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Best Eye Cream for Your Skin Type

To apply, or not to apply? That is the question.

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Like toner, eye cream is one of those steps that raise controversy in the beauty world. Do we need a specialized product to apply to the eye area, or is it an unnecessary—albeit nice—step in a daily skin care regimen?

Would your face serum or moisturizer work just fine around the eyes?

No, not really. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner and often more delicate than the rest of the face, it’s important to use a product formulated specifically for the eye area. Too lightweight and the under-eyes are left dry and crepe-y; too rich and you may be left with a greasy ring of unabsorbed product—and possibly a trail of tiny bumps (a.k.a. milia), too. It’s a classic case of Goldilocks and the three bears, but it’s less about fickleness and more about precision and efficacy.

In fact, Mario Badescu himself considered eye cream quintessential, writing in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin that “every man or woman over the age of 21 should apply an eye cream in the morning and in the evening, as part of the daily routine. There are no exceptions.

The key is in finding the right formula. Each Mario Badescu eye cream was created with a specific skin type or concern in mind, enabling you to find the eye cream that best suits you.

Best Eye Cream for Your Skin Type - Lightweight


Use Ceramide Eye Gel.

Erase all prior preconceptions and misconceptions on eye creams and let us introduce to you to Ceramide Eye Gel. It’s ultra-lightweight and oil-free, making it the perfect introductory eye cream or daily formula for those with oily skin.

What we love most about it: This bouncy gel is cool to the touch, which means it’s a dream to apply first thing in the morning or after a long day. Tap it into your skin and you’ll find that absorbs quickly and seamlessly—which means you get an instant boost of lightweight hydration, fast.

#MBSkinTip: Store the jar in your fridge for an extra refreshing boost. Tired, puffy eyes will be eternally grateful.


Use Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.

Whether you’re ready to graduate from Ceramide Eye Gel or simply need an eye cream that packs more moisture without the extra weight, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is the one for you. Lightweight oils smooth and soften to help diminish the appearance of dry lines, leaving the eye area hydrated and happy.

What we love most about it: The balm-like texture gives it a beautiful slip—which means this eye cream just melts in effortlessly. Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Eyebright Extract that replenish and help boost radiance in tired eyes.


Use Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

This is our best-selling eye cream, beloved for its light yet creamy, fast-absorbing texture. In fact, Hyaluronic Eye Cream almost feels whipped in consistency; it’s the perfect mid-weight formula that provides all the hydration you need without feeling heavy on your skin.

What we love most about it: From application to end-of-day, the blend of Hyaluronic Acid. Safflower Seed Oil, and Aloe Vera ensures that the eye area gets maximum hydration. Plus, it leaves skin hydrated, never greasy—making it the ideal daily formula if you wear makeup.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Hyaluronic Eye Cream but sometimes need an extra skin-smoothing boost come winter, layer Cellufirm Drops underneath!


Use Chamomile Eye Cream.

The eye area is already delicate as is—so if you have depleted and sensitive skin, try this. A soothing blend of Chamomile Extract, Cocoa Butter, and skin-conditioning oils replenish skin and soften the look of dry lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: The formula. Comforting, rich, and creamy, Chamomile Eye Cream is a dream to apply.

#MBSkinTip: Come winter, don’t be afraid to swap out your daily eye cream for this moisture-intensive formula. It’s rich enough to help lock in moisture while soothing winter-worn skin.


Use Dermonectin Eye Cream.

Fight visible signs of aging with this powerful, Peptide-infused eye cream. A rich blend of Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A and E deeply nourish under-eyes and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: How smooth it leaves the eye area. Dermonectin Eye Cream is so rich that you only need the tiniest amount to deeply moisturize parched skin.


Use Special Eye Cream “V.

For the very dry, we have Special Eye Cream “V.” It’s an ultra-rich, Vitamin E-packed formula that serves to smooth the look of dry lines and wrinkles—like the little “V” lines (or laugh lines) at the outermost corners.

What we love most about it: The decadent texture. For parched or mature skin, this formula is a dry skin savior.

#MBSkinTip: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your eye creams. If Special Eye Cream “V” is too heavy for daytime use, save this as your evening treat and use Hyaluronic Eye Cream as your AM option instead.


Use Glycolic Eye Cream.

Soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration around the eye area. Formulated with Glycolic Acid to brighten and a blend of Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Leaf Extract to nourish, this rich eye cream replenishes dehydrated skin with the moisture it craves—encouraging a more youthful-looking eye area.

What we love most about it: The alpha hydroxy acid component. Glycolic Acid is the hero ingredient that changes the eye game: this formula offers deep moisturization and a solution for reducing visible signs of aging.


Use Olive Eye Cream.

There is a solution. And there definitely is solace for the ultra-dry. Olive Eye Cream is our most moisture-intensive eye cream, formulated to deeply nourish, replenish, and lock in moisture to protect against moisture loss.

What we love about it: The sumptuous formula. A blend of skin-conditioning oils, Cocoa Butter, and antioxidant Vitamin E make for a luxurious formula. It’s dense—but it’s exactly what dry or mature skin needs.

