A few weeks ago I went down a rabbit hole Googling random celebrities' ages (I dare you to try it sometime and see how many hours you waste). Of all the numbers that shocked and surprised me, one stood out as particulary unexpected: Martha Stewart is 76 years old.
Though it seems like the lifestyle guru has been doling out cooking and cleaning advice forever, she hasn't aged one bit ever since I can remember. Stewart easily looks 20 years younger than it turns out she actually is — so what gives? Though the Living the Good Long Life author has tried fillers and Botox, she insists she hasn't had any facial surgery. Instead, she relies on healthy eating (lots of green juice!), minimal makeup (don't clog those pores!), and an extensive skincare routine.
As a complete skincare junkie myself, I had to find out exactly which products Stewart swears by. It turns out, for nearly 50 years Stewart has been relying on a beloved skincare brand: Mario Badescu. (Fun fact: Stewart's mother and daughter are loyal fans, too.) In fact, the Queen of the Kitchen is so sure of the brand's incredible effects on her skin, that she teamed up with Mario Badescu to devise her own skincare systems.
Stewart worked with Mario Badescu to organize some of the brand's best products into different bundles best suited to target the specific skincare needs of different age groups: for teens, for 20-somethings, for 30-somethings, for 40-somethings, and for ages 50 and up. (IMHO, no one is more qualified to curate a by-the-ages skincare system than someone who looks just as fabulous at 70+ as she did at age 20.) Sold by QVC, the kits are intended for twice-daily use and contain between five and seven products each.
So, what happened when I tested the skincare kit (specifically, the "in your 20s" bundle) on myself? Read on to find out.
What I liked:
I love that the kits include all the essentials. The five-piece kit for people in their 20s has a cleansing gel, a toner, a moisturizer, an eye cream, and a face mask.
The cleanser, Mario Badescu's Enzyme Cleansing Gel, is one I've already been a fan of for years. You know that tight and dry feeling you sometimes get after washing your face? That absolutely does not happen with this cleanser. It's tough enough to dissolve makeup (yes, even mascara), but is not harsh on sensitive skin.
The toner is great as well. Even after a good face wash, there's nothing like swiping a toner-drenched cotton round across your face to remove the inevitable residue left behind. This particular toner, the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, has a fresh scent and feel.
Mario Badescu's Flower & Tonic Mask (recommended for twice-weekly use) is a great addition to the kit, too. It's packed with natural minerals, such as kaolin and zinc oxide, to purify and balance the complexion without leaving skin feeling dry or tight (notice a pattern here?). The mask goes on super smooth, and has that satisfying bright green color that's just so fun to Instagram.
I also love that this kit focuses so heavily on moisture. There's an oil-free moisturizer for your face (Stewart has said she applies it to her "arms, my legs, and my hands" at night), which is hydrating yet lightweight. Another product I loved: the Ceramide Eye Gel, which is described as "the ideal formula for the 20-something looking to introduce an eye cream into their regimen for the first time." But even as someone who already uses eye cream religiously (multiple daily, to be exact), I thoroughly enjoyed this product. The gel really works to lock in moisture. (Pro tip: Store it in the fridge. The cooled gel feels so good going on tired eyes.)
What I didn't love:
I only felt the kit was missing one thing: SPF. Wearing sunscreen every single day (yes, even in the winter) is extremely important for skin cancer prevention, so I do wish the moisturizer had SPF in it, especially since the brand does make an SPF 30 version. You can definitely apply sunscreen separately, but I'm personally a fan of having it in an all-in-one moisturizer.
Martha Stewart's Mario Badescu kits are a really great option when looking for an all-encompassing skincare regimen. It's perfect for anyone who is a bit of a skincare newbie, and wants to try more than just washing her face once a day with soap and water. Stewart's system is definitely less daunting (and less time-consuming!) than that trendy 10-step skincare routine — and I love anything that's doable on even the busiest days.
And what about that Martha Stewart-esque glow? Well, I can say that after using the products, my skin looked and felt great. And I can't wait to spread the word: I'll be gifting these sets to lucky ladies of all ages on my holiday list!
Want to try the Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu skincare system that's perfect for you? Shop all the versions below.
Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu Skin Care TEEN 5-Piece Kit
Includes Mario Badescu's Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, Oil Free Moisturizer, Orange Tonic Mask, and Drying Lotion.
Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu Skin Care 20s 5-Piece Kit
Includes the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, Ceramide Eye Gel, Oil Free Moisturizer, and Flower & Tonic Mask.
Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu Skin Care 30s 5-Piece Kit
Includes the Seaweed Cleansing Soap, Aloe Vera Toner, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream, Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C, and Enzyme Revitalizing Mask.
Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu Skin Care 40s 6-Piece Kit
Includes the Orange Cleansing Soap, Glycolic Acid Toner, Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Buttermilk Moisturizer, Herbal Hydrating Serum, and Rose Hips Mask.
Martha Stewart & Mario Badescu Skin Care 50+ 6-Piece Kit
Includes the Orange Cleansing Soap, Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion, Dermonectin Eye Cream, Peptide Renewal Cream, Peptide Renewal Serum, and Super Collagen Mask.
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