by Nicole Darmanin
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The Best Cleanser/Toner Duos for Your Skin Type

Because the right cleanser and toner can make or break your daily skin care regimen.

If your skin care regimen was a house, your cleansing and toning routine would be the foundation. These steps set the rest of your regimen up for success. Using a cleanser or toner that is too aggressive can leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, which can lead to dry patches and flaking. Using ones that are too mild for your skin type may cause congestion, blackheads, and milia.

The right duo will leave your skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Whether you are cleansing after a night’s sleep in the morning or washing away traces of a long day before bed, there are few things in life that feel quite as nice as a freshly washed face. Keep reading for our favorite cleanser/toner duos for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Toners

Oily/Acne-Prone

Botanical Facial Gel– This Grapefruit-infused cleanser breaks down shine and impurities on even the oiliest skin types without being harsh. It is a great summertime face wash if your oil production rises when the thermometer does.
Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Acne Facial Cleanser– Deep clean pores to promote clarity and prevent congestion with this popular daily gel cleanser. This formula contains complexion-boosting botanicals including Thyme Extract, which has been shown in studies to help banish blemishes.
Tone with Special Cleansing Lotion C

Combination

Enzyme Cleansing Gel-This best-selling formula is so addictive it makes its devotees look forward to waking up for work so they can wash their face. Grapefruit and Papaya Extracts work to gently brighten while the non-foaming gel formula removes makeup and impurities. Perfect for skin types that swing from dry in some spots to oily in others.
Combo/oily? Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
Comb/dry? Try Glycolic Acid Toner

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– If you have combination skin that needs a gentle but thorough cleanser, look no more. This creamy wash is brimming with mineral-rich seaweed and rinses clean without leaving skin feeling tight.
Tone with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

Orange Cleansing Soap-Combination/dry skin loves this formula that removes traces of makeup and leaves skin soft and never tight, even with daily use.
Tone with Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Dry

Keratoplast Cream Soap-Dry skin is especially vulnerable to rough patches. This mild cleanser works to gently smooth away roughness without depleting essential moisture.
Tone with Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion

Cucumber Cream Soap-Cooling mineral-rich Cucumber Extract is just what dry, angry skin needs to restore balance and maintain moisture levels.
Tone with Aloe Vera Toner

Supplemental

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– All skin types can take their cleansing regimen to the next level by swapping their daily wash with this one 2-3 times a week. This foaming wash combines deep cleansing properties with the brightening, smoothing benefits of Glycolic Acid to reveal clear, rejuvenated skin.

 

Does your cleanse and tone routine need a makeover?


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 Ideas 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.

Mario Badescu June Skin Care
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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Best Skin Care Sets Under $50

Good beauty products do not have to be expensive,” Mario Badescu wrote in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin, “They only have to be right for your skin.”

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SPRITZ. MIST. GLOW.

Spritz Mist Glow is a trio made for facial spray fanatics. It includes all three of our face mists: the original Rosewater, Green Tea, and our latest, Lavender. There’s joy in collecting them all, but this trio isn’t just meant to sit in your medicine cabinet. Each facial spray was formulated to deliver a specific set of botanical benefits to your skin, and therefore, all three can be incorporated into your day-to-night regimen.

Here’s one idea:

MORNING

Wake up tired skin with an invigorating spritz of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. The Peppermint and Cucumber Essential Waters give skin a cooling boost, making it an AM favorite to start the day.

MIDDAY

Need a midday pick-me-up? Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater all over. A hint of rose lingers behind for a light, fresh floral fragrance, as a botanical blend of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme Extracts revives skin with a dewy glow.

EVENING

Make Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender a staple in your nighttime routine. Calming botanicals instantly help you to unwind before bed while de-stressing skin—all while infusing the brightening benefits of antioxidant Vitamin C into your skin.

Want to learn more about the differences between all three of our facial sprays? Read this.

MASK & MIST DUO

Maroi Badescu Cucumber Mask & Mist Kit

Quick! First words that come to mind when you hear “spa” … Did we hear “cucumber slices?” “Plush terry cloth robes?” “Mask?”

All you need is 20 minutes and this Cucumber-infused Mask & Mist Duo. Fresh cucumber slices and giant white robes are optional, but come highly recommended.

Here’s how to use this set:

  1. Start with clean skin. Always start with a freshly-washed face.
  2. Liberally mist your complexion with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Doing so isn’t just for effect (though it does leave you in a cloud of a rejuvenating Cucumber scent): this step infuses your skin with a veil of hydration and nutrient-rich botanicals.
  3. Apply a thin, even layer of Cucumber Tonic Mask all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Let is set for 15 minutes.
  4. Prep for the removal process. Rinsing off clay masks can be a little tricky, so we recommend this #MBSkinTip borrowed from the aestheticians at our New York City salon and spa. Mist your face once more to soften the mask and help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on your skin.
  5. Gently wash off the mask and spritz again!

BODY BREAKOUT KIT

Treat the skin on the rest of your body like you would your face. Ditch the bar soap (known to strip skin of essential moisture and leave behind a pore-clogging residue) and instead, reach for this revitalizing body wash and clarifying astringent.

For more tips and tricks on how to help fight body breakouts, read this.

ACNE REPAIR KIT

Acne Repair Kit is the trio you keep in your medicine cabinet for skin-mergencies. Featuring three different solutions that target three different type of breakouts, this set makes sure you’re prepared—and ready to put your best face forward no matter what.

Acne Repair Kit includes:

  • Drying Lotion, to target surface blemishes
  • Buffering Lotion, which helps shrink the look of large, under-the-surface bumps
  • Drying Cream, to help reduce the appearance of clusters of both surface and under-the-skin blemishes

To learn more about each product, read this.

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Discover more Mario Badescu gift sets here.

 


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.

 

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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