Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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August 16, 2014
by Jill

How To Take The Perfect ‘Selfie’

selfieHow do you feel about ‘selfies’? To be honest, I really like them. I enjoy seeing my friends’ lovely faces and showcasing when I feel and look my best. Taken with friends, they’re a great way to remember happy events.

Since you’ll find no #selfie haters here, let’s talk about how to look great in them! Beautiful skin, of course, is paramount. It is the first step to taking any good photograph, whether you’re posting it online or not.

Here is the best way to pose:

Get a good angle! Generally speaking, you’ll look best if you angle your phone (or camera!) above your head. This pose tends to make your eyes look bigger. Pictures that are taken straight-on tend to work well, but images shot from below rarely do.

Discover your ‘good’ side. One side of your face is likely to be more symmetrical than the other and will usually look better in photographs. The difference in my face from the ‘good’ side to the ‘less-than-great’ side is actually pretty remarkable.

Think twice
 before striking certain overdone poses and facial expressions. You know which ones I’m talking about.

Consider lighting.
 Talking a selfie in a dark room (or one with unflattering fluorescent lighting) is not best for highlighting your skin tone and features.

Use a beautiful backdrop.
 This could be something as simple as window treatments or a bookshelf. Just make sure your laundry pile isn’t showing up in the background, too.

Discover which filter looks best for you.
 Or go #nofilter. The best way to do that? Use these tips and tricks to make your skin appear more refined and radiant:

EXFOLIATE: Exfoliation will help remove dulling dead skin cell buildup and reveal fresher, more radiant skin. Consider using either a face scrub or a cleanser with Glycolic Acid.

MOISTURIZE: Keeping your skin hydrated and supple on a regular basis means you can be sure to glow in your pictures.

SPOT-TREAT BLEMISHES: Before you go to bed at night, apply acne spot treatment to any existing breakouts. [We recommend: Drying Lotion]

BRIGHTEN UP: Reduce discoloration with skin-brightening ingredients, including Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Kojic Acid

August 15, 2014
by Jill

Fan Friday Giveaway: Win Your MB Holy Grail!

Which is YOUR desert-island, ‘holy grail’ skin care item?

Tell us and you could win it!

First, check out this week’s blog highlights:

9 things you NEED to know about washing your face.
Can you wear Night Cream during the day?
5 facts about Serums.

Here’s how the contest will work: comment on this blog post, telling us about your favorite Mario Badescu Skin Care product. We want to know why you love it!

There will be one winner, who also has the chance of being featured on our blog next week! We’ll announce the winner Monday morning, August 18th, 2014. The winner must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada; he or she will be contacted privately via email. We will also announce the winner on our Facebook page!

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August 14, 2014
by Jill

9 Things You Should Know About Cleanser

cleanser1. People have been washing their bodies and faces for a long time. In fact, ancient Egyptians and Babylonians cleansed using animal oils and salts.

2. Other cultures linked cleanliness with social standing, and washing up was often done in public places during the time of ancient Romans and Turks. Cleansing has since evolved to become a private activity done twice a day (preferably).

3. Using ‘cold cream’ as a makeup remover and cleanser was overwhelmingly popular until the 1950s, when washing one’s face with bar soap became ‘the thing.’

4. Unfortunately, bar soap has a pH of about 9 to 10 whereas your face’s pH rests around 4.7. Using bar soap to cleanse your skin can disrupt the balance of its natural protective barrier, making it more vulnerable, particularly to dryness and the overgrowth of certain types of bacteria (including the kind that causes acne).

5. Cream cleansers are best for dry, sensitive skin. These help to keep the skin clean without drying it out or causing irritation.

[We recommend: Cream Soap]

6. Cleansers can do double-duty as acne fighters or exfoliants. For example, a cleanser with Salicylic Acid is an important part of an acne-fighting skin care regimen. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that, when added to cleansers (or gels or other skin care products), works to help dissolve dead skin cells.

7. Those with very oily skin can benefit from using a cleanser specifically developed for them. To help fight shine and excess oil production, choose a water-based, foaming cleanser.

[We recommend: Botanical Facial Gel]

8. Washing your face twice a day is generally recommended. However, if you’ve been to the gym and/or have been sweating quite a bit, an extra cleanse is likely in order.  Follow up with toner and moisturizer.

9. It’s important to wash your hands before you cleanse your face! Always pull hair away from your skin and be sure to use tepid (neither hot nor cold) water.

August 12, 2014
by Jill

Q & A: Why Can’t I Use Night Cream All Day?

night creamQ. Why can’t I use a night cream during the day?

A. You could, theoretically, use a night cream during the day. However, if you’re planning on leaving the house, it’ essential that you use a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Night creams are also formulated to help hydrate the skin while you sleep. As such, they are often richer than moisturizers designed for daytime use, and may make your skin appear shiny during the day. If you’re in need of a very hydrating daytime moisturizer for extremely dry skin, you’ll want to use a separate, richly emollient moisturizer that contains sunscreen.

[We Recommend: Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20]

August 11, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

5 Things You Should Know About Using A Serum

serum1. Serums are a supplement.

…so don’t go ditching your moisturizer any time soon. Unless you’re very oily (in which case a water-based, hydrating serum is all you need), a serum should supplement your daily moisturizing regimen. They’re formulated to penetrate deeply into the skin in order to deliver key, active ingredients to help treat specific concerns. A moisturizer applied on top helps keep the skin hydrated, acting as a protective barrier between the epidermis and the environment.

2. Serums are specially formulated to better penetrate the skin.

Serums have a far thinner consistency than moisturizers – typically gel or water-like in texture – because they’re formulated sans occlusive ingredients or thickening agents found in creams and moisturizers. Most of the fluid is eliminated, so serums are highly concentrated with active ingredients. These smaller molecules allow serums to penetrate the skin deeper, thus efficiently delivering active ingredients for maximum benefits.

3. Serums should be applied first.

After cleansing and toning the skin, one to four drops (depending on each serum’s respective directions) should be gently massaged into damp skin. Give the skin a few moments to absorb the product before following with a moisturizer or night cream.

4. Be aware of a serum’s shelf life after its first use.

There’s a reason why most serums are housed in tinted, glass bottles. The packaging helps maintain the integrity of active ingredients, so to get the most out of your serum, store it in a cool, dark place and be sure to cap tightly after each use.

5. Serums are able to target specific concerns.

It all circles back to the active ingredients: because serums are so highly concentrated with hero ingredients (Vitamin C, Peptides, etc.), specific concerns are more efficiently and effectively targeted. These tiny molecules absorb quickly and deeply into the skin for fortified benefits.

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