2018 Skincare Favourites: Face & Body

I was thinking to myself, how will I narrow down the products that made not only my skin glow, my soul glow, but my year glow? 

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Here’s to the ones that I craved for on my drives home, dreamt of on my late nights, healed me from within out and allowed me to experience not only a physical fulfillment, but a sensory, eye-catching, tasteful experience to indulge in. I experienced many, but these ones have lingered and comforted me in many different ways.

The breakdown:

I’m breaking down my favourites by category in a K-beauty inspired order along with shower favourites. Let’s unravel, shall we?

Disclaimer: All products marked with a (*) were gifted to me. I also have a discount page you can check out if you want to grab a discount on some of my favourites. All other disclaimers are listed there.

Keep an eye out to see which product won my product of the year!


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Eye and lip makeup remover

ZA Ziukoza Lip & Eye Remover by Too Cool For School

This baby takes off makeup like a dream. Non-irritating and gentle on the eyes, everything glides off in seconds without any weird residue. My absolute favourite even though I barely wear eye makeup. Oh, and don’t worry, mascara GLIDES off with it right away.

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Oil cleanser

Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil by Farmacy Beauty | *

This is one of those products that is completely underrated, and I’m sad about it. When Farmacy sent me this earlier this year, I was intrigued considering I hadn’t seen it float around online much. From the silky, gentle application to the emulsifying process, I love this oil cleanser as a first cleanse to take off light makeup which I wear, or even when I’m usually wearing nothing at all. 

Side note: The oil is sold out on Farmacy’s site but is in stock on Walmart here. I’m fairly sure this product is being discontinued, but if you’re looking for an alternative, check out my favourite balm cleansers below!

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Balm cleansers

I couldn’t choose one. I tried, and I couldn’t. They both give me a unique experience and I’m so happy about it.

Living Cleansing Balm by Then I Met You

From the second Charlotte Cho launched Then I Met You, I instantly felt pulled in and my heart felt connected. Ordering the cleansing duo on launch day was one of the best orders and gut-instinct decisions I’ve ever made. From the packaging, unboxing experience, colours, texture and scent, the Living Cleansing Balm is one of the most unique skincare experiences the universe has granted me with. Packed with nourishing ingredients and antioxidants, the luxurious, sorbet-like cleansing balm removes makeup like a dream. 

Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original by Banila Co

This one brings me back to my Seoul trip last April. I discovered the world of Banila Co while roaming the streets of Myeongdong. My first purchase was the new and improved Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original. With a gentle raspberry scent and gritty melting texture, this balm removes heavy makeup and excess oils without stripping my skin. It takes me back to Seoul every time. (A little goes a long way!)

Water based cleanser

Clean Bee by Farmacy | *

I didn’t think it would make it, but it did. And I’m really happy it did. Clean Bee is one of the most simple yet effective cleansers I’ve tried. Suited for all skin types, it’s beyond gentle and works great as a single or post oil cleanser. Sometimes, I feel like gentle cleansers are just, well… basic. I’ve grown to take the time and sit with one, embrace and understand that a cleanser can be as simple as a cleanser, as non-simple as that sounds. I only recently discovered how to effectively use it for me, by lathering it for a few extra seconds with lukewarm water. I didn’t like the honey scent at first, but with months of cleanses I’ve grown to fall in love with it. Without a doubt, one of my favourite skincare products in my collection.

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Exfoliants

Egg-zyme Whipped Foam Cleanser by Too Cool For School

One of the coolest products of 2018. The entire egg line from Too Cool For School has blown me away. I mean, the Egg Mousse Soap is why I discovered K-beauty and began this journey. The Egg-Zyme cleanser has blown me away. It’s a super creamy, gentle, exfoliating foaming cleanser with derived enzymes from egg powders. It’s both a physical and chemical exfoliator due to the lysozyme particles as physical and the enzymes as chemical. It’s a literal melted marshmallow, fairy dust dream that leaves my skin feeling supple and clean. I know my mom uses this daily, but for me, 1-2 times a week works wonders. A unique product that allows for a truly unique experience.

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Kale-lalu-yAHA : 5.25% Glycolic Acid Treatment by Krave Beauty

I absolutely love this chemical exfoliant for 3 reasons:

  1. It’s super gentle and works GREAT for beginners. 

  2. I see instant results in terms of overall glowing and healthy complexion after wiping it across my face with an organic cotton pad. (I use these ones from The Face Shop - they’re my favourite!)

