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The BEST glycolic acid toner I had ever tried…

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Personal Care, Reviews, Skin Care, Skin Products

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…until they went and jacked up the ingredient list by adding a BUNCH of chemicals and preservatives.

Mario Badescu Skincare is a brand of skincare products that has been around since 1967. The company is based in New York City and also includes a spa at its location at 320 East 52nd Street in Manhattan. As a New Yorker, I purchased the products for years directly from the spa; later when they become available elsewhere, I would pick up the products from places like Ulta and Nordstrom while traveling out of town.

I was introduced to Mario Badescu as a teen when I noticed their ad for Drying Lotion (for acne) in a women’s magazine. At that age my skin was quite flawless with just the occasional breakout, so I just made a mental note about the interesting pink lotion in the glass bottle. Years later, I finally picked up some of that pink stuff out of necessity along with several other products. To date, I have probably tried between 10-12 of Mario Badescu’s products and some have become true favorites. One of my favs used to be the MB Glycolic Acid Toner.

Mario Badescu glycolic toner

This product contains no alcohol and used to be ALL-NATURAL! The ingredients were only: Deionized Water (Aqua), Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Gel, Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis Fruit) Extract, Glycolic Acid.

old formula-Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

I’m not sure how recently they changed the formulation, but NOW the ingredient list reads: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 45410 (Red 28), CI 19140 (Yellow 5)

The four original ingredients are still there, but why, oh why, did they have to add all of these extras (13!) including parabens!?

I will never be able to use this product again. :(

And let me just say that I used to LOVE this toner! It was some powerful stuff. At $18.00 for 8 oz., it was on the pricier end for toners, but this was one of those cases where it was totally worth it. It lasted a good while and it helped to keep my skin clear — $18 was a bargain considering its performance.

Though I will no longer use it because of the new formulation, I wanted to still review it since I know that not everyone is chemical-adverse. Keep in mind that this review is based on the former, all-natural formulation.

This glycolic toner is recommended for dull, dry or sensitive skin and is not recommended for acne-erupted skin. According to the bottle, it is “exfoliating and rejuvenating…naturally breaks down the build up of dead skin cells that can cause blackheads, breakouts and dull texture…helps reduce uneven tone and minor discoloration…non-irritating and non-drying.”

MB-glycolic-toner-emptyAnd I found every word to be true! Except for the recommendation to not use on acne-erupted skin. I used this on acne-erupted skin. My skin is also more combination/oily and I experienced nothing but great outcomes when using this toner. What I really loved about it was that it really, really, REALLY got those dead skin cells off. This is the only toner I have ever used that could break down skin cells to the degree that I would see dead skin on the cotton ball when I wiped! Never had experienced that before and I had tried many other toners before discovering this one. Every single time I used it, I saw dead skin on the cotton ball. No joke. The old formulation was amazing at removing that layer of dead skin that dulls your complexion.

AND by removing dead skin, it was also working on hyperpigmentation, so dark spots were minimized as well.

I’m telling you, this toner removed dead skin like nobody’s business! I truly feel it worked better than many facial peels.

How I wish they had not tampered with the ingredients! I need some time to grieve…

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