Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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February 23, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

Under-The-Radar: Skin Renewal Complex


WHO: Skin Renewal Complex

WHAT: Papaya Extract, Honey Extract, Peanut Oil

WHY: An anti-aging cream formulated to help improve skin’s texture and soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and minor discoloration, our Skin Renewal Complex does exactly what its name suggests: revitalize and renew the complexion.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids found naturally in Papaya Extract help smooth rough, uneven patches as anti-aging Vitamins A, D, and E help fight free radical damage. Antioxidant-rich Peanut Oil and Honey Extract further nourish and rejuvenate skin, giving drier skin types a revived, healthy glow.

HOW: Apply after cleansing and toning, apply the cream all over your face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. Perfect for daily use in the morning and/or evening.

February 22, 2015
by Jill
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A Trick For Perfect Sunless Tanner

self tannerIt’s easy to associate tans with warmth, but sunless tanner is a little different. You actually want your skin to be cool, not warm, before application of sunless tanners.

Here’s why: A lot of people think that applying a self-tanner right out of the shower is a good idea. However, this can encourage self-tanner to settle into your pores, making for a spotty, dirty-looking tan.

Instead, apply self tanner at room temperature. If you’ve just gotten out of the shower, use a hair dryer set on the ‘cool’ function to chill skin out OR stand in front of a fan (and have a Beyonce moment, if you’re so inclined!).

Other tips for the perfect sunless tan:

Did you know that Mario Badescu has an oil-free self tanner? Check it out! 

February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

Healthy Food for Healthy Skin: The Recipe Roundup

Here’s what’s on our anti-aging, skin-brightening menu this week:


best food for skin

The Green Stripped Smoothie (via Nutrition Stripped)

McKel’s signature “Green Stripped Smoothie” was the first recipe we tried and we’ve been hooked with “Nutrition Stripped” since. (We’re suckers for all things leafy and green – veggies like kale, romaine, and celery are packed with vitamins and nutrients in addition to boasting high water content). What makes this particular smoothie especially great, however, is the blend of other ingredients featured. There’s turmeric (a powerhouse of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds); parsley (another rich source of antioxidant nutrients); cayenne (to fight inflammation – which experts believe to be a cause of breakouts and wrinkling!); and much more.

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best food for skin

Fig Zucchini Pasta with Hemp Seed Crumble (via Nutrition Stripped)

We told you we were on a “Nutrition Stripped” kick. Did you hear? Zoodles (zucchini “noodles”) are the new pasta and a good spiralizer is everyone’s best friend.

Here’s why we love zucchini, bodily health benefits aside: for starters, zucchini’s high water content hydrates the skin from the inside out, helping to flush out toxins while encouraging a more radiant complexion. Plus, it’s chock full of antioxidant Vitamins A and C – anti-aging powerhouses – as well as manganese, an amino acid essential to collagen formation.

Also – keep the end pieces that often get discarded before they go into the spiralizer and save them to help soothe and de-puff eyes, just as you would with cucumber slices.

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best food for skin

Hard Boiled Egg and Brussels Sprout Bowl (via Naturally Ella)

If there’s one thing about us here at Mario, it’s that simplicity is king. We like our skincare that way – and our meals too. Why go complicated when you can get everything you need in the all-natural?

This hearty meal is both delicious and easy to throw together – all you need is a little time to cook the grain, really – with just a handful of nutritionally dense, antioxidant-packed ingredients. This bowl contains two of our favorite foods: brussels sprout and eggs. Sprouts are highly underrated; they’re actually pretty potent in folic acid (a B vitamin) and antioxidant Vitamin C. Eggs contain choline and lutein, two nutrients that are essential for healthy cell function. Choline helps the body maintain proper B vitamin levels to produce collagen and elastin, and lutein helps prevent aging and free radical damage.

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February 20, 2015
by Jill

Fan Friday Giveaway: Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

glycolic acidIt’s Friday! We’re celebrating by giving away one of our Holy Grail customer favorites– the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. This exfoliating cleanser uses Glycolic Acid to dissolve dulling dead skin cells while extracts of Chamomile, Yarrow, Sage, and St. John’s Wort soothe and rejuvenate your skin.

To enter to win it, simply comment on our blog, below! This contest ends Monday, February 23th and is open to residents of the US and Canada!

But first, check out this week’s blog highlights:

How to treat Forehead Wrinkles
Is Winter destroying your skin?
Acne myths, busted.

February 19, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Acne Myths, Busted

acne myths1. You can cure acne.

BUST! We hate to be the bearer of bad news – don’t shoot the messenger! – but unfortunately, there’s no cure for acne.

The good news is that there are plenty of skin care treatments available. From spot treatments to deep-cleaning solutions, it is possible to help minimize spots, speed the healing process, and prevent future breakouts in order to achieve a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

2. You’re breaking out because you’re ‘dirty.’

BUST! A few factors go into acne formation: sebum production and the rate at which your skin is able to (naturally) shed dead skin cells. In fact, surface dirt or oil does little in causing breakouts, though not cleansing regularly or touching your face often can worsen the condition if you’re predisposed.

You’re not dirty if you’re breaking out: acne formation is dependent on skin type and chance.

3. Washing your face more often will zap those zits.

BUST! This one goes hand in hand with Myth #2, so with that one busted, this one’s de-bunked too. You are not dirty – there’s no need to over-wash.

In fact, cleansing more than the recommended two-times-a-day prescription can actually lead to more breakouts. It’s as they say: too much of any good thing can all too easily become a bad thing. Over-washing will only dehydrate and irritate already aggravated skin, throwing it out of balance.

Oil glands will try to compensate the lack of moisture by producing excess sebum, thus clogging pores and increasing chances of breakouts.

4. Only teens get acne.

BUST! Acne affects everyone, period. In fact, at least 20 percent of adults experience regular breakouts well into their 30s and 40s.

5. The stronger the acne products, the better (and faster) they’ll clear you up.

BUST! In the same vein as debunking Myth #3, being too aggressive can actually worsen rather than improve your skin.

Somehow, somewhere, someone got us thinking that ‘the stronger the better.’ We then assume that any tingling or stinging sensation is a sign that the product is working.

The secret to an effective acne regimen? Gentle formulas. Keep in mind that easy does it, and the simpler the better. Anything too harsh can easily dry out or even burn the skin –  leaving it in worse condition.

6. Junk food makes you break out.

BUST! Hold the phone – we can’t just blame chocolate!

Sure, your skin is a reflection of internal health, but skin clarity has more to do with the combination of hormonal fluctuations (from puberty, PMS, menopause, or stress), oil production, the rate at which dead skills are shed from the surface, and external factors (smoking, sun, humidity, high altitudes, etc.).

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