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Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type

Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type

Before we dive into the best serums for each skin type, let’s start at the beginning with a frequently asked question:

“How do I know if I need a serum?”

We get it: It’s hard to know what you actually need or should be using when products are being thrown at you left and right.  So when we’re asked, “Do I really need a serum?” our answer is simple:

Take our skin analysis.

This questionnaire was designed by our skin specialists to help determine the best products for your skin type—including deciding whether or not you need a serum at this point in your life. At the most basic, pared down level, you should be following a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner, eye cream (from your 20s on), moisturizer, exfoliant, and mask. Anything additional would be prescribed based on concerns to help you achieve skin goals.

CONGESTED OR ACNE-PRONE?

Incorporate Anti Acne Serum into your evening routine. This balancing serum combines the two most important things that congested, troubled skin needs:

  • Oil-free hydration, and
  • Clarifying properties.

That oil-free hydration comes by way of Glycerin, a classic humectant that works to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. Key ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract work help encourage clearer-looking skin.

How to use Anti Acne Serum: This clarifying serum is meant to be used every night or as needed. Before bed (after you’ve cleansed and toned), apply a thin layer on troubled areas. Anti Acne Serum is designed to be worn alone, in place of a traditional evening moisturizer or night cream.

OILY?

Herbal Hydrating Serum will leave your skin looking dewy and fresh-faced. Ceramides, Ginkgo, and Ginseng are infused to revive, soften, and smooth—making this unique gel a versatile staple in all skin care regimens. It’s water-light in texture and oil-free in formulation, which enables you to effectively hydrate without leaving your T-zone feeling like an oil slick.

How to use Herbal Hydrating Serum: For the super oily, wear this serum on its own in place of a moisturizer. All other skin types can still use this serum, though: simply apply a thin layer over moisturizer/night cream for enhanced hydration and glow.

DULL WITH UNEVEN SKIN TONE?

Vitamin C Serum will be a game-changer for lackluster complexions seeking a boost in radiance. This is a lightweight serum that helps restore youthful luminosity to skin while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and skin-aging free radicals.

If you’re keen on adding an anti-aging serum to your regimen (whether you’re 20-something or in your 50s), Vitamin C Serum is quickly becoming a beloved medicine cabinet staple for all skin types. Here’s why:

It’s powerful in formulation, but absorbs seamlessly into skin to help brighten uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines. Vitamin C, Collagen, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone—leaving all skin types soft, smooth, and glowing.

How to use Vitamin C Serum: Apply 3-4 drops to clean skin every other evening. Follow with your favorite night cream.

DEHYDRATED WITH FINE LINES?

Apply Cellufirm Drops under your daily moisturizer or night cream. Uniquely versatile and designed to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, this serum is a must-have for dry skin. Antioxidant oils soften and nourish as a protein-enriched blend of Collagen. Elastin, RNA, and peptides works to give skin a supple, youthful appearance.

How to use Cellufirm Drops: Apply a few drops to targeted areas that need extra moisture, or apply 4-5 drops all over your face and neck for maximum skin-smoothing benefits. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Cellufirm Drops can be used under and around the eye area under your eye cream, too!

 

DRY AND FLAKY?

Revive dehydrated skin and smooth dry patches with Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This lightweight yet moisture-intensive facial oil is infused with Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil—both known as great sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C—to provide comforting moisture and reveal softer, more radiant skin.

How to use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil: Massage 2-3 drops on clean skin. Or, apply 1-2 drops to dry patches that need a targeted moisture boost. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Roll up your sleeves and customize your glow. Mix a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum and Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to get your perfect dewy skin concoction. Use more of the blue when you want to keep it light, or mix in more oil to give your mixture slip and added moisturizing benefits.

 

DRY WITH FINE LINES AND WRINKLES?

Try Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C or Corrective Complex Emulsion. Both serums have a lightweight slip that absorb beautifully into skin. Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C is designed to boost moisture and give depleted skin a more youthful, hydrated appearance. Corrective Complex Emulsion also boasts nourishing ingredients to soften and smooth skin, but also contains Oligopeptide-5 for an added anti-aging boost.

How to use both emulsions: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin, then follow with night cream.

VERY DRY OR MATURE?

Incorporate Peptide Renewal Serum into your routine to target visible signs of aging and deeply nourish skin. This complex blend of Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, and complexion-boosting botanicals is specially formulated to improve the look of depleted, mature skin and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles—leaving the complexion soft, smooth, and supple.

How to use Peptide Renewal Serum: Because of its rich consistency, less is more with this product. Apply 1-2 drops on your face, neck, and décolleté. Wear it alone or layer it under your favorite face cream or night cream.

