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November 14, 2014
by Jill
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The Three ‘P’s Of Hormonal Acne

Woman taking care of her skinOur bodies work in amazing ways; everything is connected. Which is why a shift in hormones often leads to an increase in oil production, which sometimes causes an acne breakout.

Everything from your Period to Pregnancy and Puberty can cause this process. Consider them the 3 Ps of hormonal acne!

PUBERTY
Teenage acne
Few people escape puberty without at least a smattering of forehead pimples. As universal an experience as it is, it remains a universally embarrassing problem to have.

Fluctuating hormones are, of course, the major cause of teen acne. When hormones are released to trigger the growth and physical changes that transform the body from child to adult, acne is often the result.

Teen acne presents the opportunity to start a lifetime of excellent skin care habits. The first step is to start using a full skin care regimen to get acne under control.

[Check out our Guide to Teen Skin Care to get started.] 


PREGNANCY

Gestational Acne
Many women experience acne during pregnancy due to a boost in oil production related to increased levels of certain hormones. If you have a history of acne, you are more likely to experience it during pregnancy—especially if you normally break out around that ‘time of the month’ The good news is that if you don’t see any breakouts in your first trimester, you’re unlikely to get any during the remaining of your pregnancy.

The most important thing to know about pregnancy acne is that there are some ingredients—including Salicylic Acid—which are not safe for you to use at this time.

PERIOD
Adult Hormonal Acne

We don’t need to tell you that adult acne is often closely related to your monthly cycle. However, for some women the link isn’t always clear. Here’s how to tell if the hormonal fluctuations during your period are causing your adult acne:

·         Breakouts occur around the same time each month, near ‘that time of the month’

·         The location of acne—hormonal breakouts often occur along the jawline and beneath your cheek ones.

·         Adult hormonal acne is more likely to be cystic. Cystic breakouts are deeper in the skin and can be painful to the touch.

[Read more: Discover the best solutions for Cystic Acne]

It’s a good idea to track your cycle and prepare for the days that your skin is more likely to break out. Keep an arsenal of acne spot treatments available—including the Buffering Lotion for cystic acne and the Drying Lotion for whiteheads.

November 12, 2014
by Jill
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Let’s Talk: Lip Lines

LipLines1When we talk about lip lines—those vertical lines in your lips that cause bleeding lipstick—there are two important points to remember. These are:

Aging of the skin is inevitable; and
Premature or excessive aging is avoidable.

When we’re young, our skin benefits from an abundance of Collagen, Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid, etc., which keeps it firm, supple, and elastic. These substances deplete over time, which causes our complexions to become drier, less elastic, and less able to retain their shape. Over time, repetitive motions (smiling, frowning) begin to leave lasting impressions in the form of wrinkles—including lip lines.

Here’s what can be done to avoid premature/accelerated aging:

Avoid smoking. Smoking is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll experience lip lines. In fact, lip lines are often referred to as ‘smoker’s lines.’ The repetitive lip-puckering motion of smoking eventually becomes a part of your skin. Meanwhile, smoking also bombards you with free radicals, which destroy healthy cells, breaking down collagen and encouraging skin wrinkling.

Stay hydrated. Here’s an insider tip: many of us at MB use our eye cream around our lips at night. It’s easy to simply take whatever’s left on your finger and smooth it around your mouth (be sure not to get it on your lips!). Another favorite for around the mouth? A super-hydrating anti-aging serum.

Keeping lips moisturized during the day with an intensely hydrating lip product is also essential. [Check out our Lip Wax)

Reduce the appearance of fine lines. If you wear makeup, the lip product you use could make all the difference. First, use a lip liner to keep lipstick in place and to prevent lipstick bleeding. Second, choose softer, more neutral colors. These, along with a touch of gloss, will help lips appear fuller and more youthful.

Avoid tanning. Too much sun exposure is one of the worst things you can do for your skin in general; your lips are no exception!

November 10, 2014
by Jill
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Product Spotlight: Special Hand Cream With Vitamin E

It’s here: that time of year for dry, chapped hands. (For those of us in colder climates!)

