In case you didn’t know, I have become a huge fan of the skincare brand Mario Badescu. I discovered the brand a few years ago and have tried quite a few products of the brand. I have been using their Acne Fighting Cleanser since I first tried the brand out. That cleanser has helped my skin out so much and has done everything it claims to do. However, for the past 6 months or so, I’ve been feeling like my skin needs have changed a bit. Finally, a few months ago, I decided I wanted to incorporate some products that would hopefully help to brighten up my complexion; which is why I chose the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and the Glycolic Acid Toner.
This cleanser is meant to be a supplemental cleanser; so you use this cleanser one to three times a week depending on your skin type. This cleanser “addresses dullness, congestion, and hyperpigmentation” and “helps refine pores and retexturize uneven skin.” With regular use this cleanser is meant to help fade skin issues such as wrinkles and acne scars to give skin a smoother, even and younger looking appearance.
I use the Mario Badescu Acne cleanser majority of the week, twice a day, but now I use the Glycolic cleanser just in the morning, twice a week. This cleanser has a much thicker formula compared to the Acne cleanser and even foams up, where the Acne cleanser does not. A little can go a long way with the Glycolic cleanser so you don’t need much which is great because it will last longer. One of the first differences I noticed in my skin since using the Glycolic cleanser is the texture of my skin. This cleanser really helps to smooth my skin and give a more even appearance. This has indeed helped to fade some acne scars that I have. It’s not a quick fix and the scars are still there but they are lightening and look so much better. This cleanser has also helped to smooth out expression lines that I’ve started to develop. Overall, this has definitely helped my skin to look smoother, even and truly just brought new life into my skin.
The Glycolic Acid Toner is meant to “rejuvenate dull, dehydrated complexions” and “work to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.”
To be honest, I haven’t used a toner in quite some time because when I’ve used them before I just didn’t feel like they were actually doing anything for my skin or were a necessity. However, I felt like I should give a toner a try again and see if I could find one that would be beneficial. When I tried the Glycolic toner I felt it went great in conjunction with the Glycolic cleanser. It really helped to keep my skin smooth and rejuvenated. However, I feel like this might be a bit too much for my skin. This toner doesn’t irritate my skin in the sense that my skin becomes red, patchy or any other typical reactions sensitive skin might show. However, I feel like my skin has become slightly more sensitive when I use other products since adding this to my routine. So, my skin doesn’t seem irritated by this product but this product might make my skin sensitive to others. I’m not sure if that makes sense or is even possible but since my skin can be somewhat sensitive at times I just think I should use a toner more suited towards sensitive skin.
Overall I’m very happy that I added these two products to my skin care regimen. I will definitely continue to use the Glycolic cleanser and would highly recommend trying it out. If you want your skin to look smooth, even and younger looking then you should definitely add this cleanser to you collection. The Glycolic toner is a very nice product as well and I would recommend it as well but probably not for those with sensitive skin. I will finish using the toner because it does have some nice benefits but I’ve cut back using it every day to every other day until I finish it and will then purchase the Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion since it’s supposed to do the same thing but be more gentle. If you don’t have sensitive skin though, this is indeed a great product to try out because I truly think you will get the results you are wanting.
P.S. Sorry for the grainy pictures...the lighting and my camera were NOT getting along *sigh*