Product Review: Mario Badescu skincare

Mario Badescu skincare has been a long time favorite for many, especially in it’s home town of New York City. One of the reasons I’ve grown to like the brand over the years is that they have very specific, problem-solving products to address most skincare needs. Here are some of the products I’ve used to target specific concerns, and had good results with.


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great problem-solvers from Mario Badescu
If your skin is hyper sensitive, or you suffer from rosacea, the Keratoplast Cream Soap is a fantastic product to soothe and cleanse without irritation. This soap will not foam up much, but it is creamy and purifying. I do recommend using makeup remover wipes or micellar cleansing water to thoroughly remove any SPF or makeup products prior to using this soap, just to ensure a proper cleansing. But Keratoplast known to reduce redness and irritation, and help keep sensitive skin soothed.

If you have combination or oily skin, the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion makes for a great toner. I recommend this if you feel you need something a little more high-powered than witch hazel. I also tend to use this more in summer, or more humid climates, since this will help cut down on oil production in the skin. My step-daughter and husband particularly like it, as it also helps to control breakouts. Use this as a toner on a cotton pad, after cleansing, and before moisturizer.

My favorite eye cream is from Mario Badescu, so I’m always on the lookout for their products. Since it’s good to continually evaluate the needs of your skin over time, you may also find that exploring options for targeting specific concerns will give you better and faster results. Luckily, you can usually find this brand easily, and see if these solutions work for you. 

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Product Review: Witch Hazel

This product review is actually about 20 years in the making (both in personal and professional spa use), and something that is so routine to me now that I had to remind myself about it’s importance. It made me realize that I basically take this product for granted, daily. That’s bad, because it is something that should be shared with everyone I know. So, here it is!

Witch Hazel is one of the best products that any skin type can utilize within a skincare routine, as a toner between cleansing and moisturizing. Witch Hazel is also known in other products as the ingredient “Hamamelis”, which is the genus name of its plant’s family. It is a naturally flowering shrub, and from the North American version’s bark, we get the liquid extract we know as “witch hazel”. (Essentially, the colonists named the shrub by using a combination of  synonyms for a familiar plant they had back in England). It has a long history of use, and has been used for centuries by the Native Americans in various medicinal purposes. But of course, the colonists renamed it for them. Jerks.

But, back on topic. So, why is this such a great product? Well, for one, it is naturally a strong anti-oxidant, which helps reverse the aging of skin cells. It is also a natural astringent, which helps shrink pores and control oil. But it also is incredibly soothing, which will calm itching for skin suffering from dryness, psoriasis, and eczema. Use it on a cotton pad or square twice a day, and it will remove any remaining traces of makeup, cleanser, dead skin, oil, and help fight acne. It is also a natural remedy for bug bites, soothing wounds, and makes a great aftershave for guys. Plus, did I mention that it is incredibly inexpensive? Just go to the first-aid aisle of your nearest grocery or drug store, and it’s usually sitting next to hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol. I recommend getting the plain, straight up, no frills, generic brand version – mine is usually the Up & Up brand from Target.

For less than $4, your skin will be brighter, clearer, and soothed. Extra benefit? Your moisturizer will work even better.

A game changer for any skincare routine - best toner out there!
A game changer for any skincare routine – best toner out there!

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