  3. It works wonderings in the morning and evening if used consistently. (Don’t forget your SPF, exfoliating or not!)

Toners and beauty waters

Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner by Thayers

I dream of you.

The cucumber toner from Thayers is by far one of my favourite products, ever. I don’t usually wash my face in the morning, so I tone with this and my skin is ready to go. To awaken my skin or to simply refresh, this toner is absolutely perfect for daily use, morning to evening. I can’t get enough. It’s also awesome if my skin is ever feeling irritated or has redness. It just works wonders at any place and any time. 

Perfect Rice Bran Cleansing Water by Shingmulnara

Another gem I discovered at Olive Young when I was in Seoul last April. It balances my complexion and works great to remove excess makeup, dirt and oils post second cleanse. It has such a dreamy, light scent and brings me to a place of comfort.

Side note: I’m not really sure the best place to purchase it online, but Beauty Box carries the line from what I’ve researched.

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Purity Micellar Cleansing Water by Philosophy | *

This is the first micellar water I’ve ever tried and I love it. So, I personally don’t think cleansing with micellar water is remotely close to being enough when taking off makeup, so I love using this post second cleanse or alone after a basic cleanse to tone and nourish my skin. It’s super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling plump.

Cleansing herb water by Belif | *

Another incredible product in my collection that lived up to my non-existing expectations. This cleansing water is incredibly hydrating and balances my complexion whether using it post cleanse or alone in the morning. The product contains Belif’s Tri Herb complex to relieve daily skin stress while keeping it cleansed, clear and fresh! 

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Essence

Secret of Sahara Essence: Grab Water by Huxley | *

When I first discovered Huxley, I was intrigued. When I was educated on their brand story and ingredient sourcing, I fell in love. The Grab Water is one of the most unique products that has ever come in contact with my skin. From the second I drop it into my hands and press it into my skin, my skin is quenched with love, nourished like an oasis of hydrated dreams and allows an aromatic experience of prickly pear cactus seed from the Sahara Desert. I love pairing this with their Fresh cream, which you’ll see in my favourites below. 

Treatments

Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil by Youth To The People | *

You know how much I love this baby already, right? I’ve already written an in depth review for you here. And yes, I’m still in love.

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Turmeric Face Elixir by YLLO Beauty | *

If you’re looking for a product to nourish, nourish your skin, it’s this one. One drop goes miles, trust me. I’m so happy this worked for me. It feels so luxurious but not too heavy. It leaves me with the healthiest complexion, the most beautiful glow and happiest smile. I love using this alone or under a moisturizer, even right before makeup. An absolute staple in my collection, indeed.

renewing dew concentrate by Philosophy | *

I experienced something I never have before after pressing this into my skin: Immediate, but when I say immediate, I mean IMMEDIATE results. I remember, gently massaging it into my skin, feeling baby smooth, hydrated and just… perfection. I can’t even explain how awesome this product is. It layers perfectly under moisturizer and sinks into the skin with ease. Allows for an inner glow and feels invisible on the skin. Maybe I should just review it…

Honeymoon Glow by Farmacy | *

It made it to the favourites and let’s just say I’m happy I have a backup. Read my review for it here.

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Mists

Low ph PHA Barrier Mist by COSRX | *

Since I don’t do skincare in the shower, (I’ll talk about it soon, don’t worry!) I love to use this post shower. It’s an awesome mist to help protect the skins barrier from the heat and excess elements from the shower.

It took me a while to figure a way to incorporate this gem into my routine, but I came to love using it at any step. Post masking, before moisturizer and in the morning.

Be patient - products can take months to love, just like this one for me. Explore them and take your time with them!

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Cooling Aqua Facial Mist by COSRX | *

REFRESHING NATION, HI!

This mist is one of my favourites! From the gentle nozzle mist to the subtle cooling sensation, this baby works wonders layered or alone. Stunning for any season and works great as a setting spray, too!

Sheet mask

Cocoon Willow Silky Mask by 23 years old

I’ve never experienced anything like it. With opening holes only for the eyes and nostrils, this mask is unique in it’s form, ingredient list and texture all in one. I’ve already reviewed it here.

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Masks

Overtime Mask by Summer Fridays

My product of the year.

I didn’t think I’d love it this much, but I do. I crave it, morning, afternoon and evening.

I’ll start off by saying this... After I’m done working overtime, work me overtime...

