Glow Up: Ole Henriksen Power Bright

When it comes to skincare lately, I'm all about instant gratification. I've been dealing with a host of skincare issues, and have only recently started to refocus my energy (money, and time) into products that actually deliver on what they say they will do.

I was able to test out the Ole Henriksen Power Bright Kit this past weekend, and I am beyond impressed with its performance. In terms of delivering, it definitely does—my patience with skincare is wearing pretty thin these days, but the Power Bright experience definitely restored my faith. 

WHAT IT PROMISES: 

Experience the ultimate Ole Glow instantly with this professional-strength, three-step system featuring an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate. In as little as one use, skin looks brighter and more radiant, and fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. Ole Henriksen was one of the very first skincare brands to champion vitamin C, the gold standard for fighting signs of aging. It helps brighten and even the complexion and promotes firmer, more youthful-looking skin. This formulation features a 25 percent concentration of stable ascorbic acid, the pure form of vitamin C to provide immediate brightness. 

This three-step system takes inspiration from Ole Henriksen’s POWER Peel, the most-requested treatment at his spa. Each box contains six treatment sleeves with three numbered pods. The pods help protect the benefits of the formulas. Begin with Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask enriched with sugar, honey, and pomegranate seed powder to help polish away dull skin, for a smooth, radiant complexion. Next, apply Truth 25 percent vitamin C concentrate, and let it sit on the skin. Finally, Pure Truth Melting Cleanser layers on top of the concentrate to help activate it: the warming sensation signals that it’s working. This luxurious, three-in-one cleansing formula nourishes skin with vitamin C, cherry seed, and rose hip seed oils. Rinse it off, removing with the Power Bright complexion sponges provided, and skin is soft and supple with the ultimate Ole Glow. 

This kit is packed with ingredients designed to polish and brighten skin, as well as anti-oxidants that help diminish signs of aging. I'm a total Vitamin C lover, and I find that my skin looks so much more radiant when it's in heavy rotation in my routine. 

Step one is the Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask, and I will say that this was the least favorite step in the kit for me. The mask worked beautifully, and the scrub did a great job of exfoliating, but I am not a fan of manual scrubs on my skin. The large granules were a bit uncomfortable and scratchy, and I just wasn't feeling it texture-wise. I think the result is beautiful, right after rinsing it away, I could see what it does, I just wish the granules weren't so coarse.

Step two is the 25% Vitamin C Concentrate, which looks and feels a bit like a paste. You apply it to dry skin, and if there's any irritation on your skin you might experience a bit of stinging when you apply it. I definitely felt stinging, but luckily, it's not terribly painful or long-lasting. 

After you let the paste dry down a bit, you apply step three which is Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, which acts as an activator for the Concentrate. What I loved about this step was the warm sensation I felt, I could definitely tell it was 'working', and that made me really excited. 

The kit comes with two facial sponges that you use to remove the mask once you've let it sit on the skin for a while, and I loved using them! They helped to gently remove everything, and they made me feel like I was giving myself a super-luxurious spa facial. 

After everything was rinsed off, I followed up with the Truth Serum Collagen Booster and Sheer Transformation moisturizer.

 

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I will definitely say that my skin was glowing afterwards—not only that, but my face was so soft that I did not want to stop touching it (I did though, because germs), I also felt like my pore size looked significantly reduced, and my overall texture looked more plump and youthful. The next day my skin was still smooth and radiant, too! 

I used this kit after an especially long week of being outdoors, and my skin taking all kinds of abuse from the sun, my SPF, and makeup—this felt like a great boost to get my skin looking and feeling restored. 

I think this would be a great addition to my current routine, which is completely geared towards fading hyperpigmentation, evening out my overall skintone, controlling my oil, and softening my texture—if that sounds like you too, definitely pick this kit up and give it a try! 

xx,

Tasha

Samples courtesy of Influenster for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If you're interested in reviewing products like these, sign up for Influenster

Buy: Ole Henriksen Power Bright Kit, $58, Sephora | Buy: Ole Henriksen The Truth Serum Collagen Booster, $48, 1 oz., Sephora | Buy: Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation, $38, 1.7 oz., Sephora

Photography by Tasha James, Hey Bulldog Studios