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How Coconut Oil and Coconut Extract Benefits Skin

Coconut is known for its fresh and tropical aroma and in recent years it has started to gain popularity and acclaim for its use as a moisturizer in skincare. Beyond smelling great, coconut oil can have a number of benefits for the skin and works especially great in terms of caring for the body.

The Difference Between Coconut Oil and Coconut Extract

Coconut Oil is a well-known ingredient in the beauty world. It is loved by many thanks to its multiple uses and moisturizing and soothing properties. Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids and is easy to apply. Coconut Oil for the body has beneficial effects for almost everyone out there. Coconut Oil is derived by extracting the oil from the raw coconut fruit or dried coconut kernels. Coconut Extract (called Cocos Nucifera Extract), on the other hand, is taken from the actual coconut meat. Coconut Extract is a great humectant with highly moisturizing properties that can help prevent water loss. Both of the ingredients offer similar benefits for skin and hair. Compared to Coconut Oil, Coconut Extract has a different fatty acid composition and because of this, it is considered non-comedogenic and safe for all skin types.

3 Benefits of Coconut in Your Skincare Routine

1. Coconut Moisturizes and Can Help Soothes Dry and Irritated Skin

Skin is continuously exposed to various environmental aggressors, such as pollution, UV damage, dry air, and temperatures that are either too low or too high. Combined with lifestyle factors and aging, the skin barrier function can get severely compromised. Coconut in skincare can help lock in moisture for a healthier looking skin barrier. When holding the water content into the skin, coconut helps improve the overall skin health and the skin feels softer, plumper and more luminous.

2. Coconut is Rich in Fatty Acids

Coconut is an ingredient rich in fatty acids, in fact the lauric acid content in Coconut Oil is composed of nearly 50% of its fatty acids. The fatty acids in both, Coconut Oil and Coconut Extract can provide great skin benefits. Coconut Oil can help with protective barrier functions and skin barrier repair.

3. Coconut Can Provide Antioxidant Benefits

Coconut Extract, derived from the flesh of the fruit, contains phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants that can help shield the skin from oxidative damage, caused by environmental stressors. Antioxidants in skincare are some of the most helpful components when it comes to fighting the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Skincare and Body Products with Coconut

The deep conditioning and hydrating properties of coconut make it very useful to add to bath and body products. For a daily body wash our gentle and nourishing Mario Badescu’s Coconut Body Soap is the perfect addition to your body care routine.  The caring formula is enriched with Coconut Extract and Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, Lactobacillus to calm and relieve any dryness and Rice Bran Extract, known for its anti-aging and moisturizing benefits.

To help exfoliate and renew skin, buffing away the dead skin cells a couple of times a week helps maintain silky soft and smooth looking skin. Our Coconut Body Scrub contains a complex of nourishing and refining ingredients to polish the skin while still keeping it hydrated. The formula contains naturally sourced pumice beads in six different sizes to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal a healthy complexion.

For moisturization, coconut oil has often been touted as a go-to with its rich and emollient properties. Mario Badescu’s Coconut Body Oil is the perfect combination for a body oil as the formula is both lightweight and deeply moisturizing. It’s best applied right after your shower while the skin is still damp as this can help to lock in any excess moisture on the skin. The body oil is formulated with skin-softening Coconut Oil, antioxidant-rich Argan Oil, radiance-boosting Apricot Oil and ultra-hydrating Shea Butter for a richly moisturizing complex.

For an extra level of hydration and moisturization a richly moisturizing body butter is a great addition to your body care routine. Our Coconut Body Butter, contains a blend of Shea Butter and Mango Butter for a richly hydrating combination of nourishing butters. With its rich but non-greasy formula the body butter melts into the skin without leaving a heavy residue to visibly improve the skin’s texture and radiance.

Pamper yourself with the rest of Mario Badescu’s gentle Body Soaps and build an easy yet caring and effective body routine with our Bath & Body products.

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Sunscreen All Year Round: The Importance of Sunscreen to Help Protect Skin

How Important is it to Wear Sunscreen?

Tweaking your skincare wardrobe for the colder seasons is essential but hold on a second, don’t put that bottle of daily sunscreen at the back of your bathroom cabinet.  Summer might be coming to an end but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation is here to stay. That’s why sunscreen is one of the most important steps in every skincare regimen, any day of the year. When applied and reapplied correctly, sun protection products help safeguard the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. These harmful effects include premature aging, sun spots, wrinkles, rough skin, sunburns and skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied all year round, regardless of how sunny it is. The invisible but always present UV radiation can be damaging even on cloudy and grey days, as up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays still reach the earth.

What are The Types of UV rays?

There are two types of UV rays which can affect skin and it is crucial to protect your skin from two of their forms. Look for the words ”broad spectrum” on the label of the sunscreen.

