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How to Choose the Best Exfoliant for Your Skin Type

Here’s everything you ever wanted or needed to know about Mario Badescu exfoliants and how to use them.

Sun protection, daily moisturization, and proper water intake are all crucial in achieving glowing skin, but the secret—the extra oomph—that can take your skin (and your skin care) to the next level is regular exfoliation. A smooth, even base is what we’re all after, so to achieve it, it’s essential that you remove the dead skin cells and any pore-clogging dirt, oil, or makeup that can build up over time. Doing so not only boosts clarity and improves skin tone, but also ensures that your skin can better absorb any products applied afterwards.

The key, however, is to exercise exfoliation in moderation. Too much scrubbing or overuse of exfoliating acids can dry out and irritate the skin. Limit it to one to three times a week, as per our aestheticians. If you have…

DRY SKIN?

Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Almond & Honey Face Scrub if you’re on the sensitive or ultra-parched side; it’s a gentle, creamy exfoliator infused with nourishing oils and purifying minerals.
  • Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A., which combines manual and chemical exfoliation in a unique, mild formula. It highlights Lactic Acid and Peach Extract to help improve uneven skin tone, and any dead skin cells simply roll away. Plus—a blend of Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenishes skin for a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.

COMBO-DRY SKIN?

Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Strawberry Face Scrub if you love the creaminess of Almond & Honey Face Scrub, but your skin craves a little more of that rejuvenating zing. This sweet, fruit-based exfoliant features real Strawberry Seeds to buff away dulling dead skin cells.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub if you’re partial to a gel-based, physical exfoliant. This one features finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds for an invigorating scrub-down. (Be gentle on your skin, though—use gentle yet firm pressure!)
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you prefer an acid exfoliator. Use this in place of your daily cleanser for a rejuvenating deep clean.

NORMAL SKIN?

Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Kiwi Face Scrub for an ultra-refreshing pick-me-up. Because Kiwi Seeds are smaller and firmer than Strawberry Seeds, this is the exfoliant we recommend for anyone who loves a fruity, rejuvenating scrub.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is the perfect alternative to Kiwi Face Scrub if you like physical exfoliators, but prefer a light, gel base that rinses clean.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is a best-selling favorite for a reason: it brightens, resurfaces, and refines to help improve the overall look of skin.

COMBO-OILY SKIN?

Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub polishes and invigorates for fresh, soft skin. Unlike our cream-based exfoliants—which are designed to leave behind a nourishing veil of hydration, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub has a lightweight, gel base that rinses off without a hint of residue.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you’re partial to a resurfacing face wash. Use this up to three times a week as a supplemental cleanser to get that feel-good deep clean.

OILY SKIN?

Exfoliate 3 times a week. Try:

  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser a few times a week in place of your daily face wash, or…
  • Acne Facial Cleanser if you’re prone to T-zone congestion. Use it 2-3 times a week as you would Glycolic Foaming Cleanser—in place of your daily face wash—to give your skin a clarifying, pore-cleansing boost.

ACNE-PRONE SKIN?

Focus on clarifying your skin first. Which means:

  • Using Acne Facial Cleanser twice daily. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid highly touted for its ability to help rid the skin of dead skin cells—whose accumulation can cause congestions or lead to breakouts.
  • Do NOT use physical exfoliants while you’re experiencing active breakouts: they can irritate or tear at blemishes.
  • Once your skin is relatively clear, you can start incorporating Glycolic Foaming Cleanser into your weekly regimen to help diminish any uneven skin tone or texture.

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SHOP ALL EXFOLIANTS


by Kimberly Yang
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Perfect for Mom: Rose Skin Care for Mother’s Day

Because all moms deserve flowers for Mother’s Day, here are a few of our favorite gift ideas we think she’ll love:

THE MULTI-TASKERS

Mom’s are the superhero multi-taskers of the world—and this set was made with moms on the move in mind. This Rose-powered duo includes:

  • Rose Hand Cream with Vitamin E, a creamy, dreamy floral formula that can be used on hard-working hands and as a body lotion, too
  • a jumbo Rose Facial Spray, for misting head to toe whenever, wherever

ROSE HYDRATION DUO

And because there’s no such thing as too much rose, we have another floral fan-favorite pairing for moms who already have our mist. This set includes:

  • Rose Lip Balm, a rich lip conditioner packed with 14 nourishing butters, restorative oils, and soothing botanicals for petal-soft lips
  • Rose Hand Cream with Vitamin E, a Rose-infused iteration of our signature Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

THE FACIAL SPRAY COLLECTION

And if you can’t send her a bouquet, this limited edition Mother’s Day set is the perfect present for Mom. There’s a mist for every mood:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the original, cult-favorite mist infused with rejuvenating Rose and Gardenia
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, an invigorating pick-me-up that features Peppermint, Cucumber, and restorative Green Tea
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, a soothing blend of Lavender Oil and Chamomile Extract—with a hint of antioxidant Vitamin C
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom, an uplifting, citrus-y infusion of purifying botanicals and Orange Blossom Essential Water

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The best part? Everything is 25% off—but only for a limited time.

