by Kimberly Yang

The Perfect Summer Body Lotion

The limit may not exist—but the perfect summer body lotion does.

Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion

What it is:

Summer Shine Body Lotion, a.k.a. Summer bottled up. This seemingly improbable feat was somehow achieved by one such Mario Badescu… which means you have complete access to warm weather vibes and sun-kissed glow no matter where you are or the time of year.

What it does:

Imparts a luminous highlight wherever it’s applied, and lightly moisturizes skin too. Formulated with nourishing oils and antioxidant Vitamin A to nourish skin, this lightweight body cream is just the product you want when you want your limbs out and on display. Subtle shimmer is infused to add a beautiful gleam, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing.

What we love about it:

It’s the perfect pick-me-up on the gloomiest of days or in the dead of winter—but it’s also the quintessential summer must-have that heightens every beachside moment or tropical vacation by setting the mood and the glow. It smells like summer in the best possible way. Light, fresh, sweet, luminous, and coconutty, Summer Shine Body Lotion is both delectable and delightful—adding a hint of addictively sweet (but never unbearingly saccharine) fragrance.

But scent aside, it’s beautiful. Subtle shimmer gives the skin a sophisticated, like the sun or candlelight found you.

How to use it:

Apply Summer Shine Body Lotion wherever your heart desires. Do as the makeup artists do backstage before sending models down the runway: apply it wherever skin is exposed for a beautiful gleam. Or for a more subtle approach, apply it only where the light would naturally hit your skin: the collarbones, tops of your shoulders, and down the front of your legs.

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by Kimberly Yang

Top 10 Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

Greece Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

  1. Always apply sunscreen. Sun protection is crucial to skin health—in fact, it’s one of the most surefire ways to prevent premature signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging) and discoloration (like age spots and darkening of post-acne marks). Be sure to apply first thing every morning or 20 minutes prior to any outdoor activities; re-apply every hour to ensure your skin stays protected throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be spending time during the sun’s peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For combination/oily, oily, or acne-prone skin: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

For combination/dry skin: Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15

For dry or mature skin: The Moisture Magnet SPF 15

  1. Protect your hands and feet. Yes, driving and walking around in open-toed shoes makes you susceptible to sun damage and premature signs of aging. Be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed hands and feet. Our tip? Keep a bottle of Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 on hand when you’re out and about. It’ll not only keep your hands and feet hydrated, but will also sink in quickly without feeling greasy—all while protecting your skin.
  2. Exfoliate regularly. It’s essential to glowing skin: By removing pore-clogging surface impurities and dulling dead skin cells from the skin, exfoliation helps diminish discoloration and prevent future breakouts.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has been a total game-changer for most of us at MB HQ—but if you prefer a granular exfoliant, give our invigorating Botanical Exfoliating Scrub instead.

  1. Moisture matters. Summer sun, heat, salt water, chlorine, and air conditioning can wreak havoc on skin. To help keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking, moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a night cream before bed. And for glowing, silky-smooth skin from head to toe, be sure to moisturize your hands and body too.
  2. Don’t skimp on eye cream. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles, so it’s essential to make eye care a priority. Try using a lightweight formula for day, and a creamier version overnight so you wake up with plumper, younger-looking under-eyes. Throw on a baseball cap or large, floppy beach hat to help further shield your face, neck, and chest from dangerous UVA/UVB rays.
  3. Look for alpha/beta hydroxy acids in your skincare*. Even if you’re already exfoliating, your skin can always use a boost in further brightening and smoothing the complexion. Ingredients like Grapefruit ExtractPapaya ExtractLactic AcidGlycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid help take your daily regimen to the next level.

*Broad spectrum protection is more important than ever if you’re using AHAs and BHAs. Because these ingredients are constantly encouraging the removal of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, newer skin, sunscreen is crucial in keep skin looking even.

  1. Vitamin C is key. Specifically, a Vitamin C Serum.
  2. Detox. Use a purifying mask 2-3 times a week to deep clean skin, absorb excess T-zone shine, and reveal a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.
  3. Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, bring a water bottle and container of fresh fruit to prevent dehydration. Be sure to keep a bottle of Facial Spray on hand to rehydrate skin, too!
  4. Make the healthy switch. As tempting as it is to lie in a tanning bed or sunbathe, make the switch to self-tanners to achieve that ever-covetable summer skin without yielding yourself to the dangers of overexposure. Beauty Tip: Our faces will always be a shade or two lighter than our body; to build color on your face as well, alternate between a tinted moisturizer and facial self-tanner to achieve an even wash of sun-kissed color.

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Curious as to what’s in our July skincare edit? Take a peek into our medicine cabinet.


by Kimberly Yang

How to Use Facial Spray with Hyaluronic Dew Cream

…or with any face moisturizer, for that matter.

1. Start with cleansed, toned skin.

2. Choose any Mario Badescu Facial Spray and mist, liberally. All of our Facial Sprays are formulated to, first and foremost, replenish skin with soothing, Aloe-infused hydration. What differentiates them is their unique botanical profile: each mist is infused with a different set of plant extracts and essential waters to boost your skin with additional benefits. This allows you to mix and match your mists depending on what you and your skin need at any given moment.

3. Apply a light, even layer of Hyaluronic Dew Cream (or your favorite moisturizer). The trick to maximizing your hydration and glow is to apply Hyaluronic Dew Cream immediately after you’ve misted, while your skin is still dewy. Because this formula features a Sodium Hyaluronate complex, this technique will help further boost hydration while adding additional botanical benefits into your skin care routine.

