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Youth To The People Reviews

Superfood Peptide Eye Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 35.00
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Superfood Peptide Eye Cream plays host to an excellent mix of skin-beneficial ingredients, but unfortunately its jar packaging and fragrance spoil the party.

The jar packaging is particularly disappointing because it allows key anti-agers (including various antioxidants and peptides) to degrade prematurely, meaning you won’t receive their maximum benefit throughout the usage span of the product.

The fragrance adds another strike, as it’s particularly sensitizing around the eye area and can pro-age skin. See More Info for the research-backed explanation of both of these issues.

What a shame considering the otherwise impressive blend of vitamins (B, C, and E), extracts (including green tea, chamomile, aloe, alfalfa, and spirulina), and peptides—each of which have their own unique research-supported benefit for skin.

In case you’re wondering about kale being called out as a superstar ingredient, there isn’t a ton of research on its topical benefits for skin yet, but at least a couple studies indicate promising skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Snafus aside, this would have been an ideal option for anyone looking for an eye cream that provides hydration without a greasy look or heavy feel. The decadent cream consistency literally melts into skin, providing a soft, smooth finish.

Youth To The People, if you’re listening, puh-lease make a fragrance-free version in stable (non-jar) packaging!

Pros:
  • Loaded with beneficial vitamins, extracts, and peptides.
  • Decadent cream consistency melts into skin, providing a soft, smooth finish.
  • Hydrates without feeling heavy.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable during use.
  • Contains fragrance which can irritate skin and sensitize the eyes.

More Info:

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

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This Superfood Eye Cream delivers vital nutrients with a proprietary superfood blend, aloe vera, ultra-emollient sunflower oil, and an army of reparative vitamins. Crosslinked hyaluronic acid visibly plumps and locks in your skin's natural moisture, while tripeptide 5 supports natural collagen production. Use it daily to help condition, firm, and brighten the appearance of skin around the delicate eye area.

Water, Glycerin, Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

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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