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Everyone knows The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and The Empire State Building. But are you familiar with another famous New York landmark, Mario Badescu? I tell you, it will do you a lot more good than milling around with a bunch of tourists!
Mario Badescu opened his skin care salon in 1967, and 40+ years later it stands in the same spot today. It can be said that the approach to skincare has remained the same as well, personalized skin care treatments and products with a direct, no nonsense style. The packaging may be minimalistic, but the products are anything but. I’ll admit, I’m a lover of fancy packaging. But I can appreciate that if a company spends a bit less on it (no velvet lined boxes or lucite bottles that look like sculptures) and concentrates on the ingredients instead, they can bring you a high quality yet affordable product.
Whether you visit the salon, their site or one of the high end retailers who carry them (Henri Bendel, Kitson, Blue Mercury, among others), you’ll find a large array of skin care treatments for anti-aging and acne. But they also have specifically targeted products for areas often overlooked by other companies (like the dreaded back acne) and skin conditions that require special treatment, like rosecea and couperose.
It’s also worth noting that every product on their site has an easy to follow key letting you know which skin type it is appropriate for. I’m constantly surprised by how hard it is to find this critical information on some huge name company’s websites. It should be instantly apparent, on Mario Badescu it is.
We received three of their best sellers and one new product for review…
When I (and many others) think of Mario Badescu, I think of their Drying Lotion, their genius pimple healer. It’s a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid that soothes and fights whiteheads while you sleep. Personally, I haven’t been without a bottle of this since I first tried it about 5 years ago.
Their most popular daily cleanser is the Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s non foaming, so you lather addicts will have to work through that. What is does have in place of bubbles is papaya and grapefruit extracts, natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids that gently exfoliate without drying your skin.
Their Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater was featured on a little indie TV show called Martha as one of her favorite items (I’ve never seen it, but I hear she has real potential). Filled with Herbal Extracts and Rosewater, it’s a hydrating pick-me-up mist.
And the newest product to their line up, a Vitamin C Serum targets everything a serum should. The Vitamin C reduces discoloration and brightens skin, Hyaluronic Acid helps you to keep your skin’s natural moisture and Collagen aids in improved firmness and elasticity.
Review Team, let us know which product you received and your thoughts on this iconic NY line.