this is a must.

A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer: Keep it light and bright, literally. AHAs gently brighten while this lightweight formula imparts just the right amount of moisture to combo/oily skin types.

#MBSkinTip: Not into ultra-rich night creams? Try A.H.A. & Ceramide, Honey, or Buttermilk as part of your PM regimen.

Oily and Acne-Prone
Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30: We love this 3-in-1 formula that combines reparative Green Tea, oil-free hydration, and broad spectrum sunscreen.

Oil Free Moisturizer: The perfect boost to restore balance to oily and acne-prone skin.

Very Oily/Acne-Prone (and everyone else)
Herbal Hydrating Serum: Ok, this is technically a serum, but I’m including it in this post because it is my secret weapon for keeping my notoriously persnickety skin happy and hydrated. Herbal Hydrating Serum can be applied alone to the very oiliest skin types. It can also be used on any skin type in conjunction with any moisturizer. Herbal Hydrating Serum is a win for everyone.


Now that we have that sorted, where did those bears go?

by Kimberly Yang
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What’s the Difference Between Drying Lotion, Drying Cream & Buffering Lotion?

Congrats! You’ve come to the right place for fast-acting, clear skin solutions. But with not one, but three spot treatments in front of you, which of these Mario Badescu products will work best for your breakouts?

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Whiteheads? Use Drying Lotion.

Drying Lotion is the original, award-winning product that targets pimples while you sleep. It was formulated by Badescu himself in the 1960s and has since taken top shelf in medicine cabinets around the world.

Here’s how Drying Lotion works:

  1. Whatever you do, don’t shake the bottle. It’s tempting—it’s the first thing most people do when they see it—but Drying Lotion is meant to work as a bi-phase solution.
  2. Dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment. Here’s a tip: use the smaller, fine-tipped cotton swabs for more precise application. It’ll grab less product too, which means your bottle will last you a little longer.
  3. Apply the product directly to whiteheads. Think of Drying Lotion as a tiny pink mask for every pimple. Leave it on overnight and wash everything off come morning. Voila!

Small bumps and pimples? Use Drying Cream.

Drying Cream is specially formulated to target and dry up those clusters of small bumps and blemishes. After you’ve cleansed and toned your skin, pat a small amount of the cream on those breakouts. The powerful Sulfur and Zinc Oxide formula works to clarify troubled areas so skin appears smoother and clearer the next morning.

Large and painful, under-the-skin bumps? Use Buffering Lotion.

These are the kind of bumps that hurt to the touch and feel deeply rooted in the skin. Because this type of breakout doesn’t come to a head, they require a little extra care. Enter Buffering Lotion, a unique solution to these blemishes.

Unlike most spot treatments, Buffering Lotion isn’t a paste or gel-like product. Instead, it’s super thin and water-y in consistency, which enables it to sink quickly into the skin and target problems at the root—so don’t be alarmed when you first start using it!

For starters, do shake the bottle: you want the white sediment to mix with the liquid so it turns milky-white in color. For every spot you see, squeeze one drop onto a clean fingertip and gently pat it onto the blemish.

(Need all three solutions? Get our Acne Repair Kit and save.)

…so what’s the Anti-Acne Serum¸ you ask?

Anti-Acne Serum isn’t a spot treatment. It’s a super lightweight gel that’s designed to re-balance skin and promote a clearer complexion. Here’s how: Salicylic Acid (a powerful beta hydroxy acid) helps rid the skin of pore-clogging sebum and dead skin cells—which when left to accumulate, leads to breakouts—and allows Thyme Extract to clarify pores.

It’s easy to use too. Apply nightly on breakout and blackhead-prone areas to keep skin looking clear for the long-run.

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: How to Fix Winter Skin

Winter left us high and dry—literally. So while we wait for warmer weather and the snow to finally melt, we’re in recuperation mode: think at-home mini facials with our favorite masks, glow-boosting serums, and taking the time to exfoliate every nook and cranny so flaky, dry skin is a thing of yester-year.

Here’s how we’re going to fix winter skin:

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We’re going to up the ante on our cleansing game. We love a good, creamy cleanser, but to help whip skin back into shape, Enzyme Cleansing Gel is the face wash for the job. Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) break down that accumulation of dulling dead skin cells and surface impurities, leaving skin looking brighter and smoother to the touch.

And to maintain that fresh-faced complexion, exfoliate up to three times a week. (If you’re dry, aim for one to two times a week. If you’re oily, exfoliate two to three times a week.) Strawberry Face Scrub is our April go-to that’s equally indulgent as it is effective. Real strawberry seeds are included to gently buff as Strawberry Extract gives skin an antioxidant boost—which means skin is never left feeling dry or tight.


Don’t underestimate the power of toner in a #glowup routine. Glycolic Acid Toner takes top shelf this month.

