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The wht team samples the latest from the skincare legend
The older I get, the more clearly I see that a good, solid moisturizer should be the foundation of any successful beauty routine. In my 30s, I am finding that I am still experiencing the acne and oily complexion of my teenage years. Sadly, I must now also contend with a whole new crop of skin maladies. Recently, I have been dealing with dry patches, some fine lines, unevenness, and at times just a generally dull complexion. I think that my skin is trying to tell me something—maybe that it needs more moisture!
There was a time when I generally avoided moisturizer. It seemed counter-intuitive to add moisture to my oily face. I have since learned that my skin will only get oilier when it is deprived of adequate moisture. And, of course, all of the beauty magazines are constantly reminding me of the importance of antioxidants, when considering either a moisturizer or a smoothie. Also, it is a necessity for me to have a good SPF in any daytime moisturizer that I use. It is often almost impossible to find a high-quality moisturizer that meets these requirements. Luckily, skin care legend Mario Badescu has come to the rescue with an exciting new solution.
The Mario Badescu skin care salon has been a fixture in New York City for over 40 years. They are a cult favorite among celebrities and beloved by many. We heart this first reviewed this amazing skin care line with a glowing post back in 2009. The line covers all aspects of cleansing, treatment, and moisturizing for a variety of skin types.
One of the newest additions to the Mario Badescu skin care line is the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 ($26). It has a short and impressive list of ingredients that includes green tea, aloe vera, and St. John’s Wort. According to the company, the green tea is a strong antioxidant that helps to protect against the damage of aging. The aloe vera is extremely hydrating, and the St. John’s Wort helps to soothe and repair delicate skin. Plus this moisturizer is paraben-free and contains UVA and UVB protection. It is recommended for a number of skin types including combo, sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin and it will not clog pores.
This was my first chance to experience the renowned Mario Badescu line. Now I understand the hype. This moisturizer has all of the bells and whistles. It offers some great anti-aging properties, while simultaneously providing an adequate SPF. The formula is lightweight and very easily absorbed. Also, it does not seem to leave a weird whitish cast on my skin like many sunscreens do. I found the formula to have no offensive scent. I am also thoroughly impressed that this moisturizer did not irritate my often very sensitive skin.
In addition, I loved flip-top lid. This is great because it allows you to control the amount you dispense. I highly suggest using a small amount if you have oily skin. The moisturizer leaves a very dewy finish. But this can be severely amplified for those with large pores and oily skin if portion control is not practiced.
Overall, this is a lovely moisturizer. It helps to control my dry patches, and my very pale skin did not burn while using this on vacation. I would give this moisturizer 4 stars only because I wish it would help to mattify my face a bit. But I guess that we can’t really have it all, right?
I can’t wait to hear what the other reviewers thought of this latest addition to the Mario Badescu line – they’ll be by in the comments to leave their thoughts so be sure and check back. In the meantime, wht readers – what are your must have Mario products?
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