When visiting Seanmhathair -- which is Irish for Grandmother -- I was always intrigued by her peaches and cream complexion and her exquisite and expensive looking bottles of creams and lotions. When she was busy knitting or reading a book, I would tiptoe to her bathroom and gaze at her skincare collection in awe like they were a Rembrandt painting.
One of the skincare lines that graced her vanity table was Erno Laszlo. I hadn't given old Erno a thought until I received Redness FX a few weeks ago for testing and reviewing.
Who is Erno Laszlo?
Eighty years ago, Hungarian dermatologist Erno Laszlo was the first doctor to create his own line of medically based skincare products. His revolutionary idea of following a skincare routine based on one's skin type still proves effective today, and potent new formulas continue his tradition of cutting-edge skincare.
What is Redness FX Cream?
- A calming formula that soothes inflammation and relieves facial burning, stinging, and itching due to environmental irritants, a change in diet or emotions.
- Powerful Antioxidants, Vitamin A, E and Goji Berry Extract, help protect and shield the skin from environmental damage.
- Replenishes lost moisture and keeps skin hydrated.
- Immediately reduces redness and irritation.
- In a clinical study, Erno Laszlo FX Cream demonstrated significant decrease, up to 75%, in the visual appearance of skin redness.
- Helps avert future flare-ups.
- Coralline Concentrate is extracted from Red Algae, which can be found off the coast of France. This concentrate contains fine minerals which absorb easily into the skin, which makes it great for any skin type. With a high concentration of trace minerals (such as Iron, Zinc and Magnesium), peptides and amino acids, Coralline Concentrate helps to heal, calm and sooth the skin all while stimulating cell renewal. It increases the cell’s ability to absorb oxygen, which works to cleanse, purify and nourish the skin. Coralline Concentrate leaves the skin decongested, refreshed and soothed.
- Chamomile - Anthemis Nobilis. There are two chamomiles, Roman and German, both produce the light blue oil, azulene, used since ancient times for its invigorating qualities. Rejuvenating and relaxing, European facialists rave about this fragrant annual herb. Chamomile is good for dry skin, dermatitis, acne, burns and inflammation. Chamomile is soothing, helps aches and pains related to exercise, anxiety, stress and irritability.
- Vitamin E: This abundant source of tocopherols protects the skin from sun damage. Not only does it help increase the protection of sunscreen ingredients, it also helps to strengthen the skin’s structure. Vitamin E is also an excellent moisturizer and emollient. Known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties, this vitamin helps calm and soothe skin irritation.
- Licorice Extract: Extracted according to a special procedure from liquorices or sweetwort it contains mainly isoflavonoids, flavonoids and phytosterols. Isoflavonoids have an inhibitory effect on the synthesis of melanin. Licorice Extract also has brightening benefits.
- Vitamin K (the name is derived from the German word koagulieren - to coagulate) is necessary for the blood clotting mechanism in the body. It aids in the healing of capillaries or blood vessels that may have enlarged or burst, thus creating the thin red lines that can often show through the skin. Vitamin K has been the plastic surgeons' magical secret weapon for post-surgery bruising (damaged blood vessels). In scientific studies it has been shown to strengthen blood vessels (arterioles, capillaries and venules). Small concentrations of Vitamin K added to your daily routine may have a very positive effect on red dilated arterioles that have not been structurally damaged. Vitamin K has been clinically proven to heal bruising, clot blood, improve spider veins and repair broken capillaries.
- Aloe Vera is a compound extracted from the South African Aloe plant. With over 300 species, Aloe has been used for its medicinal and skin care benefits for over three thousand years. Historically, it is known to soften, soothe and comfort skin.
- Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that helps improve skin structure and increase elasticity and firmness. It is also known for its anti-aging benefits since it helps to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A also helps to improve skin texture and firmness.
- Goji Berry’s have multiple benefits, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids like beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Goji berry is a fruit popular in Tibet and the goji plant also grows in Mongolia and China. Goji berries have been used for 6000 years by herbalists in Asia to boost immune function and improve circulation. The goji plant is also known as wolfberry (Lycium berry).
- Kukui Nut Oil is a rich, lubricious plant oil and contains Linoleic and Linoleinic fatty acids (Vitamin F), which replenish luster to dry skin and replace moisture content naturally.
The kukui nut tree, Aleurites Moluccana (Latin), is frequently found in the remaining rain forests of the Pacific Islands. It grows preferentially in valleys and low-altitude volcanic slopes up to an altitude of 1,000m. The Polynesians have been utilizing the versatile kukui nut tree for centuries. Since the nuts have a high oil content, the native people pressed the nut for the oil, which was used for skin care. This practice was intended to activate the skin’s self-protective mechanism against intense UV radiation. The oil was also applied on children’s skin in order to reduce the risk of sun burn. Modern medicine only recently “discovered” kukui nut oil and has performed thorough tests and analyses, confirming the benefits of the traditional uses of the oil.
- Olive Oil is obtained from pressing ripe olives of Olea Europaea. It has been used by Mediterranean people for centuries both as a food and as a treatment for damaged, dry skin. Soothes, heals and lubricates the skin. Used in many face creams as an emollient with superior penetrating power.
- Panthenol is a penetrating moisturizer which absorbs into the skin and hair and is converted into Pantothenic Acid, a B complex Vitamin. It assists skin care products in retaining water and also absorbs water from the air, aiding in skin moisturization.
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein is a biopolymer obtained from the endosperm of wheat germs has properties similar to collagen. It forms an adhesive network on the skin surface into which water and lipids are incorporated and slowly released. This plant protein increases the moisture content of the skin, makes it smooth and soft and provides a comfortable skin feel.
Apply as necessary after cleansing red, irritated skin. Follow up with a recommended moisturizer containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for day.
I tried Redness FX on my arm where I had a precancerous area burned off. For two weeks, I applied Redness FX Cream before I applied sunscreen.
Erno, I am sorry I have ignored you for so long. Yes, you are a bit pricey, but you, my dearest Erno, soothed and calmed the persistent redness that for months I had been disguising with concealer.
Packed to the gills with anti-inflammatory ingredients, antioxidants, and moisturizers like olive oil and kukui nut oil, I would recommend this to any women who is suffering from rosacea or any redness from retinol products or other irritants.
Where to purchase:
Suggested Retail US$105.00 (1oz/30ml Jar)
Redness FX Cream is available at the Erno Laszlo Institute, http://www.ernolaszlo.com/, and Erno Laszlo counters at fine specialty stores including: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew.
For anyone that suffers from rosacea, here are good tips to follow:
- Wash with water that is lukewarm, not hot.
- Blot dry, but do not rub, with a thick-pile cotton towel.
- Wait for the skin to dry completely. Try waiting at least one minute before applying products.
- When you have a flare up, treat it sooner than later to prevent long-term damage.
- Apply at least an SPF 15 sunscreen every day to prevent UV induced symptoms. The sun is often the #1 reason for flare-ups.
- Monitor your diet daily. By avoiding alcohol, hot beverages and/or spicy foods you can greatly reduce the number and severity of Rosacea flare-ups.
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