by Kimberly Yang
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Top 10 Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

Greece Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

  1. Always apply sunscreen. Sun protection is crucial to skin health—in fact, it’s one of the most surefire ways to prevent premature signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging) and discoloration (like age spots and darkening of post-acne marks). Be sure to apply first thing every morning or 20 minutes prior to any outdoor activities; re-apply every hour to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be spending time during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For combination/oily, oily, or acne-prone skin: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

For combination/dry skin: Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15

For dry or mature skin: The Moisture Magnet SPF 15

  1. Protect your hands and feet. Yes, driving and walking around in open-toed shoes makes you susceptible to sun damage and premature signs of aging. Be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed hands and feet. Our tip? Keep a bottle of Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 on hand when you’re out and about. It’ll not only keep your hands and feet hydrated, but will also sink in quickly without feeling greasy—all while protecting your skin.
  2. Exfoliate regularly. It’s essential to glowing skin: By removing pore-clogging surface impurities and dulling dead skin cells from the skin, exfoliation helps diminish discoloration and prevent future breakouts.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has been a total game-changer for most of us at MB HQ—but if you prefer a granular exfoliant, give our invigorating Botanical Exfoliating Scrub instead.

  1. Moisture matters. Summer sun, heat, salt water, chlorine, and air conditioning can wreak havoc on skin. To help keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking, moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a night cream before bed. And for glowing, silky-smooth skin from head to toe, be sure to moisturize your hands and body too.
  2. Don’t skimp on eye cream. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles, so it’s essential to make eye care a priority. Try using a lightweight formula for day, and a creamier version overnight so you wake up with plumper, younger-looking under-eyes. Throw on a baseball cap or large, floppy beach hat to help further shield your face, neck, and chest from dangerous UVA/UVB rays.
  3. Look for alpha/beta hydroxy acids in your skincare*. Even if you’re already exfoliating, your skin can always use a boost in further brightening and smoothing the complexion. Ingredients like Grapefruit ExtractPapaya ExtractLactic AcidGlycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid help take your daily regimen to the next level.

*Broad spectrum protection is more important than ever if you’re using AHAs and BHAs. Because these ingredients are constantly encouraging the removal of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, newer skin, sunscreen is crucial in keep skin looking even.

  1. Vitamin C is key. Specifically, a Vitamin C Serum.
  2. Detox. Use a purifying mask 2-3 times a week to deep clean skin, absorb excess T-zone shine, and reveal a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.
  3. Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, bring a water bottle and container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration. Be sure to keep a bottle of Facial Spray on hand to rehydrate skin, too!
  4. Make the healthy switch. As tempting as it is to lie in a tanning bed or sunbathe, make the switch to self-tanners to achieve that ever-covetable summer skin without yielding yourself to the dangers of overexposure. Beauty Tip: Our faces will always be a shade or two lighter than our body; to build color on your face as well, alternate between a tinted moisturizer and facial self-tanner to achieve an even wash of sun-kissed color.

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Curious as to what’s in our July skincare edit? Take a peek into our medicine cabinet.

 


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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