SHOP ALL GIFTS


by Kimberly Yang
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How to Soothe Stressed Skin

Ph: @rachelkaejenkins

No matter who or where we are, our lives have changed dramatically in a matter of weeks. It’s impossible not to be affected by what’s going on—and now that we’re a month into life during a pandemic, one of the simplest ways to cope is to discover ways of de-stressing for you.

For most of us here at Badescu HQ, prioritizing time for skin care is our chosen method of self-care. (Naturally; we’re skin care fanatics here.) Here are a few #MBSkinTips on how we soothe stressed skin and establish some sense of normalcy: 

Keep a mist on hand at all times.

Any Facial Spray will do, but there’s no denying the aromatherapeutic properties that come with botanical-infused mists. Lavender is a classic go-to for soothing our skin and our senses, but really—it depends on what you need in any given moment:

  • For a rejuvenating refresh, reach for Rose.
  • For an invigorating boost, replenish with Green Tea.
  • For calm and comfort, re-balance with Lavender.
  • For an uplifting pick-me-up, refresh with Orange Blossom.

Be kind to your skin.

Stress materializes in a multitude of ways—and usually, it’s seen first and foremost on our skin. Whether it makes you break out, reactive, or red and irritated, we want to remind you to be gentle with yourself. Overworking your skin in the hopes of “fixing” the issue will only further worsen whatever it is you’re going through: don’t pick at any pesky pimples. Don’t dry out or over-exfoliate your complexion with treatments in pursuit of instant gratification.

Instead, make balance a priority. Reach for gentle, replenishing skin care instead.

Seek balance.

Happy, healthy skin is balanced skin. The key to achieving it is to adjust our typical routine in order to accommodate this new norm. Which means:

1. If you’re washing and sanitizing constantly, you’ll need to restore moisture and hydration to your skin.

2. If you’re able to stay home all day, you’re battling with heat or air conditioning 24/7. Or, if you’re out working—especially if you’re a healthcare professional—you’re dealing with it all.* To make sure your skin stays balanced, take your hydration routine one step further by misting your skin before you moisturize. Doing so will help improve moisturization and infuse additional soothing, botanical benefits into any moisturizer applied afterwards. A few of our favorites are:

3. If your skin is in serious distress, reach for a calming face mask. Use Azulene Calming Mask (for all skin types) or Healing & Soothing Mask (for oily or troubled skin types) after a long day. Each one is infused with soothing botanicals and other comforting ingredients to help restore, replenish, and bring your skin back to life. After 15-20 minutes, liberally mist your skin first to help ease the removal process.

Last but certainly not least, treat yourself.

  • Exfoliate with Almond & Honey Face Scrub. It’s decadent, creamy, and positively delightful…and it’s gentle on delicate skin. Plus, it’s in a generous jar—which means you can use it on your body, too, guilt-free. Follow up with your favorite face moisturizer and body lotion.
  • For added hydration and a dewy glow, incorporate Rose Hips Nourishing Oil into your skin care routine. A few drops are all you need to diminish any signs of dullness or dryness.
  • Amp up your hand care routine. Treat your hands like you would your face and as often as you can: mist your hands with your favorite facial spray, apply a few drops of Super Peptide Serum for next-level moisturization and line-smoothing benefits, then follow with a generous layer of your favorite hand cream. Then, slip on your gloves to lock it all in. By they time you remove them, voila! Baby-soft hands.

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* To our healthcare heroes: we are more grateful than ever for your steadfast support and display of bravery every day. Thank you.


by Kimberly Yang
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Find Your New Favorite Hand Cream, Now

Mario Badescu Hand Cream Guide

If all your life you’ve been hand cream-adverse because of the added effort (and trail of fingerprints left behind on everything in your wake—especially keyboards), I feel you. There was a time I didn’t think I needed moisturizer until using one changed the look and feel of my skin. There was also a time I found hand creams nice, but not necessary until (spoiler alert!) using one regularly changed the look and feel of my hands.

Moral of the story? Moisturization matters. Head to toe hydration—with hand care in between—will change you, guaranteed. And when choosing that perfect hand cream, do it with same amount of consideration you would when selecting your face cream: Take into account your skin type, your lifestyle, and any concerns you have.

HYDRATING HAND CREAM

Your new, desk-side or summer favorite.

Who’s it for? Hands that need light moisture and no fuss.

Texture: Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing.

Keyboard safe? Yes. Massage it in and type away sans greasy fingertips.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to ensure hydration without the heaviness. Plus, it’s infused with Peppermint Extract for a light, cooling effect. Who knew hand creams could be refreshing?

SPECIAL HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E

Your classic go-to.

Who’s it for? Anyone and everyone—but in particular, someone who wants a reliable hand cream that feels decadent without the post-application slip.

Texture: Light and creamy. Rich, but sinks into skin once you start massaging it in.

Keyboard safe? Give it a few moments to sink in before you’re in the clear.

