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Youth To The People

Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 48.00
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Youth To The People’s Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask contains some pretty dreamy ingredients to restore and hydrate skin – it’s just that this fragranced mask’s packaging puts those ingredients at risk for not being as effective as possible.

This mask has a wonderfully creamy texture that’s moisturizing without being thick or heavy. It melts into skin quickly for an instant dewy glow, leaving skin feeling softer and smoother, thanks to a good amount of sunflower seed oil. This a product that’s best for those with normal, dry, or combination skin with areas of dryness.

This features a number of good-for-skin ingredients, among them antioxidant prickly pear, acai, and goji extracts, along with vitamins C and E. Particularly interesting is maqui berry extract, which research has shown is a tremendous source of antioxidant compounds. In the end, this is a formula that’s capable of targeting dullness and making skin appear more radiant, just as Youth To The People claims.

Unfortunately, this is packaged in a jar, which exposes its beneficial ingredients to both light and air, causing them to break down and lose their effectiveness. This is particularly true for antioxidants! (See More Info below for details on why jar packaging is a problem.)

Another issue: this contains what the brand terms “natural fragrance.” Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation, so it’s best excluded.

It’s a shame, because otherwise this would be a slam-dunk product for achieving brighter skin overnight. As is, you’re better off selecting an alternative from our list of best face masks.

Pros:
  • Creamy mask absorbs quickly for instantly softer and smoother skin.
  • Includes hydrating sunflower seed oil.
  • Contains a number of antioxidant-rich ingredients.
  • Can brighten skin as claimed.
Cons:
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises the stability of its beneficial ingredients.
  • Contains fragrance, which puts skin at risk for 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

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

The ultimate hydrating radiance boost. This overnight mask deeply hydrates, plumps and brightens with powerful, antioxidant-rich superberries and THD ascorbate, the latest clinically-proven form of stable Vitamin C. This formula helps to target dullness and uneven skin tone for brighter, more radiant skin.

Water/Aqua/Eau(Aqua),Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearyl Citrate,Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Laurate, Squalane Olive, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Natural Fragrance, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).

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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