Holiday 2018 Gift Ideas: Sets for Everyone on Your List

You’ve made your list and checked it twice. Now what do you gift—something that’s more than “just nice?”

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Perfect for: the Beauty Influenc-ee, Mario Badescu Fan, Hostess with the Mostest

Mario Badescu Classics Collection Holiday Gift Set

It’s the set you can’t go wrong with. After all, the Classics Collection features four tried-and-true favorites beloved by all. No matter your giftee’s current skin care regimen, these products are bound to fit right in:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, our best-selling face wash
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the must-have mist beloved across the world
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, our award-winning exfoliator
  • Seaweed Night Cream, a decadent (but oil-free!) face cream

Find it at:, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Urban Outfitters


Perfect for: Everyone!

Mario Badescu Holiday Ornament

Listen—if you want to deck out your Christmas tree in these delightful holiday ornaments, feel free (and tag us on Instagram at @mariobadescu!). It’s tiny, it’s sweet, and it makes for a great stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or a thank-you present for your team or co-workers.

Each ornament includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (full-size), to bring the “mist” in “mistletoe”
  • Lip Balm (full-size), for soft, kiss-able lips

Find it at:, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta



Perfect for: the Jet-Setter, Skin Care Newbie, Facial Spray Fanatic

Mario Badescu Travel Facial Spray Trio Holiday Gift Set

This trio of travel-friendly face mists is the perfect gift to stock up on just in case you happen to forget someone (we won’t tell) or for those last-minute Secret Santa gift exchanges.

There’s no going wrong with this one. Everyone can do with a mini mist (or three!) in their life.

This limited edition trio includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, our first face mist
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, the invigorating pick-me-upper
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, our newest facial spray

Find it at: Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters


Perfect for: The Rose-Obsessed, Facial Spray Fanatic, Beauty Guru, Makeup Artist

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray Holiday Gift Set

Never be without your favorite face mist again. This trio includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater in three sizes: a travel mini, a medium-sized mist, and a jumbo for good measure

Find it atUlta


Perfect for: the Rose-Obsessed Sophisticate

Mario Badescu Rose Essentials Skin Care Gift Set

The name gives it away—but beyond being too beautiful to resist snapping up in multiples, the Rose Essentials Kit is a four-piece collection curated to unveil your most radiant, youthful-looking complexion using—you guessed it!—rose-infused skin care.

This limited edition set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite floral face mist
  • Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner, our latest
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, packaged in an irresistibly mini glass vial
  • Rose Hips Mask, a comforting Rosehip-packed mask that boosts radiance

Find it at: Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters


Perfect for: the Jet-Setter, Beauty Influenc-ee, Anyone Who Appreciates a Set of Cute Minis

Mario Badescu Mini Must-Haves Winter Skin Care Set

Your favorite set is back in a limited edition, must-have winter edition. Sized to fly and perfect to keep on hand if you’re on the go, this itty-bitty bag has you covered from head to toe. We know you’re tempted to stock up on a few sets for your own collection, but think of your best friend, too—wouldn’t they love their own bag of Badescu babies, too?

This UO-exclusive set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite floral face mist
  • Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, our signature body cream
  • Fruit & Vitamin A Hand Cream, a creamy, rejuvenating formula for hard-working hands
  • Lip Balm, a rich, Coconut-scented balm that revives dry lips

Find it at: Urban Outfitters


Perfect for: the Mario Badescu Devotee, Beauty Influenc-ee

Mario Badescu The Icons Macy's

Stuck on what to gift? The Icons is the ultimate set to give even when you have no idea what to get.

This Macy’s-exclusive set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, which features rejuvenating Rose and Gardenia Extracts, and clarifying Thyme
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, infused with revitalizing Peppermint Essential Water and nutrient-rich botanicals
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, enriched with antioxidant Vitamin C and a soothing, hydrating blend of Lavender and Chamomile
  • Drying Lotion, formulated with Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Calamine, and Camphor

Find it at: Macy’s

Perfect for: the Beauty Influenc-ee or Mario Badescu Devotee, Your Mom/Sister/Best Friend

Mario Badescu Latest & Greatest Skin Care Gift Set

The name says it all. Win at gifting with our Latest and Greatest, a limited edition collection that stars iconic, time-tested favorites and our award-winning newbie.

