Marilyn Munroe's Skincare Revealed in 'Pink Jungle' Exhibit Documents

Old Hollywood Starlet Marilyn Munroe, previously named Norma Jeane Mortenson, is one of the most recognised actresses in the world. Even after her death, Marilyn's influence lives on in many orifices of society today, inspiring many things from film to music.



In March of 1959, more than a decade ago, a document detailing a step-by-step skin regimen was addressed to Marilyn Monroe from renowned dermatologist Erno Laszlo, founder of an eponymous skincare line that continues to sell products today. A few products he had prescribed to Marilyn are still available for purchase. If you want to try Marilyn's routine for yourself, see the steps outlined by Dr. Laszlo.


In the morning


Step 1 / Fill basin with warm water, wet face and neck, and rub on Erno Laszlo's Active Phelityl Cleansing Bar until it lathers. Make a separate lather in hands and rub well into skin.


Step 2/ Rinse thoroughly in the same soapy water and dry with towel.



Step 3 / Apply "well shaken" Erno Laszlo's Normalizer Shake-It tinted toner on entire face, except around eyes, with a large piece of cotton saturated to the dripping point (a.k.a. soaked). Blot off with tissues immediately.


Step 4 / Apply 'Phelitone' under eyes only and in tiny dots, spreading it gently over the surface. Blot off with tissues. As a substitute, Matchasita Recommends: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Creme for $39.

Step 5 / Dab 'Duo-phase Face Powder' amply on entire face and neck; after one minute brush off superfluous powder with a large piece of cotton. As a substitute, Matchasita recommends: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Setting Powder for $32.



Evening before dressing


Follow Instructions for "Morning".



On formal occasions

Step 1 / Apply and blot off 'Normalizer Shake-It'.


Step 2 / Apply 'Phelitone' (or another eye cream) on top of it on entire face, also under eyes, on neck and décolletage. Blot off with tissue. Apply Duo-phase Face Powder.



Evening before retiring



Step 1 / Apply 'Active Phelityl Oil' on entire face, lips and neck with a large piece of cotton saturated to the dripping point. As a substitute, Matchasita recommends: Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover for $42.


Step 2 / Wash immediately oily face and neck according to instruction for "Morning".


Step 3 / After drying, apply 'Active Phelityl Intensive Cream' on entire face, lips, neck and décolletage. Wash off cream immediately with a large piece of cotton saturated to the dripping point with well-shaken 'Controlling Lotion' - except around eyes and on lips where you shall blot cream off with tissues.


Dry face and neck with towel. Reapply lotion to nose and chin with another thoroughly saturated large piece of cotton, covering thickly and let dry over night. As a substitute, Matchasita recommends: Neigene Hydro Restorative Emulsion, $79.


Lastly Marilyn was instructed to avoid eating: Any kind of nuts, chocolate, loves, oysters and clams.



Do you think you'll try this regimen for yourself?

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