Southern State of Grace

Current skincare + products that are making my dull skin glow

I have never seen such significant changes in my skin since the last year of caring for it. It’s truly amazing what can happen when you find products that are wholesome, good for you, and actually work for your skin’s very specific needs.

I would describe my skin type as normal with a (use to be) primary concern for dullness and can lean sensitive. The thing is, when I had Clara I use to think that I didn’t have time for a skincare routine. I use to pick my skincare up from the grocery store but invest in higher end makeup (think Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, etc.) I had it so backward!

I now hardly wear makeup because I’m so proud of my skin and feel so good in it and I actually look forward to my skincare routine every day. It is a (very small and very fleeting) moment of luxury+sanity.

Products

The Countertime line has been a game changer for me. I’ve been using the core products in this collection for over a year now and can confidently say my skin is the healthiest+glowiest (real word or nah?) it’s ever been.

I was using Beautycounter’s Countermatch before (great for hydration+radiance) so my skin was already in pretty good shape but I noticed immediate effects in my skin with Countertime and now feel that I’ve truly found the perfect routine for my specific skin.

So what’s the big deal with Countertime?

Beautycounter developed a retinatural complex which is plant derived from Bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose, making it nature’s form of retinol. Retinol, while super effective, can wreak havoc on your skin and long term health (skin irritation, increased sensitivity to sun, even an increase in cell turnover which can contribute to tumor growth). We don’t mess around when it comes to safety so it is on Beautycounter’s Never List.

Check out Vogue’s take on Bakuchiol, calling it the “It” ingredient.

It’s also in every product in the Countertime line so in every product you’re getting potent firming, targeted fine line treatment, and plumping (yes plzzz).

My favorites

Hands down my favorite pieces from this line are the Hydrating Essence, Tripeptide Radiance Serum, and the Ultra Renewal Eye Cream.

The Hydrating Essence is actually a toning step. It immediately absorbs into your skin and you can noticeably feel your skin firm and plump.

The Tripeptide Radiance Serum is the most potent product in the line and delivers a super targeted dose of amino acids+retinatural complex.

Lastly, friends, if you use to pop N’Sync into your portable CD player, it’s time for an eye cream and Countertime’s Ultra Renewal Eye Cream has been the most effective one I’ve used (also.. several products in this line including the Essence and Eye Cream have lasted me well over a year!).

Side note, if this doesn’t sound like your skin or you have other concerns, fill out my one on one skincare consult form here and we can look at other product for your needs!

All Bright C Serum

This one product deserves a post of it’s own! I have been using this for a few months and have seen drastic and immediate changes in my skin’s texture, brightness, and overall glow factor. It has a super stable 10% potency of Vitamin C and supercharged antioxidants in the form of tumeric and camu camu extract. It’s also great for all skin types and I’m a firm believer that everyone should be using vitamin C in their skincare routine.

So my routine looks a little like this:

Morning
Cleanse: Counterstart Cream Cleanser
Prep: Countertime Hydrating Essence
Treat: All Bright C Serum
Protect: Countertime Soft Cream
*Apply Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

My night time routine is very similar, however I swap the treatment step with the Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum since the C serum is intended for daytime use and I also use the night time moisturizer which is the super luscious Countertime Supreme Cream.

Occassionally I’ll mix up my cleansing game and swap the Counterstart Coco Cream Cleanser with the Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser. I use these in place of the cleansing oil included in the Countertime line. All of my people are obsessed with the cleansing oil, it’s so luxurious and is super effective at gently cleansing+hydrating skin (also at removing makeup, too!) however, oil-based cleansers just don’t work for my skin!

Hero Product Add-ons:

The Overnight Resurfacing Peel a few nights per week for deep (yet gentle) exfoliation.

As well as the Balancing Charcoal Mask a few times per month to detoxify skin and get rid of any impurities.

Here are a few pictures I want to share. The first is me with my bald beautiful first born before I started using Beautycounter. The second is me and my hubs after using Countermatch for several months, and lastly from using Countertime for a year and the All Bright C Serum for a few months (clearly I still dig this Old Navy tank). But, Y’all! I can hardly believe my own skincare game.

If you need a step by step breakdown, I’ve linked my skincare routine here on IGTV!

If you want to learn more about clean beauty with Beautycounter, check out my blog post here, or this favorite video of mine sharing the important work we’re doing! While clean+high performing products are important, I deeply value the mission-based work we are doing every day and love to share about the heart and integrity of this company I’ve linked arms with.

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