Going Clean: Morning + Night Skin Care Routine

March 8, 2018

I wrote a little bit about my skin detox at the beginning of the year, but here is an update on the skin care line up for morning + night that is working some good magic for me.

As you know, I started “going clean” on everything in our house when Rocco was a baby after doing more research on the affects of chemicals in our products on our bodies. This is how I stumbled into Beautycounter. I wasn’t expecting to use clean ingredient products that I actually liked as much as my old favorites, but they ended up doing a much better job than any previous bottle of moisturizer I’ve ever tried (I have tried soooo. manyyyy.) More than anything I love their initiatives to fight for safer FDA regulations (see the recent Today Show segment), and the change they are advocating for in the beauty industry. I hope other brands follow suit! So here’s a breakdown of my current skin routine, and read to the bottom for some discounts!…


1. Nourishing Cleanser or Charcoal Bar – The charcoal bar has really helped remove blackheads around the t-zone area, so it continues to be a favorite but I like to only use it a few times a week since I tend to have dry skin. The Nourishing Cleanser is super creamy and hydrating.

2. Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer – This is a new release that has bio mimic technology to adapt to your skin’s moisture level throughout the day! Crazy. So whether you are oily or dry, in a humid climate or walking in cold weather, the moisturizer adapts to what your skin needs. Most moisturizers still had me feeling dry (which I later realized because they contained petroleum!), so this has been a welcome relief.

3. Rejuvenating eye cream – 5 little ones has showed up in the form of eye bags, which I am sure many of you can relate. It feels instantly soothing to apply just a little bit under the eyes and on the brows in the mornings. I notice an a difference after a few minutes. The Countermatch eye rescue cream is a lower price point and also really good for helping you look more awake;)



1. Cleansing Balm – I was really hesitant to pay the price tag on this until I read the reviews. My sister texted me that it made an overnight difference on her skin. It is definitely now an all time favorite. It removes your makeup by rubbing in a very small amount into your face. It melts as you apply and you wipe off with a muslin cloth that it comes with. It feels like your face just received a hydra facial. I will also put a little more back on after removing makeup at night in the winter as an overnight intensive mask. If I am feeling super lazy about night routine (which is more often than not), this is all I use and I still go to bed feeling clean!

Charcoal Face Mask – (Only once a week) – Friday night seems to be the only night of the week I find ten minutes to do a mask before my shower or a bath + podcast. It’s the wild and crazy plans I look forward to;) This is a nutrient rich kaolin clay mask that absorbs excess oils and draws out impurities. Basically a good pore plunger. (It’s FREE with a Band of Beauty membership this month!)

2. No. 2 Plumping Oil  – So what’s the all the buzz about facial oils these days? Well, if you get a good one it can absorb excess oil, balance your skin tone, and leave it with a healthy glow. This omega rich No. 2 Plumping Oil would battles the cleansing balm for the favorite in my beauty arsenal. I use a few drops at night, and I salute it for somehow lifting my tired skin. If you have break out prone or oily skin, the No. 3 oil is for you.

3. Rejuvenating Night Cream – Once I hit 30 I started to see all the fine lines show up, which is fine, because that is part of life! My kids gave me these wonderful smile crinkles around my eyes, and I proudly own them. 😉 However, I am all about a good night cream if it makes me look a little less tired. This is incredibly soothing and hydrating + I did notice an improvement in skin elasticity which has me as a faithful night creamer! I try to make it last as possible so if I am doing Cleansing Balm as an overnight mask I won’t apply this.


Breaking down the price point:
If you have thought about going clean in your household, you can start with one thing at a time. It took me about a year to switch everything over including detergents, cleaning products, deodorant, etc. Since I have a discount as a Beautycounter consultant, it was easier for me to try out these products to share with you! The price points are premium due to the extensive manufacturing process in making sure every single ingredient is safe for use as well as the high quality grade of ingredients. They still aren’t as high as many luxury brands that are using fillers in their products. However, I realize that it isn’t doable for everyone! (Burts Bees is another great brand making the same efforts to be completely clean! I am hoping more beauty companies start shifting their ingredients as well.) Since the ingredients are super concentrated a little goes a long way, and I try to make them stretch as long as possible. (They usually last me 4-6 months!) I look at going clean as preventative health care, knowing I’d rather not deal with the much heavier health problems arising in both men and women today as a result of the toxins we are using.

