Ole Henriksen on how he deals with dry, mature, and “perfect” skin

Ole Henriksen on how he deals with dry, mature, and “perfect” skin

Bare skin bible

Text: Emily Heng

Bare skin bible details how notable figures from the beauty industry get that healthy glow to their mien. From the products in their arsenal to skincare secrets, we get them to dish the dirt.

The lowdown on Ole's complexion

My skin type is what I would describe as dry, clear, and perfect — after all, I am the man that creates the products with my amazing team of chemists at our company! I'd regard my complexion as mature, too, as I'm 70 years old.


What goes on his moneymaker

1. Ole Henriksen Truth Juice Daily Cleanser

I would never skip any step in my skincare routine because it's so important to stay consistent and faithful to my products. I like to start with a good cleanser; my favourite is the Truth Juice Daily Cleanser, which I use morning and night. It's gentle, made with orange fruit water and removes even the most stubborn dirt and makeup. I am proud to say I was a pioneer of vitamin C in skincare, going back many decades.

2. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum

Next step is to moisturise — I apply the Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum on my face and neck, which is packed with vitamin C.


3. Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème

I follow this with my C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème — this is applied evenly on my face and neck by massaging it in an upward, circular motion. I also love to mix my C-Rush in my palm with my Banana Bright Face Primer for that beautiful Ole Glow.


4. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

Not forgetting an eye cream, of course. I apply the Banana Bright Eye Crème to the entire eye area using my fingertips.


5. Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub

I cleanse the rest of my body twice a week at night by using the Lemonade Smoothing Scrub in the shower. What I love about this vegan formulation is it combines both benefits of a physical and chemical exfoliation, and I love the refreshing aroma of the lemon peel extract in the formulation.


6. Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème

I am super faithful to this product because of its collagen boosting and re-texturising benefits attributed to the amazing Bakuchiol — an ayurvedic medicinal plant in India — and alpha hydroxy acids. I love that this crème has a beautiful rich and nourishing consistency.


7. Ole Henriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Crème

The final step! I apply this on my entire eye region, including the brow bone. If I'm looking to enjoy the benefits of a professional facial without leaving the house, I'll use my Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial before an evening out. I love the fact that it completely melts away any dead skin cells and dullness in my skin.


What are the other factors that play into his skincare routine?

Are there any specific products or ingredients that you avoid when it comes to your regime?
I only use my own products. I don't avoid any specific ingredients because we formulate with very strict guidelines to stay globally compliant. We are very much a clean and predominant vegan line.We also participate in the Clean @ Sephora initiative. All brands with this seal qualify under the Sephora Clean initiative and are free of these ingredients: sulfates SLS and SLES; parabens; formaldehydes; formaldehyde-releasing agents; phthalates, mineral oil; retinyl palmitate; oxybenzone; coal tar; h ydroquinone; triclosan; and triclocarban. There is also less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

Does your diet play a large part in maintaining your complexion?
When I was living in Indonesia previously, I developed cystic acne. Thanks to a local aesthetician named Lagita, I saw transformational changes in my skin with the use of potent botanicals. She also taught me that skin health is beyond skin deep. Since then, I understood the importance of adjusting my lifestyle to maintain good complexion, such as adapting a healthier diet like cutting out sugar.

The biggest skincare misconception you've heard is...?
People with dry skin tend to be fearful of exfoliating. My advice is to exfoliate, treat, and soothe. When you treat your skin this way, you'll be able to achieve the #OleGlow. It is important to routinely eliminate dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin, for which I recommend the Lemonade Smoothing Scrub. This dual-action sugar scrub containing high-potency AHAs does double duty to physically and chemically exfoliate your complexion. With all the dead skin cells eliminated, you can properly treat and soothe the skin.

What's next for Ole Henriksen?

Well, there's Ole the man, and there's Ole the brand. But, both are closely intertwined and all of us at Ole Henriksen will continually focus on spreading the Ole Glow around the world. What my amazing team and I love to do is continuously bring new and exciting innovations to our products. Essentially, products based on nature's finest botanicals with beautiful aromas and textures that make it a joy to treat your skin — and, most importantly, will continuously elevate skin to new levels of perfection.