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OLEHENRIKSEN Staff Obsessions!

A while back we revealed Ole’s favorite products and some of his tips and tricks. We thought it would be fun to continue with the rest of the OLEHENRIKSEN team. My latest product obsession is the blue / black berry enzyme mask – hope you enjoy learning why I LOVE it! What’s YOUR favorite OLEHENRIKSEN product? Do you have any fun product tricks you can share with us?

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Weatherproof your skin for the winter season!

The holiday season is upon us and that means that cold and freezing weather conditions are coming our way. Freezing temperatures and indoor heating are what causes our skin to get dry and result in broken capillaries during the winter. Taking the right steps toward “weatherproofing” your skin can make all the difference – and we do want to look our best, especially around the holidays! When I say “weatherproofing” your skin, I mean changing up your skincare routine from season to season. Just like you change up your clothes it is as important to change up your skincare routine from fall to winter if you want to protect your skin.

There are 3 things you want to make sure you have in your medicine cabinet during the winter.

1. Winter treatment                                   2.  Winter moisturizing crème                                        3. Exfoliant

The black currant complexion oil is a great example of a winter treatment which will give your skin the ultimate protection it needs from environmental aggressors and prevent your skin from loosing moisture. Plus it works wonders as a makeup primer!

black currant complexion oil benefits
Ingredient Black Currant Oil Vitamin E Apricot kernel oil

Contains nature’s highest   concentration of linolenic acids, provides skin with environmental protection and helps skin maintain resiliency

Powerful antioxidant that prevents and repairs environmental damage Soothes and comforts your skin while protecting capillary walls from cold weather damage

Skin insulator is a great winter moisturizing crème and can be your skin’s best friend during the cold winter months as it will cushion and comfort your skin against environmental damage while preventing capillary damage.

skin insulator SPF 15
Ingredient Borage Seed Oil Grapeseed Oil SPF 15
Benefits Reduces skin irritation and dryness with gamma linolenic acid and prevents water loss Contains vitamins and extremely powerful antioxidants that will nourish the skin The perfect amount of sun protection your skin needs when running your daily errands

The third must have winter product is an exfoliant like the walnut complexion scrub. As I mentioned before your skin will get drier during the cold months, which creates a thicker layer of dead skin cells. If dead skin cells aren’t properly exfoliated, they will build up and give your skin that dull look, and we don’t want that! This exfoliator works great with all skin types and will reveal a more luminous complexion just in time for the holidays.

walnut complexion scrub
Ingredient Walnut Powder Chamomile Korean Ginseng
Benefits Mildly abrasive and aids in cell renewal Calms, softens and soothes the skin Increases cellular energy and stimulates microcirculation

Instead of dealing with dry, flaky and sensitive skin this winter, enjoy luminous, glowing skin like you deserve by simply adding one if not all of these steps to your skincare regimen. How are you planning on “weatherproofing” your skin this fall?

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Ask Ole: How can I maintain a healthy diet on the go for healthy skin?

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Since I started working with Ole Henriksen about a year and a half ago, I have learned so much about how what you eat is not only connected to your general well-being but also the overall health of your skin.

“The skin is your body’s largest organ and all skin renewal processes are impacted by what we eat. You always want to ask yourself: are the foods I’m eating serving my body in the best way possible? In a nutshell, the foods we eat provide fuel for our body to function at optimum levels,” says Ole.

That being said, we all lead busy lives, myself included, so I wanted to sit down with Ole who has mastered the craft of eating healthy on the go in order to maintain a healthy body and glowing skin.

Jenn: “What special advice do you have for people who eat out regularly?”

Ole: When I order at a restaurant, I scan the menu quickly to get an overview of what great salads, vegetable soups and yummy,  simple sandwiches they might have. I immediately will stay far, far away from anything that is fried or contains a long list of ingredients. I explore and try new and exciting things, but always keep in mind that my meal needs a complex carbohydrate, a protein and healthy fats.

