He’s 59, and he has skin like a 20 year old. Not to mention an infectious love of life.
Trust us, if there’s anyone to ask about staying young, it’s Ole Henriksen, the man behind the natural skincare range Ole Henriksen – beloved by Hollywood celebs like Charlize Theron, Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman and Paris Hilton.
Here are his tips, beauty and otherwise, that we can all learn from.
• A woman needs confidence!
I like confidence that’s warm and embracing in a woman – such a person would be strong and elegant, even in the way she walks. She’l lalso have a face that expresses happiness with her eyes. And I like a woman who’s not afraid of being herself.
• Embrace the ageing process
It nurtures the best aspect of your being and it’s beautiful, it gives you wisdom. Plus, you can maintain that youthful glow with beautiful skin quality and texture even as you age.
Anytime you lose your love of life and cut yourself off from the world, then you start falling apart. Youth comes from the inside.
• On turning 59
I turned 59 on May 4th but really, I feel ageless. At the same time I’m not fooling myself – I’m not interested in going to clubs and dancing the night away anymore – yes, I can dance to Lady Gaga when I exercise but I’m not interested in going out and having 5 martinis because I know the hangovers are unbearable.
I’d rather go out with my friends, have good conversation and have fun and enjoy just one drink (vodka on the rocks) – it’s a matter of having different values.
• Don’t stop learning and questioning
Don’t be afraid of asking questions or saying that you don’t quite understand. There will always be something which you’re not so great at. How boring is it to box yourself in by saying there’s only one way.
• Use simple de-stressing methods
Take 5 minutes to relax and have some peace and quiet – you can try deep breathing, thinking positive thoughts and meditating to centre yourself. If your skin is acting stressed, it means you’re not having enough ‘me’ time.
• Don’t forget a healthy diet and exercise plan
I’m very focused on eating balanced and healthy meals that taste good. No fast food, fried or junk food and no soda. I also take supplements: Omega 3, 6 and 9 pills a multivitamin and a Vitamin C pill. And exercise! I like gymnastics, yoga, dancing, rollerblading and cycling.
I feel like you have an obligation to yourself to invest in yourself everyday. To truly be part of the world, you have to be healthy.
Ole Henriksen Recommends
Ole Henriksen brings together the best of nature and science in his skincare range. Some of Ole’s favourite products are:
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, $85: A best-seller – Ole calls it a daily vitamin for your skin – evening out skin tone, moisturising as well as healing.
Ole Henriksen Visual Truth Eye Crème, $79: Has African red tea, a potent antioxidant that Ole uses in his other products, and Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production.
Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Crème with SPF 15, $62: Grape seed oil and antioxidants protect from environmental aggressors.
Ole Henriksen Firm Action Pore Refining Mask, $69: Dead sea salt cleanses while Kaolin clay helps firm skin and clear pores – use 3 times a week.
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel, $69: A lightweight moisturiser that helps reduce fine lines and breakouts.