Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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March 13, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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10 Non-Negotiable Rules Of Skin Care

skin care rulesIt’s interesting how rules tend to come in sets of 10, isn’t it? Here’s our non-negotiable group of ten skin care rules. Click the Twitter icon to tweet your favorites!

 1. Think simple, gentle, and effective. Basics are the foundation for beautiful skin. skin care rules

2. Knowing your skin and its needs is the single most important prerequisite for taking effective care of it.skin care rules

3. “Don’t use your friend’s cosmetics just because [he/she] has nice skin. They may be effective for [him/her], but that’s not your skin.” skin care rules

4. Slow and steady wins the race. Good skin comes with investment. Be sure to diligently follow your regimen day and night – no excuses. (Even on those late nights when you just want to crash, don’t. Sleeping with your makeup on is the first of skin sins.)skin care rules

5. The secret to the perfect complexion is to seek balance and work to maintain it. Every time you cleanse – wash it, tone it, clarify it with some sort of mask or acne treatment, etc. – you have to replenish the moisture you removed from your skin. Take and give back. Refresh and restore.skin care rules

6. Hydration is paramount. Drink your water and eat it too. Fruits and veggies have a high water content; plus, they boast some of the most powerful anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that can boost your complexion.skin care rules

7. Don’t just focus on your face. Skin is the largest of the body – so take care of all of it. Be sure to cleanse and  moisturize well from tip to toe. Plus, the delicate skin on your neck, décolletage, and hands show signs of aging, wear, and tear easily – be sure to pay special attention to those areas in addition to your complexion.skin care rules

8. Do as Sleeping Beauty does: sleepThey don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ without reason.skin care rules

9. De-stressed skin = happy skin. Set aside at least 10 minutes a day for yourself. Read, write, relax, or throw on a mask. Breathe in deeply, exhale completely.Stress reflects (badly) on both our health and complexion: if not for sanity’s sake, do it for vanity. Bye-bye stress means bye-bye to a under-eye bags, breakouts, and premature wrinkling.

10. Love your skin and it will love you right back. Investing in good products and good skin care habits is important, of course, but it’s only when you’ve found confidence and self-love that you’ll truly achieve a complexion that’s inexplicably radiant no matter what

Lit from within. Literally.

March 12, 2015
by Jill
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Q & A: Why Can’t I Use My Moisturizer As Eye Cream?

The skin around your eyes is different. It’s thinner and has fewer oil glands, making it more delicate and drier than the rest of your face. Just as your eye cream is likely too heavy for your facial skin, so too is your moisturizer not emollient enough for your eye area. Check out our best-selling eye cream, the Hyaluronic Eye Cream.
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March 11, 2015
by Jill
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Never (EVER) Pop Cystic Acne

iStock_000044370604_Large (2)While we’d never advocate popping or picking at any type of acne, attempting to ‘pop’ an acne cyst is likely the worst offense you could commit against your skin. (Other than regular tanning, of course.)

Cystic Acne is different from whiteheads and other types of ‘surface’ acne because it forms deep in the skin. While Cystic Acne is caused by the same factors—excess oil, blocked pores, etc.—it represents deep pockets of infection.

Attempting to draw the infection to the surface by squeezing at acne cysts can prove disastrous. Cystic Acne is the type of acne most likely to cause scarring, as the body forms hardened tissue to help stop the spread of bacteria. Popping or squeezing can exacerbate this tendency to scar, leaving behind a lifelong reminder of the cystic outbreak.

[Read: What makes people want to poke and pop their pimples?]

Here’s what to do instead: Rather than trying to pop cystic acne, start using a regular anti-acne skin care regimen to help prevent breakouts from occurring in the first place. Use acne spots treatments specifically created for acne cysts at the first sign of a breakout. We recommend the Buffering Lotion. Avoid using skin care products and cosmetics that may clog pores, such as oil-based foundations or cream cleansers.

[Check out this insider tip for reducing Cystic Acne]

If the above steps do not help to reduce outbreaks, it’s time to visit a Dermatologist to find the perfect solution for your Cystic Acne.

