Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In love with: Mario Badescu's Enzyme Revitalising Mask


Mario Badescu is a beauty name that has long been synonymous with celebrity – and I’m not talking household faces with million dollar contracts to shill mascara, but rather genuine, raving fans. The Romanian skin care guru is the man behind the skincare range that Hollywood’s It girls rely on to stay fresh-faced and fabulous, and his elegant salon on Manhattan’s East Side remains the spa of choice for savvy New Yorkers and celebrities alike. Names like Charlize Theron and Liv Tyler come for both the incredible results that his treatments produce and the no-nonsense approach that he takes when it comes to creating damn good products, and loyalty amongst his fans is fierce. His creations incorporate natural ingredients based on soothing botanicals, essential vitamin oils and fruit extracts, which combined with advanced technology mean an end result which rejuvenates and protects the skin as well as addressing all manner of issues such as acne and rosacea.
I recently started playing with a number of his star products – available in New Zealand at Newmarket beauty haven Glamourpuss – and have grown to love one clever little puppy in particular. It’s the Enzyme Revitalising Mask, whose main goal in life is to hydrate and revitalize skin up to three times a week. This pot of goodness is a moisture intensive Alpha Hydroxy mask that is ideal for dull, dry or mature skin, or even skin that’s feeling the effect of the Southern Hemisphere’s high humidity and reacting with congestion and the like of late. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts are the natural exfoliants that you’ll find in the still gentle formula, which have been blended with antioxidant-rich Vitamin A and E oils to give the skin a refreshed, glowing appearance.
Ridiculously simple to use, just spread a thin layer of the mask onto clean skin – avoiding the eye area – then sit back with a magazine for twenty minutes and let it do its stuff. Gently wipe off with tepid water and follow with your usual routine and you’re good to go!

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