Safer Skincare Routine by Lisa Reising
You may be asking yourself...Do I need a skincare routine? My answer is YES! We ALL need an appropriate skincare routine to properly cleanse, prep, protect and hydrate our skin. And it is never too soon to focus on those fine lines, wrinkles and aging brown spots! Now more than ever and during these times of social distancing and quarantine, having a skincare ritual can really bring some joy and much needed self care into our daily routines. Even while we are just relaxing in our living rooms and staying home or hiding behind those masks! I suggest keeping up with a comprehensive skincare regimen.
Stress, toxic environments and harsh skincare products can create imbalances leading to acne, early aging, large pores, dryness, eczema, oily skin and more. If you're looking for a more gentle and safer way to preserve your skin as you age please see my recommendations below. I will be focusing on the Beautycounter brand. I like these products because they are clean, nourishing and have high performing ingredients.
LETS GET STARTED!
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Cleansing preps the skin for the rest of your skincare routine by removing excess oil, dirt and makeup. Most cleansers on the market contain fragrances or harsh ingredients that strip skin of natural hydration. The key is to find the right cleanser that balances oil production so that skin is not too oily and not too dry.
If you have dry skin, I recommend Beautycounter's Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser, Countertime’s Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil or the Counter+ Lotus Cleansing Balm. For a more affordable option I would choose the Counterstart Cococream Cleanser.
Lets talk about my favorite ...The Counter+ Lotus Cleansing Balm! This multi-tasking cleansing balm, perfect for day and night use, hydrates while it cleanses, removing makeup and impurities with nourishing ingredients that won’t strip away your skin’s natural moisture. (Bonus: it can also be used as a mask for a hydrating overnight facial.) With a blend of lotus extract, jojoba seed oil, and avocado seed oil, Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm soothes and destresses skin while increasing luminosity. It’s my stranded on a desert island item!
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, I recommend the Charcoal Cleansing Bar or the Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser. Both of these cleansers are appropriate for oily, acne-prone skin and can decrease pore size and blackheads while healing and preventing break outs. The Charcoal Bar is one of our best selling cleansers and is formulated with Binchotan charcoal powder to help detoxify and absorb impurities in skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with a palm-free soap base, the gentle formula can be used daily on the face.
If you have normal skin or sensitive skin, you would benefit from the Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser or the Cleansing Balm. It is always important to cleanse and refresh your skin in the morning even if it doesn’t feel oily or too dry. The Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser is a creamy foaming cleanser featuring squalane, plum oil, and phytic acid to remove face and eye makeup, wash away impurities, and get you glowing. Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, not tight or dry.
STEP 2: TONE & ESSENCE
Toning is a step many people skip because it may seem unnecessary. In fact, toning is specifically helpful if you have oily or acne-prone skin or if you wear a lot of makeup. It removes the extra bits of makeup to ensure it doesn't clog your pores and lead to breakouts. The pH of your toner matters because something that is high pH, 9 and above, can be too drying and stripping for your skin. This can lead to redness, dryness, breakouts and wrinkles. Beautycounter’s toners are gentle!
If you have oily, acne prone skin, you'll love the Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner. This alcohol-free toner is designed to mattify skin, remove residual impurities, and minimize the appearance of pores without stripping moisture.
If you have sensitive to dry skin, I recommend the Countermatch Hydra-Gel Radiance Toner. Made without mineral oils, sulfates, and parabans this toner will be gentle on your skin. With a unique gel texture, this toner helps minimize the appearance of pores while removing residual impurities, leaving skin hydrated and radiant.
For extra hydration, you can apply an essence. While essences have been a staple of skincare routines in Asia for a while, they are fairly new to the Western beauty world. Essences are basically the love child of your toner and serum. They are more lightweight and less concentrated than serums and serve as an additional layer of hydration. Packed with nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, essences provide a more targeted treatment depending on your skin concern. Essences should be applied by patting and pressing it gently into your skin for quick-absorption.
