24 September 2012

Mario Badescu Ginseng Moist Cream

... Wait a second.  Have I?  *looks around ponderously* I think I may have... *checks post labels* hm.  No.  No, I guess I haven't.  So.  I guess I'm reviewing skincare now?

I really wish I could turn this into a scrolling StarWars-esque Gif for the review.  But I'm not talented like that.
If you can't read the excellently shot label (or the post title) this is Mario Badescu Ginseng Moisture Cream.  This is going to be an interesting direction for me, on this blog, because I never really cared about skin care before I hit like 23.  I'm 26 now and I think it's important, but I also think it's important to take a less is more approach at my age to caring for my skin.  What I mean by that is, less ingredients and more of a solid basic product, than a fancy ex(de)foliating, antiaging, antioxidant, vitamin, gel-creme what have you, the less frills the better.  Prior to using the Ginseng Moist Cream I used Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

My main reason for switching was that, really, I just wanted to try something new.  I was looking in Ulta - the Badescu rep approached me, showed me her products, and demo-ed this on me.  I was in an indulgent mood, so I purchased it. I've found in private use, a little, goes a long way.  I dot it on my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead and smooth into the skin.  Ginseng Moist Cream appears less dewy on my face than the CDDML does, it sets semi-matte and wears better under makeup.  When I used CDDML, I would blot excess off or really let it sink into my skin for at least 15 - 20 mins.  Generally, I blotted it - for the record.

It's a pot of cream! So exciting!

GMC is marketed as a great cold weather cream because it's moisturizing, without being overly moisturizing, and my impression is that it does not evaporate away as quickly as other moisturizers.  It sinks into the skin, and it does feel a smidgen heavy right now, but I imagine in the winter, that feeling will not be noticeable.  Also, interesting observation, when I wear this and sweat, I find that I can still feel it slightly on the skin.  Almost like there is a layer left on the skin when the moisturizer sinks in, and you're sweating through that layer, but when you touch your skin, you can't really feel it.

IngredientsDeionized Water,Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol,Ginseng Extract,Milk, Rice Bran Oil,Dimethicone,Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20

For reference: CDDML uses Mineral Oil as its main emollient, and contains methyl and propylparabens, but no dimethicone.
I wrote a whole friendly Science Friday! post about Dimethicone.  In light of this, I have not noticed an increased incidence of clogged pores or milia while using this product.  I will report back if that changes. This product retails for $18 USD for an oz, and is available at Ulta or MarioBadescu.com.


  1. This sounds great...I just wish it didn't have to be in a pot. Looks really rich!

    1. Yeah - the pot thing is the only downer about it. Badescu makes other moisturizers in squeeze bottles, but I think if you squished it out, it would be too much. You need just a dab of this all over, and its good.

      Thanks for the comment!

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