I remember pulling over to the side of the road on launch day and ordered it right away through the Summer Fridays site before it launched at Sephora. I couldn’t wait, my heart was pulled to it. Even though they don’t ship to Canada through their website, I made it work.

Let alone the awesome ingredient list, scent and results, I truly believe the main reason I fell in love with this is because of the immediate results. The immediate healthy complexion and radiating surface. I reviewed it over here and I encourage you to get a sample or even purchase it if you can.

Speechless.

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Pumpkin Sleeping Pack by Too Cool For School

I was really close of titling this one my product of the year… But I’ve loved it for a couple of years and still do. I always will. I’ve come to realize that pumpkin enzymes in skincare might be one of my favourite ingredients. I love this overnight mask for many reasons, mainly because of how lightweight it is, how gentle it is, how stunning my skin feels in the morning and how smooth my surface is. It’s such a comfort blanket for me, one that I’ll never let go of. This mask brings me back to New York City in 2017 when I first visited their Soho flagship store which is now closed. I remember receiving a sample that looked like this, and I was so intrigued by it. The packaging, concept. I fell in love. It makes me reminiscent of those times.

(And no, no pumpkin scent!)

Secret Of Sahara Healing Mask: Keep Calm | *

At this point, they’re all equal to me.

The healing mask has truly healed me in many ways. I love the experience of sitting with it as it works its magical wonders. The texture is almost like a thicker aloe vera jelly that sits on the skin, eventually sinking in as it dries. It smells

Eye cream

Banana Bright™ Eye Crème by Ole Henriksen

I started my review with I didn’t “believe” in eye creams until this one. Read it here.

Moisturizers

Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth To The People | *

The Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream is truly one of the best moisturizers I’ve tried this year. I have a full in-depth review of it here, where you can also read a review on every product from their line. I’ll be testing and reviewing their new Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask soon.

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Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty

I absolutely adore this as a primer, a glowing luminizer that allows for a healthy glow within. The texture is lightweight, yummy and the scent is too. It’s so refreshing and stunning under makeup or alone. One of the best moisturizers I’ve tried, and a little goes a LONG way. You can read my mini review here.

All-In-One Egg Mellow Cream by Too Cool for School

I have no words to describe this one. The Egg Mellow Cream is one of the most unique products out there, undoubtedly the most unique moisturizer I’ve ever tried, or should I say, experienced. From the ingredients, benefits, texture / consistency and scent, I’d recommend this to everyone with any skin type. I’ll try to leave a review soon.

Secret Of Sahara Cream: Fresh And More by Huxley | *

Paired with the Secret of Sahara Grab Water Essence by Huxley, this duo is my morning breakfast. For my skin. The cream has such a unique texture, sort of like a gel-like, thicker water cream that melts into the skin. It’s so refreshing and the prickly pear seed oil smells so natural and fresh. This may be my favourite moisturizer of the year.

SPF

Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60 by La-Roche Posay

I’m on my third bottle, what does that tell you? So, I’ll try to do a post all about SPF. Because, well, we all need SPF. Whether it’s raining or sunny, cloudy or not, we need it.

This is not only my favourite SPF ever, but one of the coolest products I have. Since it’s a fluid, it’s super lightweight and melts into the skin. It has a very watery consistency and feels so lightweight, absorbing into the skin quickly. And when I say it melts into the skin, it leaves no white cast. It only leaves the PRETTIEST glow that you’ll have to try for yourself to understand. I’m not sure why LRP claims it to have a matte finish. If you want to have fun with SPF, go for this one.

Hello Sunny Essence Stick Fresh SPF 50+ PA++++

Another gem that brings me back to Seoul. I also think If you want to have fun with SPF, go for this one too.

SPF in stick form is so practical for under makeup and easy re-application throughout the day on bare skin without having to use your fingers. I love this baby because of how refreshing it feels and works under moisturizers and makeup. The packaging is also fun.

I discovered the sticks in Korea and I love them so much. There are two others in the collection that I’m really intrigued in trying as well.


BODY

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Silk Scrub by FUR | Read my review here. | *

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Fur Oil by FUR | Read my review here. | *

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Lipidol Aftershave Oil (I get mine at Walmart)

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And there you have it, the ones that made my soul glow.

Brand Review: Youth To The People

Good morning, sweet world.

After testing every product from Youth To The People, I thought I’d write a review on each one individually. There are currently 7 products in the line, ranging from a cleanser, serum, creams and an oil. You’ll notice that kale and spinach are two of the most common ingredients used in their products. Their two latest launches include some new and interesting ingredients that set them apart. Buckle up, because I’m about to start cold-pressing.

