Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster – Could you face the truth?

Have you ever done a face scan showing you how much the sun has actually damaged your skin?

I haven´t, but I have read about it quite a lot. And even though I would most likely be petrified with horror when I see the results, I have never been one to hide from the truth. At least that is what I tell myself.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

To be honest (should I say truthful, to stick with a theme here?) I know that the damage would be great, for I know I haven’t listened to my mother teaching me about the importance of sunscreen back in the days. Instead I tried anything to tan my NC 15 skin as quickly and deeply as possible. I believed in the whole „Red first, tanned later“ approach!

So before I actually get the chance to do one, I will try my very best to repair as much of the damage already done. And to help me with that, I tried Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster from the Vitamin C complex range.

What Ole Henriksen claims:

Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum.


There are three different sizes available from the homepage here, ranging from 48$ (30 ml) to 128$ (100 ml). I got mine as a part of the „The Works“ set when traveling to Norway this summer, and the 15 ml included have lasted me a little longer than three months of (almost) daily use.

The see-through plastic container comes with a little pump that dispenses just enough of the slightly orange product to cover my entire face and neck.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster


Just like I´d expect from a product from the „Vitamin C complex“ range this one smells of citrus fruits, but only faintly. It is lightweight (and runny, as you can see in the picture above) and absorbs very well without leaving residue on my skin.

I love to use it in the mornings, as it works great under makeup, leaving my skin smooth and supple without feeling like I layered on too much already.

Favorable ingredients:

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phospate: Vitamin C precursor, less irritating, more stable
  • Calcium Ascorbate: Vitamin C, brightening, antioxidant, improves collagen production
  • Glycerin: Moisturizing
  • Tocopheryl Actetate: Vitamin E, antioxidant
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Soothing, anti-inflammatory
  • Orange Fruit Extract: Vitamin C, boosts Collagen, brightening
  • Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract: „Green tea extract“, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  • Euphrasia Officinalis Extract: Adstringent, anti-inflammatory
  • Rosa Canina Fruit Extract: Rich in Vitamin C, reduces pigmentation, promotes collagen production
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: Rich in Vitamin A, C and E

Unfavorable Ingredients:

  • Fragrance
  • PEG-12 Dimethicone


Does it live up to its claims?


Now I can´t exactly tell how „deep“ it penetrates, but it is quickly absorbing, my skin appears smoother and I feel after three months of use that my complexion looks more even and brighter. It contains more than enough antioxidants and vitamins to back up the other claims I have no way of actually measuring.

Will I rebuy?


I can see me using this a lot during the warmer months.

Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone, with the exception of people with really sensitive skin. It claims to be suited for them as well, but Vitamin C and fragrance make patch-testing before buying seem sensible.

If you are past your twenties and haven’t been always as consistent with your sun screen as you should have been, this one would be a great serum to start with!


Have you ever wondered about the sun damage done to your face?

Or have you actually done such a face scan?

Please share!


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  • This serum sounds incredible 🙂 It’s great that you saw such a huge difference after such a small amount of time. I’ve not been the most careful when it comes to face SPF too- i’ve started applying it daily for the last 2 years though

    Rachel xx

    • I expect to see results after three months, to be honest, I expect to see changes after 6-8 weeks. This is two times a cell turnover, if nothings has happened until then, I guess nothing will.

  • I used to skip using sun cream most of the time. I always thought about getting tanned asap and never actually thought about the damage the sun would cause. So I wish I hadn’t done that but yeah now I try to use sun cream and products with spf, considering how hot it gets in Turkey, this is at least something I should do. I haven’t done face scan and actually I am afraid to do it, I can kinda guess the result. This is another brand I can’t find it here, since it lives up the claims I will make sure to check it out!


    • Yes, the sins of our past. Even when I started thinking about SPF, I figured the low one I applied with my moisturize would be enough, but I know now it isn’t. Sure, it is better than nothing, but you have to reapply several times a day, and this is something I struggle with still.
      Do you reapply your sunscreen?

      • Most of the time I only apply before leaving home, so I hardly reapply unless I am in holiday by the sea. How often do you reapply?

        • During the winter times? Never. In the summer/when I know I will be outdoors for a longer period of time (>2 hours): as often as I remember, which is between never and four times. I got better when I discovered a spray-on sunscreen that could be used over makeup.

