If you don’t know the story behind Erno Laszlo, you are definitely missing out. Dr. Laszlo was born in Hungary, and developed a method of cleansing skin by using soap and water instead of cold cream. This method healed the then-princess Stephanie’s skin, and while still reeling from that success, opened the very first Institute of Scientific Cosmetology in Budapest. He was the first to formulate sunscreens, introduce products that were pH balanced, design water based products for oily skin, develop a skin care system for men, create a skincare system for teens, and prescribe personalized skin care rituals.
Clearly, he knew what he was doing. All of Dr. Laszlo’s skin care rituals begin with one thing: splashing the face with comfortably hot water. The reasons for this are multiple:
- it deeply cleanses the skin
- it exfoliates dead skin cells
- flushes out toxins
- strengthens, plumps, and softens skin
- stimulates collagen production
- enhances the absorption of moisturizer
Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Laszlo ventured to Los Angeles in 1937 and quickly had such stars as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Ava Gardner as loyal clients. However, in 1939 he moved to New York City and opened his U.S. institute on Fifth Avenue.
After I learned all this, I was excited to try the line. Luckily, the line has the Erno Laszlo Beta Wash and the Erno Laszlo Beta Mask that is an excellent ritual for oily and blemished skin, both of which were prescribed via the Laszlomatic on the brand’s website.
The Erno Laszlo Beta Wash is a powerful oil-free gel cleanser with algae extracts to detoxify the skin and chamomile to calm irritation. It also contains beta hydroxy acid, to combat breakouts, plus rosemary, sage, and myrrh – known botanical acne healers. It penetrates pores to interrupt the acne production cycle and absorbs oil without dehydrating the skin. It’s a gentle gel formulation and is easy to use. After using, my face didn’t feel overly dry or uncomfortable at all, and it helped keep my shine down to a minimum.
The Erno Laszlo Beta Maskis a multi-faced approach to combating acne. It contains one percent salicylic acid for mild exfoliation, willow bark extract to reduce sebum secretion and kaolin to absorb excess shine. Because blemished skin is sensitive, calendula, arnica and sage are added to tone and moisturize, while peppermint and eucalyptus provide antibacterial benefits. This is an amazing acne fighter and once again, it doesn’t strip all the moisture from your face. In actuality, my skin felt very moisturized after this mask, which is unusual, since many of them make my face feel as tight as Joan Rivers.
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