Read more:
How to clear up Cystic Acne on the Back, Chest, and Shoulders
The DIY Anti-Acne Facial
The Three Ps of Hormonal Acne

 

March 10, 2015
by Jill
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Product Spotlight: Cellufirm Drops

collagen SFC_cellufirThere are a few Mario Badescu products that I feel don’t get the attention they deserve.

When you look at the ingredients listed for the Cellufirm Drops, you’ll see why I feel this way about our anti-aging emulsion: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Elastin, and Tocopheral (that’s Vitamin E).

[Read more: 10 Powerhouse anti-aging ingredients]

Pretty much everybody can use this anti-aging treatment,* and it can be applied on your face, neck, and around the eyes. I like to use it under my eye cream for an extra defense against crow’s feet.

*You may want to avoid the Cellufirm Drops if you’re trying to get your acne under control.

March 7, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Daylight Savings 2015: How To Fake Looking Well-Rested

… even if you lose a whole extra hour of sleep. No one will ever know.

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Early mornings are already hard enough as is, but revoking one whole hour of sleep before a Monday?

That’s just cruel.

It is what it is, unfortunately. It’s Daylight Savings 2015!  Sure, you’ll be forced to come to grips with losing 60 minutes of precious shut-eye, but don’t let that get you down. Daylight Savings may have stolen your hour, but don’t let it take your morning routine too.

While everyone at school or the office is lugging around their extra-large coffees with bed sheet imprints on one side of their faces, you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Take that, Daylight Savings. Here’s how:


1. Prep the night before.

Fine. Call it cheating, but a head start is game-changing when time is of the essence. Plan your outfit, lunch, etc. before bed and you’ll have cut down your AM routine. The reward is twofold: you and your skin will thank you for the extra hour of sleep and additional prep time for self-care in order to make up for an hour lost.

2. Sleep slightly elevated.

Super simple and makes a world of a difference come morning. Not only will it help prevent those pesky sheet imprints (which may lead to premature wrinkling!), but it’ll also help reduce fluid retention – puffiness – around the eyes.

3. Splash your face with cold water.

Talk about an instant wake-me-up! The instant hit of cold water encourages blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing any darkness or puffiness (especially around the eye area).

4. Cleanse and brighten at once!

An Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) based cleanser (like our best-selling Enzyme Cleansing Gel, a favorite for AM regimens) gives tired skin the rejuvenating boost it needs. AHAs gently exfoliate to remove last night’s oil buildup and general dullness to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.

5. Stash your eye cream in the fridge.

Further eliminate signs of tiredness — the eyes are the window to everything – by keeping your eye cream in the refrigerator. (Don’t know what eye cream suits you best? Check out our guide here). The cold helps constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness, which helps with diminishing the look of under-eye darkness and bags. Plus, keeping the eye area properly hydrated helps smooth and lift for a more wide-awake, youthful-looking appearance!

6. While you’re at it, keep your Facial Spray in there, too.

Spritz post-moisturizing, after makeup, and throughout the day – essentially whenever you’re in need of a rehydrating boost. Plus, it helps set makeup with a radiant finish so you look your best even with beauty sleep cut short.

7. Hydration is the secret.

Plump, dewy skin is often the sign of a good night’s rest. Don’t let Daylight Savings thwart your goal: take things into your hands by moisturizing well for a healthy, radiant complexion.

8. Keep it simple, silly.

Wearing makeup? Pare things down the minimum: less is more, and multi-tasking products are a godsend. Choose a lightweight foundation or mix your favorite formula with your moisturizer for easy application. (Blending takes time, and when it’s a Monday and Daylight Savings, #aintnobodygottimeforthat.) Matte looks tend to exacerbate any lines or visible signs of tiredness, so go for natural or radiant finishes.

Enhance the natural glow: highlight your cheekbones, brow bone, and center of the lid with a light, shimmery powder to brighten your face and open up the eyes. Eyes looking a bit red? Line the waterline with a nude or white pencil to really fake looking awake.

And if you really want to fake looking polished? Swipe on a bright lip. You might be feeling groggy, but no one will be the wiser…

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