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Fall Moisturizers

As summer turns to autumn, and the leaves start changing, so too do your skin’s needs. You want to maintain your regular skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, but it may be time to add a bit more hydration as your skin starts to respond to the chill in the air.

Here’s a list of some best-selling Mario Badescu moisturizers you’ll love. Take a look at what we have to offer, and consider adding these gems to your beauty routine.

  • Honey Moisturizer: Soften and smooth your dry skin with this honey-infused formula, great for combination, dry or sensitive skin. Simply smooth it on after cleansing and toning, avoiding the eye area, to give your skin that dewy, fresh look you love. Use this at night or during the day, but don’t forget to add a product with some sunscreen if you’re headed into the sun. If you like the enriching effects of honey and have combination, dry or sensitive skin, you might also like our Almond & Honey Face Scrub.
  • Oil Free Moisturizer: Especially if you have oily, combination or sensitive skin, you’ll want to hydrate without clogging your pores. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer fits the bill perfectly. Infused with skin-brightening lemongrass extract and soothing allantoin, this is a great nighttime moisturizer for use after cleansing and toning. If you’re going out into the sun, try our Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 for the same effect with some sun protection.
  • Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C: Give lackluster skin a touch of radiance with this Vitamin C-infused moisturizer. This moisturizer is an ideal addition to a nighttime skin routine for combination and sensitive skin. Its lemongrass extract helps brighten skin and even out its tone and texture. After cleansing and toning, apply the moisturizer to entire face and neck area. If you’re looking for skin-brightening formulas, you might also like our Vitamin C Serum, ideal for all skin types and great for smoothing out your complexion.
  • Seaweed Night Cream: Enjoy this lightweight, oil-free nighttime moisturizer for combination, oily or sensitive skin. It’s infused with bladderwrack extract to soften and nourish skin, so you’ll wake up with dewy, fresh-looking skin. Apply this at night, after cleansing and toning. Try our Seaweed Cleansing Lotion for a gentle cleanser before applying this night cream.
  • Chamomile Night Cream: Ideal for combination, dry or sensitive skin, this hydrating night cream packs a punch. Its chamomile and vitamin A provide antioxidants to fight free radicals, and soften and nourish skin. Apply it after cleansing skin. Layer it over serum for enhanced results. You might also like our Chamomile Eye Cream, which nourishes and moisturizes under-eye skin.

Mario Badescu is your one-stop shop for simple, gentle and effective skin care. We offer a wide range of moisturizers for all skin types, plus cleansers, toners, masks, exfoliants, bath and body products, acne treatments, and more. We even have a line of hair products you’ll love, and products designed especially for men.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime!


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Black Friday Skin Care Deals

Thanksgiving is coming soon, which means Mario Badescu Black Friday deals are just around the corner. It’s the best time to score the hottest deals on some of your skin care staples while they are available at a deep discount. At the same time, you can take advantage of Black Friday sale prices to stock up on unique gifts for your friends and family this holiday season.

Black Friday Shopping at Mario Badescu

Get ready for blowout deals for Mario Badescu’s Black Friday sale. From bestsellers to gift sets, there will be plenty of amazing products to choose from. While the Black Friday preview isn’t ready to be released just yet, there’s plenty of time to peruse current sale products and special offers. It’s likely that there’s a great deal available right now that you simply don’t want to miss. To get alerts as soon as the Black Friday deals are ready to be revealed, be sure to sign up for the official Mario Badescu email list. Subscribers get insider access to the sales not just for Black Friday, but all holiday season long.

Shop for Skin Care Deals

Start browsing now to get your holiday shopping started right away. While there are sure to be some great deals on Black Friday, there’s no harm in crossing a few items off of your shopping checklist in advance. Check out the bestselling Mario Badescu products to find gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit. Skin care and beauty gift sets are also great holiday gifting options for friends, family, babysitters, teachers and so much more. Get a jumpstart on the shopping season and discover unique, fun and thoughtful holiday gifts for everyone on your list this year when you shop online at Mario Badescu.


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The Best Holiday Skin Care Sales for Black Friday

With Black Friday just around the corner, we know you’re already thinking about how you can save on your favorite skin care products. You’ll be happy to hear that Mario Badescu has plenty of big things in store to celebrate the start of the holiday season. In addition to a major Black Friday sale event, you’ll find great holiday deals all season long, offering you the perfect opportunity to stock up on your staple skin care products and even purchase some affordable beauty gifts for your loved ones. Learn more about what we have planned and how to find out about the best deals.

Sign Up for Black Friday Deals

Psst – we’ve got a secret we’re sure you’ll want to hear. There’s actually an easy way for you to become a Mario Badescu insider this holiday season. Simply sign up here to get email alerts about all the biggest sales, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You’ll get the first look at what’s set to go on sale, ensuring that you’re one of the first to snatch up our discounted products while they last. Just enter your email address, sit back and relax knowing that the very best deals will be arriving in your inbox soon so you can stock up on your go-to skin care items or try out some new products at a discounted price.

Shop for Discount Skin Care Gifts

When you sign up for our email alerts, we’ll also clue you in to great offers and discounts available during the holiday season. This is prime gift-shopping time, so there’s never been a better way to get info about the best sales. Plus, you can use these deals as inspiration when searching for the perfect presents, including our ultra-popular gift set bundles. We can’t wait to share all our best Black Friday and holiday deals with you this year, so sign up now!


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Oily Skin

How to deal with oily skin

Wondering why your skin is so oily and what you can do to treat it? Whether you’ve been dealing with oily skin for what feels like forever or your skin type has recently changed, it can be maddening to be met with an oil slick when you’re trying to achieve a dewy glow. And while you can’t permanently get rid of oily skin, you can reduce its appearance. 

