I was so pleased when the company Ole Henriksen reached out to me about trying some of their new products. This is a company I’ve been interested in for a while and I am so thrilled to have this opportunity. Receiving the samples around the holidays felt like getting a wonderful and unexpected gift.
I got the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum, C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème and the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner which helps with evening out skin tone.
Right away I tried the balancing toner since I’m always looking into to ways to combat my oily t-zone. I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. I think the smell is refreshing and my skin feels cleaner after I apply it. It seems to do what it claims–it balances my skin tone, which is important to me since I have weird combination skin. I really like this toner and might replace my other toner products with this one.
Next, I incorporated the Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum and C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème. I used the serum under my makeup or before bed. I like that it’s a retinol using bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative but doesn’t irritate my skin. The purple coloring is interesting and the texture is very spreadable–a little goes a very long way. As far as results, I need to keep using it for a bit but it doesn’t seem to have a bad effect on my skin.
Then I started using the gel-cream and although I really liked the ingredients in this product which has three sources of vitamin C and Rose of Winter, I felt that the texture is just not right for my skin. If I use too little it doesn’t really do anything and if I use the slightest bit more it left my skin super tacky and oily looking. I wanted to like it but it just did not work for my skin. The best way to use it might be to add a very small amount to another moisturizer and hopefully get the vitamin c benefits.
Finally, I tried the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, which is packed with some amazing ingredients like a high concentration of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) and witch hazel. This is not a weak toner and you can tell from the moment you put it on it has a tingle to it–not a burn exactly, just a little bit of astringent sensation. You are not supposed to use it during the day since it can make your skin sensitive to the sun due to the AHAs and other strong ingredients. I do like that it didn’t irritate my skin. I have noticed some pigmentation fading which is pretty remarkable!
I have to say the toners are the winners here and I’m so happy I got to try them.
Thanks to Ole Henriksen I now have a few more skincare favorites!