Do you have regular skin care routine? I do now, but it’s only really been less than two years since I have been pretty committed to a regular morning and nighttime skin care regimen. I guess it’s about time! Maybe I’m just used to my face, but I swear I have noticed improvement in texture, fine lines, and a brighter complexion with my current skin care.
Before we get too far into the post, I want to let you know that most of the skin care products that I use routinely are Beautycounter products. And, as you likely know, and in the interest of transparency if you don’t, I’ve been a Beautycounter consultant for the past two years. (I just celebrated my two-year anniversary a week ago!) This isn’t a “sales pitch” post – it’s truly what I use, and the reason I use these products are because they are performing for my skin.
I’ve stuck with the skin care routine I’ve developed over the past two years, is because it’s worked and given me the results I want. I’m about to turn 65 (aaack!!), and I think my skin looks pretty good for being exposed to sun, stress, wind, dry weather, four kids, coffee, alcohol, unhealthy eating, etc., for 6+ decades. (I have not used any invasive procedures or non-invasive treatments – no Botox, injectables, chemical peels, etc. – although I’m not opposed to them and may choose to try a treatment some day.)
One more thing about Beautycounter products: Prior to using the products I’m featuring in this post, I used a very expensive skin care line that I purchased from an esthetician. I’d been using it for about six years when I joined Beautycounter as a consultant and Beautycounter launched their new (at the time) Countertime anti-aging line with “Retinatural,” plant ingredients (bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine rose) that perform like retinol without any of the accompanying concerns regarding sensitivity or safety (e.g., no sun sensitivity, no risk for pregnant women). I knew I had to try Countertime so that I could become familiar with it, but I was nervous about abandoning the skin care I’d been using because I’d had good results from it. I was surprised when I experienced improvement in my skin’s texture and diminishing of fine lines with Countertime. And I’ve never looked back.
I share this skin care routine with you not because I want to sell it to you, but because I want to share with you what’s been working for me as I continue on my life timeline. If it wasn’t working, I assure you I wouldn’t be using it and talking about it. Disclaimer though – if you decide to purchase Beautycounter products through the links in this post, I do earn a commission as a consultant. The price you pay is exactly the same as if you ordered directly on Beautycounter’s website or in a Beautycounter physical store. I do love talking Beautycounter, so if you’re interested in learning more about the clean and safe products and the (amazing) company, please contact me: email@example.com. You can view all of Beautycounter’s products and learn more about the company here.
Okay – enough of that! Here’s my morning and evening skin care routine.
The photo below is bare faced.
I don’t usually go out of my house without some makeup – less on weekends than on work days. I think wearing makeup is fun and it’s such a long-time routine of mine, it only takes about 20 minutes. In a future post, I’ll share Beautycounter’s Flawless in Five – six makeup products for a phenomenal price that you can literally put on in 5 minutes and look completely put together. But that’s a whole post in itself!
Following is my regular morning and evening routine as well as some new things I’m trying.
My regimen may sound daunting because I use a number of products in my routine both morning and night. However, it literally takes only a few minutes. Each of us needs to have a skin care routine with which we’ll be consistent – consistency is important. Your skin care routine may have fewer steps and products involved – make sure you cleanse and moisturize at the minimum. I do believe that each product that I use plays a role in keeping my skin in the best condition it can be. It didn’t take me long to get used to the sequence of products when I moved from simply cleansing and moisturizing to adding the toner and serum steps.
If you decide to start a new skin care regimen, be prepared to give it at least six weeks of consistent use before you look for visible improvement. I’ve, surprisingly, noticed continued improvement the longer I use my current skin care regimen.
Note: Most of the products I use are from Beautycounter’s Countertime line, which includes in the formulation of each product what they call “Retinatural,” ingredients made from plants that perform like retinol. Read about the key ingredients from these third party sources: Bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose.
