Beauty blogger, I am not. I rarely wear make-up, and I struggle continually with various skin issues: dry here, oily there, eczema, acne, sun damage (and I suspect rosacea is also cropping up now) … I have tried dozens if not hundreds of products over the years, some prescription, some over-priced, most over-the-counter, and many from brands carried in department or specialty stores rather than your local grocery or pharmacy, and some available only online, while others available only from an aesthetician. I also have an allergy/hypersensitivity to salicylic acid, so I must avoid that ingredient at all costs. When I do try a new product, I give it one to two months to work.
So I do not say this lightly: Mario Badescu products have been my absolute favorite products I have ever tried, and I can see results.
I stumbled upon Mario Badescu products solely from looking for a rosewater mist for my face. I can’t even remember what sparked me looking for a rosewater mist. But I found the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (and my love of the Oxford comma felt jilted) online and started looking at all the other Mario Badescu products, too. While I scoured reviews, I took them as I take all online reviews–not too seriously. But I noticed an overwhelming majority of the reviews across various websites were positive. I also noticed something I quite liked–the prices were very reasonable, which is not something you can say about all beauty & skincare products. (Anyone ever tried La Mer? Is it worth it? Genuinely asking …)
Along with the Facial Spray, I ordered the 6oz. Glycolic Foaming Cleanser for $16 and a few other products. I had been using a different brand for a brief period that caused me to break out horribly and left my skin red and puffy. I needed help right away. Since salicylic acid is out for me as an acne fighting agent, I rely on benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids, one of which is glycolic acid. The alpha hydroxy acids also soften and brighten skin to a certain extent due to their exfoliative properties.
I did not take advantage of the skin care consulting questionnaire that the Mario Badescu website offers, but just went with what I already know about my skin and placed my order. I received my products very quickly and liked the low-key packaging and free samples.
After using the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser for a few months now, I have noticed a difference in my skin. No, it’s not perfect. But it is softer and smoother, no longer flaky in typically dry areas, and with minimal break-outs. I am using it in conjunction with the Facial Spray and the Buttermilk Moisturizer. I use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser in the evenings, and a benzoyl peroxide cleanser in the mornings. Glycolic acid can be harsh to skin that isn’t used to it, so I first started by using it as recommended on the label for 2 to 3 times a week. I did that for two weeks and my skin did not react negatively to it, so I started using it once daily as I do now. I avoid getting the cleanser near my eyes–I accidentally did get it near or in my eyes a couple times and it was pretty painful.
My skin looks and feels better than it has in many, many months and I am completely hooked on Mario Badescu products now. I also love the Rose Hips Mask and plan to review that sometime soon.