Maqui + Acai Prickly Pear Goji Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil
Youth To The People’s Maqui + Acai Prickly Pear Goji Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil is one of the more impressive face oils we’ve come across, save for one tiny misstep that keeps it from earning our top rating.
This oil blend comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. The fact that the packaging isn’t totally opaque means it’s best to store it out of direct light to avoid breaking down some of the formula’s best, but light-sensitive, ingredients.
Speaking of ingredients, this includes numerous non-fragrant and antioxidant-rich plant oils, among them jojoba, moringa, flaxseed, borage, rosehip, and evening primrose. All of them provide hydration, some amount of environmental protection, and can improve the health of skin’s barrier.
The maqui fruit extract is an interesting ingredient because this very small berry is a tremendous source of antioxidant compounds. It hasn’t been proven to be the most potent, although research has shown it outshines some other berries in terms of antioxidant capacity.
More to love: although this is an oil, the texture isn’t overly greasy. It’s still best for those with normal to dry skin, but it doesn’t have a lingering oiliness, and absorbs quickly.
The one drawback is that this oil contains fragrance. It’s barely detectable to the nose, and is the very last ingredient listed, but fragrance (even “natural” fragrance as listed here) still has the potential to cause skin irritation. That aside, this is a great face oil that’s still worth consideration.
- Formula includes numerous non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils.
- Texture isn’t overly greasy.
- Absorbs quickly.
- Needs to be stored out of direct light.
- Contains fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.
This ultra enriched, flash absorbing face oil harnesses the nutrients of rare superberries. Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, is combined with açaí and goji, creating a potent antioxidant elixir. Intensely hydrating prickly pear and squalane oil lock in moisture with the help of omega fatty acids and high levels of vitamin C.
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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