Side note: All products are made with 100% vegan ingredients, cold-pressed extracts, recyclable packaging, made in USA, no animal testing, no parabens, no phthalates, no sulfates.

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Superfood Cleanser

What is it: A daily gentle face wash powered and formulated with cold-pressed ingredients and antioxidants. Essentially, a green juice cleanse for your face.

What it does: Cleanses skin without stripping or drying your skin barrier, balancing the pH levels. It works to prevent build up from free radicals all the way to dirt in the pores, removes makeup and nourishes the skin.

Custom Superfoods Blend: Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, Vitamins C, E, K | View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Kale is rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E and K. A phytonutrient is a substance found in certain plants, believed to help prevent certain diseases and has health benefits. Spinach will help soothe the skin and boosts the skins high natural moisture content. It also has cooling properties. Green tea is used as an anti-inflammatory oil packed with essential fatty acids.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends to use the cleanser twice daily in the morning and evening, no toner required. (Usually, I’d use a toner, but this cleanser really does balance the skin enough to skip it if that’s something you’re down for!)

Texture and scent: This is a gel cleanser with a fresh, clean and herbaceous scent.

My experience: I never did morning cleanses until I tried this cleanser.

My skin type is normal, and since I do a lengthy routine in the evening I find it unnecessary to do one in the morning. (This cleanser is also great for any skin type!) With this cleanser, it’s just different. In the morning, I’ll spray my face with mineral water, pour a little cleanser into my palm and gently massage until the gel starts to lather. I then wash it off with cold water, and it is THE most refreshing skincare moment I have in the morning. I look forward to you. You instantly brighten me. You make my mornings ten times happier. You take care of me by making sure there isn’t any dirt or free radicals just laying around on my skin. To cut it to the point, I love you with all of me and I’m thankful to have you in my life. You really are a glass of freshness, crisp greens and water for my face. (It’s also amazing as a second cleanse. I personally wouldn’t use it to take off makeup because I double cleanse with an oil cleanser and follow up with a water or gel based cleanser!) It’s one of my favourite cleansers ever.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$45.00 / USD $36.00 for 8oz/ 237 mL | Available on YTTP and Sephora | Comes with an pump.

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Superfood Firm and Brighten Serum

What is it: A super serum, high-performance elixir that illuminates the skin with age defying antioxidants. The Hyaluronic Acid will also plump and brighten the skin.

What it does: Brightens, plumps and firms the skin.

Custom Superfoods Blend: Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, Vitamins C, E, K | View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Tripeptide 5 is a peptide complex that will visibly help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides are tiny proteins and active molecules which have anti-aging benefits and derive from collagen broken down into amino acids. The crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid will aid the skin in keeping its moisture and leave the skin plumped. Casually known as a natural hydrator. The chelated Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant for the skin which will prevent the skin from aging and counteract the effects of pollution and free radicals.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends applying two pumps onto damp skin after cleansing, and for best results to be used morning and night. You can follow with a moisturizer to lock everything in. (Tip: Always wait a little before directly applying moisturizer over a serum to allow the serum to sink in!)

Texture and scent: This is a light gel serum with no scent.

My experience: A definitive yes.

It does exactly what it says. Plumps, brightens and firms the skin without leaving it tight. It’s super lightweight and effective. I personally haven’t used it in the morning, but in my experience, using it at night works great for me. I wake up and my skin feels smooth and balanced. Always remember to wear SPF especially if a product has some sort of Vitamin C derivative. Your skin will be more susceptible to sun damage.

I’d recommend this to anyone who’s getting into serums and wants something simple and effective.

★ ★ ★ ★ (Price justifies my 4 stars)

Details: C$74.00 / USD $62.00 for 1oz/ 30 mL | Available on YTTP and Sephora | Comes with a pump.

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Superfood Skin Reset Mask

What is it: A superfood mask to reset the skin by instantly balancing and restoring dull and tired skin.

What it does: Resets your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals. It’ll detoxify and hydrate the skin, too.

Custom Superfoods Blend: Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, Vitamins C, E, K | View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Spirulina is a sea-based superfood packed with phytonutrients along with vitamins K and B12. Microalgae is a nutrient-rich source packed with exfoliating enzymes and essential minerals. It’ll speed up cell turnover. Kale is rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E and K.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends applying an even layer to clean, dry skin. Follow up with a serum and moisturizer! Tip: Apply a thick layer of the mask to dryer areas of the skin that need more nourishment and hydration. (Babs from the YTTP team recommends mixing the Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil with the mask. Dream team!)