  1. UVB rays – mainly responsible for sunburns, they play a key role in developing skin cancer.
  2. UVA rays – can penetrate deeper into the skin which can lead to significant and long-term concerns, such as photodamage and premature aging.

  Sunscreen Ingredients

What is Chemical Sunscreen vs Physical Sunscreen

Sunscreen products are formulated with active ingredients that prevent the radiation from reaching the skin. 

  1. Chemical sunscreen ingredients – absorb the UV rays and stop them from penetrating the skin. Some of the most popular chemical sunscreen ingredients are Avobenzone, Octisalate and Oxybenzone
  2. Physical (also known as mineral) sunscreen filters – these ingredients block the UV rays before they penetrate the skin. They include the minerals Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that reflect the sun’s UV rays and both offer broad-spectrum protection. Mineral sunscreen is more suitable for people with sensitive, acne- and redness-prone skin and is usually recommended for children, as well.

What Does SPF Rating Stand For?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects your skin against sunburn. SPF 50+ filters about 98% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 filters about 97%, so there is a very small difference between them. SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of the incoming UVB rays. No SPF can block 100% of the UV rays.

Our Best Sunscreens All Year Round

Even short exposure to UV rays can be harmful during any season and any part of the day, even indoors. Protecting the skin from the dangerous UV radiation is vital for keeping its healthy and youthful look for longer. Make sure to use a generous amount of sunscreen and reapply it every two hours for the best protection.

Mario Badescu’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 offers broad-spectrum protection, thanks to physical sunscreen filters, which makes it ideal for every skin type, including the most sensitive ones. This lightweight and fast-absorbing formula with added Hyaluronic Acid and botanicals keeps the skin protected and hydrated while providing a calming effect, thanks to the content of antioxidants. The product is reef-safe and specially composed to be non-drying and fragrance-free to suit even blemish-prone skin.

If you prefer an oil-free chemical sunscreen, the soothing and antioxidant-rich formula of Mario Badescu’s Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, might be the one for you. The combination of ingredients works to hydrate, protect and soothe the skin while even helping to balance the oil production and minimize the appearance of pores.

Our oil-free Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 and Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15 are by far our most lightweight everyday sunscreens in the range. With soothing and hydrating ingredients, they can help to visibly reduce post-inflammatory pigmentation to keep even oily and blemish-prone skin hydrated, bouncy and protected.

And because luminous skin is always in, you can now enjoy the summer glow even during the winter. Mario Badescu’s Summer Shine Body Lotion is enriched with Vitamin A and a subtle shimmer to enhance skin’s radiance for a beautiful candlelit glow, all year round.

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How to Transition Your Skincare Routine from Fall to Winter

Fall brings all the beautiful colors of nature but it also means lower temperatures and dry air that can disrupt skin’s balance and may lead to flaky skin, irritation, and a dull-looking complexion. You may ask yourself “Should I change my skincare routine in the winter?” and the answer to that is just like we need a soft and cozy sweater when it gets a bit chillier outside, skin deserves an extra bit of love and hydration to maintain a healthy skin barrier and improve moisture retention. Here’s what to know about your fall and winter skincare routine.

How to Prepare Skin for Winter Weather & Skincare Routine for Winter

Double Cleanse

Many tend to have dry skin in the winter so using a hydrating cleansing oil, followed by a mild cleanser may help relieve the dryness. A cleansing oil can help to replenish and nourish the skin with moisturizing oils. Try pairing Mario Badescu’s Cleansing Oil and Gentle Foaming Cleanser before applying your moisturizer for the winter days. The combination will help to deeply cleanse skin without stripping or excessively drying.

Gently Refine the Complexion

With the temperature drop at the beginning of the new season, you may notice dead skin cells build-up or visibly flaky skin. If you want to reveal a new, fresh and brighter complexion, try Mario Badescu’s Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. With the mildly exfoliating properties of Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds, restorative Green Tea Extract and conditioning Coconut Extract this gentle gel-like exfoliating scrub helps to exfoliate for visibly smoother and luminous skin.

Add a Hydrating Serum for Winter

As seasons change and skin needs an extra boost of hydration, you might want to try giving your moisturizer a helping hand by pairing it with a hydrating serum for winter. Hydrating serums are packed with actives and have lower molecular weight to reach deeper into the skin. The lightweight texture of Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Dew Drops ensures fast absorption and helps retain moisture to leave the skin dewy, soft and supple. Hyaluronic Acid is a great humectant and this gel-serum hybrid is formulated with Sodium Hyaluronate to provide multilevel hydration, while the added Niacinamide and Lactic Acid can help to gently refine skin and visibly improve skin texture. Hyaluronic Dew Drops is a serum suitable for all skin types, as it’s oil-free and feels weightless on the skin. 