          • I haven’t heard spray on sunscreen before, it sounds like it is something I’ll need in summer since it is impossible to apply sunscreen over makeup.

          • I bought a Bioderma Hydrating SPF 30 mist last summer and really liked it. I will put up a review when summer draws near once again.

  • Even though I’ve never completely exposed my naked face to the sun, I did make the mistake to think that my makeup would protect me from it, which I deeply regret, now if you ask my relatives, they would say I’m a complete SPF freak! This serum sounds great, I really enjoy the way you do your skincare reviews, it’s always very easy to see if the product is adapted to my skintype or not!


    • Thank you, I am glad you find this helpful.
      I made the mistake of thinking that my moisturizer/make-up had enough protection, too. You live and learn, I guess.

  • I’d be really interested to do one of those face scans,scary as the results may be! I’ve heard awesome things about this serum, another to add to the Wishlist…… The Wishlist is currently overflowing with things I’d like to try!

    • Tell me about it, the wish list manages to be even fuller than the bathroom cabinet, and that one is filled up to the rim already!

  • Ooh sounds amazing! I’m yet to try anything from Ole Henriksen but he’s on my hit list..
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • I got my hands on a travel kit and have been loving a lot of the things I have tried so far.

  • Yay! Great to hear it’s actually living up the the expectations.

  • This looks quite amazing. I may not need it quite yet, but a few years from now.. sounds like a good option 🙂 Thank you for sharing! And of course, great review as always 😉 xx


    • I believe in prevention and starting early, but maybe at your age being good with the SPF is still enough.

      • Yes. Being 22, I try to keep my routine simple, moistruize and take makeup off in the evening. Every once in a while do a deep cleaning and that’s it. I think that using too many chemicals and products only adds up to aging..

        • As I said, I started early, and I feel like I benefit a lot of it (I am almost 37), but there will never be a way to prove which approach is the better. In the end, it always comes down to your personal preference.

  • This serum definitely sounds like something I would like!
    I’ve always used sunscreen, even at a very young age, but not very high spfs and only at the beach. Last summer was the first time I used an spf 30… I’ve never burned once in my life, but I’ll probably have some of the deeper damage one doesn’t really see.

    • The deeper damage you don’t see until 15 years later is what I am worried about now.
      Back in the days when I was a kid, SPF 8 was really a thing… these days I wear 30-50, depending on where I am going.

  • tis product sounds lovely to me! thanks for sharing!

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  • I love reading about great serums. At the moment I’m using Clarins Double Serum which works really nicely. I’ll have to check this one out as you seem impressed. Laura http://www.shehearts.net x

    • My mother swears by that Clarins one, but I have never tried it myself. What are your thoughts on it?

      • I really love the Clarins double serum!

        I use it at night and it’s pretty impressive. It’s actually in my review as you’ve seen amongst the 66 products I reviewed – no particular reason for that number by the way 😉

        A great product and works really well combined with a Clarins day or night cream.

        Laura http://www.shehearts.net xx

        • Yes, I read it after I posed my question here. I might sneakily try it next time I am at my parents.

          • You should for sure! If you pop to a Clarins counter they may have some samples for you or place it on you there and there 🙂

            Laura x

  • This product looks quite promising. But somehow I really get scared to use skin care products which contains a lot of chemicals. Great review 🙂

    • So you go all organic?

      • Ummm not exactly all organic. But I do love to go organic for my skin care routine 😉

  • Sounds good! I would like to try it. Gemma xx

  • Beauty Obsessed

    I am a fan of Ole Hendriksen, and I wanted to try this for quite a while. Thanks for the review, I will try this asap! x Ania

  • Beauty Obsessed

    I am a fan of Ole Hendriksen and wanted to try this for a while now! Thanks for the review, I will buy it! http://aniaaniapawlak.blogspot.co.uk

  • Dressed With Soul

    Hm, das wäre jetzt wirklich interessant zu wissen, inwiefern die Sonne meine Haut beschädigt hat. Früher war ich da nämlich nicht so achtsam wie in den letzten Jahren, seit denen ich das Haus nur noch mit hohem Sonnenschutz und wann immer möglich mit Hut verlasse … Eine wunderbare zweite Adventswoche wünsche ich Euch!
    Liebe Grüße von Rena

    • Ja, die Jugendsünden… Heute bin ich auch viel vorsichtiger.
      Euch ebenfalls eine schöne zweite Adventswoche.