Texture and scent: This is a creamy, soothing clay-based mask with a fresh, clean and see greens scent. (It smells very similar to the cleanser - fresh!)

My experience: In all of your beautiful, superfood glory…

You win. This mask is lovely to apply and remove. I wouldn't even consider it a clay mask for how soothing and moisturizing it is. It’s difficult to find a clay one that doesn’t tighten up the skin or dry it out, but this one truly feels like a buttery, moisturizing dream. I see instant results of a balanced glow, um, hi, hello. Here for it. The ingredients, though. Living for the microalgae! Safe to say, it’s the best clay mask I’ve ever tried to date.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$55.00 / USD $44.00 for 2 oz/ 59 mL | Available at YTTP and Sephora | Comes with a spatula.

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Superfood Peptide Eye Cream

What is it: A nourishing eye cream that delivers vital nutrients to the skin.

What it does: Nourishes the under eye area with restorative vitamins, superfoods and peptides.

Custom Superfoods Blend: Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, Vitamins C, E, K | View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Kale is rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E and K. Aloe is a super gentle and acts as a lightweight skin-soother that has cooling and soothing properties. It boasts a high natural moisture content. Sunflower oil is anti-inflammatory packed with essential fatty acids. EFAs are critical in keeping the skin hydrated and plump.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends applying a small amount of cream around the eye area. (My tip: Always make sure to apply eye creams with your ring finger! It’ll apply the cream with the softest pressure in such a delicate area. Also, make sure you’re applying the eye cream in the proper area. Applying face cream in the eye area when it’s meant for the rest of the face can cause milia!) The cream is formulated to be the ideal primer for under concealer! Wait for it to absorb and follow with concealer.

Texture and scent: This is a smooth and rich eye cream with a light, clean and herbaceous scent.

My experience: I’m on this sunflower oil energy. Can we get more?

Yeah, I love it. Man, the more I write these reviews the more I realize YTTP hasn’t let me down. Eye creams can often be frowned upon but I’m here for this one. Just as much as it’s here for ME. I’ve been using preventative skincare for a couple of years now, so I don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles, but this cream almost instantly de-puffs and nourishes my under eye area as well as diminish ANY sort of fine lines. The next morning, my under eye area looks TEN times smoother than it did the day before. It’s lovely. I really they nailed this one. Ingredients and all.

If you’re looking for an eye cream that isn’t gimmicky and does what it says, go for it. It’s not this scary, anti-aging commercial miracle. It’s simple, effective and clean.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$44.00 / USD $35.00 for 0.5 oz/ 15 mL | Available at YTTP and Sephora

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Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

What is it: A lightweight, air-whipped moisture cream.

What it does: It restores, balances and conditions the skin with Hyaluronic Acid.

Custom Superfoods Blend: Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, Vitamins C, E, K | View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Kale is rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E and K. Green tea is used as an anti-inflammatory oil packed with essential fatty acids. Hyaluronic Acid will help the skin retain moisture and act as a natural hydrator.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends smoothing a dime-sized amount of cream onto the skin until fully absorbed. It can be used morning and evening. Tip: Use the cream as a makeup primer or even mix it with your foundation! I have to say, it works wonders as a primer. Side note: It’s great for all skin types but best for combination/oily.

Texture and scent: This is a air-whipped gel cream with a light, clean and herbaceous scent.

My experience: I’m getting emotional.

This cream was one of the first to be curated in my collection when starting my skincare journey. I remember buying the Superfood Youth Duo Mini and feeling all the excitement in the world. To this day, it’s truly one of the loveliest creams I’ve tried. I say lovely because of how delicate it is. It’s… It feels blurring. I can’t even describe it. It’s beautiful in the morning, leaving my skin refreshed and plump. Ugh. The best way I’d describe it? A sweet, gel-like, ultra-light marshmallow whipped, blurring dream.

I’ve recommended this cream to countless amounts of people and received nothing but good feedback. If you’re looking for an everyday moisturizer, add this to your cart.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$59.00 / USD $48.00 for 2 oz/ 59 mL | Available at YTTP and Sephora | Comes with a spatula.

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Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream

What is it: A deeply moisturizing cream with adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs to soothe the skin and adapt to skin stressors.

