Spirulina Microalgae Kale Spinach Age Prevention Superfood Skin Reset Mask
Youth to the People’s Spirulina Microalgae Kale Spinach Age Prevention Superfood Skin Reset Mask is a clay mask that’s suitable for all skin types but doesn’t have suitable packaging for its ingredients.
This green mask has a creamy texture that’s easy to smooth across your face. Typical of clay masks, you’re instructed to let this sit for 15-20 minutes, then gently rinse from skin. The result is skin that feels softer and smoother and looks refreshed.
While this is a clay mask, it’s not an oil-absorbing mask, in part due to moisturizing ingredients it also contains. It strikes a balance of being hydrating but not overly so, meaning it works well for those with normal, dry, or combination skin. If skin is oily to very oily, you’ll want something more absorbent.
Formula-wise, there are several antioxidant-rich ingredients, among them spirulina, kale, and spinach, as well as alfalfa and vitamins E and C. There are also skin-conditioning ingredients like glycerin and panthenol. While these are all rinsed off skin eventually, they are given at least some time to take effect while this mask sits on skin.
But as great as it is to have all those antioxidants included, the packaging makes their inclusion somewhat of a moot point from the very first use. This mask comes in a jar, so those air- and light-sensitive antioxidants will begin to break down and become less effective as soon as you open this up (see More Info for details). What a waste!
Another problem is that this mask contains fragrance. All fragrance, even that labeled “natural” as it is here, has the potential to cause skin irritation.
As much as this mask has going for it, you’re better off with an alternative that skips the packaging problems and is fragrance-free.
- Clay mask is suitable for all skin types.
- Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother.
- Contains several antioxidants and skin-conditioning ingredients.
- Packaged in a jar, so 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
Your skin reset button. Instantly balance and restore dull, tired skin with the best superfoods found on earth. Spirulina and bioactive microalgae, combined with our proprietary superfood blend, deliver age defying antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
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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