This MB-exclusive set includes:

  • Drying Lotion, the original, on-the-spot solution
  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, our most beloved face wash
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the cult-favorite
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, the award-winning latest!

Find it at:

Perfect for: Dad, Grandpa, Significant Other

Mario Badescu Men's Skincare Grooming Set

For every man in your life, there’s The Executive Collection. Whether he’s well-practiced in the skin care department or a simple, bar-soap kind of guy, this men’s grooming set is the perfect upgrade for his day-to-day routine.

This set includes:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel, the perfect daily cleanser
  • Pre-Shave Conditioner, to prime skin and soften hair
  • Peppermint Shaving Cream, a cooling formula designed to encourage a closer, more comfortable shave
  • Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm, a 2-in-1 that acts as both an aftershave balm and lightweight serum
  • After Shave Moisturizer, to combat post-shave dryness and replenish skin with non-greasy hydration
  • Our signature toiletries bag

Find it at:

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I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals You Can’t Miss

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  • November 22, 2018

Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

You’re here for the 411, so we’ll skip the intro and get to the chase. Here’s what you don’t want to miss out on, because these Black Friday and Cyber Monday exclusive deals won’t last forever:

Save on the entire Mario Badescu line—including your favorite facial sprays and must-have Drying Lotion—this weekend, only on

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$15 $12 SALE

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Travel Trio

For this weekend only, get three travel-sized facial sprays at 20% off. It’s a set you want to get in multiples to stock up on for gifting throughout the holiday season.

Each bag includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (2 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea (2 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender (2 fl oz)

Available only at ULTA.

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$24 $21 SALE

Mario Badescu Nordstrom Jumbo Rose Lavender Facial Spray Duo

Never be without your favorite floral-infused face mists again.

We know what it’s like when you realize you’re down to the last precious few drops, so we’re saving you the heartache. This must-have duo includes two of our most beloved mists in jumbo sizes so you can mist whenever, wherever:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (8 fl oz)
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender (8 fl oz)

Available only at Nordstrom.

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$30 $12 SALE

Mario Badescu Multi-Masker Doorbuster

Your favorite Black Friday steal is back again. For just $12, you’re getting three of our most beloved masks:

  • Whitening Mask (1 oz)
  • Flower & Tonic Mask (1 oz)
  • Super Collagen Mask (1 oz)

Not sure what multi-masking is? Don’t worry. Grab the set before it goes, then come back here to learn how to multi-mask like a seasoned pro.

Available only at ULTA.

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$24 $20 SALE

Mario Badescu Rose Essentials Set

Hello, doorbuster! This is your chance to grab our collection of rose-infused skin care on sale. We recommend adding a minimum of two for your cart—one to gift, and one to keep. Not only is it the perfect present for the rose-obsessed or Rosewater Facial Spray fanatic, but the perfect treat-yourself set that helps unveil your most radiant complexion.

This set includes:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (2 fl oz)
  • Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner (2 fl oz)
  • Rose Hips Mask (0.5 oz)
  • Rose Hips Nourishing Oil (0.3 fl oz)

Available only at Macy’s.

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I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
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#MBRecipe: Solutions For Seriously Dry Skin

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  • November 15, 2018

Few things are worse than irritated, dry skin. Bouncy, smooth skin is the goal here, but tight and itchy? Not so much.

If your skin is in need of a boost in moisture and glow, add this recipe to your Friday night repertoire. Slip into your robe, have Spotify set at your favorite playlist, light a few candles—whatever suits your fancy, really—and treat you and your skin to a good drink. Make this a well-deserved R&R session if you’re staying in, and if you’re willing to brave the cold for an evening out on the town, let this be your prep for flawless makeup from application to finish.