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by Nicole Darmanin
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Mario Hacks: Travel Sizes, Free Samples, and Beyond

From travel sizes to retailer exclusives, here is a list of our favorite insider intel to help you shop smarter:

1. Loyal to Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but hate glass bottles? Our much-loved blemish solution is available in a travel-friendly, shatter-proof plastic bottle on Nordstrom.com.

2. Love your cleanser (toner, body lotion, or shower gel) so much you wish you could bathe in it? Well, we can’t fill a bathtub for you, BUT most of our cleansers and toners are available on mariobadescu.com in 16oz. bottles. And the best part? The double-sized bottles aren’t double the price. That right. Snag a giant bottle of your go-to cleanser and put the money you saved toward a new bottle of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! Strategy, see?!Mario Badescu deluxe sizes, Mario Badescu Travel Sizes

3. Speaking of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, did you know you can buy it in a giant 8oz. bottle? Or a very cute, carry-on friendly 2oz Bottle? You haven’t fallen down a rabbit hole, Alice, this is all real.

4. Calling all jet Setters, gym goers, and bi-coastal babes! You can buy travel-sized Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 15, and Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea on Ulta.com.

TSA approved Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Head to Ulta.com for carry-on friendly Facial Spray!

5. Are you in the know? Mariobadescu.com shoppers have access to exclusive GWPs, discounts, and free shipping on orders over $35? Sign up here and be the first to find out about our special offers.

6. Wondering how to get Mario Badescu samples? There are two main ways. The first way is for customers who’ve never taken our online skin analysis. Simply fill out the information requested here and a free sample regimen will be sent out for you. * ** The second way is to select three free samples whenever you place an order on mariobadescu.com.

Now, which of these tips will you put to use first?

*Sample regimen only available in the United States.

**Must pay $2.95 for shipping and handling.


by Kimberly Yang
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The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Every Skin Type

Stop, drop, and glow.

True, glowing skin is still having its moment—but trend or not, we can’t get enough. Radiant, healthy-looking skin is the ultimate goal here at Mario Badescu, and here’s how we’re going to help you achieve it, no matter your skin type.

Behold, the ultimate glowing skin regimen for every skin type:

HOW TO GET GLOWING SKIN IF YOU HAVE…

Start with clean skin (if you’re not sure which cleanser you should be using, find your perfect face wash here.) Then…

 

DRY SKIN

The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen

  1. Exfoliate. For a bright, smooth base—scrub regularly. Almond & Honey Face Scrub is a decadent treat that gently buffs away dulling dead skin cells while infusing nourishing oils into your skin.
  2. Liberally mist clean skin with our rose Facial Spray to prep and hydrate your complexion.
  3. Smooth. Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops all over to give your skin a smoother, plumper finish.
  4. Is it daytime? Go for The Moisture Magnet SPF 15, a creamy formula beloved by makeup artists for its ability to deeply nourish and soften skin. Heading out in the evening? Use Honey Moisturizer. Going to bed? Layer Vitamin C Serum under your favorite night cream.
  5. Customize your glow. Totally optional, but worth the extra step. Apply a few drops of Rose Hips Nourishing Oil wherever your skin craves an extra moisture boost—like your cheeks or around the nose. This lightweight facial oil is formulated with Rosehip, an extract packed with antioxidant Vitamin C, to give skin a brighter appearance and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
  6. Mist and repeat. Mist now, then mist again after makeup to give your final look a radiant finish.

 

OILY SKIN

  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week.
  2. Purify. Eliminate excess oil and decongest your complexion. Silver Powder works to draw out all that pore-clogging impurities and blackheads—leaving your skin refreshed, radiant, and re-balanced. Follow with toner.
  3. Mist. Start with a few spritzes of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea to wake up and tone your complexion. We recommend sticking your bottle in the fridge to give your skin an instant wake-me-up, de-puffing boost.
  4. Moisturize. Oily skin needs hydration too—which is why when it’s dehydrated, oil glands go into high gear to overcompensate, leaving skin looking greasy and prone to congestion or breakouts. This is where a lightweight, moisturizer comes into play to re-balance skin. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 for day (Oil Free Moisturizer as a non-SPF alternative). Headed to bed? Apply Seaweed Night Cream at night so you wake up with radiant skin.
  5. Mist again. Rose-infused or Green Tea—the choice is yours.

