Hello from Broken Bow, Oklahoma! We found an incredible cabin that’s the perfect backdrop for our photoshoot this week. Did you see peeks on my Instagram Story?
I’ve got my dream team with me…Valorie Darling, Suzie Moldavon and Mama Sugarplum! We’re having so much fun mixing in some girlfriend time with all the work. It really is the best when you can do what you love with people you love, and they truly are the best at what they do!
I’ve learned so much from them both over the years, and Suzie has been invaluable in sharing all the beauty and makeup tips! One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the youthful impact of having skin that glows!
Generally speaking, we get drier as we age, and our skin doesn’t naturally produce as much collagen and moisture (the stuff that plumps!)…which adds years to our face. Suzie focuses on products and makeup that bring back the brightness, fullness, and dewy look of our youth. OLEHENRIKSEN has been a key part of my routine to bring back that bright glow!
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Y’all actually introduced me to this brand, and I became an instant fan after testing out my first product. Plus, all their products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free, and verified as Sephora Clean, so I know I’m putting all good stuff on my skin.
After several months of use, there are a handful of products now part of my regular routine, and have been key in making my skin brighter and literally glow! (They don’t replace my skincare routine, but rather, fill in the gaps.)
Boosting that ‘glow’ starts with exfoliation. Basically, dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, which can leave your complexion looking dull, rough and dry. There are two types of exfoliation…physical and chemical. Physical involves scrubs, dermaplaning, and manual rubbing that removes the rough, flaky skin.
Chemical exfoliation involves acids, such as AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, to loosen the “glue” that holds the dead surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath. Adding Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner and Balancing Force Oil Control Toner to my morning and evening routine have been a game-changer for my skin, and it’s something I actually look forward to!
After cleansing my face in the morning, I use the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner to remove excess oil and help unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores. It’s incredible what shows up on the cotton pad, even after just sleeping!
This refreshing face toner also has an energizing eucalyptus-peppermint scent for an instant pick-me-up. I’m already addicted to the feeling and smell! I follow it up with Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, Banana Bright Eye Creme (we’ll chat about these in a sec!), moisturizer and SPF.
In the evening, I follow my cleansing routine with the Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner. It’s supercharged with a high concentration of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) and witch hazel water, to reduce the look of dark spots. It also targets fine lines and wrinkles, and smooths texture. But this powerful AHA toner is also infused with sandalwood, chamomile and licorice extracts, so it’s gentle enough for daily use.
I apply all over my face, neck and chest, and am always shocked by how much more cleansing it does! Once it’s absorbed, I follow it up with the rest of my evening skincare routine of anti-aging serums and moisturizers.
The next step in getting that glow is Vitamin C…an antioxidant that helps improve skin’s elasticity, defend skin against environmental stressors such as pollution, brighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots and pores.
Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum has a whopping 15%…Ole’s highest concentration of vitamin C for daily use. It also contains PHAs and hyaluronic acids, which target all the major signs of aging. A single pump acts as an actual shield, protecting skin from environmental pollutants, and has an immediate sheen that instantly brightens skin.
It has a slightly tacky texture until fully-absorbed, so I find it’s best to wait a few minutes before continuing with moisturizer and makeup.
You know I love the Banana Bright Eye Creme…it’s been in several of my ‘favorites’ roundups! It’s chock-full of Vitamin C and collagen to instantly brighten and firm the fragile under-eye area. Plus, it has illumination that instantly refreshes the look of tired eyes and combats dark circles.
It’s a super-hydrating base for makeup and concealer, and a step I never skip!
Those are my top 4 OLEHENRIKSEN products for bringing back the glow…up next, I’m testing these products from the Balance line. Have you tried any of them?
One of the other things I love so much about OLEHENRIKSEN is their partnership with Self Esteem Rising, a foundation dedicated to teaching self-esteem, self-advocacy, and leadership skills to girls and women of all ages. As the mother of a teenage girl, I know first-hand the importance of inspiring confidence, happiness, and self-esteem from the inside out!
Through the end of the month, OLEHENRIKSEN is donating 10% of the sales of their C Your Best Selfie Brightening Moisturizer & Eye Creme Set to Self Esteem Rising. It makes a great gift and stocking stuffer, too…so you do good while you give!
Clearly I’m a fan of this brand, and have y’all to thank for it! I’d encourage you to browse the site and just read the passionate reviews on their products…the love is real! So what should I try next? Have you tried the Banana Bright products to help boost your glow?
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*Photos by the darling and talented Audrie Dollins. This post is created in collaboration with OLEHENRIKSEN and ShopStyle, but all product selections, opinions, and glow-chasing are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*