by Kimberly Yang

Mario Monthly Edit: March Skin Care

Spring ahead with fresh, dewy skin.

The moment we turn the corner from February to March, it’s as if someone snapped their fingers and just like that, spring is in the air. The temperature could be the same as it was one week prior and still it would feel different now that it’s March. Somehow, 40 degrees feels warmer. Sunnier. Dare we say happier, even?

Everything is better in spring.

In celebration of warmer weather and in preparation for the new season, we’re revisiting our medicine cabinets. Out with the old, on with the spring cleaning, and in with only the essentials for our freshest, dewiest skin yet.

These are the products that made our monthly skin care edit:


It’s creamy, cool, and Cucumber-infused for a clean that feels fresh, never stripping. Meet your perfect between-season face wash that rinses away surface impurities and leaves your skin as soft and smooth as can be.


If you have combination skin that veers oily come the slightest hint of sun, swap out your winter toner for this one. Formulated with Cucumber Extract for its natural astringent and vitamin-rich properties, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is a must-have for soothing skin and removing unwanted T-zone shine.  


Replenish and rejuvenate dull, dehydrated skin. This glow-boosting blend of antioxidant Vitamin C, hydrating Squalane, and antioxidant Vitamin E is designed to help improve the look of uneven skin tone and texture. Simply massage a light, even layer on clean skin—day or night—and repeat daily for bright, moisturized skin.


We’re staying right on track with our glowy skin them. For skin that’s smooth, even, and bright, reach for this little green bottle. Vitamin C Serum is brimming with the good stuff:

  • not one, but two Vitamin C derivatives
  • smoothing Collagen
  • soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera
  • calming Lavender Oil
  • mineral and vitamin-rich Cucumber Extract
  • revitalizing Ginseng Extract

In short: it’s like a multivitamin for your skin.


For skin that’s dewy and plump with hydration, use Seaweed Night Cream every evening. This is a rich yet oil-free formula packed with nutrient-rich Seaweed (Bladderwrack) Extract, Collagen, Elastin, and Sodium Hyaluronate. Massage a dime-sized dollop over clean, freshly misted skin or layer it over Vitamin C Serum to boost your morning-after results.


Incorporate a clay mask into your weekly routine to counter increased shine and congestion. Use it all over or in targeted areas—like your T-zone—as a pore-purifying treat.  


It wouldn’t be a #MarioMonthlyEdit without adding a multi-tasking mist into the mix. This one feels especially apropos: it’s the perfect solution for tired skin in need of an instant pick-me-up. Nutrient-packed botanicals enrich skin with a slew of complexion-boosting benefits, plus, an infusion of cooling Cucumber and Peppermint Essential Waters leaves skin dewy and re-energized.

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by Kimberly Yang

How to Choose the Perfect Serum

Whether you’re a beauty beginner who’s ready to graduate or a skin care aficionado itching to take your regimen to the next level, let this be your go-to guide on how to choose the perfect serum for your skin type.

One of the simplest ways to level up your routine with viable, visible results is to start incorporating a complexion booster into your current regimen. By doing so, you’re able to customize what you get out of your skin care, no matter what your skin needs that day.


Super Peptide Serum is your super solution for supreme hydration and line-smoothing benefits. It’s packed with two types of peptides, a Sodium Hyaluronate complex, and a host of youth-boosting botanicals—and still, it boasts an texture so delightful that it disappears seamlessly into skin. There’s no tack, no shine, no film: just a super soft and smooth, fresh-faced finish.


Peptide Renewal Serum is formulated to help revitalize parched or aging skin. Where Super Peptide Serum delivers a light, layer-able look, Peptide Renewal Serum offers intense hydration and a rich, velvety finish. If you’re ultra-dry, prone to moisture loss, and want to diminish visible signs of aging in one step, reach for this. 


Vitamin C Serum can be a game-changer for all skin types. Think of it like antioxidant drip for your skin: it provides defense against skin-aging free radicals, helps even out skin tone and texture, and replenishes your complexion with Sodium Hyaluronate and soothing Lavender Oil.


