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Super Peptide Serum: Your Solution for Lines, Wrinkles, and Dehydration

What is Super Peptide Serum, and why is it so super?

We’ve added a new serum to the mix!

Super Peptide Serum was originally formulated for in-house-use only at our salon in New York City  After months of using and falling in love with the formula, the team decided not to withhold it as our little Mario Badescu secret any longer, and now our not-so-secret solution for diminishing and defending against visible signs of ageing, is available for purchase on our website.

It’s deceptively light given all that’s packed inside, but it still has that rich slip and glide you want out of a traditional serum. Massage it into your skin and it absorbs instantly and seamlessly for an ultra-moisturized, dewy look. The finish is all glow and no tack—making it a dream to use day or night whenever you need a skin-smoothing boost.

Don’t let the easy application fool you, though: it’s a complexion booster that works hard throughout the day or while you sleep. In Super Peptide Serum, you’ll find:

  • Two types of Peptides, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, to help rejuvenate your skin and reduce the look of lines
  • A supremely hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate Complex, which combines two molecular weights for dual-action, multilevel moisturization
  • Antioxidant-rich Green Tea and St. John’s Wort Extracts
  • Conditioning Palmaria Palmata and Nori Extracts
  • Soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extract
  • Refreshing Yarrow Extract

And to get the most out of Super Peptide Serum, here’s how to incorporate it into your regimen:

  1. Start with freshly cleansed, toned skin. (We also recommend misting a Mario Badescu Facial Spray of your choice to further boost hydration. Simply choose the mist that best matches you and your mood for a weightless layer of botanical-infused moisture.)
  2. Apply 3-4 drops of Super Peptide Serum all over your face, neck, and décolletage.
  3. Follow with a moisturizer or night cream that best suits your skin. For a skin-smoothing super duo, we suggest pairing Super Peptide Serum with Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 during the day, and then Peptide Renewal Cream in the evening.
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Travel Light: Our favourite Multi-purpose Mario Badescu products

Whether you’re traveling by plane, car, boat or train, it’s always best to pack as minimally as possible. The less cumbersome, the better. When packing beauty products, it’s obviously ideal to bring multipurpose products to save space and make moving about as effortless as possible. These Mario Badescu multi-taskers will help lighten your load:
Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater : This pick me up spray (1) helps hydrate and refresh your skin anytime, anywhere (2) sets make-up (3) may be sprayed on dry hair and (4) can be used as a toner.

Herbal Hydrating Serum : Treat your skin to a serum that is hydrating enough to be worn alone, especially in hot, humid conditions. Or layer over your day or night cream for extra hydration.

Cellufirm Drops : Our Cellufirm Drops multitasks as a lightweight anti-aging emulsion (for the face and neck) as well as an eye treatment to help slow the formation of crow’s feet.

Skin Renewal Complex : Use this Alpha Hydroxy protective cream as a day or night cream. Improves the skin’s texture and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Why we need to exfoliate

It is crucial to exfoliate on a regular basis to help speed up the skin’s natural cellular turnover (which slows as we age). A lack of exfoliation leads to buildup of dead skin cells, which may yield one or more of the following: dull, dry or flaky skin, acne breakouts, clogged pores, and uneven skin tone.

There are two ways to exfoliate: mechanically and chemically.

Mechanical exfoliation involves physically removing dead skin cells, often with a scrub, e.g. Strawberry Scrub or Almond and Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub.
Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves a process using an acid such as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid found in our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid in our Acne Facial Cleanser)). Alpha Hydroxy Acids are best for sun-damaged skin, uneven complexion, and dryness, while Salicylic Acid is best for breakouts and congestion. However both Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids help address clogged pores.

Wondering if you can incorporate both physical and chemical exfoliation in your regimen?

For most skin types (with the exception of inflamed or severe acne – in which case, face scrubs should be avoided) the answer is yes.

The goal is to get the best out of each method without over exfoliating. Here are a few suggestions for each skin type:

Combination/Oily or Oily Skin Types should exfoliate 2-3 times per week. Use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser twice a week, and the Strawberry Scrub once a week.
Combination/Dry or Dry Skin Types should exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Use the Glycolic Cleanser once a week and the Strawberry Scrub once a week.
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin responds best to products that contain Salicylic Acid, such as our Acne Facial Cleanser , which is gentle enough for daily use.
Sensitive Skin Types should use the gentle , non irritating Almond and Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub.


