by Kimberly Yang

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



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.



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.


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 Kimberly Yang

Best Eye Cream for Your Skin Type

To apply, or not to apply? That is the question.

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Like toner, eye cream is one of those steps that raise controversy in the beauty world. Do we need a specialized product to apply to the eye area, or is it an unnecessary—albeit nice—step in a daily skin care regimen?

Would your face serum or moisturizer work just fine around the eyes?

No, not really. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner and often more delicate than the rest of the face, it’s important to use a product formulated specifically for the eye area. Too lightweight and the under-eyes are left dry and crepe-y; too rich and you may be left with a greasy ring of unabsorbed product—and possibly a trail of tiny bumps (a.k.a. milia), too. It’s a classic case of Goldilocks and the three bears, but it’s less about fickleness and more about precision and efficacy.

In fact, Mario Badescu himself considered eye cream quintessential, writing in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin that “every man or woman over the age of 21 should apply an eye cream in the morning and in the evening, as part of the daily routine. There are no exceptions.

The key is in finding the right formula. Each Mario Badescu eye cream was created with a specific skin type or concern in mind, enabling you to find the eye cream that best suits you.

Mario Badescu Eye Creams, Lightweight


Use Ceramide Eye Gel.

Erase all prior preconceptions and misconceptions on eye creams and let us introduce to you to Ceramide Eye Gel. It’s ultra-lightweight and oil-free, making it the perfect introductory eye cream or daily formula for those with oily skin.

What we love most about it: This bouncy gel is cool to the touch, which means it’s a dream to apply first thing in the morning or after a long day. Tap it into your skin and you’ll find that absorbs quickly and seamlessly—which means you get an instant boost of lightweight hydration, fast.

#MBSkinTip: Store the jar in your fridge for an extra refreshing boost. Tired, puffy eyes will be eternally grateful.


Use Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.

Whether you’re ready to graduate from Ceramide Eye Gel or simply need an eye cream that packs more moisture without the extra weight, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is the one for you. Lightweight oils smooth and soften to help diminish the appearance of dry lines, leaving the eye area hydrated and happy.

What we love most about it: The balm-like texture gives it a beautiful slip—which means this eye cream just melts in effortlessly. Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Eyebright Extract that replenish and help boost radiance in tired eyes.


Use Hyaluronic Eye Cream.

This is our best-selling eye cream, beloved for its light yet creamy, fast-absorbing texture. In fact, Hyaluronic Eye Cream almost feels whipped in consistency; it’s the perfect mid-weight formula that provides all the hydration you need without feeling heavy on your skin.

What we love most about it: From application to end-of-day, the blend of Hyaluronic Acid. Safflower Seed Oil, and Aloe Vera ensures that the eye area gets maximum hydration. Plus, it leaves skin hydrated, never greasy—making it the ideal daily formula if you wear makeup.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Hyaluronic Eye Cream but sometimes need an extra skin-smoothing boost come winter, layer Cellufirm Drops underneath!

Mario Badescu Eye Creams, Rich


Use Chamomile Eye Cream.

The eye area is already delicate as is—so if you have depleted and sensitive skin, try this. A soothing blend of Chamomile Extract, Cocoa Butter, and skin-conditioning oils replenish skin and soften the look of dry lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: The formula. Comforting, rich, and creamy, Chamomile Eye Cream is a dream to apply.

#MBSkinTip: Come winter, don’t be afraid to swap out your daily eye cream for this moisture-intensive formula. It’s rich enough to help lock in moisture while soothing winter-worn skin.


Use Dermonectin Eye Cream.

Fight visible signs of aging with this powerful, Peptide-infused eye cream. A rich blend of Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A and E deeply nourish under-eyes and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: How smooth it leaves the eye area. Dermonectin Eye Cream is so rich that you only need the tiniest amount to deeply moisturize parched skin.


Use Special Eye Cream “V.

For the very dry, we have Special Eye Cream “V.” It’s an ultra-rich, Vitamin E-packed formula that serves to smooth the look of dry lines and wrinkles—like the little “V” lines (or laugh lines) at the outermost corners.

What we love most about it: The decadent texture. For parched or mature skin, this formula is a dry skin savior.

#MBSkinTip: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your eye creams. If Special Eye Cream “V” is too heavy for daytime use, save this as your evening treat and use Hyaluronic Eye Cream as your AM option instead.


