The Beautycounter Skincare Review
A couple of months before I decided to commit to a clean beauty routine, I attended the inaugural Cleveland Yoga Fest. Located in the beautiful Edgewater Park, it was a full day of yoga, yoga, and a bit more yoga. In between our downward dogs, my friend Melissa and I decided to wander around the vendors who had set up shop around the perimeter of the outdoor space. Local favorites such as Nooma (an organic electrolyte drink), Urban Planting Cleveland, and Storehouse Tea were there, as were some other national brands.
One of these was Beautycounter, a brand I somehow had never heard of – despite its extreme popularity on social media. Instantly, I became enthralled with the brand’s ethos and commitment to clean beauty and wanted to learn as much as possible. Founded in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew as a natural, safer alternative to conventional beauty and skincare products, Beautycounter’s catalog is vast stretching from makeup to skincare to haircare – all of which is “clean” and approved by EWG’s skin deep cosmetics database. Unlike most cosmetics companies (particularly in the USA), Beautycounter operates with “The Never List,” which contains over 1,500 questionable ingredients that you will never find in their formulations. Plus, the company is deeply involved in advocacy work, such as lobbying in Washington to get certain ingredients banned from conventional skincare/beauty products.
For someone new to clean beauty (like me!), realizing that there is a single company where you can get *almost* all your products from helped to reduce the overwhelming feeling of – where the hell do I start? Skincare, that was where. Over the past couple of months, I have been trying out an assortment of the brand’s offerings and thought that it was about time that I shared my thoughts and gave a Beautycounter skincare review. On the whole, I enjoy many of these products and have seen a significant improvement in the texture and vibrancy of my skin. Let’s get into the mini-reviews…
Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk. Eh, my least favorite in this Beautycounter skincare review. This didn’t convince me that it has completely cleansed my skin. Personally, I prefer a product with a bit more oomph, which makes me think I would be better suited to the brand’s cleansing balm. It does have the nickname ‘magic in a jar.’ Next order!
Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum. Beautycounter’s Countermatch regimen, explicitly designed to optimize hydration, is the one that was suggested to me when I took their online quiz. This is a great daytime serum that contains two forms of hyaluronic acid (super age-preventing and hydrating) and vitamins C and E, which provide antioxidant protection and improve your skin’s radiance.
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum. I prefer this serum for the daytime, though. When I use it before my moisturizer, I notice a more glowy base, and I like that…a lot. Also, you only need to use one pump of this, so it is going to last a while! SCORE.
Overnight Resurfacing Peel. Hands down my favorite Beautycounter product, this resurfacing peel works actual *miracles*. Made with 15 botanically-derived plant acids, this peel gently removes the top layer of your skin (the one with the most damage from dead cells) while also hydrating your skin thanks to the hyaluronic acid. After a month of using this 3-4 nights a week (in place of a serum and before moisturizer), I have noticed that my skin is a whole lot smoother and significantly brighter. And, you don’t even have to rinse it off in the morning! Amazing. If you are going to try one skincare product from this Beautycounter skincare review, this is the one.
Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream. This cream has an advanced blend of hyaluronic acid, plum oil, and tara gum, which work together to create a protective layer that replenishes hydration and revitalizes your skin while you sleep. When paired with the overnight resurfacing peel, the skin looks smoother, softer, and more radiant by morning.
Nourishing Rosewater Mist. Is there anything that feels more self-care-y than spritzing yourself with a rosewater mist? Nah, didn’t think so. Great for sensitive skins that need a bit of extra love in the hydration department, my skin completely drinks this rosewater mist up.
Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream. Despite wanting to make my future self happy, I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to eye creams, so I don’t have a lot to compare this one to. That being said, this one manages to be both light and richly moisturizing. So let’s hope it works!
Countermatch Adaptive Body Moisturizer. The countermatch product for the rest of your body – this keeps your skin feeling hydrated all day long — a perfect everyday body moisturizer.
Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa. Oh là là. Here we have a couple of products that feel like luxurious indulgences. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best body butter I have ever used! It is super thick and creamy, yet it manages to rehydrate the skin without making you feel overly greasy. For the dreamiest post-shower combo, mix in a splash of body oil and prepare to feel highly pampered.
Sugar Body Scrub. I had never really used a body scrub before, yet here I am, converted. Again, the smell is next level (and proof that we don’t need a bunch of chemicals to create something pleasurable to the nose), but it is the exfoliation power of this scrub that stands out. Your dead skin and dry patches have no chance of remaining! Infused into the scrub is prime rose, apricot, kernel, and sunflower oils, which means that it isn’t super rough and keeps your skin feeling luxuriously smooth afterward. Use 1-2x a week for a little extra body love.
Have you ever tried Beautycounter skincare products? Do you have other clean beauty brands that I should try?
Let me know in the comments below!
*I am NOT affiliated with Beautycounter, I am not a consultant, and this is not a sponsored post. However, I did receive samples to test for this review from a Beautycounter consultant. This post reflects my honest thoughts and opinions.*