Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (£16 29ml)

Whenever one of the many members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan post on their vast means of social media about a product that makes them maintain their stupendous looks, flocks of their fans flee to the shops to clear the shelves with it, they’re basically advertising gold. One of the most recent hypes came about when Kylie Jenner posted a snapchat (I also have snapchat, you can add me if you wanna 👻:jjcallaghan) about her nighttime skincare routine involving the; what you might call, ‘cult’ item of Mario Badescus drying lotion. I didn’t really take much notice of the hype, I was more appealed by the baby pink colouring of it to be honest. That was until I started to see more and more reviews pop up in the blogosphere about how truly amazing this product was and also some reviews about how tremendously bad it was for your skin. So of course I then hopped on the bandwagon and picked a bottle up form Urban Outfitters for £16 – pretty steep pricing, but not surprising for UO.

What actually is it?

Well it’s basically a case of being ‘it is what it says it is’. A drying lotion. MB claim “it’s a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.” Whether I believe its suitable for all skin types I’m not to sure, I can’t see someone with extremely dry skin getting on well with this. The bottle also claims to clear up surface blemishes and balance out oily complexions, perfect for me and my shiny egg head.

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Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin

A few of these ingredients really stand out to me: Salicylic Acid – as I am sure most people know this stuff is great for tackling spots, it penetrates deep down into the pores warding of that nasty bacteria. Talc – A highly absorbent agent that soaks up that excessive oil. Camphor – An antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, both brilliant features to have in any spot fighting product. Calamine – Soothing and cooling for irritated skin, BUT many people have also stated this can block pores! So do take that into consideration.

How to use?

[DO NOT shake the bottle.] The lotion is to be used at night so it can truly take effect while you’re in snooze town. After you’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised, dip a cotton swap into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle (I usually give it a little tap inside the solution just to get rid of excess). Then apply the pink lotion directly on affected areas, no need to rub. Then brush your teeth, check out your social media for a few hours and go to sleep. Then simply wash off in the morning when you cleanse your skin as normal.

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Well personally I’ve had a good experience with this product. It seems to have helped clear up a few blemishes I had developing before they actually formed into full-on spots. I haven’t experienced any dry skin or any irritation. So I would definitely repurchase. I always “hmm and harr” when it comes to purchasing targeted spot solutions that claim ‘fast acting’ work. Because I’ve basically never had any look with them. But this has truly worked for me. I would defiantly recommend having a read around to find someone who has tested this lotion with a similar skin type to you before you fork out your hard-earned wonga. For reference my skin type is: oily combination.

One bad thing I would have to say would be, the smell, it’s not very pleasant at all, extremely chemically, but expected.

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Cya later aligator,



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