Beautycounter’s Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream is designed to compete against all of those other nighttime mask treatments that are so popular nowadays. As with the rest of their Countermatch line, it incorporates Bio-Mimic Technology to deliver results, using plant-based ingredients.
Most consumers using the sleeping cream notice a visible difference in their skin after just two weeks of use, noticing skin that is more radiant, softer, smoother, and more vibrant-looking. That’s due to the fact this cream touts providing a protective layer to shield your skin while allowing for healing and moisture replenishing. Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid, plum oil, and tara gum.
Bio-Mimic Technology: Kind of a “Yawn”
It sounds hokey, and, honestly, Bio-Mimic Technology kind-of is. It’s supposed to use “hydration, nutrition, and oxygenation” to “match the composition of the skin.” In reality, it’s a blend of the following ingredients:
- Phytic acid (from green rice)
- Beet root
- Squalene (from green olives)
- Plum oil
There is no evidence I could find that these ingredients work together to release ingredients into the skin into a controlled or customizable fashion. Instead, it seems that the company is referencing the definition of squalene as a humectant, which means that it can lock moisture into the skin and prevent moisture loss, and additionally draw in extra moisture as needed. But this is true of EVERY humectant known to man, including aloe vera, honey, urea, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and castor oil. There’s truly nothing special, at least as far as I could find, about “Bio-Mimic Technology.”
Instead, phytic acid and plum oil are a bit newsworthy on their own, but not enough to make me endorse “Bio-Mimic Technology.”
Phytic Acid: Exciting for a Plant-Based Ingredient, Needs to be in High Enough Concentration to Make a Profound Difference in the Skin
Phytic acid is a plant-based antioxidant that can help to defend your skin against sun damage while brightening hyperpigmentation. It works as an exfoliator, and it has been shown in studies to potentially block the synthesis of melanin in the epidermis. It is neither an AHA or BHA.
Its predominant action is that it is like salicylic acid in a sense, helping to clear out the pores. The key difference is that salicylic acid binds to the protein keratin in the skin and helps to soften it, whereas phytic acid binds to calcium within the pores and helps to make it softer. In either case, phytic and salicylic acids (together or separately) help to clean out the pores and make pores temporarily appear smaller. It is one of the gentlest of all the acids making it great for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Plum Oil: Excellent if Only in High Enough Concentration
Touted as the new argan oil, plum seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds or kernels of French Ente plums. Plum seed oil is a rich oil that offers a non-greasy feel, moisturizing skin. It’s absorbed readily by skin and is full of antioxidants like vitamins A and E, which can minimize the signs of aging, and polyphenols help to repair damaged skin. Omega fatty acids 6 and 9, which help to moisturize and maintain the skin’s natural barrier for healthy-looking, vibrant skin.
Since Beautycounter Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream only has plum oil as a constituent in the Bio-Mimic Recovery Complex, I doubt the plum oil is in high enough concentration to get excited over as a true Marula oil alternative.
Hyaluronic Acid: Great
A cornerstone element in anti-aging skin care, hyaluronic acid (HA) is found in tissues like the skin and joints, where it helps to retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. HA is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a vital natural substance that’s the youth-supporting part of your skin, working to keep it stable, safe, and renewed.
It also has the superhero power of holding huge amounts of moisture, yet it has the ability to regulate the moisture within the cells, so they don’t drown with too much water. Different from other acids that are used to exfoliate, it doesn’t strip the skin.
Properly hydrated skin feels super soft, plump, and pillowy and looks much more radiant. Because it’s more plump when hydrated, lines and wrinkles appear diminished – even the deeper ones. That makes it a great ingredient for those with aging skin.
Tara Gum: Protective
Tara gum softens the skin, as it’s rich in vitamins B, C, and complex sugars and has the ability to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. It originates in Peru from the seeds of the Caesalpinia spinosa tree. It can soften and soothe the skin, hydrating it, and protecting it against dryness, irritation, cracking, and peeling.
Together you’ve got a powerful combination of ingredients that have the ability to promote intense hydration while allowing your skin to heal and rejuvenate. Your skin is revitalized while you sleep. This cream has the ability to moisturize without being heavy or greasy.
It’s 2019, and I’m a little taken aback at Beautycounter’s attempts to market a blend of oils, humectants, and natural extracts as “Bio-Mimic Technology.” Despite what I find to be the bullsh*t-ious-ness of the claim, the product is likely to help skin without many wrinkles or signs of aging look a bit smoother and more hydrated, but that’s about it. Not a fan.
Ingredients in Beautycounter Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream: Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, C10-18 Triglycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohols, Behenyl Alcohol, Squalane, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil)/Huile végétale, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Betaine, Phytic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Arginine, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin