Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist
Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist is a good way to refresh skin and get beneficial skin care ingredients in a form that’s almost as light as air.
The first thing we should note is the packaging: this comes in a clear bottle (more on that in a second) with a pump that delivers one of the better spray results we’ve encountered. The mist dispenses ultra-fine; it’s so light, there’s no worry of this creating a wet, drippy mess on your face.
Despite the mist format, the texture of the product is a that of a very lightweight, watery lotion; once you’ve misted this onto skin you gently pat it in and let it dry. For this reason, you would not want to apply this over makeup or your sunscreen, as doing so can disrupt both.
The formula dries quickly, providing lightweight hydration (minus a residue or sticky feeling), so it’s suitable for all skin types.
Analyzing the ingredients, this includes some good moisturizing ingredients, among them aloe, shea butter, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate.
The star ingredients here are the adaptogenic ingredients advertised, which include reishi mushroom, ashwagandha herb, and holy basil extracts. The term “adaptogenic” means these plants can alter themselves to adapt to environmental changes in the wild. The theory is that they can do the same for skin, though there isn’t a lot of hard research proving that’s the case yet; it’s mostly theoretical. Still, all of these ingredients are non-irritating and have antioxidant benefits, too, so they have merit in a skin care product (even if they don’t help skin adapt to changing external conditions).
Perhaps most impressive is the high amount of pentapeptide-59 in the formula (it’s the fourth ingredient in). This lab-produced biomimetic (a synthetic ingredient that mimics a natural process) peptide contains four amino acids, and research shows it can visibly reduce redness and help skin become less sensitive, backing up Youth To The People’s claims.
The only drawback of this mist is that because of its clear packaging, it needs to be stored out of direct light to protect those adaptogenic ingredients, which are susceptible to breaking down in the presence of light.
Otherwise, this is a great toner-like product that, with a qualifier about adaptogens, lives up to each of its claims!
- Ultra-fine mist provides lightweight hydration.
- Includes moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients.
- Contains a peptide that can help reduce redness and skin sensitivity.
- Fragrance free.
- Must be stored out of direct light to preserve its beneficial ingredients.
An ultra-fine mist that hydrates, calms visible redness, and evens the look of skin tone with antioxidant-rich adaptogens, hyaluronic acid, and soothing peptides—like a serum in a mist.
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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