by Kimberly Yang
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Top 3 Gel Moisturizers & Water-Based Serums for Oily Skin

Gel moisturizers are the skin care products du jour this year—and while they aren’t exactly new to the Mario Badescu line (they’ve been part of our core collection for a few decades now), there’s no perfect time to spotlight our favorite gel formulas than now.

For oily, troubled, or congested skin types, water-based formulas are a blessing: they deliver the hydration your skin needs without the shine traditional face creams tend to leave behind. Come summer, gel moisturizers become a universal favorite. Sweltering heat and humidity has all of us craving something lightweight and refreshing—what better way to hydrate your skin than with a tall glass of water, literally and through your skin care, too?

These are our top three gel moisturizers and water-based serums that have been making waves since the 80s:

Herbal Hydrating Serum

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum Review

When Herbal Hydrating Serum first launched in the 1980s, it was aptly called “Spring & Summer Drops” for its perfect-for-warm-weather formula. What was supposed to be a seasonal release was brought back by popular demand and renamed “Herbal Hydrating Serum.”

Since then, this gel-serum has become a staple in all skin care regimens, no matter the skin type. With invigorating botanical extracts like Ginkgo and Ginseng to give the complexion a refreshing boost, and Glycolipid Ceramides to help bind water to the skin, Herbal Hydrating Serum is essentially like give your skin a drink of infused H2O.

Oily skin types love its ultra-light texture and dry skin types adore it for its versatility. Wear the Herbal Hydrating Serum on its own, or layer it over your favorite moisturizer—either way gives skin a fresh-faced finish.

Anti Acne Serum

Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum Review

“Acne” and “serum” are two words that don’t seem to go together—but in the world of Mario Badescu, they can, and do.

Anti Acne Serum is another ultra-lightweight gel that glides on easily and absorbs seamlessly into skin. What’s unique about this product is that it works to balance, hydrate, and promote a clearer-looking complexion all at once—thanks to its oil-free Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract formula. In just one step you get the hydration you need and the clarifying measures essential for and maintaining happy skin.

Ceramide Eye Gel

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel Review

Unique in texture and formulated with water-binding Ceramides, this lightweight, oil-free eye gel absorbs seamlessly to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. It’s refreshing on application as is, but we recommend stashing the jar in the fridge to add an extra cooling, wake-me-up boost to your skin care routine.

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by Kimberly Yang
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Make this Father’s Day even more special than the last.

Father's Day Gift Guide for Every Budget

  1. Customize a spa day, because dads need a day of indulgence too.
  2. A membership to his favorite golf and country club. Gifting him a set of monogrammed golf balls or a new set of clubs? Throw in a pair of personalized gloves along with our Hydrating Hand Cream. Golfing all day is hard work.
  3. Set him up with a new regimen. Our Men’s Grooming Basics is a must-have for every man.
  4. Upgrade him. Does Dad have the bare essentials already? Upgrade his current skincare stash with The Executive Collection, a comprehensive set of men’s grooming essentials.
  5. Send him a “man crate” with all his favorite things. Like: his favorite ground coffee. A French press. Shaving Cream. A gift card to his favorite restaurant.
  6. Show him you care. Is he a jet-setter? Put together a care package that makes packing for every trip a little easier—and lets him think of you no matter where in the world he goes. Fill a classic dopp bag with travel-friendly, skincare essentials (just de-pot his favorite Shaving Cream, aftershave lotion, cleanser, serum, and scrub in containers 3.4oz. or smaller). Add in a disposable razor, a toothbrush, tooth paste, floss for good measure, then gift it with a subscription to his favorite magazine so he always has reading material for long flights.
  7. Spend the day with Dad. Whether he’s into hipster breweries or down for a good nature hike, plan a day that’s all about him from day to night. It’s not often we get to spend time with our Dads—make a day of it.

