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Spring Clean for Summer

Every year the change in seasons motivates me to clean out my life – out with the old and in with the new! It’s important to organize and regroup with all aspects of your life, too, from closet to skin care cabinet. As we transition out of winter, just like we need a different wardrobe, we need to also tweak our skin care regimen.  We may need to look for a new routine that is lighter in formula to compliment warmer weather, different from the cooler and dryer climate we experience in winter.  I’ve compiled some advice below to help you figure out the best way to care for your skin as the season changes.

Stay covered

The days are getting longer this time of year, which means we have more time to enjoy the daylight – but this also means our skin can be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time.  It’s so important to remember to stay covered and wear sun protection – even when it’s not that sunny.  The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the skin even when you least expect it and damage and age the skin.

“The sun is so harmful to skin.  To keep skin young and healthy, Ole recommends an SPF of 15, like truth revealed super crème, for daily use and SPF 50+, like protect the truth SPF 50+, when you are out in the sun for long periods,” Ole advised.

Staying covered will keep skin beautiful, preventing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Lighter formulations

While winter brings dryer days, which can more easily dehydrate the skin, the skin might not need as much moisturization in the spring and summer months.  As a result, look for products that are less rich in formulation but still hydrate and nourish.  Great examples of light formulas are truth revealed super crème SPF 15 for day and truth crème advanced hydration for night.  You can also mix in a little all purpose aloe vera gel to cut the richness of your crèmes and make them more lightweight.  It’s important to remember, however, just because it’s humid out, the skin still needs to be moisturized, since hydration is the key to ageless skin.

Taking these key steps to reorganize your skincare routine will promote major benefits and keep your skin looking beautiful and clean in the long run!

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Summer Travel Essentials

Summer is coming and that means vacation time! Traveling can be tough; knowing what to pack can be stressful! Ole thankfully offered some advice he’s accumulated from his travels all over the world:

“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.”

Keeping your routine simple as Ole recommends, will save time and packing space! It will also be easier to maintain the routine even when you’re busy during your time away.

The TSA requires liquids in your carry-on luggage be 3 fl oz or less.  Luckily, most of the OLEHENRIKSEN products are available in smaller sizes, making them easy and ready to take on travel!

Another key tip to remember is to keep your skin hydrated throughout your trip.  Spending time on the plane and in hotels can deplete your skin of nutrients and moisture so look to crèmes that are richer in texture to deliver nourishment and moisture to restore a healthy glow.

Some essentials Ole recommends keeping in your travel bag to have readily available are lip balm and face mist.  His favorites are fresh lips SPF 15 and pick me up tonic.  These are great choices too because they’re deeply restoring and refreshing and can be applied as often as necessary.  After a long trip, especially, make sure to mist your face with the tonic – it’ll instantly restore moisture and rejuvenate your skin. Happy travels!

Where are you going this summer?

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Summer Skin is in!

Summer skin. Everyone wants to look sexy and hot in summer, women and men alike.  Here are some tips and tricks to combat summer skin concerns!

  • Cover up!

Many people think it’s not necessary to wear sunscreen when they’re not out in the sun, but this is false!  UVA and UVB rays can still penetrate the skin on overcast days or through windows when you’re inside.  Shielding yourself from sun damage is as using a daily moisturizing crème with SPF.  Ole recommend using an crème, lotion or lip balm with an SPF 15 for daily use and 50+ when you’re in the sun for an extended period of time.

  • Dull skin?

Exfoliation is an often forgotten step in revealing luminous skin! OLEHENRIKSEN loofah body scrub energizes and cleanses the skin with natural loofah to exfoliate gently and vitamins A and E to heal and renew with antioxidants. After exfoliating, try boosting your skin’s healthy glow with OLEHENRIKSEN lavender body oil.  Starting with damp skin apply with hands and work it in firm circular motions starting at your feet.  Work with a small amount at a time so you don’t look greasy.  Lavender is calming and soothing after a day in the sun and the natural oil will help your skin stay hydrated and give you a dewy glow.

  • Overheated and parched from a day out in the sun?

Keep skin tonics, like OLEHENRIKSEN pick me up  face mist, in the fridge and mist your face throughout the day.  At night you can pull the tonic out and mist your face again before bed – tonics help the skin to retain moisture and encourage cell renewal while you sleep.

  • Too much sun?

As hard as we try to stay covered – sunburns do happen to the best of us!  Keep your all-purpose aloe gel in the fridge as well – it can be applied after a day in the sun to cool and calm skin.  Use it as a face mask, too, as it will help to rejuvenate skin after spending time out in the elements.

These ideas will get you ready to look and feel fabulous in the endless days of summer!

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Father Dearest

My dad is the ultimate caretaker. He always – sometimes too often – finds ways to show my sisters and I how much he loves us and goes above and beyond to make us feel special. Dedicating only one day a year to him doesn’t seem at all enough to say thank you for all he’s done for us, but every little detail counts.  Whether it’s a trip to the SPA for a well-deserved muscle-soothing massage or a great kit of products to help him get a closer shave, it’s always great to show him you love him with a gift he can use and enjoy.  One way to give back to him this year is to pamper him with OLEHENRIKSEN products that will de-stress and give him the gift of healthy skin! What’s not to love?

