by Kimberly Yang

2018 Resolutions: Your Best Skin Starts Now

Beauty Resolutions Skin Care

New year, new skin is what everyone’s saying—but make no mistake: there’s nothing wrong with the skin you’re in, now.

In light of gratitude and positive thinking, let’s approach skin care a little differently in 2018. What do you love about your skin? What does your skin crave? Start with the qualities you appreciate and work from there. For example: You love how dewy your skin looks even in the dead of winter, but you wouldn’t mind cutting back on some shine to maintain the balance. Easy solution: Use a clay-based mask a few times a week to help deep clean and absorb excess oil. Or, perhaps you’re grateful that breakouts are something you never have to worry about—but could use a little pick-me-up in the hydration department. The answer? Mist your complexion throughout the day with our hydrating facial spray, and layer up your serums and moisturizers.

This New Year’s, make a resolution to carve out time for self-care—which means, taking care of your skin twice a day, seven days a week. Make that commitment, because you’re in it for the long haul. (We read somewhere that it only takes 21 days for something new to become a habit. Put in the elbow grease for three weeks and before you know it, you won’t be able to leave the house or go to bed without following your skin care routine.) Plus, in 10 years, you’ll be grateful you’ve held onto that resolution.

Here’s how to get started.

  1. Never go to bed with makeup on. Ever.
  2. Cleanse twice daily. Here’s how to find your perfect face wash.
  3. Make it a mission to incorporate eye cream into your daily regimen. I’m the overachiever who keeps a jar of eye cream with me at all times (true story, read more about it here), but you could easily do just fine with applying it every morning and evening.
  4. Moisturizer is non-negotiable. In fact, your choice of moisturizer can make or break your skin care regimen. This is how to pick the right one.
  5. Take your regimen to the next level. Add a serum into the mix; it can be game-changing. Find the right serum for your skin, here.
  6. Make exfoliation a regular part of your routine. Need a few ideas on how to get your ultimate glowing skin regimen? Check out our guide.
  7. Mask twice a week. If you’re not masking, you’re missing out. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide on which masks are best for what, here.

by Kimberly Yang

2017: A Year in Review

Here’s what happened in 2017 here at Mario Badescu Skin Care:

January 2017

We made our beauty resolutions. The ball dropped. We clinked our glasses, sipped champagne, and launched headfirst into our 50th anniversary—because half a century ago was when it all began.

It was in 1967, out of a two-room Manhattan apartment, where our salon and product line came to be.

February 2017

We launched a new Facial Spray to complement the OG cult favorite: Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea.

Here’s how it differs from the original.

March 2017

You make her happy, we’ll make her glow 😉

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There was the Mario Badescu meme heard ‘round the world. We didn’t break the internet, but we nearly broke up a couple (sorry, Isabela 😉!).

The icing on the cake? Getting named “Best Acne Skin Care Winner” in Yahoo’s first-ever “Diversity in Beauty Awards.”

April 2017

Our two most iconic products—the rose-infused facial spray and one and only Drying Lotion—were in the running for Pro Awards from The Makeup Show!

May 2017

Going to #Disney? Your definitive checklist of things to bring has been posted—link in bio!

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We headed to Orlando, Florida for the annual Ulta GMC Conference and a company-wide retreat that quickly turned into a Disney World takeover. Read more about our trip and what we packed here.

#Embraceyourface#beyourbiggestfan 😁 Swipe 👉🏿➡️

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Another highlight of our year? Seeing that Caleb Mclaughlin loves pink dots just as much as we do! We loved him the moment we saw him in Netflix’s Stranger Things, but his #EmbraceYourFace campaign was what had us head over heels.

June 2017

Going to #Disney? Your definitive checklist of things to bring has been posted—link in bio!

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After Orlando, we were on warm weather withdrawal… so to combat the palm tree blues, we promptly jet-set off to San Juan, Puerto Rico. When in Puerto Rico, you mist, apply SPF, and repeat. See our skin care travel diary here.

