Join us September 13th for a fundraiser to benefit Richmond Triangle Players. You will have the opportunity to speak with specialists for Erno Laszlo and Jack Black skincare. 10% of your purchases will go to the theatre. There are many door prizes and giveaways. We look forward to seeing you. 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
Posted on September 8, 2017
Posted on July 10, 2017
The Laszlo Glow
Imagine telling the most beautiful women in the world, “You need to wash your face.”
That's exactly what Dr. Erno Laszlo did and it made him one of the most sought after dermatologists in New York and Hollywood.
Erno Laszlo, a pioneer in 20th Century skin care, believed beautiful skin was no miracle. Beautiful skin, he said, was the result of a commitment to a proper cleansing ritual and the use of prescribed skincare products to match his client's concerns - a bespoke approach to skincare.
The Age of Cold Cream and One Face Cream Fits All
If they did wash their face, it was with harsh soaps that stripped the skin of natural oils. Their moisturizers were almost always one face cream fits all. Dr. Laszlo put a stop to that.
Erno Laszlo to the Rescue
Erno Laszlo introduced American women to the concept of the Double Cleanse with its facial cleansing oil, beauty cleansing bar and its splashing technique. He analyzed women's (and men's) skin giving them precise techniques for their personal cleansing and prescribed the exact products for their particular skin type and concern. The results were startling. Beautiful, radiant skin emerged everywhere.
Thus was born “The Laszlo Glow.” And, everyone wanted it.
The Influencers of the day, celebrities, socialites and stars of Broadway and Hollywood, flocked to his office. Everyone from Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn to Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were his devotees.
Audrey Hepburn once famously said, “I owe 50 per cent of my beauty to my mother and the other 50 per cent to Erno Laszlo."
Each Double Cleanse is concern specific and full of powerful actives to deliver instant, visible results.
Proper cleansing is the foundation of beautiful skin. When the compliments start, just say, “It’s the Erno Laszlo Glow.”
Posted on November 2, 2013
I know you’ve been feeling it. Dryer hands, face and lips.
What’s a woman or a man to do?! Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for the coming harsh climate of winter.
TIP 1: Use Creamier Facial Cleansers.
Put away the gels and use creamier cleansers that help retain moisture. Be gentle when cleansing. Use a light circular motion. Avoid harsh rubbing and never pull at your skin. Look for sulfate-free and soap free products. Soap-free formulations prevent moisture loss and will leave your skin feeling super soft.
Juara Rice Facial Cleanser is a foaming, sulfate-free, rinse-off cleanser that removes make-up and skin-dulling debris with gentle cleansers.
Men like their products to do more than one thing so they really like Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe and Sage Leaf.
Speaking of toners...
TIP 2: Don’t forget the Toner!
Because it’s really important! Toner balances skin’s pH, hydrates skin by binding moisture to your skin, tightens facial pores and increases your moisturizer's absorption. Toners may be used with a cotton ball or sprayed in a mist directly on the face.
All natural Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonizing Mist, for sensitive skin, is made from pure Rose Damask petals collected at dawn when the oil is at its peak. The luxurious facial tonic tones, hydrates, soothes and limits potential reactions to sun, wind, cold, flying and pollution.
Jurlique Balancing Mists are toners that come in a variety of natural ingredients to serve your skin type and concerns. The mists contain a wide variety of natural ingredients including marshmallow and glycerin to help prevent moisture loss and intensely hydrate and soften the skin.
TIP 3: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Use a richer, creamier moisturizer to seal in moisture, ease the signs of aging and repair sun damage, reduce redness and dark spots. Your skin needs richer, more emollient creams (especially at night) that keep the skin elastic and moisturized.
Also, if you notice your skin is dull looking with dark spots, or uneven tone, look for a brightening cream. Brighteners, such as Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Cream for daily hydration, prevent discoloration and diminish the appearance of dark spots to even skin tone and illuminate your skin for a fresh, youthful look.
Men will like Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 and Blue Algae extract to visibly improve skin's overall appearance and hydration. Blue Algae extract, a rich source of vitamin E, helps keep skin supple and reduces inflammation and redness.
TIP 4: Exfoliate Gently and Frequently.
Summer environmental aggressors can leave skin dry, dull and flaky. In order to remove the dead skin cells, revive dull skin and repair any damage, you need to exfoliate frequently – probably twice a week with a gentle, natural exfoliator.
