A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find myself on the receiving end of an Ole Henriksen facial. The experience was nearly transcendental—not only did I leave with supremely radiant skin, but I felt like the treatment was holistic. My aesthetician included aromatherapy and breathing exercises to make it a complete mind and body experience.
Ole Henriksen is a brand rooted in Danish tradition. I felt so relaxed (and glowing!) that I got to wondering what Danish beauty secrets we’re missing out on stateside. I reached out to Ole Henriksen himself to learn more about Danish beauty secrets—and how to start incorporating them into my own beauty ritual. Keep reading to learn how to start treating beauty like a Copenhagen girl.
Danish people subscribe to something called “hygge” in their everyday lives, and this also applies to the way they view beauty. Hygge is all about creating a cozy atmosphere for yourself and appreciating the world around you. Ole Henriksen, founder of his eponymous skincare brand, says that people in Denmark shape their lives around hygge by devoting themselves to wellness practices like winter bathing, saunas, and biking nearly everywhere, regardless of the weather. “We strive to embrace the Scandinavian lifestyle centered on joyful wellness with hygge-inspired self-care,” says Henriksen. This means minimalist beauty products and turning your beauty routine into a self-care ritual rather than a chore.
In Denmark, the name of the game is incorporating soothing treatments into your beauty routine. Two soothing routines Danish people regularly do, according to Henriksen, are chamomile eye treatments and lavender facial steam treatments. Chamomile treatments are easy to try at home—just steep chamomile tea bags for a minute or two and place them on your eye area for 10 to 15 minutes before beginning your skincare routine.
Henriksen explains that it’s also easy to try a lavender facial steam at home. “Lavender is the most calming, soothing, and healing essential oil, and the aroma in itself is very relaxing,” he says. “Fill your sink [a third of the way full] with warm water and take a tablespoon full of lavender essential oil and stir in the water. Drench a terry face cloth in the mixture and lean over the sink. Press the cloth into your face to get the stimulative and soothing comfort of the lavender. Hold it like that for at least 30 seconds and then repeat five to eight times. You feel completely revived.”
Locally sourced ingredients
“What many may not know is that I grew up in the Danish countryside surrounded by beautiful lush nature that is considered to be the home of some of the most potent antioxidants and nourishing skincare ingredients in the world,” says Henriksen. “We value the region and its rich natural resources.” Try Nordic ingredients like birch sap, snow lotus, alpine willow, white lupin, cloudberries, and mushrooms.
In Danish beauty routines, it’s common to help boost circulation to help improve your skin health. Henriksen says that it’s common to do a light facial massage with almond oil before a facial scrub to make your skin more radiant. “They like to do a firm upward outward circular motion massage for added circulation,” says Henriksen.