Ole Henriksen Power Peel Pro-Strength Microdermabrasion/AHA Peel System Review

Hey folks, sorry for the lack of action around here lately. EVERYONE has been sick at my house with some cold or another plus we ALL got PINKEYE! UGH! I am the last one to have it and it really can’t go away fast enough.

Anyways, last weekend was the perfect weekend to hibernate and rejuvenate. I took some time on Sunday night to do a face mask and hide hang out in the bathtub.

The face mask was actually a peel that I had received in my last Sephora order. It was a promo for when you made a $25 purchase, you received three full Ole Henriksen POWER Peel™ PRO-strength Microdermabrasion/AHA Peel systems for free! Well, you know how much I love free stuff. Obviously, I was in!

A popular treatment at Ole Henriksen’s skin clinic, this microdermabrasion and acid peel system dramatically retexturizes to visibly reduce fine lines, smooth skin texture, even skintone, diminish discoloration, and minimizes pores for instant renewed youthful radiance in three simple steps.

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The face mask/peel comes in a slim envelope with pouches clearly marked with 1, 2 and 3, outlining the multiple steps.

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The first step is an almond polish. It’s fairly gritty and you rub it all over your face for 2-3 minutes.

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Here you can see the large almond seeds in the cleanser.

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And here is the scrub on my face.

Rinse that off and on to Step 2:

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The lemon strip step definitely tingled, especially where I had rubbed the almond scrub around my nose.

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This was more of a clear gel-like substance. It smelled citrus-y but not overpowering.

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This is with the lemon peel on. You can see my face is kind of red from the almond scrub. This step is left alone for 2 minutes and then you add Step 3.

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Step 3: the chamomile mask is applied directly on top of Step 2: lemon peel.

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This looks exactly the way you think the last step of a mask would look: like heavy lotion.

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I slathered every last particle of this step on to my face. It’s still burning a bit at this point… but it stopped about 5 minutes later and was very relaxing after that. That’s when I climbed in the bath.

The last step is supposed to linger for about 15 minutes and then you can rinse your face.

I forgot to take after pictures but I remember my skin feeling somewhat tight, so I did layer on some Julep What Your Skin Needs before bed to help with moisture, which is extra important during the drying winter. Overall, I enjoyed this product. I have two more mask/treatments left and I will probably let my mom try one and see what she thinks.

Have you tried this product? What’s your favourite face mask/peel? Happy Shopping!

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub Review

If you only have time to read the first paragraph of this post, I can boil down this review into two words: AH-MAZING!

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I love a good face scrub. Not the pansy ones with microbeads made for daily exfoliation. A hard core scrub with warnings on the label about using it more than a couple of times per week! So the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub is exactly what I was looking for.

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According to Sephora’s website:

What it is:
Nothing heightens the skin’s natural metabolic processes better than this densely textured, smooth gliding, and terrifically energizing face scrub. Activated with water, it foams up to scour away dead, tired skin cells, while literally vacuuming up impurities. Excellent for all skin types.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

They didn’t have a sampler open at Sephora when I went to buy the scrub. I was concerned about not liking it but the sales girl had me smell some other Ole Henriksen products, assuring me it was mildly scented. She was wrong. So wrong. It smells (wonderfully) of cherries or cherry blossoms. The scent is not overwhelming but calling it a mild scent is optimistic at best. Luckily, I love the scent so that was not an issue for me.

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At the size of 1.7oz, this container seems small but you only need a nickel size dollop to generously cover your face. At this rate, and the fact that I only use it once per week, this scrub is likely to last me forever. Or at least until I’m sick of it and want to try something else.

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I probably spend 1 – 3 minutes rubbing it all over my face and then a couple of minutes rinsing it off. Afterwards, my skin feels amazingly butter-smooth. I dry it off and layer Biotherm AquaSource Deep Serum over it to help lock in moisture.

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Yes, my skin is a tiny bit red after using this but since I moisturize well and only exfoliate before bedtime, my skin has a chance to breathe afterwards and I haven’t had an problems.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub for anyone wanting a deep, weekly exfoliation.

What are your favourite skin products? Happy Shopping!