by Kimberly Yang
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Protective Face Creams for Dry, Winter-Worn Skin

When your moisturizer is no match for the cold and your skin is left parched, tired, and worse for wear, you call for backup.

Mario Badescu Protective Winter Face Creams for Dry Skin

Enter protective day creams: ultra-rich, moisture-intensive formulas designed to deeply nourish and help shield skin against harsh weather conditions. These are sumptuous, decadent face creams that replenish depleted complexions and restore bounce to wind-chapped skin.

Sound like you? Here are our most beloved winter face creams, ranked from lightest to richest so you can find your perfect cold-weather skin savior.


Our most lightweight formula in the line, infused with Orange Peel Extract to provide a rejuvenating boost.


An energizing formula that brings back the life to dull, dehydrated skin.


A cold-weather staple. Creamy yet fast-absorbing, this classic formula helps replenish, lock in moisture, and protect against dehydration.


Skin-conditioning oils and moisture-binding humectants revive dry, dull skin—leaving your complexion soft, smooth, and perfectly dewy.


A rejuvenating formula that helps promote a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.


A rich formula designed to help alleviate discomfort from dryness and deeply moisturize parched skin.


Famously known as our “in-flight” face cream. This ultra-nourishing formula deeply moisturizes depleted skin and helps reinforce its protective moisture barrier.


A luxurious, skin-smoothing formula infused with Caviar Extract to revitalize depleted skin.

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Shop all protective day creams.

by Kimberly Yang

Q&A: Best Face Cleansers for Dry, Winter Skin

Best Winter Face Cleanser for Dry Skin

Q. Should I skip cleansing twice daily if my skin is dry? My skin always feels super dry and tight after washing my face, even more so now that it’s cold out.

It’s important to cleanse twice daily no matter your skin type and no matter the season—it’s just about finding the right face wash that suits your skin’s needs. So: if your skin feels dry, tight, or even sensitive after cleansing, it’s likely you’re not using the right kind of face wash.

Which leads us to…

Q. What’s the best face cleanser for dry, winter skin?

A. Mario Badescu aestheticians recommend using a cream or tissue-off cleanser. Both are gentle alternatives to bar soaps or foaming formulas: they get rid of the dirt, oil, and impurities, but leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.

Here’s how to find the best face wash that’ll keep your dry skin happy all winter long:

Got combo/dry skin and love a rejuvenating boost in your cleanser?

Try Orange Cleansing Soap, a comforting face wash infused with Orange Peel Extract that refreshes skin of light makeup, dirt, oil, and other surface impurities.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Enzyme Cleansing Gel in the warmer months but are looking for a winter alternative, you’ll love this face wash, too.

Got combination/dry skin that’s prone to uneven skin tone and texture?

You’ll love Seaweed Cleansing Soap, a fresh, creamy face wash formulated with marine botanicals. Surface impurities are washed away, but your complexion is left softer and smoother than before. Plus, there are real seaweed grains in there to gently buff away dulling dead skin cells.

Got dry, sensitive skin that looks dull?

Use Keratoplast Cream Soap, a unique cleanser that helps rid the skin of pore-clogging impurities without leaving skin feeling parched.

Got dry skin?

Start using Cucumber Cream Soap, a creamy, Cucumber-infused face wash that leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and hydrated.

Got super sensitive and dry skin?

Try Cream Soap. It’s a simple, gentle formula that was created specifically for delicate skin. It’s an oil-free, fragrance-free, moisturizing formula that cleanses without overdrying skin.

Got super dry, parched, and/or mature skin? Or maybe you love wearing a full face of heavy makeup?

Your skin will love Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. Makeup and surface impurities are instantly wiped clean without stripping dry skin of essential moisture; instead, this oil-based cleansing milk ensures skin feels soft and nourished.

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Holiday Skin Saviors

Holiday season is hectic. To-do lists at home and at work become longer and social calendars become busier. To turn the pressure up just a little bit higher, this is not one of those occasions when you can hunker down and power through all that needs to be done because the holidays involve showing face.

That’s right, nestled between working late to tie up loose ends before the New Year, and taking advantage of your favorite retailer’s extended hours for late gift shopping sessions there are holiday parties. To get through this marathon of a season in one piece I’ve learned to take a few precautions to preserve my skin, sanity, and (most importantly) my holiday cheer—at the end of the day the holidays are supposed to be fun, right?

Sleep. Eat. Hydrate.

