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.

Summer Skincare Essentials

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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What’s the Difference Between All Three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?

Since the launch of our latest Lavender-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial  mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

 What's the difference between all three Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

What it is: Our latest. Calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C combine in a soothing mist that replenishes skin while combating skin-aging free radicals.

What it does:  Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all three Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all three into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:

MORNING

Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.

ALL DAY

Keep your rose-infused face mist on hand as a mid-day pick-me-up or to bring back the dew in your makeup look.

EVENING

Set the tone before bed. Use Facial Spray with Aloe, Lavender and Chamomile before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.


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 Nicole Darmanin
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Mario Hacks: Travel Sizes, Free Samples, and Beyond

From travel sizes to retailer exclusives, here is a list of our favorite insider intel to help you shop smarter:

1. Loyal to Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but hate glass bottles? Our much-loved blemish solution is available in a travel-friendly, shatter-proof plastic bottle on Nordstrom.com.

2. Love your cleanser (toner, body lotion, or shower gel) so much you wish you could bathe in it? Well, we can’t fill a bathtub for you, BUT most of our cleansers and toners are available on mariobadescu.com in 16oz. bottles. And the best part? The double-sized bottles aren’t double the price. That right. Snag a giant bottle of your go-to cleanser and put the money you saved toward a new bottle of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! Strategy, see?!Mario Badescu deluxe sizes, Mario Badescu Travel Sizes

3. Speaking of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, did you know you can buy it in a giant 8oz. bottle? Or a very cute, carry-on friendly 2oz Bottle? You haven’t fallen down a rabbit hole, Alice, this is all real.

4. Calling all jet Setters, gym goers, and bi-coastal babes! You can buy travel-sized Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 15, and Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea on Ulta.com.

TSA approved Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Head to Ulta.com for carry-on friendly Facial Spray!

5. Are you in the know? Mariobadescu.com shoppers have access to exclusive GWPs, discounts, and free shipping on orders over $35? Sign up here and be the first to find out about our special offers.

6. Wondering how to get Mario Badescu samples? There are two main ways. The first way is for customers who’ve never taken our online skin analysis. Simply fill out the information requested here and a free sample regimen will be sent out for you. * ** The second way is to select three free samples whenever you place an order on mariobadescu.com.

Now, which of these tips will you put to use first?

*Sample regimen only available in the United States.

**Must pay $2.95 for shipping and handling.


by Kimberly Yang
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The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Every Skin Type

Stop, drop, and glow.

True, glowing skin is still having its moment—but trend or not, we can’t get enough. Radiant, healthy-looking skin is the ultimate goal here at Mario Badescu, and here’s how we’re going to help you achieve it, no matter your skin type.

Behold, the ultimate glowing skin regimen for every skin type:

HOW TO GET GLOWING SKIN IF YOU HAVE…

Start with clean skin (if you’re not sure which cleanser you should be using, find your perfect face wash here.) Then…

 

DRY SKIN

The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen

  1. Exfoliate. For a bright, smooth base—scrub regularly. Almond & Honey Face Scrub is a decadent treat that gently buffs away dulling dead skin cells while infusing nourishing oils into your skin.
  2. Liberally mist clean skin with our rose Facial Spray to prep and hydrate your complexion.
  3. Smooth. Apply 3-4 drops of Cellufirm Drops all over to give your skin a smoother, plumper finish.
  4. Is it daytime? Go for The Moisture Magnet SPF 15, a creamy formula beloved by makeup artists for its ability to deeply nourish and soften skin. Heading out in the evening? Use Honey Moisturizer. Going to bed? Layer Vitamin C Serum under your favorite night cream.
  5. Customize your glow. Totally optional, but worth the extra step. Apply a few drops of Rose Hips Nourishing Oil wherever your skin craves an extra moisture boost—like your cheeks or around the nose. This lightweight facial oil is formulated with Rosehip, an extract packed with antioxidant Vitamin C, to give skin a brighter appearance and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
  6. Mist and repeat. Mist now, then mist again after makeup to give your final look a radiant finish.

 

OILY SKIN

  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week.
  2. Purify. Eliminate excess oil and decongest your complexion. Silver Powder works to draw out all that pore-clogging impurities and blackheads—leaving your skin refreshed, radiant, and re-balanced. Follow with toner.
  3. Mist. Start with a few spritzes of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea to wake up and tone your complexion. We recommend sticking your bottle in the fridge to give your skin an instant wake-me-up, de-puffing boost.
  4. Moisturize. Oily skin needs hydration too—which is why when it’s dehydrated, oil glands go into high gear to overcompensate, leaving skin looking greasy and prone to congestion or breakouts. This is where a lightweight, moisturizer comes into play to re-balance skin. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 for day (Oil Free Moisturizer as a non-SPF alternative). Headed to bed? Apply Seaweed Night Cream at night so you wake up with radiant skin.
  5. Mist again. Rose-infused or Green Tea—the choice is yours.

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

The Ultimate Glowing Skin Regimen for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Renew. Keep your complexion in tip-top shape by replacing your regular face wash with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser two to three times a week. You’ll want to avoid a granular exfoliant if you’re broken out to avoid exacerbating or tearing at existing breakouts.
  2. Mask. Maintaining balance is key in keeping skin looking healthy, clear, and radiant—so as diligent as you are about using your Drying Mask, you want to make sure you’re restoring hydration to the skin by using Healing & Soothing Mask on alternate days.
  3. Mist. Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea not only tones skin, but gives it a cooling, soothing boost too—which is exactly what troubled skin craves.
  4. Moisturize. Again, balance is crucial. Keep skin hydrated with Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 or Oil Free Moisturizer. At night, use Anti Acne Serum: it provides lightweight hydration while giving breakouts the botanical boot, thanks to its Salicylic Acid and Thyme formula.
  5. Powder. A light dusting will combat unwanted shine to encourage a healthy glow! Apply Special Healing Powder to the T-zone to remove excess oil and help decongest skin.
  6. Mist. Totally optional, but highly recommended. 🙂

COMBINATION SKIN

  1. Polish. Starting with smooth, even-toned base is key in getting your glow on, so make a habit of gently exfoliating with Botanical Exfoliating Scrub one to three times a week.
  2. Mist. Rose or Green Tea? Take your pick. Evenly mist your complexion to give your skin a hydrating boost before you apply your moisturizer.
  3. Hydrate. Try Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 or Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C for day. Moisturizing at night? Layer Vitamin C Serum under Seaweed Night Cream.
  4. Customize your glow. Add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum all over, or apply it in targeted areas where you need a boost in hydration and radiance (like between the brows, around the nose, and on the cheeks).
  5. And of course, mist once more.

 

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