Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been diligent about my skincare routine–I can’t think of a single time I’ve slept in makeup! My skin is combination and acne-prone, so if I want it to be as clear as possible, I know I can’t skimp on taking care of it, not even for a day. A few months ago, I started to think that my just-the-basics routine of cleansing and moisturizing wasn’t quite cutting it anymore–I’d been doing the same exact thing for three years, and wanted to switch it up a little and start taking a few extra steps toward even better skin. Maybe it was the fact that turning 27 felt waaay closer to 30 than 26 did ;) Regardless, I’ve experimented with a bunch of Beautycounter products (you can read about all of the ones I’ve tried here), and think I’ve finally nailed down a routine that works beautifully for me!
Morning: I wash my face with One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser, moisturize with Beautycounter Balancing + Ylang Ylang Facial Oil, and then spray on Beautycounter Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mist before putting on my makeup.
Night: I take off my makeup with a Jane Iredale Magic Mitt (works better than any makeup remover wipe I’ve ever used), and then wash my face with Easy Does It Cleanser and moisturize with Balancing + Ylang Ylang Facial Oil. I also use Beautycounter Nourishing Eye Cream under my eyes and apply tea tree oil (from Trader Joe’s) to any blemishes with a damp q-tip. Right before bed (post-goodnight kisses!), I put on Beautycounter Lip Conditioner in Peppermint, which I keep on my bedside table.
Weekly: Once a week (or anytime I think I might be breaking out and want to get that under control), I use the Beautycounter Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mask. I’m a little obsessed with it–it makes my skin so smooth and doesn’t dry my face out like many masks do. I follow it up with Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mist and Balancing + Ylang Ylang Facial Oil. I have come to really look forward to this relaxing ritual, and sometimes save it for the end of particularly challenging days :)
Post-workout: I usually exercise in the morning, so if I’m headed to the gym, I skip my morning routine and just rinse my face with water. After my workout, I’ll use Nourishing Cream Exfoliator in the shower and then Nourishing Rosewater Mist (a great “little luxury!”) and Balancing + Ylang Ylang Facial Oil before putting on my makeup.
If you haven’t tried any Beautycounter products yet, I have some good news for you…I’m giving away a bottle of Nourishing Cream Exfoliator! To enter, just follow me on Instagram if you’re not already and then leave a comment on this post to let me know a little luxury you’re loving lately (doesn’t have to be skincare/beauty-related). I’ll randomly select a winner on the 15th!