by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: October Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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Leaves are falling. Halloween stores are setting up shop left and right. If you had any doubt (we’re still experiencing the odd warm-weather day in New York City, so it’s understandable), take a look around: Fall is officially in the air, ladies and gents. Dry air, inevitable chill, and all.

Sweaters may be out of storage, but skin is always in—which is why every October is all about maintaining balance as the seasons continue to shift. This is the perfect time to start easing those heavier, creamier moisturizers back into regimen while retiring lightweight formulas. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the skincare we’re into this month:

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion

Autumn air can leave skin tight, ashy, and dry—which is why it’s imperative you moisturize daily. This classic formula is a Badescu best-seller and fall favorite for men and women alike: it’s a rich, nourishing formula infused with Olive Oil to help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother, more radiant-looking skin.

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

If you’re worried about feeling sticky or greasy post-hand cream application, don’t. Our Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, though creamy in texture, boasts a fast-absorbing formula that sinks in quickly for intense moisture sans the heavy residue. Antioxidant oils nourish dehydrated skin while smoothing the look of fine lines so your hands feel silky-soft, always.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

There’s never a time when we don’t want to glow, but if you need reasons, we got ‘em. Fall weather, personal heaters, and back-to-school stress tend to leave the complexion a little lackluster, which is where masking comes in. For an instant pick-me-up, (and 15-20 minutes of built-in TLC), apply our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask where your skin is looking dull, tired, or dehydrated.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

If there’s one product you need this season, it’s this. Unlike most facial oils, our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil boasts a lightweight yet moisture-intensive formula that helps revive and smooth dehydrated skin. Rosehip Extract, a natural source of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C, brightens lackluster skin while hydrating any dry patches—revealing softer, more radiant skin.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap

It’s creamy, it’s fresh, it’s oil-free—making it the ideal cleanser for all skin types. It never leaves behind a residue, nor does it leave the skin feeling tight or dry. (Enzyme Cleansing Gel fans, you’ll love this face wash as a fall/winter alternative!)

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

This is the ideal, in-between-seasons toner. It’s a gentler alternative to an astringent (like our Cucumber Cleansing Lotion), but it still offers enhanced cleansing thanks to its Witch Hazel content.

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See more of our fall favorites here

by Kimberly Yang

The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Every Skin Type

Stop, drop, and glow.

True, glowing skin is still having its moment—but trend or not, we can’t get enough. Radiant, healthy-looking skin is the ultimate goal here at Mario Badescu, and here’s how we’re going to help you achieve it, no matter your skin type.

Behold, the ultimate glowing skin regimen for every skin type:


Start with clean skin (if you’re not sure which cleanser you should be using, find your perfect face wash here.) Then…



The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen

  1. Exfoliate. For a bright, smooth base—scrub regularly. Almond & Honey Face Scrub is a decadent treat that gently buffs away dulling dead skin cells while infusing nourishing oils into your skin.
  2. Liberally mist clean skin with our rose Facial Spray to prep and hydrate your complexion.
  3. Smooth. Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops all over to give your skin a smoother, plumper finish.
  4. Is it daytime? Go for The Moisture Magnet SPF 15, a creamy formula beloved by makeup artists for its ability to deeply nourish and soften skin. Heading out in the evening? Use Honey Moisturizer. Going to bed? Layer Vitamin C Serum under your favorite night cream.
  5. Customize your glow. Totally optional, but worth the extra step. Apply a few drops of Rose Hips Nourishing Oil wherever your skin craves an extra moisture boost—like your cheeks or around the nose. This lightweight facial oil is formulated with Rosehip, an extract packed with antioxidant Vitamin C, to give skin a brighter appearance and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
  6. Mist and repeat. Mist now, then mist again after makeup to give your final look a radiant finish.



  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week.
  2. Purify. Eliminate excess oil and decongest your complexion. Silver Powder works to draw out all that pore-clogging impurities and blackheads—leaving your skin refreshed, radiant, and re-balanced. Follow with toner.
  3. Mist. Start with a few spritzes of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea to wake up and tone your complexion. We recommend sticking your bottle in the fridge to give your skin an instant wake-me-up, de-puffing boost.
  4. Moisturize. Oily skin needs hydration too—which is why when it’s dehydrated, oil glands go into high gear to overcompensate, leaving skin looking greasy and prone to congestion or breakouts. This is where a lightweight, moisturizer comes into play to re-balance skin. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 for day (Oil Free Moisturizer as a non-SPF alternative). Headed to bed? Apply Seaweed Night Cream at night so you wake up with radiant skin.
  5. Mist again. Rose-infused or Green Tea—the choice is yours.