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week. You’ll want to avoid a granular exfoliant if you’re broken out to avoid exacerbating or tearing at existing breakouts.
  2. Mask. Maintaining balance is key in keeping skin looking healthy, clear, and radiant—so as diligent as you are about using your Drying Mask, you want to make sure you’re restoring hydration to the skin by using Healing & Soothing Mask on alternate days.
  3. Mist. Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea not only tones skin, but gives it a cooling, soothing boost too—which is exactly what troubled skin craves.
  4. Moisturize. Again, balance is crucial. Keep skin hydrated with Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 or Oil Free Moisturizer. At night, use Anti Acne Serum: it provides lightweight hydration while giving breakouts the botanical boot, thanks to its Salicylic Acid and Thyme formula.
  5. Powder. A light dusting will combat unwanted shine to encourage a healthy glow! Apply Special Healing Powder to the T-zone to remove excess oil and help decongest skin.
  6. Mist. Totally optional, but highly recommended. 🙂

COMBINATION SKIN

  1. Polish. Starting with smooth, even-toned base is key in getting your glow on, so make a habit of gently exfoliating with Botanical Exfoliating Scrub one to three times a week.
  2. Mist. Rose or Green Tea? Take your pick. Evenly mist your complexion to give your skin a hydrating boost before you apply your moisturizer.
  3. Hydrate. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 or Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C for day. Moisturizing at night? Layer Vitamin C Serum under Seaweed Night Cream.
  4. Customize your glow. Add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum all over, or apply it in targeted areas where you need a boost in hydration and radiance (like between the brows, around the nose, and on the cheeks).
  5. And of course, mist once more.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She’s smart, she’s strong—and on top of all that she is, she’s beautiful too. Make this Mother’s Day all the more special by gifting her the perfect, personalized present.

FOR THE PRODUCTIVITY QUEEN

Mother's Day Gift Guide Productivity Marie Kondo

She’s the mom who tackles to-do lists so efficiently, David Allen could learn a thing or two. Between perfecting the art of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method and just getting things done, the Productivity Queen runs a tight ship so everything runs smoothly. From the 8 a.m. drop-off to the 10 p.m. “I-just-remembered-my-science-project-is-tomorrow!” realization, Mom has things down pat, no matter what.

Gift her a set of multi-taskers that will take her current regimen to the next level—and make her feel pampered no matter what life throws her way.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   GLYCOLIC ACID TONER   |   OIL FREE MOISTURIZER SPF 30   |   ENZYME REVITALIZING MASK   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

FOR THE JET-SETTER

Mother's Day Gift Guide Travel Beauty Jet-Setter

She’s worldly, she’s adventurous, and she always returns from her travels abroad with tales and trinkets. Mom made sure that family time was always educational; every other weekend was spent at a museum, and vacations were packed with guided tours. Years later, she still has the travel bug and is always jet-setting somewhere new (and trying to get you to join her).

Put together a TSA-friendly kit full of in-flight essentials for her to take on her next trip so she’ll always be glowing no matter where she goes.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL (2 FL OZ.)   |   HYDRO MOISTURIZER WITH VITAMIN C (2 OZ.)   |   ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL (1 FL OZ)   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM (1 FL OZ)   |   DRYING LOTION (PLASTIC)   |   FACIAL SRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER (2 OZ.)

FOR THE SOPHISTICATE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Classic Sophisticate Beauty

 

Always polished and effortlessly chic, she’s the woman who instilled the importance of investing in pieces that are timeless (and always left you astounded every time she pulled her hair into a chignon in 10 seconds flat). Everything about her oozes sophistication, from her carefully curated library of classics to her sillage—a subtle hint of Super Rich Olive Body Lotion.

Gift her a bouquet of fresh flowers and a set of signature Mario Badescu products to fill her medicine cabinet.

SUPER RICH OLIVE BODY LOTION   |   SPECIAL HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E   |   CORRECTIVE COMPLEX EMULSION   |   SUPER COLLAGEN MASK   |   AZLUENE BODY SOAP

FOR THE SOUL CYCLE DEVOTEE

Mother's Day Gift Guide Gym Essentials

 

She’s health-conscious and has been spewing the virtues of wellness before it became chic to—and though you used to find her morning green smoothies questionable, you’ve learned to love (and appreciate!) them all those years later. Whether she’s loyal to spin class or prefers a morning vinyasa flow, Mom has always been on the hunt for the perfect beauty products to take her from pre-workout to post-gym errands.

Surprise her with a new gym bag that totes all her essentials—includes a few skincare essentials that keep her skin clear and glowing.

