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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by Kimberly Yang

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Make this Father’s Day even more special than the last.

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Budget

  1. Customize a spa day, because dads need a day of indulgence too.
  2. A membership to his favorite golf and country club. Gifting him a set of monogrammed golf balls or a new set of clubs? Throw in a pair of personalized gloves along with our Hydrating Hand Cream. Golfing all day is hard work.
  3. Set him up with a new regimen. Our Men’s Grooming Basics is a must-have for every man.
  4. Upgrade him. Does Dad have the bare essentials already? Upgrade his current skincare stash with The Executive Collection, a comprehensive set of men’s grooming essentials.
  5. Send him a “man crate” with all his favorite things. Like: his favorite ground coffee. A French press. Shaving Cream. A gift card to his favorite restaurant.
  6. Show him you care. Is he a jet-setter? Put together a care package that makes packing for every trip a little easier—and lets him think of you no matter where in the world he goes. Fill a classic dopp bag with travel-friendly, skincare essentials (just de-pot his favorite Shaving Cream, aftershave lotion, cleanser, serum, and scrub in containers 3.4oz. or smaller). Add in a disposable razor, a toothbrush, tooth paste, floss for good measure, then gift it with a subscription to his favorite magazine so he always has reading material for long flights.
  7. Spend the day with Dad. Whether he’s into hipster breweries or down for a good nature hike, plan a day that’s all about him from day to night. It’s not often we get to spend time with our Dads—make a day of it.

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by Kimberly Yang

The Monthly Edit: June Skin Care

Every month, we share which products are on top rotation. Our philosophy is simple: just as we change our wardrobe based on the weather or current mood, we swap our skin care accordingly, too. This month is all about keeping skin in balance while tackling warm weather woes like excess oil, congestion, and the occasional breakout or two.

Mario Badescu June Skin Care
These are our June skin care essentials:

Enzyme Cleansing Gel

For a fresh-faced glow, we start every day (and end every night) with Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s a classic cleanser we love year-round, but come first sign of summer, it takes permanent residence sink-side. (In fact, we stash the jumbo-sized version in our shower and the regular-sized bottle on our bathroom countertop for easy access.)

Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s universal, thanks to its oil-free, non-foaming gel formula—which means all skin types are left feeling exceptionally clean, not dry or tight
  • Papaya and Grapefruit Extract are infused to help give skin a rejuvenating boost while you cleanse
  • Excess oil and surface impurities are rinsed away, leaving skin bright and refreshed

Special Cucumber Lotion

We love summer—but for most of us, skin tends to get oilier and become breakout-prone as the weather warms. To help keep skin looking clear, we’re upping our toner game by bringing in Special Cucumber Lotion, a clarifying astringent specifically formulated for oily, troubled skin.

(Not acne-prone? Check out our toner guide to find the best toner for your skin type.)

Cucumber Tonic Mask

Another June skin care favorite? Cucumber Tonic Mask, the most powerful of our purifying masks. Formulated with Kaolin Clay, Zinc Oxide, and Cucumber Extract, this must-have summer treat helps to draw out pore-clogging impurities while giving oily skin a cooling boost.

#MBSkinTip: When you’re ready to remove your mask, give your face a liberal misting of your favorite Mario Badescu Facial Spray to help make the clean-up process easier. Once you’re done, mist again for a hydrating, botanical boost.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

We’re the last to play favorites with our facial sprays, but if there’s a mist match made in heaven for summertime, this one is it.

It’s infused with:

  • Aloe Vera, for soothing hydration
  • Cucumber Extract and Cucumber Essential Water, to refresh and cool
  • Peppermint Essential Water, for an invigorating boost
  • Green Tea Extract, to help defend against skin-aging free radicals

…which makes for the perfect pick-me-up on the hottest of days. For brownie points, stash it in your fridge or cooler. When the air-con isn’t working or the beach is too hot to handle, this botanical bottle of goodness will keep you feeling fresh and looking dewy. Simply spritz, mist, and glow.

A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap

A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap is another perennial favorite that we’re especially grateful for in summer. Formulated with a blend of fruit enzymes, Ginseng, and Linden to revitalize skin with every shower, this must-have daily body wash leaves you feeling thoroughly clean and refreshed.

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by Kimberly Yang

How to Choose the Best Exfoliant for Your Skin Type

Here’s everything you ever wanted or needed to know about Mario Badescu exfoliants and how to use them.

