If there is any constant when it comes to skin care advice it would 100% be water, water, water! It seems basic but when you think about our daily intake it’s usually coffee, diet soda, and (not daily) a form of alcohol… at least for me. Whenever I’m on vacation or going to the spa I always drink tons of water and in turn my skin looks amazing. Of course, I relate the good skin cause to the massage, the fresh air, or whatever else I think of on the spot, when truly it’s that decaffeinated tea (water is the prime ingredient!) and that cup after cup of fresh orange-slice water. I have officially bought an actual reusable (BPA-Free and pink!) water bottle that I plan on filling up on the hour every two hours at work. Putting this action into my planner not only creates a routine, but gives me an extra check off my To-Do list (an official pastime of mine)!
BUT if there was one other skin not-so-secret secret, it would be the products from Mario Badescu. Now I have heard this product name for years and years in magazines, beauty blogs, and of course Rachel Zoe’s Must-Have list. I have resisted this brand mainly due to a gross-assumption that it was most likely widely overrated and overpriced. Lucky for me at this weekend’s Makeup Show I was introduced to the loveliest of ladies at the Mario Badescu booth and from then on, it was a match made in skin heaven.
Besides being featured in the May 2010 Glamour Issue, they also boast clients such as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and SO many other celebs known for their amazing skin.
Despite the heavy crowds and random side questions, Nicole was gracious enough to go through my vast and extremely specific skin care questions and life history. First off, any representative who isn’t trying to fill your bag full of random products in the first five minutes is a gem in my eye! But Nicole went further to ask me:
What do you currently use?
What do you like about your current system? What do you dislike?
What do you feel is lacking in your routine?
These are all very important questions to ask yourself before shopping for skin care products. If you have a severe love affair with your drugstore cleanser and have used it for 15 years with no issues, why change to something new? I personally, do love my cleanser, and we are in a love affair, and really, I’m not ready to give it up… but I knew that my current moisturizer sat on top of my skin rather than penetrating it which leaves my dull, Sahara Desert dry patches sans hydration. Nicole went through the products, and together we settled on the ultimate product:
The Seaweed Night Cream, $20.
I am officially obsessed. Like to the degree that when my (boy) roommate went to put his hand in my new cream pot I literally slapped it away! This silky, smooth cream has a depth that I can instantly feel hydrating my subway-inflicted wind-battered face yet not creating that heavy, thick feel that makes me want to re-wash my face all over again! This seaweed night cream boasts the ability to hydrate even the driest skin without clogging acne-prone skin. Until now, all my moisturizers have either been solely for hydrating or for moisturizing skin with acne but NONE FOR BOTH. I’d say I’m lucky to have only the occasional breakout but when I use other “hydrating” moisturizers my percentage goes immediately from a 10% chance of breaking out to an 80% chance I’ll be breaking out in the next day or two.
I would not be exaggerating if I said my entire skin quality has improved in TWO days. My makeup goes on smoother, my foundation doesn’t stick to those dry patches anymore after a few hours, my skin has a smoother feel and yet I have no extra oil or shine than I usually do. It’s honestly a miracle in a cream pot.
Mario Badescu has daily moisturizers, night creams, acne products such as the infamous drying lotion (which I now know is for whiteheads not all breakouts) and many more products that can and should be customized to you.
The best part about about their products is that they’re actually affordable! Most range in the $15-$30 range and are absolutely worth it in my opinion.
Stay tuned this week for more of my must-haves from The Makeup Show, as well as another Mario Badescu product that needs some further research…
I would like to remind you all that a) just because this product works for me does not mean it will work for you, b) all skin can be affected differently by certain products, c) remember your skin when buying products, and not the skin your friend has when she uses x-y-or-z product. Every time I ran out and bought a product that my former roommate swore by I ended up with adverse reactions, always coming to the conclusion that she has 100% different skin than I do.
FTC Disclaimer: I was given a 30% press discount off this product. I am not being compensated for this post.
All photos from Mario Badescu.com