ENZYME CLEANSING GEL   |   SEAWEED CLEANSING LOTION   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER   |   HERBAL HYDRATING SERUM   |   A.H.A. BOTANICAL BODY SOAP   |   VITAMIN E BODY LOTION

FOR THE GLAMOROUS

Mother's Day Gift Guide Glamorous Beauty

 

She’s the mom who knows the power of a good lipstick and understands the importance of the at-home mini facial, too. There are home videos of her doubled over in laughter as you ran across the hall, face smeared with red lipstick and shuffling in heels, trying to be just as beautiful as her. To this day, her handbag always has a red lipstick and a bottle of perfume, just in case.

Indulge Mom with a collection of luxe serums, scrubs, masks, and lotions she’s bound to love.

ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL  |  VITAMIN C SERUM   |   PEPTIDE RENEWAL SERUM   |   ALMOND & HONEY FACE SCRUB   |   ROSE HIPS MASK   |   APRICOT BODY LOTION

FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT

Mother's Day Gift Guide Beauty Junkie

Her medicine cabinet was magical. Still is, to be clear: It’s artfully arranged with the latest and greatest, peppered with tried-and-true Holy Grails she collected along the way. How she managed to multi-mask and let her DIY mani dry between dinner is still a mystery, but she’s shared every other beauty trick in the book with you. Pimple? No problem: dab on some Drying Lotion. (You’re eternally grateful that she helped you and your complexion come out of teenage-dom unscathed.) Looking dull? Mask and exfoliate. Etc.

It’s likely she already has the best of Badescu, so instead of presenting her with products she has seen before, gift her a set of brand new and under-the-radar goodies that’s bound to get her excited about skin care again.

TEMPORARY LIFTING  MASK   |    ROLLING PEEL CREAM WITH A.H.A.   |   CREAM X   |   FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: May Skincare

Take a peek at which skincare products we’re using this month.

Mario Badescu how to get glowing skin

Last month was all about fixing winter skin—and now that it finally feels like spring here in NYC, we can fully commit to the Glow-with-a-capital-G. (For our colder-climate peeps who are still feeling the effects of winter weather, check out our guide on how to recuperate your skin and revive your complexion here!)

These are the skincare products we’re using to achieve that effervescent, spring-has-sprung glow:

Acne Facial Cleanser

Before you keep scrolling, this face wash isn’t only for acne skin. Combination skin—especially come spring and summer—can benefit from this too. During this time of the year your skin can get a little temperamental. As it adjusts to the warmer weather, combo skin tends to experience increased oiliness, T-zone congestion, and the occasional pimple or two.

So, rather than sit and wait for all that to happen, get ahead of the game. Take preventative measures by incorporating the Acne Facial Cleanser into your daily regimen. Its Salicylic Acid content is what helps keep skin in check. Exfoliating properties of Salicylic Acid enable it to deep clean and help dissolve pore-clogging impurities known to lead to breakouts or blackheads. And though this cleanser is incredibly effective at promoting clarity, it’s gentle—which means skin won’t feel dry or tight.

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

It’s cooling, it’s clarifying, it’s Cucumber. And before we make you sick with alliteration, two things:

  1. Cucumber boasts natural astringent and tightening properties that make it a must-have for clarifying combination, oily skin.
  2. Those mysterious things floating around in your bottle aren’t so mysterious. They’re slices of real Cucumber. J

A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer

This lightweight, multi-tasking moisturizer hydrates and boosts brightness. Ceramides soften and smooth as Lemon and Lemongrass work to rejuvenate dull skin while diminishing the look of discoloration.

Herbal Hydrating Serum

Think of the A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer as your brightening base and the Herbal Hydrating Serum as your glow-getting topper. Apply this water-light gel wherever you need extra hydration or want to give your complexion a dewy finish—like around the nose and apples of your cheeks.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Mist on clean skin before moisturizer, then mist again after makeup for even more radiance. Like I said earlier: We’re going full throttle with this glow-getting theme. All. Or. Nothing.

And it doesn’t stop here.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

Let this be your mid-week pick-me-up and weekend spa treat. Perfect for dull, tired skin in need of a major boost, this mask does exactly what its name says it does: revitalize. For those who like instant gratification, this is a must for your glowing skin regimen.

Summer Shine Body Lotion

Sometimes you just want that extra oomph. This is it: It’s pure, tropical deliciousness that’s been infused with a fine shimmer…which means it lives up to its name and then some. With a subtle golden glimmer and a hint of summer vacations to come, Summer Shine Body Lotion is exactly what you need to achieve that glow (or when you need a pick-me-up).

We love applying it wherever the sun would naturally hit our skin: the front of our legs, top of the shoulders, down the arm, and décolletage.

 

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