My safer skincare routine for anti-aging and acne-prone skin
I promised I’d tell you which safer skincare for anti-aging and acne-prone skin products I’m using, so here you go!
Let me preface this by saying that I change up my products fairly often as I like to see what benefits I can get from new items while also not causing breakouts! If you have acne-prone skin at all, it can be tricky to find the right combination of products. What works for me may or may not work for you.This is my routine of safer skincare for anti-aging and acne-prone skin. That said, many of these are worth a shot and if they don’t work for you, you can definitely return them!
So, these products work well for me for both by not causing breakouts and for the anti-aging benefits.
Cleansers. I’m alternating between two lately.
I’m currently alternating between two cleansers: the Charcoal Cleansing Bar and the Cleansing Balm.
I use the Charcoal Bar when I feel like my face needs some extra detox-y style cleaning (post-workout, or after wearing a lot of makeup, or if it is feeling a bit greasy). I use the Cleansing Balm when my skin is feeling either normal or dry, and like I want a bit of a treatment with my cleansing.
The Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar is the #1 product I recommend to anyone struggling with acne that feels inflammatory in nature. You know, the red, sore, feels like it’s coming from the depths of your face type of acne. I don’t know if this is the best for more whiteheads or smaller pimples, but for cystic and inflammatory acne, it’s been amazing for my skin.
You’ll find me using the Charcoal Bar with my Clarisonic pretty regularly as well. I find this helps the texture of my skin a ton. It’s much smoother and less dull when I remember to use the Clarisonic.
I was nervous to try the Cleansing Balm since adding anything new to my routine with acne-prone skin is a bit scary, but I finally did and I’m so glad. Read more about my love for this client-favorite product in my post all about the Cleansing Balm.
Here’s an article to read up on more uses for the Cleansing Balm aside from cleansing.
I’ve been using and loving the Rejuvenating Toner Pads. I find they work well both for evening out oiliness and for soothing dryness. That seems strange, but in some recent conversations with other consultants about dry skin, it was brought up that the toner can help even things out in either direction. So, whether my skin is feeling super dry or more oily, I use these at least once a day. Some people cut these pads in half to save on cost while using them, if you’re so inclined.
We’ve all seen this meme by now, right?!
Well, I slowly started incorporating the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum into my nightly routine over the last few months and I’m loving it. I feel like between this and the moisturizer I’ll discuss next, my skin seems, well, more radiant! It seems to have a bit more “bounce” and volume. Overall my skin just feels more hydrated but not oily.
While this line is typically recommended for more advanced age-fighting, I find that it works great for my skin. Since the Countermatch Collection (while perhaps better suited to someone my age – nearly 40) isn’t recommended for acne-prone skin, it’s not my go-to.
I did try several of the Countermatch Collection products, including the Adaptive Moisture Lotion, however. And, while I did like the hydration results I got from it, I didn’t love the few pimples that popped up as well. So, for now I’m sticking with the Rejuvenating line.
On days when I am applying makeup (or just leaving the house to run errands!), I always use Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer which has SPF 20 in it. I wear the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer in color #2, for reference. This is a really neutral, fair-skin shade but if you are more of a redhead-type complexion, #1 is good for you! If your skin is a deeper shade than mine, then go for #3 and so on. It’s a very sheer amount of coverage so your best guess is probably going to be fine! If I get tan I’d probably use #3. Some people say the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer is sort of like a BB cream, if you’re looking to replace a less-safe version.
Again, I was hesitant to add a thicker moisturizer to my regular routine since I had moved away from creamy-textured products for many years now. Somehow I associate them with clogged pores and acne. However, I decided to bite the bullet once again and give the Rejuvenating Night Cream a try. I figured I would know pretty quickly if it was breaking me out since I usually don’t add more than one new product at a time over the course of a week or so. (Note: this is a great strategy if you have either sensitive or acne-prone skin! Test adding only one new product to your routine for a few days or a week before adding the next.)
I’m loving how hydrated and dewey my skin looks after using this for just a couple of weeks on a regular basis. I’m definitely keeping this in my regular rotation.
I’ve consistently used the Rejuvenating Eye Cream for almost a year now. I’m only on my second pot of it because it lasts a long time, and I use it very liberally! If you have more sensitive skin, I’d opt for the Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream, but if not, then this is the eye cream for you.
Why an eye cream? The skin around our eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. And, as we age and lose collagen and elasticity in our skin, the skin under and around our eyes can become more wrinkly and dry very easily. Intense moisture delivered right in the under-eye area is a great way to prevent this advanced aging around the eyes.
Can someone tell me why I ignored all of the skincare “shoulds” in my early 30s?! I wish I had started all of this way sooner! Ah, youth! All that collagen that was naturally in my face really had me feeling bold back then! I’m glad I’m on the hydration train now!
While I don’t use them every night currently, I do still love applying facial oils after toning and serum but before makeup if I’m applying cosmetics that day. I rotate between the #1 Brightening Facial Oil and #2 Plumping Facial Oil, just depending on my mood. When I apply facial oils, it’s after either just a serum or after serum and night cream! Facial oils are a really great way to moisturize your face if you’re acne-prone and worried about creams. I moisturized exclusively with facial oils for almost the last 2 years! I only recently added more cream-based products to the mix since my skin has been so under control.
Often I rotate between using all three of the Beautycounter+ Masks: The #1 Brightening + Vitamin C Mask, #2 Plumping + Peony Mask, and #3 Balancing + Charcoal Mask. Typically I multi-mask and apply these in zones around my face depending on what’s happening with my skin at the time. I apply the #1 Mask anywhere I’m trying to lighten up some dark/sun spots. I apply the #2 Mask anywhere I have fine lines or some extra dryness. And, I apply the #3 Mask either all-over or where I have some breakouts or extra oiliness.
All of the masks leave my face feeling super smooth and refreshed – I’m a big fan of them!
Cleanse with either the Charcoal Cleansing Bar or Cleansing Balm using my Clarisonic with the bar at least 3x/week
Tone with Rejuvenating Toner Pads
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum (1 pump for just my face but 2 if I am applying to my neck/chest area)
Rejuvenating Eye Cream
(AM only) #1 Brightening Facial Oil or #2 Plumping Facial Oil
(AM only, optionally) Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20, then makeup on top of this if I am wearing it that day
Rejuvenating Night Cream
Whew! I truly never thought I’d use more than 2 or 3 products for my own routine, but here I am! And my skin has never been more clear, smooth, bright, or just plain radiant!
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