4.  Finish off with another round of misting. This step is optional, but if you’re going for a healthy, dewy sheen—mist once more.

In short: dew it for the glow. And improved moisturization, overall.

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by Kimberly Yang

Introducing: Hyaluronic Dew Cream

Meet Hyaluronic Dew Cream, the newest addition to our line-up of face creams and moisturizers.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Dew Cream: What it is, How to Use it, and Who it's Best Suited For


Hyaluronic Dew Cream is a gel-cream hybrid that drenches skin in supreme yet lightweight hydration. Botanical-infused and packed with a Sodium Hyaluronate complex for multilevel moisturization, this silky moisturizer gives skin the boost it needs for a dewy finish and fresh-faced glow.


  • Supremely hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate complex
  • Skin-replenishing Squalane
  • Clarifying Thyme Extract
  • Restorative Green Tea Extract
  • Cooling, mineral-rich Cucumber Extract
  • Soothing Aloe Vera


  • Oil-free, cool-to-the-touch formula
  • Light and glossy upon application, then sinks in seamlessly
  • Features a host of hydration heroes, including two molecular weights of Sodium Hyaluronate and Squalane to help moisturize at different levels of skin
  • Delivers supreme, silky-smooth hydration without the heaviness
  • Gives skin a deliciously dewy finish


All skin types can use Hyaluronic Dew Cream, although its best suited for combination to oily skin. Normal to dry skin types will want to layer it with a serum like Herbal Hydrating Serum (for normal skin), Cellufirm Drops (for combo-dry skin), or Super Peptide Serum (for drier skin types).


Hyaluronic Dew Cream should be applied on freshly cleansed and toned skin, day and/or night. Or, take it to the next level and do as the aestheticians do: Mist with a Facial Spray first, then moisturize. Doing so may seem like an insignificant step, but it’s that in-between layer of botanical-infused hydration that can boost your skin’s moisture levels—and enhance your overall glow.

Here’s why. Sodium Hyaluronate (a humectant similar to Hyaluronic Acid, but has a smaller molecular size—which enables enhanced absorption) is known for its ability to pull moisture from its surroundings and bind that water into skin. By giving the Sodium Hyaluronate even more water to draw into the skin, you’re now increasing moisturization. This is where our Facial Sprays come in. As always, start with a clean slate. Liberally mist your complexion and—this is the trick!—while your skin is still dewy, apply Hyaluronic Dew Cream to seal everything in.

Use this as an opportunity to customize your own dewy duo. Simply pick a mist that best suits your skin’s mood du jour to personalize your moisturizing routine.

  • In need of rejuvenation and clarity? Pair our Rose Facial Spray with Hyaluronic Dew Cream.
  • In need of a restorative reset button? Go for the Cucumber and Green Tea mist first, then layer on Hyaluronic Dew Cream.
  • In need of calm and comfort? Soothe stressed skin with our Vitamin C-infused, Lavender Facial Spray before applying Hyaluronic Dew Cream.
  • In need of an energizing pick-me-up? Give skin an uplifting boost with this Orange Blossom face mist first, then lock it in with a layer of Hyaluronic Dew Cream.

Ready to get glowing?


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by Kimberly Yang

Top 3 Gel Moisturizers & Water-Based Serums for Oily Skin

Gel moisturizers are the skin care products du jour this year—and while they aren’t exactly new to the Mario Badescu line (they’ve been part of our core collection for a few decades now), there’s no perfect time to spotlight our favorite gel formulas than now.

For oily, troubled, or congested skin types, water-based formulas are a blessing: they deliver the hydration your skin needs without the shine traditional face creams tend to leave behind. Come summer, gel moisturizers become a universal favorite. Sweltering heat and humidity has all of us craving something lightweight and refreshing—what better way to hydrate your skin than with a tall glass of water, literally and through your skin care, too?

These are our top three gel moisturizers and water-based serums that have been making waves since the 80s:

Herbal Hydrating Serum Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum Swatch

When Herbal Hydrating Serum first launched in the 1980s, it was aptly called “Spring & Summer Drops” for its perfect-for-warm-weather formula. What was supposed to be a seasonal release was brought back by popular demand and renamed “Herbal Hydrating Serum.”

Since then, this gel-serum has become a staple in all skin care regimens, no matter the skin type. With invigorating botanical extracts like Ginkgo and Ginseng to give the complexion a refreshing boost, and Glycolipid Ceramides to help bind water to the skin, Herbal Hydrating Serum is essentially like give your skin a drink of infused H2O.

Oily skin types love its ultra-light texture and dry skin types adore it for its versatility. Wear the Herbal Hydrating Serum on its own, or layer it over your favorite moisturizer—either way gives skin a fresh-faced finish.

Anti Acne Serum

Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum Swatch

“Acne” and “serum” are two words that don’t seem to go together—but in the world of Mario Badescu, they can, and do.

Anti Acne Serum is another ultra-lightweight gel that glides on easily and absorbs seamlessly into skin. What’s unique about this product is that it works to balance, hydrate, and promote a clearer-looking complexion all at once—thanks to its oil-free Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract formula. In just one step you get the hydration you need and the clarifying measures essential for and maintaining happy skin.

Ceramide Eye Gel

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel Swatch

Unique in texture and formulated with water-binding Ceramides, this lightweight, oil-free eye gel absorbs seamlessly to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. It’s refreshing on application as is, but we recommend stashing the jar in the fridge to add an extra cooling, wake-me-up boost to your skin care routine.

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