by Nicole Darmanin

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


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


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


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


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?

by Kimberly Yang

#MarioMonthlyEdit: September Skin Care Routine

New season, different line-up.

A shift in weather come fall means most skin types will be craving balance and a touch more hydration. It’s still hot—summer weather is going strong—but the unpredictable ups and downs in temperature makes maintaining the integrity of skin’s outermost barrier our number one priority.

Here’s our skin care routine for the month of September:


It’s light, oil-free, and leaves skin feeling super clean (never stripped!). This face wash has an uplifting, spa-like scent, which is exactly the mood-booster we need as we get back into the swing of things.


The soothing benefits of this Witch Hazel toner make it perfect for all skin types—and what we love most about it is its aromatherapeutic Lavender infusion. Stress, who? Certainly not with this bottle around. Only balanced, happy skin here.


Another skin care staple and must-have classic. We mist throughout the day (at least three times: morning, midday, and before bed), but the trick is to spritz right after toner and before you moisturize. Applying your serum or face cream onto freshly misted skin helps lock in all those skin-loving benefits and gives an added boost of hydration.


Are you noticing a theme with our September skin care routine? The goal is to keep things easy, breezy, and classic, which is why we’re reaching for our most beloved eye cream. It’s a midweight formula that sinks in beautifully to give under-eyes an ultra-hydrated, smooth look.

Another plus? Hyaluronic Eye Cream layers well under makeup. Just tap, let it sink in, and you’ll find that concealer practically glides across skin.


The name says it all. For thirsty skin (and yes, all skin types—including oily!—can experience dehydration), this is a dream cream. It’s silky, light, and absorbs seamlessly to give your complexion a dewy sheen. No tack, no stickiness, and definitely no feeling of heaviness is left behind.

Also good to know: Hyaluronic Dew Cream is oil-free, fragrance-free, vegan, and like everything else in the Mario Badescu line, cruelty-free.


If you want to wake with skin that appears radiant and plump with hydration, this is the cream for you. It has a luxe, dense texture, but it’s oil-free—and the cream melts into skin to deliver nourishing moisture and protein-enriched benefits.

#MBSkinTip: Seaweed Night Cream is formulated for combination to oily skin types, but if you’re on the dry side, you can use it, too. Simply pair it with your favorite serum (like Super Peptide Serum or Cellufirm Drops) for another layer of moisture.

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by Kimberly Yang

Find Your New Favorite Hand Cream, Now

Mario Badescu Hand Cream Guide

If all your life you’ve been hand cream-adverse because of the added effort (and trail of fingerprints left behind on everything in your wake—especially keyboards), I feel you. There was a time I didn’t think I needed moisturizer until using one changed the look and feel of my skin. There was also a time I found hand creams nice, but not necessary until (spoiler alert!) using one regularly changed the look and feel of my hands.

Moral of the story? Moisturization matters. Head to toe hydration—with hand care in between—will change you, guaranteed. And when choosing that perfect hand cream, do it with same amount of consideration you would when selecting your face cream: Take into account your skin type, your lifestyle, and any concerns you have.


Your new, desk-side or summer favorite.

Who’s it for? Hands that need light moisture and no fuss.

Texture: Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing.

Keyboard safe? Yes. Massage it in and type away sans greasy fingertips.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to ensure hydration without the heaviness. Plus, it’s infused with Peppermint Extract for a light, cooling effect. Who knew hand creams could be refreshing?


Your classic go-to.

Who’s it for? Anyone and everyone—but in particular, someone who wants a reliable hand cream that feels decadent without the post-application slip.

Texture: Light and creamy. Rich, but sinks into skin once you start massaging it in.

Keyboard safe? Give it a few moments to sink in before you’re in the clear.

Why you’ll love it: It’s moisture-intensive without feeling greasy, ever. Plus, this one is packed with nourishing oils and antioxidant Vitamin E for silky-smooth, super soft hands.


A rejuvenating, Rose-infused treat.

Who’s it for? Floral fanatics who love the feel of our signature Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E and want a hint of something special.

Texture: Just like the original, but with an infusion of rejuvenating Rose.

Keyboard safe? Let it sink in for a few minutes, then type away!

Why you’ll love it: It’s luxe, comforting, and envelops skin in a veil of skin-smoothing moisture. Rose lovers rejoice: this one is just for you.


For a touch of calm.

Who’s it for? Lavender lovers or anyone in pursuit of calm and comfort.

Texture: Just like the original, plus an infusion of calming Lavender Oil that helps soothe skin and the senses.

Keyboard safe? Let it sink in for a few minutes, then type away!

Why you’ll love it: It’s moisture-intensive but melts into skin beautifully for silky-soft hands.


A citrus-infused favorite.

Who’s it for? Dry hands that need a pick-me-up. If you have lines, a little bit discoloration, or hands that look a bit dull—this is for you.

Texture: Creamy with a bit of slip. It’s thick enough that if you play with it you’ll get stiff peaks, but it melts seamlessly into skin.

Keyboard safe? Give it a minute. You may see a bit of sheen on your space bar, but if your hands are dry, you likely won’t.

