My Favorite Skin Care

I have to admit that since the Pandemic I have not been as regular with skin care as I have been in the past. Part of that is garden-variety depression and not wanting to make the effort, and part is that I have no reason to wear makeup most of the time, so it’s a lot easier to go on to bed without bothering to wash my face.

That being said, when I do make the effort I of course feel so much better. Taking care of ourselves may feel like a bit of a burden up front, but it really does leave us in a better place.

I had a gastric bypass in 2007, and in just over 18 months I lost 150 lbs. But despite this weight loss, I didn’t experience loose skin on my face – even when at my smallest my skin didn’t wrinkle up or sag.

I’m 50 years old now, and while I’ve gained some weight back, I still have pretty decent looking skin. I give all the credit to my Mario Badescu skin care routine. You really can’t go wrong with any Mario product, but here are the ones I personally use on my combination skin:


Mario’s Cucumber Cream Soap is rich and creamy. It feels luxurious and soft, and not harsh on your skin at all. Don’t let the gentle cleansing fool you though, it gets your skin clean. Cooling and soothing. Safe and effective for gentle cleansing on any skin type.

Creamy oil-free formulation that contains a hint of refreshing and cooling cucumber extract.


Special Cleansing Lotion is a refreshing, disinfecting and deep cleaning astringent that is effective in drying up existing acne blemishes while preventing new eruptions. Formula is non-drying and non-irritating.

I apply with a cotton pad after cleansing with the cucumber soap, and it leaves my skin feeling clear and refreshed.


Cellufirm Drops are probably my favorite product of all! Just a few drops of this serum applied all over your face helps to firm, tighten and smooth your skin. It also acts as a “primer” for the moisturizer you’ll use, causing it to be better absorbed.

Mario promises this product will enhance elasticity and tone, as well as prevent a loss of firmness – and if I can loose 150 lbs without sagging skin I’d say it works!


For daytime, I love Mario’s Cellufirm Moisturizer.

Mature skin will benefit from the collagen and elastin strengthening ingredients of this daily moisturizer. Minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving skin velvety smooth. Nourishing and anti-inflammatory. Anti-aging, plumping formulation.

Have I mentioned the rapid weight loss I experienced without looking old and haggard?

Eye Cream

I have what’s known as “allergenic shiners” – dark circles around my eyes that make me look sick or beat up. Mario’s Glycolic Eye Cream has worked better than anything at lightening those for me.

Mature skin showing signs of wrinkles and sun damage will enjoy the benefits of this skin smoothing, rich eye cream. High in antioxidant vitamin E and a blend of oils for a soft, and more youthful looking eye area.

Night Cream

Overnight my skin often dries out as I’m one of those people who can’t sleep without a fan on me. Also, I keep my bedroom super cold because I get night sweats. But Mario’s Seaweed Night Cream ensures I never wake up with dry-feeling cheeks.

Elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid combine with the vitamins and minerals found in bladderwrack extract to nourish dehydrated skin. The result is smooth, dewy, younger-looking skin overnight. Plumping, firming, and nourishing. Hydrating, oil-free formula.

Special Occasion Scrub

If I have a special occasion, or anytime I feel like my skin is looking dull, I use the Almond & Honey Face Scrub. First off, it smells amazing – I have been tempted to eat it. (It doesn’t taste bad, I’ve accidentally gotten a bit in my mouth before, but it’s not something you’d want to eat for real lol).

A non-abrasive face scrub to gently exfoliate and refine flaky skin and dulling build-up. Made with finely ground almonds and cornmeal, natural buffing ingredients that gently remove dead skin cells. Reduces blackheads and congestion. Small grains for gentle buffing.

Leaves your skin smooth and glowing!

Of course these products are just scratching the surface of the Mario Badescu line. They have special programs for oily, dry or acne-prone skin, products for men and things I’ve never tried like body washes and facial sprays. You can visit their storefront here and you’re sure to find products that work for your unique skin.

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