Use Glycolic Eye Cream.

Soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration around the eye area. Formulated with Glycolic Acid to brighten and a blend of Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Leaf Extract to nourish, this rich eye cream replenishes dehydrated skin with the moisture it craves—encouraging a more youthful-looking eye area.

What we love most about it: The alpha hydroxy acid component. Glycolic Acid is the hero ingredient that changes the eye game: this formula offers deep moisturization and a solution for reducing visible signs of aging.


Use Olive Eye Cream.

There is a solution. And there definitely is solace for the ultra-dry. Olive Eye Cream is our most moisture-intensive eye cream, formulated to deeply nourish, replenish, and lock in moisture to protect against moisture loss.

What we love about it: The sumptuous formula. A blend of skin-conditioning oils, Cocoa Butter, and antioxidant Vitamin E make for a luxurious formula. It’s dense—but it’s exactly what dry or mature skin needs.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: August Skin Care 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.

Mario Badescu Summer Skin Essentials - August Monthly Edit

How is it August already? Time flies when you’re having fun or whatever, but seriously—where did summer go?

We’re still milking the concept of glowing, summer skin for as long as we can (it’s pretty much the mantra at MB HQ year-round). To help keep skin radiant but also ease it into fall, here are the August skincare essentials we’re keeping on rotation:

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

When in doubt, go green. This is the staple face wash for all skin types, year round—making it perfect to use in August when days are still blazing but nights are feeling more like fall. Refreshing Papaya enzymes and Grapefruit Extract gently exfoliate away dulling dead skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion with every cleanse.

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Our skin has finally acclimated to the crazy hot weather, so we’re swapping out Special Cucumber Lotion for the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. This astringent still helps get rid of T-zone shine, but it’s a gentler option for combination/oily skin that’s relatively skin, but could use the extra boost.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Last month was all about the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, but this month we’re onto the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. Sometimes it’s just nice to switching things up a bit so you (and your skin) get a breath of fresh air.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

We don’t just use it on our face—we love using it on our bodies too. Once or twice a week, we’ll cleanse our arms, back, and legs (where skin is prone to bumpiness or congestion) to help keep skin looking clear and smooth. The shorts may be going away soon, but head-to-toe glow is still our number one priority.

Formula 200 Body Lotion

Morning shower-ers (or impatient moisturizer-ers), rejoice. This is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that gets the job done. Simply apply post shower and you could get dressed without feeling sticky—immediately.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

Here’s an #MBSkinTip: We stash a bottle in our car so we’re reminded to (1) moisturize and (2) protect our hands before we start driving. It’s a facial moisturizer—but because of it’s oil-free formula, we love using it as a sunscreen-and-hand-cream 2-in-1 to help prevent incidental sun damage.

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by Kimberly Yang

Top 3 Gel Moisturizers & Water-Based Serums for Oily Skin

Gel moisturizers are the skin care products du jour this year—and while they aren’t exactly new to the Mario Badescu line (they’ve been part of our core collection for a few decades now), there’s no perfect time to spotlight our favorite gel formulas than now.

For oily, troubled, or congested skin types, water-based formulas are a blessing: they deliver the hydration your skin needs without the shine traditional face creams tend to leave behind. Come summer, gel moisturizers become a universal favorite. Sweltering heat and humidity has all of us craving something lightweight and refreshing—what better way to hydrate your skin than with a tall glass of water, literally and through your skin care, too?

These are our top three gel moisturizers and water-based serums that have been making waves since the 80s:

Herbal Hydrating Serum Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum Swatch

When Herbal Hydrating Serum first launched in the 1980s, it was aptly called “Spring & Summer Drops” for its perfect-for-warm-weather formula. What was supposed to be a seasonal release was brought back by popular demand and renamed “Herbal Hydrating Serum.”

Since then, this gel-serum has become a staple in all skin care regimens, no matter the skin type. With invigorating botanical extracts like Ginkgo and Ginseng to give the complexion a refreshing boost, and Glycolipid Ceramides to help bind water to the skin, Herbal Hydrating Serum is essentially like give your skin a drink of infused H2O.

Oily skin types love its ultra-light texture and dry skin types adore it for its versatility. Wear the Herbal Hydrating Serum on its own, or layer it over your favorite moisturizer—either way gives skin a fresh-faced finish.

Anti Acne Serum

Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum Swatch

“Acne” and “serum” are two words that don’t seem to go together—but in the world of Mario Badescu, they can, and do.

Anti Acne Serum is another ultra-lightweight gel that glides on easily and absorbs seamlessly into skin. What’s unique about this product is that it works to balance, hydrate, and promote a clearer-looking complexion all at once—thanks to its oil-free Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract formula. In just one step you get the hydration you need and the clarifying measures essential for and maintaining happy skin.

Ceramide Eye Gel

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel Swatch

Unique in texture and formulated with water-binding Ceramides, this lightweight, oil-free eye gel absorbs seamlessly to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. It’s refreshing on application as is, but we recommend stashing the jar in the fridge to add an extra cooling, wake-me-up boost to your skin care routine.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Best Oil-Free Skin Care Products

Our prerogative is to keep things light, fresh, and dewy no matter what summer throws our way. Ninety-degree weather? We’re not fazed. Humidity like you wouldn’t believe? No problem. We’re armed and ready with oil-free skin care products for every skin type.

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Seaweed Cleansing Soap

What it is: A creamy—but still oil-free!—cleanser enriched with marine botanicals. Tiny seaweed grains buff away dulling, dead skin cells to soften and rejuvenate skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Love seaweed-infused skin care? Try Seaweed Cleansing Lotion and Seaweed Night Cream, both of which are packed with mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract (a type of seaweed) and are oil-free.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

What it is: A fruit extract-infused face wash is as refreshing as it sounds. It’s an oil-free gel formula that rinses away pore-clogging oil, light makeup, and surface impurities to reveal a bright, fresh-faced complexion.

Who it’s for: All skin types

#MBSkinTip: Toner is essential to the cleansing process. After you’ve washed your face, we recommend following with…

Acne Facial Cleanser

What it is: A daily face wash specially formulated for troubled, congested skin. This cleanser features Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract to help clarify and promote a clearer-looking complexion. And of course, it’s oil-free.

Who it’s for: Oily, congested, or troubled skin

#MBSkinTip: Take it to the next level and follow with Special Cucumber Lotion.

Botanical Facial Gel

What it is: A daily face wash that removes pore-clogging oil and helps cut T-zone shine.

Who it’s for: Oily skin

#MBSkinTip: After washing our face, follow with toner to further remove surface impurities and excess oil. Cucumber Cleansing Lotion was made for you.

Ceramide Eye Gel

What it is: A water-light, oil-free gel that delivers essential hydration to the eye area without feeling heavy (or looking slick) on skin.

Who it’s for: All skin types—but especially Oily skin types!

#MBSkinTip: Pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling, instant wake-me-up effect!

Oil Free Moisturizer

What it is: An ultra-lightweight moisturizer you can use day and night.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17

What it is: A lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection. It’s oil-free and fragrance-free—making it the perfect daytime formula if you have congested or troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

What it is: A creamy, oil-free moisturizer infused with Aloe Vera and Extracts of Green Tea and St. John’s Wort. One of our most frequently asked questions is how this one compares to the other oil-free moisturizers in our range; Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 is still lightweight, but of the line-up, has a richer consistency that makes it a favorite for all skin types—not just those who are oily.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15

What it is: An Aloe-infused moisturizer that helps hydrate, soothe, and protect—which is why it’s a favorite for those with troubled skin.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

Herbal Hydrating Serum

What it is: Dewy skin in a bottle. Lightweight, versatile, and oil-free, this gel-serum can be worn alone or over your favorite moisturizer (oil-free or not), which allows you to customize how—and where—you hydrate.

Who it’s for: All skin types

Seaweed Night Cream

What it is: A nourishing night cream formulated sans oil. Just because your skin feels oilier doesn’t mean it doesn’t need proper moisture and hydration. Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract, Collagen, Elastin, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine in a moisturizing blend that leaves skin soft, smooth, and radiant come morning.

Who it’s for: Combination, Oily, or Sensitive skin

#MBSkinTip: Say it’s the hottest night of the year and you want skip night cream. Use your daytime, non-SPF moisturizer (like Oil Free Moisturizer, for example) and layer Herbal Hydrating Serum on top for an ultra-lightweight, refreshing boost of hydration.

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