Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Product Review:
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

Remember what Mom used to tell you about not judging a book by it's cover? Mario Badescu products don't come in frilly packages or fancy bottles. They are a bit unimpressive looking in their generic, slightly medicinal packaging. The ingredients are unapologetically simple and the old-school vibe reminds me more than a bit of my skin-care Alma matter, Merle Norman. I think this likeness is due in part to the stellar customer service and generous sampling that seems to be policy at Mario Badescu. Besides, if Martha Stewart uses it, it's got to be perfect, right?

After receiving a catalog and a ton of samples (see my post from March 4th) I decided to try Badescu's Glycolic Acid Toner. Glycolic Acid, typically derived from fruit sugars, is effective in reducing fine lines and uneven pigmentation (sun/age spots), and is used in concentrations up to 10% in over-the-counter products, and up to 70% in prescription facial peels administered by dermatologists. While I know my sensitive skin would never put up with a glycolic cream, the low level of acid in the toner (2%) paired with the alcohol free, aloe base made me hopeful this wouldn't be to harsh for my skin.

I noticed results the day after I started using this toner. My forehead looked as if it had been Botoxed- in a good way. My skin was completely smooth and glowing (something I usually have to fake with highlighter). I'm in my early 30's and have been using anti-aging skin care since my teens, so I don't have many lines, but I am very concerned with those that I can see. This product's instant gratification was wonderful! I did experience some mild irritation around my nose as my skin adjusted to the toner, similar to what you get when you have a cold and are constantly blowing your nose.

After having used this product for over 3 months, I'm still very pleased with it. When I began using it, I had a sunspot on my cheek that taunted me every time I looked in the mirror; I could even see it through my foundation. Though the spot is still there, I literally have to search for it now- even with bare skin.

At $18 for 8oz, this toner is an inexpensive option as compared to many other glycolic acid preparations. You can also purchase the toner in 16 and 32 ounce sizes, each being progressively cheaper per ounce. Mario Badescu does occasionally offers discounts, which is something you'll pretty much never see at a department store counter.

I'd rate this product a 9.75 out of 10, simply because nothing is perfect. It is by far the best toner I've ever used.

-gently exfoliates skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines
-evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots
-leaves skin comfortable, not tight or dry
-prepares skin for better moisture penetration
-contains aloe to soothe skin
-contains no added fragrances, dyes or preservatives.

-slight irritation as skin adjusts to the acid (I used the toner 2x a day and, honestly, wasn't really bothered by the slight irritation. For those who have a more bothersome reaction I would suggest applying it just once daily for the first couple of weeks.)


Heather said...

you sold me on it but where can I get it?

Heather said...

never mind, I went to the site:)

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