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How to Apply Face Masks – Frequency & After-Care Tips

Facial masks are an important part of any good skincare regimen. But it may seem overwhelming to figure out how to apply a face mask — or even how to choose the best face mask for your specific needs. We’re here to help!

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you level up your everyday beauty routine by adding regular self-care time with a face mask that fits your routine.

Our experts address all your masking questions, including:

  • What does a face mask do?
  • How often should you use a face mask?
  • What is the best face mask for your skin?
  • What to do after a face mask?

Let’s mask up!

Why Add Masking to Your Self-Care Regimen?

You face a lot in your everyday life. Aside from the environmental pollutants that barrage your skin as you move through the world, stress, age and diet can influence how your skin looks and feels. A quick routine of washing and slathering on moisturizer once or twice a day doesn’t do justice to the huge service our skin performs.

Adding a mask to your routine deep cleans your pores and addresses your skin’s deeper issues, like acne, dryness or discoloration. A quick skin analysis can clue you into your skin’s underlying needs.

How Often Should You Use a Face Mask?

This question gets a bit personal. Our aestheticians recommend masking one to two times a week as a general rule. But if you’re really serious about putting your best face forward on the regular, a mask session up to three times a week can really amplify the benefits. Think of at-home masking as a facial between professional facials — like brushing and flossing on the reg between dental visits. We all do that; right?

What Is the Best Face Mask for Me?

Choosing the right face mask for your skin’s needs is the first step toward successful masking. This important decision boils down to determining what your skin is hungry for. Ask yourself: What’s my biggest skin concern? We’ve curated masks to address dryness and flaky skin, hyperpigmentation like sunspots and acne scars, the wrinkles and sagging skin that come with age, visibly large pores and a host of acne concerns, including blackheads, cystic zits and excess oil production.

Skin Care Specialist Tip: If you have a combo plate of skin issues, as many of us do, consider learning how to multi-mask for a customized at-home facial experience.

How to Apply a Face Mask:

Create an at-home spa experience by gathering these items:

  • The mask of your choice
  • A clean washcloth
  • A hairband or towel to keep your tresses out of the way, if necessary
  • A magazine or other distraction

Set up your supplies on the bathroom counter and play some mellow, music if that helps to set a soothing mood. Roll up your sleeves and follow these steps:

  1. Prep – Start with a clean canvas. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and use an exfoliant to clear away any dead cells crowding around your pores. This will set the stage for maximum absorption of your mask’s goodness.
  2. Apply – Using clean fingers, apply a thin layer of mask all over your face, being sure to avoid the delicate tissue around your eyes. Stop a quarter inch or so from your hairline and ears. Depending on your unique needs, you may want to continue your mask onto your neck and décolletage.
  3. Wait – Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes — all mask products have specific instructions, so make sure to follow those. While you wait, peruse a fun article, listen to some music or sit quietly with your eyes closed and imagine your skin getting healthier.

How to Peel Off a Face Mask

Removing your mask is simple. Splash a little lukewarm water on the product to soften any dry spots, then rinse well until your face is clean. Rinse away any remnants with tepid water.

Post-Mask Procedures

Before you snap that #selfie of your mask-ified glow, take a moment for aftercare. Swipe a cotton ball soaked in high-quality toner over your face to reset your skin’s balance. Then layer on the moisture with a night cream or nourishing serum product that aligns with your skin’s needs. You can mask anytime, but it’s particularly advantageous to do it just before bedtime so your skin can regroup overnight.

Frequently Masked Questions

  • Q: What does a face mask do?
  • A: Face masks offer a deeper clean than everyday washing while addressing specific skin concerns, like excess oil production, dryness or acne eruptions.
  • Q: How often should you use a face mask?
  • A: Depending on your skin type, masking up to three times a week is acceptable.
  • Q: What’s your advice for how to make your own face mask at home?
  • A: Because the skin on your face is so delicate, we do not recommend concocting a homemade face mask. Many items in your pantry — like apple cider vinegar and turmeric — can cause irritation, redness or allergic reactions. It’s best to stick with reliable skincare products that are simple and effective.


