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#MBSkinTips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Skin Care Products

Skin care is an investment in both time and money. Here’s how to make it worth your while so you can get the most out of your Mario Badescu Skin Care products.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Skin Care

Addicted to our Facial Sprays?

Next time you need to replenish on your favorite face mist, order our larger, 8-oz bottle instead. It’s twice the product—but not the price.

Make your Drying Lotion last a little longer.

If you find that the clear liquid in your Drying Lotion seems “run out” faster than the pink sediment at the bottom, change up your Q-tips. We recommend using the thinner, pointed cotton swabs that allow for even more precise application—and also absorb less liquid.

Mask more effectively.

When applying your masks, you an opaque but thin layer over your skin. Doing so will not only prevent product waste, but also help the mask dry (and therefore, work) more effectively in the 10-20 minute time slot.

Try multi-masking to get the most effective results.

Take a minute to analyze your skin. You’ll notice that different areas of your face have different needs. For example, your forehead might need more moisture, but your T-zone needs some decongesting action. You could slap on one mask and call it a day (and you’d still get an overall boost in complexion), but multi-masking enables targeted solutions for each area.

Learn how to multi-mask here.

Do you feel like your skin changes easily from day to day, season to season?

Keep a serum on hand to customize the way you moisturize. (Check out our guide on how to find the perfect serum for your type.) Instead of settling or crowding your medicine cabinet with multiple moisturizers, layer a serum into the mix on days your skin craves extra hydration or needs a boost in glow.

Remove your makeup, cleanse twice daily, and exfoliate regularly.

If you don’t do commit to the above, you’re allowing layers of old makeup, pore-clogging oil, and dulling dead skin cells build up. Which means:

  • You may be more prone to blackheads and pesky breakouts
  • Your skin appears uneven in tone and texture
  • Any product applied afterwards (like your beloved creams and serums) can’t penetrate as well as they would if they were applied on clean skin.

Moral of the story: Start with a clean slate every morning and before bed.

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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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by Kimberly Yang
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5 Signs You Need to Deep Clean Your Medicine Cabinet, NOW

5 Signs You Need To Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

  1. You have empty bottles of Glycolic Acid Toner taking up prime real estate. We know you love your toner, but unless you’re a beauty YouTuber racking up used products for an “empties video,” those bottles need to go. You deserve a fresh one!
  1. That pack of face wipes is all dried up. You know you should not be using those as a sole cleansing method, right? (Face wash and eye makeup removers are non-negotiable in every cleansing regimen!) Toss out those wipes, make a pact to never buy them again, and replace an Enzyme Cleansing Gel in its spot.
  1. Your mask is all dried up too, which can mean one of two things: (1) you didn’t like that mask much and still kept it for whatever reason, or (2) you barely reached for it. Masks are supposed to be used regularly—2 time a week—and thus are meant to last a year max. If you’re not sure what kind of mask you should be using, take this skin analysis to get a recommendation from a skincare specialist. And remember: mask often to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
  1. You’re not quite sure what that jar used to be. If the label’s grubby or all worn off, TOSS it. Expired or bacteria-infested profits from being kept too long or stored improperly are no joke. Better to be safe than sorry.
  1. Your cotton swabs are looking a little dusty. Don’t think twice; kick ’em to the curb. Chances are, you’re using them for to dot on your Drying Lotion, and the last thing you want to do is have a whole bunch of germs and dirt further clogging up that pesky spot. Storing your Q-Tips in that mini Diptyque candle may be cute when you #doitforthegram, but it’s not the most sanitary way to do it. If you still want something cute but practical, look for an apothecary jar with a lid.

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by Kimberly Yang
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Rose Facial Spray & Other Floral Favorites for Spring Skin

Miranda Priestly might’ve scoffed at the suggestion of florals for spring (brownie points for those who remember the iconic movie moment), but when it comes to skin care, few things feel more fitting in your spring skin care routine than floral-infused formulas and beautiful botanical blends.

These are a few of our floral favorites:

Mario Badescu Rose Skin Care

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

With Extracts of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme (oh my!), this cult-favorite Mario Badescu facial spray a surefire staple in every medicine cabinet. In fact, we suggest stashing a bottle wherever you can: your desk (or in your drawer to keep away from shamelessly mist-heavy co-workers!), your handbag, and your fridge (for an extra cooling boost).

Gardenia and Rose Extracts are beloved for their ability to help improve moisture levels and Thyme boasts clarifying properties, which makes this mist a favorite no matter your skin type—especially if you embrace the dew.

FLOWER & TONIC MASK

The name was a dead giveaway, but let’s delve into the botanical extracts that give this mask its name. If we’re sticking to strictly florals, there’s a Gardenia and Evening Primrose infusion—but you’ll also find Olive Leaf Extract in here, too. When combined with other moisturizing ingredients like antioxidant Vitamin E and tempered with natural oil-absorbent minerals, Flower & Tonic Mask is a staple that works to balance your complexion.

