• Brands We Love: Mario Badescu

    Here is an obvious statement: Facials are amazing. If you've never had one, it's basically an hour of getting your face poked and prodded only to emerge with glowing, clear baby skin. And one of our favorite places — ever — for getting one is New York's Mario Badescu salon on the Upper East Side, a totally old school spa experience with estheticians that are utterly meticulous about skincare (they wear lab coats!) 

    Excited to welcome Mario Badescu's cult-favorite line to UO, we asked them to develop a special at-home facial regimen for taking care of our skin in-between visits (and because we are real people and realistically cannot get facials every month). We also called on Claire Laffut, the Belgian artist we interviewed this week on the blog, to test out the process: here's her take on MB's recipe for a lux at-home spa day. 
    Photos by Stef Mitchell

    1. Remove eye makeup. Moisten a cotton square or round with eye makeup remover and gently cleanse the eye area by gently wiping away from the eye. 

    2. Apply a small amount of cleanser onto skin. Use light pressure to massage onto skin in a circular upward motion. Rinse. 

    3. Steam! Boil a pot of water, remove from heat, and pour into a wide-rimmed (heat-resistant!) bowl. Lean over the bowl so that your face is about 12 inches away from the water, close your eyes. Let skin steam for 7-10 minutes. 

    4. Apply a quarter-sized amount of a gentle facial scrub to skin and massage onto skin in upward circular motions using light pressure, for 30 seconds. Rinse. 

    5. Select a mask that is appropriate for your skin type and concerns. Apply a thin layer of the mask to the entire face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Refer to the product label to see how long the mask should remain on your skin. Once the time is up, rinse. 

    6. After the mask has been removed freshen skin with a toner that is appropriate for your skin type by applying to a cotton round or square and wiping over skin in an upward motion avoiding the eyes. 

    7. Pat a small amount of eye cream under the eye and along the orbital bone. 

    8. Select a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type and apply to face and neck. 

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