Happy Wednesday everyone!
I don't know about you guys, but this week has been a total nightmare for me so far. I know Friday is right around the corner - lets just hope I make there alive! Insert eyeroll emoji here.
Today's post will be a review of the Ole Henriksen Balance Skincare Collection. I received these products free for review courtesy of Influenster, but as always my review will be 100% honest. In this Voxbox, I was sent the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, and the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator.
To be honest, I was a bit confused why Influenster selected me to test out this Voxbox. I always indicate that I struggle with dry skin on the surveys they send out, and this line of products is targeted toward people with oily/combination skin. Initially, I was nervous to test them out due to past experiences with skincare products targeting oily skin that dried me out. However, I've truly been impressed with how well these products perform!
The Oil Control Cleanser has a milky consistency and a strong, invigorating minty smell. Some other notable ingredients include neem seed oil, green tea, glycolic and lactic acids, and eucalyptus. Despite the fact that the cleanser contains peppermint, it does not burn or irritate my skin at all, even when I have some acne spots. Instead, I get a pleasant tingling/cooling sensation upon application. I find that it does an effective job at removing face makeup and making my skin feel clean and soft. Throughout the day I can get a bit oily in my T-zone, and the cleanser wicks away any remaining oils from that area of my skin. Surprisingly, it does not strip my skin of any moisture. It does not hydrate my skin by any means, though. I still find myself reaching for my Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk as it brings much-needed moisture into my skin, but the Ole Henriksen Oil Control Cleanser is a great option for those of you who are looking to cleanse oil from your skin.
The Oil Control Toner does not smell strongly of alcohol like most toners do, which was a pleasant surprise. My skin also does not feel tight after applying this like some harsh toners tend to. It does a fantastic job at removing any excess dirt/makeup trapped deep in your pores that you may have missed with the cleanser. With my dry skin, I've found that applying this toner all over my face isn't super beneficial for me. Personally, I've found that it does dry my face out a tiny bit. However, I've found that it performs wonderfully on me when only applied to my T-zone. When I apply this in the morning, the toner manages to control and prevent oiliness in this region for the rest of the day. If you struggle with oily skin, you would likely find this toner to be super beneficial in your skincare regimen.
The Oil Control Hydrator is a lightweight moisturizer that brings some balance back to my skin after applying the toner. I like to wear this as a moisturizer underneath my makeup during the day. It sinks into the skin instantly and leaves my face feeling silky smooth. It also does not break up my foundation at all. Oily folks will seriously love this moisturizer, as it is not heavy on the face in the slightest bit. With my dry skin I prefer to use a heavier moisturizer overnight, but this is a great daytime option even for me.
Admittedly I did not have high hopes for this skincare line due to my perceived skin type incompatibility. However, these products actually really surprised me. I've heard nothing but rave reviews of each of them from people with oily/combo skin, so if you fall into one of those categories, you may want to check these out. As a dry skin sufferer, I'll continue to use the toner on my problem areas and the moisturizer during the day. Additionally, I think I'll get a lot of use out of each of these products in the summertime when my skin is a bit more hydrated.
Have you tried out any skincare items from Ole Henriksen? Comment below with your favorite products for any skin type!