You get the deep clean all skin types (including dry and sensitive skin!) need plus skin-smoothing benefits. What’s not to love?

ROSE HIPS MASK

Rosehip is technically the “accessory” fruit of the rose, but let’s not dwell on technicalities and instead, focus on the benefits. Rosehip is known for its antioxidant properties and shown to help improve moisture levels—so when both Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil are used in a formula, you know it’s a match made in heaven for dull, dehydrated skin.

Enter Rose Hips Mask, which not only contains both forms of Rosehip, but also ingredients like Extracts of Evening Primrose, Olive Leaf, and Lemongrass in addition to antioxidant Vitamin E, Kaolin Clay, and Zinc Oxide. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and what you’re left with is a complexion that appears moisturized, soft, and smooth to the touch—with an added youthful glow.

ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL

You’ll find Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil in our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, too. Don’t be fooled by the lightweight feel of this facial oil, though: it packs serious punch in the moisture department. Apply it all over or just in targeted areas to help revive dehydrated skin and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky patches.

#MBSkinTip: We love using this multi-purpose oil on our cuticles too! It’s portable size makes it a handbag or deskside staple—so if ever your face or cuticles are in need of a moisture boost, you have your Rose Hips Nourishing Oil at the ready.

Mario Badescu Chamomile Buttermilk Lavender Skin Care

GLYCOLIC FOAMING CLEANSER

Glycolic Acid tends to get the spotlight in this resurfacing face wash (which should only be used 1-3 times a week in place of your normal facial cleanser!), but there’s also a botanical blend that works to restore balance at the same time.

With floral extracts like Chamomile and Yarrow (plus a botanical blend of Marshmallow—the root, not the puffy hot chocolate topper!), Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is able to address concerns like dullness, congestion, and uneven skin tone and texture without leaving skin feeling tight and dry.

BUTTERMILK MOISTURIZER

 

Lactic Acid is the hero ingredient that makes this moisturizer so unique, but the Chamomile Extract is deserving of a mention, too. Buttermilk Moisturizer provides soothing hydration in addition to gentle resurfacing benefits that take dull and dehydrated to smooth and rejuvenated.

CHAMOMILE NIGHT CREAM + CHAMOMILE EYE CREAM

And here we have another Chamomile contender, which proves just how classic this floral extract. Designed to deliver soothing moisture and nourish parched skin, Chamomile Night Cream is a rich formula that was designed specifically to comfort dry, sensitive complexions all night long.

If you adore Chamomile in your skin care, pair this night cream with our Chamomile Eye Cream. Just like its face cream counterpart, the eye cream boasts a luxurious texture that makes it a dream for delicate, dehydrated under-eyes.

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

There will always be a time when your skin craves calm and comfort—no matter your skin type. This calming blend of Chamomile Extract, Lavender Essential Water, and Lavender Oil is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin C to create a facial mist that leaves your complexion balanced and bright.

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by Kimberly Yang
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How to Multi-Mask

Become a multitasking mask master in just three easy steps.

How to Multimask

Although we tend to identify our skin as one overall type, it’s a pretty broad generalization. Inspect further and you’ll notice that each area of your face is different from the next. For example, your forehead might be prone to dryness, but the center of your face tends to be on the oily side.

The solution? Multi-masking. If you aren’t familiar, don’t know how, or simply haven’t tried the technique, yet, now’s a good time as any to start. Multi-masking allows you to customize your at-home facial to accommodate all of your skin’s needs in one fell swoop.

Here’s how to multi-mask:

1. IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT ZONES ON YOUR FACE.

Most people tend to see two to four different “zones” on their faces. For example:

  1. FOREHEAD: Prone to dehydration (if you’re dry) or excess shine (if you’re oily)
  2. CHEEKS: Prone to dullness or uneven skin tone and texture
  3. CHIN: Prone to congestion/breakouts
  4. NOSE: Prone to excess oil & congestion

Take a few minutes to analyze your skin and map out each “zone.” If you’re not sure where to start, use our face mask map as a guideline!

2. APPLY THE APPROPRIATE MASK TO EACH ZONE.

This is where you can get creative and completely customize your at-home facial! Start by washing your face (or gently exfoliating first), then get masking.

Be sure to apply the masks in a thin but opaque layer to ensure everything dries evenly. Let the masks work their magic for 8-10 minutes, then…

3. RINSE WELL AND ADMIRE YOUR MULTI-MASKING RESULTS!

#Selfie optional. But first: follow with toner and your favorite serums and/or face creams, then finish with a liberal misting of your favorite facial spray.

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