Our Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence is Lightweight but deeply nourishing, this milky moisturizing essence lends vital nutrients to the skin’s moisture barrier—instantly boosting hydration and radiance. Formulated with our plant-derived Retinatural Complex, mineral-rich sea water, and a fermented blend of sugars, it renews and balances the skin and preps it for the treatment steps that follow.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE
One of the most important steps...MOISTURIZING. Our skin consists of 7 layers that all require their own balance of water, acid and lipids (fat). The top two layers of the epidermis are particularly susceptible to imbalances which leads to skin conditions like eczema, acne, redness, dry patches and breakouts.
Using the right moisturizer can bring your skin back into balance and eliminate your skincare concerns. There are lots of different moisturizers that can work for your skin type!
For oily skin-The trick is to decrease oil production without over-drying the skin, causing it to produce even more oil! The Countermatch Adaptive Lotionworks by identifying your skin's cell structure and optimal level of hydration, and adjusts itself for a 24-hour period to match your skin's needs over time. If you start out dry, and get oily throughout the day, this is the moisturizer for you, as well if your skin is combination, dry or you prefer a lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer.
For normal to dry skin, you would benefit from a variety of face oils, serums and moisturizers. My favorite is Beautycounter’s Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream. It is a protective, skin-plumping moisturizer. It is formulated with a plant derived Retinatural Complex. It works to visibly plump your skin while boosting hydration.
Face oils, despite their seemingly contradictory nature, are a popular trend—and for good reason. There are many benefits to including a quality oil in your daily routine. Face oils quickly deliver essential vitamins and antioxidants to your skin, helping to nourish and strengthen it. Plus, they create a protective barrier for your skin, helping to keep out pollution, dirt, and other toxins that can lead to irritation, breakouts, and premature aging. And yes, there are even benefits for people who have oily or acne-prone skin. My favorite is the The Balancing Face Oil. It is especially good for all skin types. If you have dry, sensitive, oily, or combination skin. A face oil is a great addition to any skin care routine—regardless of your skin type—and once you try it, you’ll be hooked on how smooth, moisturized, and healthy your skin feels.
STEP 4: Mask, Peel & Serums
Most of us have additional skincare concerns that need EXTRA targeting. I highly recommend Beautycounter’s Counter+Charcoal Face Mask. Ten minutes to a purified complexion. This nutrient rich kaolin clay mask with activated charcoal and salicylic acids will gently exfoliate your skin. Perfect for those concerned with congestion and oily skin. It is like treating yourself to a spa facial at home. The entire family can join in too! My 9 and 11 year olds use it! It is never too early to start your preteens on a healthy skincare routine. It also has peppermint oil! So very refreshing and I love to use it after a night of eating and drinking. A great detox! Beautycounter’s Counter + Overnight Resurfacing Peel contains 15 alpha hydroxy acids that increase cellular turnover, resurfacing the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun spots, scarring, hyperpigmentation, acne, and dullness. Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Featuring a proprietary multi-acid complex, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. With glycolic, malic, and botanically derived lactic acid, the formula clears away dull surface cells, while arginine and essential fatty acids help soothe to reveal a brighter, healthier looking, renewed complexion. This peel goes on like a serum, it does not PEEL your skin and is very gentle. Counter + All Bright C Serum This ultra-potent 10% blend of two forms of vitamin C instantly brightens skin and helps reduce the appearance of existing dark spots, while antioxidant-rich turmeric and camu camu extracts help protect against new ones. The formula also helps defend skin from the damaging effects of environmental stressors—revealing a more youthful-looking complexion. A great partner to the Overnight Peel. Think of the All Bright C Serum as the DAYTIME VERSION of the Overnight Resurfacing Peel! During the day, our skincare needs to protect our skin from environmental stressors to decrease cell damage (i.e. the All Bright C Serum). At night, our skincare needs to renew, resurface and repair our skin, which is exactly what the Overnight Resurfacing Peel does.My recommendation-Use the All Bright C serum after your regimen serum during the day, and use the Overnight Resurfacing Peel in place of or after your regimen serum during the night.I hope these tips help you develop your ideal skincare routine!
If you have any questions or need more personalized recommendations, please reach out to me. There are many great clean Beauty brands out there. Always check the EWG (Environmental Working Group), for ratings and safety!
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