AHAVA Facial Mud Exfoliator is a gentle, natural face scrub, formulated with Dead Sea mud to remove dead dulling skin cells while stimulating cellular renewal to reveal brighter, even toned skin.
TIP 5: Mask that Face! Once A Week.
Your skin will thank you.Use a leave-on mask once a week for a more complete and deeper hydrating treatment. You'll get a wide range of skin benefits by giving yourself a facial mask once a week. The mask deeply cleanses, moisturizes, and clarifies. And, can be a very relaxing experience.
Try Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask. Avocado strengthens skin's natural barrier while banana helps draw water to the skin to maintain optimal hydration.
If blemishes are a concern, tryJuice Beauty Blemish Clearing Mask with a clarifying blend of exfoliating organic hydroxy-fruit acids, purifying clay and healing bamboo. This weekly mask treatment helps control oil and clears blemished skin for a fresh, radiant complexion.
TIP 6: Ditch the Wax:
Avoid waxy lip balms that keep you licking your lips, which just leads to chapping.
Try Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer, a fragrance, flavor and color free lip balm full of absorbent fatty acids.Unlike traditional oils and drying waxes and silicones that are often licked off or wiped away, this lip balm nourishes upon impact while offering a continual layer of hydrating protection throughout the day and night.
Hampton Sun Sport Lip Balm has a hydrating formula with an SPF of 30, includes natural and organic ingredients such as pomegranate, aloe vera, grapefruit, cucumber, green tea, and many other calming additives to protect and hydrate lips.
TIP 7: Wear Sunscreen! Wear it every day the sun is out
It’s not the temperature that causes skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer. It’s the UV rays. Avoid the danger, the tell-tale leathery looking skin, deep wrinkles, uneven skin tone and age spots. Apply sunscreen after finishing your makeup. Keep some in your car. Keep some by the front door so you can apply it before you leave the house. No excuses. Wear sunscreen.
HAMPTON SUN’s Smart Serious Sunbathing offers a complete line of luxury sun protection products in light and silky formulations that combine the most effective moisturizers, anti-oxidants and UVA/UVB sun protection to help reduce premature signs of aging.
Posted on October 23, 2013
As trees turn from their summer green to the more dazzling colors of fall, websites, retailers and even football teams follow suit by turning themselves brilliant pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
But, we need to be aware every month of the year.
Awareness is our first important weapon against this dreadful disease. We need awareness to educate ourselves because early detection makes the difference in having a successful outcome. Knowing our family history, doing monthly self-exams from your 30’s on and getting annual mammograms after age 40 are important pro-active and life-saving steps.
Lifestyle can also affect your risk for breast cancer. All the rules for good health apply: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, exercise, and wear sunscreen every sunny or partly sunny day of the year. Yes, any sunny day of the year. Limit alcohol, eat a well-balanced diet, don’t smoke and read the labels on your skin care products. Why? Because our skin absorbs over 60% of what we put on it. It stands to reason topical substances will have a direct impact on our skin health as well as on our looks.
Skin Health during Breast Cancer Treatments
Many of us know about the chemotherapy and radiation side effects of nausea and fatigue but don’t realize that our skin can really suffer when we undergo these difficult but life-saving therapies. Chemotherapy causes skin to become very dry and irritated and the target areas of radiation can become red and feel burned.
Patients rate skin irritation and dry skin as their most annoying side effects. These side effects are not just an annoyance. Dry and irritated skin can become inflamed, rash-y, uncomfortable and susceptible to infection. All skin reactions need to be discussed with your healthcare team as most skin reactions are expected and can indicate the therapy is working.
What Can You Do to Ease the Discomfort?
If you don’t have a skin care routine already, it’s a good idea to get one before you start your therapy. A good routine can ease the effects by preparing your skin before, during and after treatment. The number one rule is to be gentle with your skin. Know your ingredients and use the best possible skincare products you can afford. It’s perfectly fine to use over the counter beauty brands as long as they don’t irritate.
Erno Laszlo to the Rescue
When your skin is dehydrated and stressed, it’s recommended you move away from lotions to more hydrating creams and balms. I want to tell you about the Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Collection because this line was specifically created to promote the repair and healing of stressed and dehydrated skin.