Morning Skin Care Routine
- Cleanse – I’m not huge on super cleansing in the morning. I do a thorough job of cleansing my face at night and all I do between then and the morning is sleep. So I use a gentle cleanser in the shower, lately I’ve been using Counterstart Cococream Cleanser (very gentle and budget friendly at $20).
- Toner – The one from the Countertime line, Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence, smells amazing and feels good on my face. It’s not the old fashioned alcohol-based toner, but a moisturizing product with nutrients that prep the skin for products that come after it.
- Serum – Serum is an important step that a lot of people don’t understand – I didn’t before I developed my current skin care routine. Serums are lightweight but pack a punch and contain a high concentration of active ingredients and are very moisturizing. I use two serums in the morning:
- Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum – Enhances the skin’s moisture barrier function to optimize hydration.
- Vitamin C Serum – I love Beautycounter’s version, All Bright C Serum. This is a daytime product as the vitamin C and turmeric ingredients have antioxidant properties which work during the day to protect your skin from free radicals from pollution and other environmental conditions that your skin is exposed to all day. Vitamin C serum is a multi-beneficial serum that is typically rich in antioxidants and helps with hyper-pigmentation, dryness, uneven skin tone. Beautycounter’s contains turmeric which has well-known antioxidant properties. It’s also formulated with water-based and oil-based vitamin C, which increase effectiveness and makes the product very stable (product instability is a common aspect of vitamin C serums).
- Moisturize – My daytime moisturizer, Antioxidant Soft Cream, is very lightweight but very mositurizing. It contains the Retinatural ingredients that behave like retinol without any of the sensitivites or concerns that can accompany retinol.
- Sunscreen – This is probably the most important skin care step. I love love Beautycounter’s Daily Sheer Defense for Face. It’s very lightweight and goes on smooth and clear – no white residue. It’s formulated with non-nano zinc oxide. (The concern with super-small nanoparticles is that they can find their way into your body by penetrating your skin and getting into your bloodstream. And while a nanoparticle will enter your bloodstream, a non-nano particle won’t. For that reason, non-nano is considered safer.) I use this sunscreen every day after moisturizing and before applying makeup. Remember that the sun and sun damage is the biggest culprit of aging skin.
Nighttime Skin Care Routine
I’ve always been religious about taking my makeup off at night and going to bed with clean skin. I believe that’s a very important step in good skin care.
My before bed routine is almost a duplicate of my morning routine, except for a couple of differences. Here’s what I do at night:
- Cleanse – This is the most important nighttime step. It’s really important to clean off all the grime and pollution of the day and not go to bed with bacteria on your skin. I use a cleansing oil that becomes more of a balm when mixed with water. I’m not a big fan of cleansing bars or foaming cleansers myself, but those work well for some people. The most important thing is to wash your face to get off the day’s pollution and take off your makeup! (I also intersperse my cleansing routine with a cleansing balm that I also love – this one can also double as a super moisturizing overnight mask.)
- Tone – I use the Mineral Boost Hydrtating Essence every night as well as in the morning.
- Serum – My nighttime serum routine is to use the Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum, except when I replace it every other night with the Overnight Resurfacing Peel (a non-abrasive exfoliant – see more about that below).
- Moisturize – I use a pretty emollient and rich moisturizer for night that works well for my skin which ranges between normal and dry – Countertime Supreme Cream. Usually nighttime moisturizers are richer than what you’d wear during the day. They get right to work while you sleep.
What I also integrate into my nighttime routine:
- Exfoliate – Every other night I replace my serum with Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel. It contains botanical acids that perform as a non-abrasive peel. The combination of resurfacing acids and calming acids make it an overnight peel that is non-irritating to most skin types. I notice a brightening of my skin.
- Facial Mask – After taking off makeup and cleansing your skin, it’s the perfect time for some mask self-care. I love love love the Beautycounter Charcoal Facial Mask. This mask is formulated with kaolin clay and activated charcoal. It draws dirt from your skin and tightens pores. I use this mask a few times a week. It can be used any time of day; I find it easy to use at night after cleansing and before my other skin care products. I swear every time I use it my makeup goes on the next day so smooth. The tightened pores is very noticeable.