Bottom’s up!

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  1. Every DIY facial starts with a clean complexion. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone with your trusty favorites—you know how the tune goes. (And if you don’t? We’ve got you covered—read up on our guide to DIY at-home facials!)
  2. Hydrate and brighten. Start by massaging a few drops of the Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C into the skin. Any skincare expert or bona fide junkie will rave on endlessly about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. Add Collagen to the mix and you have yourself an incredibly nourishing, nutrient-rich serum that helps restore skin’s natural moisture, improve clarity, and brighten the skin.
  3. Bring back the dewy glow. Our Rose Hips Mask is a fall Mario Mask Must (can you say that three times fast?!). It’s perfect for sensitive or dull, tired skin in restoring moisture for a healthy, radiant complexion. We’re all about antioxidant Vitamin C for its brightening properties—and this mask is chock full of it.
  4. You’ve got 20 minutes all to yourself. Are you singing along to Marvin Gaye or Barbara Streisand right now? We are. Do feel free to join us…
  5. Rinse well with warm water and follow with, once again, your favorite toner. Take a good look in the mirror—this step is indisputably the most important of them all—and admire your skin for a few moments. Soft, supple, plump, and with a dewy glow to boot.
  6. Are you headed out? Pat on your go-to moisturizer and start the second phase of the beautification process. Relish in the easy application and flawless finish—good skincare and beautiful makeup are inexplicably linked. (Remember that!)
  7. If you’re staying in, lock in all that moisture and glow with the Seaweed Night Cream. It’s the most versatile and lightweight of our creams in that it’s oil-free and therefore non-greasy. Seaweed, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid help keep your complexion nourished and hydrated all throughout the night.
  8. Don’t forget the eyes! Reduce the appearance of dry, tired under-eyes and help smooth the look of fine lines with the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. It’s one of our lighter options, making it a universal choice, but don’t hesitate to reach for something richer if you need it.

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I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
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Layering Products in your Skin Care Routine

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While the practice of layering skin care is something that should be done year round, I feel that it becomes particularly important when temperatures drop and even those with oily skin can start to feel dry. This is the time of year when in addition to protecting skin from the rays of the sun, we are also protecting it from dryness and dehydration, which can throw skin off balance and even trigger irritation. Applying the proper layers of skin care will keep skin balanced, nourished and hopefully unscathed during the cold months ahead.

The first step is to wash the face with a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Not sure which cleanser you should use? We help you choose the perfect cleanser here.

Layer #1 Toner

During colder months try transitioning to a mildest toner formula that will still address your skin’s needs. We love these:

Chamomile Cleansing Lotion For dry, sensitive skin.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion Use if your skin leans on the dry side and is in need of gentle brightening.

Seaweed Cleansing Lotion A favorite for keeping combination skin happy and balanced.

Aloe Lotion Our mildest toner for skin that is combination to oily.


Layer #2 Serum

Serums are the gems in your skin care crown. These brilliant little skin saviors supercharge your regimen with their concentrated formulas.

Rose Hips Nourishing Oil A  lightweight, rejuvenating oil that works wonders for boosting moisture on combination, dry, and sensitive skin types.

Cellufirm DropsThis classic emulsion contains ingredients that work to draw moisture to skin to plump fine lines. Best part? It is gentle enough to use around the eyes!


Vitamin C SerumSkin feeling the cold weather blues? All skin types can benefit from the complexion-boosting properties of Vitamin C.

Herbal Hydrating Serum–  All skin types love this water-based gel-serum. Think of it as a drink of water for parched skin. Those who are oily and/or acne-prone especially love it for its ability to hydrate without causing congestion.


Layer #3 Eye Cream

Did you know that the skin around the eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? This leaves it more vulnerable to dryness, lines, and wrinkles.

Olive Eye CreamThose prone to dryness will love the relief that this Olive Oil infused formula provides.