Rose Hips Nourishing Oil can be used under or over your face cream. Apply all over to revive dry skin or just in targeted areas to smooth any dry patches—it’s light and layer-able, and still delivers intense moisture thanks to its Rosehip-packed formula.

Ready to take it another step?

Mix and match serums to further personalize and maximize your solutions. For example: if your concerns include fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dehydration, use Vitamin C Serum every other night and Super Peptide Serum on off-nights. Or, if your skin is craving hydration and rejuvenation, use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to supplement your daytime moisturizer, and alternate it with Vitamin C Serum in the evenings.

Mist while you’re at it, too. Elevate your routine by adding any Mario Badescu Facial Spray before you reach for serum. Start with freshly cleansed and toned skin before you mist, then apply your treatment product while your skin is still wet. Doing so will lock in that additional moisture boost while infusing even more botanical benefits into your skin care.

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by Kimberly Yang

Mario Monthly Edit: February Skin Care

Love the skin you’re in.

In the spirit of self-love (which may or may not be inspired by Valentine’s Day), we couldn’t help but be a little on the nose when curating this month’s skin care edit. The overarching theme is pampering and rejuvenation—and what better way to do just that than to harness the benefits of Rose-infused skin care?

Here’s what we’re using for the month of February:


We love the zingy, super-fresh clean feeling that a gel cleanser gives, but in the winter, skin tends to crave something comforting and creamy. Even better if it’s a two-in-one that streamlines light makeup removal and daily cleansing.


Sweep this Rose-infused astringent across all corners of your face, neck, and chest. Your skin is left feeling fresh and looking rejuvenated—and ready for a round of misting and moisturizing.


If ever there were a more apropos time for a Rosewater face mist, February would be it. (That’s not to say that Rose isn’t good any other time of year, though—our face mists are meant to be used anytime, anywhere.) Skin in need of rejuvenation and clarity? Mist. Hair in need of a refresh? Mist. When in doubt? Mist, always.


It’s velvety, creamy, and a dream for dry skin. Infused with Gardenia Extract and packed with nourishing oils, The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 is the ultimate restorative face cream. Apply it directly onto clean skin (after you’ve cleansed and toned), or if you’re super parched that day, pair it with a serum for an extra layer of moisturization.


For rich, lasting hydration, a few strategic drops of this Mario Badescu Rosehip facial oil will do the trick. Because the texture veers on the lighter side, you’re meant to apply this oil as a base layer (if you intend on wearing a face cream, too)—but you most certainly can use it over your moisturizer. Give your complexion a glow-y finish by warming a few drops between your fingertips, then pressing the product over your cheekbones (or wherever you want to add a natural highlight).


Care for your most delicate bits. For bright under-eyes and petal-soft lips, reach for these hydration-packed essentials.


Indulge yourself in the ultimate treat. Two or three times a week, set aside 15 to 20 minutes to sit back and mask. Rose Hips Mask features Rosehip, of course, but it’s also packed with a multitude of other complexion-boosting botanicals, nourishing vitamins, and conditioning oils that comfort and replenish your skin. Rinse off after the mask is ready for removal and voila—soft, smooth, and rejuvenated skin. 

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by Kimberly Yang

Super Peptide Serum: Your Solution for Lines, Wrinkles, and Dehydration

Meet the new super serum, now available on

We’re exactly one month into 2020 and true to our list of beauty resolutions—number four, to be exact—we did, in fact, add a new serum in the mix.

It wasn’t intentional, though… not at first anyway. Call it a happy accident or chalk it up to 2020 magic in the air, but what we ended up with was a formula we could no longer keep to ourselves. In fact, Super Peptide Serum started as a by-request-only product for employees and longtime patrons of our New York City salon. After months of using and falling in love with our in-house formula, the team decided not to withhold it as our little MB secret.

All we had to do was bottle it up.

