A few months ago, I shared with you all my daily skincare regimen which included products from YesTo and Simple Skincare. And while I still live for Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water, I’ved diched Yes To Coconut’s Hydrate and Restore Ultra Hydrating Creme cleanser and added a few new products to my daily regimen. And let me tell you, my skin has been so much happier since making these changes! With Spring rolling in, its time for each of us to make adjustments to our daily skincare regime.
So, as you guys know I am a minimalist when it comes to wearing makeup. I will fill in my brows and throw on my favorite lippie of the day and then its out the door for me. Therefore, as a someone who is constantly in front of the camera and because its just important to take care of your skin, I am constantly on the hunt for new products to try. And right now, I am loving Mario Badescu’s product line.
It was such a hard decision trying to decide between all of the available product options and usually when I come across something, I try to find kits so that I can try a little of “everything”. Therefore, I was more than grateful to receive the Combo/Oily Skincare Regimen Kit (which can also be found at your local Ulta):
- Enzyme Cleansing Gel
- Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
- Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15
- Flower & Tonic Mask
- Seaweed Night Cream
- Facial Spray w/Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (bonus, not included in the kit)
Daily Skincare Regimen: About the Products
Flower & Tonic Mask: Recommended for Oily, Sensitive or Combination skin types
How to use: Recommended usage is 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Rinse using warm water.
According to Mario: This mask is “gentle on skin, using natural minerals (like Kaolin and Zinc Oxide) to purify and balance the complexion without leaving skin feeling dry or tight”.
First, of all I LOVE masks. Clay masks, DIY masks it doesn’t matter, if there is a mask option available I am going to try it. And don’t worry, I have complied a list of some of my favorite masks that I will be sharing with you all very soon. My masks days are usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And I typically leave them on longer than the suggested time frame. Here it it suggested to leave on for about 15-20 minutes, however, I typically will leave a mask on for 45 minutes to an hour.
I have both oily and sensitive skin, so ideally this mask was a perfect match for me. And with the use of my Pore Refining Brush from E.L.F Cosmetics, applying masks has become less messy for me and my fingers.
Enzyme Cleansing Gel: Recommended for Combination or Oily skin types
How to use: In a circular motion, massage into wet skin and allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
According to Mario: “This is the face wash that cleanses, brightens, and gently exfoliates all at once.”
Cucumber Cleansing Lotion: Recommended for Combination or Oily skin types
How to use: Twice daily after cleansing, apply to skin in an outward motion until cotton ball or pad comes up clean.
According to Mario: “Natural astringent and skin-softening properties found in Cucumber Extract help minimize T-zone shine while nourishing skin with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.”
Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15: Recommended for Oily, Sensitive or Combination skin types
How to use: Apply all over face BEFORE exposing skin to sun.
According to Mario: “…this lightweight formula sinks in quickly to deliver a boost of hydration without the use of pore-clogging oils. Broad spectrum protection helps prevent sun damage and darkening of old acne marks as Aloe Vera delivers soothing moisture.”
Seaweed Night Cream: Recommended for Sensitive, Oily or Combination skin types
How to use: Apply every evening after cleansing and toning.
According to Mario: “…Mineral-rich Bladderwrack Extract softens and nourishes skin as powerful, moisture-binding ingredients effectively hydrate without the use of pore-clogging oils. Plumping Collagen and Elastin help further enhance skin’s tone and texture, revealing a silky-smooth complexion come morning”
Facial Spray w/Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Recommended for ALL skin types
How to use: Mist onto face and neck as needed. Okay to use before or after applying moisturize.
Note: It also says that you can mist onto your hair, but I have not tried that and probably won’t. If you do, share your experience with me.
According to Mario: “… helps revive dehydrated skin anytime, anywhere. It’s a rejuvenating mist infused with herbal and botanical extracts (like Aloe Vera, Gardenia, Rose, Bladderwrack and Thyme) that help soothe and re-energize skin—giving it a healthy, radiant glow.”
Daily Skincare Regimen: The Process
According to the instructions given, Mario Badescu suggests using the products in the following 3-step process:
Step 1: Using the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, on wet skin apply in a circular motion. Thoroughly rinse with warm water
Step 2: Immediately following the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, with a cotton ball apply the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion until the cotton ball comes up clean.
Step 3: After completing steps one and two, apply the Aloe Moisturizer all over one’s face BEFORE sun exposure (as noted above)
Though these are the suggested instructions given, my daily routine consists of a couple added steps.
Before applying the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, I used the Micellar Water from Simple Skincare, FIRST.
Then, (on wet skin as suggested) I apply the Enzyme Cleansing Gel and use my trusty nail brush as a facial scrub.
(trust it works just as good as one of the microderma systems)
Thirdly, after rinsing with warm water I use the white tip of my Pore Refining Brush from E.L.F Cosmetics to remove any excessive dirt from my pores then seal with cold water.
Immediately after, I use BOTH the Micellar Water from Simple and Mario’s Cucumber Cleansing Lotion.
(this might sound a bit excessive lol, but my skin is happy 🙂 )
Fifth, covering my eyes I lightly spray my face with Mario’s Rosewater and wrap it all up by applying a dime size amount of the Aloe Moisturizer.
I was thoroughly pleased with the use of this line. Because I have really oil skin, in the past I have found that by the end of the day my face sometimes looks really “slick” or really greasy, if you will. And I hate that! But since switching up my daily regimen, I am finding that to be less of a problem. Aside from the mask, I think my favorite products from this particular set is the Rosewater Spray and the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion.
Immediately after the use of the Flower & Tonic Mask, I could see an immediate brightness in my face and my skin was much softer to the touch. And my pores were not as noticeable. I like that you can see cucumber seeds in the cleansing lotion, I personally feels like that lets us as consumers know that it is made with real cucumber. And its really soft on the skin. As far as, the Rosewater spray its just the extra added bit of “umph” one needs to make their skin feel and look even happier.
Now, its your turn! Tell me what are some of your favorite products to use right now? What products or brands do you use year round and which do you use seasonally? Let me know!