The most famous cream in the line is Phormula 3-9 Balm, a rich reparative moisturizer and healing balm. The ultimate remedy for scars, wounds, burns and sun exposed skin, this iconic nourishing balm works to strengthen skin and reduce irritation. Perfected over almost 100 years of research and development, and used in its many iterations by some of the most iconic beauties of the last century including Marilyn Monroe, this highly advanced formula restores skin that is stressed, dulled and dried by lifestyle and environmental factors.
How It Works
Formulated with rich botanical oils and advanced nourishing active ingredients, the 3-9 Balm creates a healing Health Dome™ around the skin to improve oxygenation and reverse dehydration. It’s like a second skin. The formula's smoothing and hydrating properties are effectively and quickly absorbed, boosting your skin's own natural healing properties. It reduces irritation, redness and puffiness. You can use the balm for face and body, as a spot treatment or all over. Use it to treat everything from dry patches to sunburn and to improve post-surgical scars. It’s very effective in treating burns, too and is fragrance free.
What It Does
• Heals: Reduces scarring and helps to heal burns with rich, tropical Tamanu Oil that boosts skin health while soothing irritation and inflammation.
• Restores: Glycosaminoglycans promote collagen production for increased smoothness and elasticity.
• Protects: Rich formula seals in vital nutrients and protects against harsh environment aggressors.
Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR CREAM Daily Help for Stressed Skin
Phormula 3-9 Repair Cream is a daily nutritional supplement for the skin, offering superior hydration, strong anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties for renewed skin cell energy and a more hydrated, youthful appearance. The 3-9 Repair Cream delivers healing and helps diminish scars by encouraging strong cell turnover.
What It Does
• Repairs: Rare blend of oils including wild-harvested African Marula Oil boosts cell turnover to diminish scars and promote healing.
• Hydrates: Kuikui Nut Oil rapidly improves skin moisturization, leading to healthier cellular processes and skin suppleness.
• Protects: Superior delivery system of cultured Raspberry Stem Cells provide potent antioxidant protection.
Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR SERUM A Liquid Therapuetic Bandage
A daily radiance-boosting serum that encourages healthy skin metabolism and strong skin cell turnover for improved brightness, texture and glow. Collagen and elastin production is boosted, resulting in greater elasticity, hydration, and evenness of tone. This strengthening formula acts as a liquid therapeutic bandage, gently releasing nutrient-rich active ingredients into the skin to elicit the skin’s natural healing response.
What It Does
• Brightens: Extract of Kombucha improves skin clarity and radiance.
• Smooths: Rapidly improves skin moisturization with Red Algae and soothing botanical oils leading to healthier skin.
• Strengthens: Chuchuhuasi Extract stimulates the skin’s natural immune response while powerful peptides stimulate cell renewal.
Posted on July 25, 2013
Did you know that "moisturizing" your skin and "hydrating" your skin are two different things? Yep, it's the truth.
We have all seen the ads for cosmetic creams and moisturizers that promise to "penetrate deeply" into the skin, and yet, you apply these creams and two or three hours later, your skin feels dry, tight and stretched again.
The reason for that feeling is this: Hydration is something that occurs within the skin, and while creams and moisturizers may grease it up, lubricate it so to speak, it doesn't really give your skin what it really needs, and that is water.
So, what's a girl to do?
Take, for instance, the Erno Laszlo system of "splashing". When using any of their facial cleansing soaps, they recommend 30 splashes. 20 splashes of "treatment water" (water that has had the soap itself dipped in it) and then 10 splashes of clean water.This may seem excessive and time consuming, however, it allows the minerals in the product to be delivered to the skin with water, which is the best delivery method.
One of my very favorite products, and one that is under utilized, is a spritz toner.
These spritzes can be used all day long to impart healing organic juices, aloe, calendula and water to the skin for instant hydration! Carry them in your purse and liberally spritz during the day for a refresher and let your skin drink it in!
When using as a toner in the morning, spritz on, leaving the skin slightly damp and follow with a moisturizing cream that is loaded with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, and powerful antioxidants that fight free radical production in the skin and mimic our natural acid mantle, which our body loses the ability to produce on its' own as we age. Voila! now you're hydrated!
Two Moisturizers that I highly recommend for all of the reasons listed above are Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Elemental Herbology's Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator. Both of these moisturizers are chock full of the good stuff. Antioxidants, Organic juices, Aloe, Argan Oil and Royal Jelly.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the Kneipp line of bath products and essential oils for the body. The skin on our bodies is just as important as the skin on our face as far as hydration is concerned. Interesting story: The Kneipp line of products was developed by a German Monk by the name of Sebastian Kneipp who in 1890 cured himself of tuberculosis with homeopathic herbal remedies and water therapy!
