- I realize now toners would be better grouped with the cleansers, but we’ll power through anyway. ;) (Click to enlarge the photo.)
This week is all about winter skincare on New Shine, which turned out to be quite apt. The high on Saturday in my neck of New England is 19 degrees Farenheit, and when you basically live at sea level, that’s cold. Much colder and I’ll be slathering Vaseline on my face!
Part 2 finds us continuing into my regimen with the serums, moisturizers, and miscellanea that keep my face in check. My hope is that by sharing this info, you might be inspired to try something new if you’re experiencing the same issues! (Part 2 is especially Mario Badescu-heavy. I’m a fan of their products and their price points, but this post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form.)
Here’s the rundown of the products pictured above, how I use them, and why they work.
Mario Badescu (MB) Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion- One of the first Mario products I tried. A great, alcohol-free toner for drier skin types, this removes any makeup leftovers from my face after I cleanse. It contains a bit of acid from the citrus ingredients, acting as a mild exfoliant that I can use every day. I’ve repurchased this several times.
MB Glycolic Acid Toner- This product is fairly new to my regimen, but I love it. Even though it has glycolic acid in it, the concentration isn’t so high that it can’t be used daily. I don’t use it daily, I just can’t, but I use it every other day or so. I use it in the same way as the Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion, right after cleansing.
MB Vitamin C Serum- This is one of my favorite products! I pick at my face (I know, I know!) and I have very light skin, so hyperpigmentation is a constant battle for me. Products like this serum use a high concentration of vitamin C to lighten the skin a bit more naturally than something with synthetic ingredients. I like that this product doesn’t use hydroquinone, as well (I’m not anti-hydroquinone, but I don’t know enough about it to want to use it. I also don’t have age spots and the like, so it’s a bit much for my needs). This keeps any scarring to a minimum and the dark spots fade much faster. The Vitamin C Serum also has lavender oil and hyaluronic acid for extra moisture without the greasiness. I use a few drops before moisturizing at night. This is my second bottle!
MB Rose Hips Nourishing Oil- I started using this a couple of weeks ago out of sheer desperation. My skin had become so dry, so flaky, and so unhappy that I was willing to slather just about anything on. A coworker suggested the Rose Hips Nourishing Oil and it’s been a LIFESAVER. It’s an incredibly lightweight, non-greasy oil that absorbs into the skin within a few minutes. I put it on morning and night before a moisturizer as needed, and it doesn’t sit heavily on my skin or underneath my makeup. The instructions recommend 2-3 drops for each use, but I am using substantially more than that and it seems to be fine. This oil is fragrance-free, nor is there a noticeable scent, which is great for sensitive skin. If you have combo-dry/dry/sensitive skin, this is for you!
Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiance Day Cream- I first used this a couple of years ago, liked it, and then tried something else just because I could after I ran out. I picked this up again a few weeks ago since nothing else seemed to be heavy enough and because I remembered liking it. Fortunately, I was right! My skin feels plumped after each time I use the cream, like it’s the hydrated skin it was always meant to be. I love that it has sunscreen, and the light citrus scent is pleasant in the morning. It’s very rich, but it doesn’t seem to affect my makeup during the day. LOVE!
Lumene Complete Rewind Eye Cream- This is the one product in the lineup that I’m really not that enthused about. I’m not sure there’s enough concentrated ingredients in the formula to make this truly anti-aging, so we’re left with moisturizing properties, and they aren’t really making an appearance, either. It’s just not hydrating enough to be worth it. I’m using it because it’s all I have right now, but this is what I’d rather be using!
MB Caviar Night Cream- This is a FANTASTIC night cream for dry skin. It’s not water-based, which equates to me being able to notice my skin is hydrated in the morning. A little goes a long way, as it’s rich and thick, exactly what I want from a night cream. It contains collagen, actigen of caviar (said to be high in protein), and cocoa butter as some of the notable ingredients. Love, love, LOVE!
MB Cellufirm Drops- One of Martha’s (Stewart) Must-Haves, this little gem of a serum is great for daytime use. With collagen, algae, and vitamin A as the first three ingredients, this product is packed with anti-aging and calming properties. It also contains hyaluronic acid for extra moisture, as well as elastin and vitamin E. As I get older, especially with dry skin, I am always looking for ways to maintain the suppleness and elasticity that I do have, while also restoring what I’ve lost. This is THE product to do just that. I will always have one of these in my routine. I cannot suggest this enough!
MB Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater- I use this spray all the time. Before makeup, after makeup, and anytime I need a refresh throughout the day. It doesn’t have any alcohol in it, which means it doesn’t dry out my skin further, and if I’ve been especially bad to my face, the aloe and rosewater calm and soothe. This is one of those products that doesn’t have a specific use; it has too many to count.
Some notes about Mario Badescu products:
MB doesn’t use a lot of preservatives and the line is botanically based, so the products need to be stored in a dark, cool place. If a product has changed color or develops a smell that wasn’t there before, stop using it. For example, the Vitamin C Serum is clear when first opened but will turn yellow if it’s been open for too long. The properties in it have denatured and are no longer effective, and can even cause negative skin reactions if used. Just use what you buy (if you like it) and you’ll be fine!
What skincare products do you use when the weather turns dry and cold, and what skin type do you have?