It. Is. Finally. Summer. Time.
The past month has been filled with end of year testing, report cards, and moving out of our temporary school…I’ve been non-stop for quite some time, but I am so happy that I now have my summer to relax and focus on something that makes me truly happy…this blog!
With the weather heating up quickly, I need to make sure my current skincare products reflect the inevitable…oil control. I tend to have naturally oily skin to begin with, so knowing that humid and hot days lie ahead, switching up my routine is at the forefront of my beauty to do list.
A few months ago Ole Henriksen released a new line, Counter Balance, aimed at solving all of your oil control needs. When I opened a box from Influenster and saw the new Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Toner, and Hydrator, I just about fell over in excitement. The hype around this line was real
and I couldn’t wait to dive in and get to using these products!!
Let me start by saying I’ve been using these three products in the morning, as a way to prime my skin for the long, oil bound, day ahead. This line features Ole Henriksen’s trademarked Green Fusion Complex, which includes antiseptic properties to keep oil at bay, as well as many botanical ingredients such as kelp, eucalyptus, green tea, and Irish moss extracts, to keep skin calm and hydrated.
I use the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
as soon as I wake up, and in addition to the Green Fusion Complex, the cleanser also has alpha-hydroxy acids that help to unclog pores and control oil. Despite the AHAs, this cleanser doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry, which can so easily happen with a product aimed at oil control. My skin feels refreshed, matte but not dry, and ready for product after using this cleanser.
Next, I use the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner
on a cotton pad. I try to focus most on my T-zone and chin area as I wipe the toner on my face…those can be my oiliest spots during the day, and I want to make sure I control that as much as possible. The toner is definitely my favorite part of this line, I love the peppermint and eucalyptus scent, and it makes me feel and look super matte…again, without feeling dried out. I also tend to use a bit more in an area where I have a breakout since this toner contains glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids.
After the toner I apply one of my many serums, it depends on the day and what I want to focus on, and after I let the serum settle in I follow up with the last product in the line, the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
which is super
lightweight. It creates a great base for my makeup each morning, I’ve skipped primer some mornings because I’ve been so pleased with the way this moisturizer mattes my skin.
This entire line has been great for my skin for the past month. The heat and humidity and wreck havoc for those of us with oily skin types, but this Ole Henriksen line does a great job in setting up skin for success against the weather. Stop by Sephora and test out the feel of the toner and moisturizer, guaranteed you’ll fall in love! I recently discovered they have an Balance it All Essentials Kit, which has mini versions of each, perfect for traveling!
[Disclaimer: I received this products in exchange for review through Influenster. All opinions are my own.]