Marilyn Monroe’s 1959 full skincare routine

The Make-Up Museum in New York recently revealed what Marilyn Monroe’s late 1950’s skin care routine looked like, as part of its “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America” exhibition. They shared her authentic prescription from the celebrity dermatologist Erno Laszlo on Instagram. Other prominent patients of his were Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The chief historian and branding officer Patricia Schuffenhauer added that Dr. Laszlo:

’’personalised every prescription for all of his clients and Marilyn Monroe was on the drier side.’’


Marilyn’s extensive prescription consisted of: ‘’morning routine’’, ‘’evening before dressing’’, ‘’on formal occasions’’ and her nighttime routine which was remarkably referred to as ‘’evening before retiring’’.

The star’s morning skincare routine featured washing her face and neck with “active phelityl soap” in warm water and then massaging the soap lather into her face. Afterwards she had to apply the “Normalizer Shake-It,” a tinted toner treatment, using a cotton round. Marylin was then advised to put on a skin energizer under her eyes ‘’in tiny dots’’ before eventually spreading it softly. The last step of this routine was to ‘’blott off’’ the eyescream and to powder her face and neck, too.

Marilyn’s evening routine was more focused on hydratiting her dry skin. After applying oil, she was told to put on cream all over her entire face including lips, neck and decollete before washing it off completely. Other than that she had to use a ‘’controlling lotion’’ for her nose and chin. Marilyn was advised to sleep with it overnight so her skin would stay hydrated overnight.

Furthermore, Dr. Laszlo recommended Marilyn to avoid “any kind of nuts, chocolate, olives, oysters and clams”. Patricia Schuffenhauer revealed that the prescription featured an instruction on ‘’how to dress’’. The prescribed products are products by Dr. Laszlo’s own beauty brand. His “Normalizer Shake-It’’ was relaunched last month, however only for a limited time. You can also find online the Active Phelityl Oil & ‘pHelitone’ Eye Treatment.


Photo source: Pixabay

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