For those of you lucky (or un-lucky; perspective is everything) enough to have been spoiled with traveling before the extra baggage charges and 3.4 oz rule, you’ll remember a time when checked luggage and generous carry-ons were a reality.
Alas, times are a-changing when we live in a world where Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (a.k.a. the Minimalist’s Holy How-To Bible) is #life and all your liquids must be decanted into generic bottles and fit into a quart-sized Ziplock. It’s about as un-chic at things get, not to mention, anxiety-inducing for the beauty junkie. How are we to choose between two cleansers we love? What if we need Cream X but only packed Cream Y?!
Trust: I understand the crisis at hand. But with a less-is-more philosophy and a little bit of Marie Kondo’s magic along the way, we can do this. If I can, you can too—and believe me, it took years of weekend-getaways or last-minute trips that taught me a trick or two about learning how to pack light even for a two-week trip:
Know your TSA rules and regulations. The worst thing that can happen to a beauty junkie is having to tear open a carefully-packed toiletries bag only to have your Holy Grail favorites tossed into some bin. Equally horrible: not having enough room to pack essential clothes and things because your travel beauty bag takes up half your carry-on.
Keep to your tried-and-true basics. I like to pare down as much as I can—which means a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask, and serum are all I need when it comes to skincare. The less you bring, the happier you’ll be, according to Marie Kondo.
Packettes are a jet-setter’s best friend. Seriously. You don’t need to decant your full-sized products, there’s no fear of spillage, and you save serious space with these little guys. If you have to pack everything in your medicine cabinet, packettes are how you’ll get it done TSA-style. Luckily for you, we gift you three of your choice for FREE with every order—which means you can pick your faves and keep them on hand for your next trip.
Minis are a must. Deluxe-sized sample are also incredible for travel because you don’t have to deal with the mess that comes with downsizing your full-sized products into jars or bottles that might open-up in your bag.
Double-bageverything. It’s better to safe than sorry.
Here’s what I always travel with:
Enzyme Cleansing Gel: This has been my go-to cleanser since day one. It’s mild, it’s refreshing, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up as both a morning facial wash and evening pick-me-up after a long day.
Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: Recycled cabin air leaves my skin parched and flaky, so a gentle polish post-flight helps keep my skin soft, smooth, and refreshed.
Rose Hips Mask: I’m always looking to hydrate and brighten my complexion, but even more so when travelling. This Rosehip-packed treat has been my go-to: As soon as I get to my hotel and finishing exfoliating, I pop on this mask while making sure my hotel Wi-Fi works.
Vitamin C Serum: How darling is this mini Vitamin C Serum (which you can get in the Day to Night Kit)?! Again—brightening is the name of the game when it comes travel beauty, so this little guy remains by my side no matter where I land.
Facial Spray: Ditto with our cult-favorite facial spray. Instant hydration plus a boost of radiance is much-needed while I’m away, and this rosewater mist does the trick.
Drying Lotion, in a plastic bottle: It’s the same formula we’ve all relied on throughout the years, simply housed in a travel-friendly bottle to give you peace of mind no matter how rough your travels.
Fact: Exfoliation is not something that is difficult to get people on board with.
Reason: Humans love to use face scrub, and by humans I mean me, probably you . . . and almost everyone. Who doesn’t love that extra-smooth feeling of freshly scrubbed skin? It’s addictive. As a skin pro, I spend much more time trying to convince overachieving exfoliators to take a rest day than I do preaching the benefits of using a scrub in the first place.
In addition to the instant gratification that exfoliation provides, doing it regularly encourages cell turnover (in other words, it triggers the body to produce beautiful, brand new baby skin cells to replace the old, dull ones that you are sloughing away). Most importantly, properly exfoliated skin is better able to absorb the serums and moisturizers applied onto it. That’s right kids— (#MBSkinTip in 3 . . . 2 . . .) proper exfoliation makes the rest of your products work better.
Now that we’ve established why we are all such motivated exfoliators, let’s determine which face scrub is the best fit for you.
If you like to take a gentle approach to exfoliation, snag a jar of Strawberry or Kiwi Face Scrub. Cornmeal and actual fruit seeds work to brighten.
