Skin Care 101 - Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and Acid Toner

by - October 21, 2015

Hello from rainy Baguio City!  Temperature check, it's 17 degrees Celsius here.  I'm so sensitive to very cold weather so I don't even know how I will survive bedtime and worse, the shower tomorrow.  Haha!

Anyway, our first day (or half day) was not too hectic so I decided to do a blog post before hitting the sack.

Let me talk about these two Mario Badescu products, but before we get into details, here's a quick introduction first.

The brand is committed to create botanically-based and customized skincare.  Its vision is to brighten up the world with our time-tested skin care products and treatments, in order to provide customers with the beautiful and healthy skin every human being is entitled to.

One thing I immediately noticed about the products is the very simple, no-frills yet sturdy packaging.  The reason why they did that is because they believe that it's not as important as the good stuff inside them.  That allows them to provide quality products at a very affordable price.  Some drugstore skincare lines almost have the same price so I can't say that Mario Badescu is on the high end side.

You might be wondering why I picked glycolic-based products.  Here's the story.

I'm very milia-prone.  In case you're not aware of that, milias are like white, hard bumps on the skin's surface, containing hardened skin cells and oil.  They are so stubborn, they will stay with you forever.  The only way to get rid of them is through pricking/incision.  (Thanks to Bioessence for the treatment!)

I did some research about it and I read some articles saying that one way to avoid getting them is by exfoliation.  Now, I do that regularly but I find it not enough.  To cut the story short, I became interested to chemical exfoliation and glycolic acid is one of the perfect actives for that.

I bought these two at and if I'm not mistaken, I paid around 800 php for each including shipping fee.

Product Description

Help soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing the skin with the anti-aging ingredients found in our Glycolic Acid-based toner. Glycolic Acid and the Alpha Hydroxy Acid found naturally in Papaya Extract help accelerate skin cell turnover for younger-looking skin. Aloe Vera is added to soothe your complexion. Alcohol free.

This toner is for Combination and Dry skin as seen on the label above.  Speaking of that, I like how Mario Badescu categorizes their products based on all skin care type and all skin issues.

What I love about it

- I don't know what an actual grapefruit smells like but I just like the pleasant scent of this toner
- gentle enough to be used twice a day
- also removes dirt residue 
- doesn't break me out
- packaging is safe for travel, no leaks!
- no super tight feeling after
- makes skin feel so smooth 
- helps maintain unclogged pores
- has brightening effect

My only concern is that, it doesn't help in minimizing pores too much.  Other than that, I'm happy.

Product Description

For dull, congested skin, this lathering, deep cleanser has the exfoliating powers of Glycolic Acid to break down build-up from skins surface, reduce minor discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. Formulated with Herbal Extracts for soothing benefits. Best when used 2-3 times weekly or as recommended by your skin specialist based on your skins needs.

Next is this cleanser which I use alternately with my other foaming wash.  Reason is that, the formula is too strong to be used everyday (at least for me). 

What I love about it

- no strong scent
- works as an exfoliator
- makes the face look brighter after every wash

To be honest, I'm still not quite sure if I like this cleanser or what.  I want to but I don't know.  It just doesn't impress me that much.


- makes the skin super tight
- don't expect that this will remove all of your makeup completely
- I double cleanse when I have heavy makeup on
- doesn't lather too much but it's not an issue for me
- stings my eyes like crazy

I'm actually thinking of selling this one.  Let me know if you're interested to try it.  As you can see, there's like 90% left.

So the question is, did it help with my milia problem?  Yea, somehow.  After my treatment at Bioessence last July and after using these two since then, almost nothing popped out.  By almost, I mean I got 2 which are visible on my chin and 1 turned into a pimple, and the most prone area which is my under eye, barely has signs of new milia.  Yea!

I'm not sure though which of the two works better.  :)

So that's that!  Watching Heroes Reborn now.  Haha!

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

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