Why you’ll love it: It’s formulated with Squalane and nourishing oils to deeply moisturize and soften the look of dry lines. A rejuvenating blend of Orange Peel, Lemon Extract, and Salicylic Acid help brighten up and smooth uneven skin tone and texture, too.


A savior for parched or rough, dry hands.

Who’s it for? Super dry or winter-worn skin. Or anyone who wants to treat their hands to an overnight, moisturizing hand “mask.”

Texture: Undoubtedly decadent. Super rich. Indulgent.

Keyboard safe? Nope. But for ultra-dry skin or for the bold, this is a good thing.

Why you’ll love it: It delivers intense moisture—but also helps prevent moisture loss. It’s packed with emollient oils and Squalane, enriched with Vitamin B, and formulated with Elastin to nourish, smooth, and soften all-in-one. Unless your skin is extremely dry, you’ll definitely feel as though your hands are enveloped in a layer of hydration and care. (Your hands will also look better than they ever have, too).

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by Kimberly Yang

What’s the Difference: Herbal Hydrating Serum vs. Hyaluronic Dew Drops

Both are oil-free, dewy-skin hydrators in a gel-serum formulation—but what are the differences between Herbal Hydrating Serum and Hyaluronic Dew Drops? Here’s the breakdown:


Both are formulated for all skin types. Normal to oily skin types will appreciate their weightless finishes, and combo to dry skin types will adore the ease of layer-bility with other serums or richer face creams.


Herbal Hydrating Serum is a lightweight gel that absorbs beautifully into skin. It adds—and leaves behind—a hint of skin-smoothing slip.

Hyaluronic Dew Drops is even lighter in texture—we’d describe it as water-light and cool to the touch. It sinks in seamlessly for an invisible finish that leaves skin soft and radiant with hydration.

Both are oil-free gel serums.


Herbal Hydrating Serum delivers a boost of light hydration that revives, softens, and smooths skin. It gives skin a healthy, hydrated glow and should be used alone or over moisturizer.

Hyaluronic Dew Drops not only delivers multilevel hydration, but also provides clarifying and resurfacing benefits, too. Because it has an ultra-light texture and is packed with actives, Hyaluronic Dew Drops should be applied directly to clean skin first, then followed with moisturizer or night cream.

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by Kimberly Yang

Introducing: Hyaluronic Dew Drops

Meet Hyaluronic Dew Drops, the ultimate glass-skin serum that pairs perfectly with Hyaluronic Dew Cream.


Hyaluronic Dew Drops is a hydrating serum that replenishes and refines to help you achieve dewy, petal-soft skin. Water-light to the touch and traceless in finish, this gel formula features two molecular weights of Sodium Hyaluronate (a humectant similar to Hyaluronic Acid) for multilevel hydration. Thirsty skin gets a cooling boost of hydration that sinks into skin while complexion-boosting ingredients are hard at work. Niacinamide helps re-balance, Lactic Acid resurfaces, and Thyme Extract helps boosts clarity—all in the name of giving skin a glass-like glow.


The inspiration behind this product was morning dew; here’s how we bottled up that glistening, first-thing-in-the-morning effect:

  • Supremely hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate complex
  • Restorative Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
  • Resurfacing Lactic Acid
  • Clarifying Thyme Extract
  • Conditioning, antioxidant-rich Chlorella (Algae) Extract                 
  • Antioxidant-rich Green Tea Extract
  • Soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera


  • THE ULTRA-LIGHT GEL TEXTURE, water-light on application and weightless in finish
  • ITS FAST-ABSORBING FORMULA that sinks in beautifully for complexion-boosting hydration and glow
  • A HOST OF MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS that deliver hydrating, clarifying, and resurfacing, benefits to help balance and improve the look of skin
  • THE FINISH leaves skin deliciously dewy and ultra-hydrated without the heaviness

Also good to know: Hyaluronic Dew Drops is…

  • Oil-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Dye-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free


All skin types can use Hyaluronic Dew Drops! Combo-dry to dry skin types will want to layer it with a richer moisturizer (like The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 or Protein Night Cream). Normal to oily skin types will love using this with Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 or its companion, Hyaluronic Dew Cream.


Here’s how to get the most out of your serum:

  1. Start with freshly cleansed, toned skin.
  2. Liberally mist any Mario Badescu Facial Spray of your choice. (This step is optional, but highly recommended for maximum hydration and dewiness!) Not sure which mist you should reach for? Choose one based on your skin’s mood:
    1. If your skin is dull, dehydrated, and in need of clarity, reach for our Rose-infused Facial Spray.
    1. If your complexion needs a invigorating refresh, hit reset with a cooling mist of Cucumber and Green Tea.
    1. If you’re feeling stressed, re-balance and soothe your skin and senses with our Chamomile and Lavender-infused face mist.
    1. If you’re in search of an energizing, citrus-y pick-me-up, we know you’ll love this Orange Blossom Facial Spray.
  3. Then, while your skin is still dewy, apply 1-2 drops of the serum all over your face (avoiding the eye area).
  4. Follow with a moisturizer or night cream that best suits your skin.

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