Reveal your best complexion yet by exfoliating the best way for your skin type!

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Mario Badescu SA Bestsellers

Discover which products you simply can’t live without…Listed below are our Top 5 Bestsellers in SA.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel
This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s makeup, dirt, and oil without overdrying the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Vitamin C Serum
A lightweight anti ageing serum that contains antioxidant Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen to help reduce visible signs of ageing, increase clarity and improve overall texture. Our ‘superstar in a green bottle’.

The Moisture Magnet
This easily absorbed, non greasy moisturiser locks in the skin’s natural moisture. Instant radiance and softness for combination to dry skin.

Oil Free Moisturiser SPF 30
A lightweight, greaseless, easily absorbed moisture and sun protection all in one. Ideal for everyday use on combination, oily and acne prone skin. 

Drying Lotion

Fast acting and effective acne spot treatment. Get rid of pimples virtually overnight. The Drying Lotion will also take the itch out of mosquito bites fast! 

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Mario Badescu Unmasked


Don’t have a FACE MASK in your regimen? Continue reading…..

Most people neglect to use face masks because they see masks as a luxury skin care item that is limited to a once-in-a-blue moon ‘spa’ or ‘pamper’ day. Perhaps you are a beauty minimalist and merely cleanse, moisturise and call it a day, or maybe its’ in your gene pool to have an enviably glowing skin.

Whatever your reason is, you should not boycott the use of a face mask. Just like an ‘apple a day keeps the doctor away’. a face mask keeps the aesthetician away.Applying a mask once or twice a week for about 15-20 minutes can do wonders for your skin by helping to maintain and repair it.
Some masks nourish and moisturise, while others purify and slough away dead surface cells.
Mario Badescu offers an array of masks to choose from. Identify your skin’s requirements below, and match it to a mask that will repair and restore it’s healthy glow.

Azulene Calming mask: Irritated, red and sensitive skin is soothed and calmed by Chamomile Extract and Balsam Peru, a natural anti inflammatory. Excellent for acne inflamed skin. R399

Healing and Soothing Mask: Acne irritated skin. Non hardening, calming mask. Contains Balsam Peru, a natrual inflammatory that instantly soothes sensitive and dry skin types. R399

Whitening Mask: Pigmentation and Acne scars. This hydrating mask will help brighten uneven skin tones and gently reduce the look of old acne scars and discolouration from the sun. Gentle and effective for all skin types.R399

Cucumber Tonic Mask: Oily, congested skin, large pores. Purify and tighten pores with this cooling, refreshing mask. Soothing Cucumber Extract and oil absorbing clay deep cleans and promotes healthy, radiant skin. R330

Super Collagen Mask: Mature and sensitive skin. Firm and tone with this Collagen clay based mask designed to tighten, nourish and purify the skin. Azulene and Oatmeal naturally soothe irritated skin. R330

Enzyme Revitalising Mask: Dull, dry or mature skin. Moisture intensive, non hardening Alpha Hydroxy mask contains Papaya and Grapefruit extracts that naturally exfoliate skin to give it a refreshed, glowing appearance. R399

Temporary Lifting Mask: Special occasion mask for all skin typesNon irritating mask that immediately tightens, cleans and smooths the skin. Egg Albumin shrinks pores and refines appearance of face. Great to use for a quick boost. R399

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Mario Badescu changed my life

Seeing is believing!

Michelle went to see Lydia (Marketing and Sales Director), desperate to clear her skin beofre her Matric Farewell.

“I have suffered with a problem skin, and after having struggled with different products I came across MB. Having a Matric dance to go to, I was desperate to get my skin looking good. I started on the Glycolic Cleanser, the Drying Lotion and Cream, Buffering Lotion and Healing and Soothing Mask, and after a week the results were very encouraging. The last picture is of me ready, for the Matric Dance and delighted with my skin. Thank you Mario Badescu!”

Lydia treated her skin with weekly facials and in 3 weeks her skin cleared completely. Two years later Michelle’s skin is still clear of acne.

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Spotlight on: MB Herbal Hydrating Serum

Is your skin looking for the perfect pick-me-up?