  • Tal

    I’m adddicted to ole henriksen! The invigorating night creme is my fav!

    Beauty Blender- worth the hype?

    • I haven’t tried that one, but I will look into this brand in to the future.

  • I am curious what sun damage has done to my face. Hopefully not too much since I always wore sunscreen under my makeup in highschool. great post!


    • Wow, you really started early with prevention then. Great for you!

  • jodie.keith

    I’d love to do one of those face scans! I never understood the importance of SPF, it is definitely something that needs to be encouraged more when you are younger – maybe it should be in the school curriculum somehow to make sure kids know!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • Yes, I wasn´t aware of it for a very long time. But I don’t know if it would have helped to hear it in school, I guess I was just pretty ignorant back then…

  • I had a sample of this that I was excited to try out, but the fragrance really bothered me. Which was strange, because most of the time fragrances in skincare doesn’t bother me. I stopped using it, but I did like the consistency.

  • Sun protection is such an important part of the routine now as large damages in the future could occur. Glad you found a product that works for you! Thanks for sharing love.

    Stephanie | http://www.stephykeung.com

    • I absolutely agree with you. The damage that is done now will only show ten years from now, so prevention is key!

  • Ohn dear, absolutely!!!! I’m crazy for him 😀

    Amazing review!!! Seems to be an amazing product 😮

    I want to try!

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  • Sheridan Grady

    I absolutely love this stuff, just a shame its a little pricey to keep re-purchasing! x


    • I don’t mind to invest in my skincare if the product really delivers, but of course every one has a different budget. Have you found a drugstore alternative yet? If so, please share!

      • Sheridan Grady

        I haven’t found one I love as much yet, but I do love The Body Shops Vitamin C range! x

        • I need to try that soon. The scent did bother me a little when I last time sniffed it in store.

  • It sounds like a great product, glad it’s working for you! 🙂

    I’ve never done a skin scan either to check out sun damage. I’m much more sun safe now and always wear a hat, but never used to when I was younger, so who knows what damage I’ve done! A lot I fear, just sunscreen isn’t always enough in our sun here.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I wish <i had been more sensible back in the days, skin cancer is much more dangerous than I thought possible back then.

  • This serum sounds really good, would love to try it.

  • life is a shoe

    This sounds like a great product!


  • Glad to hear you are happy with this product!


  • Emily

    I get so terrified with sun cancer scares in the media that I really do try to be careful – you just never know though do you?

    Musings & More

    • No, you don’t. Especially as the damage showing now is the one done 15-20 years ago. Back when I was little, SPF wasn´t really considered that important, so we spent much time out in the sun unprotected. And the rays you get before adolescence are the ones that cause cancer most likely…

  • ich bin auch irgendwie sehr unachtsam mit der sonne, vor allem, da ich sie auch (zumindest sichtlich) gut vertrage und keinen sonnenbrand davon trage. Das heisst ja leider nun mal nicht, dass sie der haut nicht schadet….das Serum hört sich auf jeden fall gut an, vorbeugen und doch noch etwas machen schadet sicherlich nicht 😀

    • Da hast Du recht, vorbeugen ist immer gut. Das Problem ist ja, dass man die Schäden, die man bekommt, erst Jahre später sieht.

  • I’ve never heard about face scans showing the sun damage. This serum sounds pretty good, it looks more like oil from the photo. I’d gladly try it too when I have a chance 🙂

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    • There is an oil in this range, but the serum is very lightweight, almost watery. It sinks in very quickly.
      The scans show the hyper pigmentation by showing you the melanin distribution, so you can see the „age spots“ that are waiting to evolve. Obviously it does not show the destruction of collagen or DNA damage, but I guess we can guess that when we see the rest…

  • Hmm, yes. I’ve become very wary of the sun ever since I realized I have rosacea on my face and sat in the sun for 30 minutes.. and my rosacea had become so much worse :O Now I try to avoid it as much as possible. I’m happy to read this works. If I ever find the brand I would like to test it (before buying, doh).

    • With rosacea I would suggest trying it first, just like you said. Vitamin C can be irritating.
      Did the rosacea show up so late in life? I might remember incorrectly, but didn’t you say last year that the sun did do you well in one of your holiday posts? Or was that just for the body?