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Why is Mario Badescu bad?

Why is Mario Badescu bad?

Well, we might just make your boyfriend jealous! 

As crazy as it sounds, our uber popular Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater came between a fan and her man. After apparently professing her love for Mario Badescu to the world, the fan of the brand found herself in hot water when her boyfriend thought she was, well, seeing someone else. 

We’re honored that passion for the brand runs so deep. We love our iconic Facial Sprays, too! 

So what’s all the buzz about?

Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are formulated to enhance hydration and elevate your skincare regimen with unique blends of complexion boosting botanicals. 

Among the best hydrating treatments, Facial Sprays do the most when used after a toner to weightlessly boost the moisturizing properties of the hydrating serum and anti-aging moisturizer that follow in your daily regimen. Our original rejuvenating Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater has built a cult following decades after its NYC launch.

Today, we offer four variations of our Facial Sprays to meet your every mood and instantly refresh, rejuvenate and rehydrate skin – anytime, anywhere. 

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult favorite! A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating, hydrating facial mist infused with nutrient-rich botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

What it is: A soothing mist infused with calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C to replenish skin and defend against skin-aging free radicals.

What it does: Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, SAGE AND ORANGE BLOSSOM

What it is: Our newest facial mist! An uplifting blend of purifying botanical extracts and Sage and Orange Blossom Essential Waters combine to re-energize and refresh skin.

What it does: Hydrates, tones, and boosts clarity.

Key ingredients: Orange Blossom Essential Water, Sage Essential Water, Thyme Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract


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Find Your Best Skincare Regimen

Looking for the best skincare regimen, one that actually meets your skin concerns? At Mario Badescu, we know everyone’s skin is different. There is no one-size-fits-all skin solution. Your skin is unique to you!

There are numerous skin types and skin conditions – from oily and dry skin to acne prone and sensitive skin. You probably think your skin has a personality all its own! When you discover the best face cream or rejuvenating toner for your skin type, it can work wonders for your skin, and how your skin looks and behaves from day to day.

That’s why we created our Skin Analysis tool. Just answer a few brief questions and you’ll be paired with the right skincare products for you – the cleanser, toner, moisturizer and specialty serums that meet your own skin concerns.

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you’ll get product recommendations for a complete daily skincare regimen. Choose which products you want to pick up now and, for our friends in the US, you’ll have the option to order a free sample regimen to try product recommendations before you buy. (You just have to cover the $2.95 shipping fee!) 

The Mario Badescu Skin Analysis takes just a few minutes, but can offer invaluable skincare advice that will leave your skin clear and your complexion glowing!

Are you ready to get your best skin yet? 
Start your Skin Analysis here.


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Differences Between Each Mario Badescu Facial Spray & How to Use Your Face Mists

Since the launch of our latest Orange Blossom-infused facial spray, our most frequently asked question has been “What’s the difference between the four Mario Badescu Facial Sprays?” Here’s a breakdown of each facial mist: what a facial spray is, what it does, and key ingredients.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Comparison Guide

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

What it is: The OG cult-favorite. A floral infusion of Rose and Gardenia Extracts hydrates and boosts your complexion to reveal radiant, re-energized skin.

What it does: Revives dehydrated skin with a healthy, dewy glow.

Key ingredients: Rose Extract, Gardenia Extract, Aloe Vera, Thyme Extract, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER AND GREEN TEA

What it is: An invigorating facial mist formulated with nutrient-botanicals and cooling Peppermint Essential Water.

What it does: Wakes up dull, tired skin with a refreshing, antioxidant-enriched boost.

Key ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Cucumber Essential Water, Peppermint Essential Water, Aloe Vera

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER

What it is: A soothing mist infused with calming botanicals, Lavender Essential Water, and antioxidant Vitamin C to replenish skin while combating against skin-aging free radicals.

What it does: Balances, brightens, and de-stresses skin.

