My Beautycounter Skin Care Routine
It’s time to share my new Beautycounter skin care routine. Full disclosure: I’m a fairly new consultant for Beautycounter. I’ve been having a lot of fun testing the line’s products for two reasons: (1) I’m learning about the various safer skin care regimens so that I can help clients choose products that work for their particular skin care needs, and (2) I’m finding a new safer and clean skin care routine for myself.
FIrst, let’s set the scene about: Why Beautycounter?
I’ve been much more aware of what I’m putting into and on my body over the last several years, and in a small way have been conscious of using cosmetics that use safer ingredients. But it’s work trying to find products that are safe to use and that actually perform. Beautycounter entered the skin care and makeup scene about six years ago offering products that are safer than many skin care and cosmetics options that are currently available and with a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. That opened the door for me to learn more.
After being introduced to Beautycounter a little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to try some of the line’s “hero” products over some months. Here was a line that offered a complete skin care line that I could feel confident and safe using as well as a beautiful line of makeup. I loved how luxurious the skincare lines were. And I especially appreciated that they performed in a way that I could actually see.
I’m sharing some of my favorites (so far) in today’s post. The more I get to know Beautycounter, the more I love it.
This is THE most luxurious cleanser I’ve ever used. It melts away makeup and is super moisturizing. It can also be used as an overnight moisturizing mask. I’ve been noticing dry patches on my forehead and cheeks, and as I’ve been testing this cleansing balm, I have seen that dryness diminishing in those areas.
For this post demo, I tried this Balancing Facial Mask. This mask is contains kaolin clay, a gentle clay and detoxifying agent that draws out impurities (e.g., dirt, oil) that clog pores. It also contains charcoal, which pulls to the surface of the skin pollutants, excess sebum, and chemicals so they can be washed away.
This is a 10 minute mask, so it’s easy to incorporate into a skin care routine a few times a week. As it dries, it tightens a bit but nothing that is uncomfortable. After I washed it off, my skin felt dry, which at first concerned me since my mature skin is already a bit dry. However, when I later looked into my 10x magnifying mirror, I was surprised and pleased to notice that the pores on my nose were definitely less noticeable, which is one of the jobs of the activated charcoal ingredient. Yay!
What I realized after noticing this was that a regular skin care routine needs more than just the basic cleanse, tone, moisturize regimen. I’ve had some trouble using liquid foundations because they settle into the pores on my nose – all of the brands I have tried do this. It’s likely that no one but me notices since I use a freakishly ultra-magnifying makeup mirror and no one with human eyesight would really see what I see in it. But I can’t un-see it!
I was very surprised to find that following the Balancing Mask use, the pores were almost not visible! And when I later applied liquid foundation, amazingly, it didn’t settle into the pores on my nose. This is definitely a new addition to my skin care routine.
The Rejuvenating regimen is designed to firm, nourish, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s the anti-aging line. I have to say my favorite product from the Rejuvenating line is the eye cream. I’ve been trying to find an eye cream that is very moisturizing but not greasy so it doesn’t interfere with wearing eye makeup and cause creasing. This has become my “can’t live without it” eye cream. The products in this line are rich. They feel just right for my skin.
I haven’t yet incorporated the cleanser or toner pads, but I can recommend the day and night cream and serum in addition to the eye cream.
The last product I must share is Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel, another of my faves. With botanical acids as active ingredients, this “hero” product combats dullness and improves skin texture. It’s super easy to use – just apply at night under moisturizer and wash it off in the morning. You may feel a slight stinging from the botanical acids, but after the first few times of using it, that sensation went away for me.
A Few More Notes
If you want to try Beautycounter, please consider your skin type and condition when choosing products. Try their skin care quiz to help find the right regimen and products for you.
At the bottom of each product webpage is a “how to use” section. I love that the website is not just for shopping but is also a resource.
Additionally, each product webpage includes a complete list of ingredients. If you have sensitivities or allergies, be sure to check out the list. The ingredient list is clickable and navigates to an ingredient glossary. Also, check out Beautycounter’s ingredient selection process: ban intentionally, screen rigorously, learn constantly, source responsibly, share transparently.
Check out Beautycounter’s Never List, a list of ingredients they will never use in their products.
I’ve hesitated featuring Beautycounter skin care as a post on Dez & Dot because I didn’t want it to sound like a sales pitch. I hope it doesn’t. But the more I get to know this company, the more I want to spread the word.
Some disturbing facts I learned since becoming involved with Beautycounter:
- The European Union bans or restricts approximately 1,400 ingredients from personal care products that are known or suspected of being harmful (cancer causing, hormone disrupting, etc.).
- Canada restricts bans or restricts approximately 600 ingredients from personal care products.
- The United States restrict bans or partially restricts 30.
That’s a pretty scary statistic. Beautycounter is advocating at the legislative level for safer regulation of personal care products in the U.S. I like that they just “talk the talk” but are also “walking the walk.”
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, want to know more, or want to become involved (become a client, host a pop-up, become a consultant). I’m happy to send you samples. If you do decide to try any of the products, I appreciate your shopping on my personal Beautycounter website: Beautycounter.com/karentarver.