What is Super Peptide Serum, and why is it so super?

Super Peptide Serum is now our not-so-secret solution for diminishing and defending against visible signs of aging. It’s deceptively light given all that’s packed inside, but it still has that rich slip and glide you want out of a traditional serum. Massage it into your skin and it absorbs instantly and seamlessly for an ultra-moisturized, dewy look. The finish is all glow and no tack—making it a dream to use day or night whenever you need a skin-smoothing boost.

Don’t let the easy application fool you, though: it’s a complexion booster that works hard throughout the day or while you sleep. In Super Peptide Serum, you’ll find:

  • Two types of Peptides, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, to help rejuvenate your skin and reduce the look of lines
  • A supremely hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate Complex, which combines two molecular weights for dual-action, multilevel moisturization
  • Antioxidant-rich Green Tea and St. John’s Wort Extracts
  • Conditioning Palmaria Palmata and Nori Extracts
  • Soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extract
  • Refreshing Yarrow Extract

And to get the most out of Super Peptide Serum, here’s how to incorporate it into your regimen:

  1. Start with freshly cleansed, toned skin. (We also recommend misting a Mario Badescu Facial Spray of your choice to further boost hydration. Simply choose the mist that best matches you and your skin’s mood du jour for a weightless layer of botanical-infused moisture.)
  2. Apply 3-4 drops of Super Peptide Serum all over your face, neck, and décolletage.
  3. Follow with a moisturizer or night cream that best suits your skin. For a skin-smoothing super duo, we suggest pairing Super Peptide Serum with Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 during the day, and then Peptide Renewal Cream in the evening.

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by Kimberly Yang

Q&A: Best Face Cleansers for Dry, Winter Skin

Best Face Cleanser for Dry Winter Skin

Q. Should I skip cleansing twice daily if my skin is dry? My skin always feels super dry and tight after washing my face, even more so now that it’s cold out.

It’s important to cleanse twice daily no matter your skin type and no matter the season—it’s just about finding the right face wash that suits your skin’s needs. So: if your skin feels dry, tight, or even sensitive after cleansing, it’s likely you’re not using the right kind of face wash.

Which leads us to…

Q. What’s the best face cleanser for dry, winter skin?

A. Mario Badescu aestheticians recommend using a cream or tissue-off cleanser. Both are gentle alternatives to bar soaps or foaming formulas: they get rid of the dirt, oil, and impurities, but leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.

Here’s how to find the best face wash that’ll keep your dry skin happy all winter long:

Got combo/dry skin and love a rejuvenating boost in your cleanser?

Try Orange Cleansing Soap, a comforting face wash infused with Orange Peel Extract that refreshes skin of light makeup, dirt, oil, and other surface impurities.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Enzyme Cleansing Gel in the warmer months but are looking for a winter alternative, you’ll love this face wash, too.

Got combination/dry skin that’s prone to uneven skin tone and texture?

You’ll love Seaweed Cleansing Soap, a fresh, creamy face wash formulated with marine botanicals. Surface impurities are washed away, but your complexion is left softer and smoother than before. Plus, there are real seaweed grains in there to gently buff away dulling dead skin cells.

Got dry, sensitive skin that looks dull?

Use Keratoplast Cream Soap, a unique cleanser that helps rid the skin of pore-clogging impurities without leaving skin feeling parched.

Got dry skin?

Start using Cucumber Cream Soap, a creamy, Cucumber-infused face wash that leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and hydrated.

Got super sensitive and dry skin?

Try Cream Soap. It’s a simple, gentle formula that was created specifically for delicate skin. It’s an oil-free, fragrance-free, moisturizing formula that cleanses without overdrying skin.

Got super dry, parched, and/or mature skin? Or maybe you love wearing a full face of heavy makeup?

Your skin will love Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. Makeup and surface impurities are instantly wiped clean without stripping dry skin of essential moisture; instead, this oil-based cleansing milk ensures skin feels soft and nourished.

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