Many of you saw my announcement a few weeks back about joining Beautycounter, and in it, I promised to share my new favorite products. This post is coming a little later than I’d hoped, but life happens and here we are.
I thought I’d start with a post about skincare — I mean, who doesn’t love a new skincare product? — because it’s what first sold me on clean beauty and Beautycounter.
But Jess, how much does it cost?
Before I dive in, I do want to mention the inevitable factor: the price tag. If you’re anything like me, you’re all about a deal. When I first started making the transition to cleaner beauty products, I was nervous to put more money toward makeup. (Switching from $8 mascara to $30 mascara — can you say sticker shock?) This was less of an issue for skincare because I was already spending a bit more in that category. Regardless, it’s a change that impacts your budget and not everyone can up spend $200+ to change their routines overnight. Believe me when I say I get it. And I’m right there with you.
I took the approach of slowly replacing my existing products as I finished them (and I’m still doing this). I didn’t want to be wasteful of money I’d spent or products I’d purchased, so I’m taking it slow. And you can too. It doesn’t hurt the budget as badly when you incorporate new products a little at a time.
I’d also encourage you to consider the importance of cleaner products. Yes, they cost more. But they are also better for you (and the environment, and animals). A practical step I took to make room in our budget was to cut back on eating out for lunch during the week and reallocate that money. (Plus, that’s healthier for me anyway. Win-win.) Maybe there’s something similar you can do if you’d really like to give Beautycounter a try.
However, I do know that it’s just not possible for everyone to make the switch. And that’s okay. Maybe find one product you really love, and stick with it. Or start looking at the labels of what you currently use and try to find something that’s even slightly cleaner next time — and keep the Never List on hand for that shopping trip.
If you have questions about products you can best fit in your budget, I’d love to help.
My new love for skincare
Now let’s get into a favorite topic: skincare.
I think my mom would faint knowing that this is something I now love to do and talk about. As a teenager it was the biggest fight just to get me to wash my face and take off my makeup at the end of the day. Eeesh.
But my mom was (and still is) such an important influence for me when it comes to skincare. Growing up, I watched her wash her face every night without fail. I always loved going to the Estee Lauder counter with her at the mall when it was time for her to replace her well-loved products.
Now instead of heading to the mall, I have Beautycounter.
As someone who has struggled with acne since a young age (and was devastated to realize it wasn’t going away in adulthood), I’ve tried so many brands, regimens, medications, etc. to help clear my skin. I know that’s not everyone’s issue — but everyone has something they focus on when it comes to their face. Wrinkles, lines, coloring, the list goes on.
At 28, I’m finally in a place where I can honestly say I love my skin. Sure, I have a few hormonal pimples every once in a while. But it’s the best it has ever looked.
Proof for you: Zach looked at me a few weeks ago in bed and said, “Aren’t you going to take your makeup off?” When I told him I already had, he said, “Wow, it’s so clear and smooth.” Y’all, I beamed. So happy.
So, here’s what I’m using.
As I mentioned before, there are several products I’m still finishing from other brands. In my nighttime routine, that includes my toner/facial mist and eye cream. I also have a facial oil I use morning and night from Town & Anchor.
Cleansing Balm ($80)
Holy cow. This is a crowd favorite for a reason. I use this to take off my makeup every night and I love it. If you want to give it a try, I’d recommend the travel size (only $45).
But I have a feeling you’ll be hooked.
This was the very first Beautycounter product I tried, and I saw immediate results.
As the name alludes, you leave this on overnight a few nights each week and it helps to eliminate dullness and the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and pores.
It’s also available in a travel size ($45).
Two to three nights a week, I use this exfoliator after the Cleansing Balm. (I haven’t paired this with the Resurfacing Peel — I alternate them.)
Because of my history with acne, it’s important to keep my pores clear of dead skin or other debris, and this does the job.
(For the first time in my life, I’m not using a harsh acne-intensive regimen and my skin is so happy!)
One of the products I was most looking forward to was a new night cream. This one didn’t disappoint.
Countermatch is a product line within Beautycounter that you can use morning and night. If you’re looking for a full skincare regimen, you can try the Discovery Set ($88), or jump in with the Collection ($201).
As I mentioned earlier, I find it easier to go product by product (knowing you may not need everything in the collection). For reference, the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion is crazy popular for day wear.
Products from other brands: face wash (will replace when finished), facial oil.
I’ve read a lot lately about the importance of Vitamin C in our skincare routines.
I love the way this Vitamin C-infused facial mist wakes me up each morning and gives my face a nice glow.
I’ve also heard amazing things about the No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, but since I already use a different facial oil, I opted for the mist.
Nourishing Day Cream ($45)
At the start of the day, I don’t want anything too heavy on my skin since makeup is soon to follow. This day cream is a nice, light moisturizer.
I might try the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion ($49) next, which I mentioned above, just to compare the two. But if you’re looking for a basic daytime moisturizer, this does the trick.
And here’s what I can’t wait to try.
With summer on the way, I’m excited to try this, along with the sunscreen mist for weekends down at the beach.
I know this is a big difference in price from other brands, but I’ve also read that sunscreen is one of the worst offenders in harmful ingredients. Beautycounter opts for sunscreen with a physical barrier, rather than a chemical one, to protect our skin and the environment.
Lip Conditioner, available in Peppermint and Calendula ($22)
I suffer from chronically chapped lips (ugh), so I’m very curious about this product. But I’m also the person who buys 2-3 lip balms at a time, so I’ve got a ways to go before I’m out.
Once my current product runs out, I’m excited to try the eye cream from the Countermatch line. Knowing how much I love the night cream, I doubt this will disappoint.
I hope this is helpful for those of you who are curious about what I’ve been using in my skincare routines. This by no means is all that Beautycounter has to offer — it’s just what makes sense in my routine right now. If you’re interested in other products, feel free to have a look around the site, and let me know if you have any questions!
I’ll be back in a few days to talk Beautycounter makeup!