I was really excited when Beautycounter reached out about working together. I talked about their lip sheers here years ago (still a favorite; the rose one is so pretty!) and I really like their sunscreens but I’d actually never tried their everyday skincare. They sent me four of their core skincare products: the Cleansing Balm, No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, and Overnight Resurfacing Peel; which I’ve been testing for the past 2+ weeks and am excited to report back on how I liked them!
What makes me most excited about working with Beautycounter is their mission to get safer products into everyone’s hands; creating products that are high performance but still good for you. They create cleaner, safer products for the whole family, educate us on what is harmful, and even advocate for more health-protective laws for the personal care industry. They prohibit the use of over 1500 harmful, questionable ingredients. It’s still crazy to me what you’ll find in some beauty products – scary stuff.
As I mentioned above, I’ve been testing the products for the past 2+ weeks and love everything I’ve tried. Of course, I have my favorites, but we’ll get to that!
The cleansing balm is my second product from the line and is absolute heaven. First of all, I LOVE a cleansing balm for winter. They leave skin feeling so much softer and hydrated and don’t strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
The first thing I noticed was how good it smells. I think it’s the raspberry and cranberry seed oils. The second thing I noticed was how it just completely melts your makeup off (even tough waterproof eye makeup – I put this to the true test after a few big makeup days – a dinner party and a photo shoot. Take a small amount and massage it into dry skin, allowing it to dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil. It comes with a muslin cloth which I like to submerge in warm water to wipe everything off. Skin is clean but ultra hydrated; perfect for this winter weather!
The Adaptive Moisture Lotion is a great everyday moisturizer. In all honesty, it was a little bit too lightweight for my skin (I have realllllly dry skin though, especially this time of year!) so I mix in a few drops of the facial oil which is the perfect combination for my skin.
What’s great about this moisturizer is that it’s so high tech. It provides up to 24 hours of hydration, actually adjusting hydration levels throughout the day. I like how it sinks in immediately (so that you can do your makeup right away) and how smooth it left my skin feeling.
I really, really like the brightening + vitamin C facial oil. If you’re looking for a radiant glow, this one is for you. It smells really good too (citrusy!) and I like that it’s ultra hydrating but still lightweight. I mentioned this last week but I’ve been using this every night when I do my facial gua sha routine; but I also like to blend it with the moisturizer for everyday use.
I saved my favorite for last! The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is my favorite product that I tried from the line. It’s magical. I apply this before bed after washing my face, and then lock it in with a few drops of the oil. What I like to do is apply this, brush my teeth and let it sink in, and then apply the oil.
You immediately feel it starting to work (your skin will tingle a bit but in a good way – it isn’t irritating). When you wake up the next day, my skin was glowy and plumped up, my fine lines were much less visible, and my skin tone was more even. I’m someone who likes instant gratification and you get that with this – you really notice a difference in your skin the next day. It’s one of the best peels I’ve tried.
The peel contains a mix of alpha and beta hydroxy acids along to improve skin texture and minimize pores, fine lines, and dark spots. It also contains hyaluronic acid (my favorite skin plumping ingredient) and fatty acids to soothe and nourish.