Life simply works better when the basics are attended to. Do whatever it takes, schedule in sleep, set phone reminders to finish your water bottle before lunch, and keep apples and almonds in your bag so that you’ve consumed more than that grande skim latte (extra shot of espresso, please!) before 3pm. Skin.

Craft a skin strategy that will keep your skin glowing from today straight through New Year’s Day!

Here’s what I’m using this year to keep my skin bright, hydrated, and ready for holiday party pics or any instagrammable moment that comes my way:

Mario Badescu SKin Care

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub– The energizing mix of botanicals in this scrub makes me feel like I’m being extra kind to my tired skin. Use three times a week to keep winter skin flake-free and smooth.

Enzyme Revitalizing Mask– During the holidays I go for an extra shot of espresso and an extra dose of brightening. I’ve been known to gift this mask to new parents, frequent flyers, and college students during finals. Its ability to unearth a glow from even the most tired, dull skin is unmatched.

Herbal Hydrating Serum– This is my trusty year round skin-saving hero! The thought of not having a fresh bottle of this tiny miracle worker at hand during the season where my schedule fluctuates between chaos and frenzy is unfathomable. It is my favorite thing for helping to ward off cold weather dehydration without causing breakouts.

Eye Makeup Remover Gel (non-oily)– The late nights and early mornings of the holiday season make it very tempting to skip important steps like removing eye makeup. I leave a bottle of eye makeup remover out in plain sight, right next to my toothbrush, to avoid any temptation to crash without removing every trace of mascara first. I’ll thank me in the morning.

What are your tricks for powering through the busiest season of the year?

by Kimberly Yang
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Holiday 2018 Gift Ideas: Sets for Everyone on Your List

You’ve made your list and checked it twice. Now what do you gift—something that’s more than “just nice?”

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Perfect for: the Beauty Influenc-ee, Mario Badescu Fan, Hostess with the Mostest

Mario Badescu Classics Collection Holiday Gift Set

It’s the set you can’t go wrong with. After all, the Classics Collection features four tried-and-true favorites beloved by all. No matter your giftee’s current skin care regimen, these products are bound to fit right in:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, our best-selling face wash
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the must-have mist beloved across the world
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, our award-winning exfoliator
  • Seaweed Night Cream, a decadent (but oil-free!) face cream

Find it at:, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Urban Outfitters



Perfect for: Everyone!

Mario Badescu Holiday Ornament

Listen—if you want to deck out your Christmas tree in these delightful holiday ornaments, feel free (and tag us on Instagram at @mariobadescu!). It’s tiny, it’s sweet, and it makes for a great stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or a thank-you present for your team or co-workers.

Each ornament includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (full-size), to bring the “mist” in “mistletoe”
  • Lip Balm (full-size), for soft, kiss-able lips

Find it at:, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta




Perfect for: the Jet-Setter, Skin Care Newbie, Facial Spray Fanatic

Mario Badescu Travel Facial Spray Trio Holiday Gift Set

This trio of travel-friendly face mists is the perfect gift to stock up on just in case you happen to forget someone (we won’t tell) or for those last-minute Secret Santa gift exchanges.

There’s no going wrong with this one. Everyone can do with a mini mist (or three!) in their life.

This limited edition trio includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, our first face mist
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, the invigorating pick-me-upper
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, our newest facial spray

Find it at: Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters



Perfect for: The Rose-Obsessed, Facial Spray Fanatic, Beauty Guru, Makeup Artist

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray Holiday Gift Set

Never be without your favorite face mist again. This trio includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater in three sizes: a travel mini, a medium-sized mist, and a jumbo for good measure

Find it atUlta



Perfect for: the Rose-Obsessed Sophisticate

Mario Badescu Rose Essentials Skin Care Gift Set

The name gives it away—but beyond being too beautiful to resist snapping up in multiples, the Rose Essentials Kit is a four-piece collection curated to unveil your most radiant, youthful-looking complexion using—you guessed it!—rose-infused skin care.

This limited edition set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite floral face mist
  • Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner, our latest
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, packaged in an irresistibly mini glass vial
  • Rose Hips Mask, a comforting Rosehip-packed mask that boosts radiance

Find it at: Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters



Perfect for: the Jet-Setter, Beauty Influenc-ee, Anyone Who Appreciates a Set of Cute Minis

Mario Badescu Mini Must-Haves Winter Skin Care Set

Your favorite set is back in a limited edition, must-have winter edition. Sized to fly and perfect to keep on hand if you’re on the go, this itty-bitty bag has you covered from head to toe. We know you’re tempted to stock up on a few sets for your own collection, but think of your best friend, too—wouldn’t they love their own bag of Badescu babies, too?

