Mario Badescu Skin Care Review

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Mario Badescu Skin Care Products

Mario Badescu Skin Care is one of the most iconic and respected skin care brands around. Since its creation in 1967, Mario Badescu has been a go-to source for sensitive skin care products favored by celebrities and regular folk worldwide. Looking at the brand's list of A-list clients is like looking at an awards show guest list: if it's good enough for Oprah and Charlize Theron, it's good enough for me!

The skin care specialists at Mario Badescu kindly listened to my complexion concerns and sent me a customized product regimen. Let's take a look at each item and how they worked with my skin:

Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($12): This foam-free, gel cleanser includes natural fruit enzymes from papaya and grapefruit to exfoliate your skin while you cleanse. This product definitely leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, but it also stings my eyes quite a bit. This makes it difficult to comfortably take off my eye makeup. I personally prefer more gentle products, so I may discontinue use.

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion ($15): Alcohol is the second ingredient in this astringent toner. I don't use alcohol on my skin because it is drying and can cause skin damage, so this product is a non-starter for me. I think I might do better with Mario Badescu's Chamomile Cleansing Lotion, which has an alcohol-free, antioxidant-rich formula.

Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 17 ($22): Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer has a simple list of ingredients that all do their job well to keep skin moisturized and protected from sun damage. Unfortunately, I found the formula too heavy for my oily skin. I think this product is a good option for people with dry, normal or slightly oily skin who want a basic, non-irritating moisturizer.

Ceramide Eye Gel ($18): I love this eye moisturizer. Ceramides are a fantastic ingredient for keeping skin strong, protected, and hydrated. Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel has a gel texture that is so silky it feels almost creamy, which makes for lightweight and soothing application. I've found that this product makes the delicate skin around my eyes very soft and supple while decreasing the appearance of bags and puffiness.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($15): The specialists at Mario Badescu instructed me to use this cleanser as an exfoliant a few times a week by leaving it on my skin for 1-2 minutes. The results are very impressive. With ingredients like glycolic acid and soothing chamomile extract, this product combines effective exfoliation with a mild, sting-free formula. I've found that Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser removes dull skin build up to reveal brighter, radiant skin, going even so far as to reduce the appearance of scarring.

Strawberry Tonic Mask ($18): This product is another winner. When used 2-3 times a week, Mario Badescu Strawberry Tonic Mask cuts down on oiliness and increases skin softness and clarity. This mask is a total pick-me-up for tired, worn out skin. Plus, it smells like a delicious strawberry milkshake. Mmmm.....

Bottom Line: While not a total home run, I am happy with several of the Mario Badescu products I tried. The Ceramide Eye Gel, Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, and Strawberry Tonic Mask have all seamlessly worked themselves into my strict skin care routine. I'm also impressed with Mario Badescu's prices, which are more reasonable and affordable than other glam, high-end skin care brands.

If you are interested in trying Mario Badescu Skin Care, the brand has an online questionnaire designed to help you create a custom regimen. If you fill it out, the brand will send you mini samples of the products to try, free of charge! If that's not incredible customer service, I don't know what is.

Have you tried Mario Badescu? What do you think of the products?


Disclaimer: I received a sample of these products from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the products and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.


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