In my line of work, products come and go. Sometimes you find one you really like and you keep it in the arsenal. More often than not you find products that are practically interchangeable. And every so often, once in a blue moon…you find one of those holy grail products you want to shout from the mountaintop about. Bellas, I have found that in Mario Badescu. I know, I know. If you read this blog you’ve heard me refer to this classic skincare line as my skincare savior.

I can’t say that there’s been a single product in their extensive product line that I haven’t loved. But amongst all of Mario Badescu’s products, there are a few that keep me coming back to the veteran skincare brand again and again (BTW you can click here to learn about the brand’s history). Three products come most immediately to mind.

Drying Lotion, an ESSENTIAL spot treatment product for anyone who deals with acne.

Drying Mask, colloidal sulfur based mask that dries up all my acne

— and Enzyme Cleansing Gel, which is Mario Badescu’s best selling cleanser for a REASON.


Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

If you’re used to a cleanser that’s all foamy and creamy, Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel might throw you for a loop. This is a green, non-foaming gel cleanser chock full of Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Made with papaya and grapefruit extracts, this isn’t the kind of cleanser you turn to when it’s time to remove makeup. For makeup removal I usually use a wipe or cleansing oil, THEN wash with my beloved Enzyme Cleansing Gel.

I really LOVE it with my Clarisonic brush (product directions even say “massage in a circular motion,” so hey). What do I love about it? It’s a relatively simple product. In other aspects of my life I’m trying to take a less is more approach. When it comes to my diet, I try to keep clean food and healthy eating in mind. Same goes for my skincare. If you’re like me and are seeking products with fewer ingredients, this cleanser will make you happy – there are just seven ingredients used in making MB’s Enzyme Gel Cleanser.

I’m still dealing with occasional breakouts and acne issues, but this cleanser makes my skin feel so fresh and so clean, and more than anything else it’s improved the radiance of my skin. Enzyme Gel Cleanser has helped to balance my skin, to reduce the dull appearance my face gets after not exfoliating or cleaning off all my makeup. It’s my every day go-to must-have facewash du jour. 

8 oz. will cost you $12 and 16 oz. will cost you $20 – but it’s not the kind of product you wind up using a ton of. I use a dime-sized dot every day and I’m good! So a full 16 oz bottle can last you a WHILE. Plus, if you order off the Mario Badescu website, you get a bunch of free samples of your choice – check em out. I hope you know I wouldn’t put you wrong! No hyperbole needed – Mario Badescu remains my skincare savior. And you deserve to try this stuff out!

What’s YOUR favorite facewash du jour?



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