For many of us, it is important that our hard-earned money is spent on sustainable and environmentally-friendly skincare products, healthcare products, and makeup. Both Arbonne International and Beautycounter are sometimes referred to as pyramid schemes because of their unique community based business models. However, both brands boast a product range that claim to be environmentally friendly, sustainable, recyclable, and safe for the people who use them and both brands are growing in popularity.
This article compares the bestselling facial masks and serums from Arbonne International and Beautycounter product ranges. Choosing a face mask and serum that really works isn’t easy so we will also show you exactly what to look for when buying a face mask or serum.
Beautycounter’s Counter+ All Bright C Serum and Arbonne’s RE9 advanced intensive Serum with Hyaluronic Acid are both designed to deliver high concentrations of their ingredients to the skin. When we buy serums we are really looking to make sure that the more intensive highly concentrated ingredients are going to get past our skins barrier and really have an effect.
Skincare brands can add all the most luxurious and natural ingredients in the world but it really comes down to making sure the concentration of different active ingredients is right for giving them the best chance to soak past your skins natural barrier and really give the ingredients some chance of benefiting your skin and that you prep your skin well, especially before using a vitamin c serum.
- Use a salicylic acid cleanser, avoiding the sensitive skin around your eyes.
- Wash off the cleanser using Luke warm water.
- Massage your serum onto your face.
The reason why you should use a salicylic acid cleanser before applying Beauty corners all bright serum is because it help the vitamin c penetrate into your skin much better. You aren’t going to use the cleanser to try and remove dirt and wash your face, just to prep for the serum.
Ingredients and cruelty free status
Beautycounter’s Counter+ All Bright C Serum contains over 50 ingredients including water, Propanediol, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Glycerin, Turmeric Root Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, and Bergamot Fruit Oil. Arbonne’s RE9 Serum with Hyaluronic Acid contains water, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, Ascorbyl Glucoside for an improved skin appearance, Niacinamide for brightness and an even skin tone, and brown algae to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are also extracts from cherry blossom, licorice root, cucumber, watercress, red clover, and beetroot.
Niacinamide is one of the most interesting ingredients in the Arbonne formula because it is used widely for acne and other skin conditions. It can reduce inflammation but watch out because it is also intense and can irritate more sensitive skin. Both formulas use glycerin, a superstar when it comes to humectants. This means it helps bring is moisture to the layers of your skin where it’s most needed.
Beautycounter’s Counter+ All Bright C Serum is cruelty-free, vegan friendly and an EWG Verified Product. Arbonne’s RE9 Serum with Hyaluronic Acid contains antioxidants and botanicals for skin restoration, essential oils for fragrance, and is formulated without gluten. It has also been dermatologically tested for allergens, is vegan friendly, cruelty-free, and B-Company certified.
Beautycounter lists all its ingredients including fragrances, flavors, and preservatives – an uncommon practice in the beauty industry. While Arbonne does not list all its ingredients, it does have a useful skin and hair care glossary where you can look up an ingredient you may have a concern about.
Creams are an important part of any skincare routine, especially if we want to give our skin some intensive moisture while we sleep. Both Arbonne and Beauty counter sell a range of creams but I want to show you the two products I like the best. The first is a night cream from Arbonnes RE9 range and the second is Beauty Counters tetra peptide supreme cream.
Just like when we buy a moisturiser we need to make sure our creams contain ingredients that will help hold moisture in our skin and stop our skin drying out. A good quality skin cream will usually contain a humectant and emollient ingredients.
Arbonne RE9 Night cream
- Thick cream suitable for whole body use.
- Non greasy.
- This cream contains humectants, emollients and occlusives to help bring out and hold in moisture in our skin.
Beauty Counter Supreme Cream
- This is a peptide cream. Peptides can help stimulate your cells to make proteins. This is beneficial if it stimulates collagen production which helps your skin stay plump as you age.
Arbonnes RE9 night cream contains Dimethicone as the main emollient that helps protect your skins natural barrier by softening your skin and making the most of the moisture that this formulas main humectant ingredient – glycerin, brings out. The RE9 night cream also contains Niacinamide, an ingredient used widely and proven in studies to have some effect on skin brightening and fighting acne, as well as having some humectant qualities.
Beauty counters supreme cream is a peptide cream. The main reason we should use a peptide cream is to try to stimulate collagen production deep down in our skin cells. Peptides have been shown in studies to have some effect on supporting your collagen production and are effective in penetrating deep into your skin cells.
Bestselling Face masks from beauty counter and Arbonne
Face masks are most widely used to exfoliate and clear out your pores, but its possible to buy a facemark claiming to do almost anything to your skin. The idea behind using a facemark is that it can help create a protective layer over your skin and allow the active ingredients to soak in and effect your skin for longer. However, you still have to find a mask with the right blend of ingredients because if the ingredient doesn’t come in the right concentration or doesn’t mix well with the other ingredients then its unlikely to ever penetrate your skins natural barrier and do some good.
Beautycounter’s Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask and Tool Bundle includes a smoothing facial mask and a 3-in-1 facial tool that allows you to apply the mask, remove it and then massage for soft, smoother skin. Arbonne’s Rescue ; Renew Detox Face Mask uses French Pink Clay to attract pore-clogging sebum and dirt and help detox, renew, and refresh the skin.
Beautycounter’s Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask and Tool Bundle offer a clean beauty promise and ethical credentials, being vegan friendly and cruelty-free. Arbonne’s Rescue ; Renew Detox Face Mask complies with Arbonne’s ingredient policy which strives to use only ingredients that are plant-based and backed by scientific research.
Comparing what’s inside these face masks
Beautycounter’s Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask and Tool Bundle has 16 ingredients including water, Phytic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol, and Glycerin.
Arbonne’s Rescue ; Renew Detox Face Mask has several key ingredients including French Pink Clay, Rosemary Oil for hydration, five self-neutralizing acids (mandelic, phytic, lactic, salicylic, and azelaic) for a brighter skin tone, Dandelion extract for detoxification, Turmeric Extract for radiance and Ginger Root Extract for appearance.
Vegan and cruelty free
Beautycounter’s Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Facial Mask and Tool Bundle is vegan friendly and cruelty-free. Arbonne’s Rescue ; Renew Detox Face Mask is dermatologically-tested and formulated without gluten. It is also B-Company certified for sustainability, being vegan friendly and cruelty-free,
Final thoughts about Beauty Counter and Arbonne
Both Arbonne and Beautycounter have strong ethical and environmental credentials. Arbonne is a proud Certified B Corporation member, which means that it meets the standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Their sustainability goals are listed clearly on their website, which can be fact-checked against their annual reports.
Beautycounter, on the other hand, boasts 100% ingredient transparency, sustainable packaging, and a commitment to adhere to The Never List TM, an ever-growing list of questionable skincare ingredients. Both Arbonne and Beauty Counter products are sound ethical and environmental choices.