Is your skin on the sensitive side? Almond & Honey Face Scrubis formulated with detoxifying Kaolin Clay, skin-softening Honey, and moisturizing Sweet Almond Oil. Ground Almonds and Cornmeal gently buff away dullness.
#MBSkinTip: Almond and Honey Scrub can play double-duty as an ultra-gentle face mask. After exfoliating, let it set for 10 minutes before you rinse!
If you like the feeling of a micro-fine exfoliant (sans microbeads!), you will love Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. This luxe, gel-based formula is brimming with good-for-your-skin natural ingredients including: Coconut Extract, Green Tea, Ginger, and Gingko Biloba. Skin is left smooth and perfectly polished.
Acne-erupted skin is delicate and may not be able to tolerate manual exfoliation (aka grainy scrubs), so get the smooth without the scrub by swapping your daily cleanser for Glycolic Foaming Cleanser three times per week.
Congrats! You’ve come to the right place for fast-acting, clear skin solutions. But with not one, but three spot treatments in front of you, which of these Mario Badescu products will work best for your breakouts?
Drying Lotion is the original, award-winning product that targets pimples while you sleep. It was formulated by Badescu himself in the 1960s and has since taken top shelf in medicine cabinets around the world.
Here’s how Drying Lotion works:
Whatever you do, don’t shake the bottle. It’s tempting—it’s the first thing most people do when they see it—but Drying Lotion is meant to work as a bi-phase solution.
Dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment. Here’s a tip: use the smaller, fine-tipped cotton swabs for more precise application. It’ll grab less product too, which means your bottle will last you a little longer.
Apply the product directly to whiteheads. Think of Drying Lotion as a tiny pink mask for every pimple. Leave it on overnight and wash everything off come morning. Voila!
Drying Cream is specially formulated to target and dry up those clusters of small bumps and blemishes. After you’ve cleansed and toned your skin, pat a small amount of the cream on those breakouts. The powerful Sulfur and Zinc Oxide formula works to clarify troubled areas so skin appears smoother and clearer the next morning.
These are the kind of bumps that hurt to the touch and feel deeply rooted in the skin. Because this type of breakout doesn’t come to a head, they require a little extra care. Enter Buffering Lotion, a unique solution to these blemishes.
Unlike most spot treatments, Buffering Lotion isn’t a paste or gel-like product. Instead, it’s super thin and water-y in consistency, which enables it to sink quickly into the skin and target problems at the root—so don’t be alarmed when you first start using it!
For starters, do shake the bottle: you want the white sediment to mix with the liquid so it turns milky-white in color. For every spot you see, squeeze one drop onto a clean fingertip and gently pat it onto the blemish.
Anti-Acne Serum isn’t a spot treatment. It’s a super lightweight gel that’s designed to re-balance skin and promote a clearer complexion. Here’s how: Salicylic Acid (a powerful beta hydroxy acid) helps rid the skin of pore-clogging sebum and dead skin cells—which when left to accumulate, leads to breakouts—and allows Thyme Extract to clarify pores.
It’s easy to use too. Apply nightly on breakout and blackhead-prone areas to keep skin looking clear for the long-run.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Spritz Mist Glow is a trio made for facial spray fanatics. It includes all three of our face mists: the original Rosewater, Green Tea, and our latest, Lavender. There’s joy in collecting them all, but this trio isn’t just meant to sit in your medicine cabinet. Each facial spray was formulated to deliver a specific set of botanical benefits to your skin, and therefore, all three can be incorporated into your day-to-night regimen.
Here’s one idea:
Wake up tired skin with an invigorating spritz of Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. The Peppermint and Cucumber Essential Waters give skin a cooling boost, making it an AM favorite to start the day.
Need a midday pick-me-up? Liberally mist Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater all over. A hint of rose lingers behind for a light, fresh floral fragrance, as a botanical blend of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme Extracts revives skin with a dewy glow.
Make Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender a staple in your nighttime routine. Calming botanicals instantly help you to unwind before bed while de-stressing skin—all while infusing the brightening benefits of antioxidant Vitamin C into your skin.
