Let Me Introduce You To: Erno Laszlo
If you have ever wondered what do Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Greta Garbo have in common, aside from being world treasures and icons of beauty and fashion, then you came to the right place. In today's post I am going to talk about Hollywood's A-list skincare brand, as well as maestro himself, Erno Laszlo.
About the Brand
Before moving to New York and working with Hollywood celebrities, Dr. Laszlo was already famous in Europe for healing acne of Princess Stephanie of Hungary and pioneering a plethora of groundbreaking formulations and products for various skin types. He is the father of the "double-cleansing" concept (which I swear by) as well as customized cleansing oils, bars, SPF and acne-prone skincare products. So, next time you look at your cleansing oil, you might as well send Dr. Laszlo a [cosmic] kiss.
Skin type: Dry, dehydrated, sensitive. Concerns: dryness, texture, clogged pores.
If you have been here before (welcome back!), then you already know just how much I believe in double cleansing. In case you are new to the concept, here is how it works: at first you dissolve grease, melt makeup and lift impurities by using a cleansing oil (or balm); but since there is still quite a bit of grime left, you then use a second-step cleanser (could be a micellar water, liquid creme/gel cleanser or good old bar) in order to further purify, refresh and rejuvenate your skin.
Erno Laszlo has curated a one of a kind double cleanse skincare regimen back in the 1930s, offering special solutions for people with different skin concerns. I guess, you can already tell that this brand was never a one-trick pony. If you also have a Sahara-skin (just like moi), then Hydra-Therapy Collection is what you need to look at.
By the way, the brand's mini travel kits are a perfect way to try out iconic skincare products, without breaking the bank. What you see here is Hydra-Therapy Double Cleanse Travel Set (28 USD). You get a mini sized cleansing oil and soap, housed in a hygienic (and portable) travel case.
Here comes my embarassing confession - I am one of those annoying people, who don't like reading manuals or "how-to's". Occasionally, I fall victim to my own lack of judgement, so to keep a long story short: the first time I used this duo, I made a horrible mistake of trying to rinse oil with water. Nah-ah. This is not your run-of-the-mill cleansing oil, which is why please read carefully what I am about to say.
How To Use:
Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil has a wonderful light texture and beautiful natural scent to it; fair enough - it is actually packed with jojoba, grape, avocado, apricot, carrot and many other nutrient-rich oils, that are going to not only efficiently cleanse your skin, but also leave it feeling smooth and that extra bit hydrated. That being said, unlike your usual cleansing oil (something like Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil for example) you should not put any water on top of it, until you have used Phelityl Cleansing Bar; otherwise water will make oil pieces "float to the top" and you will have a hard time removing the whole thing from both your face and hands.
Instead you should follow these steps: (1) oil, (2) lather, (3) rinse.
Now, I've never used a bar to cleanse my face, mainly because [in my mind] anything that has that solid soap shape must be quite drying. Thankfully, my concerns have nothing to do with Phelityl Cleansing Bar. I kid you not, I feel like I might be a bar convert now. This cleanser is antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich. It is made of safflower, jojoba, palm, apricot and sesame oils, as well as rosemary extract and macadamia nuts to further hydrate and nourish your already dry and sensitive skin.
Once I have applied oil to my skin, I then dip Erno Laszlo bar into water and massage my face with it (you could also lather it in your hands instead, both methods work fine). I gently move it in a circular motion from one area to another and once I feel like I have enough product on my skin, I then rinse everything off with warm water. You can remove your mascara with Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil, but personally I do prefer to use Caudalie for that (an extra step for those with very sensitive eyes like mine).
Yes, yes and yes. This duo is magical and what is even better - there are multiple options for different skin types out there (whether your concern is hypersensitivity, oiliness, detox or even brightening). I would never think of using oil and soap together, but it is 2018 and here I am. Oil breaks down even the most stubborn makeup (waterproof mascara included) and soap will then remove every little piece of dirt, revealing radiant and baby-soft skin. As a result, my face feels ah-mazing. Whenever I use a toner right after, there is literally zero makeup/grime residue on a cotton pad. Needless to say, I am a firm believer in this routine and highly recommend both products. My only (mini) grudge is, if you are a neat freak like me, make sure to rinse your sink with a bit of hot water right after to make sure that there is no oily residue left on the surface.
Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask
If we are friends on Instagram, then you know I love a good mask. I use mine at least 2-3 times a week and - again - my key concerns are fatigue and dryness. If you are also into your "eye patches", then you need to check these out.
Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask (35 USD) is an eye patch (6x2 per pack), that is supposed to tackle signs of under eye darkness, puffiness, fine lines and even wrinkles. Formula is great in my book: you get algae extract, niacinamide (aka vitamin B3), amino acids, hyaluronic acid and allantoin (prevents dry, itchy skin).
You should only wear these for 10 minutes, but I must admit, they feel so comfortable and soothing - I often wear them for 20. Each patch is made of hydrogel, which looks a lot like biocellulose (except I do li