Better with Age: Beautycounter's Countertime (with monthly photos!)
Well, it's official. I feel a bit older sitting here raving about an anti-aging skincare line, but I suppose the time has come! And I'm glad mine is here with this amazing collection.
Before I dive into the details about this unique and innovative anti-aging line, make sure you understand the basics of aging skin by reading this post. And it wouldn't hurt to refresh on why retinol is not the best option here. I'll touch a bit on both, but if you want ALL the details, that's where I suggest starting!
Let's dive in!
I love this line: At Beautycounter, we believe that age is an attitude and good skin is a science.
The Countertime Collection is designed to visibly reverse signs of aging and deliver high-performance clean skin-care results, thanks to an innovative plant-derived Retinatural Complex (explained under Why It's Safer).
Being in my early 30s, I was a fan of the Rejuvenating collection, however I did hear from clients and members that they felt the clean anti-aging products could be "stronger." The company worked on this new blend for over 3 years and I have to say, they nailed it!
After just four weeks of use:
91% of participants said skin felt renewed and looked revitalized
97% of participants said skin texture felt smoother
88% of participants said skin looked more youthful
88% of participants said Countertime reduced fine lines and wrinkles
*Based on an independent, 32-subject consumer perception study using Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil, Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence, Tripeptide Radiance Serum, Antioxidant Soft Cream (am), and Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream (pm) for four weeks
The collection contains 6 products sorted into our recommended 4 steps:
Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil
This oil is really unique. It was inspired by Asian beauty rituals and Japanese technology using the ideas of "double cleansing." It starts as an oil and turns to a milk when warm water is added. It gently removes makeup and impurities and doesn't disrupt the skin's lipid surface, which leaves the moisture barrier intact (important for aging skin).
Key ingredients include the Retinatural Complex (comparable to retinol without side effects) and Vitamin E + Essential Fatty Acids (help maintain moisture barrier)
I love the way my skin feels after using this oil! It's very lightweight (even the smell) and feels really luxurious. It's a must-try!
Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
I never used an essence product before this, and truthfully, I was always pretty bad about the "tone" step of my routine... but I'm officially converted. I attribute the essence to getting rid of my blackheads and minimizing pore size on my nose!
This essence is lightweight but deeply nourishing, boosting skin's hydration and radiance. It is again formulated with Retinatural Complex, plus Fermented Sugars which help soothe skin and slow effects of aging, as well as Sea Water, which is rich in minerals and has been proven to help restore vital nutrients and minerals to the skin while boosting radiance and minimizing the appearance of pores.
Tripeptide Radiance Serum
Serums have always been too strong for my skin, so I incorporate this product only a couple times a week, but other's whose skin can handle them LOVE this product (see below).
This Rejuvenating treatment visibly increases skin's firmness and elasticity, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It uses the Retinatural Complex plus Tripeptides, which work to boost skin firmness and minimize look of fine lines and wrinkles, while keeping skin plump and Amino Acids which help protect skin from damaging environmental stressors which leads to aging.
Antioxidant Soft Cream (I recommend for AM)
This velvety, revitalizing cream works to visibly plump and firm the skin while boosting hydration. Skin looks healthy and glowing.
I find this formula to be super lightweight and non-greasy. It feels wonderful on my skin and performs well underneath my makeup.
The Soft Cream is formulated with the Retinatural Complex + Fermented Sugars, plus Nasturtium Flower Extract which helps reinforce the skin barrier and also helps protect and defend the skin during the day.
Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream (I recommend for PM)
This cream just screams LUXURY. Supremely rich and deeply hydrating, supreme cream supports elasticity and visibly firms while smoothing skin texture to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use, wake up to more radiant, youthful-looking skin.
The Supreme Cream includes Retinatural Complex + Fermented Sugars, plus Tetrapeptides which help increase skin's elasticity, minimize lines, boost firmness, and smooths skins surface.
Ultra Renewal Eye Cream
Finally, this high-performance eye cream revitalizes the eye area for a youthful, brighter appearance. It reduces under-eye shadows and crow’s feet for a smooth, firmed look.
I've been using eye creams for a while (my first true anti-aging product) and this is definitely an eye cream where I have noticed improvements.
It is formulated with the Retinatural Complex + Persian Silk Tree Extract, proven in independent clinical studies to brighten the eye area, fade dark circles, diminish puffiness, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
We also offer a Countertime Regimen. The Countertime Regimen includes 5 products to be used together.
The products included the Regimen are sized to last approximately ten weeks – making re-ordering a breeze (and BOB credits to be used appropriately!)!
Here's what you will get:
Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil (150 ml)
Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence (150 ml)
Tripeptide Radiance Serum (30 ml)
Antioxidant Soft Cream (30 ml)
Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream (30 ml)
U.S. Price: $267 CAD Price: $357 >>> 10% off!
U.S. Value: $297 CAD Value: $399
NOTE: The Countertime Collection contains the same size Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Essence and Serum as the Regimen and each is estimated to last ten weeks. The Soft Cream and Supreme Cream in the Collection are larger and are estimated to last approximately 17 weeks. The Eye Cream is expected to last 18 weeks. All estimated times are approximate... though in my humble opinion, I do believe they will last longer (especially the supreme and eye creams!)
Why It's Safer
Retinol and retinoids are commonly found in anti-aging products because of their effective properties, however they also come with a lot of risks, including skin irritation and speeding up the cell turnover process.
However, Bakuchiol is a plant extract that offers the same skin benefits of retinol without the safe effects. It's also been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties! (Read more about Bakuchiol here).