The other day in Sephora, I received a free trial size bottle of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster. That night, I tried it and loved it so much after one use that I went out and bought it the next day after work.
Ole Henriksen is a brand I've found interesting (no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals etc.) but never got round to trying. It was a good job I was given the initial freebie otherwise I might never have discovered this product!
Okay, the reason why I love this serum so much after so little use is that I used it overnight under my usual night moisturiser (currently Forest Secrets iRejuvenate Step 1), and woke up with the softest skin I've had since... hmmm well, a very long time. Have I mentioned the air is SO DRY in New York in winter?? It's SO DRY. No-one believes me until they get here and their lips immediately start cracking and bleeding. Anyway, it makes it extra difficult to achieve radiant skin. I can't wait for it to warm up here.
Back onto the serum. Even after cleansing and drying my face in the morning, my skin still felt noticeably soft and smooth. I kept touching my face because I was so confused, until I remembered that I had used the serum the night before. I've now used the serum morning and night for a few days and I feel silly for saying this, but my skin is looking more even-toned and has more "clarity" about it. I don't have any major complaints with my skin... but I do feel in the last couple of years I've been losing the fresh-faced, woman-child skin I used to take for granted. Somehow, this serum has airbrushed my entire face and just makes me look so much better even without a scrap of make-up.
After the first use, I thought to myself, "Wow if this is the effect after just one use, what will happen if I use it for a longer period of time...?" and that's why I went out and bought it.
In terms of the serum itself, it's an orange-coloured, tangerine-smelling, viscous watery substance. It's not a silicone-based serum, so it doesn't have that slick or slippery feeling. It absorbs almost instantly (I have to spread the serum across my face really fast before it sinks in) and just leaves the skin feeling fresh and bare. I don't find it offers much moisture but I do have exceptionally dry skin, and I use moisturiser over the top anyway. I have quite sensitive skin, and this serum doesn't irritate it at all.
The main active ingredient is high potency Vitamin C to calm and heal skin and strengthen collagen. But another interesting ingredient is licorice extract which helps to even out pigmentation. I should point out though that I'm not expecting this serum to lighten any of my UV-induced freckles. I think I'm stuck with those for good!
The Sephora description of the serum is:
What it is:
A high-potency vitamin C complex that prevents and corrects signs of aging while promoting brightness.
What it is formulated to do:
This amazing ten-percent vitamin C skin booster and antiaging treatment firms and smoothes, delivering more radiant skin. The weightless, fast-absorbing, oil-free formula penetrates to deep layers of the skin, offering instant and long-term hydration, nourishment, and antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors.
The full ingredients of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster are:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is quite pricey at $48 for 1oz (30ml). I feel like I have to use quite a lot of the product each go because it absorbs so quickly and if I don't use enough, I end up dragging my skin while I'm trying to spread the serum. So the bottle probably won't last that long. But for the results I've seen so far, it's worth it! I've used some much more expensive serums that didn't have even show a tenth of the effects of this stuff. Thumbs up!