At 37 years old, I've come to accept that I ain't no spring chicken, and I'm not getting any younger. If anything, this past summer, I realized it was time to step it up with my skincare routine. Holy sun damage! Related: Have you read this blog post yet?
I love trying new beauty products, but I hate wasting my money on ones that don't work. Before I discovered how many chemical sensitivities I had and found Beautycounter, I would typically buy products at random drugstores and, usually, whatever was on sale at the time. I didn't think twice about ingredients or what I was putting on my body. I also just wanted a beauty routine that was simple and no-nonsense. I'm not a fancy product/makeup gal, but I like to look somewhat put together.
Since starting with Beautycounter earlier this year, the most common question that I receive is about my daily skin care routine, so I thought it would be a good time to share exactly what I’m using on my skin every morning and night, along with my makeup favorites. Most are Beautycounter products, but not all of them.
Morning Beauty Routine
Nourishing Cream Exfoliator - My go-to facewash! I love this one because it exfoliates, but doesn't dry out my skin like some other washes. It has little non-abrasive jojoba beads in it to help slough off dry skin and organic coconut oil and aloe to soothe and hydrate. It's quite lovely and gentle enough to use twice a day. (I use it at night too.)
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum - This serum is MY FAVORITE. If you try one thing from Beautycounter, try this product first. I'm obsessed. I also credit this product with improving the overall appearance of my skin. It helps to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, thanks to a combination of vitamin C, mixed fruit acid complex, and algae and marine extract. It also smells wonderful! Love, love, love! FYI: Now that it's late fall, I've started using this twice a day (morning and night) just because I love it so much. In the summer though, I only used it at night because some of the exfoliating ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to sun.
Nourishing Day Cream - In the summer, I didn't bother with moisturizer because the serum offered plenty of hydration, but now that the weather is dryer, my skin needs a little something. I love this because feels light and hydrating all at once.
Evening Beauty Routine
Nourishing Cream Exfoliator - Mentioned above in Morning Routine section.
Brightening Facial Mist - Once I wash and dry my face, I give it a quick spritz with the Brightening Facial Mist - no cotton ball required. Although...I'm impatient, and I'll often use my fingers to rub it in. This mist is loaded with antioxidant vitamin C, which helps to reduce the appearance of age spots while lime pearl extract gently promotes a brighter complexion. I sometimes use this in the morning too, but I'm usually rushing to get out the door, so I often skip this step.
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum - Mentioned above in Morning Routine section - LOVE!
Night Cream - Like I said, I'm not getting any younger, and a good night cream is important to help skin repair and regenerate while we sleep. The ingredients in night creams are typically more powerful because they can absorb over night. But I don't want my pillowcases to feel like a greasy mess, and this feels rich but not slimy.
Nourishing Eye Cream - Ugh, our eyes show aging so easily because the skin is so thin, so it's important to find a good, thickeye cream. I like this one because it absorbs quickly, and I don't have to wait forever to put eye makeup on after. #thestruggleisreal
Brightening Facial Mask - This mask is pretty much magic. The kaolin clay goes in for the deep clean, and the Vitamin C works to reduce dark spots. I use this when my skin feels a little splotchy, and it makes my complexion feel both brighter and more even.
Charcoal Facial Mask - OK, I'm obsessed with this one, too. The activated charcoal in it makes your pores look smaller, and the fact that it dries like clay just feels kind of cool, even if it is sort of hard to wash off without making a mess. This mask is great if you have oily skin or feel like you have clogged pores.
Vivant Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash - This stuff is amazing, but it's super drying. I always joke that it rips off your face with how well it exfoliates, but I can only use it a few times a week. Otherwise, my face is flaking because it's so dry. This 3-in-1 wash helps with acne, brightens and balances skin tone, and stimulates collagen production.
Dew Skin - Mentioned above in Morning Routine section.
Tint Skin - Mentioned above in Morning Routine section.
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Liquid Eyeliner - This eyeliner is so easy to apply because it isn't super liquid-y and the tip is short and sturdy. That's probably a weird explanation, but I've tried a lot of eyeliners over the years and this one is the best.
Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara – I’ve tried a lot of expensive mascaras over the years, but I still love Full & Soft from Maybelline the best. It lifts and separates lashes, and it’s priced right!
Eye shadow - I'd love a recommendation! I'm using one that I've had for years... like seriously so long. That's gross, right? I'm debating getting the eyeshadow pallete from Beautycounter, which looks incredible.
Question of the Day
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super involved), how complicated/time-consuming is your daily skin care routine?
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