July 2017

Hot off the presses. #MBFactoryFriday

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One Mario Badescu Facial Spray is sold every. 20. seconds.

August 2017

Drying Lotion is named a winner of the Teen vogue Acne Awards 2017! Here’s why:

“This holy grail product for Kylie Jenner and Teen Vogue editors alike can, no joke, make a pimple vanish overnight. Simply dip a q-tip all the way into the unshaken, separated solution and dab it onto your spots. Sulfur, salicylic acid and zinc oxide work to dry up your whiteheads and give you a glowy start to your day.”

September 2017

We launched in Glowhaus, Bloomingdale’s new beauty boutique!

October 2017

We’re in Times Square! #wemadeit

November 2017

Our collaboration with the inimitable Martha Stewart—made exclusively for QVC—launches, introducing skin care by the decades. Hand-picked by Martha, made by Mario Badescu Skin Care.

December 2017

Mario Badescu Skin Care Year in Review 50th Anniversary

Holiday season is our favorite time of year. With exclusive kits and giftable sets galore, we’re excited with all the ways we can be a part of your tradition this time of year.

Plus, we’re brewing up some newness for 2018. So stay tuned.




by Nicole Darmanin

Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas: Sets for Everyone on Your List

Still in hot pursuit of holiday gift ideas? Look no further.

These perfectly-packaged, flawlessly curated bundles of holiday joy are fun to buy (Isn’t checking a dozen names off your list at once satisfying?) and even more fun to receive. That’s right; these gift ideas include exclusives, limited-editions, and special sizes available exclusively for holiday 2017 that are ready to be snapped up and wrapped up.

Grab your list and a pen—these are our very favorite gift ideas for:


The Facial Spray Trio contains 2oz, 4oz, and 8oz bottles of Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. These are perfect sizes to stash one in a tote, one in the medicine cabinet, and another at work so a quick refresh is never out of reach.


Mario Face & Body is all that is needed for those people on your list who love nothing more than to soak, mist, and soften in the comfort of their own abode.

Mario Badescu Holiday 2017 Gift Set Ideas

Facial Spray Trio


Mask & Mist for those who have the ABCs of skin care down to a science. This set will bring their routine to the next level.


The 50 Years of Heroes Kit contains a star product for each decade from the 1960s to today. It is the ultimate collection of must-haves, best-sellers, and cult-favorites.


Hit Refresh. We will be snapping up at LEAST five of these babies because we will NOT be caught off guard by the inevitable name left off the list, the brand new significant other who always seems to materialize the day of your holiday dinner, or the coworker who was so helpful during that nightmare of a project earlier this year.

by Kimberly Yang

New & Exclusive Holiday Gift Sets—Now on!

‘Tis the season for giving the gift of beautiful skin—which is why we’ve launched new and exclusive holiday gift sets just for you.

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Mario Badescu 50 Years of Heroes Set

Pick up one for yourself and another for the Mario Badescu connoisseur in your life—because this limited edition set is going, fast. 50 Years of Heroes is a collection that features our five most memorable products through the decades, housed in our (also limited edition!) toiletries pouch.

Each set includes:

  • 50th Anniversary Edition Drying Lotion (1 fl oz)—formulated in the 1960s
  • Buttermilk Moisturizer (1 fl oz)—formulated in the 1970s
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (2 fl oz)—formulated in the 1980s
  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel (4 fl oz)—formulated in the 1990s
  • Vitamin C Serum (0.3 fl oz) )—formulated in the 2000s

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Mario Badescu Glowing Skin Essentials Set

This luxe, TSA-friendly gift set is the perfect present the jet-setter in your life—or anyone who takes skin seriously. Glowing Skin Essentials Set is another exclusive curated for the jet-setter and glow-getter that includes:

  • Cellufirm Drops (1 fl oz), your skin-smoothing day or night serum
  • Vitamin C Serum (1 fl oz), your evening treatment that leaves skin luminous
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (1 fl oz), the cult-favorite mist that adds a dewy glow
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea (1 fl oz), an invigorating mist that tones and cools

Plus, all four products come with our signature double-zip cosmetics bag—a must-have in keeping your essentials organized.

