My #1 Secret to Combat Dry Skin & Aging

My #1 Secret to Combat Dry Skin //
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I love fall. The changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything, soup in the crockpot….all the fall goodness! What I do not love is that when the seasons change my skin freaks out and gets dry and sensitive. This fall, I am so excited to have a new tool in my dry skin toolkit. Here is my #1 secret to combat dry skin and aging.

A healthy skin care regimen should include:

  • Gentle Cleanser
  • Day Cream
  • Night Cream
  • Eye Cream
  • Specific Skin Boosters (such as serums, oils, toners, and mists)

Cleansing basics: Skin should be cleansed morning and night! As you will learn as you read along, overnight your skin recovers. Which means in the morning you have more dead skin cells to slough off. And more excess sebum to emulsify. These can’t be rinsed away with mere water. Water alone removes only about 65% of oil and debris from the surface of the skin (Livestrong Article).  I use Beautycounter cleansing balm in the morning as it’s very hydrating, and the charcoal cleansing bar in the evening as it gets my skin really clean and removes all of my makeup.

Do we need to moisturize? Yes, and here’s why. Well hydrated skin will remain balanced and will age at a much slower rate. Additionally, you will not need an arsenal of products to keep healthy (beautiful) skin when our skin is holding onto much needed moisture. Serums, oils and other products will also be higher performing with well hydrated skin. Dehydrated skin will not be able to use active ingredients and you may be wasting your money!

Why we need a moisturizer formulated for daytime: During the day, our skin is in ‘protective mode,’ meaning free radicals and weather can damage our skin. A good day cream will protect the skin with antioxidants to ward off stressors. It will also hydrate the skin, offer barrier protection, and help skin stay balanced.

Do we need a separate night cream? 

Yes, at night, skin goes into ‘repair’ mode, self-correcting areas of concern and regenerating damaged cells in order to address the appearance of sun damage, congestion, and dullness. A good night cream will contain ingredients to help this renewal process.

Why is eye cream necessary? 

The skin around the eye is delicate, prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and eye movement can speed the appearance of lines and wrinkles and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams can help address some of these issues.

This routine will help ensure well-hydrated and more supple, healthy-looking skin.

I am so excited because today Beautycounter is launching the entire Countermatch collection. (Keep reading for benefits and a special offer!)

What is Countermatch?

The Countermatch Collection is the ultimate regimen for hydrated, radiant skin (take that winter dryness!). This line is powered by breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology- sounds cool right?! What this means is that unique life-giving properties from plants that match the composition of the skin, deliver precisely what skin needs (and nothing it doesn’t.)

What this means is over time this line will work on the actual lipid structure of the skin and be repairing and/or returning skin to its ideal state. This means you may need less potions, other moisturizers and products as the Countermatch will be making your actual skin more healthy.

Why is it safer?

This system is formulated without silicones or synthetic polymers. Instead, it relies on plant-derived ingredients, such as squalene, to hydrate the skin.

The entire line is vegan and fragrance-free. (The sleeping cream has plum oil, which although light, you may be able to smell.)

Who is this line best for? 

Those with normal, dry, combination/oily, or sensitive skin, and those seeking an intensive boost of hydration.

My Favorite Countermatch Products to Combat Dry Skin & Prevent Aging

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion

I’ve been using Countermatch adaptive moisture lotion for the past few months and I love how my skin feels during the day. It feels like a second skin. It’s not oily or heavy. It feels like my skin, but way better, if that makes sense! This is a moisturizer I can wear under my makeup that doesn’t make my skin feel dry and irritated.

This lotion actually adjusts hydration levels throughout the day to keep skin within the optimal hydration zone for 24 hours.

Key Ingredients Benefits:

  • Shea Butter: rich in vitamin E to boost hydration
  • Squalane: derived from olives, it draws moisture into the skin and
    visibly restores elasticity supporting our skins lipid barrier
  • Phytic Acid: sourced from green rice, it helps skin breathe for a
    natural-looking glow
  • Plum Oil: moisturizes and nourishes
  • Salicylic acid: helps even skin tone
  • Arginine: found naturally in beetroot, it provides nutrients and
    energy for vibrant, healthy skin

Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream 

This blend of hyaluronic acid, plum oil, and tara gum creates a protective layer to shield skin from moisture loss, replenishing hydration,
and revitalizing skin while you sleep.

Key Ingredients Benefits:

  • Hyaluronic Acid:  this is a most amazing ingredient. It binds to water so water can actually be absorbed and bind then bind to skin. it delivers moisture without clogging pores. There are two forms in this sleep cream
  • Plum Oil: rich in omegas 6 & 9 and vitamin E, it reinforces the
    moisture barrier for healthy-looking, vibrant skin
  • Tara Gum: this Peruvian plant is a nutrient for skin, helping it
    effectively revitalize while you sleep

Learn more HERE

Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum

This serum also has the two forms of hyaluronic acid for moisture. Vitamins C and E provide antioxidant protection, while again the oh so cool Bio-Mimic Technology uses plant properties to properly nourish the skin.

If you haven’t tried serums on your skin, prepare yourself. They boost radiance, which is incredibly healing and will keep your skin feeling great!

Key Ingredients Benefits:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: one of the most effective hydrating ingredients out there and it doesn’t clog pores!
  • Vitamins C & E: energize skin and provide antioxidant protection to help fight free radicals. Vitamin C is also a great brightening agent for the skin.
  • Arginine: sourced from beetroot, provides nutrients and energy for vibrant, healthy skin. It increases blood flow to the skin and binds to moisture. If you have scars or blemishes, this ingredient can be very healing, especially alongside the Vitamin C.

Learn more HERE

Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream

Formulated for the delicate eye area, this cream awakens eyes and is ideal for those wanting to address dryness, under-eye shadows, and puffiness.

It’s also safe for use with contact lenses!

Key Ingredients Benefits:

  • Squalane: derived from olives, it draws moisture into the skin and
    visibly restores elasticity
  • Betaine: found in sugar beets, it increases oxygenation to help
    reduce the appearance of shadows
  • Phytic Acid: stimulates oxygenation to help awaken tired eyes

Learn more HERE

Shop the collection HERE

I would LOVE for you to try this line with me this fall! 

Now through October 31st, 2017 or while supplies last, purchase $75 or more of my favorite safer skincare and makeup brand (Beautycounter) and receive a FREE gift of choice from me:

1. Volumizing Mascara is made with natural fibers, increases volume by 385% to create fuller, more dramatic-looking lashes. It won’t clump, smudge, or flake! It’s almost sold out twice now!!

2. Instant Eye Makeup Remover, a new product that completely erases long-wear and waterproof makeup. Made without mineral oil or silicones.

3. Go and Glow Mini Face Oils Holiday Set. With every purchase of one of these sets, another set is donated to patients currently undergoing cancer treatments at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Check out the oils here:


1. Shop my link at and purchase $75 or more in safer products.
2. Forward your order confirmation and choice of gift to melissa@ realnutritiousliving (dot) com. Your gift will ship separately since it’s coming from me.

*U.S. Residents only

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My #1 Secret to Combat Dry Skin //

Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.

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Author: Melissa Schollaert

I'm Melissa—Holistic Health Coach & loving mama. My passion is to help others thrive through strategic eating (not dieting), living a toxic free life & creating healthier families.

27 thoughts on “My #1 Secret to Combat Dry Skin & Aging”

    1. They are so important! So many of my clients eat organic and workout, but aren’t using clean products and wonder why their weight and hormones are all over the place!

  1. I LOVE THIS SET!!! I was using the Rejuvenating line before but having some skin sensitivity issues. It’s like Countermatch was made just for me, it all feels so amazing!

    1. YES! My skin can be sensitive too. I’m excited to get really consistent with this line and see how my skin reacts!

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