Dehydration and months of harsh, winter weather can exacerbate the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration, which is why we’re reaching for a powerful anti-aging toner. Glycolic Acid not only works to dissolve pore-clogging impurities (which can build up when we get oilier in response to warmer weather), but also works to soften the look of fine lines and minimize the appearance of discoloration. If glowing, youthful skin is #goals, regular exfoliation and an AHA or BHA-infused toner are the key to success.

#MBSkinTip: Listen to your skin. If you’re feeling a little dry or sensitive, give your skin a break from exfoliating products and instead, focus on hydrating your skin.


Here’s a little #MBSkinTip from an insider: Add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum before or after your favorite moisturizer and you’re guaranteed a hydration boost that leaves your skin fresh and dewy.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you have to. The texture is incredibly unique, for starters: it’s this cooling, water-light gel that immediately sinks in. As you blend it, you’ll notice just how much smoother and rejuvenated your skin feels (thanks to a blend of invigorating botanicals and skin-softening Ceramides) as you blend the serum in.

Here are a few more reasons why we love Herbal Hydrating Serum.


Fixing winter skin and prepping it for warmer, spring weather is a delicate balancing act. You need to do something about the dryness and dullness, but you also have to address the pore congestion and increase in oil production.

Your solution? Multi-masking.

There’s a myriad of combinations with all the masks at your fingertips. Start by checking out our guide on which mask is best for your skin and take note on concerns you want to target for each area of your face.

New to multi-masking? Look closely at your skin and you’ll notice that some parts of your face are drier or oilier than others. Then, prescribe accordingly. For example: If your T-zone area (middle of forehead, nose, front of cheeks) are prone to congestion but your cheeks are looking dry and dull, use a clay-based mask on the center of your face (like our Cucumber Tonic Mask) and a hydrating mask (like Enzyme Revitalizing Mask) everywhere else.


Three words, one product: Vitamin C Serum. (Need more convincing? Here are a few reasons why this baby has been a non-negotiable staple in my regimen for the past five years.)




by Kimberly Yang
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7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)

Social media and copy director at Mario Badescu by day, salsa and bachata instructor/performer by night. These are the dance bag essentials that keep my skin calm, clear, and glowing on and off the dance floor:

7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)


Admittedly, I don’t keep a bottle of Drying Lotion in my dance bag (it would be perpetually all shook up), but it’s one of the non-negotiables in my post-rehearsal and post-performance skincare routine. Hours of sweating in the studio or caked in stage makeup can cause the occasional breakout, so if I feel a spot popping up, I’ll apply Drying Lotion before bed. Nip it in the bud, if you will—because this busy girl breaks (and breaks out) for no one.

And if it’s good enough for Misty Copeland, it’s good enough for me.


Let’s be honest: No what’s-in-my-bag would be complete without mention of this Mario Badescu classic. It’s a universal favorite without a doubt, but this multi-purpose mist is a dancer’s must-have for all the following reasons, and then some:

  • It’s the perfect pick-me-up during the middle of a tough rehearsal.
  • This mist freshens and rejuvenates your skin post-practice so you don’t leave the studio looking (or feeling) like a sweaty mess—you’ll just walk out looking perfectly dewy. Do spritz this everywhere—chest, décolletage, back of the neck, for that feel-good finish.
  • Makeup for stage or nights out dancing tends to be heavy on skin, so I always spritz my foundation and concealer brushes (or the beauty blender, for those of you who are sponge-inclined) to make the application process easier. If my makeup still looks a little cake-y, I’ll do a fine mist over my face to ensure everything melts together for a flawless finish.
  • To be clear, I do not condone this next tip for the sake of your suede-soled dance heels—but if you’re in a bind and need to add grip to your step, spritz the bottom of your shoes. You gotta do what you gotta do—and this trick has saved me from slipping on many a freshly waxed floor.


I haven’t been without this makeup remover since Nicole (co-worker and fellow MB blogger!) put me on it. If you can, always always remove all your makeup prior to any sweat session to reduce chances of clogging your pores. I love this classic, gel-cream formula because it’s so easy to use.

And here’s a little #MBSkinTip: I use this as an all-purpose balm. Elbows looking a little ashy before a shoot or heading on stage? The Eye Make-Up Remover Cream saves the day. Toes and heels looking cracked after a hard dance session in heels? Massage some of this skin protectant-like cream to moisturize and soften rough patches.

7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)


This classic, Mario Badescu formula is my go-to, period. But I do think it’s the best body lotion for dancers.

Latin dancing (salsa and bachata for me, specifically) is largely based on partnerwork. You want your skin to be glowing and hydrated, but you can’t wear anything that leaves your skin slippery—which at best, becomes an annoyance to your partner, and at worst, a hazard when it comes to doing lifts and tricks.

…which is why this has been my favorite body lotion for years. It’s incredibly nourishing but sinks in quickly sans greasy residue. Simply apply and resume practice.


Same goes for this hand cream. It moisturizes without the post-application slip, meaning you and your partner can do all the crazy handwork without losing grip.

