Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream
Youth To The People’s Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream has the potential to be a powerhouse formula to replenish skin, but its packaging doesn’t do the formula justice at all.
This lightweight moisturizer has an elegant gel-cream mousse texture that’s best for normal to combination skin. It’s easy to smooth across skin, melting in with no stickiness or tackiness after.
The formula includes numerous antioxidants, including the kale, spinach, and green tea in the product’s name, along with tried-and-true vitamins C and E. For added hydration, there’s sunflower seed oil and two forms of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
Unfortunately, the glass jar packaging compromises the effectiveness of delicate air- and light-sensitive antioxidants from the first use (see More Info for details). Another strike is that this includes fragrance, and fragrance (even when it’s natural) can trigger skin irritation.
What a shame, since otherwise this is a very good moisturizer with a wonderful texture and a good mix of natural antioxidants! You can find alternatives in better packaging (many of which are also fragrance free) on our list of best moisturizers.
- Elegant gel-cream mousse texture sinks into skin with no tackiness.
- Formula includes numerous antioxidants.
- Contains two forms of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
- Packaged in a jar, meaning its beneficial ingredients aren’t protected from light and air.
- Contains fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.
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
Get ready for some leafy green moisture with this lightweight, air-whipped moisture cream. All the antioxidant-packed superfoods you love combine forces with Hyaluronic Acid, creating a moisturizer that instantly restores, balances and conditions. Friendly for all skin types, best for combo/oily.
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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