Key ingredients: Lavender Essential Water, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, SAGE AND ORANGE BLOSSOM

What it is: Our latest. An uplifting blend of purifying botanical extracts and Sage and Orange Blossom Essential Waters combine to re-energize and refresh skin.

What it does: Hydrates, tones, and boosts clarity.

Key ingredients: Orange Blossom Essential Water, Sage Essential Water, Thyme Extract, Aloe Vera, Bladderwrack Extract

How to use Mario Badescu Facial Spray

“How do I use a facial spray?”

Each of these mists were made to multi-task. Spritz on clean skin for added hydration before you apply moisturizer, throughout the day to revive and refresh skin, or after makeup application for a dewy finish.

“How do I use all four Mario Badescu facial sprays?”

Each of our mists can be used whenever, wherever—but it’s easy to incorporate all four into your day-to-night regimen. Here’s one (of many!) ways to use your mists:

MORNING

Start your day with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Mist on clean skin before moisturizer to boost hydration and tone your complexion.

DURING MAKEUP APPLICATION

Dampen your favorite makeup brushes or sponge using our rose face mist. Once you’re done, mist your complexion to give your final look a dewy finish.

AFTERNOON

Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom throughout the day whenever you need an instant pick-me-up.

EVENING

Set the tone before bed. Use our Lavender facial spray before you apply your nightly serum and night cream for a calming botanical boost.





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The Best Cleanser/Toner Duos for Your Skin Type

Because the right cleanser and toner can make or break your daily skin care regimen.

If your skin care regimen was a house, your cleansing and toning routine would be the foundation. These steps set the rest of your regimen up for success. Using a cleanser or toner that is too aggressive can leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, which can lead to dry patches and flaking. Using ones that are too mild for your skin type may cause congestion, blackheads, and milia.

The right duo will leave your skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Whether you are cleansing after a night’s sleep in the morning or washing away traces of a long day before bed, there are few things in life that feel quite as nice as a freshly washed face. Keep reading for our favorite cleanser/toner duos for every skin type.

Mario Badescu Toners

Oily/Acne-Prone

Botanical Facial Gel– This Grapefruit-infused cleanser breaks down shine and impurities on even the oiliest skin types without being harsh. It is a great summertime face wash if your oil production rises when the thermometer does.
Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Acne Facial Cleanser– Deep clean pores to promote clarity and prevent congestion with this popular daily gel cleanser. This formula contains complexion-boosting botanicals including Thyme Extract, which has been shown in studies to help banish blemishes.
Tone with Special Cleansing Lotion C

Combination

Enzyme Cleansing Gel-This best-selling formula is so addictive it makes its devotees look forward to waking up for work so they can wash their face. Grapefruit and Papaya Extracts work to gently brighten while the non-foaming gel formula removes makeup and impurities. Perfect for skin types that swing from dry in some spots to oily in others.
Combo/oily? Tone with Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
Comb/dry? Try Glycolic Acid Toner

Seaweed Cleansing Soap– If you have combination skin that needs a gentle but thorough cleanser, look no more. This creamy wash is brimming with mineral-rich seaweed and rinses clean without leaving skin feeling tight.
Tone with Seaweed Cleansing Lotion

Orange Cleansing Soap-Combination/dry skin loves this formula that removes traces of makeup and leaves skin soft and never tight, even with daily use.
Tone with Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Dry

Keratoplast Cream Soap-Dry skin is especially vulnerable to rough patches. This mild cleanser works to gently smooth away roughness without depleting essential moisture.
Tone with Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion

Cucumber Cream Soap-Cooling mineral-rich Cucumber Extract is just what dry, angry skin needs to restore balance and maintain moisture levels.
Tone with Aloe Vera Toner

Supplemental

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– All skin types can take their cleansing regimen to the next level by swapping their daily wash with this one 2-3 times a week. This foaming wash combines deep cleansing properties with the brightening, smoothing benefits of Glycolic Acid to reveal clear, rejuvenated skin.

 

Does your cleanse and tone routine need a makeover?