by Kimberly Yang

7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)

Social media and copy director at Mario Badescu by day, salsa and bachata instructor/performer by night. These are the dance bag essentials that keep my skin calm, clear, and glowing on and off the dance floor:

7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)


Admittedly, I don’t keep a bottle of Drying Lotion in my dance bag (it would be perpetually all shook up), but it’s one of the non-negotiables in my post-rehearsal and post-performance skincare routine. Hours of sweating in the studio or caked in stage makeup can cause the occasional breakout, so if I feel a spot popping up, I’ll apply Drying Lotion before bed. Nip it in the bud, if you will—because this busy girl breaks (and breaks out) for no one.

And if it’s good enough for Misty Copeland, it’s good enough for me.


Let’s be honest: No what’s-in-my-bag would be complete without mention of this Mario Badescu classic. It’s a universal favorite without a doubt, but this multi-purpose mist is a dancer’s must-have for all the following reasons, and then some:

  • It’s the perfect pick-me-up during the middle of a tough rehearsal.
  • This mist freshens and rejuvenates your skin post-practice so you don’t leave the studio looking (or feeling) like a sweaty mess—you’ll just walk out looking perfectly dewy. Do spritz this everywhere—chest, décolletage, back of the neck, for that feel-good finish.
  • Makeup for stage or nights out dancing tends to be heavy on skin, so I always spritz my foundation and concealer brushes (or the beauty blender, for those of you who are sponge-inclined) to make the application process easier. If my makeup still looks a little cake-y, I’ll do a fine mist over my face to ensure everything melts together for a flawless finish.
  • To be clear, I do not condone this next tip for the sake of your suede-soled dance heels—but if you’re in a bind and need to add grip to your step, spritz the bottom of your shoes. You gotta do what you gotta do—and this trick has saved me from slipping on many a freshly waxed floor.


I haven’t been without this makeup remover since Nicole (co-worker and fellow MB blogger!) put me on it. If you can, always always remove all your makeup prior to any sweat session to reduce chances of clogging your pores. I love this classic, gel-cream formula because it’s so easy to use.

And here’s a little #MBSkinTip: I use this as an all-purpose balm. Elbows looking a little ashy before a shoot or heading on stage? The Eye Make-Up Remover Cream saves the day. Toes and heels looking cracked after a hard dance session in heels? Massage some of this skin protectant-like cream to moisturize and soften rough patches.

7 Things Every Dancer Needs (Plus, What’s In My Dance Bag?)


This classic, Mario Badescu formula is my go-to, period. But I do think it’s the best body lotion for dancers.

Latin dancing (salsa and bachata for me, specifically) is largely based on partnerwork. You want your skin to be glowing and hydrated, but you can’t wear anything that leaves your skin slippery—which at best, becomes an annoyance to your partner, and at worst, a hazard when it comes to doing lifts and tricks.

…which is why this has been my favorite body lotion for years. It’s incredibly nourishing but sinks in quickly sans greasy residue. Simply apply and resume practice.


Same goes for this hand cream. It moisturizes without the post-application slip, meaning you and your partner can do all the crazy handwork without losing grip.

#MBSkinTip: I use this hand cream on my feet, too. (Rebel, I know.) Though I can run, walk, dance in my heels, being perched on the balls of my feet for hours means they deserve a little TLC. Enter hand cream and spiked massage ball: After rehearsal, work away those knots before slipping into your street shoes. You won’t slip and slide, and you won’t leave a greasy footprint in the inner sole either.

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This unique powder does exactly what its name purports—and then some. The sales director in me laments that this product flies under the radar in most markets, but the beauty junkie inside revels in just how much more special it is.

But, as a millennial whose default is to over-share, I’ll let you in on this little secret of mine.

Use it as directed, for starters. (I use this powder across my T-zone before dance classes to keep shine in check, and for intense practices, I’ll dust it across my chest and back to absorb shine and prevent congestion.)

You can also do as the aestheticians at the Mario Badescu salon do—dust it across skin that’s just been shaven or waxed.

Or, if you’ve “accidentally” popped a pimple because you couldn’t deal with a blemish the night before a huge show, dab this powder (using a clean cotton swab) over the erupted area and leave it while you sleep. Trust.


I could wax poetic about the Summer Shine Body Lotion, but I won’t. (Just kidding, I already did here along with a few others.) I live for this stuff. It smells delicious, it feels incredible, and it looks stunning on skin.

The best part is, you don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate this lightweight, shimmer-infused lotion. (But if you are, this is a must for prepping your arms, legs, and décolletage prior to a shoot or show.) Use it on a night out. Use it during the day in summer. Actually—use it whenever, wherever you’re looking to get glowing with a hint of gold glimmer.


by Nicole Darmanin

Lines? Bumps? Dryness? We have Solutions

Having a solid skin care regimen that addresses your individual skin type is essential, but the road to happy skin may not end there. . .