      • yup, I’ve had it for the last five years. No, it wasn’t the sun.. but the sea! The salt in the water, I think! I avoided the sun as much as possible, but when I was swimming in the sea I could not wear my hat 😛 I might have pointed out that it did not worsen my face at that point.. probably because of the sea salt! You’ve got a good memory though 🙂

        • Haha, the husband hates me for my memory.
          So you should probably move to the sea then, to get the benefits all year round.

  • I love using Vitamin C on my skin at night. It’s one of the best antioxidants! I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds nice. Thanks for sharing!


    • Which products could you recommend? I´d love to try some more Vitamin C products!

  • Patricia Blaj

    A sun test would be interesting, however I get sunburnt very easily so I tend to stay away from it as much as possible, so I might not be that „damaged“ haha 😀 This serum sounds awesome, would love to give it a try!




    • With your (lovely!) pale skin, saying out of the sun seems to be the wisest decision.

  • my bubbly zone

    Sounds good but I don’t think I can find this brand here in Italy. What a shame!

  • I’ve always used Olay moisturizer that has SPF15 in it, maybe that’s why I have no sun spots even though I lived in Malaysia most of my life? I’m much wiser with sunscreen now for sure but back in Malaysia I never used any with the exception of whatever SPF that comes with the skincare.

    I’ve read lots of great reviews on this serum and it’s already on my list to purchase but first I need to finish the serums and facial oils that I have. It’s like a never ending battle to clear my arsenal of skincare. #beautybloggerproblems

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    • I can relate to the struggle. Right now I tell myself that I will save the money I spend now when I back at home next year, with no income for myself, so it is sensible to shop now… Is this still considered a „white lie“?

  • Denise Sabs

    Well, I have sensitive skin, really very much, but it says that it is good for people like me as well, though in the end the article mentions that vitamin C can make some harm… but I never wore this brand, though it’s very famous, and would love to start with this product! I like products with vitamin C very much, but at the end I am a hopeless case – I buy, wear a product a handful of times and forget about it. Still, I want this product now 🙂

    • If you are very, very sensitive, patch test first. There is really no way of telling whether it would work for you.
      Have you ever tried establishing a set skincare routine? I go through the same steps very night, so there is just no forgetting. Everything is lined up on my shelf, waiting for me to be picked.

  • I dread the thoughts of a face scan even though I always take care of my skin! xx


  • Vitamin C is such a must for everyone really! I heard fab things of this serum!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • It is a great ingredient. Could you recommend any other Vitamin C products?

  • I received a sample of this product recently and haven’t tried it yet but I’m glad to learn of your positive results with it. I try to be very vigilant about sun protection these days but i definitely wish I had been better when I was younger.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Message to our teenage selfs: „Wear sunscreen“! Let me know your opinion once you tried the sample.

  • Glad you were happy with this product – I love your new post layout by the way, it separates each bit of information really well.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • Thank you. I am still experimenting a little, but I feel like I am slowly getting there.

  • I just recently learned that on of the most damaging things for the skin is the sun. It make your skin wrinkle more easily. I would definitely use this!

    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Even though we are so concerned about the spots and the wrinkles, skin cancer is what I am most afraid of. It is definitely increasing these days, and sadly no serum will help with that!

  • Danielle

    You made me laugh again with your „Red first, tanned later“ approach. When you said that your skin is smooth, do you mean soft or has this serum helped smooth out your fine lines? Thanks, Anne!


    • Not so much the fine lines, but the unevenness in texture caused by pores etc. It will help with fine lines as well, but more on the long run. For instant results on fine lines, a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid would be my first choice.

  • I definitely had lots of sun damage on my skin but thankfully I got wiser when I got older and protect my skin much better now. I’ve just finished this serum after a few months of using it and it definitely helped a lot with my hyperpigmentation and my skin is so much brighter and more even. Will definitely repurchase it. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I remember reading about it on your blog, when I was about half way through my bottle. I got wiser with age too, but the sons of my youth show quite clearly now.

  • I agree with you! I like this serum a lot. I prefer it combined with the oil as it brings the maximum benefits. To me it smells like orange creamsicles. it’s a bit fake smelling but it performs well for the price so I let it slide as it doesn’t stick around. Plus is you use the oil, then that’s all you can smell which is rosehip/red tea/fresh orange scent. I think I prefer it at night though as the few times I used in my AM routine, it balled up under makeup.

