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August 5, 2014
by Jill
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What’s In Your Skin Care: Best Oils For Skin

best oils for skinDid you know that…

  • Many oils are powerful antioxidants. High quality vitamin oils (such as Vitamins A, D, and E) provide potent protection against aging, damaging free radicals.
  • Oils are lipophilic, meaning they help plump the skin and prevent water loss by passing through the skins’ lipid layer.
  • Oils help deliver active ingredients—such as Vitamin C or Glycolic Acid—deeper into the skin.

Let’s take a look at some of the best oils for skin care:

Coconut Oil is luscious and super-hydrating. It is also currently a very popular natural method of moisturizing both skin and hair. At Mario Badescu, though, we’ve been using this natural ingredient in skin care for decades!

[Check out: Dermonectin Eye Cream]

Vitamin Oils
 (such as Vitamins A and D) hydrate and protect against damaging free radicals.

[You'll find Vitamin A and D Oils in: Cellufirm Drops, Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex]

Vitamin E Oil
 is an antioxidant oil that protects skin against the damaging effects of free radicals

[See: Vitamin E Body Lotion, Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E SPF 20, The Moisture Magnet SPF 15]

Rose Hips Oil
 is extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes and has potent essential fatty acids to protect against dry skin and deliver necessary moisture.

[Found in: Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, Rose Hips Mask]

Olive Oil
 penetrates and softens the driest skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky without being greasy.

[Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, Olive Eye Cream]

Wheat Germ Oil
 is a great source of Natural Vitamin E.

[Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E]

Peanut Oil
 is rich in antioxidant Vitamin A for intense moisture and protection from free radical damage.

Walnut Oil This ultra-softening oil has a rich – almost creamy – quality that sinks right into the skin. 

[Walnut Body Lotion]

Cottonseed Oil
 lightly hydrates your complexion.

[Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15]

August 1, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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5 Things You Should Know About Moisturizer

Moisturizer1. Oily skin needs moisturizer, too.

One of the most common mistakes acne-prone and oily skin types make is forgoing moisturizer under the misconception that they “don’t need it.” Remember: oiliness is not the same as being hydrated. When oily skin is stripped of natural moisture or isn’t being hydrated, sebaceous glands go into overdrive in an attempt to compensate. It’s the excess presence of pore-clogging oil that increases chances of breaking out. Keep skin balanced and clear by using an oil-free moisturizer.

2. However, not everyone needs a traditional moisturizer.

Hydration is paramount to overall skin health, but different skin types need different types of moisture. While various options exist to cater to all types of skin, moisturizing is about delivering the ingredients that can best hydrate, rejuvenate, and repair skin. The texture – whether it’s cream, gel, lotion, or hydrating serum – shouldn’t matter as long as it contains the ingredients that best target your skin’s concerns.

3. Humectants are the substance in moisturizers that help keep skin hydrated.

Moisturizers contain humectants to help the skin retain its natural moisture levels. One of the most highly touted ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful, non-irritating, non-pore-clogging humectant that helps bind water to the skin. Glycerin is another popular hydrating agent found in moisturizers.

4. Moisturizer can help improve the appearance of your skin.

We like to say that hydrated skin is happy skin – because it’s true. Dry skin often looks ashy and dull; dead skin buildup and flaky skin exacerbate the appearance of hyperpigmentation, pesky breakouts, and visible signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging). Moisturizer can plump up the skin, minimizing fine lines while giving the skin a healthier, more radiant glow.

5. You need different moisturizers for different areas of skin.

While many moisturizers are multi-purpose, a cream designated for your face might not be the most effective elsewhere on your body (or vice versa – body moisturizers may not properly hydrate or nourish the skin on your face, and may even cause breakouts or irritation on acne-prone and sensitive skin types). Facial skin is much thinner and thus more delicate – it needs moisturizer formulated specifically for your particular skin type and any concerns.

Keep in mind that the skin around your eyes is different, too. Because it’s significantly thinner and has far fewer oil glands than the rest of your skin, it’s that much more susceptible to internal or external changes in diet, health, sleep (usually lack of), weather, and aging. Make sure to use and eye cream that’s right for your skin, whether you’re just getting started with anti-aging or you have sensitive skin.

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Click HERE to shop our line of moisturizers.

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July 22, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Q&A: Whiteheads Vs. Blackheads, What’s the Difference?

You ask, we answer!

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads

Q. What are blackheads?

A. Also known as open comedones, blackheads are widened hair follicles plugged with keratin squamae (dead skin buildup), oil, and sebum. Despite their name, this type of acne can actually range anywhere from yellowish to a dark, grey-brown in color and appear as small dark spots on the skin. Blackheads are most common during puberty when oil production is at an all-time high, and continue to be prevalent in those with combination/oily or very oily skin types. Because they form before bacteria have the chance to enter and fester within the pores, blackheads can develop into a pimple (a papule or pustule) prior to inflammation and is thus said to be the first stage in acne breakouts.

Blackheads are not a sign of dirtiness or poor personal hygiene, contrary to popular belief. Their dark color is actually a simple chemical reaction that occurs; when the buildup comes in contact with oxygen, it oxidizes into a dark plug.

[We recommend: Acne Facial Cleanser, Silver Powder, Cucumber Tonic Mask]

Q. What are whiteheads?

A. Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are a type of non-inflammatory acne. Like blackheads, whiteheads are the result of clogged pores. Excess sebum trapped within hair follicle by a layer of dead skin cell buildup, so rather than oxidizing into a darkened plug (a blackhead), it forms into a small, white, pus-filled bump. If a whitehead becomes inflamed, it can easily turn into another more severe form of acne.

[We recommend: Special Cucumber Lotion, Drying Mask, Healing & Soothing Mask, Drying Lotion]

July 17, 2014
by Lee Ann
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Combo/Dry Skin? Try our Seaweed Regimen!

It seems appropriate that Seaweed would be part of the solution for Combination/Dry skin, doesn’t it? Using skin care products with Seaweed in them always makes me feel like I was just misted with sea spray.

Seaweed is excellent for helping to repair, revitalize, and nourish your skin.

[Read more: What can Seaweed do for your skin?]

Do you have Combination/Dry Skin? If so, here’s what you might like to try:

seaweedStart off by cleansing with our Seaweed Cleansing Soap.

Next, use a toner. In this case, the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion.

During the day, apply our Collagen Moisturuzer SPF 15. At night, the Seaweed Night Cream is just the thing for extra hydration!