Ole Henriksen‘s fascination with skin care has taken him from his personal struggle with acne to his own Hollywood spa and working with the likes of Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, and Hugh Jackman … practicing what he preaches, he told Spabreaks.com the secret to a perfect complexion!
How did you first become interested in skin care?
As a young man living in Indonesia and working as a show dancer and model I struggled with acne until a local esthetician cleared up my complexion with natural treatments. Having witnessed for myself the transformation of the skin when treated correctly, I was fascinated for life!
How did the brand develop?
When I opened my first spa in 1975, I wasn’t in a financial position to mass produce my own products, so I would make them from scratch in the kitchen. I started developing a huge celebrity following and eventually I was in a position to make my own range – combining nature and science allowed me to create formulas with amazing results and that is still my philosophy.
What inspires you now?
This is when I get revved up and passionate: I absolutely love making a difference and treating skincare concerns; for example my truth is in the eyes, eye peel concentrate. It’s the first safe and effective peeling treatment for the delicate eye tissue!
Your focus is on natural formulas – what are the benefits of using natural ingredients?
Mother Nature has always provided the best for human health. The way you eat affects your overall well-being, as well as the health of your skin – which is your body’s largest organ. When you treat your skin topically, you want to be sure you’re “feeding” yourself healthfully; but cosmetic science has evolved so much over the years that these natural ingredients can render greater results and work better with the skin.
Do you have a favourite product?
My truth serum collagen booster makes my skin glow every morning, and I love the fact that it neutralizes free radical damage. The rub n’ buff salt scrub is the body product that I am totally addicted to as well – it gives a spa grade level exfoliation and the aroma is deliciously uplifting!
What is your own skincare routine?
I have one for the morning and one for the evening …
In the morning I use my on the go cleanser followed by the pick me up tonic and truth serum collagen booster – with truth revealed super crème SPF 15 to protect my skin all day long and total truth eye crème SPF 15 to protect the delicate eye area.
In the evening, I use the truth to go wipes to cleanse, followed by African red tea face mist, and invigorating night gel to treat. I love using sheer transformation crème at night followed by ultimate lift eye gel as well.
Running a business can be a stressful affair, what do you do to relax?!
Exercise always provides me with the best relaxation around. I practice the gymnastics rings and parallel bars in my backyard every day and I also enjoy doing basic yoga, stretches and deep breathing.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you working in the beauty industry?
I went into the wet room at my spa years ago and a pipe in the wall had burst … water squirted everywhere and all I could do was sit back and laugh – my wet room had become a swimming pool!
What advice would you give those on the quest for beautiful skin?
Smile! Also, a healthy, clean lifestyle is definitely a foundation for achieving beautiful skin. When you couple a healthy lifestyle with efficacious skin care products, you are bound to have beautiful skin. With that being said, if you don’t feel good about the person you are, you can never really achieve that extra special glow.
If you were not a skincare expert what would you be doing now?
I would have been an interior designer. I had books and books of architectural designs when I was younger. Instead, I married an interior designer.
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