Let’s look at what oily skin is and what you can do to control it:

What is oily skin and what causes it?

Oily skin appears shiny and slick, with prominent pores that easily become clogged and are prone to acne. This happens because glands produce an excess amount of a substance called sebum. Sebum is made of fats and has a shiny appearance. When it passes from your glands through your pores and to the skin’s surface, it can cause your face to look slick.

Why do I have oily skin?

There are a number of factors involved in why skin is oily. Hormonal changes, genetics, the weather, diet, and stress can all kick your oil glands into producing too much sebum. While you may not always know exactly what causes oily skin, (particularly yours!), there are steps you can take to make your skin appear less shiny.

How can I make my skin less oily?

  1. Cleanse regularly: Take care of your oily face by cleansing it daily, morning and evening. Try not to overdo it: over-cleansing can strip the skin and actually spur your glands to produce more oil, putting you back to shiny square one.

  2. Be gentle: Avoid rubbing your face and be careful not to use overly harsh cleansers. Too much physical pressure and products that dry you out can irritate your skin, once again kicking your glands into overdrive. Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Gel is formulated for oily skin types to wash away grime without stripping skin.

  3. Use moisturizer: You may think that with all that oil, your face doesn’t need any more moisture. However, one of the best ways to combat oily skin is to keep your face healthy and moisturized. Look for a lightweight, oil free moisturizer. Mario Badescu offers two oil free moisturizers that won’t clog pores: one even contains SPF 17! Discover our best moisturizers for oily skin here.

  4. Try glycolic acid: Glycolic acid is one of the best ingredients for oily skin types, since it encourages cell turnover, exfoliates dead surface skin cells that can clog pores, and minimizes the appearance of pores. Glycolic acid is a powerful ingredient, so start slowly and step up your sunscreen usage. Swap out your regular cleanser 2-3 times a week for Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser for a complexion that’s radiant rather than greasy.

  5. Mask mindfully: Kaolin clay and bentonite clay are common in the best clay masks for absorbing oil and pulling impurities out of congested skin. Be mindful of your masking—alternate with your stronger products so you are not overdoing it. Mario Badescu’s Special Mask for Oily Skin contains both kaolin and bentonite clays to control excess oil along with calamine to protect and re-balance skin.

Mario Badescu offers a variety of specially formulated products that can help control oil, so you can feel like you’re getting rid of oily skin without losing out on oil’s skin-protecting and plumping benefits. You’ll appreciate having a dewy glow instead of a slick shine!


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How to Tell What Skin Type You Have and Why it Matters

What is my skin type?

If you’re wondering what your skin type is, you’re not alone. Finding out your skin type is essential for knowing what your skin needs – and the type of skincare products that are best suited for your skin. 

The best face cream for dry skin may not be ideal if your skin is actually oily. Your particular skin type can be clouded by many factors, including the kind of skincare products you’re using and whether they’re best for you. 

The popularity of aggressive treatments and serums with high concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) can sensitize skin, making you think you have a sensitive skin type when your skin type may be combination. Overuse of BHA’s, on the other hand, can strip skin of oils and cause an overproduction of sebum leading you to believe you’re oilier than you may actually are.

All of this can lead you to use products that aren’t quite right for you and don’t promote the health of your skin.

How to Determine Skin Type

How to find out your skin type is actually not very complicated. To start, take a skincare breather. Over the course of two or three days, tone down the use of potent serums, particularly acids and aggressive treatments with high concentrations of actives like retinol and vitamin C. AHA’s like Glycolic and Lactic Acids are powerful exfoliants that can sensitize the skin. BHA’s, the most common of which is Salicylic Acid, control oil production and loosen hardened sebum that builds up within pores.

After your brief detox period, begin your skincare routine with a gentle, non-stripping cleanser and a hydrating toner – without alcohol, AHA’s or BHA’s. Then, wait for about 30 minutes to see how your skin reacts. 

If your skin begins to appear shiny and oily, you have an oily skin type. If it feels dry and uncomfortable, meaning it lacks sufficient oil content, then you have a dry skin type.

If you are oily in some areas, such as the T-zone across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose, but you seem dry on your cheeks, then your skin type is likely combination.

You may even discover that you can’t tell one way or the other! That means your skin type is relatively normal, neither oily nor dry.

If your skin flares up, burns or seems otherwise highly irritated, it’s an indication that your skin may have become sensitized by your routine. Skin can easily become agitated by the overuse of harsh acids and potent actives like retinoids.

What about sensitive skin?

First, what is sensitive skin? Sensitive skin should not be confused with sensitized skin, often a temporary condition. A sensitive skin type shows extreme sensitivity, irritation, redness and a general intolerance for much of what is applied to it. 

Sensitive skin is a broad category than can encompass sensitivity to fragrance in skincare, or a particular ingredient like vitamin c or lavender oil. It can even have a reaction to pollutants in the air, climate and temperature changes, dehydration or a poor diet.

In many ways, all skin is “sensitive” as skin is a delicate organ that is highly reactive to both internal and external influences. Only you can determine what your own skin is sensitive to – and do your best to avoid those irritants.

Another great indicator of your skin type is the appearance of your skin in the morning – after a good night’s sleep. Since your skin has been at rest along with you, you can often tell your skin type with a quick glance in the mirror. Close up, how oily or dry does your skin appear? 

Mario Badescu offers products for oily skin, dry skin, and every skin type in between, including sensitive skin. To shop by your skin type, try our regimen finder with products organized by skin type.