Jul 13 2014

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50 (Summer Essential SPF)


Hiya Guys. An update on my sunscreen/SPF journey. Next in line: the Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50. According to the Ole Henrisken website, this “oil free sunscreen is light enough to wear under any daily moisturizer or make-up, and strong enough to protect from UV damage and other environmental aggressors that can cause pre-mature aging”. It contains a “heat and light activated Solar Active Complex(TM)” technology “designed to help strengthen the skin’s barrier and stimulate it’s natural repair function to help heal pre-existing damage, while increasing the skins resistance to damage”.

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50

The star ingredients include: the solar active complex (TM), fruit cell extract, powerful anti-oxidants (including vitamins A, C and E), and micro algae. It is a chemical sunscreen containing: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 5%.  You can read more about chemical and physical sunscreens, as well as find information on other sources, here.

The first thing I noticed about this sunscreen was the pleasant, citrus smell. If you’ve used anything from “the Truth” (age-prevention line), you know what I am talking about. It smells soooo good. This deluxe sample size I received in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit was actually not the first time I’ve used this product and I am fan of this line (including the cleansing cloths).

So do I agree with the claims? Although it is a thicker formula, I do think that it is oil free in the sense that it doesn’t make me feel or look greasy (click here for more info on my skin type). It blends into the skin fairly well and does not leave a noticeable white/grey cast. The fact that it contains chemical sunscreens rather than physical sunscreens means that it won’t be as problematic for photography purposes (looking pale in a photograph).

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50 Swatch

As far as skin care benefits go, to be honest with you, I test out so many products that it’s sometimes difficult to give an assessment of long term benefits. However, as I’ve used this product before, I can say that it does not break me out and my skin feels more hydrated when I use this. In this Summer, I do not use a moisturizer in addition to this.

I find my foundations apply well over this sunscreen and I did not experience any out of ordinary breakdown.

This product is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV sunscreen. It is formulated without: parabens, sulfates and phthalates.


  • Great smell!
  • High SPF of 50 (UVA/UVB)
  • No white/grey cast (may be a mild, temporary grey cast on darker skin tones)
  • Oil-Free/Wears well under foundation
  • Cost: Moderate-High ($35.00 USD for full size 1.7 fl. oz)
  • Available Locally: No (Check sephora.com or olehenrisken.com.)




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    • elleseesyou on July 14, 2014 at 11:51 am
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    love that brand, but i tend to skip high-end sunscreens! i am using the vitamin c serum from them now ellesees.blogspot.com

    1. I need to try that one. I’ve tried so many products for their line but haven’t managed to test out the C Serum, need to get on it as I hear so many good things. 🙂

  1. That’s a very high spf! I don’t think mine needs to be that high, but great to see a review on this one, since I don’t know much about Sunscreen products! x

    1. I agree its on the higher end in terms of SPF. Like you said, I probably wouldn’t wear something this high if I were in London or NY (well, at least not in the winter), but we get so much sun exposure here even with an office job, that it’s really important. A couple of years ago I was listening to this programme on the radio where an optometrist was saying that in The Bahamas an average Bahamian’s eyes are exposed to 400 times the amount of sunlight as an average Canadian. I’m sure something similar applies to the skin, lol. 🙂 xxKimmy

      1. That’s crazy! 😮 Well I suppose it’s pretty much always hot there :p I’m really curious to see your living area.. must be so picturesque!

        1. Yeah, year round. It gets to be too much sometimes, but hey, I shouldn’t complain right? Many people would love it. I probably should try to post more pictures, there are a few on the beach on my instagram. I am still not accustomed to bringing my ipad with me to take pics! 🙂

    • Karen Farber on May 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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    Definitely a summer essential!


    1. For sure! I love Ole Henriksen products, have you ever tried this one?

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