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.

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.