“Wait, there’s more?” you ask.

Yep, there sure is. Even with a gold star skin care regimen and meticulous habits, the occasional skin problem might pop up. We’re not talking the type of conundrum that rocks your world. If your skin decides to take a dive off the deep end you may need to consult an aesthetician, retail skin specialist, or in some cases a dermatologist, but that’s not today’s topic of discussion.

Today, we’re talking about the little changes that you may notice day-to-day. The kind of situations where your skin looks fantastic except for that one. little. thing. This is precisely when a hero product can swoop in and save the day. These are some of my favorite solutions for skin that has gone just slightly awry.

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Problem: bumps, breakouts, and clogged pores

Solution: Acne Facial Cleanser

Surprise! You don’t have to suffer from moderate or severe acne to benefit from this cleanser. If you are noticing small bumpy clogged pores or random minor breakouts, try adding Acne Facial Cleanser into the mix. You can use it daily or as a supplemental cleanser a few times a week to deep clean pores and ward off bumps.

Problem: blackheads

Solution: Silver Powder

Blackheads may very well be the most annoying skin problem. One of the questions we get most often is, “My skin is doing great but how do I get rid of these blackheads?” If blackheads are a very persistent problem, check out this post for tips on how to adjust your regimen. If you are just starting to notice a few of them crop up out of nowhere, try working Silver Powder into your weekly regimen. Simply use a dampened cotton round to press a bit of this super absorbent loose powder onto problem areas to absorb the pore-clogging impurities that have planted themselves in your precious pores.

Problem: dry, sensitive skin

Solution: Cucumber Cream Soap

People with dry skin tend to focus a lot on their moisturizers. This makes perfect sense since it is when you apply moisturizer to the skin that you feel the tight, uncomfortable feeling that comes with dry skin immediately subside. While we aren’t denying the importance of a rich, comforting cream, the way you cleanse dry skin is equally important. Cleansers that strip and further dehydrate parched skin will only throw off the skin’s balance even more than it already is. Try using a gentle cream-based cleanser like Cucumber Cream Soap to purify skin without depleting it.

Problem: dehydrated skin with fine lines

Solution: Cellufirm Drops

Sometimes a subtle shift in your skin’s appearance can be a thorn in your side. That nagging little thing you notice every time you lean in close and look in the mirror. If you suddenly notice slight dullness accompanied by a new crop of fine lines, don’t panic. Reach for a bottle of Cellufirm Drops instead. This lightweight serum is packed with ingredients that bind moisture to (aka plump) the skin and fine lines along with it. Apply a thin layer to face and eye area before moisturizer day and night for best results.

Problem: rough, dry hands

Solution: Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

Hand cream for dry hands? Groundbreaking.

I know, I know, but are you using it? At this very moment I am typing away in an office with a salon full of women with the softest, most beautiful hands I’ve ever seen one floor above me. Who are these women with hands as soft as kitten paws? Mario Badescu aestheticians, that’s who. Why are their hands so soft? Because they are constantly covered in anti-aging treatments, silky skin serums, and buttery creams rich in antioxidant oils and nourishing vitamins. Want your own set of kitten paws? Make sure to plant a hand cream next to every sink in your house, on your desk, in your car, and in your bag. Apply every single time you wash your hands (which should be often, it is still cold season, you know).


by Nicole Darmanin

#MBmy5: Lauren

Mario Badescu’s Chicago-based Account Executive, Lauren Cummings, brings her effervescent personality, can-do attitude, and encyclopedic knowledge of all things beauty-related everywhere she goes—and boy, does she go.

This busy lady and her team spread #MBSkinTips around the Chicago area and beyond. We asked her which MB products are at the top of her list, keep reading for Lauren’s must-haves!

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Lauren’s Favorites

Skin Type

I have classic Combination Skin. I am oily through the T-zone and dehydrated through the cheeks. I also live in Chicago where the sun shines really bright, but the winter winds can dehydrate my skin even more!! And lastly, my skin is prone to acne, and that can leave discoloration and unwanted texture. Yikes!!

Lauren’s 5

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: This foaming cleanser is the perfect way to gently improve uneven texture and tone. It effectively exfoliates and cleanses my skin while helping to address any small blemishes on my face without overdrying my skin.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion: This toner gently exfoliates my skin, and helps to reveal a more radiant, glowing, lit-from-within skin. It smells amazing and because it is alcohol-free, it aids in replenishing hydration.