    • I am testing the oil too, and I have to say I much prefer the smell of the serum to that of the oil, but the product itself is lovely.

  • This sounds pretty awesome. I love using products with Vitamin C to help heal my post-acne hyperpigmentation.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  • These ingredients sound really great! I have heard good things about this brand at Sephora. I will have to look into trying it especially with all the vitamin c and antioxidants for your skin.


  • Sounds great! <3



  • I’ve heard great things about this brand but have not tried anything from them yet. This serum sounds lovely. I might have to give it a try but like you suggested, I’ll test it first as my skin doesn’t always like Vitamin C fragranced products. x

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  • thefashionsalt

    I’ve heard a lot about this too and was thinking it may be good for sensitive skin I’m glad you mentioned the patch test first. I’ll do that before I try it. And I’m sure I have a ton of sun damage. My mother was not one to promote the sunscreen; she was laying out right there beside me – ice tea and tanning oil in hand.

    • I remember these day, when nut oil was all the rage, with SPF 4 and said to increase the tan. The smell was lovely though!

  • I have not heard of this serum before but it sounds great.

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.blogspot.com.au

  • I got a sample of this when I was a Sephora and actually haven’t used it yet. I don’t think i’d want to get a scan of my face from all the sun damage. I was always a big sun person and it wasn’t until last last year where I changed my habits – finally!. I’m going to give my sample a try tonight after reading ur review. Thanks for sharing another great review:-)


    • Let me know how you like it, I am always curious to know how things work for other people.

  • Bernadette

    This product sounds really amazing! I’ll definitely keep a look out for it. x


  • I love your reviews so much! They tell very clearly if a product is worth trying or not! Thanks for the hard work you must put into these :)) As for the face scan, no I haven’t done one of them but it would sure be interesting to! Have a great week Linda
    Emma xxx


    • Oh, thank you! Yes, they are a lot of work, but I do enjoy them a lot. Skincare is my passion (growing with age).

  • Cosmetic_Confections

    this seems worth a try!


  • I have never done a face scan but it sounds very petrifying. This product, on the other hand, sounds wonderful. I’ve been on the look out for a vitamin c serum.. but never had much luck. Lovely review! -Maireem

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  • You can get sun damage even on a cloudy day, or when ging out in winter, so I guess you are never truly safe. Do you wear sunscreen?

  • Aisha

    I’ve never done a face scan and I’ve never head about it! I really need to try it something like this 🙂 thank you so so much!


  • Absolutely, dear!!! It’s very, very important 🙂

    As I said, I would like to try this serum!!! Very interesting !

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  • That serum looks amazing <3



  • Klaudia.

    I LOVE this serum, I use it daily! It reduced my redness after 3 months of use and I still have 5/6th of the content left in the bottle. It’s brilliant! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

    • A little goes a long way, so I feel like you really get a lot for your money. Have you tried anything else from Ole Henriksen?

  • Swati Sharma

    i have a super sensitive skin 🙁 I may not be able to try this….


    • many people with sensitive skin commented and said it worked fine, but to be sure you should patch test first.

  • lovely review as usual . I am loving any kind of good serum at the minute 🙂

    Marie l All or Nothing

    • What are you using?

        • Thank you for the link.

          • no worry 🙂
            I almost finish it ..thinking to get that one as it is cheap ( Still i am job less )


          • I never heard about Delia before.
            I am sorry to hear about your job. So the one you had your eye on didn’t work out?

          • To be honest me neither but they had good reviews and this serum was really affordable ( and cheaper than original price) so I decided to give it a go! I won’t received it until end of this month though 🙁

            Yes that job did not work out ! I worked 5 days for them and the last two days they were horrible to me (very long story) I never encountered this type of management before ! Very bad ! I even sent them a complain letter (which I never did that in my life ever before ) so I left ! Life too short and also I am going to be 40 by the end of this year so too old to be treated that badly I am seeing an agency tomorrow for a potential job so we shall see.

          • You are right, you shouldn’t put up with bad behavior just for the sake of a job!

          • indeed ! I am too old for that type of cra* . When i was in my early 20’s i pull out with a lot …not anymore.

  • Toyas Tales

    I have tried this product a few years ago and I loved it. I would definitely recommend. I have super sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all.

    • Thanks for letting us know. I was unsure, because my skin is far from sensitive.