This UO-exclusive set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite floral face mist
  • Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, our signature body cream
  • Fruit & Vitamin A Hand Cream, a creamy, rejuvenating formula for hard-working hands
  • Lip Balm, a rich, Coconut-scented balm that revives dry lips

Find it at: Urban Outfitters



Perfect for: the Mario Badescu Devotee, Beauty Influenc-ee

Mario Badescu The Icons Macy's

Stuck on what to gift? The Icons is the ultimate set to give even when you have no idea what to get.

This Macy’s-exclusive set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, which features rejuvenating Rose and Gardenia Extracts, and clarifying Thyme
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, infused with revitalizing Peppermint Essential Water and nutrient-rich botanicals
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, enriched with antioxidant Vitamin C and a soothing, hydrating blend of Lavender and Chamomile
  • Drying Lotion, formulated with Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Calamine, and Camphor

Find it at: Macy’s


Perfect for: the Beauty Influenc-ee or Mario Badescu Devotee, Your Mom/Sister/Best Friend

Mario Badescu Latest & Greatest Skin Care Gift Set

The name says it all. Win at gifting with our Latest and Greatest, a limited edition collection that stars iconic, time-tested favorites and our award-winning newbie.

This MB-exclusive set includes:

  • Drying Lotion, the original, on-the-spot solution
  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, our most beloved face wash
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, the award-winning latest!

Find it at:


Perfect for: Dad, Grandpa, Significant Other

Mario Badescu Men's Skincare Grooming Set

For every man in your life, there’s The Executive Collection. Whether he’s well-practiced in the skin care department or a simple, bar-soap kind of guy, this men’s grooming set is the perfect upgrade for his day-to-day routine.

This set includes:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, the perfect daily cleanser
  • Pre-Shave Conditioner, to prime skin and soften hair
  • Peppermint Shaving Cream, a cooling formula designed to encourage a closer, more comfortable shave
  • Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm, a 2-in-1 that acts as both an aftershave balm and lightweight serum
  • After Shave Moisturizer, to combat post-shave dryness and replenish skin with non-greasy hydration
  • Our signature toiletries bag

Find it at:

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: December 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.

december skincare essentials monthly edit

‘Tis the season. Where there are chestnuts roasting by an open fire and last minute gift shopping, there’s dry, stressed out skin…which is where our December skincare edit comes into play. The secret to a glowing complexion—yes, even in the dead of winter—is in the products you pick. Nourish and protect your skin from harsh winter weather and intense heating systems, and you’ll look effortlessly dewy at every holiday party.

Here’s what’s in our medicine cabinet this December:

Orange Cleansing Soap

This is a creamy, Orange Peel-infused face wash that delivers mild exfoliation without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Let this be your twice-daily, post-cleanse go-to. This revitalizing, alcohol-free toner helps perk up dull skin, soften the look of fine lines, and even out skin tone. Plus, it features Aloe and Linden to deliver soothing hydration so your skin is left feeling rejuvenated.

Honey Moisturizer

It features—you guessed it!—Honey to deliver radiance-boosting moisture that lasts. Plus, it’s formulated with antioxidant-rich oils to further soften and smooth, leaving skin looking dewy all day long. If it’s particularly cold out or you’re feeling drier than usual…

Orange Protective Cream

…use this protective day cream instead. Though lightweight in texture, our Orange Protective Cream is specifically designed to help eliminate dryness and banish dullness. Nutrient-rich Beeswax helps safeguard skin from harsh elements (like cold, wind, and indoor heating) as Orange Extract rejuvenates skin to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion.

Olive Eye Cream

This is our most moisture-intensive formula, perfect for very dry under-eyes or for use as an overnight treatment. It’s ultra-rich and super concentrated—which makes for luxurious application every time. If your skin is on the oily side, you’ll still need to up the ante in the under-eye hydration department; swap out your fall eye cream for the Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

We love Rosehip—so much so that we keep on in the office, in our medicine cabinet, and in our bag to help smooth dry patches and revive dehydrated skin.

Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

Dry, chapped hands are the worst—which is why we decided to repackage our signature hand cream in a travel-friendly tube you can take anywhere on the go. (And at $8 a tube, it makes for the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone!)

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Need more solutions for seriously dry skin? Check out this #MBRecipe to help revive parched skin!


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