Banish Dry Winter Skin With This Hydrating Routine

Banish Dry Winter Skin With This Hydrating Routine

Unless you’re reading this from an ocean-side cabana (lucky!), you’re probably dealing with dry, parched winter skin. Cooler temperatures, strong winds, indoor heating, and less humidity can zap moisture, leaving skin flaky, irritated, and more likely to reflect the signs of premature aging.  Add in the intense effects of stress—and you have skin in need of some major TLC.  

Take Time to Treat Your Skin  

An indulgent night dedicated to pampering and hydrating your skin is a restful way to ease dryness and find a moment of zen. Treating yourself to high-quality, clean skin care is one of the best self-care choices you can make for yourself, your body, and the planet. This lineup of body and face products is packed with hydration and clean ingredients, because skin care shouldn’t stress you out. 

First, Set the Mood 

Whether that means drawing a bath or simply shutting the bathroom door, this first step is essential. We recommend queuing up our Songs to Soak In playlist or lighting a clean candle

Step One: Scrub Down 

Want to buff away the day? Look no further than our Sugar Body Scrub. Hop in the tub (or shower!) and get buttery, silky-smooth skin by sloughing off dull skin cells with this super-luxe scrub. Hydrate with sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils, and leave skin looking supple and smooth.   

Step Two: Lock in Moisture 

Apply our fast-absorbing Countermatch Adaptive Body Moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower. Formulated with buzzy beauty ingredient squalane (a super-moisturizer derived from olives), this rich lotion will reveal radiant, hydrated skin by your morning alarm. 

Step Three: Wash Away the Day 

The harsh ingredients in some makeup removers and cleansers can strip moisture from the skin. Our nourishing Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil is loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids to reinforce skin’s moisture barrier while melting away makeup. Gently massage onto skin, let your jaw relax, and slip into a bit of zen. 

Step Four: Take Down Dry Skin 

Continue your mini at-home facial with this moisture-boosting serum. Infused with two forms of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum belongs in every winter skin-care routine. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight texture—it packs a hydrating, antioxidant-rich boost that lasts. 

Step Five: Soften Up 

After just one use of Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream, you’ll wake up to radiant, moisturized skin, thanks to an indulgent blend of fermented sugars that optimize hydration. This supremely rich and hydrating cream deeply moisturizes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

Step SixUnwind & Indulge 

Complete the spa experience by massaging Melting Body Balm into parched skin. Argan and avocado oils hydrate and soften skin, while its intoxicating monoi scent will put you in vacation mode. You can even work it into tired soles that need serious soothing. Clean hack: It works wonders on hands and cuticles dried out by all that handwashing.  

Step Seven: Beauty Sleep 

All that’s left is getting a good night’s rest—and waking up revived, glowy, and deeply moisturized. So long, dry winter skin. 

Gregg’s Resolutions for the New Year

Gregg’s Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s be honest: making the typical list of resolutions can sometimes feel, well, daunting. So, this year, we turned to our Founder and CEO, Gregg Renfrew, to share tips, tricks and advice for how she’s approaching 2021 with intention. 

We’ve included some journal prompts along the way to keep you accountable and engaged. So, grab a notebook, maybe light a non-toxic candle, brew a batch of your favorite cozy beverage, and let Gregg’s tips inspire you to make a clean start this new year.


An affirmation is a positive word or phrase you can repeat and meditate on whenever life gets stressful. Here’s Gregg’s suggestion for getting you to your happy place: 

 “A great place to start: I’m already good enough.” 

Journal Prompt: What will your personal affirmation be this year? 


Committing to clean goes beyond safer beauty. Surround yourself with brands that share your values. Gregg’s favorites include…  

 “I love Allbirds sneakers for working out. In terms of healthy snacking, I’m super into Honey Mama’s chocolate. Seventh Generation is basically the only cleaning brand I use, and I love Rahua’s super nourishing haircare formulas (and ethical approach to beauty).”  

Journal Prompt: What are some brands you can support in the new year that share your values? Think environmentally-conscious B-Corps, BIPOC-owned brands, and local favorites that put ingredient safety first. 

Some Brands to Believe In 

The Clean Guide is a list of brands and businesses that inspire us with their commitment to transparency, quality, and integrity. Go ahead and get acquainted, we won’t be jealous. 


Most of us are spending more time at home than ever, so why not make your space as healthy as possible? Gregg has some ideas to get you started. 

  • Take off your shoes at the door to avoid tracking in harmful chemicals, like pesticides 
  • Swap out non-stick pans whose coating could potentially leach toxins into your food 
  • Use less single-use plastic, since it just ends up in landfills and our waterways 
  • Ask yourself, “can I make this at home?” instead of buying something with unnecessary packaging  

Journal Prompt: What are two clean swaps you can make this month around your house that seem simple, but have a big impact? 


Gregg loves deep-diving into stories that excite and inspire. “I think everyone should read a book on a subject they know nothing about.” These picks from her bookshelf take readers everywhere from the board room to the tennis court. Want to feel like you were in the room where it all went down? Try these first-person accounts: 

  • The Ride of a LifetimeLessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger  
  • No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Erin Meyer & Reed Hastings  
  • Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi 

Journal Prompt: What’s something you would love to learn this year?  


It wouldn’t be a Gregg guide without a list of her clean must-haves. So, we tapped the ultimate clean beauty expert for her #betterbeauty favorites. Here is her personal list of go-tos—but Gregg highly suggests mixing and matching products to build a clean routine that works for you.


Counter+ All Bright C Serum  

“This is THE thing. It leaves my skin feeling glowy and dewy and beautiful. [It also] Perfectly layers with our Countertime line.” 

Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel 

“Literally if I could bathe in the Overnight Resurfacing Peel, I would.” 

Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence 

“I am pretty obsessed with our Countertime line. I start every single day with [this] essence.” 

Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum  

“This is a really great serum. I put this on at night.” 

Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream 

“This is the best cream ever. I have super dry skin, so for me this is amazing.” 

Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm  

“Having a self-care ritual is so important while I’m working from home. I start my day with this indulgent balm.” 

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer 

“This evens out my complexion for all those video calls, and the SPF 20 has me covered all day.” 

We suggest revisiting this post, one month from now, six months from now, and at the end of the year. Check in with yourself to see what you’ve learned and celebrate your growth. With Gregg’s guidance and your own inspired ideas, your year will be off to a clean start.