My Skincare Routine

Products we put on our skin absorb into our bloodstream. (Think about nicotine and hormone patches.) There’s an old saying, “Putting it on your skin, lets it in.” I have had adverse reactions to some of the most expensive and highly praised skincare products in the world, so I was leary about trying anything new. I did my research on Beautycounter, so I knew it was in a class by itself.

More than 1,500 questionable chemicals are all prohibited from being used as ingredients in these formulas. Over 1,400 of these chemicals are banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, but allowed in the USA. Beautycounter does not do animal testing. The packaging and plastics are reduced to a minimum so that most of it can be recycled. Many of the products are in recyclable, glass bottles and jars.

I started using the Countertime Collection last spring, and I am happy to report this is my best winter skin since childhood. Formulated for our dry, delicate skin, this is the perfect collection for my sixty-plus face.

The products arrive in numbered boxes so that you know in which order to use them. Start with the Cleansing Oil. Dispense 2-3 pumps into your hand and massage onto your dry face and eye area. Add warm water to form a light milk, then rinse clean.

Next, use the Hydrating Essence. Pour a quarter-size amount into your hand. Gently press into face and neck with fingertips. Use morning and night after cleansing and before other skincare.

Tripeptide Radiance Serum comes next. Dispense 1-2 pumps into your hand. Smooth onto face, neck, and décolletage with upward strokes. Use morning and night.

Antioxidant Soft Cream is the next product to use in the morning. Dispense 1-2 pumps into your hand. Smooth onto face, neck, and décolletage with upward strokes. Use daily.

Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream is the nighttime moisturizer. Scoop a small amount onto fingertips. Massage gently into face, neck, and décolletage with upward strokes. Use nightly, as well as during the day, if extra hydration is needed.

Apply Ultra Renewal Eye Cream with your ring finger. Gently pat around the eye area until fully absorbed. Use it morning and night.

Every other night I use Overnight Resurfacing Peel. Apply 1 to 2 pumps to clean face and neck, and leave on overnight — May tingle upon application. Allow product to absorb fully (3 to 5 minutes), then follow with a moisturizer.

Facial oils have rescued my skin from the dry winter air. I press a couple of drops into my hands and then press the oil onto my face, neck, and the backs of my hands.

At no time in my past would I have ever shared a closeup in February.

I have enjoyed these oils so much; I wanted to give away one of each of them. The winners are Clara F. Bulens, Gwen Marie Ewing, and Patti Anderson. Congratulations!

I love the Beautycounter products so much; I became a consultant a few years ago. If you use my links to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

74 Comments
  1. Are Beautycounter products available in Europe (and if not, do you happen to know if there are any plans to expand to Europe in the future)? I live in Austria and am becoming more and more interested in educating myself about, and using, clean beauty products.

  2. Your skin looks so pretty.
    Also, your eyes just pop in the photo. Would love to know colors used in the eyeshadow and a tutorial on placement of eyeshadow for we over 60 ladies. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! I am wearing a color from Merle Norman called Storm. I sweep it on over the center part of the lid and then blend well. Always avoid dark colors at the corners of the eyes. As I age, I wear less and less color.

  3. You do have beautiful skin. I know you have said you use the brightening oil but do you use the other two as well? Do you also get professional facials?

  4. Faithful follower here…you no longer get professional haircuts? I’ve dispensed with the other services you mention, but who cuts your hair?

  5. That explains it, Susan. Most of us wouldn’t dare attempt that, although I wouldn’t mind saving the money. Have a lovely day.

  6. Thank you for sharing your skin care line with us. Your skin looks beautiful, I recently starting using Beauty Counter and I love it.

  7. Susan, your skin is lovely. I started using the CounterTime regimen in Oct and am very happy with the results. Regarding the other products that you mentioned – when, in the ‘sequence’ of products, do you use the overnight peel? And when do you add the facial oil and/or the mineral sunscreen? Thank you –

    1. Kathy, here is my unsolicited advice: I had the same problem with my fingernails. A friend suggested I try almond nail and cuticle oil and the results has been amazing! I use Body Shops because I like the “pen” their oil comes in. But I have used other brands and had good results also. Hope this helps you.

  8. Did you have an adverse reaction to Erno Laszlo? I’ve always had good luck with their products – since I was 18, in fact. As we all know, The only real wrinkle cream is sunscreen. Your skin looks beautiful!

  9. Susan , what a gorgeous skin you have .Are you also doing your own mani and padi ?
    Your feet looks always perfect with open toe shoes.

  10. I’m one of the lucky winners!! Thank you Susan for the opportunity to try one of BeautyCounter products! Their skin care line definitely looks like one to try.
    Thank you again

    1. I used Clinique when I was young. There are several things I like much more about Beautycounter – the products are safe, not tested on animals, and they perform exceptionally well.

