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Ole Henriksen

Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator

Hydrates, controls oil, mattifies and reduces the appearance of pores

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  • The Details

    Finally, oily skin meets its matte. Developed as the product Ole wishes he had during his own struggle with oily skin, this lightweight, mattifying hydrator gives oily and combination skin types the essential moisture they crave. Oily skin needs hydration, too, to look its healthy best.

    This innovative moisturizer is powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. Combined with neem seed oil and powerful alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), it helps keep pores clear and skin matte all day long while maintaining optimal hydration and a healthy balance.

    This groundbreaking formula also significantly improves the wear of foundation for up to 8 hours, making makeup meltdown a thing of the past. The complexion is soft, smooth and refreshed with a healthy-looking, matte Ole Glow™!

    • Hydrates
    • Controls oil
    • Mattifies
    • Reduces the appearance of pores
    • Noncomedogenic

    In an independent, lab-verified study, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator improved the wear of foundation for 8 hours.

    In an independent consumer study on 37 women after 4 weeks:
    100% of users agree this product hydrates skin.
    100% of users agree this product balances and refreshes skin.
    100% of users agree this product reduces oil.
    100% of users agree this product reduces shine.
    100% of users agree this product feels ultra-light.
    97% of users agree this product mattifies skin.
    92% of users agree this product minimizes the appearance of pores.
    97% of users agree this product gives skin a healthy matte glow.
  • Ingredients

    This product does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

    • Green Fusion Complex™

      This proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties helps absorb excess oil and refine pores

    • Neem seed oil

      A legendary ingredient in Ayurveda

    • Rosehip fruit extract

      Helps reduce oil production and fights shine while minimizing the appearance of pores

    • Salicylic acid (BHA) + glycolic & lactic acids (AHAs)

      Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores

    Full List

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alykyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Saccarhide Isomerate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleanolic Acid, Limonene.

  • How to Use

    Apply evenly to face and neck AM and PM. Gently massage in an upward, circular motion. Your skin is now perfectly prepped for a full day of makeup wear. Pair with OLEHENRIKSEN Find Your Balance™ Oil Control Cleanser and Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner. For external use only. Use as directed.

  • Inspiration

    Ole was inspired to dedicate his life to cosmetic chemistry after seeing his own oily “problem” skin transform with proper care. He created this mattifying hydrator to address the common fear that moisturizing already oily skin may cause additional breakouts.

    This hydrator features OLEHENRIKSEN’s Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties to help absorb excess oil and refine pores.

    Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator is noncomedogenic.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from smell I just received one of these in an resent purchase and I don't know if it's supposed to smell like that or it's expire but it stinks and has a minty sensation.
Date published: 2019-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for oily skin I will continue to repurchase. This moisturizer keeps my face matte but also hydrates it. I love that it comes in a bottle with a pump as well, so much more sanitary than the containers. The only issue I have is the strong smell. I wish the product was fragrance free, the smell is overwhelming.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn’t give me results. I’ve tried the Balance It All products for two months now and without results. I’ve always had beautiful skin, but this spring I got breakouts (acne/cystic) in my face, mainly on my chin because of stress. I was suprised to find out that the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator is containing fragrance/perfume, which probably is natural but isn’t good for skin breaking out. It didn’t really work for me :-) sadly.
Date published: 2019-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seckond best I have tried so many moisturizers that were supposed to be good for oily skin but nothing has beaten this! Exept ofcourse the ole henriksen counter balance mattifying moisture crème wich went out of production a while ago. I was trying for so long to hunt it down when I had run out because it was out of stock everywhere. When a lady in a shop told me it had gone out of production my heart broke. Luckily I had used this before and knew it was almost as fantastic as the other one. This is my everyday moisturizer now and I use it every night and morning but I still miss my old misturizer. R.I.P. ole henriksen counter balance mattifying moisture crème
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Moisturizer Ever! I love everything about this. Smells amazing and keeps me matte all day!
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT I received this moisturizer as a sample with another purchase, and I was immediately obsessed. If I put it on under makeup, my skin looks flawless. Plus, it really does control oil!!!! After a long day at work my face is not oily at all. I just ran out of my sample and had to go back to my other moisturizers, and didn't realize how much of a difference there is. I'm buying the biggest bottle of it and getting it shipped asap. I'm gonna get all my friends hooked on this too. Thank you for such an amazing product!
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing moisturizer! My girlfriend got me hooked on Ole Henriksen and I am now a fan of the products. My face feels amazing and the products are fantastic!
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I discovered the Olehenrikson line thru a makeup Facebook group where they were ranting and raving about the truth serum and the banana eye creme. So i purchased the truth serum and im hooked, stuff was amazing. Decided i then needed to try the banana eye creme and counter balance oil control moisturizer popped up. Im super greasy and that means you need to moisturize. this made sense and so i purchased it. When i recieved it i took a shower that night and used the truth serum banana, eye creme and instead of my trusty laneige water sleeping mask, replaced it with this. It has a nice smell, went on smoothly without any leftover residue, and sank right into my skin immediately. well went about my day and chased my 10month okd around. Sat in the sun, went for a walk, and did some grocery shopping. By the end of the day i was greasy enough to have a shine but not where when i wiped it i could fry up an egg. So i decided to give it a few more trys during that week and by the end of the day, pretty much the same result. So it helped contain a bit but not enough to where id purchase this one again. Although this didnt work for me i will continue to faithfully purchase the truth serum!!
Date published: 2019-07-18
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