Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream
Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream is a soothing, peptide-spiked , fragrance-free, moisturizer whose jar packaging leaves its highly-touted air- and light-sensitive ingredients vulnerable, decreasing their effectiveness over time.
This cream is rich, though not overly thick, and is suitable for those with normal to dry skin. It’s instantly hydrating, plumping, and sinks into skin quickly without a sticky or tacky feel after.
Youth To The People claims that some of the star ingredients here, among them holy basil, arctic root, ashwagandha herb, and reishi mushroom, are adaptogenic. That is, that they can adapt to change in environment in the wild, and therefore can do the same on your skin. At this point, there isn’t a lot of hard research proving this is the case (a plant’s behavior in the wild is usually different than how it behaves on your skin), but all these ingredients are non-irritating and have antioxidant benefits as well, so they’re not without merit. In terms of adaptogenic potential, there’s more compelling research on oral consumption of some of these ingredients (as in supplements) than topical application.
The problem is that those great antioxidants aren’t protected by this moisturizer’s packaging. It comes in a jar, and jars repeatedly expose ingredients to light and air, both of which break down antioxidants over time. See More Info for details on this.
Another note: the pentapeptide included in the ingredients has no independent research showing it can calm stressed skin as claimed, though it’s still worthwhile for its ability to help skin look and act younger.
That said, while this is an intriguing product, the jar holds it back, so it doesn’t match up to other beneficial moisturizers that come in better packaging.
- Cream feels instantly hydrating and plumping.
- Sinks into skin quickly without a sticky or tacky feel.
- Includes plant-based, antioxidant-rich ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which exposes its antioxidant ingredients to degrading light and air.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms calm the skin when faced with daily stressors like UV rays and environmental pollutants. Pentapeptide calms the stress reaction in sensitive and irritated skin. This deeply moisturizing cream is especially good for dry skin types.
Youth To The People is the creation of cousins Greg Gonzalez and Joe Cloyes, whose decision to start a skin care company was a roundabout way to continue the family business. Their grandmother was an esthetician whose own line of products, Eva’s Esthetics, is sold in spas and salons throughout California. Inspired by seeing her work over the years, the pair decided to start their own line, but with the focus being on vegan, superfood-focused products.
To that end, most of Youth To The People’s products feature well-known “green” ingredients such as kale, spinach, and berries. While appealing to people’s desire for natural, these ingredients are also rich in antioxidants, so there’s research-backed merit to their inclusion beyond the marketing appeal.
The brand speaks a lot about science and uses lab-created (synthetic) ingredients as well, including hyaluronic acid and peptides, so it’s good to see both sides being embraced. That’s because skin needs a mix of naturally-occurring and synthetic ingredients to look and feel its best. Natural can’t address every skin care need on its own.
There’s also some talk about “adaptogenic” ingredients in a couple of products, which is the concept that these ingredients, once applied, can adapt to skin’s needs in certain ways to create certain results. There’s less science showing this can actually happen, though all the adaptogenic ingredients used here have antioxidant benefits as well so they’re certainly not wasted--well, at least when packaged correctly.
Most of the products are good, though none of them are without a couple of missteps. In some cases, it’s the inclusion of fragrance (and fragrance, even naturally-derived, puts skin at risk of irritation), in others jar packaging and the problems it presents for natural ingredients. While jars look pretty, they expose all those wonderful antioxidant ingredients to light and air, which over time breaks them down, leading to lost effectiveness.
To learn more about Youth To The People, visit https://www.youthtothepeople.com/.
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