Erno Laszlo famously said, “Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” Erno Laszlo New York is all about dedication, and to this day, his bespoke cleansing ritual informs every element of the line.
As a self-described lazy girl, words like “commitment”, “dedication” and “ritual” freak me out, but at some point, I had to ask myself—were my bad skincare habits keeping me from a flawless complexion? And hey! If Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O could make time in their busy schedules for Laszlo’s rituals, surely I could as well. So, I decided to make a serious committent to a skincare routine. The goal? To try a complete Erno Laszlo regimen for one month, and see if my skin saw results.
DAILY AM/PM RITUAL
Since my skin is a little on the dry side, I opted for Erno’s Hydra-Therapy line. The first step in my newfound skincare routine was cleansing, which—according to Laszlo’s signature ritual—is a two-product affair. First, I removed makeup and impurities with the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. In the past, I’ve avoided cleansing oils like the plague because I thought they would feel..well, oily…but this formula felt like heaven on my skin, and completely dissolved all my makeup. Next, I reached for the Phelityl Cleansing Bar, which worked into a nice, rich lather, and left my skin feeling squeaky clean and soft.
Step two in the ritual is toning, which for me consisted Erno Laszlo’s Hydraphel Skin Supplement—an alcohol-free toner that gently calms and hydrates the skin. I swept it onto my face with a cotton pad, and enjoyed the subtle cooling sensation. Step 3? Moisturizing, of course! I smoothed a thin layer of Erno’s Skin Revitalizer Serum over skin, and voila! That concluded the AM/PM ritual. A few more steps than this lazy girl was used to, but all things considered, not too involved.
Now I know what you’re thinking…AM/PM routine? Yes, there is a tiiiiiny bit more to Laszlo’s ritual. In addition to the daily treatments, there are two weekly masks within the Hydra-Therapy line— Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask and Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment. The Skin Vitality Treatment is a once-a-week, 2-step mask that soothes, hydrates and plumps the complexion. I mixed it together, smoothed some on with a spatula, and waited the allotted 20 minutes. When I rinsed it away, my typically dry face felt super soft and baby smooth. The other mask in the line— The Hydra-Therapy Sleep Mask—had a cool, jelly-like consistency, and the instructions said it should be used “as needed.” I smoothed some over my serum on nights my when my skin felt extra dry. The cooling, pink formula went on more like a cream than a typical mask, and in the morning, my complexion looked extremely nourished, dewy and bouncy.
And that’s it—my entire Erno Laszlo routine. As you can see, the Laszlo ritual is slightly more intensive than some regimens, and doesn’t offer the convenience of two-in-one products. But, a few weeks in, I was already seeing results, so I decided to stick to it for the entire month. Erno’s rituals are definitely not for the lazy, but let’s be real—the entire AM/PM routine takes all of five minutes, tops. What’s five minutes for flawless skin?
So, here’s my verdict— totally worth it. I might not look as drop-dead gorgeous as Marilyn or Jackie, but the difference in my skin is pretty remarkable. Not only does my complexion look clear, hydrated and dewy, but it feels incredibly healthy. What’s more, there’s something to be said for taking time out of your day to pamper yourself. Your skin look better on the outside, but you’ll feel better on the inside, too.