  11. Hi Susan,
    Can you purchase these in Australia or do you ship down under. I had a big trip planned to USA this year, and I was going to purchase some products to try while I was there. Unfortunately we had to cancel as I was diagnosed with breast cancer so this year will be for fighting disease. If not possible I will wait until next year when I can make the trip. Have a great day
    Warmly,
    Janne Bradley

    1. Susan, could you please send Janne my email address? I have Canadian relatives coming to visit me in Aus later this year and we might be able to work something out. Thanks!

  12. Your skin looks amazing! After I use up what I am currently using, I will try it also! Looks like an easy regime that has wonderful results! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Are you wearing foundation in the photo? Your skin looks healthy and glowing. I find that as I’m aging I wear less and less makeup as well. If I do wear foundation on occasion I mix a bit in with my day cream so it’s not so saturated and doesn’t tend to settle into all the fine lines and any wrinkles that I do have. I’m also struggling with a good hairdresser. I have fine wavy/curly hair that I prefer to wash and air dry most of the time. Most hairdressers want to cut my hair into a straight style that I have to blow dry, straighten and use a ton of toxic products which is too hard on my hair. Your lifestyle and fashion sense are an inspiration to many of your faithful followers. I look forward to each and every one of your blogs.

    1. I don’t wear foundation, because I have never liked wearing it. Now that I’m older, it travels into the lines and creases too quickly. I wear less and less color as I age. Fresh, dewy skin, filled-in brows, mascara, and a little lip color works wonders.

  14. I’m thinking about trying BeautyCounter products. My skin has never been the best but as I’ve aged (63) more spots and discolored areas have appeared on my face. I don’t feel comfortable without a little foundation or tinted moisturizer before going out. I’m interested in the overnight peel. I don’t have dry skin & the lines I have don’t bother me as much as the variation in color. Do you think the peel would help is this area? Your suggestions and recommendations are always such good advice. Thanks

    1. I have age/sun spots on my face and neck too. I do feel that the overnight peel has helped to diminish them a little. Dew Skin is an excellent tinted moisturizer, and I am using it more often.

  15. Dear Susan, please tell me your views on retinol and the prescription retin-A

    Retinol is touted as such a powerful product to help with lines and wrinkles.

    Beauty counter doesn’t seem to embrace retinol.

    Thank you.

    1. Too much vitamin A (Retinol) can cause a host of other problems. I avoid it. While it can make your skin develop cells more rapidly, it causes sensitivity, peeling, flaking, and irritation. Make sure you use a lot of sunscreen. Beautycounter is all about safe products that perform well.

  16. I’m delighted to win one of the facial oils! I am 62 and live in Cincinnati, Ohio, the weather is not always good to your skin. I cannot wait to use the oil routinely so I can experience softer and smoother skin! Thank you so much for sharing your skincare routine with us and giving us the opportunity to try it!

  17. I can’t get beauty counter in the UK, do you know of any comparable products? For example liz Earle, would this be the same? Your skin looks fab such a lovely picture.

    1. Whatever skincare line you use, look for safe ingredients and use the products consistently as designed. Sometimes, here and there don’t deliver the same results as twice a day every day. Be gentle with your skin and drink lots of water.

  18. First, may I say you look lovely Susan. Secondly, thank you for all the beauty tips, clothing guidelines, and the links to find the same items. Please keep up this wonderful blog! I look forward to every email for more tips.

  19. Susan. I love the natural look, and agree with you that it is too expensive to be unhappy for professional services. I thought I was the only one who does my own manicures, pedicures, facials. and resort to cutting my own hair much of the time. It is difficult with the back though. When I finish using the products I have on hand, I will try Beautycounter.

  20. Susan, you have an amazing story and lots of very interesting and important information for us older women to incorporate into our fashion and living style. Please consider including what makeup products such as your eyebrow pencil and eyeliner pencil product you use. There are so many eye products and videos on line it’s overwhelming! Also, what product(s) do you use on your face if not foundation? My aunt, who was like you, sensitive to just about all products, used Meryl Norman Prut seems exclusively.
    Thank you for such an uplifting informative on-line site!

    Susan Woodruff
    Ennis,MT

  21. Good Morning Susan!
    Thank you for sharing your beauty tips with us. I have been following your blog for several years and love the pointers on fashion and beauty products you offer. I’m very interested in trying the beauty control products you recommend but I seem to have sensitive skin and eye allergies and must be careful about the products I use. Can I return the items I order for a refund if my skin becomes irritated? Maybe I could use samples before I order the products.
    Jamie Ball

    1. I have very sensitive skin as well but have been able to use all of the Beautycounter, Countertime products with very positive results. You can return the products if you are not happy with them. You can also order a sample each time you place an order.

  22. Hello Susan, I just purchased the brightening oil and the resurfacing peel a few days ago for the 1st time. I love the oil. I am 64 and just retired. After reading your blogs and seeing how far you have come I started on my own journey to good health. Thank you so much for all the inspiration. I have learned so much about healthy eating and makeup tips. Linda

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I blogged for five years as Fifty, not Frumpy. Now that I am in my sixties, I am sharing ideas and inspiration for using and loving what you already have.

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