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by Kimberly Yang
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The Monthly Edit: June Skin Care

Every month, we share which products are on top rotation. Our philosophy is simple: just as we change our wardrobe based on the weather or current mood, we swap our skin care accordingly, too. This month is all about keeping skin in balance while tackling warm weather woes like excess oil, congestion, and the occasional breakout or two.

Summer Skincare Essentials

These are our June skin care essentials:

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

For a fresh-faced glow, we start every day (and end every night) with Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s a classic cleanser we love year-round, but come first sign of summer, it takes permanent residence sink-side. (In fact, we stash the jumbo-sized version in our shower and the regular-sized bottle on our bathroom countertop for easy access.)

Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s universal, thanks to its oil-free, non-foaming gel formula—which means all skin types are left feeling exceptionally clean, not dry or tight
  • Papaya and Grapefruit Extract are infused to help give skin a rejuvenating boost while you cleanse
  • Excess oil and surface impurities are rinsed away, leaving skin bright and refreshed

Special Cucumber Lotion

We love summer—but for most of us, skin tends to get oilier and become breakout-prone as the weather warms. To help keep skin looking clear, we’re upping our toner game by bringing in Special Cucumber Lotion, a clarifying astringent specifically formulated for oily, troubled skin.

(Not acne-prone? Check out our toner guide to find the best toner for your skin type.)

Cucumber Tonic Mask

Another June skin care favorite? Cucumber Tonic Mask, the most powerful of our purifying masks. Formulated with Kaolin Clay, Zinc Oxide, and Cucumber Extract, this must-have summer treat helps to draw out pore-clogging impurities while giving oily skin a cooling boost.

#MBSkinTip: When you’re ready to remove your mask, give your face a liberal misting of your favorite Mario Badescu Facial Spray to help make the clean-up process easier. Once you’re done, mist again for a hydrating, botanical boost.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

We’re the last to play favorites with our facial sprays, but if there’s a mist match made in heaven for summertime, this one is it.

It’s infused with:

  • Aloe Vera, for soothing hydration
  • Cucumber Extract and Cucumber Essential Water, to refresh and cool
  • Peppermint Essential Water, for an invigorating boost
  • Green Tea Extract, to help defend against skin-aging free radicals

…which makes for the perfect pick-me-up on the hottest of days. For brownie points, stash it in your fridge or cooler. When the air-con isn’t working or the beach is too hot to handle, this botanical bottle of goodness will keep you feeling fresh and looking dewy. Simply spritz, mist, and glow.

A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap

A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap is another perennial favorite that we’re especially grateful for in summer. Formulated with a blend of fruit enzymes, Ginseng, and Linden to revitalize skin with every shower, this must-have daily body wash leaves you feeling thoroughly clean and refreshed.

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by Kimberly Yang
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What’s the Difference Between All Three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?

Since the launch of our latest Lavender-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial  mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

 What's the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

What it is: Our latest. Calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C combine in a soothing mist that replenishes skin while combating skin-aging free radicals.

What it does:  Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all three Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all three into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:

MORNING

Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.

ALL DAY

Keep your rose-infused face mist on hand as a mid-day pick-me-up or to bring back the dew in your makeup look.

EVENING

Set the tone before bed. Use Facial Spray with Aloe, Lavender and Chamomile before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.


by Kimberly Yang
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Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type

Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type

Before we dive into the best serums for each skin type, let’s start at the beginning with a frequently asked question:

“How do I know if I need a serum?”

We get it: It’s hard to know what you actually need or should be using when products are being thrown at you left and right.  So when we’re asked, “Do I really need a serum?” our answer is simple:

Take our skin analysis.

This questionnaire was designed by our skin specialists to help determine the best products for your skin type—including deciding whether or not you need a serum at this point in your life. At the most basic, pared down level, you should be following a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner, eye cream (from your 20s on), moisturizer, exfoliant, and mask. Anything additional would be prescribed based on concerns to help you achieve skin goals.

CONGESTED OR ACNE-PRONE?

Incorporate Anti Acne Serum into your evening routine. This balancing serum combines the two most important things that congested, troubled skin needs:

  • Oil-free hydration, and
  • Clarifying properties.

That oil-free hydration comes by way of Glycerin, a classic humectant that works to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. Key ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract work help encourage clearer-looking skin.

How to use Anti Acne Serum: This clarifying serum is meant to be used every night or as needed. Before bed (after you’ve cleansed and toned), apply a thin layer on troubled areas. Anti Acne Serum is designed to be worn alone, in place of a traditional evening moisturizer or night cream.

OILY?

Herbal Hydrating Serum will leave your skin looking dewy and fresh-faced. Ceramides, Ginkgo, and Ginseng are infused to revive, soften, and smooth—making this unique gel a versatile staple in all skin care regimens. It’s water-light in texture and oil-free in formulation, which enables you to effectively hydrate without leaving your T-zone feeling like an oil slick.

How to use Herbal Hydrating Serum: For the super oily, wear this serum on its own in place of a moisturizer. All other skin types can still use this serum, though: simply apply a thin layer over moisturizer/night cream for enhanced hydration and glow.

DULL WITH UNEVEN SKIN TONE?

Vitamin C Serum will be a game-changer for lackluster complexions seeking a boost in radiance. This is a lightweight serum that helps restore youthful luminosity to skin while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and skin-aging free radicals.

If you’re keen on adding an anti-aging serum to your regimen (whether you’re 20-something or in your 50s), Vitamin C Serum is quickly becoming a beloved medicine cabinet staple for all skin types. Here’s why:

It’s powerful in formulation, but absorbs seamlessly into skin to help brighten uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines. Vitamin C, Collagen, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone—leaving all skin types soft, smooth, and glowing.

How to use Vitamin C Serum: Apply 3-4 drops to clean skin every other evening. Follow with your favorite night cream.

DEHYDRATED WITH FINE LINES?

Apply Cellufirm Drops under your daily moisturizer or night cream. Uniquely versatile and designed to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, this serum is a must-have for dry skin. Antioxidant oils soften and nourish as a protein-enriched blend of Collagen. Elastin, RNA, and peptides works to give skin a supple, youthful appearance.

How to use Cellufirm Drops: Apply a few drops to targeted areas that need extra moisture, or apply 4-5 drops all over your face and neck for maximum skin-smoothing benefits. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Cellufirm Drops can be used under and around the eye area under your eye cream, too!

 

DRY AND FLAKY?

Revive dehydrated skin and smooth dry patches with Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This lightweight yet moisture-intensive facial oil is infused with Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil—both known as great sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C—to provide comforting moisture and reveal softer, more radiant skin.

How to use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil: Massage 2-3 drops on clean skin. Or, apply 1-2 drops to dry patches that need a targeted moisture boost. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Roll up your sleeves and customize your glow. Mix a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum and Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to get your perfect dewy skin concoction. Use more of the blue when you want to keep it light, or mix in more oil to give your mixture slip and added moisturizing benefits.

 

DRY WITH FINE LINES AND WRINKLES?

Try Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C or Corrective Complex Emulsion. Both serums have a lightweight slip that absorb beautifully into skin. Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C is designed to boost moisture and give depleted skin a more youthful, hydrated appearance. Corrective Complex Emulsion also boasts nourishing ingredients to soften and smooth skin, but also contains Oligopeptide-5 for an added anti-aging boost.

How to use both emulsions: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin, then follow with night cream.

VERY DRY OR MATURE?

Incorporate Peptide Renewal Serum into your routine to target visible signs of aging and deeply nourish skin. This complex blend of Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, and complexion-boosting botanicals is specially formulated to improve the look of depleted, mature skin and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles—leaving the complexion soft, smooth, and supple.

How to use Peptide Renewal Serum: Because of its rich consistency, less is more with this product. Apply 1-2 drops on your face, neck, and décolleté. Wear it alone or layer it under your favorite face cream or night cream.

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