Things I order:

  • Chicken: Grilled not fried or stuffed with anything extra
  • Fish: Grilled or poached, never fried
  • Salad: Filled with dark leafy green vegetables with my dressing on the side
  • Dessert: As a rule, I never order dessert on my own – I may have a bite or two of a shared sweet. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I may order a fruit salad on my own. Continue reading
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Multitasking skin care: treat acne + wrinkles with one simple step

We sent out a survey to our fans a number of months back and one of the most frequently asked questions that you asked was: “Are there any products that help both acne and anti-aging simultaneously?” And the answer to that question is yes!

“When I develop products, I always like them to multitask. I think people deserve optimum results in their skin care favorites,” says Ole Henriksen.

There are three main OLEHENRIKSEN products that address acne and anti-aging simultaneously:

blemish attack daily defense gel: this clarifying gel works to unclog your pores, control excess oil and improve the texture of your skin. Aloe vera works to moisturize, calm and heal the skin while glycolic and lactic acids gently exfoliate, create pigment uniformity and speed up cell turnover and salicylic acid works to remove dry and flaky skin.

HOW TO: After cleansing and toning in the morning, apply and even layer of the blemish attack daily defense gel and follow with your favorite SPF moisturizer.

invigorating night gel: this oil-free, light-weight gel contains a concentrated triplex of alpha hydroxy acids to regulate overactive oil glands, speed up the skin’s renewal system, diminish fine lines and minimize blemishes along with algae extract which nourishes, calms, and tightens the skin.

HOW TO: After cleansing and toning in the evening, apply an even layer on your face and neck. The skin works harder to repair itself while you’re body is resting at night, so  Continue reading

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OLEHENRIKSEN Staff Obsessions: Ole’s Favorite!

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!

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Skincare Advice for Every Age

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.

SM: What are your primary concerns?

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.

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Slim Down: Secret Celebrity Spa Treatment Revealed!

How many times have you thought to yourself: “I wish I could just close my eyes and wake up thinner or more toned?” I have probably thought it a million times and last week, my wish came true. I visited the OLEHENRIKSEN FACE / BODY SPA for a contour wrap treatment and walked out a total of 12inches smaller (over my entire body) two hours later.

You might be wondering how this even works? Your body is wrapped like a mummy in these stretchy ace bandages that are soaked in detoxifying clay. The wrapping process takes approximately 45 minutes. Once you are covered in the clay wrap, you put on a big jump suit (it kind of looks like a fun space suit!) and you lay down on the massage table for an hour. I personally like to add a reflexology massage or facial to my contour wrap or, you can always take a little nap. At the end of the hour, you get out of your jump suit, get un-wrapped and feel like a brand new person. I really didn’t think it would work for me, but it did and I was shocked by the results! (Even some of my friends noticed the difference).

There are four main reasons to get a contour wrap:

  1. Tone, Firm, Tighten – The universal contour wrap works with the body’s elastin and tightens areas where fat is stored, sculpting your body into a more sleek, toned shape. It’s great to do right before a big event, after a pregnancy to tone up those last few inches or after extreme weight loss to tighten your body.
  2. Detoxifying – The unique mineral rich clay solution helps to extract toxins located beneath the skin leaving you feeling revitalized and toned.
  3. Exfoliating and Cleansing – During the treatment your entire body is wrapped in ace bandages that have been soaked in warm cleansing clay, leaving you glowing after each treatment.
  4. Jump start your Confidence – This is the most important reason for me. I gained confidence and got back on track for a weight loss / health plan. Since I’ve had the contour wrap treatment, I have felt better about myself, which inspired me to stay on track with my healthy eating and exercise plan.

There are a few things you should know:

  • While you are guaranteed to lose at least 6 inches (and it stays off for at least 30 days), you shouldn’t expect to lose pounds or water weight. The detoxifying clay removes toxins from your body, but not fat or excess water.
  • Showering without soapy water for 24-72 hours after the treatment helps prolong the detoxification process. The clay can stay on your skin and continue to work for up to 3 days.
  • Drink plenty of water during the days to follow to help flush your body of impurities that were released during the wrap process.

Whatever your reason may be – I highly recommend trying this treatment for summer.  As a blog reader, when you purchase a series of 3 contour wraps, you will receive a complimentary purifying facial (Value $120) now through the end of August at the OLEHENRIKSEN FACE / BODY SPA (310-854.7700). Happy summer!

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