After having babies I gradually started converting most of our household products to cleaner options with safe ingredients. I also chose bath and skincare products for them that were clean and safe. But for some reason I didn’t prioritize my own health (know any other moms like that? Um, probably all of us, right!?) and just kept right on using whatever beauty product I liked — regardless of ingredients — on myself. Well, after my health went on a decline and my Hashimotos flared up I went to see a naturopath and discovered that not only was my autoimmune disease being affected, but my hormones were as well. Many of the chemicals and toxins found in so many of the products we use are xenoestrogens, which are basically chemical compounds that mimic estrogen and can severely impact our health in many ways. So I made a commitment to myself to start cleaning up my beauty routine. The skin is our largest organ, after all, so why did I think I could use toxins and chemicals on that organ without suffering consequences that would impact my health? I started doing even more research about what is allowed and is used in many of the most popular brands and common beauty products and the information was very eye opening, So I started researching clean brands and slowly trying new products. I have been doing it gradually so as to not overwhelm myself (or my bank account). I wasn’t expecting to find many clean ingredient products that I loved and found to be as effective as the stuff I was already using. To my surprise, I have not only found things I like as well or that work as well, I have found things that I love even more!
After using these products for 4 weeks minimum (most for close to two months), I have definitely found some favorites that I knew I had to share. I even fell hard for one of these brands (Beautycounter) and ended up joining the company since I loved how effective the products were on my skin and wanted to share my honest experience. The discount is a nice perk as well. I’m in the process of trying their hair products so after enough time has passed I’ll let you know how I’m liking those as well.
Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar
I usually just cleanse my face with water alone in the morning (I cleanse good at night and only need to rinse off products to start fresh) but I’ve added in cleansing with the Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar 2x a week (more than that will dry me out in the winter). It has made such a difference in clearing up break out spots as well as minimizing pores and blackheads around my nose. Charcoal is an activating ingredient that detoxifies and absorbs impurities. Since it is made with antioxidant-rich green tea and hydrating coconut oil, its a very gentle formula. It can be used on your face and body and safe for any skin type. I only use it a couple times a week because I have dry skin thanks to my thyroid issues. I cut a piece off to use and save the rest which helps it to last even longer. I also put a piece in the shower and use it on my body as well.
Herbivore Jade Roller
I am addicted to facial rolling. Since I shared on my IG stories (you can see me use mine under my ‘BEAUTY’ highlight in my profile) I’ve had a lot of questions about the benefits. You can google if you want to read more, but basically using a jade roller helps prep skin to absorb products better, works as a lymphatic massage, and can help smooth fine lines. It reduces puffiness as well as tension for me, because I hold tension in some parts of my face, like between my eyes and along my jawline. I’ve had a few friends buy this at my recommendation and even their husbands are obsessed with it. It turns skincare into a self-care ritual for me. And if you are a new customer, use this link to get 15% off your first order.
After I use my Herbivore jade roller, I apply 3-5 drops of a facial oil. I use either Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil or the Beautycounter Brightening Facial Oil (which I also use at night and only use 2x a week during the day). I bought a small size of the Herbivore oil when I got my jade roller and the smell is intoxicatingly good and the ingredients and benefits are even better — read the product description on their website for all of them. I add a couple drops to my moisturizer (more on that below) in the morning for daytime use. If I need a bit more moisture, I’ll use the Beautycounter Brightening Oil instead — usually a couple times a week (I also use this at night). It is pricy but so so worth it and I foresee it lasting me a really long time. It is super effective since it contains a blend of natural oils including rosehip and argan oils which are omega rich. It also contains antioxidant vitamin C to brighten and even skin tone (perfect for mamas like me that have melasma from pregnancy!) I consider it an investment that will take the place of other treatments like facials.
Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
I’m not gonna lie, I was really happy with my eye cream before I tried this one! But it had ingredients that I wasn’t comfortable with and I decided to give Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream a try. Many eye creams are results-based so you see an immediate effect, but the chemicals in the ingredients are harmful for our systems and our skin in the long run. The Beautycounter Cream is super soothing and I do see a visible difference after I put it on in the mornings with reduced puffiness. (I use this one both day and night).
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
If I need a bit more moisture or if I want to take a break from facial oil, I use the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion. I love this moisturizer because it helps skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of daily life by adjusting hydration levels throughout the day. In layman’s terms, it keeps you hydrated all day long 🙂
If I’m leaving the house I’ll top this off with some tinted moisturizer like Beautycounter Dew Skin, but I count that more as makeup rather than skincare since my skin is technically moisturized with the facial oil and I use the tinted moisturizer to provide a bit of coverage and color, so I’ll include that in a future Clean Makeup post.
Beautycounter Cleansing Balm
If you only invest in one product from this entire post, it should be the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm. And at $80, it is an investment but hear me out. The Cleansing Balm cleans your skin by removing makeup and impurities but because of the ingredients it also hydrates and doesn’t strip away your skin’s moisture like most cleansers. You can also use it as an intensely moisturizing face mask! Once a week after cleansing I will put a tiny bit of this back on before bed. It feels luxurious. And for someone like me with normally really dry skin, it has made a huge difference. After only using this for a week my skin’s texture was completely different — I was no longer dry and flakey. I used to have that crepe-like dry skin, which is gone. My face is a glowy texture now. And the ingredients are super concentrated and the balm literally melts into your skin, so you only need a tiny bit. Like a TINY bit. Which means this one jar will last me for a really long time. It also means once I consistently use these high quality products and keep my water intake up and have my thyroid back under control, I won’t need to invest in as many products. I’ll probably use this and the face oil and eye cream as my regular nighttime routine long term.
Countermatch Recovery Sleep Cream
After cleansing I use my Herbivore jade roller, my Beautycounter Brightening Facial Oil and my Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream — all described above. I top it off with a tiny bit of Countermatch Recovery Sleep Cream. You can also add a couple of drops of the Facial Oil directly to a tiny bit of the Cream and then apply. They compliment each other well and you only need a little bit to get big results. I feel like my skin looks radiant when I wake up after using this stuff at night. While I sleep, it does the work for me 🙂
I have a few products that I use 1-2 times per week in addition to the things listed above, depending on my needs. If I need a bit of extra balancing and removing impurities (around that time of the month when I might breakout usually) I use the Beautycounter Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mask. They also have a Brightening Mask (to even skin tone) and a Plumping Mask (to give more elasticity and make skin look more youthful), which I’m really excited to try also. If I need a bit more moisture or want to accelerate my skin brightening, I’ll add the Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum to my night routine, usually only 1-2 times a week. And because of years of tweezing and my hypothyroidism my eyebrows had gotten thin and sad. I had the opportunity to try NeuBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum and after two weeks of nightly use I regrew my brows! They filled out and are now longer and thicker. You do have to continue using the product to maintain results, but I only need to use it about 1-2 nights a week now for maintenance. The product uses peptides, proteins, vitamins, and conditioners to give you fuller looking brows. Now I only use a little Glossier Boy Brow when I put makeup on and my brows look fantastic.
So that is my skincare routine since going clean. Stay tuned for a post on clean makeup, bath and body, and haircare as I switch over more products and discover more things I find worthy of sharing. There are so many factors to healthy skin like what we eat, our environment, genetics, etc. It can really help when you understand your skin type, and are consistent with what you use, get enough rest, drink enough water, etc. If you have any questions about these products or need a good skin care routine for your specific skin type, feel free to email me or message me on instagram and I’ll share whatever info I have and give you honest answers. And if you have never tried Beautycounter and are curious about a specific product I’d love to help!
Have you gone clean with your skincare routine?
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