Greta Garbo’s Skin Care Routine, According to Her Dermatologist’s Notes

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Known for her “luminous and unforgettable screen performances,” Swedish-American actress Greta Garbo lit up the big screen during the silent film era. While Garbo’s talent is undeniable, we also have the intel on some of the skin-care secrets that helped Garbo get that Hollywood glow.

As the Erno Laszlo brand shared with us, like many Hollywood legends of the time, Garbo was a patient of Dr. Laszlo, and a big fan of his skin-care line. According to Dr. Laszlo’s meticulous prescription notes dated from 1963, “Miss Greta Garbo” had a multistep skin-care routine, which included specific steps for morning, night and formal occasions.

Another fun fact: Garbo’s skin care and the corresponding routine notes went for more than $1,000 on the auction block back in 2012. The lot included a group of four boxes of Erno Laszlo Normalizer in “rosy,” accompanied by a Western Union Telegram form with typed instructions to send a cable to Erno Laszlo in Vienna on December 30, 1971. The note reads: “Thanks for Package Telegram. Wish both of you happy New Year. GG.”

Greta Garbo Prescription
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Listed as having “slightly dry to normal” skin type, Dr. Laszlo instructed Garbo to rotate five products, all of which are still available today.

Greta Garbo’s Erno Laszlo Prescription

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Phelityl Cleansing Bar ($44)

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Light Controlling Toner ($75)

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Shake-It Tinted Skin Treatment ($56)

Designed to control oil, refine pores and even skin tone, this science-backed treatment is inspired by Dr. Erno Laszlo’s original formulation.

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