Sunday, September 26, 2010

Q&A with Ole Henriksen

Here's a follow up to meeting Ole Henriksen for his truth collection launch. Ole has provided some insightful skincare tips and great, informative answers to my questions. Thank you so much Ole and congratulations on the launch of the truth collection!

Q: I love to refrigerate my skincare products, especially when the weather is warm. Can you refrigerate the truth is in the eyes eye peel concentrate? What types of products do you recommend refrigerating? What types of products should you not refrigerate?

Products that come in a gel form tend to retain a cold temperature better than traditional creams that have a base of oils and humectants. There are many of my formulations that I recommend to be kept in the fridge in order to enhance their skin benefits. My african red tea face mist will indeed firm, lift and stimulate skin circulation so much more when kept nice and chilled in the fridge. Among the active ingredients in this formulation is african red tea, green and white tea plus pomegranate. I recommend the same for my other face mists. Products that are gel based like my ultimate lift eye gel, specifically formulated to lift, firm and de-puff the eye region would do an even better job when kept in the fridge – this is a favorite tip from Charlize Theron. My blue/black berry enzyme mask and my latest product truth is in the eyes, eye peel concentrate are also gel based and I highly recommend that you store in the fridge for added benefits.

Q: What tips do you have/what products should be used for people that don’t get enough sleep?

A good night’s sleep is one of the key components to healthy, radiant skin, but we can all have periods where life is so busy that we don’t get proper rest. One of my favorite tricks to revive a dull looking complexion is to fill your sink with a tray of ice cubes and add a bit of water, drench a thin terry face cloth in the ice cube mix and place and hold firmly against the entire face with both palms. Hold in place for 30 seconds at a time and repeat 5X. Your skin will not only look energized, but you will also feel like you’re ready to take on the world when having done this trick. You can follow with your regular skin care routine.

Q: How important is it to change up your skincare regimen every season? What type of products do you switch to every season if you have normal skin?

It’s very important to change your skin care routine based on the climatic changes that go hand-in-hand with the seasonal changes. Weather should often be the indicator of the changes that are necessary to make with your daily skin care regimen. Hot and humid weather require that you focus on lighter textured formulations – especially when it comes to the kind of moisturizer you choose. This is because the humidity will provide a shield of hydration for the skin on its own. One of my most popular moisturizers around the globe for hot and humid weather is my sheer transformation creme because it is both oil free and packed with cell renewing and anti-aging ingredients. As far as the choice of cleansers for hot and humid weather – your skin may be best suited for a foaming or gel cleanser like my on the go cleanser.

Cold weather conditions on the other hand require products that have a rich, soothing consistency. It is a fact that when temperature drops, indoor heating becomes a necessity and additionally it tends to impact the skin by making it dry. Therefore, you want to look for creams that have a higher concentration of essential fatty acids like avocado oil, grape seed oil, soy oil and sun flower seed oil. Those fats cushion, comfort and protect the skin very effectively and will also protect the capillaries in the skin from irritation and potentially breaking. My recommended moisturizer for this weather is my herbal day creme, SPF 15. In cold, freezing temperatures, a lotion cleanser like my apricot cleansing lotion would be recommended.

Q: What is the most common mistake you see people make when caring for their skin and what should they be doing to correct their mistake?

I would say the most common mistake that I observe in my clients at the spa is a tendency to over zealously scrub and cleanse their skin. While it’s important to achieve deep cleansing, scrubbing and cleansing too vigorously can irritate the skin causing mild rashes and permanently broken capillaries. What I always say, is that formulations that are created to achieve thorough deep cleansing are created in a manner that the ingredients will actually go to work and deep cleanse when activated with water. All you need to do is facilitate gliding the product gently over your skin.

Q: What two products should everyone make sure they incorporate into their skincare routine?

Since clean skin is the essential for having healthy skin, I can’t emphasize enough – the importance of investing in an effectual cleanser. Second to having clean skin, environmentally protected skin is a must in order to preserve a youthful and supple complexion. So, a moisturizer that hydrates all day long with an SPF of at least 15 is a must.

- Kim Weling

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