Want to learn more about the differences between all three of our facial sprays? Read this.
Start with clean skin. Always start with a freshly-washed face.
Liberally mist your complexion with Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. Doing so isn’t just for effect (though it does leave you in a cloud of a rejuvenating Cucumber scent): this step infuses your skin with a veil of hydration and nutrient-rich botanicals.
Apply a thin, even layer of Cucumber Tonic Mask all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Let is set for 15 minutes.
Prep for the removal process. Rinsing off clay masks can be a little tricky, so we recommend this #MBSkinTip borrowed from the aestheticians at our New York City salon and spa. Mist your face once more to soften the mask and help avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on your skin.
Treat the skin on the rest of your body like you would your face. Ditch the bar soap (known to strip skin of essential moisture and leave behind a pore-clogging residue) and instead, reach for this revitalizing body wash and clarifying astringent.
For more tips and tricks on how to help fight body breakouts, read this.
Acne Repair Kit is the trio you keep in your medicine cabinet for skin-mergencies. Featuring three different solutions that target three different type of breakouts, this set makes sure you’re prepared—and ready to put your best face forward no matter what.
Acne Repair Kit includes:
Drying Lotion, to target surface blemishes
Buffering Lotion, which helps shrink the look of large, under-the-surface bumps
Drying Cream, to help reduce the appearance of clusters of both surface and under-the-skin blemishes
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.
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?
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.
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).
Good things comes in threes, too. Revitalize and Glow is a set that highlights some of our spring face and body favorites. From our signature body lotion to our newest facial spray, this botanical-based trio is the perfect addition to any skin care routine—no matter her skin type.
Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom, an uplifiting face mist that re-energizes and refreshes instantly
H.A. Botanical Body Soap, a Grapefruit and Ginseng-infused body wash
Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, the body cream we use in the one-and-only Mario Badescu New York City salon and spa!
Find it exclusively at: Ulta (in-store and online)
Mom is always on the go. Stay one step ahead of her (for once!) and gift her a thoughtful collection of day to night hydration essentials so she can stay glowing—and going—no matter what life throws her way.
Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, a classic daytime staple that boasts a lightweight yet creamy, quick-absorbing formula
Herbal Hydrating Serum, a lightweight gel-serum that adds the perfect amount of dew
Vitamin C Serum, a game-changer formulated with two types of Vitamin C to effectively brighten uneven skin tone and restore youthful luminosity to all skin types
Seaweed Night Cream, an oil-free face cream formulated with Collagen and Sodium Hyaluronate to deeply nourish and soften for smoother, more supple-looking skin
We’ve discussed at length why we’re toner’s biggest advocate, and now that we have two new toners in our line—both of which are powered by Witch Hazel—it’s time to update our primer.
But first things first: why Witch Hazel?
Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis virginiana, as it appears on the ingredients list of a product label) has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, and in skin care specifically, it’s beloved for its ability to cleanse, clarify, and help soothe the complexion. Natural astringent and antiseptic properties make it a favorite for normal to oily skin types; Witch Hazel removes excess oil and surface impurities without leaving skin feeling dry or tight. Used alone, it re-balances—and when combined with other skin-loving ingredients, Witch Hazel toners are able to infuse weightless botanical benefits into your skin.
For years, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion was the first and only Witch Hazel-based toner in our line. Formulated to provide enhanced cleansing while replenishing skin, this fresh, marine botanical-infused astringent has been a universal favorite for all skin types.
Clarifying Witch Hazel
Skin-softening Bladderwrack (seaweed) Extract, rich in vitamins and minerals
Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration
#MBSkinTip: This is the toner our aestheticians recommend for pre-teens or teens who are experiencing their first bout of breakouts but aren’t quite ready for an aggressive, troubled-skin astringent like Special Cucumber Lotion. In fact, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion is the perfect introductory toner for most skin types: it’s clarifying without being harsh on young, temperamental skin.
This floral toner was formulated with all skin types in mind—and the Rose-obsessed, too. It’s cleansing, clarifying, and rejuvenating thanks to the trifecta of Rose ingredients, which makes it perfect for the person who wants a radiance-boosting refresher without the use of an exfoliating fruit enzyme or alpha hydroxy acid.