Hyaluronic Eye CreamThis best-selling eye cream is a customer favorite for good reason. It sinks right in, provides skin smoothing hydration, and protects delicate eye-area skin from moisture loss.

Dermonectin Eye CreamA favorite for those prone to sagging. Peptides work  to pep up tired skin and boost collagen production.


Layer #4 Moisturizer

Caviar Day CreamFor dry skin types in need of intensive moisture, this ultra-rich, nourishing cream works like a charm to soften and protect from wind and dry air.

The Moisture Magnet SPF 15This go-to formula keeps combination and dry skin comfortable and moisturized without weighing it down.

Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 The perfect winter moisturizer for normal, combination skin. Keeps skin soft and provides moderate sun protection.

Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15Formulated without any oils to keep oily, acne-prone skin hydrated and protected from the sun without encouraging breakouts.


There you have it! Will you be layering up this winter?


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5 Reasons Why Your Skin Care Products Aren’t “Working”

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It’s frustrating when a new purchase seems like a dud. Just as bad—or possibly worse—is when a tried-and-true favorite stops working altogether.

What now? What do you do when your skin care isn’t working?

Before you feel duped or defeated, remember that coming across the occasional roadblock is par the course of every skin care journey. All skin is unique, and though a cult favorite may not produce the same miracles on you as it does for others, not all is lost.

Here are five reasons why your skin care products might not be working—and how to fix it:

Layering comes down to a science that requires precision in the order of application. Apply incorrectly and you may be left wondering why you’re not getting results. The general rule is to apply products from thinnest to thickest in texture:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Spray (optional)
  4. Eye Cream
  5. Serum
  6. Moisturizer/Face Cream

There are exceptions, of course (so refer to your product labels for specific directions), but the idea is to optimize absorption. Serums, for example, are highly concentrated formulas designed to address specific concerns. On that basis alone, they need to be applied closest to the skin in order to deliver fortified benefits efficiently and effectively. Face cream or moisturizer should then be applied on top to seal in the serum and guard against moisture loss.

To learn more about layering, read this comprehensive guide.

Your solution? Listen to your skin and switch up your products accordingly. Is your skin feeling dry or more sensitive as the weather cools? Swap out your lightweight moisturizer for a richer face cream. Are you suddenly breaking out between seasons? Chances are, your skin is experiencing an imbalance, so adjust your regimen where needed and add one of these on-the-spot solutions to your routine to target blemishes. Does your skin appear oilier and congested? Use a clarifying astringent to remove all excess oil and add clay-based mask to your weekly routine for an effective deep-clean.

If your skin isn’t clean, everything you do afterwards is pointless.

If you’re not exfoliating, dead skin cells and other impurities build up and clog your pores skin—which can leave your skin congested, uneven in texture, and prone to breakouts… and renders everything you apply thereafter pointless.

Moral of the story? Exfoliate regularly to help increase the efficacy of any skin care applied afterwards.

This is how often you should be exfoliating:

  • 1-2 times per week for dry to combination or normal skin
  • 2-3 times per week for combination to oily skin

Not exfoliating or not sure which scrub is best suited for our skin type? Use…

We’ve all done it. In a haste of excitement, we apply with abandon, then wonder why we aren’t seeing the same results everyone else on Instagram is raving about. There’s always a chance that the product might not be right for your skin type, but there’s a lingering possibility that it could be.

Common mistakes include:

When in doubt, ask us! Tweet or DM us with any questions.

Narrow down the endless options by taking our free skin analysis to find out which products are best suited for your skin type. Once you fill out the questionnaire, our skin specialists will customize a regimen based on your needs so you don’t have to do the guesswork.

It’s that simple.

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I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
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The Monthly Edit: October Skincare 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.

October Skin Care Edit

Leaves are falling. Halloween stores are setting up shop left and right. If you had any doubt (we’re still experiencing the odd warm-weather day in New York City, so it’s understandable), take a look around: Fall is officially in the air, ladies and gents. Dry air, inevitable chill, and all.

