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In Defense of Bar Soap: Erno Laszlo Edition

One of the first and most oft-heard beauty “rules” I can think of is the one about bar soap, and how it’s horrible for your skin. Now, depending on your skin type, this rule may hold true for you—if you’re super-sensitive or super-dry, bar soap is likely one of those things you should probably steer clear from. But if you’re not, and you’re looking for a game-changer in your skin care routine, bar soap might actually be just what you’re looking for.

Of course I’m not just talking about any bar soap—after all, they’re hardly created equal. (And it’s not like you’d think it’s okay to use, say, Lava Soap on your face under any circumstances … right?) I’m talking about Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar—a facial cleanser that’s been around for ages. It actually made a cameo in a Woody Allen movie once. Honestly, how many items in your medicine cabinet can say that?

What makes this bar soap special, other than its illustrious film career, of course, is the fact that it contains Dead Sea mud, which brings to your face tons of nourishing minerals. These minerals work to restore your skin’s own mineral levels, and can even improve chronic conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis while getting rid of blackheads and clearing breakouts.

What I enjoy most about Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar? Seems obvious, but it makes my face feel super-clean after one go-round—even if I’m wearing a full face of makeup. What’s more, I had been suffering from a bit of seasonal (stress-related, maybe?) breakouts, and since I’ve started using this stuff, the breakouts are no more. And my skin feels super soft—not dried out in the slightest bit.

I should also point out that I employed Dr. Laszlo’s decades-old “30 Splashes” technique in testing out this product. In case you didn’t know, he was a strong believer in the use of water—and his formulas were meant to help maximize the skin’s ability to benefit from water’s cleansing/replenishing properties, which according to the Laszlo school of thought do the following:

• cleanse deeply
• foster exfoliation
• flush out toxins
• plump the skin
• strengthen capillaries
• accelerate cell renewal
• enhance absorption/efficacy of moisturizers and other products

To try out Dr. Laszlo’s “30 Splashes” technique yourself:

1. Start with a basin full of warm/hot water.
2. Dip the cleansing bar in the water and rub it over your face. Repeat. Now, the water in the basin is “treatment water.”
3. Work up a lather and set the bar aside. Massage the lather on your face with your fingers before leaning over and splashing it 20 times with the “treatment water.”
4. Empty the basin and run fresh water (same temperature).
5. Splash your face 10 times more using the running water.
6. Towel off. You’re done!

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