by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: February Skincare

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

Mario Badescu Skincare Monthly Edit Medicine Cabinet

January was all about brightening and smoothing, natch (there really is no better way to start off a new year, to be honest). This month, we’re going back to the basics for two reasons:

  1. To maintain balance to windy, winter weather doesn’t wreak havoc on our skin, and
  2. To let us take a closer look at what our skin really

Too often we’re tempted by the latest series of peels or acid-based products (which usually happens right before the New Year in a rushed attempt to get our skin looking as perfect as possible)—and while those things can benefit your skin, they’re not for every skin type. (It’s also important to note that too much can take a toll on your skin, no matter how oily or resilient you think your skin is.)

…which is where simple, gentle, and effective skin care come into play. Forget the bells and whistles for a second, and instead, reach for tried-and-true staples that can return your skin back to a state of balance.

Here’s what we recommend for dry, sensitive, or over-worked skin this month. (And if you’re combination/oily, we recommend following this regimen instead.)

Cream Soap. This is the most gentle face wash in our entire line. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and it’s fragrance-free—making it the go-to cleanser for those with reactive skin. Light makeup, excess oil, and impurities are washed away without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. Another go-to for sensitive skin, this toner harbors the Chamomile’s calming properties to help comfort and re-balance skin after cleansing.

Flower & Tonic Mask. All skin types—including dry—need a weekly deep cleaning. Our Flower & Tonic Mask is a mild, purifying mask that gently pulls out impurities from pores as antioxidant Evening Primrose and Gardenia work to help improve moisture levels and encourage firmer, smoother skin.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This under-the-radar skin-saver deserves more time in the limelight. Its lightweight formula sinks in quickly to revive flaky or dehydrated areas while giving skin a dewy, youthful glow.

#MBSkinTip 1: Keep a bottle on hand at all times to smooth dry patches (like between the brows or around the nose). Simply apply 1-2 drops to the areas that need a hydration boost to rejuvenate skin.

#MBSkinTip 2: Stash this oil in your carry-on. This frequent flyer fave is a must for beating cabin air (notorious for making skin dry, tight, and totally out-of-balance.)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. If you haven’t tried this facial mist, trust [the countless fans who adore it]. Your skin needed a spritz of this yesterday.

 


by Kimberly Yang
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Our NEW Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea is Here!

(Plus, the Difference Between This One & Our Original Facial Spray)

new facial spray with aloe cucumber green tea

Drumroll, please.

This new facial spray has been a long time coming. Long, because our chemist is a perfectionist (a woman after our founder’s own heart), and because we wanted to find the perfect combination that satisfied your needs.

For years, you’ve asked for a new facial mist. Some just wanted something to add your collection of rosewater facial sprays; others were a little more specific. You wanted invigorating. You wanted an antioxidant boost. A mist that was less rose-y, perhaps—one that ups the fresh without the floral.

Check, check, check, and check. We’re thrilled to give you a first look at our latest launch: the Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea.

“What is it?”

It’s an invigorating facial mist that revives dull, tired skin with an infusion of nutrient-rich botanicals and Cucumber Essential Water. Aloe Vera and Cucumber—both rich in essential vitamins and minerals—deliver a cooling boost of hydration as Green Tea provides powerful antioxidant protection.

“Where can I get it?”

Right now, it’s available exclusively on Ulta.com and will hit stores Feb. 26. Like the original facial spray you love, it’s only $7! Shop it here.

“What’s the difference between the two Facial Sprays?”

There are a few differences; our goal was to formulate a facial mist that would complement the OG rosewater facial spray.

Both boost hydration. Both also feature Aloe Vera for its soothing properties—but these are the main differences:

Our cult-favorite Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater was created to give skin a hydrated, dewy glow. With radiance-boosting and soothing botanicals like Rose, Gardenia, Thyme, Aloe, and skin-softening Bladderwrack (a type of seaweed), this is the ultimate pick-me-up product that leaves skin radiant.

What we love it for:

  • Boosting hydration in our moisturizing routine
  • Misting over makeup as a final step for a flawless, dewy finish
  • Rehydrating throughout the day, on the plane, everywhere basically

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, has a little more zing to it. Like your morning, wake-me-up green tea (literally), with extra benefits. Infused with nutrient-rich botanicals (like Aloe Vera and Cucumber) and Cucumber Essential Water, our latest instantly invigorates and tones to perk up dull or tired skin. Green Tea provides a protective, antioxidant boost—leaving skin fresh and revitalized.

What we love it for:

  • Waking up tired skin in the morning
  • Giving skin additional toning benefits after cleansing and toning
  • Invigorating skin before, during, and after a workout
  • Cooling skin on a hot, muggy day

So, which do I need?

It’s up to you! We recommend incorporating both in your regimen, but the beauty of these facial mists is in their versatility.

Here at MB HQ, we love starting the day with Facial with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea to wake us up, then misting the original rosewater facial spray throughout the day to revive dehydrated skin. We’re also toting the new one in our gym bags—it’s a must during and post-workout as a super refreshing and cooling boost. The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, however, take permanent residence in our travel bags (here’s why.)

 


by Nicole Darmanin
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Best Toner for Your Skin Type

Depending on your skin’s needs a toner can brighten, clarify, balance, or even help soothe sensitivity. But with so many options, we know that finding the right one can be a challenge, so we decided to put together this handy guide to help you find your perfect match!

Oh, what was that? You aren’t sure why you need a toner in the first place? Take a look at this and meet us back here. Take your time, we’ll wait.

Dry/Sensitive skin:

Aloe Vera Toner– This gentle, alcohol-free toner will whisk away traces of makeup and oil without stripping essential moisture from the skin. Aloe Vera has long been known for its soothing and hydrating properties. Even the most sensitive skin types will feel refreshed.

Try pairing with Cucumber Cream Soap.

Dry/Dull skin:

Glycolic Acid Toner– Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract gently work to exfoliate dull skin and uncover your freshest complexion. The alcohol-free formula is easy on dry skin.

Try pairing with Orange Cleansing Soap

Combination/Unbalanced:

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion– Mineral-rich Seaweed and naturally clarifying Witch Hazel come together to restore balance and address the concerns that come with combination skin. Oily areas will feel thoroughly cleansed and dehydrated areas nourished. If you feel like your skin has multiple personalities, this toner is for you!best skin toner

Try pairing with Seaweed Cleansing Soap.

Oily Skin:

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion– Amino acids found in Cucumber Extract work to refine the skin as you banish excess oil from the T-Zone. We always look forward to using this invigorating Cleansing Lotion first thing in the morning.

Try Pairing with Enzyme Cleansing Gel.

Acne-Prone Skin:

Special Cleansing Lotion “C”– Cucumber and Sulfur purify pores and target blemishes without overdrying. Use twice daily to keep troubled skin at bay.

Try pairing with Acne Facial Cleanser.

Which toner is right for your type?


by Nicole Darmanin
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#MBmy5: Karolina

New year, new . . . blog series!

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Mario Badescu is, “What are your best products?” And while we love to give recommendations, that question doesn’t have a simple answer. There are a number of things that factor into deciding which products are best for your individual skin type. So we decided we’d ask MB insiders to tell us their skin types and whittle down their favorites (there are over 150 products in the full Mario Badescu line) to the very tippy-top five on their list. For our inaugural #MBmy5 post, meet Karolina!

Karolina is one of our favorite smiling faces around Mario Badescu headquarters. Whether she is plugging away on a spreadsheet or telling us about her latest adventure (did you catch her #MBTravels pics from Paris earlier this year? If not, have a look here and here), Kari shines bright.

Here are Karolina’s favorites in her own words:

Skin Type: Oily, Acne-Prone

1. By far my go-to, number one favorite is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’s my trusty sidekick in the fight against moisture loss by giving my skin quick refreshment. It’s multi-functional when a toner is out of reach, a mist for pre/post-makeup and the touch of Aloe even helps when a post-sun cooling gel is nowhere near. Whether it’s sitting behind a desk, in a car, or traveling on a plane, a bottle of facial spray is within my arm’s reach.