Making the clean swap + a GIVEAWAY:
You can read about these 6 top offenders in the beauty industry, and the clean swap deal going on, and how you can get some free luxury sized products. We are also giving away a product of choice from this clean swap campaign over on the IHOD wellness instagram page today.

Of course, we could all try the Sofia Loren method and just slap some olive oil on our faces! Worked for her:)

P.S. If you’ve been wanting to try Beautycounter, email me for $10 off your first order!

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  • Thank you for the tips and recommendations! I don’t use any of these products but my routine is similar to yours. 🙂

  • I have been asking around lately about this very topic ! Thanks for posting ! We are now expecting our fifth baby and safe skin care and hair products have always been a concern for me during pregnancy and nursing. Would you happen to know if these products are appropriate for me during this time? Or is there any other product you could recommend? Thanks for your helpful posts and advice !

    • Hi Monica, good q! Yes every Beautycounter product is safe for pregnancy and nursing. They screen every ingredient to make sure it is safe even for little ones and pregnant mothers. Even the plant based essential oils fragrance blends used in a few of the scented products make up less than 3% of the ingredients. So I use the sunscreen on both my kids and I, and I don’t freak out as much when Zelie gets into my lip gloss. ha!

  • I want to try some of these! Especially the eye cream…this momma’s tired! Do you use SPF on your face daily? If so, which product do you use? Sunscreen or some of the makeup?

  • This is really random but awhile back you had a blog post on hybrid model schooling and I’ve been meaning to ask you what program you guys use. You mentioned living in Atlanta and there’s a hybrid school model called Regina Caeli in Atlanta, Georgia. Is that the one you guys use? I was wondering because we’re friends with the person who started it 🙂

    • Hi Cate! No our little ones don’t go there, but I’ve heard of it! There are many hybrid models starting to pop up around the U.S. which is really neat!

  • I literally almost DM’ed you asking you for your morning/nighttime routine last week! How perfect! I’ll be 30 in June and I have seen SUCH an intense change in my skin in just the last year! I’m lucky to have pretty nice skin in the first place, and I do the basics, but I know I need to step my game up to keep things looking the same and stay healthy. I’m excited to try beautycounter, safe products really matter to me! Thank you!

    • Hi Elyse! How funny! Yes, totally saw a big difference once I hit 30 and that was the first time I started an actual routine! Happy to send you samples to try if you need. Just shoot me an email:)

  • I’m so glad to see a clean skincare recommendation! I want to make the switch, especially for the eye cream, night cream, and moisturizer, but certain fragrances make my skin break out. Can I purchase samples to see how my skin will react?

    • Hi Nicole, they don’t offer samples to purchase, but I would be happy to mail you some! Just email me your address and skin type: hello (at) inhonorofdesign (dot) com.

      Beautycounter doesn’t use any synthetic fragrances thankfully, and even the essential oils used in some of the products make up for less than 3% of the ingredients so it usually works great for sensitive skin!

  • I, too, am following the home and body cleanse towards natural products. Try following the interactive “think dirty” app which allows you to scan beauty products at the store. This forward thinking group is led by a young woman with breast cancer family history trying to cut thru the marketing hype. All products rated 1-10 on the carcinogenic/toxic scale. Ps: burts bees routinely gets poor ratings on many products. Best wishes keeping your lovely self and family healthy

    • Hi Gail, yes I use that app and love it! An even more thorough site is ewg.org’s skin deep database. It tends to have more information on certain ingredients and give more accurate ratings. I didn’t know that about Burt’s Bees so will have to look it up on ewg. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Hi Anna! I love following your blog! You have been such a great inspiration in my motherhood and trying to use cleaner products in our home! Do you mind me asking what toothpaste you use!? We can’t afford to switch over everything but I’m really trying to do one thing at a time! Thanks! Brigid

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