I recently picked up Sali Hughes book, Pretty Honest, and read it cover to cover over the course of a weekend. What I thought was going to be a fun, fluffy read turned into something really informative and valuable in terms of skincare and what I've been doing wrong all of these years. I cringe now knowing that I've unintentionally enlarged my pores by using oil-based creams on my combination skin for too many years. Alas, ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to skincare and I've now started reading ingredient lists to make sure the products I'm putting on my skin are suitable for my skin type. With my new found knowledge I became determined to help Geoff's skin get under control. His skin produces oil quickly, especially in his T-zone, and by the time he's home from a long day at the office, his forehead is an oil slick. Anyone with oily/ combo skin will the feeling and how frustrating it is to get that excess sebum under control. Well, in the midst of cleaning out my skin care products I get a PR package from Ole Henriksen, a brand I've heard lots of good things about, but have never tried until now. In this post, I’m going to run through Ole’s new Balance skincare line, as well as give you some tips on how to get your oily/ combination skin under control. If you want to learn more about your skin type and some holy grail beauty items, I’d suggest you pick up Sali’s book. I can’t get enough of her right now and I have her second book in my Amazon shopping cart as I write this.
Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, $30 CND / $25 USD
This gentle foaming face wash reduces oil, deep cleans, and unclogs pores. It contains glycolic and lactic acid to help loosen and lift dead skin cells that can clog pores over time. Eucalyptus leaf and peppermint oil make this cleanser super refreshing, which is always nice in the mornings.
Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, $34 CND / $28 USD
This scrub warms up when it makes contact with damp skin and cools down quickly for a spa-like experience. The scrub refines pores with a blend of glycolic and lactic acid to help loosen and lift dead skin cells that can clog pores over time. It's formulated with volcanic sand, Green Fusion Complex, and neem seed oil to help absorb excess oil, unclog pores, and minimize the appearance of pores. Recommended use 2-3 times a week. If you have combination skin like me, apply this scrub only to your T-zone or where you're the oiliest.
Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, $32 CND / $26 USD
This concentrated astringent effectively removes excess oil, refines and detoxifies pores without drying skin. It's formulated Green Fusion Complex, and neem seed oil and a powerful blend of salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids to freshen skin and absorb oil.
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator, $42 CND / $34 USD
This lightweight, mattifying hydrator contains Rosehip fruit extract to reduce oil production, fight shine, and minimize the appearance of pores. Like all of the other products of the new Balance line, it's also formulated with Green Fusion Complex, neem seed oil and powerful acids to keep pores clear.
OLE HENRIKSEN BALANCE SKINCARE FOR OILY SKIN
Photography by Nathalie Martin.
All Ole Henriksen products in this post are PR samples.
All opinions are my own.