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!

Five items for 30-something skin

My skin care regime has never been overly involved. I’m the type of person who hates washing their face or removing their makeup. Once I’m ready for bed, I’m ready for bed and not too much is gonna get in the way of my head hitting the pillow.

But over the years my skin care routine has evolved. Partially because I’m more vain and partially because I’m buying more and more expensive sheets and it’s hard to get the mascara out of my pillowcases.

So here’s a list of my five essential things for my skin care routine that I do now in my 30s that I didn’t do in my 20s.

1. Drink lots of water

Sadly this is only something I’ve started doing in the last five-ish years. And it took me forever to train myself to like water and then to notice the signals my body was giving me when I was thirsty. So many people either mix that signal up with hunger or they drown it in soda or coffee, neither which gives your body and your skin what it really needs. So buy a Nalgene or a S’well and start sipping.

 

2. Moisturize

Now that you’re working on hydrating your skin from the inside,  it’s time to start hydrating it from the outside. There’s lots of talk about anti-aging products and whether or not they work or if they are just all hype. I feel that they are mostly just extremely dense moisturizers to apply morning and night. If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, hydration is key to younger-looking skin. 🙂 Currently I am loving Biotherm AquaSource Deep Serum but I’ve been trying Julep Restorative Facial Milk and I’m liking it too.

3. Face oil

The latest skin care rage is Korean beauty and I have fallen in love with face oil. I was a huge skeptic that oil could make my skin lovely and break-out free. Rebekah from Lipstick and Lullabies sold me on the Julep Bare Face oil. You gotta try it, she told me, it melts makeup off your face. Well, for someone who hates removing their makeup, that sounds amazing. Julep recommends using their Bare Face Oil with their Konjac sponge and I agree, I never, never enjoyed washing my face so much before.

4. Exfoliate

Perhaps the only downside to washing my face with oil is that I feel a build up after about a week. I searched around until I found Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub at Sephora. Read all about my experience here. (Spoiler alert: I love it!)

 

5. Sunscreen

I have been using sunscreen for several years now but I felt it was important to add to this list. I would say a minimum of SPF 30 for your face is important, even in the winter. Shiseido did a promotion this summer at Sephora and gave away these UV bracelets that turned blue when you were outside in UV rays and you’d be surprised that it turns blue fairly quickly even when it’s cloudy in November. If you are only looking to do one thing on this list, I would say sunscreen should be it.

 

What are your tips for keeping your skin healthy? Happy Shopping!