Mario Badescu is a name brand that is synonymous with excellence--at least in my opinion. Family owned and in business for more than 50 years, I've been a customer off and on for about 15. My skin is rather oily and a sensitive, and at present, a bit dull. Winter weather combined with auto immune disorder have done me no favors whatsoever--not to mention that as we age, our skin cells simply don;t turn over the way they did in our teenage years.
In need of a great exfoliate that would help rejuvenate my skin, that wouldn't irritate my skin was quite the task until I stumbled across the Brightening Kit by Mario Badescu. Kit itself contains the following four products;
1) Foaming Glycolic Cleanser (2oz)
2)Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion(2oz)
3) Vitamin C Serum (0.3 oz)
4) Whitening Mask (0.5 oz)
Starting with the cleanser, I was hesitant but pleasantly surprised. Unlike a pure Glycolic acid, this cleanser has an almost gel like consistency. Foaming with just a bit if warm water, it exfoliates yet is very, very gentle. The mild citrus scent-is refreshing--a nice little pick me up, but it's the addition of the herbal extracts of chamomile, yarrow and sage that balance the acid, and keeps it from causing skin irritation. Giving my skin a coupe of minutes between product, I followed up with Step 2-the Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing lotion, which is actually a toner.
I'll admit I had some reservations about how the grapefruit complex would react after the Glycolic Acid, but minus an ever so slight tingle, I experienced no redness, no burning or breakout.( thank goodness!)
Next in line would be the serum, but I opted instead to try the Whitening mask in it's place. The mask is a rich creamy consistency, but glides on smooth as silk. packed with Vitamin E, Licorice root Mulberry & Grape seed oil, the scent is soft, with a hint of sweetness. If you could combine an English garden with the ocean, I think this is what it would smell like. Absolutely beautiful.
You only need to allow this to sit for about 5 minutes or so, and then rinse with warm water. I followed with the Serum as my final step. After one use, I can't speak to visible changes yet, but the texture of my skin felt so much more smooth and pampered beyond belief after my very first use. I am so very excited to continue with this kit, in hopes of reversing some of the damage Old Man Winter has done. More product pics can be found below and if you'd like to explore this kit or any of the other amazing kits offered by Mario Badescu, log on to www.mariobadescu.com. Hopefully I'll have a coupon code to offer you soon. Til next time-Angel ;0