Cellufirm Drops: I use this heavenly product as my daytime serum. Cellufirm Drops immediately hydrates and visibly plumps my skin. I notice increased firmness in my skin, as well as a really smooth texture. This product also does double-duty for me as an under eye serum layered underneath Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

Honey Moisturizer: This daytime moisturizer is the perfect amount of moisture for my Combination/dehydrated skin. It absorbs into my skin rapidly, while creating a smoother more radiant complexion. I love a slight glow to my skin before I apply foundation, and Honey Moisturizer creates the perfect canvas for my makeup. For the cold, dry Chicago winters, I like to add a few drops of the Herbal Hydrating Serum. It allows me to boost the hydration level in my skin care, when needed, without switching moisturizers.

#MBSkinTip: When I know the weather is going to be especially harsh, I like to press a little bit of a denser moisturizer or night cream into my cheeks, after I have applied my typical skincare regimen.

Silver Powder: Because I wear foundation daily, and have an oily t-zone, I am prone to blackheads on my nose and chin area. I use Silver Powder to address this issue. It immediately starts to break down the congestion and the clogged pores and after 10-20 minutes my nose and chin are clear of all blackheads. Silver Powder is a twice weekly staple product for me.

Thanks, Lauren. Stay warm out there!

by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: March Skincare

Spring is in the air—which means it’s time to spring clean our medicine cabinets.

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Skin can be a little finicky as it adjusts to the changing seasons. Our solution? Picking products with the same precision Goldilocks did (without drumming up a fight with three bears, luckily) so everything is just right.

Seaweed Cleansing Soap. Creamy, mineral-rich, and formulated with real (yes, real) seaweed grains, this easy-rinsing face wash leaves skin feeling rejuvenated. It’s a double-duty face wash that exfoliates while cleansing your skin, which means you get a little glow-boosting action twice daily.

Plus it smells like the sea—every bit fresh and beach-y like its ingredients.

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. Some skin types tend to get oilier once the weather warms up—but they’re still a little dehydrated or too winter-worn to start using the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion just yet. Enter the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, a mild astringent that’s formulated with Witch Hazel to help cleanse skin of excess oil and impurities without overdrying skin. Bladderwrack (a mineral-rich seaweed) and Aloe Vera combine to soften and lightly hydrate—leaving skin refreshed and re-balanced.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Exfoliate away the dull, winter blues. Literally.

Hyaluronic Eye Cream. Swap out your rich, winter eye cream for something a little more lightweight. Hyaluronic Acid and Safflower Seed Oil are the power players in this formulation that replenish and lock in moisture without feeling heavy on your skin.

Honey Moisturizer. Though simple by nature—the name says it all—our Honey-infused moisturizer is truly a gorgeous formulation that softens, smooths, and boosts radiance in combination skin.

Seaweed Night Cream. For extra nourishment in the evenings, reach for this oil-free night cream. A luxe, silky-smooth texture makes it a treat to apply every night. And come morning, you’ll wake up with softer, smoother, dewier-looking skin.



by Nicole Darmanin

The Best Face Scrub for Your Type

Fact: Exfoliation is not something that is difficult to get people on board with.

Reason: Humans love to use face scrub, and by humans I mean me, probably you . . . and almost everyone. Who doesn’t love that extra-smooth feeling of freshly scrubbed skin? It’s addictive. As a skin pro, I spend much more time trying to convince overachieving exfoliators to take a rest day than I do preaching the benefits of using a scrub in the first place.

Best Face Scrub for Your Type

In addition to the instant gratification that exfoliation provides, doing it regularly encourages cell turnover (in other words, it triggers the body to produce beautiful, brand new baby skin cells to replace the old, dull ones that you are sloughing away). Most importantly, properly exfoliated skin is better able to absorb the serums and moisturizers applied onto it. That’s right kids— (#MBSkinTip in 3 . . . 2 . . .) proper exfoliation makes the rest of your products work better.

Now that we’ve established why we are all such motivated exfoliators, let’s determine which face scrub is the best fit for you.

If you like to take a gentle approach to exfoliation, snag a jar of Strawberry or Kiwi Face Scrub. Cornmeal and actual fruit seeds work to brighten.

Is your skin on the sensitive side? Almond & Honey Face Scrub is formulated with detoxifying Kaolin Clay, skin-softening Honey, and moisturizing Sweet Almond Oil. Ground Almonds and Cornmeal gently buff away dullness.

#MBSkinTip: Almond and Honey Scrub can play double-duty as an ultra-gentle face mask. After exfoliating, let it set for 10 minutes before you rinse!

If you like the feeling of a micro-fine exfoliant (sans microbeads!), you will love Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. This luxe, gel-based formula is brimming with good-for-your-skin natural ingredients including: Coconut Extract, Green Tea, Ginger, and Gingko Biloba. Skin is left smooth and perfectly polished.

Acne-erupted skin is delicate and may not be able to tolerate manual exfoliation (aka grainy scrubs), so get the smooth without the scrub by swapping your daily cleanser for Glycolic Foaming Cleanser three times per week.

Which of these is your match?