Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask will save your hangover skin

Tired skin don't lie, but Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask can cover your tracks

Ole Henriksen cold plunge pore mask
(Image credit: Ole Henriksen)

A lot of journalistic effort has been expended writing about hangover cures over the years. But in my (fairly extensive) experience all the bloody marys, freezing showers and bacon Frazzles in the world can't stop your skin looking like it's travelled through time for a century-spanning knees up with Lord Byron, Ernest Hemingway and Kieth Richards then hit the present-day hay smeared in grey cement mix. 

Do you know what can though? Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask.

Not only does using a face mask - any face mask, really - give you an instant psychological freshen up ('look at me, taking such good care of myself!') But thanks to a cocktail of skincare acids and soothing ingredients this particular mask can turn even the most dull, sad and depleted complexion around in minutes. It feels minty and cooling, which is just the thing for a poor groggy soul and is an almost comically bright blue colour, which somehow helps too. 

It's no wonder Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask, £30, Boots, has the rare ability to overrule morning after skin. The formulation reads like the beauty equivalent of those Hollywood franchises that jam all the superheroes from various films together for one (or twelve) explosive action-packed adventures. It includes pore-clearing salicylic acid, exfoliating lactic acid and purifying kaolin clay then tempers all of that pow! pow! pow! active ingredient action with calming, hydrating things like avocado oil and alpine willowherb. 

The mask takes just 15 minutes to do its thing, all the while tingling away pleasantly. Rinse with warm water and a flannel for bright eyed and bushy tailed complexion that speaks of chamomile tea and 9pm bedtimes. Due to that Smurf-like hue it will make a tiny, temporary mess of your sink and face cloth. Personally I would slather it on shortly after waking up, drink the first of many strong black coffees in front of Sunday Brunch then rinse in the shower so the mess dribbles away down the plughole without much elbow grease on your part. 

Follow with a bacon sarnie (brown sauce, not ketchup please) and you'll be ready to face the day.

Fiona McKim

As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)

Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). 


In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a magazine features writer, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.

When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.