Chapped handsHow to cure dry hands: unfortunately, there is no cure, extactly. Keeping dry hands hydrated and soft is a daily effort. We like to think of it as an everyday luxury—ia 30-second treat that smells lovely and makes your skin feel smooth and moisturized.

In the MB offices, we like to keep a jar of Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E at our desks to help keep our hands soft and moisturized throughout the day. I also keep one at home; it travels from room to room with me, from the living room to the kitchen and to my bedside table.

The Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E uses Wheat Germ Oil (which absorbs super-fast) to deeply moisturize without leaving your hands feeling slippery. Vitamin A and D Oils help keep your hands soft while also providing antioxidant protection for hands that look as young as possible.

We really couldn’t get through the colder months without it!
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November 8, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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What’s In Your Gym Bag?

Confession: I don’t go to a gym.

… but I have a gym bag, because (1) sometimes a girl just needs a huge, indestructible bag to tote essentials and tchotchkes around, (2) the dance studio is my version of a gym, and (3) I sometimes go to yoga. Sometimes.
gym bag

What’s in My Bag:

  • Yoga mat
  • Small hand/face towel, for obvious reasons.
  • Legwarmers
  • Shorts
  • Leggings
  • Leotard
  • Sports bra
  • Cropped top
  • Tights
  • Shoes that are begging to be replaced
  • Practice shoes (also begging to be replaced)
  • Hairband
  • Stray bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant, because smelling clean is paramount
  • Water bottle
  • Protein bar
  • Yoga blocks
  • iPhone charger
  • Toe separators, not for pedicures actually, but for post-rehearsal when my feet are in pain (which is also a great tip for throbbing feet after a bout in uncomfortable heels!)
  • Pilates book
  • Toiletries bag, containing…

o   Enzyme Cleansing Gel, which no toiletries bag or bathroom counter or shower should ever be without
o   Rosewater Facial Spray, as a multi-purpose product
o   Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 17
o   Special Cucumber Lotion, which I use to tone both my face, back and chest post-“workout”
o   2 lip balms (I’m a lip balm hoarder)
o   Mascara, because there’s no shame in vanity
(Read all about my post-workout beauty routine, too.)

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Which MB products are in YOUR gym bag beauty kit? Tag @mariobadescu and show us!

November 7, 2014
by Jill
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How To Suggest Acne Products (Without Hurting Anyone’s Feelings)

If you’re anything like me, when you find something that works, you can’t wait to tell everyone you know about it. When you find an acne product that works—truly the holy grail of discoveries—you want to shout it from the rooftops.

We know a lot of you have gotten clearer skin using a proper skin care regimen (in addition to spot treatments). There’s nothing like having clear skin after struggling with acne, is there? It’s a feeling that you would like other people to share, right?

acneThe question is, how can you help the people you know who have acne without offending them? First off, evaluate the situation on an individual basis. Has this person ever mentioned their skin troubles to you before? Mentioning someone’s troubled skin out of the blue could cause them to feel self-conscious.

Also, keep in mind that those who suffer from very severe and persistent acne may benefit more from the advice of a skin professional or a dermatologist than from you; in this case, giving advice might not be helpful, especially if your acne tends to be on the mild side.

The people you might want to talk to are those you know who are clearly struggling with mild-moderate acne and obviously want to know how to get clearer skin, but aren’t sure where to start.

Here’s what you can do:

For your sister/brother/best friend:
They’ve most likely confided in you about their skin struggles in the past. Send them the link to our Online Skin Analysis, and we’ll do the work of picking out the perfect products for their acne-prone skin. Remember that your specific set of products might not be the exact solution for their acne.

For the casual acquaintance:
Take the circuitous route. Wait until the right moment (in front of a mirror in a public restroom) and talk about your acne and what you use for it. For example, you could say “I’ve finally found skin care products that are controlling my acne. What do you use for breakouts?” Keep in mind that the current condition of this person’s skin may the best it has ever been. Find out if they are looking for new solutions before assuming that their current condition is what they consider to be severe.

Your teenage cousin/niece/nephew:

Get them the Acne Repair Kit as a birthday or holiday gift and let them discover clearer skin for themselves! You may want to temper the gift with a quick “this is what I use” in case they get a little embarrassed. And be sure to speak to their parents first!