Review : Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

by - Saturday, December 17, 2016

I have been loyal to my Safi Gamat cleanser which is a local drugstore facial wash since I was in high school. But for some reason I kinda got immune to it so I decided to change my facial wash.

Story behind how I was introduced to this cleansing gel is during the mid year, I decided to make the greatest skincare investment in my life, which is to splurge on a Clarisonic Mia. ( Review will be up soon) And because I purchased a minimum of a certain amount, I got to choose a deluxe size sample and I went for this Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel sample since I have heard great things about it before.

When I got my clarisonic, I didn't even bother to use this cleanser with it yet, but after a month of using it and got disappointed for not getting the expected result from the clarisonic, I thought it's probably my cleanser. Because the cleanser that I was using was a foamy type of cleanser,  and the clarisonic itself is an exfoliating device, I thought maybe the combination is too much for my skin to take because my skin was getting so dry at one point so I thought, let's change to a more gentle cleanser. I mean, I paid almost RM600 for the clarisonic, I am not gonna give up on it and I just have try to find a way to make it work! LOL. So I decided to change to this sample cleanser and oh boy, I fall in love.

My skin concern was texture. I had tiny bumps on my forehead and cheeks that just won't go away due to clogged pores, no matter what I do and use for my skin. I get acne pretty frequently too. The active ingredients used in this cleanser are Papaya and Grapefruit extract which are a form of gentle Alpha hydroxyl acids that help prevent dulling build up that can cause break outs. It is marketed to be a non-foaming gel cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup without drying the skin, which I find solely true. 

True to its name, it is a light gel cleanser that does not foam at all even when I dissolve it with water. I was so used to using foaming type of cleanser that I thought that there is no way a gentle cleanser like this would work better for my skin. But I was so wrong. I don't know what kind of magic it does, but it really does cleanse my skin very well. It has a very subtle sweet natural scent. My skin feels so clean but not that squeaky dry clean feeling afterwards, which is great. 

Just after two weeks of using this cleanser, I can clearly see differences on my skin. Bumps were slowly going away and I do not get acne as frequent anymore. Immediately after I was finished with the sample, I went ahead and bought the biggest bottle from sephora. That is how much I love it. Okay let's talk about the price. I paid RM99 for 472ml at Sephora website but to be honest, it is a good deal. 472ml is a lot! There is another one which is 236ml selling for RM73. So if you ask me, I'd say go big. I have been using this huge bottle every single night for the past three months and I haven't even reach half of the bottle yet. You only need a pea size per wash. 

It has been four months of using it now, I can say that my skin has completely cleared up and I do not get any of those nasty pimples anymore, except for one tiny acne during that time of the month. My complexion is more glowy and brightened too. Of course, I have to give credit to my clarisonic too, I think it is such an amazing device. But the combination of this cleanser with my clarisonic is what brings my skin back to life lol. I will totally recommend this cleanser to anyone with any skin concerns. Now I just have to find the solutions to my scars and dark circles that are so loyal to my skin, sigh hahahah.

Pros : 
  • Very gentle
  • Does not dry out the skin
  • Very effective
  • Clears my break outs
Cons : 
  • None

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