Mario Monthly Edit: January Skin Care

New year, (even) better skin.

In the spirit of upholding beauty resolutions you can keep, we’re vowing to keep our January skin care regimen short and sweet. That post-holiday-season reality can be brutal—so to minimize the overwhelm and maximize our time, we’re making (and sticking to!) a routine that works.

Balance is the goal, here. Chances are that a solid month of late nights combined with over-working your skin (all in the name of a picture-perfect complexion) with at-home peels and too much exfoliation has left your skin worse for wear. So, to remedy a month of don’ts, we’re abiding by a few simple dos:

DO:

  • Stick to the basics. Make sure you’re cleansing, toning, and moisturizing daily. Mask and exfoliate as needed, one to three times a week.
  • Introduce new products into your routine one at a time. It’s tempting to try everything you were gifted at once, but that’s often when things go awry. Instead, allow each newcomer its moment to shine; you’ll get a better read of whether or not it’s right for you.
  • Keep a Mario Badescu Facial Spray on hand. It’s the perfect pick-me-up treat that’ll help boost your skin and your mood, even when you’re in the midst of that 3PM workday slump.

WHAT WE’RE USING THIS JANUARY, ALL MONTH LONG:

ORANGE CLEANSING SOAP

Fresh, creamy, and a delight to use, this face wash is the perfect cold-climate cleanser that gets rid of all the things you don’t want without stripping away all the things you need. What you get is soft, smooth skin that feels refreshed, never stripped.

GLYCOLIC FOAMING CLEANSER

This resurfacing formula has just the right amount of Glycolic Acid to rejuvenate skin—but it’s also infused with a blend of skin-loving botanicals like Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Extract, and Chamomile Extract to restore balance to your skin. Use it one to two times a week in place or Orange Cleansing Soap if you’re dry, or two to three times a week if your skin is normal to oily.

#MBSkinTip: If you love the texture of a creamy cleanser but know you need that deep clean, mix Orange Cleansing Soap and Glycolic Foaming Cleanser for a hybrid that brightens, refines, and leaves skin feel fresh.

WITCH HAZEL & LAVENDER TONER

Restore calm and clarity with every sweep. Easy, dreamy, and perfect for all skin types, this mild astringent gives your complexion that post-cleanse boost while soothing stressed skin. Flip up the nozzle, dampen a cotton pad with the Lavender liquid, and sweep the cotton across your face in outward motions until the pad comes up clean.

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

True, face mists are more of a regimen booster than a non-negotiable skin care staple—but once you start incorporating a facial spray into your routine, you won’t want to be without one. We’re Lavender-obsessed for the month of January because of its calming properties, and this multi-tasking mist is packed with it. Mist it before moisturizer to give your skin a botanical boost, use it after makeup to give your look a dewy finish, or spritz throughout the day to infuse your skin (and your surroundings) with Lavender.

HONEY MOISTURIZER

Light and layer-able, this Honey-infused face cream sinks in seamlessly to replenish skin and give it a healthy, dewy finish. Use it twice daily, day and night, to nourish your skin.

HYALURONIC EYE CREAM

Don’t forget about the eyes, too. Packed with hydration powerhouses and infused with botanicals like Eyebright Extract and Aloe Vera, our best-selling eye cream is a favorite for its easy-to-use, bright-eyed finish.

FLOWER & TONIC MASK

Everyone—no matter your skin type—needs a clay mask in their routine to keep things in check. One to three times week, set aside 15-20 minutes to deep clean while restoring balance to your skin.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

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