For an added glow and boost of hydration in the winter, try misting your cleansed skin with one of our Facial Sprays and apply Hyaluronic Dew Drops right after spraying. This will allow the Hyaluronic Acid in the serum to draw additional moisture into the skin.

Use a Moisturizer for Winter

To lock in the moisture and support the skin barrier, use a good moisturizer for winter to help alleviate dry skin. An effective moisturizer is just like a sweater for your skin. Your facial cream can help increase the level of hydration while protecting the skin from losing existing moisture. The formula of Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Dew Cream is perfect all year round (but especially if you’re trying to get glowing skin in the winter). This silky moisturizer pairs Sodium Hyaluronate with Glycerin and Squalane, making it the perfect hydrating trio for everyone out there. The formula helps to moisturize skin and assist in relieving existing dryness. The added Green Tea Extract and Aloe Vera aid the skin barrier by calming the skin and soothing redness. If you need a richer moisturizer for winter, Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Day Cream might be just what you are looking for. Its key ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Peanut Oil plump and replenish the skin to deliver lasting hydration without feeling heavy.

Sunscreen in Fall and Winter

This is an essential part of your skincare routine and a product that should be included every season and every single day. The sun’s UV rays in the fall and winter are just as damaging as they are in the warmer months, plus, they can also penetrate through your windows. A lot of people are concerned about the texture and formulations of sunscreen especially if their skin is more sensitive, oily or prone to breakouts. Mineral sunscreens offer the best of both worlds, they are gentle on every skin type and they offer broad-spectrum protection against harmful UV exposure. Mineral sunscreen filters create a physical barrier to block the UV rays before they penetrate the skin. Mario Badescu’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum protection with a lightweight and oil-free texture, suitable for every skin type. The formula is packed with a complex of Blueberry, Cranberry and Wolfberry Fruit Extracts, rich in antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental aggressors and support the skin’s overall health. Make sure to apply generously as the last step of your skincare routine and reapply every two hours for maximum protection, our Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is fragrance-free and reef-friendly.

Evening Skincare Routine for Winter

A dry and lackluster complexion is often the main issue everyone tries to challenge in the colder months. Enhance your winter skincare by adding a powerhouse duo. Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C Serum and Ginseng Moist Cream will help you achieve a brighter and healthier look on the skin.

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The Benefits of Using a Sleep Mask in Your Routine

After a long day, your skin may often feel like it needs that extra bit of care. On those days when you don’t feel like spending a large chunk of time doing an extensive skincare routine but you still wish to treat your skin, the sleep mask is the answer. Make the most of your beauty sleep by simply applying a layer and let it do its magic while you rest. Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated and exhausting; it’s all about feeling good and enjoying it. 

What is an Overnight Mask?

Skin regenerates best at night, making it the optimal time to use ingredients that target specific skin concerns, such as dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Cell turnover and production of new skin cells increase at night, while moisture loss rises, as well. That’s why it is essential to deliver the needed nutrients to the skin and to also prevent transepidermal water loss by sealing it all in.

Overnight masks are leave-on masks, designed to remain longer and to be more potent on the skin, compared to wash-off masks or regular night cream, and deliver visible results throughout the night. Sleep masks are easy to apply, you simply go to bed with the mask on, let your skin repair and the morning after, it is visibly more supple and nourished. All you need to do is wash the mask off and proceed to your usual routine.

How to Use a Overnight Mask

Most overnight masks are used a couple of times a week and they work best as the last step of your routine. Prep the skin by cleansing and toning, and then proceed to your regular night time skincare routine. You might be wondering ‘Should I use a moisturizer with a night mask?’ and the answer is, listen to your skin. Some people who suffer from extremely dry skin prefer to apply the sleep mask over their night cream for intense hydration while others use the two products on alternate nights.

Benefits of Using an Overnight Sleep Mask: Hydration and the Skin Barrier

Overnight masks are packed with powerful nutrients and often have a richer texture to soothe the skin and lock in the moisture, keeping the skin soft and supple. This type of texture enhances the cell regeneration process and allows the active ingredients to work more effectively for the best results. Sealing in moisture can help prevent further water loss for a healthy skin barrier.

Your New Favorite Overnight Sleep Mask

Mario Badescu’s Hydrating Overnight Mask with Peptides targets most of the skin concerns you might be trying to tackle. The nourishing formula is packed with star ingredients, such as Peptides and Adaptogens to which can help to neutralize free radical damage and help protect the skin from the visible signs of aging. The Lactic Acid and Niacinamide added to the overnight mask can help hydrate, balance and refine the skin. A caring blend of Mango Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Moringa Oil will ensure your skin is soft, supple and smooth the morning after.