Sweaters may be out of storage, but skin is always in—which is why October is all about maintaining balance as the seasons continue to shift. This is the perfect time to start easing those heavier, creamier moisturizers back into regimen while retiring lightweight formulas. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the skincare we’re into this month:

Autumn air can leave skin tight, ashy, and dry—which is why it’s imperative you moisturize daily. This classic formula is a Badescu best-seller and fall favorite for men and women alike: it’s a rich, nourishing formula infused with Olive Oil to help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother, more radiant-looking skin.

If you’re worried about feeling sticky or greasy post-hand cream application, don’t. Our Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, though creamy in texture, boasts a fast-absorbing formula that sinks in quickly for intense moisture sans the heavy residue. Antioxidant oils nourish dehydrated skin while smoothing the look of fine lines so your hands feel silky-soft, always.

There’s never a time when we don’t want to glow, but if you need reasons, we got ‘em. Fall weather, personal heaters, and back-to-school stress tend to leave the complexion a little lackluster, which is where masking comes in. For an instant pick-me-up, (and 15-20 minutes of built-in TLC), apply our Enzyme Revitalizing Mask where your skin is looking dull, tired, or dehydrated.

If there’s one product you need this season, it’s this. Unlike most facial oils, our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil boasts a lightweight yet moisture-intensive formula that helps revive and smooth dehydrated skin. Rosehip Extract, a natural source of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C, brightens lackluster skin while hydrating any dry patches—revealing softer, more radiant skin.

It’s creamy, it’s fresh, it’s oil-free—making it the ideal cleanser for all skin types. It never leaves behind a residue, nor does it leave the skin feeling tight or dry. (Enzyme Cleansing Gel fans, you’ll love this face wash as a fall/winter alternative!)

This is the ideal, in-between-seasons toner. It’s a gentler alternative to an astringent (like our Cucumber Cleansing Lotion), but it still offers enhanced cleansing thanks to its Witch Hazel content.

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See more of our fall favorites here

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
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How to Build a Skin Care Regimen that Works

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  • September 21, 2018

Navigating the beauty world at large can be a dizzying experience, especially when you’re on a mission to find a solution, fast. Somewhere between a late-night YouTube/Instagram hole (which may or may not have been punctuated by a dimly-lit phone falling on our face, mid-scroll) and giving up altogether, there’s clarity.

Here’s how to find it. Whether you’re a skin care newbie or a seasoned skin connoisseur, we recommend starting with these basic steps:

Mario Badescu Skin Care Regimen

We recommend taking our free skin analysis as a jumping off point to receive a customized regimen, but it’s also important to consult an aesthetician. If you’re experiencing chronic acne, redness, sensitivity, or any other pressing concerns, do see a dermatologist. You’ll cut out a lot of trial and error when you work with an expert.

It’s human nature to go into a frenzied spree because you think you need everything, but resist as best you can. More often than not, the root of any concern (like a breakout) is an imbalance that results from something as simple as improper cleansing or lack of hydration. Hit pause before you buy every serum or spot treatment under the sun. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm both you and your skin.

Our philosophy revolves around keeping things simple yet effective, after all, and that applies to both the physical product and actual practice. We recommend using the following guidelines to build a basic skin care regimen that actually works:

  1. Cleanser: Face wash seems like such a simple, inconsequential thing, but it easily may well be the most important product in your entire routine. Without a clean slate, anything applied onto the skin is useless. Make sure you wash away the makeup, oil, and impurities so your skin can actually absorb the benefits of your beloved serums and creams.
  2. Toner: Also to be used twice daily. Toner helps re-balance the skin and impart complexion-boosting benefits, too.
  3. Eye Cream: The eye area is one of the most delicate parts of your skin, so treat it with extra love and care. Mario Badescu was a firm believer that everyone over the age of 21 should have an eye cream in their routine. Apply eye cream every morning and evening to ensure your skin stays well moisturized.
  4. Moisturizer: Hydration is key, no matter your skin type. Finding the right level of moisture is the difference between a happy, balanced complexion and one that’s, well, not. When properly moisturized, oily skin types will find that they’re far less prone to a greasy T-zone—and parched skin will relish in a dewy, healthy glow.
  5. Exfoliant: Regular exfoliation is the solution to most skin care woes. Dull? Flaky? Congested? Uneven in tone and texture? Exfoliate. Our aestheticians recommend exfoliating 1-2 times a week for dry to normal skin, and 2-3 times a week for combination to oily skin types.
  6. Mask: Masks are still having a moment—but they’ve been a core part of the MB regimen since 1967. Your twice-daily routine is maintenance; masking 2-3 times a week allows your skin to hit the reset button.