What it does: It soothes and calms the skin down with adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs when facing everyday stressors like UV rays and environmental pollutants.

Proprietary Adaptogen Blend: Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi, and Holy Basil. View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Ashwagandha to heal stresses and overall exhaustion, being one of the most powerful adaptogenic herbs. Rhodiola to fight fatigue and increase resistance to stress while boosting skin strength. Reishi to help establish homeostasis in the body. (Adaptogenic mushroom) Pentapeptide to calm the stress reaction to sensitive and irritated skin. (Peptide complex)

How to use: Youth To The People recommends to apply the cream on cleansed skin every morning and evening. Works great after using the Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil and Superfood Firm and Brighten Serum. Tip: The cream works wonders when used on freshly cleansed skin or simply on its own.

Texture and scent: This is a soothing cream with no added scent or fragrance. To me, it feels like a dream. It’s like a creamy cloud and butter on toast took shrooms and created a cream. 

My experience: You’re beautiful in all of your soothing glory. 

You adapt to me in the most soothing, creamy way. You feel so light and you apply so delicately. 

You want to taste me?
Adapt to every part of me.
Forget your stresses and come lay with me,
I’d like to explore every euphoric part of you.
This trip isn’t one that’s booked, but one whose wonderland is filled with the beautiful glory of adaptation to non-existing colours, landscapes of love and sheer joy,
Because nothing is more satisfying than the feeling of love,
The feeling of you on my bare skin,
So hold me as I smother you,
And adapt to every part of you…

This is truly one of the best creams on the market. It’s all everyone’s talking about and that’s how it should be. My cheeks are prone to redness, from my youth all until present day. This cream truly helps with diminishing the redness. Adapts to my skin. Soothes it and keeps it moisturized from morning until night. And I love using it morning and night.

If you have a lot of redness and your skin feels stressed, this one’s for you.

“Take some shrooms, maybe have a good cry, about you...”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$70.00 / USD $58.00 for 2 oz/ 59 mL | Available at YTTP and Sephora | Comes with a spatula.

Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil

What is it: A lightweight, ultra enriched and flash absorbing facial oil that harnesses the nutrients of rare super berries and nourishing ingredients.

What it does: Hydrates and illuminates the skin with unique ingredients to illuminate, hydrate and revive the skin.

Custom Superberry Blend: Maqui, acai, prickly pear, goji berry, sunflower, jojoba, moringa and squalane. View full ingredient list here.

Benefits and key ingredients: Maqui is the most antioxidant dense fruit in the WORLD. It’s a rare superberry that’ll help fight free radicals. Acai is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which will help revive dry and dull skin. Prickly pear is an extremely hydrating ingredient that helps ease apparent and subtle signs of redness. Goji is also rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids with vitamins C and E. It helps fight free radicals as well as softens the appearance of fine lines.

How to use: Youth To The People recommends to apply the oil after cleansing. Applying 2-5 drops of oil onto hands, rub together and press into the skin. (I personally think 2-3 go a long way!) Great for morning and evening. Tip: Mix the oil into foundation or even contour sticks! It’ll leave the prettiest glow.

Texture and scent: This is a lightweight oil with a bright, fruit and juicy scent.

My experience: Smother me.

I’ve never tried anything like it. It’s ethereal. Can I even describe a product like that? I sure just did.

It’s just… It stands its own ground. The Superberry oil is so nourishing and melts into the skin so seamlessly. It’s not heavy and doesn’t feel greasy. This oil is ideal for everyday applied alone or with your favourite moisturizer. A little goes a long way which is so worth it in the long run if you’re using it daily. And the scent… the scent! It’s just so gorgeous. My skin literally craves this oil ever since I started using it. My overall complexion looks brighter, healthier and glowing from within. It also moisturizes the heck out of my skin, leaving it smooth and glistening. Also, the ingredients? Really? Youth To The People really did that. It’s an experience, to say the least.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$55.00 / USD$44.00 for 1 oz/ 30 ML | Available at YTTP and Sephora

I discovered Youth To The People a little over a year ago and I’ve fallen in love since the first moment I tried their products. Their mission and dedication to deliver skincare that ties in science and superfoods intrigued me and to this day still does. They’re different. I recently had a beautiful conversation with YTTP’s cofounder, Greg Gonzales, and decided to write a profile on him and the company. Read it here.

You are youth. You are loved.

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Disclaimer: The Superfood Cleanser, Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil and Adaptogen Cream were gifted to me from the brand.