Complete Your Evening Skincare Routine

A great and effective skincare routine starts with cleansed skin. Go for a Gentle Foaming Cleanser that won’t strip the skin from its natural oils. Remove all the impurities and soothe your skin with calming Chamomile Extract, antioxidant-rich Fermented Black Tea and moisture-rich botanicals like Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose Extract. If you are in a need of clarifying and revitalizing your complexion, Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Cleansing Lotion will refresh and re-balance the skin with the power of Cucumber Extract. Keep your lips soft and smooth with an innovative night lip treatment. Mario Badescu’s Lip Mask with Acai and Vanilla cocoons the lips with a blend of botanical extracts and nourishing oils to soften and hydrate the gentle skin. For luminous and healthy-looking skin, try the Seaweed Night Cream that pairs the power of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to promote skin elasticity and firmness and reduce dryness.

Shop our hydrating Overnight Mask. 

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What Is a Lip Mask and Why Do You Need to Use One?

Dry air, sun exposure, low temperatures, icy wind, hot or cold food and drinks, dehydration – your lips are a true hero for enduring extreme challenges every day. Adding to the mix the habit of frequently licking the lips due to medical conditions, environment or anxiety, the result may be severely dry lips, flaking, bleeding, and rashes. The skin on the lips is very thin and a lot more delicate than the rest of your body. Why do you ask? A large part is due to the fact your lips don’t contain oil glands, so they don’t produce sebum. Without this layer of protection, lips need extra care to avoid drying and discomfort. Luckily, there is a lip treatment that can assist your daily lip balm.

What does a lip mask do?

A lip sleeping mask is a lot like a facial overnight mask but is specially designed to moisturize lips. It is an overnight lip treatment which has a rich texture and is formulated with nutrients and vitamins to nourish and protect the lips. Leave on lip masks are designed to work while you sleep and lock in moisture to help make your lips look and feel smooth, soft and ready even for the most challenging matte lipstick.

What is the difference between a lip balm and a lip mask?

Lip balms are great for lip hydration during the day, they are easy to apply on-the-go and provide instant relief. However, some only last a short amount of time, absorb quickly, or may vanish as you talk or eat, meaning you may have to reapply your lip balm quite often. A lip mask usually has a richer texture and creates a barrier to seal in the powerful nutrients packed into the formula. Overnight lip masks last longer on the lips to moisturize lips and revive them.  Lip treatments are often so rich that there may be a residue on your lips when you wake up the next morning. Lips are often one of the first areas to show signs of aging, such as fine lines and loss of volume. Lip masks help to lock in hydration, moisturize lips with nourishing oils and some may even target certain concerns such as lip aging, thanks to the active ingredients added to their formulations.

 How do you apply an overnight lip mask?

Giving your lips an extra boost of moisturization and care is very simple and easy. Just follow your regular skincare routine, starting with a cleansed face and then applying your favorite products. Finish off your overnight routine with a generous layer of Mario Badescu’s Lip Mask with Acai and Vanilla before going to bed and gently wipe or wash off the excess when you wake up. 

This innovative overnight lip treatment contains a blend of botanical extracts and oils to moisturize lips overnight and leave the lips soft, smooth and supple by the morning. Our intensely hydrating blend of key ingredients like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Squalene delivers an ultra-hydrating and cushiony feel, conditions lips, and makes them appear plumper and healthier. The overnight lip treatment also contains a range of antioxidants.  Acai Berries are super berries, rich in anti-aging and brightening components like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 Fatty Acids to visibly replenish the lips. 

You can also choose to use our lip mask during the day, as well for a more intense lip treatment. Our lip mask helps to deliver the delicate skin on your lips with long-lasting hydration and lock in moisture for all day lip hydration. Prep the lips with Mario Badescu’s Acai and Vanilla Lip Mask before applying makeup or add it on top of your favorite lipstick for a glossy look with added benefits.

Your Complete Overnight Routine

And while you are giving the extra bit of love to your pout, don’t forget that the rest of your face needs protection and hydration, as well. Take off the weight of the day with Mario Badescu’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser. The caring formula removes impurities and excess oil with the power of Fermented Black Tea Extract, calming Chamomile Extract to soothe and Glycerin to replenish and leave the skin soft and nourished. Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Cleansing Lotion Toner refreshes and rebalances the skin with the skin-softening properties of Cucumber Extract that calm the skin and visibly revitalize it. The lightweight and oil-free Seaweed Night Cream helps to visibly enhance skin tone and texture. The mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract is paired with the triad of skin heroes Marine Collagen, Collagen and Sodium Hyaluronate to soothe skin irritations, and visibly improve skin elasticity, firmness, and lock in moisture. For an intense boost of hydration, try Mario Badescu’s Hydrating Overnight Mask with Peptides, supercharged with Adaptogens, Peptides, Lactic Acid, and Niacinamide. The overnight mask cocoons the skin and effectively brightens, hydrates and resurfaces the skin, promoting a youthful complexion.

Shop  our Lip Mask with Acai and Vanilla lip mask.