The word "essential" means something that has to come from an outside source, not made by the body, and in the case of keeping the skin moist and hydrated, essential fatty acids must be stepped up on a daily basis orally – to help bring back elasticity and thickness to the skin. Evening Primrose Oil is and excellent source of EFA's!
One last tip... and it's a big one. Make sure that you are drinking the maximum amount of water that you can during the day! There is nothing better for your skin and for your health!
Posted on May 23, 2013
Model, actress, style and beauty icon, loyal user of Erno Laszlo skin care products. Marilyn Monroe truly possessed the "Laszlo Glow". Before Photoshop and air-brushing ever existed, movie stars like Marilyn had flawless skin. How did they do it? Surely, just like all women, they had blemishes, dark circles, sun damage; all of the skin problems that we all experience at one time or another. And yet, they managed to maintain an almost flawless look time and time again.
As for Marilyn, she was a close friend and devotee of Erno Laszlo. Famous dermatologist to the stars in that era. Dr. Laszlo's products have been with us for 85 years, and of them all, Phormula 3-9 Balm is head and shoulders above the rest.
This amazing balm has been through 8 formulations between the early 1920's and 1973. The 1st Phormula was made expressly for Princess Stephanie of Hungary. The Princess suffered from acute acne, and only this balm could help her poor skin.
Next came the celebrated actress Frida Gombaszogi who was shot in the face by a rejected suitor. Scandalous! Dr. Laszlo created a Phormula for her scars and restored her to near normal.
Others to enjoy the benefits of the Phormula included Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, The Duchess of Windsor, Hubert DeGivenchy, Audrey Hepburn and finally Marilyn, for whom Phormula 3-8 was specially formulated to treat a post surgical abdominal scar. And finally, Phormula 3-9, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit of balancing the power of nature and science in the protection and healing of the skin.
You may not even be aware of the top factors that can stress your skin – we call them the "Seven Skin Sins." Phormula 3-9 is a specialized collection with an unparalleled capacity for repairing and protecting skin that is stressed, dulled, and dehydrated by lifestyle and environmental factors.
Indoor & outdoor UV exposure, air pollution, caffeine & alcohol, sleeping in your make-up, lack of sleep, and stress all contribute to stressed out, damaged, dehydrated skin.I would add to those, illness, medications and injury. Fortunately, Phormula 3-9 provides the answer. Yes, this little gem of a cream is a bit pricey at $245 a jar, but I would argue that it is well worth it!
The human skin leads a very complex life. It breathes, thinks and works. It registers and reflects all that we experience – fear, joy, pain and pleasure. It surrounds and protects us as we move through the world and, miraculously, when it is injured, it can heal and renew itself.
Dr. Laszlo believed that healthy, beautiful skin did not require “miracle treatments.” He understood that it is the skin itself that is the miracle, and he conceived a healing, protective formula in direct response to this basic truth. That phormula is 3-9.
By sealing technologically advanced ingredients within a Health Dome™ that acts as a second skin, Phormula 3-9 Balm provides intense oxygenation and thorough re-hydration.
Posted on March 14, 2013
The Make-up trend for Spring Brides 2013 seems to be leaning toward a soft, natural, sleek and simplistic look. Not only in make-up but in the overall theme of the bride in general.
How many bridal magazines have you gazed at and thought to yourself, I want to look just like THAT on my wedding day!
The thing is, no matter how much make-up you do or don't wear on your special day, it won't mean much if your canvas is not picture perfect. And by canvas, I mean YOUR SKIN.
In an article that appeared in Australian Vogue in January 2013:
Maya Bilalis, who owns a Medispa in Sydney’s Woollahra, has seen her share of bridal beauty meltdowns and believes it’s best to embark on a dermal overhaul well before your wedding.
“Depending on the condition your skin is in, I recommend creating a skin regimen three to six months before your actual wedding day: it won’t work to start a week before.”
#2 on Maya's list of 8 Steps to Glowing, Aisle Ready Skin says:
2. Think big picture
“Think about the skin all over your body, not just your face. What kind of dress are you wearing on the day? If it’s backless, you may need to give your back a facial or your legs may need exfoliation and preparation if changing into a cocktail dress.”
