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My Safer Skincare Routine for Anti-Aging and Acne-Prone Skin

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BEST FRIDAY EVER! Beautycounter just announced their Black Friday special a week early!

Right now you get 15% off sitewide, including Countertime (just got EWG Certified!) which wasn’t included in the sale this past summer. All holidays set are also included. The only things excluded are regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look because those sets are already discounted. Plus, scroll towards the end of the post to find out how you can also get an Overnight Peel for FREE!

Okay, now onto my new skin routine…

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my skincare routine with you, and now that the weather has changed, so have my daily products. In the summer, it’s more humid and I don’t need quite as much hydration. But, now that it’s freezing—literally—my skin has been so dry, chapped and more sensitive than normal.

Finding a skincare routine that works for both anti-aging purposes (I’m now 32) and keeping breakouts to a minimum is tricky. Most anti-aging products are super hydrating and sometimes that can weigh down oily skin, but I’ve found a routine that I’m really loving. My skin has been feeling so much smoother, plumper and fine lines are diminishing—WAHOO!!!

What works for my skin, might not work for yours, but I think it’s always worth a shot! The upside is that if you’re not happy with the products, you can always return them.

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I got some requests for non-Beautycounter options, and admittedly, I pretty much exclusively use Beautycounter. Yes, because I work as a consultant for them, but also because they’ve worked the best for my skin without being outrageously expensive (I really do love Tata Harper too, but dang, it ain’t cheap!). I did try to include some similar products in here from other brands that I’ve tried over the years though, so I hope that’s helpful!

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Anti-Aging & Acne-Prone Skincare Routine



Every morning I use the Countercontrol Pore Cleanser. It’s designed for oily skin, and my skin is on the oily side and it’s been a huge help in keeping my skin clear. It’s not too harsh or drying either. Another safer option I love is Juice Beauty Blemish Cleanser.


I either use the Charcoal Balancing Mist or the Countertime Mineral Boost Essence. If my skin is feeling more oily, I go for the mist and if it feels pretty balanced or dry, I go for the essence! If you want something really simple, try witch hazel!


Lately, I’ve moved away from using a facial oil in the morning. Sometimes I think that too much oil for me causes clogged pores, so I’m trying out not using it quite as much. So far, so good! Instead, I’ve been using the Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer. It’s really lightweight, absorbs quickly and is really great for so many different skin types.


I ran out of my favorite Supergoop Mineral SPF a few months ago and haven’t replaced it yet. So, lately, I’ve been using this Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (I wear shade 2) as my SPF. It actually works out pretty well because it gives me more hydration, the obvious SPF, and a little more coverage.

If you have oily skin, do note that I actually don’t like the Dew Skin on it’s own, it makes me look too oily, but when I put foundation (I wear Sand) over it, then it works perfectly!

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Remove Makeup

Every night, I use these cleansing wipes to remove my makeup. I love that they’re biodegradable and do a great job of getting my makeup off. Try Burt’s Bees wipes for another safe alternative—you can get these at Walmart, Whole Foods and even CVS & Walgreens.


I alternate between Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm & Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oil. The cleansing oil is a bit more time intensive as you’re suppose to put a warm cloth on and let it cool completely, but it does feel like a nice spa treatment, so when I have time, I love doing it!

The cleansing balm is my go-to and what I bring when I travel because it’s compact and doesn’t spill. It also does a really good job of removing makeup and getting dirt from deep in your pores. I noticed a big difference in my skin’s clarity when I started using this as my nightly cleanser.


I wasn’t quite sure about this stuff at first, but now I’m hooked on the Countertime Essence! I’m still working through my sample bottle, but will definitely be buying the big one. It’s another dose (albeit smaller) of clean retinol and also helps to really hydrate your skin. Most toners are drying, but this one is not!


I alternate between the Countertime Radiance Serum and the Overnight Peel. I love the serum for it’s anti-aging benefits, and the peel for keeping pores clean. Alternating between the two has been a great combination for me! Just don’t use them both on the same night, it’ll be too strong.

By the way, I should mention that if you join Band of Beauty this month, the FREE gift is the Overnight Peel (worth $69). BoB is the rewards program and is a no-brainer in my opinion. You get 10% product credit back, free shipping on orders over $100 and that free gift when you join and spend at least $50. Such a steal!!!

I also love this Derma E Vitamin C serum and often use it in the mornings before my moisturizer. It has hyaluronic acid in it which will give your skin an extra dose of hydration! The price is great too!


The past few weeks I’ve been using the Countertime Supreme Cream. The first time I used this was in the summer and it just felt too heavy for my skin. But, after I went to my last facial at Lena Rose, the aesthetician told me my skin, especially on my forehead was REALLY dry.

So, I added it back and damn! It is LUXURIOUS. I feel so fancy rubbing that stuff on my face at night and love that I wake up and my skin is dewy, glowy and so hydrated. Not to mention, my forehead lines are definitely less noticeable.

Elemis is another clean brand and they make a great night cream too!

Eye Cream

I’m in love with this eye cream. It’s also part of the Countertime line which means it’s got that clean retinol in it and it works SO well!! Right now, I only use it at night, but I should probably start using it in the morning too.

Another clean one to try is this one from Biossance. I haven’t personally tried it, but I’ve heard their products are great.

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Spot Treatment

Typically, I just dab a little tea tree oil—I get mine from Young Living—on any blemishes and that helps clear them more quickly. I also like this spot treatment, but ran out and haven’t replaced it yet.

That wraps up my current skincare routine! I hope this is helpful for any of you with similar skin types, or anyone looking for great, safe anti-aging products. If you order Beautycounter, don’t forget to put my name, ‘Blair Staky’ as your consultant.

And, if you have any questions about what products would be right for your skin, just DM on Instagram for the quickest response!

Join my Better Beauty List for an extra freebie!

BTW, my everyday makeup tutorial, and ALL of my favorite Beautycounter products.