Ole Hendriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner – Dry Skin Review

Another month, another treat under 30 quid! We’re back again with Ole Hendriksen to try *the* cult product in the line – the Glow2OH Dark Spot toner. I tried (and failed) to get this when it first launched but it was out of stock for WEEKS. Let’s find out if there is good reason for that!

The claims

IMG_9234This toner claims to reduce the appearance of dark spots in as little as 7 days. Additionally, it promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even out texture in a AHA toner that is gentle enough for everyday use.

I’ve seen a number of influencers sponsored by Ole Hendriksen and their hero product is always this toner. When a post is sponsored it does make you think about whether their love for the product is real or not, so I wanted to find out for myself.

My skin before

I don’t consider myself to be someone that suffers greatly from pigmentation or dark spots. I have light freckles, which I really like, and what I consider to be the remnants of my acne scars on my cheeks. So many people will tell me that they aren’t really there, but there is definitely something left over on my right cheek.Β I’m looking to see if I can even out my skin tone more by reducing the appearance of my ‘acne scars’.

The process

Every night I will moisten a cotton pad and swipe it in circular motions around my face, with extra attention on my cheeks and T-zone. It wouldn’t leave my skin feeling stripped, but it didn’t leave it feeling nourished either.

The results

The main thing I noticed was a big difference in the texture of my skin – and the results were really fast. Now my acne has gone I don’t struggle with visible texture, but when I touch my skin it is definitely smoother. It feels as if I’ve done my DIY babyfacial mask everyday (which I haven’t). However, aside smoother skin I haven’t noticed any differences in the appearance of marks on my face, which I’m pretty disappointed with. I’m sure other influencers that have been talking about this have said about the lightening of acne scars, so I am a bit surprised that I didn’t see any noticeable brightening of mine.

One thing I did notice is that the sides of my mouth and around my nose got a lot drier and there was some discolouration – the corners of my mouth were significantly darker than the rest of my skin and it looked really odd. It often would crack when I would put makeup over it and was clear to see when it wore off throughout the day.Β I had to stop using this toner to try and stop this dryness that was plaguing parts of my face. It claims that it is gentle enough for daily use, but I think maybe the AHA’s were a bit too powerful for my skin to handle everyday. Β I definitely prefer a physical exfoliation rather than a chemical one as I have a lot more control over it and I can avoid overstripping my skin. Whereas with a chemical exfoliation, clearly my skin didn’t respond that well.

If you have concerns over dark spots caused by sun damage I think that this could be a great product for you. However, if you have sensitive skin you might want to approach this one cautiously, or even avoid it all together. I would continue to use this to use it up, but I certainly wouldn’t use it everyday.

If you want to try this out for yourself, you can pick this up at Boots.

Xo

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TREATS UNDER 30 | Ole Hendriksen Brightening Moisturiser and Banana Eye Cream

Treats under 30 is a new feature here on my blog all about trying new, hyped products that come in at under Β£30. Most of these brands will be indie brands or Instagram brands that you always look at and think, is it worth trying? Does it really work? Allow me to be your guinea pig!

For the first month, I’ve been testing out the Your Best Selfie mini set from Ole Hendriksen, which contains the Brightening Moisturiser and the famous Banana Eye Cream. After seeing this brand all over Instagram and being promoted by a few of my favourite Youtubers lately, the brand finally launched in Boots at the start of February. This little set is under our budget and comes in at a tidy Β£22.

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First impressions
The set is a mini set, so don’t expect the pots to be large – the banana eye cream especially is tiiiny! When I saw how small they were, I was a bit disappointed and thought that I would literally get about a weeks worth of use out of them, but a little really does go a long way.  Immediate first impressions of the creams – OMG these smell AMAZING! There is a real citrus/orange smell which totally matches the theme of the range and isn’t overpowering at all.

The claims 

The C-Rush moisturiser claims to alleviate the daily effects of stress, fatigue and pollution by instantly illuminating and delivering 24 hour hydration. It supposedly targets fine lines and wrinkles, firms the skin and improves makeup application.

The Banana eye cream claims to brighten, alleviate fine lines and wrinkles, with its most famous claim: to reduce dark circles.

Both products are formulated with vitamin C which works to brighten the appearance of your skin overtime.

The process

The application of C-Rush feels so refreshing on the skin. I think it’s a mixture of the gel texture and the orange scent that has an instant wake-me-up effect. Likewise, the Banana eye cream feels nice to apply, but doesn’t have quite the same *zing* that C-Rush does. A very small amount goes a very long way with this though, which is really good because it means this tiny pot will last a lot longer.

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The results

The C-rush moisturiser is really lovely. It’s a gel-like consistency that delivers a real burst of moisture. I was actually surprised by how refreshed my skin felt after using this. It had a lasting effect and I didn’t feel the need to top it up with an additional moisturiser. Because it is lightweight, it’s the perfect moisturiser to use in the morning. I wouldn’t necessarily agree that it improves the application of makeup, because any moisturiser you use should create a ‘smooth, hydrated canvas’ if it suits your skin. I think that quite a lot of vague statements are made in the claims, as the average person probably won’t notice the daily effects of stress, pollution and fatigue. Unless you have very reactive skin that is really sensitive to pollutants, then I have no idea how you would actually test these claims properly. The moisturiser lasted a surprisingly long time for such a tiny pot, which definitely exceeded my expectations.

As for the Banana Eye Cream, I didn’t notice any difference in my dark circles, which I was quite disappointed with. It was a really nice eye cream/moisturiser for the eye area, but I didn’t notice any results. Dark circles aren’t a particular concern of mine though, so perhaps I am not the best person to judge this! I have no trouble with concealer/makeup sitting around my eye area normally, so I didn’t see any improvement in how my makeup sat.

Repurchase?

I’m really not sure. I wouldn’t repurchase the Banana Eye Cream because I can get the same level of moisture under my eyes with just about any other moisturiser. The C-Rush moisturiser was nice, but at just under Β£40 I don’t think I’m willing to spend that much on a moisturiser when I can get a lovely morning moisturiser from Beauty Pie for a fraction of the cost. If I did have a little extra disposable income, then I would probably repurchase and test this even longer but alas, I am not that lucky!

Have you tried anything from Ole Hendriksen? Let me know how you got on!

Xo

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