Prior to having Harper, I had oily skin. Aside from hormonal PMS breakouts, I didn’t have a major problem with acne and I definitely didn’t think I had super sensitive skin. Everything changed after giving birth. Nursing dried my skin out like crazy and all of those crazy baby hormones had me breaking out like a teenager again. This was all exacerbated by the fact that I was too tired and busy to take care of my skin the way I did before. In the last few months, however, I decided to change that. I now make sure to carve out time to take care of my skin (and hair) so I can feel better about my appearance. And that 15 minutes of alone time in my bathroom is essential to my sanity. I know that sounds weird, but I’m sure some of my fellow mamas can understand.
I said all of that to say that I’ve been testing a few new products to get my skin back on track and I’m excited to share my thoughts about them on the blog. The secret to being a product junkie without going completely broke is to buy gift sizes or travel sets of beauty products instead of splurging on the full sizes. Any time I want to try out a new product, especially a high end beauty product, I look for a small set. That way, I’m not spending a ton of money on a product that may or may not work and, if I end up loving the product, I can keep the small set to use for travel. That’s what I did with my newest cleanser: Erno Laszlo’s Sensitive Skin Cleansing Set.
I’ve heard fantastic things about Erno Laszlo’s Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, but I wanted to start out with something a bit more simple. Nordstrom had four sets to choose from: detoxifying, sensitive, hydra-therapy, white marble and firmarine. I chose the sensitive set because it claims to soothe and calm sensitive, tight or irritated skin and I am so happy with the results. After about a week of using it, my skin was completely clear. One morning, I used a different cleanser (by a brand that I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to now) and I noticed a breakout along the sides of my face that night. I went back to the sensitive skin cleansing set and it cleared up again within a day or two. Typically, as soon as I cleanse my face, my skin feels tight and dry until I put my moisturizer on. I don’t get that feeling at all with this product. I was worried that the cleansing bar would dry my skin out, but somehow my skin feels amazingly moisturized after using it.
Erno Laszlo recommends a double cleansing system. You start by massaging the oil onto a dry face. Then, you dampen the cleansing bar with water and use it to massage your face. Then rinse it all off with warm water. If I have a full face of makeup on, I’ll typically remove most of the makeup with a micellar water before cleansing. The Erno Laszlo products will get all of the makeup off without this step, but I just do it so that my bare skin can soak up more of the benefits of the cleanser. I follow the double cleansing method at night, but I use the cleansing oil by itself in the mornings to save time as I typically have a little person literally hanging from my legs in the mornings. Watch the video below for a quick demonstration.
Needless to say, I’m now a believer in Erno Laszlo products. I plan to purchase the full sizes of both of these products, as well as test out a few of the other small sets. At $28 each, I feel like they’re a steal for what you get. I also love the packaging. I don’t have to worry about getting soap residue or oil all over my sink or travel bag. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts!