22 October 2018

Four Weeks Later: My CounterControl Review


I’ve been using CounterControl for about a month now and I am finally ready to share the results. It takes 4-6 weeks for the outer layer of your skin to renew itself, so if you're trying CounterControl for the first time, give yourself AT LEAST 4 weeks before you say it doesn't work!

For those of you who don't know what CounterControl is, it's Beautycounter's newest collection targeted to treat oily/blemish-prone skin. It is meant to effectively control skin without irritating or overdrying it. And of course, it contains no harsh or unsafe ingredients!

Let me start by saying, I didn’t use the entire CounterControl collection because I know my skin well enough. The Matte Moisturizer is far too drying for my skin, so I swapped it for the Kora Organics Soothing Moisturizer. I also added the Charcoal Mask once a week, the Rejuvenating Eye Cream nightly and used a jade roller to help penetrate my moisturizer every evening before bed.


So, here is how the four weeks have gone down...

Week One:
My life was great. My skin was clearing up rapidly. In just days of using CounterControl I saw less redness, less oil production. CounterControl was the BEST thing that has every happening to me.... until...

Week Two:
CounterControl was the WORST thing to ever happen to me. My skin EXPLODED. Pimples were popping up in places I never got pimples. My skin was oilier than ever. So oily my makeup wouldn't sit right. I almost broke down into tears one day. But I knew this was a hump I had to get over. It takes time for acne products to work, and often times they make your skin worse before it gets better. I was convinced at this point that because I hadn't bought the serum (All Over Acne Treatment) that I wasn't getting the full results. So I quickly ordered the serum so it would arrive by end of week!

Week Three:
Once I added in the serum I started to see a big improvement in the overall look of my skin. I still had a lot of imperfections that I was hoping would be gone by now but the biggest change was the change in oil production. My skin usually needed blotting by 10 a.m., but now I could make it to lunch before needing a touch up. I was still determined to see more results and clearer skin so I kept diligently using the collection morning and night.

Week Four:
It's now the end of week 4 and I am seeing SO much improvement. Yes I still have spots on my face, NO this was not a miracle worker, but I am happy to say that over all less pimples have been sprouting up unannounced, and slowly I am healing the old ones. I definitely think adding the serum made a HUGE difference. Serums are so underrated, but they are so critical. They are made of smaller particles at a higher concentration so they deliver more goodness, deeper into the skin!

All of this to say, I am definitely happy with this new collection! I am going to use it until the bottles run dry and then reevaluate if I want to continue. I am hoping that by the end of week six I see even MORE improvement, because lord knows I am DYING for perfect skin!

Tips from Sera:
  • Be Patient - Remember it takes 4-6 weeks for your skin to renew itself. Give any new product time to really do work!
  • Use the entire collection - The collection is designed to work together to give you the results you want. If you find the moisturizer too drying at night, supplement it for a more moisturizing one, but the Matte Effect Gel Cream is an amazing makeup primer for daytime!
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