Kari's favorite Mario Badescu products

2. My go-to exfoliator and post workout in-shower cleanser is the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Even though my skin is oily, it’s still sensitive and very acne-prone, so using exfoliators that have grit in them can irritate my skin. This, however, foams to a lightweight consistency that makes it ideal to use on my face, as well as on my chest and back to get rid of any dead skin cells. The scent also reminds me of summertime in Brooklyn eating Lemon Italian Ices as a child. Oh, nostalgia!

3. Since I started working at Mario Badescu, I’ve learned that different parts of your face have different needs, which means that different parts of your face need help from different masks, a.k.a. multi-masking! A few times a week you will find me looking like a pastel leopard covered in spots, with the largest areas covered in the Super Collagen Mask. This mask works great for my T-zone area, as well as for plumping areas on my cheeks where I have some post-acne scars. It’s very hydrating on areas where acne products tend to overdry the skin, especially during the winter season. I love using this mask before I go out or when I’m home for the night to give my complexion a boost of moisture and Collagen. It’s never too early to incorporate anti-aging into my regimen.

4. Even with oily skin and eyelids, it’s never too early to add an eye cream to a beauty regimen. Ceramide Eye Gel is a great, lightweight alternative to a heavily emollient eye cream. I am very prone to getting milia, or small white bumps, around my eye area from using thick eye creams. This gel’s glide-on texture doesn’t tug the under-eye area and makes it ideal for year-round use that won’t slip under makeup. Due to its gel consistency, it can be stored in the fridge to give my under-eyes a pick-me-up when they look puffy, especially when it looks like I missed out on some ZzZzZzs.

5. The second sunshine and humidity go away, my hands become parched. Especially during East Coast winters, when there’s no humidity and constant washing to keep germs and bacteria at bay. Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E is my ultimate savior. Its whipped consistency makes it lightweight and non-greasy. I love having the classic jar laying close by on my desk, that won’t leave residue on my mouse or keyboard. I’m even more obsessed now that the hand cream is available in a tube! It’s ideal to place in a bag or leave in the car to hydrate my dry hands on the go.


by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: January Skincare

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

01.09.17 - Monthly Edit

New year, new you—isn’t that how the saying goes? Whether you’re a resolution-maker or just into going with the flow, January is all about you. Refocus, re-center, and get your skin back to pre-holiday-insanity perfection.

These are the products we’re using to start off 2017 with our best face forward:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. No regimen begins without a solid cleanser—and in this case, we’re reaching for a classic favorite. Exfoliating enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (found in fruit extracts) give skin a deep clean that leaves the complexion looking bright and refreshed.
  • Aloe Vera Toner. Winter skin tends to veer on the dry and sensitive side, so be sure to choose a toner that can help re-balance your complexion post-cleanse. This one is super gentle: any remaining impurities are swept away from the surface as Aloe provides a light, soothing hydration.
  • Cellufirm Drops + Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. Between holiday parties and New Year’s Eve, sleep hasn’t been your best friend. Brighten, plump, and smooth tired under-eyes with this pro-favorite combo: Gently pat a drop or two of Cellufirm Drops around the eye area, then follow with the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.
  • Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C. Replenishing your skin’s natural moisture is essential when it comes to putting your best face forward. This lightweight formula delivers Vitamin C-enhanced hydration to help restore radiance and clarity to dull, dehydrated skin. Need a little more moisture? Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops underneath for extra skin-smoothing benefits.
  • Bee Pollen Night Cream. Glowing skin is always #goals no matter the season (or new year), so we’re adding this rejuvenating night cream into our evening regimen. This silky-smooth cream is enriched with Bee Pollen Extract and Beeswax to nourish dry skin with antioxidants and essential nutrient—revealing dewy, youthful-looking skin come morning.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Here’s an #MBSkinTip that’s been a total game-changer for those with bumpy or breakout-prone skin: Use this exfoliating cleanser one to three times a week on your back, arms, and legs to help keep your skin even from head to toe.
  • Super Rich Olive Body Lotion. After every bath or shower, moisturize. your. body. We’re partial to the Super Rich Olive Body Lotion come winter—it’s rich (as the name implies), creamy, and infused with Olive Oil.

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