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August 14, 2014
by Jill
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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
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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
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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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August 8, 2014
by Jill
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Fan Friday Giveaway: Hyaluronic Eye Cream

The Fan Friday Giveaway is back! We’ve been taking a little break to prepare for SOMETHING BIG that’s coming soon to Mario Badescu Skin Care! While I can’t go into details about that, I can tell you how to enter to win the Hyaluronic Eye Cream!
giveaway

But first! Check out these blog highlights:

QUIZ: What does your bathroom counter say about you?
The best OILS to use on your skin.
5 things you should know about moisturizer.
An important skin tip straight from our Skin Care Salon to you!

To enter to win the eye cream, simply comment on this blog!

We’ll announce the winner Monday morning, August 11th, 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!

 

 

August 7, 2014
by Jill
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QUIZ: What Does Your Bathroom Say About You?

quiz
Your friends suddenly drop by and one of them needs to use the only bathroom in your house. They’ll find: 

(a) A disaster! Towels, brushes, hairdryer, lotions, and potions are scattered everywhere. Your visitor will be forced to dry their hands on the same towel you used after the shower this morning.
(b) Your usual skin and hair care regimen is neatly on display; your friend will need to dry his/her hands on the same clean hand towel you’re using.
(c) Everything is carefully put away, out of sight. A fresh hand towel is ready for your guest. 

How do you choose which skin care products to use? 

(a) I give everything a try!
(b) I’m currently using the absolute basics—cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
(c) I speak with a skin care specialist to ensure I’m using the right products for my skin type and condition.

You do your makeup:

(a) Amid the giant mess of makeup and hair tools on your bathroom counter.
(b) Using the mirror in the bathroom medicine cabinet.
(c) At your carefully organized vanity table.
(d) I don’t wear makeup.

When you’re getting ready to go out for the night, your significant other:

(a) Waits impatiently as the bathroom slowly becomes an atomic bomb of hairspray, makeup, perfume, and goodness knows what else.
(b) Is happy to see that you’re ready to go at the scheduled time.

(c) Wonders what’s taking you so long… only to find you re-organizing the medicine cabinet.

What’s on your vanity/bathroom counter right now?

(a) Every skin care/ hair care/ makeup/ personal care item ever invented or known to man.
(b) The basics… a simple, effective skin care regimen and the necessary hair and beauty products and tools for your low-maintenance style.
(c) A carefully followed, intricate system of beauty.

MOSTLY As

You are outgoing and gregarious—the life of the party! You look great, but your bathroom sure doesn’t! It’s a mess! But not every mess is necessarily bad, especially if you’re having fun and look amazing.

One word of advice: It’s important to ensure you’re using the right skin care products for your particular complexion. Take our online skin analysis to see which are right for you!

MOSTLY Bs

You’ve found balance in your life—or at least in your beauty routine. Looks like your no-fuss, easy-to-maintain system is working out perfectly for you!

Our advice? You’re off to a good start by using a basic skin care regimen. Now it’s time to take your skin to the next level with right eye cream, mask, and exfoliant. Take our online skin analysis to see which are right for you!

MOSTLY Cs

You’re a person of mystery… either you’re hiding something (your amazing beauty secrets!?) or you’re just incredibly organized. We’re still trying to figure out the enigma that is you.

The one thing we know for sure is that, with your carefully thought-out skin care regimen, your skin looks great!