|These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.|
Youth To The People* is a brand that I had been eyeing up on Sephora for ages, so I was absolutely delighted and so grateful when Cult Beauty sent me a package of products to try! Cult Beauty are really killing it at the moment with all of the new brands that they are adding to their lineup on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis! I've been trying the five products I was sent for around five weeks now and want to share my thoughts with you, on how they've worked for me, and whether I would repurchase them. If you don't know much about the brand, all of the products are based around super foods (you'll see as the post goes on), they're vegan and cruelty-free.
Superfood Cleanser*: This smells amazing! It contains kale, spinach, alfalfa and green tea and the scent combination is the perfect way to start the day, as it smells so fresh and clean! I will admit that foaming cleansers are not my favourite, but this isn't at all stripping at all. I wet my face, then pump some of this out and create a lather, which I then massage into the skin, either with my hands or my Foreo, making sure that I get into every nook and cranny, to ensure a deep cleanse. As the name suggests, it contains Kale, which contains antioxidants (to protect against environmental damage) and vitamins C, E & K (all of which nourish and brighten the skin), Spinach (which is instantly soothing and encourages moisture retention - as opposed to the stripping feeling that some foaming cleansers give) and Green Tea (which is an anti-inflammatory and protects the skin barrier). The scent combination reminds me of my morning smoothie, which feels so refreshing and is why I personally prefer to use this as my morning cleanse, as opposed to a makeup remover. It can be used on dry skin to remove makeup, then emulsified, massaged in and rinsed. I just personally prefer this type of cleanser for mornings, but I know that not everyone has or wants to have two cleansers, so it would still be suitable in that case. For makeup removal, I prefer to use an oil or balm. This is a perfect summer cleanser for those with dry skin like mine, where you don't feel the need for an extra creamy product, yet you don't want your skin to feel at all stripped of any moisture. It leaves skin feeling very clean - not squeaky though, as it retains moisture. I love that it comes with a pump, which is very convenient for wet hands! Overall, I am really enjoying this cleanser - it's too heavy for travel though (not that I personally will be doing any of that this year!).
Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist*: Now, we all know that I love a good mist, but it can't be just a water mist - I want one that will actually do something, so the name of this had me before I even tried it. Soothe and hydrate - thats exactly what I need on a daily basis! The mist action is very fine, which I love, as my face isn't dripping and there is no waste involved. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Vera juice, Shea Butter (unusual to find in a mist), Propanediol, Potassium, Rhodiola Rosea, among other humectants. It really is a dreamy product - perfect for balancing and hydrating the skin, but also for refreshing the skin throughout the day. It's particularly great on hot days, to soothe and cool the face, but it also helps to refresh your moisturiser, and as it contains so many nourishing ingredients, it almost acts like a serum in a mist, yet it doesn't feel at all heavy or greasy. This will be a definite repurchase!
15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum*: Again, this serum spoke to me - brighten, firm and depuff - what's not to love about those promises? That being said, as I have mentioned before, Vitamin C can be a tricky ingredient for me and this serum contains clinical grade 15%, in the form of ethyl ascorbic acid (very stable form as it only dissolves into Vitamin C once penetrated into the skin, known for its firming and brightening properties), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (another stable, oil soluble, form of Vitamin C), and magnesium ascorbate phosphate (a water soluble form of Vitamin C). A pretty potent combination, yet I haven't experienced any adverse reaction and I have been using it daily as I absolutely love the effect of Vitamin C on my skin - it's brightens and evens skin tone, firms, helps with collagen production, and is something that I think people should use daily (if their skin will tolerate it). Combined with the Vitamin C ingredients, is a plant-based form of Caffeine, which helps to reduce puffiness - ideal in summer, in particular, and squalane and other plant-based anti-oxidants, including passion fruit and dragonfruit. I love that this serum doesn't have the tacky texture of other Vitamin C serums - it's lightweight, layers well with other products, without pilling, plus it's also very effective. I've noticed that my skin looks more radiant, even before I do my skincare - which isn't always easy for a person with very dry skin, who is ill and on a mountain of antibiotics!! So can you imagine the effects that it would have on the skin of a person who is without those issues? Again, I feel that this will be a repurchase!
Dream Eye Cream*: The name is perfect for this eye cream, in my opinion! It really is a dreamy eye cream - rich, yet doesn't give you milia, smoothing and very nourishing. The super foods in this product are goji berries, or more specifically, goji stem cells, which help firm the skin. It also contains THD Ascorbate, which is a form of Vitamin C, which helps to brighten the under eye area. It's been a bit of a miracle worker for me, because I've been even more ill than usual over the past few months, yet this has helped to disguise the tired/heavy look that my eyes should really tell. I will 100% repurchase, not just for the brightening properties, but because of how nourishing it is - I find that concealer applies more evenly and also that I need less, but also on no makeup days, my eye area looks plump and smooth, which is exactly what I want. Dreamy, indeed!
Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial*: I'll admit that I hadn't heard of Yerba Mate before receiving this and upon investigation, it appears to be a natural alternative to caffeine, which is known for reducing puffiness, but it also improves firmness and elasticity in the skin. This product is an enzyme scrub, but fear not if you don't like physical scrubs - it's actually very gentle. The enzymes are from pineapple, papaya and micro-exfoliants from bamboo. It has a paste formula and is applied to clean, wet skin, left on for two minutes, before massaging into the skin in circular motions, before rinsing. It needs to be rinsed very thoroughly, or you will be left with little bits of bamboo on your skin. I think that this is probably perfect for those with sensitive skin, however, because I am very accustomed to exfoliation - both physical and chemical, it's not a product that I will repurchase. I does leave my skin feeling smooth, however I have more effective products, which I prefer. This is just personal preference - if you have very sensitive skin, you will probably really enjoy this exfoliating paste.
Overall, I am very impressed with the brand, in general, and I think that I will add a moisturiser to the lineup so that I can try an entire daily routine. As you can tell, I will be repurchasing some of the products - the mist and eye cream, in particular, are my favourites!
Thanks for reading!
All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted, without obligation. I don't do sponsored posts. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.