August 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: August 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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How is it August already? Time flies when you’re having fun or whatever, but seriously—where did summer go?

We’re still milking the concept of glowing, summer skin for as long as we can (it’s pretty much the mantra at MB HQ year-round). To help keep skin radiant but also ease it into fall, here are the August skincare essentials we’re keeping on rotation:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel. When in doubt, go green. This is the staple face wash for all skin types, year round—making it perfect to use in August when days are still blazing but nights are feeling more like fall. Refreshing alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes gently exfoliate away dulling dead skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion with every cleanse.
  • Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. Our skin has finally acclimated to the crazy hot weather, so we’re swapping out Special Cucumber Lotion for the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This astringent still helps get rid of T-zone shine, but it’s a gentler option for combination/oily skin that’s relatively skin, but could use the extra boost.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Last month was all about the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, but this month we’re onto the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Sometimes it’s just nice to switching things up a bit so you (and your skin) get a breath of fresh air.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. We don’t just use it on our face—we love using it on our bodies too. Once or twice a week, we’ll cleanse our arms, back, and legs (where skin is prone to bumpiness or congestion) to help keep skin looking clear and smooth. The shorts may be going away soon, but head-to-toe glow is still our number one priority.
  • Formula 200 Body Lotion. Morning shower-ers (or impatient moisturizer-ers), rejoice. This is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that gets the job done. Simply apply post shower and you could get dressed without feeling sticky—immediately.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. Here’s an #MBSkinTip: We stash a bottle in our car so we’re reminded to (1) moisturize and (2) protect our hands before we start driving. It’s a facial moisturizer—but because of it’s oil-free formula, we love using it as a sunscreen-and-hand-cream 2-in-1 to help prevent incidental sun damage.

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July 24, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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How to Help Fight Body Breakouts

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1. Pick the right body wash. Cleansing is so, so important when it comes to keeping skin looking as healthy as it can be. Treat the skin on the rest of your body as would your face—don’t just cleanse it with any ol’ bar soap and think it’ll do. (It won’t. Bar soaps won’t strip your skin of essential moisture and leave behind a residue that can clog pores, which lead to breakouts).

For daily use, our aestheticians always suggest A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap for troubled skin; it has revitalizing alpha hydroxy acids that help dissolve away excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells to help reveal clearer-looking skin. Two to three times a week, try using the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser on affected areas (like your back, chest, arms, and/or behind the legs).

2. Tone. You know toner is crucial to your cleansing routine, so why would your bodycare regimen be any different? You’ll find that a quick sweep of Special Cucumber Cleansing Lotion “O” (which was specially formulated for targeting troubled skin on the body) will remove excess sebum and leave your skin feeling that much more refreshed.

3. Target problem areas. Two times a week, apply a thin, even layer of the Drying Mask onto trouble spots to deep clean skin and help dry up surface blemishes. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse off well, and follow with the Special Cleansing Lotion “O.”

For added reinforcement, you can use our Drying Lotion, Buffering Lotion, or Drying Cream to further target spots while you sleep.

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July 15, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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Top 10 Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

Summer skin is in.
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1. Always apply sunscreen. Sun protection is crucial to skin health—in fact, it’s one of the most surefire ways to prevent premature signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging) and discoloration (like age spots and darkening of post-acne marks). Be sure to apply first thing every morning or 20 minutes prior to any outdoor activities; re-apply every hour to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be spending time during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For combination/oily, oily, or acne-prone skin skin: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

For combination/dry skin: Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

For dry or mature skin: The Moisture Magnet SPF 15

2. Don’t forget to protect your hands and feet. Yes, driving and walking around in open-toed shoes makes you susceptible to sun damage and premature signs of aging. Be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed hands and feet. Our tip? Keep a bottle of Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 on hand when you’re out and about. It’ll not only keep your hands and feet hydrated, but will also sink in quickly without feeling greasy—all while protecting your skin.

3. Exfoliate regularly. It’s essential to glowing skin: By removing pore-clogging surface impurities and dulling dead skin cells from the skin, exfoliation helps diminish discoloration and prevent future breakouts.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has been a total game-changer for most of us at MB HQ—but if you prefer a granular exfoliant, give our invigorating Botanical Exfoliating Scrub instead.

4. Moisture matters. Summer sun, heat, salt water, chlorine, and air conditioning can wreak havoc on skin. To help keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking, moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a night cream before bed. And for glowing, silky-smooth skin from head to toe, be sure to moisturize your hands and body too.

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5. Don’t skimp on eye cream. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles, so it’s essential to make eye care a priority. Try using a lightweight formula for day, and a creamier version overnight so you wake up with plumper, younger-looking under-eyes. Throw on a baseball cap or large, floppy beach hat to help further shield your face, neck, and chest from dangerous UVA/UVB rays.

6. Look for alpha/beta hydroxy acids in your skincare*. Even if you’re already exfoliating, your skin can always use a boost in further brightening and smoothing the complexion. Ingredients like Grapefruit Extract, Papaya Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid help take your daily regimen to the next level.

*Broad spectrum protection is more important than ever if you’re using AHAs and BHAs. Because these ingredients are constantly encouraging the removal of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, newer skin, sunscreen is crucial in keep skin looking even.

7. Vitamin C is key. Specifically, a Vitamin C Serum.

8. Detox. Use a purifying mask 2-3 times a week to deep clean skin, absorb excess T-zone shine, and reveal a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.

9. Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, bring a water bottle and container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration.

10. Make the healthy switch. As tempting as it is to lie in a tanning bed (guilty!) or sunbathe (guilty again!), make the switch to self-tanners to achieve that ever-covetable summer skin without yielding yourself to the dangers of overexposure. Beauty Tip: Our faces will always be a shade or two lighter than our body; to build color on your face as well, alternate between a tinted moisturizer and facial self-tanner to achieve an even wash of sun-kissed color.

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Curious as to what’s in our July skincare edit? Take a peek into our medicine cabinet.

July 5, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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5 Things I Love About Herbal Hydrating Serum

Lists are the new love letters. Here’s why I love the Herbal Hydrating Serum—and why you will too:

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  1. It applies like a dream. Water-light in texture and fast-absorbing by nature, this oil-free gel delivers refreshing hydration instantly. If you’re impatient and veer on the shiny side like me, Herbal Hydrating Serum is an absolute must.
  1. It’s the ultimate skincare staple for any regimen, no matter your skin type. Wear it alone or layer it on top of your moisturizer for an added boost in hydration and glow. Oily skin types will love it for its super lightweight, non-pore-clogging formula, and drier skin types will adore it for the extra radiance it gives.
  1. It’s travel-friendly—insomuch that a bottle of this stuff permanently resides in my handbag. To help hydrate any dry patches (like between my brows) or revive spots where makeup tends to cake or collect (like around the nose and the mouth), I’ll tap a drop of this product where needed.
  1. It doesn’t just hydrate. It rejuvenates, too. Extracts of Ginseng and Ginkgo—both known for their invigorating properties—leaves tired, lackluster skin feeling refreshed.
  1. You know how constant hand-washing or office air conditioning leaves your hands looking all sorts of dry and tight? I’ll squeeze a pea-sized amount and massage it onto the driest points (namely the knuckles) to help replenish moisture and smooth the look of fine lines.

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July 1, 2016
by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: July 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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We’re Team #Glow here at Badescu—and there’s no better time than summer to work a glowing complexion. We’ll do anything in the name of radiant skin, so to help achieve a healthy, dewy complexion, these are the July skincare essentials taking up prime real estate in our medicine cabinet:

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. It’s a game-changer for sure. Part cleanser and part exfoliant, this multi-tasking hybrid deep cleans skin of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup while rejuvenating dull skin. Glycolic Acid retexturizes uneven skin and helps brighten areas of discoloration—leaving the complexion clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

Special Cucumber Lotion. Sometimes you need a little extra somethin’-somethin’. To help keep excess oil and problem-prone skin in check, give your skin a good sweep with this clarifying toner.

Orange Tonic Mask. Weekends should be spent masking while indulging in new summer reads. The Orange Tonic Mask is our treat of choice (and no, not just because it smells like the creamsicles of our youth, spent hailing ice cream trucks from a mile away) because it’s formulated with alpha hydroxy acids to brighten and natural minerals (like Kaolin and Zinc Oxide) to help purify pores.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. We love how this scrub leaves our face feeling fresh—but we love using it on our body, too. To help keep summer skin soft, smooth, and glowing from head to toe, we make sure we give our skin a good polish two to three times a week.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It’s self-explanatory why this mist never leaves our beloved medicine cabinet, but this July, we’re storing it in our fridge instead. Nothing beats an cooling, refreshing boost on a hot summer day.

Summer Shine Body Lotion. We told you we take glowing skin seriously. Literally, too. This antioxidant-packed body lotion is infused with subtle ribbons of shimmer to add extra shine. Apply to your collarbones, shoulders, and front of your legs added oomph. (You’ll be addicted, trust. There’s a reason why makeup artists douse models in this stuff before sending them out to stomp the runway.)

Citrus Body Cleanser. Smells like summer. Feels like summer. Features exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to rejuvenate your skin, too.

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