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Skin Guru Blog
Get to know your favorite skin care brand than with fun interviews straight from members of the OLEHENRIKSEN office family. We’re kicking off our first of many Staff Obsessions blogs with the man himself – Ole Henriksen. Enjoy!
With so many different skincare trends that come and go, choosing a product, let alone an entire collection worth sticking to is a rare find. Scandanavian model, turned devoted mother Helene Heldager gives us insight on why she has been a faithful user of OLEHENRIKSEN skincare for the past 25 years. Even when her skin concerns have changed, Helene provides advice on how she has adjusted her skincare routine, and lives a balanced lifestyle based on Ole’s philosophy for a complexion that seems to defy age without the use of cosmetic surgery or injections.
Shannon Ma: What is your skin type?
Helene Heldager: Normal … and now a little mature.
HH: Being 41 I’m just now starting to see what may be my primary concerns in the years to come. I’m beginning to detect a slight discoloration on my upper lip – it may be hormonal changes and it may be sun exposure. At any point I’m aware of it and know to act now.
Another concern is broken capillaries. It’s hereditary and my mother’s cheeks are constantly red but even though your genes play a role you’re still in control when it comes to cold weather which can make things worse for us that are prone to broken capillaries.
SM: What products do you use that address your concerns?
HH: I’ve started using Enlighten Me to fade the discoloration on my upper lip before it gets any worse. I’m also being more faithful with my sunblock – even when they sky is grey, as it often is here in Denmark.
With regards to the broken capillaries I always make sure to use Skin Insulator during the cold winters here in Denmark and sometimes I even use a little complexion oil underneath to give my skin even more moisture.
SM: Can you tell us how your skincare concerns have changed from your 20’s 30’s and 40’s?
20’s: When I was in my 20s I really had no concerns. I’ve always loved skincare products and was using them faithfully – just because I loved it. When I was 27 I had triplets and the hormonal change in my body was huge. All of a sudden my hair got curly and my skin got drier. The sleep deprivation left its mark on my skin, too. I had dark circles under my eyes and sometimes the skin around my eyes looked green. I made sure to drink a lot of water (I was breast feeding all three) and my husband made sure I was getting nourishing meals. After 8 months they all slept through the night – and so did I.
With summer in full swing, we tend to worship the sun a little more than we did in the winter. I decided to ask our resident skin care expert, Ole, about sunburn prevention and sunburn treatment *oops!*
Jenn: How can I prevent getting sunburned during the summer months?
Ole: The good news is that even delicate and fair skin types can avoid getting sunburned when the right protective measurements are taken. One big mistake that many people make is to apply sun protection after they are already out in the sun on a beach, and many people don’t apply enough sun protection. The rule of thumb, when applying sun protection products should always be: more is better. This is especially true if you plan to be out in the sun a full day.
Ideally, sunscreen products should be applied a half an hour before venturing out in the sun, so that the active screening agents in the formulation can bind with and interact with the surface layers of the skin. I recommend a light weight formulation like the new protect the truth SPF 50+ with broad spectrum UV protection, heat and light activated marine enzymes, fruit cell extracts and powerful antioxidants.
Tip: I like to bring a small hand held mirror to the beach, to make sure I apply (re-apply) an even layer of sunscreen lotion on my face/neck because it isn’t easy to navigate across the body without the help of a mirror.
Jenn: What can I do to treat myself if I happen to get a sunburn?
Ole: Sunburn signals an inflammation in the skin, so the most important thing to remember is to be gentle with your skin. If you over treat your skin, you will only make matters worse. The key to treating the most common sunburns, (on the nose, cheeks, shoulders and legs) is to apply something cooling and anti-inflammatory like a chamomile tea compress or pure aloe vera gel – and be sure to avoid friction on the skin at any cost.
Tip: Apply plain yogurt on the afflicted areas and leave in place as a mask treatment for 30 minutes. The lactic acid impacts the skin with calming and soothing benefits. Follow with a cold shower to rinse the yogurt off the face and body without applying any pressure, causing friction (that includes eliminating the use of a wash cloth, etc.). While the skin is still damp, apply a generous layer of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera contains an abundance of natural wound healing hormones, antibiotics, and minerals. Keep it in the fridge and apply it to your skin 3 – 4 times a day until the inflammation has gone away.
