My Top Summer Skincare Essentials, Part 2 – Masks, Treatment Steps + Sunscreen

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Last week I shared my favorite summertime cleansers + moisturizers (link HERE), this week I am featuring my favorite facial mask, “treatment steps” and sunscreen. I know it may feel like summer is almost over since it’s mid August – but it’s not! I usually change up my skincare to be more hydrating come mid-October, so we’ve still got 2 months with warmer temps/more moisture in the air.

I am sure you’re noticing – these are all Beautycounter products! For years I spent so much time, and money, trying new products in hopes of helping my stubborn and frustrating acne. I really wanted to find clean, effective products – that also improved my skin. Once I found Beautycounter almost 5 years ago, it was just what I was looking for…and since then haven’t spent much time and energy searching for other clean brands to try, because my skin is so happy!

I feel so good about the companies’ efforts for our planet – from switching to glass, to removing plastic parts, to refillable packaging – on top of how safe and effective they are, why waste my time and money when I’ve found something I love?

Let’s Get MASKING (no, not that kind!).

Another spa-like treatment? The Counter+ Charcoal mask. It’s been on Beautycounter’s best seller list for years, and for good reason.

I like to think of this mask as a “router router” for your pores. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it removes any excess build up from dirt, sunscreen, makeup, sweat and impurities.

Beyond the spa-like mask, I love to use it as spot treatment for pesky breakouts, and even as a preventive measure when I can feel them coming on. I use this mask 2-3 times a week to keep my skin even, and for the most part, blemish free.

The icing on the cake! SERUMS & PEELS.

Want to say goodbye to dull skin, and hello to a healthy, radiant glow? You need the Overnight Resurfacing Peel! I am passionate about all things Beautycounter, but this peel takes the cake.

The resurfacing peel works best as an overnight treatment. It does a deep exfoliation, removing thousands of layers of dead skin. It sounds harsh, but it’s actually super gentle! No peeling your skin off, just a gentle overnight exfoliation that leads to beautiful, smooth, resurfaced skin. In the morning I rinse it off with my cleanser, and my skin just glows!

For the daytime I love to add the All Bright Vitamin C serum to my morning regimen. Known as the bestie to the peel, these two products work best when used together. What makes it special? Let’s read from the Beautycounter site:

“This ultra-potent 10% blend of two forms of vitamin C instantly brightens skin and helps reduce the appearance of existing dark spots, while antioxidant-rich turmeric and camu camu extracts help protect against new ones. The formula also helps defend skin from the damaging effects of environmental stressors—revealing a more youthful-looking complexion.”

The Counter+ All Bright Vitamin C Serum instantly makes my skin look brighter, reduces the appearance of dark spots, and evens out my skin tone.

Last but not least, SUNSCREEN!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I am an advocate for safer sunscreens. I am thrilled that the company I love has a bunch of great options.

Within the past month alone, over 70 widely used sunscreens tested positive for benzene, a known carcinogen. Companies are not knowingly adding this ingredient to their products (phew!), but claim it gets in by contamination. The issue is, there isn’t enough being done to regulate that process/the ingredients used. Read more about this issue, HERE.

So what can you do now? Choose a safe sunscreen. For my face, the Countersun Daily Sheer Defense spf 25 sunscreen is my top pick. It goes on so easily, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy like a lot of the off the shelf brands used to do.

If I am looking for a little coverage in the makeup dept., I reach for the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. Think of this as your SPF protection and super sheer foundation all in one. It provides great coverage flawlessly. On top of that, it helps to increase your skin’s firmness and elasticity over time!

For all around coverage, the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen comes in the form of a lotion, a spray, and a handy stick for easy application. No matter which one you use, you will feel safe knowing that you and your skin are protected…not to mention it’s much safer for the coral reef.

I hope you found this round up helpful – stay tuned for a full ‘Clean Deo’ review coming soon!

Do you change up your skincare routine in the Summer? Share in the comment section below.

P.s. if you need help figuring out which of the about products would be best for your skin, reach out at Or, take my 3 minute “skincare questionnaire” with this link here – and I’ll be in touch with my recommendations!

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Meet Sara

Hi! I’m Sara, Founder of Well Beyond the Kitchen. I am a Nutritionist, Clean Living Enthusiast, Executive Director with Beautycounter, and Writer.
I created Well Beyond the Kitchen to help you feel empowered, and less overwhelmed, about what you put in AND on your body. 

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