Sun protection, daily moisturization, and proper water intake are all crucial in achieving glowing skin, but the secret—the extra oomph—that can take your skin (and your skin care) to the next level is regular exfoliation. A smooth, even base is what we’re all after, so to achieve it, it’s essential that you remove the dead skin cells and any pore-clogging dirt, oil, or makeup that can build up over time. Doing so not only boosts clarity and improves skin tone, but also ensures that your skin can better absorb any products applied afterwards.

The key, however, is to exercise exfoliation in moderation. Too much scrubbing or overuse of exfoliating acids can dry out and irritate the skin. Limit it to one to three times a week, as per our aestheticians. If you have…


Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Almond & Honey Face Scrub if you’re on the sensitive or ultra-parched side; it’s a gentle, creamy exfoliator infused with nourishing oils and purifying minerals.
  • Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A., which combines manual and chemical exfoliation in a unique, mild formula. It highlights Lactic Acid and Peach Extract to help improve uneven skin tone, and any dead skin cells simply roll away. Plus—a blend of Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenishes skin for a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.


Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Strawberry Face Scrub if you love the creaminess of Almond & Honey Face Scrub, but your skin craves a little more of that rejuvenating zing. This sweet, fruit-based exfoliant features real Strawberry Seeds to buff away dulling dead skin cells.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub if you’re partial to a gel-based, physical exfoliant. This one features finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds for an invigorating scrub-down. (Be gentle on your skin, though—use gentle yet firm pressure!)
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you prefer an acid exfoliator. Use this in place of your daily cleanser for a rejuvenating deep clean.


Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Kiwi Face Scrub for an ultra-refreshing pick-me-up. Because Kiwi Seeds are smaller and firmer than Strawberry Seeds, this is the exfoliant we recommend for anyone who loves a fruity, rejuvenating scrub.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is the perfect alternative to Kiwi Face Scrub if you like physical exfoliators, but prefer a light, gel base that rinses clean.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is a best-selling favorite for a reason: it brightens, resurfaces, and refines to help improve the overall look of skin.


Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub polishes and invigorates for fresh, soft skin. Unlike our cream-based exfoliants—which are designed to leave behind a nourishing veil of hydration, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub has a lightweight, gel base that rinses off without a hint of residue.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you’re partial to a resurfacing face wash. Use this up to three times a week as a supplemental cleanser to get that feel-good deep clean.


Exfoliate 3 times a week. Try:

  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser a few times a week in place of your daily face wash, or…
  • Acne Facial Cleanser if you’re prone to T-zone congestion. Use it 2-3 times a week as you would Glycolic Foaming Cleanser—in place of your daily face wash—to give your skin a clarifying, pore-cleansing boost.


Focus on clarifying your skin first. Which means:

  • Using Acne Facial Cleanser twice daily. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid highly touted for its ability to help rid the skin of dead skin cells—whose accumulation can cause congestions or lead to breakouts.
  • Do NOT use physical exfoliants while you’re experiencing active breakouts: they can irritate or tear at blemishes.
  • Once your skin is relatively clear, you can start incorporating Glycolic Foaming Cleanser into your weekly regimen to help diminish any uneven skin tone or texture.

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by Kimberly Yang

Perfect for Mom: Rose Skin Care for Mother’s Day

Because all moms deserve flowers for Mother’s Day, here are a few of our favorite gift ideas we think she’ll love:


Mom’s are the superhero multi-taskers of the world—and this set was made with moms on the move in mind. This Rose-powered duo includes:

  • Rose Hand Cream with Vitamin E, a creamy, dreamy floral formula that can be used on hard-working hands and as a body lotion, too
  • a jumbo Rose Facial Spray, for misting head to toe whenever, wherever


And because there’s no such thing as too much rose, we have another floral fan-favorite pairing for moms who already have our mist. This set includes:

  • Rose Lip Balm, a rich lip conditioner packed with 14 nourishing butters, restorative oils, and soothing botanicals for petal-soft lips
  • Rose Hand Cream with Vitamin E, a Rose-infused iteration of our signature Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E


And if you can’t send her a bouquet, this limited edition Mother’s Day set is the perfect present for Mom. There’s a mist for every mood:

  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, the original, cult-favorite mist infused with rejuvenating Rose and Gardenia
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, an invigorating pick-me-up that features Peppermint, Cucumber, and restorative Green Tea
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, a soothing blend of Lavender Oil and Chamomile Extract—with a hint of antioxidant Vitamin C
  • Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom, an uplifting, citrus-y infusion of purifying botanicals and Orange Blossom Essential Water

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The best part? Everything is 25% off—but only for a limited time.