#6 on her list talks about your skincare routine:
6. Amp up your skincare
“Use products that contain skin-renewing AHAs/DHAs and antioxidants that fight free radicals to protect your skin. The most skin-effective vitamins for perfect skin are vitamin A/C/E."
Elemental Herbology's Cell Food is an intensive, powerhouse dose of antioxidants and reparative nutrients helps stimulate collagen and elastin production to restore vitality and radiance and reduces the effects of aging such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
Erno Laszlo's Luminous C10 Night Treatment works while you sleep. The skin recovers its natural balance in order to recharge its youthful brightness. Speed up the process with this illuminating night moisturizer. With 10% Vitamin C, the highest allowable dose, it works overnight to repair discoloration and environmental damage and stimulate collagen production for brighter, younger looking skin.
And don't forget those last minute glamorous finishing touches!
Erno Laszlo Absolute Finish Foundation is absolutely amazing! You get that "porcelain finish", although I definately recommend using a foundation brush with this one.
And lastly, the Diamond Dusting Silk in Tryst by Lady Primrose : A simple twist unlocks the brush and releases the dusting silk into the bristles. Easy to use and travel with, this acrylic handled dusting brush is refillable with your favorite Lady Primrose dusting silk. The dusting silk inside the handle contains finely crushed chamomile and marigold flowers, blended with silk and plant extracts. Along with a delicate fragrance, this powder contains a beautiful shimmer that is sure to turn heads.
Posted on January 17, 2013
Imagine for a moment the ultra glamorous movie stars and female icons of the 1950’s and 60’s. Such awe inspiring beauties as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and the fiercest of them all Jacqueline Kennedy O’Nassis. Their photos were taken BEFORE the age of air brushing and Photoshop, so when they were having a "bad skin day", well, what was a girl to do? They each owned their own particular brand of beauty, and I want to share with you their secret….Erno Laszlo.
A little history:
In 1921, Erno Laszlo completes his studies in skin pathology and skin disease with Professor Max Joseph, "the father of modern dermatology".
In 1927, Dr. Laszlo heals Hungary's Princess Stephanie of acute acne, restoring her self esteem. He also successfully treats Frida Gombaszogl, one of Hungary's most celebrated actresses after she is shot in the face at point blank range by a rejected suitor.
Encouraged by his successes, Dr. Laszlo opens the first Erno Laszlo Institute of scientific cosmetology in Budapest.
Years later, after opening a skin institute on Fifth Avenue in New York and building a clientele that included Hollywood's most elite, Women's Wear Daily would announce that Erno Laszlo skin care was "in demand" and the most "pivotal line now".
Marilyn Monroe was not only a devotee of the line but also a close personal friend of the Dr.'s. When newspapers around the world carried photos of her death bed, jars of Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Cream could be seen on her nightstand.
During the 1960's, the list of clients seeking treatment from Erno Laszlo grows to include Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister, and the luminous Audrey Hepburn who is famously quoted as saying "I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and 50% to Erno Laszlo."
In 2009, Laszlo again revolutionized the skincare market with the introduction of its Firmarine line which contains the super- nutrient algae Spirulina Maxima to firm, nourish and moisturize the skin.
And today, in 2013, the rich tradition continues. The famous Erno Laszlo Institute has re-opened and will also be featuring a display of some of Marilyn Monroe's personal effects, including that iconic jar on her nightstand.
I, personally, have fallen in LOVE with this line. I have been truly amazed by the intense healing power of the 3-9 Formula cream, the Timeless Skin Serum, Hydraphel Day Cream, and one of my favorites, the Phelityl Cleansing Bar. It's soap! Yes, soap. I have always just felt, I don't know, cleaner, when I wash with soap and this bar washes away ALL traces of my make-up so Im not left with those yucky brown streaks on my white towels when I dry my face.
The best news? I am offering FREE skin care consultations with the Erno Laszlo line during January and February. Hopefully you are reading this and live in the Richmond area. If you don't live in the area, don't worry, we aren't leaving you out! A $150 qualifying purchase on the web site will get you a free gift of the Firmarine cream! A $100 value! BUT, not only am I offering the FREE consultation, if you make a purchase of at least $150, I will be giving FREE mini-facials! I give a pretty good facial massage, if I do say so myself! And, if you cant make it by, please feel free to call the shop and ask me any question you may have about the Erno Laszlo line. I'm out to turn you in to a fan just like I am!