The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week. You’ll want to avoid a granular exfoliant if you’re broken out to avoid exacerbating or tearing at existing breakouts.
  2. Mask. Maintaining balance is key in keeping skin looking healthy, clear, and radiant—so as diligent as you are about using your Drying Mask, you want to make sure you’re restoring hydration to the skin by using Healing & Soothing Mask on alternate days.
  3. Mist. Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea not only tones skin, but gives it a cooling, soothing boost too—which is exactly what troubled skin craves.
  4. Moisturize. Again, balance is crucial. Keep skin hydrated with Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 or Oil Free Moisturizer. At night, use Anti Acne Serum: it provides lightweight hydration while giving breakouts the botanical boot, thanks to its Salicylic Acid and Thyme formula.
  5. Powder. A light dusting will combat unwanted shine to encourage a healthy glow! Apply Special Healing Powder to the T-zone to remove excess oil and help decongest skin.
  6. Mist. Totally optional, but highly recommended. 🙂


  1. Polish. Starting with smooth, even-toned base is key in getting your glow on, so make a habit of gently exfoliating with Botanical Exfoliating Scrub one to three times a week.
  2. Mist. Rose or Green Tea? Take your pick. Evenly mist your complexion to give your skin a hydrating boost before you apply your moisturizer.
  3. Hydrate. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 or Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C for day. Moisturizing at night? Layer Vitamin C Serum under Seaweed Night Cream.
  4. Customize your glow. Add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum all over, or apply it in targeted areas where you need a boost in hydration and radiance (like between the brows, around the nose, and on the cheeks).
  5. And of course, mist once more.


by Kimberly Yang

Making Things Millennial Pink Before It Was, Well, Millennial To

Since 1967, to be exact—so here’s to 50 years of pretty, pink, and photogenic skin care.


Formulated in: 1960s

Pink may be pretty—but it also targets whiteheads while you sleep. Drying Lotion was formulated by Mario Badescu himself—making it the original bi-phase solution that dries up surface blemishes overnight.

Pink isn’t for every type of breakout, though. Use Buffering Lotion to help shrink large, under-the-skin bumps and Drying Cream for small bumps and pimples.


Formulated in: 1980s

Looks pretty in #shelfies, looks even better on your face. Mist the cult-favorite facial spray whenever, wherever to rehydrate and add radiance to your skin.

Pink not your thing? We have a Cucumber and Green Tea-infused Facial Spray, too!

Mario Badescu Makeup Remover Soap Millennial Pink


Formulated in: 1970s

Soap may be in the name—but in reality, this is a creamy, comforting cleanser that helps dissolve away light makeup without leaving your skin feeling dry or right. (In fact, it’s formulated without the use of fragrance, surfactants, or oils, so it’s perfect for dry or sensitive skin.)

Mario Badescu The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 Moisturizer Millennial Pink


Formulated in: 1980s

The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 is technically millennial, but seeing as it’s considered an OG millennial, this product is deserving of the spotlight, too. Creamy and nourishing, this daily moisturizer gives skin a soft, smooth finish—which is why it’s a makeup artist favorite for creating an even base.

Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub Millennial Piink


Formulated in: 1980s

Also technically millennial, this delectable (and photogenic) scrub is a must for anyone looking to add a gentle exfoliant to their regimen. Real strawberry seeds are infused to buff and smooth so dull skin looks fresh, even, and bright.

by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: September Skincare Essentials

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials. If you missed our last installment, check it out here.

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There are two types of people in this world: (1) Those who believe in the magic of the New Year, and (2) those who view September as the start of something new. Back-to-school may end after your mid- to late 20s, but for some of us (myself included) who can’t undo years of conditioning, it’s a sentiment that never dies.

September is more than just finding the best deal on school supplies: it’s a time to start over. We spruce up our notebooks and reinvent our wardrobes to put our best face forward for the new season—why not do the same for your skin?

The goal this month is to clear out the old and make room for the tried-and-true. Keep things simple by going back to the basics; this is not the time to be fussing around with new products. (If, however, you’re feeling adventurous, make sure you keep a bottle of Drying Lotion and Azulene Calming Mask on hand to get rid of problem spots and re-balance skin fast.)

This is what’s on our back-to-school/September skin care roster:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s the go-to face wash for all skin types. Whether you’re slightly dry, on the oily side, or smack-in-the-middle normal, our Enzyme Cleansing Gel is just what you need to help refresh and brighten skin. Fruit enzymes and exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids help rid the skin of dulling dead skin cells and pore-clogging oil—leaving your complexion feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world (or, your first day of school).

Remember: no matter how stressful your school days get, never, never go to bed without washing your face!

