More on Less Moisturizer

More on Less Moisturizer

With Dr. Erno Laszlo gone, possibly the crown of skin-state belongs, to his protegee and one-time pupil, Janet Sartin. Janet Sartin is a lovely lady of who-knows-what-age. (Certainly her looks don’t tell you.) She began her career back in the nineteen-thirties, yet I would have guessed her age as early forties.

Ms. Sartin is the magnet that attracts the new generation of rich-and-beautiful to her quiet and competent salon. She has some devastating things to say about the world of commercial cosmetics and the horrible things women unwittingly do to their skins such as moisturizing. “Why in the world are American women so brain-washed on moisturizers?” Ms. Sartin asked me. Don’t ask me, for I don’t understand it at all. Ever since Dr. Laszlo said to me, “So you think you have dry skin? You do not have dry skin,” I just haven’t had dry skin. But I rarely speak to a friend who isn’t loading her skin with those moisturizers.

Janet Sartin swears that moisturizers smother the skin. And she goes wild at the idea of heavy creams. (Remember the tighten-up theory?) According to Ms. Sartin, skin is never dry, but its own natural oils may have been misused. A dry skin, says Ms. Sartin, means the outer layer is parched. (And that’s what can happen when you overdo the sun. Sun is fine, in moderation, but during those hours when you want to be out there between noon and 3 p.m.

better stay indoors. Or under a hat.) Having burned themselves to the peeling point, women invariably run for the moisturizers or the creams I mentioned before. Ms. Sartin says that the natural gravitational pull alone would be enough to make that skin sag, once its own elasticity is destroyed by weighty creams. Up, up, and more up is the word for would-be-beautiful skin!

Now Ms. Sartin swears that, even with parched skin, nature’s own oils are in there, trying to get out. A perfect acid balance of the skin, she maintains achieved by the proper acid soaps and water (that’s moisture) is the answer to bringing the skin back to that condition in which it can lubricate itself. And, as for such severe, and unnatural, skin surgery as planing, for example well, Ms. Sartin is horrified. According to her, any chemical or other kind of removal of the skin also removes the skin’s vitality as well. That outer layer of skin is there, after all, for a purpose. And its purpose is protection.

So treat it carefully, balance it up, and stay away from so-called moisturizers! Have I made my point?

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