Why you’ll love it: It’s moisture-intensive without feeling greasy, ever. Plus, this one is packed with nourishing oils and antioxidant Vitamin E for silky-smooth, super soft hands.

ROSE HAND CREAM WITH VITAMIN E

A rejuvenating, Rose-infused treat.

Who’s it for? Floral fanatics who love the feel of our signature Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E and want a hint of something special.

Texture: Just like the original, but with an infusion of rejuvenating Rose.

Keyboard safe? Let it sink in for a few minutes, then type away!

Why you’ll love it: It’s luxe, comforting, and envelops skin in a veil of skin-smoothing moisture. Rose lovers rejoice: this one is just for you.

FRUIT AND VITAMIN A HAND CREAM

A citrus-infused favorite.

Who’s it for? Dry hands that need a pick-me-up. If you have lines, a little bit discoloration, or hands that look a bit dull—this is for you.

Texture: Creamy with a bit of slip. It’s thick enough that if you play with it you’ll get stiff peaks, but it melts seamlessly into skin.

Keyboard safe? Give it a minute. You may see a bit of sheen on your space bar, but if your hands are dry, you likely won’t.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Squalane and nourishing oils to deeply moisturize and soften the look of dry lines. A rejuvenating blend of Orange Peel, Lemon Extract, and Salicylic Acid help brighten up and smooth uneven skin tone and texture, too.

ELASTO-SEAMOLLIENT HAND CREAM

A savior for parched or rough, dry hands.

Who’s it for? Super dry or winter-worn skin. Or anyone who wants to treat their hands to an overnight, moisturizing hand “mask.”

Texture: Undoubtedly decadent. Super rich. Indulgent.

Keyboard safe? Nope. But for ultra-dry skin or for the bold, this is a good thing.

Why you’ll love it: It delivers intense moisture—but also helps prevent moisture loss. It’s packed with emollient oils and Squalane, enriched with Vitamin B, and formulated with Elastin to nourish, smooth, and soften all-in-one. Unless your skin is extremely dry, you’ll definitely feel as though your hands are enveloped in a layer of hydration and care. (Your hands will also look better than they ever have, too).

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by Kimberly Yang
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Mario Monthly Edit: April Skin Care

Make it simple, but significant.

Now more than ever, it’s the little things that have the greatest impact on our lives. No matter how small the step or seemingly insignificant the habit, any attempt at self-care is preservation—especially when anxiety worldwide is at an all-time high. Our best recommendation (second only to following all national and local guidance in taking precautions) is to continue making space for your daily routines despite the grey and gloom looming overhead. Allow yourself those things: You deserve it.  

Skin care is hardly the solution, but it just might help by granting us some semblance of normalcy. These are the steps we’re taking to feeling like our best selves, no matter where we are:

BOOKENDING OUR DAYS WITH A CLEAN SLATE

…which means cleansing and toning twice daily. Because between-seasons skin craves comfort, Cucumber Cream Soap is our face wash of choice in April. It’s creamy, cooling, and a delight to use.

To make our cleansing routine more indulgent, we’re adding not one, but two toners to our top shelf. Aloe Lotion is our daytime astringent to soothe while combating shine. At night, Glycolic Acid Toner is our brightening treatment: a few swipes infused skin with a weightless layer of resurfacing, brightening benefits that work hard while you sleep.

STAYING HYDRATED, ALWAYS

…with these host of hydration heroes. The trick to a dewy—never greasy-looking—glow is layering, starting with…

  1. A light misting of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, a hydrating pick-me-up infused invigorating botanical benefits.
  2. Next, while the skin is still wet, apply the moisturizers. Under and around the area goes Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream, a spring favorite for its balm-like texture. For the rest of the face, neck, and décolletage, Buttermilk Moisturizer is how we get that glow. Skin is replenished and gets a rejuvenating boost, too—thanks to the Lactic Acid infused into its light, silky cream.
  3. If skin is craving a little more hydration (or if we’re want a juicy, dewy finish), add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum all over or just to the high points of the face for a natural sheen.
  4. The final touch? Another round of misting to finish things off.

AND TREATING OURSELVES WITH A LITTLE BIT OF TLC

This month, we’re making a promise to continue setting aside time (a minimum of) once a week to give our skin the lift it needs. Super Collagen Mask is a perennial favorite because it gives our skin a pick-me-up that combines smoothing and pore-purifying benefits—but we can always amp it up.

Before applying Super Collagen Mask, tap Cellufirm Drops around the eye and lip area to give those delicate spots an extra-nourishing, line-smoothing treatment. Apply a thin yet even, opaque layer of the mask over the entire face, neck, and décolletage, then wait 20 minutes for it to dry.

Once the mask is ready for removal, saturate your skin with a liberal misting of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea to help loosen it up. Because you’ve dampened the mask and applied a creamy layer underneath, the cleansing process becomes much simpler—and you avoid tugging at your skin. Rinse off everything with water, follow with toner, and apply any serum or moisturizer to finish off your at-home mini facial.

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