Review: Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner by Youth To The People

More power to me.

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Now with a total of 10 products in their line, Youth To The People’s latest addition, Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner is a beautiful addition to complete the whole youth routine. Before launching, their team sent over the toner for me to test and I feel so empowered.

Youth To The People is 100% vegan, sustainable and clean cruelty free made in California.

Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner claims: Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, pegs, mineral oil, silicones, artificial colours.

Suited for: All skin types.

Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner

What it is: An exfoliating toner.

What it does: Kombucha Power Toner is a triple-action power toner that’ll smooth skin texture, minimize the appearance of pores and firm the look of skin. Formulated with a blend of 8% lactic acid and 3% glycolic acid, this powerhouse of AHAs delivers deep exfoliation and balanced skin. With the Kombucha Black Tea and Tree Bark ferments, they work as prebiotics to enhance the skin’s natural microbiome. This helps break down overproduction of natural oils to relieve congestions in the skin and allow for a radiant glow.

Key ingredients:

8% Lactic Acid and 3% Glycolic Acid to deliver exfoliation while still maintaining a healthy pH balance. The AHAs will revitalize dry and dull skin and help with cell turnover, smoothing skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores.

Kombucha Black Tea Ferment contains potent peptides that’ll work as prebiotics to enhance the skin’s natural microbiome.

Pichia Lysate Ferment (Tree Bark Ferment) to help restore the skin’s elasticity and help reverse any signs of oxidative damage.

Ginger Extract enhances the AHA’s ability to smooth skin texture. Ginger Extract is an effective anti-aging superfood!

Citrus Bioflavonoids with lemon water extract increase antioxidant activity. When paired with AHA’s, these flavonoids are delivered to the skin instantaneously and look for pollutants.

 View full ingredient list here.

Texture and scent: The Power Toner feels gentle on the skin. Once absorbed, it feels a little tacky but sinks in quickly. The scent is kombucha-y, subtle, obviously, but not overpowering. I personally don’t smell it when sweeping it across my face. I only smell something if I put my nose to the bottle. 

How to use: Youth To The People recommends using the toner at night after cleansing, 3-5x per week.

 View full recommended use details here.

My experience: Am I dreaming?

As I write this, I genuinely feel speechless looking back at how my skin looked after only two days of using the toner. I’m a sucker for a chemical exfoliant, and I always dreamed of the day that Youth To The People would launch one. After only a couple of uses, I can affirmatively say and see, clearly, that this is my new favourite acid in my routine.

As someone who’s used to acids, the toner didn’t tingle too much at first. On a scale of 0-10, 10 being a burn of a chemical peel, this tingle was a 4.5. I’m in love with the way it sweeps on my skin, smooth and not “glassy.” It actually leaves the skin very moisturized. YTTP claims that the skin will feel smoother and softer after one use… and well, guess what? My skin felt, looked and radiated smoother, softer and brighter after literally one use …And then I woke up in the morning, and was left speechless. My hyperpigmentation was lighter, and blemishes were diminished by 60% and by the next day, 80%. 

For my routines using this toner in my testing period, I tried and still am using their recommended Power Facial which is for a night routine. Acids are powerful, and for me personally, work most effectively in the evening to allow proper penetration without much disruption during sleep. Always remember to wear SPF in the morning, especially after acids touch your face.

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Youth To The People Power Facial

Prep: Cleanse skin with your usual nightly cleanser. Pat dry. 

 I use the Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser.

Exfoliate: Saturate a cotton round in Kombucha Power Toner and sweep over face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Do not rinse.

Activate: Mist face and neck generously with Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist for an added boost of hydration.

 (Trust me, you’ll really love a cool down after exfoliating!)

Treat: Apply Superberry Dream Mask to the face and neck for ultimate brightening.

I like sweeping toners across my face and then patting them into the skin for optimal results. 

Hydrate: Apply nightly moisturizer to lock in hydration.

Usually, I’d stop at the Superberry Dream Mask since it’s really thick and buttery, but I really wanted to follow their suggested use routine, so I applied the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream on top of a thin layer of the dream mask, allowing about 30 seconds between each step.

Don’t have those YTTP products above? Don’t worry! Follow these steps as a guide to help prep and hydrate the skin pre and post-exfoliation.

