About Face: Ole Henriksen, Balance Collection

Above: This month? Your must-have product is Balance collection
Above: This month? Your must-have product is Balance collection

Balance. We talk about it all the time. There’s work/life balance, feeling balanced, striving for a better balance, losing our balance…the list goes on. Even your skin care requires a little balance, especially if you sit on the fence between having oily/not oily skin. This is where companies like Ole Henriksen come to the forefront.

It’s a fine balance to control the amount of oil your dermis produces without stripping it of the natural moisture it needs from its sebaceous glands. Your skin needs the oily substance (a.k.a: sebum) these glands release. They moisturize your face, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and help fight off bacteria growth. And yet, at times (thank you, sweaty basketball game and changing hormones) they can produce too much oil and promote excess shine and acne.

Using hydrating, oil control products like the Ole Henriksen Balance Collection complete with the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator and Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Crème is key. Replete with ingredients like active botanicals, including green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts with natural antiseptic properties, these products work to absorb and remove excess oil, reduce the appearance of pores, keep pores clear of acne-creating bacteria and maintain your skin’s optimal hydration levels. What you won’t find are unwanted parabens, sulfates or phthalates. As for integrating the line into your grooming routine, well, that’s where you come in. And yes, it will require a little balance.

The Ole Henriksen Balance Collection of Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Balancing Force Oil Control Toner, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator and Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Crème, from $10 to $40 each, available exclusively at Sephora stores across Canada.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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