#MBSkinTip: I use this hand cream on my feet, too. (Rebel, I know.) Though I can run, walk, dance in my heels, being perched on the balls of my feet for hours means they deserve a little TLC. Enter hand cream and spiked massage ball: After rehearsal, work away those knots before slipping into your street shoes. You won’t slip and slide, and you won’t leave a greasy footprint in the inner sole either.

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This unique powder does exactly what its name purports—and then some. The sales director in me laments that this product flies under the radar in most markets, but the beauty junkie inside revels in just how much more special it is.

But, as a millennial whose default is to over-share, I’ll let you in on this little secret of mine.

Use it as directed, for starters. (I use this powder across my T-zone before dance classes to keep shine in check, and for intense practices, I’ll dust it across my chest and back to absorb shine and prevent congestion.)

You can also do as the aestheticians at the Mario Badescu salon do—dust it across skin that’s just been shaven or waxed.

Or, if you’ve “accidentally” popped a pimple because you couldn’t deal with a blemish the night before a huge show, dab this powder (using a clean cotton swab) over the erupted area and leave it while you sleep. Trust.


I could wax poetic about the Summer Shine Body Lotion, but I won’t. (Just kidding, I already did here along with a few others.) I live for this stuff. It smells delicious, it feels incredible, and it looks stunning on skin.

The best part is, you don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate this lightweight, shimmer-infused lotion. (But if you are, this is a must for prepping your arms, legs, and décolletage prior to a shoot or show.) Use it on a night out. Use it during the day in summer. Actually—use it whenever, wherever you’re looking to get glowing with a hint of gold glimmer.


by Nicole Darmanin
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Lines? Bumps? Dryness? We have Solutions

Having a solid skin care regimen that addresses your individual skin type is essential, but the road to happy skin may not end there. . .

“Wait, there’s more?” you ask.

Yep, there sure is. Even with a gold star skin care regimen and meticulous habits, the occasional skin problem might pop up. We’re not talking the type of conundrum that rocks your world. If your skin decides to take a dive off the deep end you may need to consult an aesthetician, retail skin specialist, or in some cases a dermatologist, but that’s not today’s topic of discussion.

Today, we’re talking about the little changes that you may notice day-to-day. The kind of situations where your skin looks fantastic except for that one. little. thing. This is precisely when a hero product can swoop in and save the day. These are some of my favorite solutions for skin that has gone just slightly awry.

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Problem: bumps, breakouts, and clogged pores

Solution: Acne Facial Cleanser

Surprise! You don’t have to suffer from moderate or severe acne to benefit from this cleanser. If you are noticing small bumpy clogged pores or random minor breakouts, try adding Acne Facial Cleanser into the mix. You can use it daily or as a supplemental cleanser a few times a week to deep clean pores and ward off bumps.

Problem: blackheads

Solution: Silver Powder

Blackheads may very well be the most annoying skin problem. One of the questions we get most often is, “My skin is doing great but how do I get rid of these blackheads?” If blackheads are a very persistent problem, check out this post for tips on how to adjust your regimen. If you are just starting to notice a few of them crop up out of nowhere, try working Silver Powder into your weekly regimen. Simply use a dampened cotton round to press a bit of this super absorbent loose powder onto problem areas to absorb the pore-clogging impurities that have planted themselves in your precious pores.

Problem: dry, sensitive skin

Solution: Cucumber Cream Soap

People with dry skin tend to focus a lot on their moisturizers. This makes perfect sense since it is when you apply moisturizer to the skin that you feel the tight, uncomfortable feeling that comes with dry skin immediately subside. While we aren’t denying the importance of a rich, comforting cream, the way you cleanse dry skin is equally important. Cleansers that strip and further dehydrate parched skin will only throw off the skin’s balance even more than it already is. Try using a gentle cream-based cleanser like Cucumber Cream Soap to purify skin without depleting it.

Problem: dehydrated skin with fine lines

Solution: Cellufirm Drops

Sometimes a subtle shift in your skin’s appearance can be a thorn in your side. That nagging little thing you notice every time you lean in close and look in the mirror. If you suddenly notice slight dullness accompanied by a new crop of fine lines, don’t panic. Reach for a bottle of Cellufirm Drops instead. This lightweight serum is packed with ingredients that bind moisture to (aka plump) the skin and fine lines along with it. Apply a thin layer to face and eye area before moisturizer day and night for best results.

Problem: rough, dry hands

Solution: Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

Hand cream for dry hands? Groundbreaking.

I know, I know, but are you using it? At this very moment I am typing away in an office with a salon full of women with the softest, most beautiful hands I’ve ever seen one floor above me. Who are these women with hands as soft as kitten paws? Mario Badescu aestheticians, that’s who. Why are their hands so soft? Because they are constantly covered in anti-aging treatments, silky skin serums, and buttery creams rich in antioxidant oils and nourishing vitamins. Want your own set of kitten paws? Make sure to plant a hand cream next to every sink in your house, on your desk, in your car, and in your bag. Apply every single time you wash your hands (which should be often, it is still cold season, you know).