Clarifying Witch Hazel
Rejuvenating Black Rose Extract and Rose Oil
Aloe Vera and Rosewater, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration\
Meet our latest toner, a Lavender-infused astringent created to help soothe and refresh stressed skin. Any remaining oil, makeup, or surface impurities are removed without stripping skin of its natural moisture—all while restoring calm and clarity to skin.
Clarifying Witch Hazel
Soothing and hydrating Lavender Essential Water
Lavender Oil, beloved for its ability to calm and comfort
Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration
#MBSkinTip: For ultra-sensitive or reactive skin, try Chamomile Cleansing Lotion instead. It’s the mildest toner in our line, formulated fragrance-free.
Flying is all very glamorous and adventurous until logistics come into play. It’s a funny thing about reality; it’s always getting in the way. There’s packing (ugh), TSA constraints, long queues, overpriced food courts…
And then there’s the inevitable waiting period: that ticking clock between take-off and rushing to the nearest bathroom at arrival to check the state of your skin.
If there’s one thing worse than inconsiderate neighbors encroaching on personal space, it’s the havoc that cabin air seems to always wreak on every complexion.
So—why does skin freak out when you fly?
All skin types—even oily ones—are vulnerable to experiencing discomfort. Recycled cabin air, refreshed only by air taken from the surrounding low-humidity, high altitudes atmosphere, is incredibly drying on skin. Without the moisture needed to help skin feel comfortable, air on board just seems suffocating.
Combat dryness, flakiness, and tightness by keeping skin hydrated and well-moisturized.
If you have…COMBO SKIN, OILY SKIN, OR A SHORT FLIGHT
A few spritzes of your favorite facial spray will help instantly hydrate and refresh skin. Use as needed throughout your flight and just before landing for an impossibly dewy complexion.
COMBO SKIN, DRY SKIN, OR A LONG FLIGHT
Nourish dry and dehydrated complexions with a few drops of Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, a lightweight facial oil that helps boost radiance with Rosehip Oil and Rosehip Extract. Apply a few drops to target any areas prone to dryness, or massage all over your skin before taking off. Layer your favorite moisturizer on top, and don’t be afraid to re-apply your oil as needed.
DRY SKIN, MATURE SKIN, OR A LONG FLIGHT
Replenish skin and help guard against moisture loss with Hydro-Emollient Cream. Also famously known as the go-to “in-flight” cream for dry skin types or frequent flyers, this rich face helps lock in hydration and give skin a softer, smoother, and more supple appearance.
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Skin doesn’t just experience dryness, unfortunately.
When it comes to travel, your skin may become more prone to breakouts due to:
Imbalance: When skin is thrown into extreme conditions and suddenly experiences intense dehydration, oil glands are kicked into high gear in an attempt to compensate for lack of moisture. Dead skin cell buildup and excess oil clog pores, making way for—you guessed it—breakouts.
Stress: When the body experiences stress, a hormone called cortisol is released. Studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between increased cortisol levels and acne breakouts. Plus, stress-related habits (poor eating habits, lack of sleep, etc.) only add to the problem, causing sebum glands to secrete an oily, pore-clogging substance. Travel stress and long flights are simply no good.
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So, keep your skin in check with these essentials:
Bobbi pins, clips, or hair ties: Keeping hair off your face can help prevent breakouts.
Lip Balm: Apply a thick a layer and let the blend of nutrient-dense butters and skin-conditioning oils nourish your lips. Leave it on for the duration of your flight (as if it were a lip treatment mask), then blot the excess off before you land.
Drying Cream: Feel a bump coming up? Dab a tiny amount onto the spot and blend well. Drying Cream is effective in helping dry up those small, under-the-skin blemishes and prevent them from getting any larger.
Drying Lotion: … and clean Q-tips. Your favorite on-the-spot solution comes in a travel-friendly plastic bottle so you can fly with peace of mind. True, rocking pink polka dots in public may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re all for dabbing this Salicylic Acid and Calamine solution if you need to—especially for red-eyes or long-haul flights.