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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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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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What’s the big deal about hyaluronic acid?

A great deal has been written about Hyaluronic Acid, and you may just be thinking, so what’s the big deal? Quite a lot actually, and something your favorite skin care product should contain if you’re serious about preventing premature aging!

Quite simply Hyaluronic Acid locks in moisture, aids in tissue repair and keeps our complexions smooth and elastic. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body; it is one reason that young people have smooth, plump skin. In fact, it binds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, thereby providing continuous moisture to the skin. Sadly, as we age, levels of Hyaluronic Acid diminish.

As a skin care ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid is celebrated for its intensely hydrating properties. It is often considered the holy grail of humectants—it attracts moisture into the skin to help impart a firmer, more supple appearance.

Not to boast, but we do have quite a few products that contain this powerhouse moisture-binding ingredient:

  • Hyaluronic Moisturizer (SPF-15)
  • Hyaluronic Day Cream
  • Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C
  • Hyaluronic Eye Cream
  • Cellufirm Drops
  • Vitamin C Serum

With any of these MB Hyaluronic Acid-containing gems, your skin is one step closer to being plump and smooth!

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Skin Types

Maintain and restore your skin’s youthful glow for as far as possible and improve skin issues dramatically with the results-driven Mario Badescu Skin Care Range.

The appearance of your skin is not influenced by external factors only, as skin is affected by diet, lifestyle and hormonal functions too. No one can therefore, ever say that their product will solve any skin care issue completely. At Mario Badescu Skin Care, we are simply saying that ours WILL improve the condition of the skin SIGNIFICANTLY.

Please note however, that the correct treatment of any skin condition, is subject to your skin type. And your skin type can also change from one stage of your life to another and it can even vary from one season to the next. We therefore recommend that you first set up a personal free consultation with a certified distributor close to you, before you buy any of the Mario Badescu Skin Care products.

For basic answers to some of your skincare issues, please feel free to refer to our FAQ section.

OILY SKIN TYPES

Oily skin tends to be thick, shiny with large pores clearly visible everywhere except around the eye and neck areas. Oil producing sebaceous glands can be overactive, producing more oil than is needed. Oily skin is a blessing in disguise since the abundance of oil helps keep moisture from evaporating from the epidermis, making it less prone to aging and wrinkling. On the other hand, clogged pores and blackheads are perennial problems for people with oily skin. Extra care is need to absorb excess oils to prevent surface dead skin cells from sticking together and clogging pores.

DRY SKIN TYPES

Dry Skin occurs when the oil glands do not produce a sufficient amount of oil to lubricate the skin properly. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated. Dry skin is typically thin, dull and often flaky with fine lines. This type of skin is often the result of the aging process as the ability to retain moisture is diminished. Environmental factors such as exposure to the sun, wind and cold weather climates may exacerbate dry skin as well.

COMBINATION SKIN TYPES

Combination skin may include a variety of skin types: dry, oily or normal areas on the skin that may vary seasonally or with environmental changes. Typically the areas around the cheeks, eye and neck are dry while the areas across the forehead and down toward the nose and chin are oily. This is the most common skin type which may require seasonal regimen adjustments to adapt to the changing needs of the skin.

SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES

Sensitive skin is typically a thin or a fine-textured skin. It usually reacts quickly to temperature changes from heat, cold or wind. Sensitive skin may be easily irritated, red, rashy, blotchy or prone to allergic reactions. It requires extra gentle care along with the use of mild products formulated to help calm and soothe skin. Sensitive skin can still fall into the oily, dry, problem or combination categories.