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Article: A Guide to our Phelityl Moisturizers: Healthy Skin with EFAs

A Guide to our Phelityl Moisturizers: Healthy Skin with EFAs

A Guide to our Phelityl Moisturizers: Healthy Skin with EFAs

Dr. Erno Laszlo has been credited with many skincare discoveries that remain both revolutionary and relevant decades later. One such discovery is Dr. Laszlo’s use of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in topical creams. 

What are Essential Fatty Acids and why does skin need them?
EFAs are a crucial component of the lipid barrier that protects skin’s surface. This barrier helps maintain skin hydration, promote elasticity, and prevent moisture loss. While the body naturally produces EFAs that play a key role in skin function and appearance, we start to make insufficient amounts of EFAs as we age, leading to a noticeable lack of moisture and firmness. 

When this happens, we have to look to external sources to replenish skin’s nourishing EFAs. We can find them in vitamins high in Omega-3 and Omega-6, as well as topical creams. Dr. Laszlo’s own Phelityl Complex, found in our many Phelityl creams, remains an innovative, proprietary way of supporting skin’s protective barrier with Essential Fatty Acids. 

What is the Phelityl Complex?
Dr. Laszlo professed that Essential Fatty Acids were manufactured by skin itself, and without EFAs, skin would diminish in moisture, glow, and vitality. His solution: creating the Phelityl Complex to help restore skin’s fatty acid shield. Our Phelityl Complex is a blend of EFAs and replenishing ingredients that help fortify skin’s protective barrier to lock in moisture and keep skin soft, supple, and plump. 

Find Your Phelityl Moisturizer
While you’ll find our Phelityl Complex in many of our advanced moisturizers for dry skin, each formula has been enhanced with a thoughtful, science-backed blend of ingredients designed to fit the needs of various complexions and climates. Discover the Phelityl favorite that’s best suited to your skin:

Active Phelityl Intensive Cream
Skin Type: Dry Skin.
Season or Climate: Winter or climates that are cold and dry. This extremely thick, balm-like texture leaves skin with a protective shield against environmental stressors like cold weather and wind. Also recommended as a quick hydrating treatment to target areas in need of extra moisture.

How It Works: This all-purpose 24-hour cream intensively protects skin's natural moisture around the clock, even in extreme weather conditions.
Formulated with Phelityl Complex + Safflower Seed Oil + Lanolin: While our Phelityl Complex restores balance via EFAs, skin-mimicking Safflower Seed Oil allows skin to easily absorb moisture. Lanolin helps form a shield for the skin against environmental stressors like cold weather and wind.



 Phelityl Cream Extra Dry
Skin Type: Dry Skin or Extra Dry Skin.
Season or Climate: Winter or cold, dry climates.

How It Works: This rich-textured day-to-night cream absorbs quickly and delivers EFAs to help nourish dry skin, replenishing the vital moisture and nutrients that daily life depletes. With a mattified, non-greasy, velvety-soft finish, skin’s protective barrier is left supported, moisture is preserved, and hydration levels are balanced.
Formulated withPhelityl Complex + Botanic Oil Blend + Ceramides: Supporting our Phelityl Complex is our EFA-rich Botanic Oil Blend, combining Babassu, Coconut, Soybean, and Linseed Oils. Together, these oils rich in EFAs help promote moisture protection, while Cerimides help skin appear firm and supple.


Phelityl Night Cream
Skin Type: Dry Skin, Combination Skin, or Normal Skin.
Season or Climate: Recommended year-round to restore skin’s moisture overnight.

How It Works: This rich-textured, non-greasy, mattifying moisturizer is formulated to saturate the skin with balanced hydration and protect skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in shine-free moisture and a velvety-soft finish.
Formulated with Phelityl Complex + Emollients: Alongside our Phelityl Complex, this cult classic nighttime formula is enriched with moisturizing Emollients, helping to nourish and replenish the skin for a re-hydrated look and feel by morning.



 Phelityl Emulsion
Skin Type: Oily Skin, Combination Skin or Normal Skin.
Season or Climate: Spring, fall, or climates with high humidity.

How It Works: This lightweight, almost-fluid moisturizer effortlessly delivers nourishment while fortifying skin’s barrier, leaving the complexion healthy, hydrated, and supple with a refreshed tone and glow.
Formulated with Phelityl Complex + Red Ginseng + Vitamin E: The EFAs in this formula play a key role in enhancing the structural integrity of skin’s barrier. Along with our Phelityl Complex, Red Ginseng has been shown to have antioxidant and soothing activity, while vitamin E is known to protect skin from damage caused by free radicals.


Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15
Skin Type: Oily Skin or Combination Skin, but suited to any skin type.
Season or Climate: Recommended year-round to provide sun protection from UV damage. No matter the season or climate, SPF is essential to protecting skin’s health and appearance.

How It Works: This weightless, daily SPF moisturizer with broad-spectrum UV protection works to soften and soothe the skin while shielding against the sun’s harmful rays. Layer Phelityl Day Lotion over any moisturizer for complete care.
Formulated with Phelityl Complex + Chaulmoogra Oil + Ginseng Root: Supporting our Phelityl Complex, Chaulmoogra Oil soothes dry, damaged skin and strengthens the renewal process. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Ginseng Root helps bring balance to skin’s oil production and moisture levels.



If you’re unsure of your skin type, get started with our Skin Type Guide, or take our Skin Concern Quiz to find the ideal ritual for your skin’s unique needs.

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