Father’s Day is so close! Dad might not put much thought into taking care of his skin while busy with the day to day of work and family life, so make him feel appreciated and adored with this amazing OLEHENRIKSEN Father’s Day special he is sure to enjoy:

on the go™ cleanser 7 fl. oz. / 207 ml Exhilarating, non-drying gel cleanser bursting with vitamin C

clean shave 7 fl oz / 207 ml Soothing shave gel for a close, clean shave

walnut complexion scrub 1.7 oz / 50 g: Exfoliating, deep cleansing scrub that encourages cell renewal

Value: $73.00

Retail: $49.50

Savings: 32%

3 piece set | $49.50

All of OLEHENRIKSEN’s products are made to work effectively on even the toughest of men.  Taking care of his skin shouldn’t be a chore for him and these products will work perfectly into even the busiest gentleman’s lifestyle and schedule.

How will you be spending your Father’s Day?

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Oh So Fantastic Facial Massage!

Whether you’re looking for a quick stress reliever during the midday slump, or a way to relax in the evening, facial massage is a small luxury of big advantage!  Our faces are filled with nerve endings and pleasure points that can benefit from this simple therapy.  When facial massage is done in conjunction with your normal skin care routine, it allows for products to better absorb into the skin because ingredients are given the time to activate and sink into pores.  Products that are given time to activate will be more productive, giving you more of a reason to show off your beautiful face and wear less makeup!

Key Benefits Include:

  • Revving up circulation, oxygenating the surface layer of the skin and speeding up cell renewal
  • Preventing wrinkles by loosening muscle tension, which can form lines in the skin
  • Detoxing the body by stimulating the release of contaminants in lymph and blood vessels

Ole’s How To:

To give yourself an at-home facial massage, first lift your head slightly back into a comfortable position.  Using your palms, massage your face in upward circular motions, alternating hands as you glide up the neck to the jaw line.  As a finishing note, gently tap your fingers to your skin – as if you were playing the piano.  This will get the blood moving and increase circulation.

As an added benefit to the massage, Ole also suggests taking an ice cube wrapped in a soft cloth and rubbing it over  the skin approximately 1-2 times per week for instant circulation and firming.  The cold has great anti-inflammatory properties to help depuff, cool and tighten the face.  Also try making the ice cubes with an OLEHENRIKSEN face tonic like African red tea face mist, which will release its unique combination of African red tea, white tea and pomegranate that is packed with nature’s most skin-friendly antioxidants, into your skin as you massage your face.

Taking that extra minute to massage your face allows you to pamper yourself, so close your eyes, relax and be beautiful!

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Skincare Secret: All about Serums

We always see in articles and are told by skincare professionals – like Ole, himself – that serums are miracle workers for the skin.  But what do they actually do? What can they do differently than a moisturizer?

Serums infuse the skin with a higher concentration of active ingredients to strengthen the immune mantle and neutralize free radical damage from the sun and the environment.  The commonality between all OLEHENRIKSEN serums is their ability to act as a booster treatment, elevating your skin to a greater level of perfection.  They’re designed to absorb quickly, lift and firm the skin more effectively and even out the skin’s pigment, leaving an enviably lustrous glow.

How can a serum boost your results?

Most serums are typically gel-based so that they can easily be layered under your moisturizer and makeup.  This way, you can prime and treat your skin with a nutrient-rich serum first, allowing it to absorb and enhance your other products.  A serum can be used either in the morning or night depending on preference and product formulation. For example, truth serum® collagen booster was designed to be worn during the day so that the skin can reap the benefits of important nutrients when the skin is exposed to environmental damage.  On the other hand, see the difference serum is great for evening use because it has restorative, cell-renewing ingredients that are great to use when the body is repairing itself during rest.

“My products are meant to be layered to promote a healthful complexion, ” Ole advised. “Serums should always be applied prior to moisturization to benefit from anti-aging properties and repair damage from environmental aggressors.”

Our #1 selling truth serum® collagen booster, is designed for all skin types, skin concerns and ages.  Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental damage, Vitamin C to promote healthy skin, smooth lines and wrinkles, and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, truth serum absorbs instantly and penetrates skin to provide long term results.

Adding a serum to your daily skincare routine will definitely be worth the extra step to amp up your skin care routine! It’s never too early or too late to start using one and boost your skin care benefits!

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A Salt’s Cure

For centuries, men and women have bathed in the miraculous waters of the Dead Sea.  The benefits of dipping in mineral-rich waters have been recognized throughout the ages.  After a long and relaxing soak in the soothing, salty waters, the skin is enriched, ultra-moisturized and feels silky soft.

Sea salt is also a very simple cure for treating tired and fatigued muscles.  If you can’t get to a spa to pamper yourself – follow these steps to create an at-home oasis and take advantage of the benefits of a relaxing salt soak and give yourself a little you time:

  • Take 2 cups of Epsom Salt, blend it into warm water
  • Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite essential oil
  • Add 6 tablespoons of almond oil
  • Stir together and enjoy

The aroma of the essential oil will calm and relax while the good fats in the almond oil will enrich and protect the skin’s mantle.

Short on time?  Try the OLEHENRIKSEN rub ‘n buff salt scrub with lavender and lemongrass essential oils and all the benefits of mineral-rich sea salt!

You can use either of these scrubs as a soak, too – dilute the product into warm water and reap the benefits of a mineral-rich bath.  So, roll a hand towel under your neck, lay back and soak!

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