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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by Kimberly Yang

What’s the Difference Between Toner and Facial Spray?

Since the launch of our floral Witch Hazel toners, we’ve been frequently asked how toners and facial sprays differ—and if both are necessary in a routine.

Difference Between Toner and Facial Spray

Are toners and facial sprays different?

Yes, toners and face mists are different! Toners (also known as “cleansing lotions” in our line) are formulated to re-balance skin after you’ve washed your face while adding a weightless layer of complexion-boosting benefits to your skin. (Witch Hazel & Lavender Toner, for example, helps clarify and soothe skin in addition to sweeping away any remaining surface impurities.) Think of toners as part of your cleansing routine:  the non-negotiable part two after you rinse off your go-to cleanser.

Our Facial Sprays are formulated to replenish and refresh your skin. True, our mists are great multi-taskers, but their primary purpose is to boost hydration and infuse botanical benefits (depending on facial spray you choose) into your skin care and makeup, too.

How do you use both toner and facial spray in your routine?

Here’s how:

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser.
  2. Pat dry, then dampen a cotton ball or pad with toner. Sweep the cotton across your face in upward options (avoiding the eye area) until the cotton comes up clean.
  3. Liberally mist your face and neck with a Mario Badescu Facial Spray…
  4. …and while your skin is still dewy, apply your serum/moisturizer. Doing so helps give ingredients like Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronic Acid (or other humectants found in your skin care) more water to bind to and draw into the skin—therefore maximizing moisturization.

Not sure how to start building your regimen? Check out our beginner’s guide.

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by Kimberly Yang

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:


  • 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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by Kimberly Yang

New Year’s Resolutions You Can *Actually* Keep

New year, new you seems to be the theme every year—but instead of resigning to do some catchy ditty that implies that your current self is somehow less than, let’s shift our mindset a little.

How about new year, new to-dos? Just simple, adoptable, good-for-you habits that can make a viable difference in your life. Keep the things you love, and build upon them with resolutions you can actually keep. In the spirit of positive affirmations only and a resounding resolve to start the Roaring 20s (Redux) right, here are a list of do-able, feel-good beauty resolutions to take into the new year:


You know you should be drinking water, moisturizing twice daily, the whole lot—but for 2020, we’re buying ourselves a giant Hydroflask and sticking to it.

Ahead of the game and already moisturizing day and night? Take it one step further by adding any Mario Badescu Facial Spray into your hydration routine. Mist your skin after you’ve cleansed and toned, then apply face cream or serum while your skin is still dewy. Doing so will not only improve moisturization, but also infuse additional botanical benefits into your skin care.


Last year you aimed for once a month (or whenever you remembered). This year, aim for the aesthetician-recommended two-to-three times a week. Try it for a week and you’ll notice enough of a visible difference to maintain this habit.

Do it for the glow and the ‘gram.

(Not sure which mask is right for you? Check out our guide. Already mask pro? Become a multi-tasking mask master. Here’s how.)


If you haven’t already, make it a mission to incorporate a toner into your daily routine. It takes an extra 30 seconds, but (weightlessly) adds additional complexion-boosting benefits all while re-balancing your skin post-cleanse.

See more of our toners (also known as “cleansing lotions”) here.


2020 is the year you take self-care seriously. Elevate your current skin care regimen and add a serum into the mix.

But which, you ask? We have an in-depth guide, but if you’re pressed for time, here’s an at-a-glance breakdown based on targeted concerns:


Picking at pimples and other self-perceived imperfections is a hard habit to break—but this year, choose to dot over the urge to pick or pop.

  • For surface blemishes that come to a head, create a perfect pink dot with Drying Lotion to help dry that pesky spot up.
  • For smaller bumps and blemishes, reach for Drying Cream. Apply just enough cream to cover the area, then lightly tap it in until the product blends into your skin.
  • For large, under-the-skin bumps, Buffering Lotion is your solution. Shake it, squeeze out one drop onto a clean fingertip, and gently apply it directly onto the bump.

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That’s it—happy New Year!

by Kimberly Yang

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Last-minute gift ideas that will seem anything but.

Need a stocking stuffer ASAP?

Head to your local Ulta, Macy’s, or Saks Off Fifth and grab a few travel-sized best-sellers. Gift them individually or create your own little bundle for an easy, personalized gift!

Forgot your Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gift?

Order a Mario Badescu e-card and print it out on cardstock. Or, if you have some time, run to any beauty department that carries MB and grab any gift set under $25 like our lip balm trio, mini face mist trio, or $12 holiday ornament.

Looking for a juicy present that doesn’t break the bank?

Holiday Heroes is a five-piece collection that highlights some of our most beloved, tried-and-true skin care staples over the last half a century.

Still not able to find something truly unique for your special someone?

Gift them a Mario Badescu gift certificate—or personalize a spa treatment for them (if they’re near our Manhattan salon).

And if you have no idea what to get or where to start…

You can’t go wrong with a gilded gift set. Grab our a few of our under-$30 gift sets on Mario and receive free 2-day shipping when you spend $100+!

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