For more sun care tips from Ole, visit our tips and tricks “sun protection” section on the website. Wishing all of you a safe and sunburn-free summer!
Working for a skin care company, I am reminded on daily basis just how important sun protection is for the overall health of my skin – but I don’t want a ‘Casper the friendly ghost’ look either. After being introduced to Temptu through our friends at Sephora, I fell in love with the product and the way it performs with my OLEHENRIKSEN skin care regimen. More recently, I discovered Temptu’s Summer Skin Kit and I finally feel like I have achieved a perfect, tan without the harmful sun rays.
The 3 Step kit contains:
Step 1: AIR pod ™ Tan Prep
This pod contains glycolic and lactic acids which help refine the skin’s texture and create a smooth canvas – the perfect prep for self tanner. (AHAs are a favorite ingredient of Ole’s). Spray this on your face evenly, leave to dry for 60 seconds and gently wipe with a cloth.
Step 2: AIR pod ™ Face Tan – gradual glow
This is the step where the color comes from – it’s like liquid gold! I noticed that it absorbed into my skin quickly and gave me a streak-free tan on my face and neck. Be sure to let the face tan product dry for 5 minutes before applying your Temptu make-up. The beauty of this step is that your tan gradually deepens over 3 hours and can last up to 5 days.
Step 3: AIR pod ™ Bronzer – Warm Glow
This is the perfect finishing touch, allowing you to add the bronzing highlights for a perfect sun-kissed look without all of the sun-kissed damage.
Now that you have achieved a sunless tan, don’t forget to protect your skin on a daily basis with an SPF. Ole recommends applying an SPF 15 for daily use like our truth revealed super crème SPF 15 and a stronger SPF for extended sun exposure like our protect the truth SPF 50+. Be sure to apply your sunscreen product after applying your AIR pod ™ Tan Prep exfoliant, but before applying your gradual glow self tanner and AIR pod make up so that the SPF protection is closest to your skin. Wishing all of you a safe, happy and GLOWING summer!
With summer upon us and travel season in full swing, I thought it would be great to sit down with Ole and find out what he takes along on his travels around the globe. I’m looking for my travel essentials and thought you might be too!
“When I travel, I only take the basics along with me” says Ole. “The key for me is to take along my favorite cleanser, tonic, SPF day crème, night crème, eye crème and a favorite treatment like my truth serum collagen booster – all in travel size.”
The TSA requires liquids in your carry-on luggage be 3 fl oz or less. This month, when you purchase your favorite cleanser or skin tonic, you will receive the travel size for free when you enter promo code: TRAVEL at check out.
Now there’s no need to check your bags – take advantage of our June promo and pick up a starter kit based on your skin type to complete your personalized, travel size regimen.
Wishing you all happy and safe travels!
Father’s day was this past weekend and Ole is always telling us how he got his energy and positive outlook from his dad. To cure my curiosity and yours, I asked Ole to share some fun memories from his childhood.
Here’s what he shared:
“As the oldest son, my father would take me on his bicycle to the local Inn every Sunday. I would sit on the kids seat on the bike and enjoy the wind in my hair and my alone time with my dad. When we arrived at the Inn, my father would meet his friends and play billiards while I would be busy playing with the juke-box. I’d always run up to my dad and ask him: ‘Dad! Can I have another coin for the juke-box?’ And he would always give one to me. Music has always been a huge part of my life and still is to this very day.”
“Here I am vacationing on the island of Bornholm with my dad Henrik, middle brother Per and little brother Hans –Henrik. This trip was very special for my entire family and me because I won the trip for all of us by entering an essay contest in Denmark at the age of 14. I got all of my physical energy from my dad and I have one very distinct memory from that trip. Since the island is surrounded by rocks – I remember we would jump from rock to rock together on the water front – chasing each other, laughing and feeling very free. That memory is so clear to me still. My mom would always say: “Be careful! Don’t fall!” and my dad would just continue to play along with us.”
“Here I am on a weekend getaway to the resort town Blokhus in Denmark with my dad and two brothers. Even during the summer, the water in the North Sea is ice cold. My father, mother, brother’s and I would race and JUMP into the icy water, splash around and play for hours.”
Wishing all of you a fabulous weekend surrounded by the love and warmth of family and friends – Ole.
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