August 20, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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Toner: Essential or Excessive?

Of the many types of skin care products that make up a well-rounded regimen, the most controversial category by far, is toner. Do we need them? Let’s find out!

Toners, astringent, cleansing lotion

Doubters, naysayers, and conspiracy theorists alike have been warning the masses of the uselessness of toner and astringent for as long as I can remember. They have explained that this extra step is not only completely unnecessary but also a manipulative ploy by beauty pros to take up space in your medicine cabinet and lighten your wallet.

On the other hand, the pro crowd will tell you that toners help to balance the skin post-cleanse. They will talk to you about how they will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean while whisking away the traces of dirt and makeup that are inevitably left behind after you splash away your facial cleanser.  

Now that that’s out there, I’d like to tell you the simple reason why I think that toner or astringent (or cleansing lotion as Mr. Badescu was partial to calling them) can be such a key, game-changing element to a skin care regimen: this step is a weightless way to deliver complexion-enhancing ingredients directly to your skin. Think of it as a cheat layer of skin care. Sweep it on and forget that it is even there. So, what does toner do, again? That depends on your individual skin care concerns.

Sensitive skin? Calm down with Aloe Vera Toner. This formula is coveted by MB devotees with dry and sensitive skin and is a refreshing but gentle way to prep for moisturizer.
Feeling dull? Brighten up Glycolic Acid Toner. Glycolic Acid is known for its ability to dissolve the dead skin cells that sit at the surface of the skin and dim your glow.
Oily? Refresh with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This ultra-refreshing formula will wipe away excess oil and leave skin cool and clean.
Prone to breakouts? Clarify with Special Cleansing Lotion C. Sulfur works to manage oil production and fight stubborn summertime breakouts.

Where do you weigh in on this issue?

August 12, 2016
by Nicole Darmanin
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5 Ways to Combat Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are often the very first and most stubborn sign of aging that we find ourselves contending with. And while there is no magic product that will instantly smooth these lines, there are definitely things that you can do to help improve their appearance and prevent them in the first place.

Crow's Feet essentials, Cellufiem Drops, Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Dermonectin Eye Cream

Crow’s feet are the horizontal lines that start at the outer corners of the eyes and extend toward the temples. They tend to become visible when we smile or squint. When you combine these common facial expressions with the fact that the skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face, it is easy to see why these wrinkles are so common. Here are our favorite #MBSkinTips for dealing with crow’s feet:

#1 Squinting? Sunglasses are your best friend, find a pair you love and don’t leave home without them.

#2 Hydrate. Dehydration enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet. Drink your daily recommended amount of water and use an eye cream formulated with ingredients that bind moisture to the skin like our Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

#3 Look for products that contain Peptides. Collagen in the skin starts to diminish as we age, which leads to loss of firmness and elasticity. Peptides work to encourage the rebuilding of this lost collagen. Targeted products like our Cellufirm Drops and Dermonectin Eye Cream are made with this collagen-boosting ingredient.

#4 Protect your skin from the sun. The most effective way to ward off premature signs of aging is to shield your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Wide-brimmed hats and umbrellas help as will applying a bit of Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 away from the eyes and onto the temples where crow’s feet tend to form.

#5 Never stop smiling. Smiling > banishing crow’s feet.

What are your tips for fighting lines and wrinkles?

August 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: August Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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How is it August already? Time flies when you’re having fun or whatever, but seriously—where did summer go?

We’re still milking the concept of glowing, summer skin for as long as we can (it’s pretty much the mantra at MB HQ year-round). To help keep skin radiant but also ease it into fall, here are the August skincare essentials we’re keeping on rotation:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. When in doubt, go green. This is the staple face wash for all skin types, year round—making it perfect to use in August when days are still blazing but nights are feeling more like fall. Refreshing alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes gently exfoliate away dulling dead skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion with every cleanse.
  • Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Our skin has finally acclimated to the crazy hot weather, so we’re swapping out Special Cucumber Lotion for the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This astringent still helps get rid of T-zone shine, but it’s a gentler option for combination/oily skin that’s relatively skin, but could use the extra boost.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Last month was all about the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, but this month we’re onto the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Sometimes it’s just nice to switching things up a bit so you (and your skin) get a breath of fresh air.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. We don’t just use it on our face—we love using it on our bodies too. Once or twice a week, we’ll cleanse our arms, back, and legs (where skin is prone to bumpiness or congestion) to help keep skin looking clear and smooth. The shorts may be going away soon, but head-to-toe glow is still our number one priority.
  • Formula 200 Body Lotion. Morning shower-ers (or impatient moisturizer-ers), rejoice. This is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that gets the job done. Simply apply post shower and you could get dressed without feeling sticky—immediately.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. Here’s an #MBSkinTip: We stash a bottle in our car so we’re reminded to (1) moisturize and (2) protect our hands before we start driving. It’s a facial moisturizer—but because of it’s oil-free formula, we love using it as a sunscreen-and-hand-cream 2-in-1 to help prevent incidental sun damage.