Now that you have your regimen outlined, it’s tempting to try everything all at once… but don’t. Reign in the excitement just a bit and take it step by step, product by product. Doing so will allow you to actually gauge if a new product is effective, or in the case of a reaction (like a breakout), you can pinpoint the problem instantly.

Start with one to two products a day, then continue to add on.

If you have sensitive skin, patch-test each product before using it on your face. Apply a pea-sized amount to your inner elbow or wrist; if you experience irritation or redness, try something else instead. Once a product gets the green light, try it out for a week before adding another new product into the mix.

Once you’ve established the foundation, you’ll have a more accurate read of what your skin likes and truly needs. You might not need anything beyond your MB “six,” but if you find that you do, start adding additional products like a night cream, serum, spot treatment, or secondary mask (to rotate or multi-mask with).

A few pointers when expanding your skin care regimen, because layering is an art:

  • You’ve seen our facial spray everywhere, but how do you actually use a face mist? Good news is that there’s no wrong way to use it, but there are a few ways to use it with purpose. We recommend misting your complexion after you’ve cleansed and toned your skin, but before you apply your moisturizer. Doing so will not only give your skin a botanical boost, but it’ll add essential hydration to your skin—which you then seal in with your face cream. Read this for more ways you can use your facial spray.
  • Serums go on before your moisturizer or night cream. The only exception to the rule are products like our Herbal Hydrating Serum and Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, which can be applied before or after.
  • Targeting breakouts? Apply Drying Lotion or Drying Cream directly onto the blemish and leave it alone. Avoid applying serum or face cream on top, and instead, moisturize around the area.

Learn more about the art of layering skin care, here.

You should follow your regimen religiously, but that doesn’t mean the products within your routine are set in stone. Allow for flexibility because your skin is living, ever-changing organ; anything from seasonal shifts to new stress can affect it.

Adapt accordingly.

For example: You may find that your skin tends to get a little flaky and dehydrated come fall. Try incorporating an acid into your daily routine—such as through Glycolic Acid Toner—to help remove the buildup of dulling, dead skin cells. Then, counter the moisture loss by layering a serum under your current moisturizer or choosing a richer face cream.

Say you’re off to a warm-weather beach vacation. Lucky you! Arrive prepared, because the combination of travel stress and shock from extreme climate change can wreak havoc on our skin.

  • Herbal Hydrating Serum will prove to be your best friend; it’s lightweight, oil-free, and can be worn over moisturizer to boost hydration or alone on super-hot, humid days.
  • If your skin is oily to begin with, swap out Enzyme Cleansing Gel for Acne Facial Cleanser, which contains Salicylic Acid to help break down pore-clogging impurities and keep skin looking clear. Dry? Use Enzyme Cleansing Gel or Seaweed Cleansing Soap instead of your at-home face wash to rejuvenate skin.
  • Don’t be afraid to change up your toner, too. Go a step up to combat unwanted shine and sweat. For example, dry skin types might want to use Seaweed Cleansing Lotion instead of their usual Aloe Vera Toner since the Witch Hazel boasts astringent properties. Combination skin should try using Cucumber Cleansing Lotion instead of Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, and oily types might find that Special Cucumber Lotion is a savior in clarifying and refreshing skin.

For more ideas, check out our #MarioMonthlyEdit where we show you how we’re switching things up our top shelf.



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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
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