  • Aloe Vera Toner. When you’re under pressure at school and work, your skin might freak—so to help keep your complexion in check, we suggest using a super gentle toner like this one. As its name suggests, our Aloe Vera Toner features Aloe to lightly hydrate while delivering soothing benefits to the skin.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Revitalizing ingredients like Ginger, Ginkgo, Green Tea, and Coconut help invigorate lackluster skin and wake up tired skin. The star of the show, however, are the finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds that gently buff away dead skin to reveal a brighter and more even-toned complexion.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. It’s creamy yet oil-free; hydrating, never greasy; and antioxidant-rich (thanks to its Green Tea content!). What more could you want from a moisturizer?
  • Azulene Calming Mask. Specially formulated to help comfort skin, our Azulene Calming Mask is a must-have of makeup artists and aestheticians worldwide. Keep a jar in your medicine cabinet in case your complexion needs a soothing boost to de-stress and re-boot.
  • Flower & Tonic Mask. Be sure to deep clean at least once a week, too. This gentle clay mask helps purify pores and draw out impurities without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight. For best results, exfoliate first!
  • Drying Lotion. You never know when a pesky problem might pop up—and you and I both know they love to sneak up on us the night before a big day. Luckily for you, you’ve got your overnight solution right here.
  • Buffering Lotion. For those large, under-the-surface bumps that never seem to go away, don’t fret (and definitely don’t try to poke, prod, or pop). Our Buffering Lotion features gentle ingredients that work to help clarify skin and reduce the size of existing blemishes—making it a must-have for troubled skin.

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by Kimberly Yang

Headed Back to School? Here’s How to Get Clear Skin

Or, maybe you’re not headed back to school. Perhaps you want a regimen refresh because the summer-to-fall weather transition is throwing your complexion for a loop. Whatever it is, troubled skin deserves a clear start.

Here’s the definitive skin care guide for oily, acne-prone skin:

Back to School Clear Skin Solutions


Don’t underestimate the power of the right face wash. Acne Facial Cleanser is a must for congested or problem skin: Formulated with Salicylic Acid to deep-clean pores and break down the oil and dead skin cells known to cause breakouts, this daily cleanser leaves skin thoroughly cleansed—but never tight or dry.

Did you know? Acne Facial Cleanser also contains Thyme Extract, which boasts clarifying properties that that give breakouts the (botanical!) boot.


In fact, toner can be a game-changer—especially when you’re looking for that extra something to take your skin care regimen to the next level. Not only are Mario Badescu toners crucial for re-balancing skin post-cleanse, but are also specially formulated to deliver additional benefits in a single sweep. For oily, congested complexions, toning is the step that can truly make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.

Special Cucumber Lotion is the standard go-to for troubled skin since it offers enhanced cleansing and a cooling, Cucumber boost. If, however, you’re experiencing severe breakouts, try Special Cleansing Lotion”C.” This is a powerful clarifying astringent formulated with Sulfur, Cucumber to target problem areas while removing pore-clogging oil and impurities from the skin.

Body breakouts are normal, too—especially during and at the tail end of summer. After showering (A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap is a favorite for keeping skin looking even and clear!), apply Special Cleansing Lotion “O” to your back and chest. Keep in mind that this is a strong formulation specially designed for use on those areas only, so bare mind that it’s not meant for use on the face.


Masks are a surefire way to help keep your complexion in tip-top condition and bring a little bit of instant gratification to your skin care regimen. Drying Mask is highly effective at working to clarify problem areas and dry up existing blemishes. To help rehydrate and restore balance to your skin, use Healing & Soothing Mask the day after.


…because picking the right one makes all the difference.

One of our most frequently asked question is which spot treatment to use. You can read our full guide here, but here’s a quick overview:

  • Whiteheads? Use Drying Lotion. Don’t shake the bottle: just dip a cotton swab straight down the bottle until you reach the pink sediment and apply directly on whiteheads.
  • Small bumps and pimples? Try Drying Cream. Use clean fingers to blend the product onto erupted areas. Less is more with this one!
  • Large, often painful, under-the-surface bumps? Use Buffering Lotion. This liquid-y solution is something you do shake! Shake the bottle until the white sediment is dissolved into the clear liquid, then apply a drop t a clean fingertip and gently pat onto the deep, painful blemish.
  • Experiencing a combination of breakout types? No worries—grab our Acne Repair Kit, which includes all three of our spot treatments.

Another great product to keep on hand in your skin care arsenal is Special Healing Powder. It’s a multi-purpose super powder that:

  1. Absorbs excess oil and fights unwanted shine
  2. Helps clarify congested or troubled skin
  3. Encourages a clearer, healthier complexion.

Simply dust the powder directly on your skin (including your back and chest) where needed, or mix a small amount into your favorite loose powder to add a skin care element to your makeup.


Customizing your skin care regimen is key to finding the best mix of products that work well for your skin—but if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point, no worries. Start with the Acne Control Kit, then add more products as you figure out what your skin needs (and loves!) along the way.

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Not acne-prone? This back-to-school skin care guide was made for you.