BeautycounterCountertime Uplifting Day Cream
1.5 fl. oz. for $70
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The most important point first: There is absolutely nothing about this cream that makes it special for daytime wear; in fact, it would actually be a mistake to use this if it's the only daytime skincare product you are planning to use. Ideally, any product labeled for daytime use should also include sunscreen, which this does not. If you do decide to use this during the day, you should also wear a sunscreen over it to protect your skin from aging UV rays. That just seems like double work to us, as there are so many well-formulated moisturizers with sunscreen out there!

Uplifting Day Cream claims to help firm sagging skin, but it can't do that, at least not to the extent you may be hoping. See More Info for details on what it truly takes to firm sagging skin!

Another knock on this cream is that while it is chock-full of good ingredients (and they're packaged in a container that will keep them stable), it also includes some that can cause problems for skin. Although not present in a great amount in this cream, ginger root extract, jasmine oil, and rose oil all pose a risk of irritation, which is not helpful in achieving younger-looking skin. In fact, irritation can be pro-aging—and who wants that?!

What's interesting is that Beautycounter calls out the ginger root extract, saying it reduces irritation, but fails to mention that that's only when it's consumed orally, not when applied on skin.

We wish Beautycounter had left out these irritating ingredients because without them this had the potential to be a great moisturizer (albeit not one for daytime use). Given the presence of these potential irritants, we recommend instead selecting one of the options on our list of Best Moisturizers.


  • Contains a good mix of emollients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Packaged in a container that will keep the beneficial light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.


  • There is nothing about this product that makes it suitable for daytime use (you still must use an SPF product over it).
  • Contains ginger root extract, jasmine oil, and rose oil, all known skin irritants according to published scientific research.
  • Most of the intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservative, so you're not getting much for your money.

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Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin on the face and neck, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Last Updated:02.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Uplifting Day Cream promotes firmer-looking skin, reduces redness, and boosts skin’s defenses against environmental stress. Ginger Root Extract combats redness and irritation, and Vitamin C brightens the skin for a firmer look.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Palmitate/Succinate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Hydrolized Algin, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Sea Water, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sucrose, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
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Beautycounter At-A-Glance

Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.

For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.

Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.

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