I love makeup. I was the girl who signed up for private classes and special events at the Nordstrom beauty counters. I was the girl who always got the new colors every season. I was the girl who when asked what products I wanted to purchase after a makeover would sheepishly respond with, "All of them."
While my love of makeup has not waivered, today I use significantly less of it.
I've been working from home for almost five years now. So these days, I don't have a need to wear makeup on a daily basis - and I don't. But that doesn't mean I don't use beauty products on a daily basis. I still have a regimented skin care routine that I follow daily, which is why I love Beautycounter. While their cosmetics line continues to expand, with new pieces added on a regular basis, their skincare line remains top notch with high-performing products.
So if you're like me, and you don't wear cosmetics on a regular basis, here's a list of my favorite Beautycounter skincare products that I use daily:
The Charcoal Cleansing Bar is my signature product. It's the product that brought me to Beautycounter, and it's now the only cleanser that I use on my face. The charcoal bar removes impurities, with drying out my skin, and leaves my face feeling so clean! And it's long-lasting; it's been six months since I started using my first bar and I can probably get another month out of it!
The "sister" to the charcoal bar, the mask is equally impressive! I use it weekly, and also as a spot treatment if a zit appears. It leaves my face feeling soft and supple and my acne-prone skin, less inflamed.
Tip: Apply with a foundation brush (I picked this tip up from social media.)
"Why would someone like me, who has oily acne-prone skin put oil on it?" I asked my cousin when she returned home after teaching English in China for a few years. "I dunno" she replied, "But it's what all the ladies in China do, and they have amazing skin."
So I tried it. And I loved it.
You know how everyone used to think eating fat made you fat? (Spoiler: it doesn't), well, using oils on your face doesn't make your skin oilier.
After my cousin had given me that tip from China, I put Rose Hip oil on after I washed my face before bed. It turns out, it's a great moisturizer, and because it's oil, it isn't full of ingredients that you can't pronounce.
I love the Balancing Facial Oil because moisturizes and hydrates my combination skin. In case you're wondering, my first bottle lasted me six months.
4 + 5 | Daily Shampoo + Daily Conditioner
I always pick my shampoo and conditioner based on how it smells. I'd read ingredient labels and always saw "fragrance" but never really knew what it was. Through Beautycounter, I learned that "fragrance" is usually made of harmful chemicals, and manufacturers are not legally required to disclose what those exact ingredients are.
So I was happy to see that they had a shampoo and conditioner in their product line! And these products were among the first ones I started using! Because a variety of oils is among the ingredients, they are both moisturizing.
I use this bar of soap to shower with daily. It smells soooo nice, and unlike other brands, it receives its scent from oils, not "fragrances."
This shea butter + jojoba oil-based balm is gentle enough for a baby's skin, but I use it to moisturize my dry skin, especially my cracked heels. Being a balm, it's pretty thick, so just a little goes a long way!
I rarely use hair styling products because I find they dry out my hair. But sometimes I need a little hold. I've used (and liked) other sea sprays and Beautycounter's is no different. It provides texture and enough hold without making my hair feel "crunchy."
Confession: I'm not a huge sunscreen person. I have never been (even during all my years of outdoor running). I fully understand the dangers of skin cancer, but I just hated how greasy sunscreen felt. This sunscreen is not like that. It feels very light, doesn't leave greasy and white streaks.
10 | Protect Lip Balm
I am a big chapstick person. I use at least five at a time: one in my purse, one in my bathroom, one in my car, one in my jacket pocket, and one at my desk. Beautycounter's lip balm works just as well as any other brand but also has coconut oil, of which I am a huge fan. It also has a subtle fruity flavor.
And there you have it! My ten favorite Beautycounter products that I use daily, that aren't makeup.
Hi I'm Naomi!
I help smart and savvy women who suffer from chronic stress, unexplained weight gain and burnout, breakthrough their healthy blind spots and relieve symptoms through natural healing with whole foods and by making lifestyle and environmental changes. Why feel tired when you can feel fired up and ready to go every single day?
I love running outdoors, connecting with like-minded people, and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with my pup, Coco Pop.