I’m putting eye skin care in its own section because, well, it deserves attention. I use eye cream both morning and night. I love the Countertime Ultra Renwal Eye Cream. It contains the Retinatural complex like all the Countertime products, that helps with fine lines and skin texture. It also contains Persian silk tree extract which targets under-eye shadows and crow’s feet (Persian silk tree believed to protect against glycation, a process that results in an aged, inelastic state of collagen).
Our eyes are exposed to the sun and elements all the time, and now with mask wearing, since people can’t see our smiles, we are working hard to smile with our eyes. That, in my opinion, is stressing the skin around our eyes even more. We need to protect that skin.
My under eye area tends to be dry and I have challenges with under eye concealer going on smoothly. I’ve found that adding facial oil to my under eye care makes a difference. Several nights each week after applying my eye cream and letting it absorb for about 30 seconds, I add a facial oil to the under eye area. I have also used it recently as a prep right before I use under eye concealer. I use a small amount and gently pat it with my ring finger (the ring finger is typically recommended for applying products and makeup since it has the lightest touch and eliminates the pulling motion which can contribute to stress on the skin over time). I’ve had good results from adding the facial oil as an under eye primer for concealer.
Also, although this is not technically in the category of skin care, I use an eyelash serum at night. Eyelash serum promotes eyelash length, and the results are pretty amazing. Lash serums extend the growth cycle of the eyelash, so eyelashes don’t shed as quickly as normally – they stay in longer so they keep growing. I’ve used both Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and Boboleta Lash Serum (considered a “clean” brand). From my experience, eyelash serums work! My eyelashes are much longer than they would be without the serum. The Rodan + Fields serum is pretty expensive at $155 and Boboleta serum is a more affordable $65. Both of these serums, as do many eyelash serums, contain isopropyl cloprostenatetentain (an ingredient also in the product Latisse). This has been purposed to have side effects for some including the potential to change the color of the irises. I haven’t had any negative effects from eyelash serum (I’ve also used Latisse in the past), but I recommend doing your own research before trying an eyelash serum.
Don’t Forget Hand Care
Our hands are exposed to sun and elements all the time. We need to pay attention to prevent skin damage like age spots. It’s pretty simple: Use your skin care product on the back of your hands and use sunscreen on them every day.
Morning and night, once you’ve applied your serums and moisturizers to your face, neck, and chest (don’t forget your chest), spread what’s left over on the back of your hands. That’s the easy way, and it doesn’t require adding anything extra to your skin care routine.
And then, the most important: Use sunscreen every single day on the back of your hands to protect them from sun damage.
I keep it simple by using a stick sunscreen that I keep in my purse. I also keep one in my car so it’s always accessible.
I really like the Beautycounter sunscreen stick – it has zinc oxide as the important ingredient but it goes on very smooth and it absorbs without leaving white residue. I’ve used a few other clean brands in the past: Sun Bum (I don’t love the mineral version because it’s really difficult to rub in and it leaves a white residue) and Bare Republic.
It’s also a good idea to target the back of your hands with exfoliating products. I use the Overnight Resurfacing Peel at night a few times a week. During the day, I make sure to share the All Bright C Serum with the back of my hands as well for antioxidant protection and skin brightening and hyperpigmentation help.
Red Light/Infrared Light Therapy
I’ve been trying red light therapy for about a month with a table-top red light and infrared light device. You should do your own research, but it seems that there is legitimate research showing that this type of light can have beneficial results for skin, including improving fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing sun spots, stimulating collagen production, enhancing blood flow, as well as other health benefits.
I think I’ve noticed improvement in skin tightening, but any improvements will be more visible after longer use. I’m continuing to use the red light device 10 minutes per day. I’ll keep you posted on what I notice.
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