Erno Laszlo

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How To Do the Erno Laszlo Double-Cleansing Method Plus Tips for Your Skin Type

To replicate our favorite facial at home, we employ the double cleansing method: removing makeup first with an oil, followed by a cleanser to wash the grime away. The age-old practice traces its lineage back to Dr. Erno Laszlo, the Hungarian physician who invented the double cleanse method in 1935. “Dr. Laszlo believed that if you do nothing else, wash your face,” says Kristy Watson, Erno Laszlo Chief Marketing Officer, of the man who basically invented personalized skin care for the likes of Greta Garbo, Jackie O. and Marilyn Monroe. “He believed that skin care should be personalized and that no two skin types are alike, which is why we offer multiple solutions in our collection.”

Today, nearly a century after its inception, the Erno Laszlo company continues to believe that healthy skin begins with a thorough double cleanse. “Our mantra is, we cleanse your skin without stripping it of its vital nutrients and moisture so the skin remains hydrated and refreshed,” says Watson. Below, she takes us step-by-step through finding our perfect routine, plus offers tips targeted to treating acne and other skin conditions.



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Erno Laszlo ‘Sea Mud’ Deep Cleansing Bar for Normal/Combination Skin

“This amazing sea mud cleansing bar was a classic nighttime ritual for Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo—and it is still around today! The recommended “splash” method of rinsing is my fave thing about it!”