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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review: Mario Badescu Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

8 oz. bottle $18

This is one of my favourite products ever. Yes, ever. I first bought this a year or so ago, and have used it steady and repurchased. OOH, ahhh! A third purchase! One repurchase tends to be a very rare thing for me little own a second. I just love this toner. Mario Badescu calls this a "cleansing lotion" but it's toner, and that is what I am going to call if for the purpose of this review.

The main star of this product is the glycolic acid. What is it you ask? Let the experts of Mario Bad. and co explain:

"A simple alpha hydroxy acid, Glycolic Acid is an exfoliating ingredient naturally derived from sugar cane that reduces the accumulation of dead skin cells that are associated with many skin conditions like acne and dullness. Glycolic Acid improves moisture levels in the skin and increases the ability of the skin to bind water due to its interaction with the skins Hyaluronic Acid."

Almost time for a refill!

I have had other products like this, mainly Dermaglow's Radiance Glycolic 10% Gentle Peel Solution, which at $50 is crazy, but I liked the MB product better. The MB toner is a mere 4% glycolic acid, but I found it to be stronger. That sounds so backwards, but with the MB product I felt that it did more for my skin than the Dermaglow. I have to mention the texture, the Dermaglow product is very gooey and on the thick side while the MB toner is what you would expect toner to be, your average liquid.

Ingredients, click for full size

"Oily, dull, congested skin will be refreshed and disinfected with daily use of this astringent. The powers of Citrus Extracts combined with 4% Glycolic Acid reduce the build-up of dead skin cells. Not recommended for acne-erupted skin." -MB website

Like any toner, I use this after my cleansing routine, which is pretty simple: I remove my makeup with a makeup remover wipe and then wash with the cleanser du jour. Then comes the toner. After essentially washing my face twice, this toner still manages to get rid of more "gunk". I don't think you will find a product that will get your face any cleaner than this. I won't lie though, this product is strong. If you have any "angry skin" (ie blemishes) this stuff will sting, a lot. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to pass. I have read that some people dilute their product so it is gentler, but I can't say I would recommend that.

Over a prolonged use of this product, I have noticed definite changes in my skin: softer (glycolic acid makes your moisturizer absorb better), smoother, overall the texture has improved. My skin has lost the dull look, and overall just feels and looks refreshed and happy. Yes, this product makes my skin happy. You can quote my scientific findings if you wish. A great product!

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  1. Love there stuff!

    Happy Halloween!

  2. This sounds like a product that would be perfect for my skin, thank you for the awesome review! :)

  3. @Jessie
    Me too :D

    Glad you liked it, I like to feel useful lol!


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