I’m so glad I followed their suggested routine because my skin looks and feels it’s best at the moment. I’m mostly speechless to see how quickly the blemishes diminished and how my pores near my cheek area look less visible, allowing for a smooth canvas. My face is radiating. I truly look forward to seeing how my skin reacts to this toner moving forward because so far, I’m head over heels for it. Here we are with another star five product review from my favourite Western skincare brand, Youth To The People.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: C$50.00 / USD $38.00 for 4 oz | Available on YTTP and Sephora.

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Disclaimer: Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner was gifted by Youth To The People.

5 Ways To Use Fur Oil

This one’s for you, you and you.

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In today’s sponsored post, I’ll be reviewing the deeply loved Fur Oil, a silky blend of oils mixed into one to help soothe, treat and soften pubic and body hair. It also clears pores for fewer ingrown and healthy, nourished skin. Really, anywhere.

As a fond lover of the line in general, I love and value Fur’s mission and beliefs to encompass inclusivity in the beauty industry and embrace all unique parts of our minds, bodies and souls, pubic hair included.

Today, we’re talking all things Fur Oil and my 5 favourite ways to use it. Keep an eye out for my full brand review to come!

Fur Oil claims: Dermatologically and gynaecologically tested. Free of phthalates, parabens, silicones, and artificial colors or fragrance. Gluten free and vegan.

Suited for: All skin types.

Fur Oil

What is it: A lightweight oil for pubic / body hair.

What it does: Fur Oil is designed to soothe and soften pubic and body hair while clearing pores to prevent ingrown hairs.

Key ingredients:

Grape Seed Oil as a vitamin E, D and C complex that’ll hydrate and nourish the skin, absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

Jojoba Oil that has moisturizing properties to soften the hair and skin.

Clary Sage Oil as an antibacterial essential oil and astringent to soothe redness alongside any post-shaving or waxing irritations.
 
Tea Tree Oil as a powerful antimicrobial essential oil that eliminates excess sebum in the pores which helps prevent ingrown, bumps and allows the skin to heal quickly.

View the full ingredient list here.

Texture and scent: This oil feels like the thickness of olive oil but less greasy. It smells subtly divine with notes of lemon, grape seed oil and mint.

How to use: Fur recommends to use the oil wherever hair meets skin. View their full recommended use tips here.

MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE WAYS TO USE FUR OIL + EXPERIENCE

  1. Post shaving / waxing.
    This is my number one favourite way to use Fur Oil. For my preference, I shave my legs and underarms and get my bikini waxed. (It’s just so much easier and takes up less time!) In general, I don’t have a lot of body hair. Ever since I started taking care of it, I’ve always made sure to moisturize post-shave or wax to ensure healthy and nourished skin. Using Fur Oil right after has helped tremendously, especially to soothe any present or potential irritations. I also love using it to condition hair until my next shave or wax appointment. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth, soothed and soft.

  2. As a body oil + mixer.
    As someone who takes body care very seriously, I always condition my body with creams and oils after a shower. Using Fur Oil alone or mixed with a body creamed lathered all over me? A dream.

  3. Brow conditioner.
    Quick and easy: Use Fur Oil to condition your brows. It’s packed with so many nutritious ingredients that’ll help soften hair, everywhere.

  4. Body spot treatment.
    Use on any areas on the body that need extra care, including irritations, dry patches, itches, burns or anywhere you think needs it.

  5. As an overall skin treatment.
    I can’t begin to tell you how Fur Oil has helped soothe and brighten darker areas of my skin, including underarms and between my thighs. It’s so comforting knowing there’s a product out there to help heal something I’m insecure about.

My experience: A never ending one.

I can’t even keep track how many full size and mini size bottles of Fur Oil I’ve finished to this date. Or have in my collection at the moment. Fur Oil is one of my favourite wellness and skin products I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying and continuously use in my day to day. It allows for a pleasant experience in my routine, not only on my hair but on my overall mindset of how I choose to take care of it. I’d recommend this to everyone and anyone, at anytime, morning, evening, in the bathroom, bedroom or anywhere in between.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details: USD $28.00 for 14 mL or USD $46.00 for 75mL | Available on furyou.com

In partnership with Fur, I have a discount code which gives you 15% off your purchase on furyou.com. Use code DESSEYDOLL15 at checkout. This is not a code I make commission from, just a little gift fur you.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fur. All products were gifted by Fur with no strings attached.