I was introduced to Erno Laszlo skincare when I came to the company, and now I cannot live without it! Created by Dr. Laszlo, who was a famous visionary dermatologist from Hungary that came to America to open an institute in 1939. His mantra is “Beautiful skin takes commitment, not a miracle.” (You’ll see that later on when we get to the famous splashing technique). Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were all clients of his. I look for luxurious skin care products to keep my skin youthful, so of course I was hooked! I started with the basic ritual to include Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, and most recently added the Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask, which I mention here. I love masks you can sleep in, so I was especially excited to try this. It has a light weight memory foam texture, which I love so much!
Erno Laszlo has a ritual according to each individual’s skin type. Mine is oily, I had blocked pores, and was blemish prone. I wasn’t using the right products, one wrong product, and immediately my skin would breakout. I wasn’t aware you could over-dry your skin, especially with acne products.
I start with a dime size of the Pre-Cleansing Oil and rub all over the face. Then rub the wet treatment bar over the Pre-Cleansing Oil on your face, and the two mix together to make a creamy emulsion, for best results. I also love the eye creams. They’re all great, but I think I like the Firmarine best. The first one I tried, TranspHuse, is an age fighting, moisturizing eye cream. The Luminous is a detoxifiying, cooling gel. The Firmarine formula hydrates for smoother, firmer under eyes. Spirulina Maxima encourages collagen production & boosts firmness. Sodium Hyaluronate & Glycosaminoglycans hydrate, increase elasticity & smooth the skin. Aloe Extract calms, soothes & moisturizes. They’re all a moisturizing formula that doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.
Here’s the cleansing ritual I use:
1) Phelityl Pre Cleansing Oil: For dry and combination skin types that want to remove impurities before they wash their face, it’s rich in 12 essential oils full of fatty acids to nourish and protect the skin. I had not used cleansing oils in the past, due to the misconception, but it really does work! This smells wonderful and feels awesome on the skin. I take my time rubbing it in before I add the soap because it feels so great.
2) Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar: Enriched with 26 essential minerals, this magic bar is supposed to detoxify, cleanse and hydrate. Here’s how to use it: Fill the sink with warm/hot water, dip the bar, and gently rub the bar over the Face (the oil is still on the skin at this point). Repeat to create a rich lather and massage the face. Then comes the famous splashing technique. Splash 20 times in the accumulated water, then splash another 10 times with clean water. This is apparently the magic trick. I’ve seen bloggers talk about gathering product from the bar with a wet Clarisonic or equivalent brush and using that, but I haven’t tried that yet. The two together, bar & oil, is a perfect formula.
3) Light Controlling Lotion: This is called a lotion but it’s what most of us would refer to as a toner. It controls surface oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. This is the product I was most hesitant about. I stay away from toners because I associate them with alcohol and drying out the skin. I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Clove Oil eliminates bacteria & serves as an antiseptic, while glycerin naturally binds moisture to the skin. The result is clean, refreshed skin with tightened pores. Sweeping it over the skin with a cotton pad to gently exfoliate, it makes my face feel super clean.
These three products come in a value set, which is great for summer travel!
4) Oil Control Day Lotion with SPF 15: It is a basic moisturizer with an SPF of 15, but I love the way the whole system works together. It’s described as a moisturizer for oily skin that needs hydration, but oil control too. Glycerin plus antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E hydrate, repair and renew the skin. Avobenzone (3%) & Octinoxate (7.5%) protect from UVA/UVB rays.
For a boost of overnight hydration, my favorite new product comes in, the Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask. I use it after cleansing and toning, apply a thin layer, and go to sleep. Using two key ingredients, Prickly Pear (a desert succulent) to lock in moisture, and a weightless memory gel, you wake up plumped and hydrated! A new breakthrough in beauty sleep, that melts into my skin, leaving it refreshed and hydrated.
All of these products can be found at www.EDCskincare.com. Gifts and samples are also available with minimum purchase.