Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Beauty Diaries Volume VI: The World's Best Face Wash (Review)

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



Image taken from Nordstrom.com.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post!

Hi beauties :) Today I'm back with another rant and rave beauty diaries post, and today's hot topic is something I've been absolutely loving like "oh my gosh where have you been all my life" kind of love. Today's product is Erno Laszlo's 'Sea Mud' Deep Cleansing Bar for Normal/Combination Skin ($39 - didn't have any luck buying it in store, so if you want to try it out I'd order it online. If you hate it, well good thing Nordstrom takes back anything!). I'm a huge skincare/beauty geek and I love trying out new products to find that one holy grail item that does wonders to my skin and I won't be able to live without. In all my years of being a self-proclaimed beauty connoisseur, there have only been a handful of items I've come to fall deeply in love with, both of which are skincare items - Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner. Find my review here (I've been using both products for 5+ years). I've been using this cleansing bar for almost a month now, and I've never seen my skin look or feel better!! It will definitely be an item I will repurchase time and time again for years to come so I wanted to share the wealth with all of you because who doesn't love healthy, beautiful skin??

The magic: 

1) Fading post-acne scars - Usually my acne scars around my forehead and nose area don't last very long, but I have a huge problem with acne scars of the side of my cheeks. The last time I got acne there was around 4 years ago, but in the last few months I got a few pimples there and from past experience the scars have taken 3+ months to heal completely. This time around, I also had some problems with not only dark scarring but feeling a bump under my skin still, meaning the bacteria inside was still there and would eventually lead to future acne in the same spot. However, after around 1-2 weeks using the cleansing bar, my skin is completely smooth and all signs of dark scarring has faded drastically

2) Controlling and preventing zits - I have combination skin, so I'm more prone to getting acne in my t-zone (mostly my forehead/hairline area). I've noticed that the cleansing bar has helped reduce my acne by a great deal and helps any stray zits I get here and there disappear in just a couple days.

3) Cleaning out pores - I have definitely seen a visible improvement in terms of reducing blackheads and minimizing the size of pores. No, you can't actually physically shrink your pores, but if they are cleaner, they appear smaller!

4) Healthy, glowing skin - Overall, I feel like it gives my skin a very healthy glow instead of looking dull. I think this is due largely in part to the fact that it cleans very well, which helps your skin absorb toner and moisturizer better leading to overall healthier and more beautiful skin :)

The only con I can think of: 

Price! I know $39 is not cheap to most people for skincare since drugstore options are much more affordable and seem to do a decent job. But I've tried my fair share of drugstore cleansers - Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, St. Ives, etc. and none compare (I find them quite drying). This bar is supposed to last roughly 6-9 months if you use it twice daily which actually means the price isn't all that ostentatious!

How to use:

I've read some reviews of people feeling displeased with the product and I think it's because they're not using the product correctly. The directions aren't all too descriptive on the packaging but this is how I was taught to use it.
1) Fill your sink a little less than halfway with warm water
2) Run the cleansing bar under the water until the water becomes murky with the color of the cleanser
3) With the extra residue left on your hands, use this first to wash your face
4) Rinse your face with the water in the sink 30 times
5) Rinse again with just water
6) Repeat day and night! 

This can also be used on your body so if anyone struggles with back and/or chest acne I think it's worth a shot. I am currently just starting to try that out since it's something I have yet to find a solution for, so if it works out I'll let you know! If anyone tries this product out, please let me know your thoughts! I'd love to hear, and I hope this review was helpful!

XOXO, 
E ♥


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7 comments:

  1. Great review! I've actually never heard of this before, I'll have to look into it!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. Great review Erica! I never heard of this, but I struggle with acne scars and oily t-zones.. you can imagine how shiny I get in the summer! I've been looking for a great skincare regimen, and so far I've been using a Clarisonic.. I kind of swear by it now, it helped reduced my acne greatly. I'm not sure what it is with these black colored products.. but they kind of work wonders. I'm using a Boscia Black Hydration Gel as a moisturizer and it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin shine-free, and this Origins Charcoal Clay Mask whenever I feel like I have blackheads.. seems like they do well for oily skin.. I wonder what they use. None the less, thanks for the reviews, I might just give this a shot to use during my morning routine since you've only said great things about it :)


    - Christine

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  3. Thanks Yi-chia! I only recently heard of this product because it's huge in Asia and they constantly rave about how great it is, so I decided to give it a try and it is seriously awesome! One of the best skincare products I have ever used :) Let me know if you try it out!

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  4. Thanks Christine! It's definitely a product that I just got familiar with recently also, but I'm always looking for the next new product that I'll fall in love with and improve my skin. I have the same problem as you where I get super shiny in the summer because it's so humid over here on the East Coast. I considered getting the Clarisonic, but I read so many reviews about people who started having problems with broken capillaries in their face so I got scared :( But you are definitely right...hahaha these black colored skincare products have earned their good rep in the beauty world! I haven't tried either products you mentioned, but the moisturizer sounds very interesting! I might have to pop into Sephora and check it out :) Let me know if you try out the cleansing bar though!!

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  5. I wanted to try this, but it seems to be sold out everywhere! I called Nordstrom to check on restocking, and they said there was no restocking date. Such a bummer :(

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  6. I can't believe it's sold out everywhere! I was in disbelief when you told me so I checked all the department stores and it seems to be sold only in Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Your better bet might be to try Neiman Marcus because the website says it should be back in stock and shipped by June 14 if you order online! I hope Nordstrom restocks soon though :(

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  7. A skin care regimen that I used for many years was to do a twice daily face cleanse and regular ex foliation to remove dead skin cells. I have over the years used products such as Neutrogena, Cetaphil and Olay with indifferent results.

    Recently I bought a sonic cleanser and use it on a daily basis. It's so easy to use and doesn't harm my face as there are no rubbing brushes involved. It's very convenient because it only takes a few minutes every day. You can also get a number of cleansing lotions formulated for specific purposes to use with the device. I wouldn't be without my sonic cleanser.

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