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by Kimberly Yang

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Not sure what to gift the special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day? Check out our men’s gift guide for thoughtful and unique ideas:

Valetine's Day Gift Guide for Him

For Dad / the Father-in-Law:

The Executive Collection for Men

For Your Uncle:

Men’s Grooming Basics + a gift card to his favorite restaurant

For Your Best Friend:

dopp bag + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Shaving Cream

For Your Brother(s):

Men’s Grooming Basics + Amazon gift card

For Your Co-Worker:

Peppermint Shaving Cream

For the Classic Man:

silk pocket square + monogrammed cufflinks + dopp bag + Pre-Shave Conditioner + Shaving Cream + Vital with Collagen & Elastin + Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

For the Downtown Guy:

knit beanie + messenger bag + Peppermint Shaving Cream + After Shave Moisturizer

For the Gamer:

the latest/his favorite video game + Hydrating Hand Cream + Shaving Cream + Protein After Shave Lotion

For the Gym Buff:

gym duffel + monogrammed towel + shaker bottle + Men’s Grooming Basics

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by Kimberly Yang

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

Not sure what to gift the special women in your life? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for unique and thoughtful ideas.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Valentine's Day Gifr Guide for Her

For Mom / the Mother-in-Law:

2 dozen white roses + Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum

(or, if you’re in the NYC area—a gift certificate to our spa!)

For Your Aunt:

her favorite flowers + Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E + Vitamin E Body Lotion + Facial Spray

For Your Best Friend:

a kitschy Valentine + box of chocolates + Facial Spray

For Your Sister(s):

Drying Lotion + Facial Spray (a smaller bottle to keep in her bag + the larger one to keep at her vanity!)

For Your Co-Worker:

Facial Spray

For the Girly-Girl:

pink peonies + Facial Spray + Strawberry Tonic Mask + Strawberry Face Scrub

For the Uptown Sophisticate:

white roses + Flower & Tonic Mask + Caviar Day Cream + Caviar Night Cream

For the Makeup Lover / YouTube Beauty Guru:

pink roses + Facial Spray + Eye Makeup Remover Cream + Temporary Lifting Mask

For the Jet-Setter:

tickets for a romantic getaway for two + Facial Spray + Super Collagen Mask + Hydro-Emollient Cream

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: February Skincare

Welcome to #MarioMonthlyEdit, where you (yes, you) get a sneak peek at our current essentials.

Mario Badescu February Monthly Edit

January was all about brightening and smoothing, natch (there really is no better way to start off a new year, to be honest). This month, we’re going back to the basics for two reasons:

  1. To maintain balance to windy, winter weather doesn’t wreak havoc on our skin, and
  2. To let us take a closer look at what our skin really needs

Too often we’re tempted by the latest series of peels or acid-based products (which usually happens right before the New Year in a rushed attempt to get our skin looking as perfect as possible)—and while those things can benefit your skin, they’re not for every skin type. (It’s also important to note that too much can take a toll on your skin, no matter how oily or resilient you think your skin is.)

…which is where simple, gentle, and effective skin care come into play. Forget the bells and whistles for a second, and instead, reach for tried-and-true staples that can return your skin back to a state of balance.

Here’s what we recommend for dry, sensitive, or over-worked skin this month. (And if you’re combination/oily, we recommend following this regimen instead.)

Cream Soap

This is the most gentle face wash in our entire line. It’s creamy, it’s moisturizing, and it’s fragrance-free—making it the go-to cleanser for those with reactive skin. Light makeup, excess oil, and impurities are washed away without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion

Another go-to for sensitive skin, this toner harbors the Chamomile’s calming properties to help comfort and re-balance skin after cleansing.

Flower & Tonic Mask

All skin types—including dry—need a weekly deep cleaning. Our Flower & Tonic Mask is a mild, purifying mask that gently pulls out impurities from pores as antioxidant Evening Primrose and Gardenia work to help improve moisture levels and encourage firmer, smoother skin.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

This under-the-radar skin-saver deserves more time in the limelight. Its lightweight formula sinks in quickly to revive flaky or dehydrated areas while giving skin a dewy, youthful glow.

#MBSkinTip 1: Keep a bottle on hand at all times to smooth dry patches (like between the brows or around the nose). Simply apply 1-2 drops to the areas that need a hydration boost to rejuvenate skin.

#MBSkinTip 2: Stash this oil in your carry-on. This frequent flyer fave is a must for beating cabin air (notorious for making skin dry, tight, and totally out-of-balance.)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

If you haven’t tried this facial mist, trust [the countless fans who adore it]. Your skin needed a spritz of this yesterday.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Best Mask for Your Skin Type

Best Face Mask for Your Skin Type

If you’re not masking, you’re missing out. Think of masks as a mini facial-between-facials: they help target specific concerns (dullness, discoloration, aging, congestion, breakouts, etc.), keeping your skin in tip-top shape until you next visit to the salon.

How often should you mask you ask? Funny you inquire.

Mask twice a week.

Our aestheticians recommend up to three times a week depending on your skin type and concern(s). All you need is a mask (or multiple, if you want to give multi-masking a whirl), 10-20 minutes a pop, and a candle or two to light up. (Good vibes, always.)

Not sure where to start? Here’s a breakdown of which masks do what so you can find the best mask for your skin type:

CALM + SOOTHE: Azulene Calming Mask

CALM + NOURISH: Calma Mask


RE-BALANCE ACNE-PRONE SKIN: Healing & Soothing Mask

DE-SLICK + CONTROL: Special Mask for Oily Skin

DECONGEST + RE-BALANCE: Flower & Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + PURIFY: Orange Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + BRIGHTEN: Strawberry Tonic Mask

DECONGEST + DEEP CLEAN: Cucumber Tonic Mask

BRIGHTEN + REVITALIZE: Enzyme Revitalizing Mask


NOURISH + REVIVE: Rose Hips Mask

PLUMP + FIRM: Super Collagen Mask


TIGHTEN + LIFT: Temporary Lifting Mask

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