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Mario Badescu Cucumber Mask & Mist Duo Holiday Gift Set

Give your at-home facial a cooling, Cucumber-infused boost. This limited edition boxed set is designed to deep clean, refresh, and invigorate skin using:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea (4 fl oz)
  • Cucumber Tonic Mask (2 oz)

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Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray Holiday Gift Set Duo

Never be without your favorite mist again. Whether spritzed for a hydrating boost or mid-day pick-me-up, our cult-favorite facial spray helps revive dehydrated skin with a dewy glow anytime, anywhere. A floral infusion of Rose and antioxidant-rich Gardenia boosts the complexion as Bladderwrack, a mineral-rich marine botanical, softens skin. Aloe soothes and Thyme promotes clarity—leaving skin radiant and re-energized.

This set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (4 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (8 fl oz)

Keep the larger bottle at home and take the smaller bottle to go. Or save one for you and gift the other as a stocking stuffer.

Chances are, you’ll spritz so frequently you’ll want two all to yourself—so grab more than one box. ‘Tis the season to give, after all.

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Mario Badescu 50th Anniversary Facial Spray Set

There’s no going wrong with this duo. Whether you’re gifting this to a Mario Badescu Facial Spray fanatic or someone new to skin care, this set is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Our exclusive 50th Anniversary Facial Spray Set doesn’t just include two Facial Sprays: it features two large bottles of our must-have mists.

Each set comes in our 50th Anniversary toiletry bag and includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (8 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea (8 fl oz)
  • 50th Anniversary Edition Mirror

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To see more of our holiday gift sets, shop here!

by Kimberly Yang

Q&A: Best Face Cleansers for Dry, Winter Skin

best face cleanser for dry winter skin mario badescu

Q. Should I skip cleansing twice daily if my skin is dry? My skin always feels super dry and tight after washing my face, even more so now that it’s cold out.

It’s important to cleanse twice daily no matter your skin type and no matter the season—it’s just about finding the right face wash that suits your skin’s needs. So: if your skin feels dry, tight, or even sensitive after cleansing, it’s likely you’re not using the right kind of face wash.

Which leads us to…

Q. What’s the best face cleanser for dry, winter skin?

A. Mario Badescu aestheticians recommend using a cream or tissue-off cleanser. Both are gentle alternatives to bar soaps or foaming formulas: they get rid of the dirt, oil, and impurities, but leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.

Here’s how to find the best face wash that’ll keep your dry skin happy all winter long:

Got combo/dry skin and love a rejuvenating boost in your cleanser?

Try Orange Cleansing Soap, a comforting face wash infused with Orange Peel Extract that refreshes skin of light makeup, dirt, oil, and other surface impurities.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Enzyme Cleansing Gel in the warmer months but are looking for a winter alternative, you’ll love this face wash, too.

Got combination/dry skin that’s prone to uneven skin tone and texture?

You’ll love Seaweed Cleansing Soap, a fresh, creamy face wash formulated with marine botanicals. Surface impurities are washed away, but your complexion is left softer and smoother than before. Plus, there are real seaweed grains in there to gently buff away dulling dead skin cells.

Got dry, sensitive skin that looks dull?

Use Keratoplast Cream Soap, a unique cleanser that helps rid the skin of pore-clogging impurities without leaving skin feeling parched.

Got dry skin?

Start using Cucumber Cream Soap, a creamy, Cucumber-infused face wash that leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and hydrated.

Got super sensitive and dry skin?

Try Cream Soap. It’s a simple, gentle formula that was created specifically for delicate skin. It’s an oil-free, fragrance-free, moisturizing formula that cleanses without overdrying skin.

Got super dry, parched, and/or mature skin? Or maybe you love wearing a full face of heavy makeup?

Your skin will love Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. Makeup and surface impurities are instantly wiped clean without stripping dry skin of essential moisture; instead, this oil-based cleansing milk ensures skin feels soft and nourished.