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July 24, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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How to Help Fight Body Breakouts

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1. Pick the right body wash. Cleansing is so, so important when it comes to keeping skin looking as healthy as it can be. Treat the skin on the rest of your body as would your face—don’t just cleanse it with any ol’ bar soap and think it’ll do. (It won’t. Bar soaps won’t strip your skin of essential moisture and leave behind a residue that can clog pores, which lead to breakouts).

For daily use, our aestheticians always suggest A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap for troubled skin; it has revitalizing alpha hydroxy acids that help dissolve away excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells to help reveal clearer-looking skin. Two to three times a week, try using the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser on affected areas (like your back, chest, arms, and/or behind the legs).

2. Tone. You know toner is crucial to your cleansing routine, so why would your bodycare regimen be any different? You’ll find that a quick sweep of Special Cucumber Cleansing Lotion “O” (which was specially formulated for targeting troubled skin on the body) will remove excess sebum and leave your skin feeling that much more refreshed.

3. Target problem areas. Two times a week, apply a thin, even layer of the Drying Mask onto trouble spots to deep clean skin and help dry up surface blemishes. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse off well, and follow with the Special Cleansing Lotion “O.”

For added reinforcement, you can use our Drying Lotion, Buffering Lotion, or Drying Cream to further target spots while you sleep.

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July 15, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Top 10 Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

Summer skin is in.
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1. Always apply sunscreen. Sun protection is crucial to skin health—in fact, it’s one of the most surefire ways to prevent premature signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging) and discoloration (like age spots and darkening of post-acne marks). Be sure to apply first thing every morning or 20 minutes prior to any outdoor activities; re-apply every hour to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be spending time during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For combination/oily, oily, or acne-prone skin skin: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

For combination/dry skin: Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

For dry or mature skin: The Moisture Magnet SPF 15

2. Don’t forget to protect your hands and feet. Yes, driving and walking around in open-toed shoes makes you susceptible to sun damage and premature signs of aging. Be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed hands and feet. Our tip? Keep a bottle of Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 on hand when you’re out and about. It’ll not only keep your hands and feet hydrated, but will also sink in quickly without feeling greasy—all while protecting your skin.

3. Exfoliate regularly. It’s essential to glowing skin: By removing pore-clogging surface impurities and dulling dead skin cells from the skin, exfoliation helps diminish discoloration and prevent future breakouts.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has been a total game-changer for most of us at MB HQ—but if you prefer a granular exfoliant, give our invigorating Botanical Exfoliating Scrub instead.

4. Moisture matters. Summer sun, heat, salt water, chlorine, and air conditioning can wreak havoc on skin. To help keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking, moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a night cream before bed. And for glowing, silky-smooth skin from head to toe, be sure to moisturize your hands and body too.

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5. Don’t skimp on eye cream. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles, so it’s essential to make eye care a priority. Try using a lightweight formula for day, and a creamier version overnight so you wake up with plumper, younger-looking under-eyes. Throw on a baseball cap or large, floppy beach hat to help further shield your face, neck, and chest from dangerous UVA/UVB rays.

6. Look for alpha/beta hydroxy acids in your skincare*. Even if you’re already exfoliating, your skin can always use a boost in further brightening and smoothing the complexion. Ingredients like Grapefruit Extract, Papaya Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid help take your daily regimen to the next level.

*Broad spectrum protection is more important than ever if you’re using AHAs and BHAs. Because these ingredients are constantly encouraging the removal of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, newer skin, sunscreen is crucial in keep skin looking even.

7. Vitamin C is key. Specifically, a Vitamin C Serum.

8. Detox. Use a purifying mask 2-3 times a week to deep clean skin, absorb excess T-zone shine, and reveal a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.

9. Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, bring a water bottle and container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration.

10. Make the healthy switch. As tempting as it is to lie in a tanning bed (guilty!) or sunbathe (guilty again!), make the switch to self-tanners to achieve that ever-covetable summer skin without yielding yourself to the dangers of overexposure. Beauty Tip: Our faces will always be a shade or two lighter than our body; to build color on your face as well, alternate between a tinted moisturizer and facial self-tanner to achieve an even wash of sun-kissed color.

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Curious as to what’s in our July skincare edit? Take a peek into our medicine cabinet.