This oil-free and enchantingly light-weight gel is just what your complexion ordered. Rarely does one find a skincare product that can be shared by all. If you’ve ever desired a fresh, dewy appearance then get ready to be swept off your feet. Our Herbal Hydrating Serum (R399)  includes a host of hydrating ingredients without a drop of oil!

Ceramides, Ginseng Extract and Gingko Biloba help to repair the epidermal (top) layer of skin and improve hydration. This rich serum can be applied after moisturizer for drier skin types and worn alone as a night moisturizer for oily or acneic complexions. In addition, its packaging allows for maximum control during dispensing, which makes it easy to spot treat ultra-dry areas.

This non-irritating formula is perfect for ALL skin types, so oily guys and gals can get the necessary hydration their complexions crave without clogged pores; dry skin types can hit their skin with moisture and radiance for a gorgeous glow; and acne prone individuals can rest assured that they’re feeding their skin, not their acne. A definite additon to any beauty regimen.

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Acne Treatments: Which products do you need?

With a wide assortment of ACNE PRODUCTS available, we want to be sure that you’re using the right ones for your skin and your needs. You already know that you need a cleansertonermoisturizer, mask, and exfoliant.

But what about everything else? What happens if your skin breaks out? Here’s the rundown on our acne treatment products:

Which acne treatment products are best for your skin?

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The zen of Vitamin C

Vitamin C has caused quite a stir in skincare circles around the world. Renowned for its positive health benefits when incorporated into a well-balanced diet, this vitamin is an essential building block of Collagen and a structural component for skin, bone and blood vessels. We know that the benefits of Vitamin C should extend into your skincare regimen; hence, we’ve infused it in our “superstar” Vitamin C Serum for very good reason.

Featuring 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to protect against free radicals, our serum is the ideal treatment to help with hyperpigmentation and dull skin. This brightening formula also includes Hyaluronic Acid for moisture retention; Collagen for enhanced firmness and elasticity; and Lavender and Aloe for a soothing touch that leads the way to a silky-smooth texture.

As always, it’s important to remember that beauty starts from within. If you want to add more Vitamin C to your diet, here is a list of options that will not only feed your body, but also your complexion*:

  • kale
  • kiwi
  • guava
  • papaya
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • strawberries
  • sweet potatoes
  • cauliflower
  • brussels sprouts
  • cantaloupe
  • grapefruit
  • orange

Increase your Vitamin C levels during winter to keep colds and flu away, and use our Vitamin C serum for a beautiful, bright complexion!

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Eye Care: A few things you should know

The skin of the eye area has very few oil glands, making it the most delicate part of the face. Furthermore, this area is prone to showing signs of aging first. If we are diligent in caring for the rest of the face, we certainly should not neglect the eye area.

A Little Goes a Long Way.  In terms of eye cream application, a little bit goes a long way. You only really need the size of a pea of eye cream to cover both eye areas.

Apply Eye Cream on the Orbital Bone.  The orbital bone is the area between the highest part of the cheekbone and underneath the eyes. If the eye cream is applied anywhere closer to the eye, you’ll risk irritating your eyes.

Use Your Ring Finger to Apply Eye Cream. The ring finger is the weakest of the five fingers. The key here is to be as gentle to this area as possible.

Don’t Rigorously Rub the Eye Area. I empathize with you when waterproof mascara and stubborn eye liner just won’t come off. But resist the urge to rub it off with a rough towel. Better yet, try one of our eye makeup removers. They work like a charm and will save you the hassle of having to battle with eye makeup. Moreover, don’t rub your eyes! I personally have the tendency to do that, and I have to consciously make an effort not to.

When Puffy Eyes Strike… The first thing you can do is splash your face with cool water to ‘wake up’ the skin. Then take two damp tea bags that have been refrigerated for at least 15 minutes and place them underneath the eyes for about 10 minutes. Lastly, apply a small dab of our Ceramide Eye Gel on the orbital bone to refresh and help de-puff the eye area. To increase its efficacy, refrigerate the Ceramide Eye Gel before application. The cool sensation will help constrict the blood vessels, thereby reducing swelling.

Use an Eye Cream Morning and Evening Daily. We can’t stress enough how fragile the eye area is. Fragileness requires extra TLC and that is where eye creams come in. They are formulated to nourish the eye area and contain anti-aging ingredients to prevent and slow down the formation of crow’s feet and fine lines. Check out our line of eye creams.

Incorporate eye area care into your skin regimen and your face will thank you!