Brand: Youth To The People
Youth To The People, also known as YTTP, is my favourite skincare brand. Not only are many of their products worthy of continually repurchasing (no more searching for the "perfect" moisturizer when you've already found it), but their pillars and company goals are so admirable. The Good To The People Funds support various nonprofits that care about climate change and human rights, and I'm such a fan of their sustainable and environmentally-conscious choices, which include:
Ingredients: consciously-sourced and nutrient-dense, they use clinical actives and superfood blends in their biodegradable products, which are 100% vegan and cruelty free. YTTP abides by the EU's list of 1300+ ingredients that are restricted for cosmetic use.
Packaging: plastic waste created by the beauty industry is reduced by choosing glass bottles & jars. Post-consumer materials and recyclable paper are used whenever possible, which helps decrease landfill dependency and deforestation rates. Renewable green electricity is used to make the paper with sustainable raw materials free of chlorine chemistry. Their printing partner uses the newest green technologies, and apparel is made from organic cotton and sustainable yarns using recycled materials like plastic bottles.
In addition to these commendable operating standards, I find YTTP skincare to be highly effective. As a pharmacist, I know that for severe skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea etc), prescription medications may be needed to reduce a flare and calm inflammation or a reaction. However, once skin is calmed and stable, the best practice for skin health is to create a daily skincare routine with gentle products that will support your skin barrier, hydrate, unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin cells when needed. That's where I think YTTP is a superstar.
There are still a few products I haven't had the chance to try yet, and I'll update this post as I do. But for now, here are my reviews.
Please note: everyone's skin is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. However, I have generally found that the YTTP products are gentle enough for most skin types. The same goes for a product that didn't work for me - you might love it. So keep this in mind!
*I have personally either bought or these products were gifted by YTTP for me to try, with no obligation to post. This post may contain affiliate links which I may get a small commission from if you decide to make a purchase. Thank you for your support!
A lightweight, watery gel serum that hydrates, plumps, and firms. I had been on the hunt for the best hyaluronic acid (HA) product I could find, and my dreams came true with this serum. Dry, dehydrated skin looks immediately glowy and plump (literally, immediately); which also helps fine lines and wrinkles appear less pronounced. I love that I can use it under and around the eye area to target the start of fine lines and wrinkles, so for me it doubles as my eye "cream".
4D Hyaluronic Acid (HA): instantly plumps + maintains hydration
3x Bio-Peptides: firms + smoothes fine lines
Organic Cactus Stem + Rambutan Peel: replenishes skin + helps retain moisture
Malachite Micronutrients: vitamin-rich trace minerals
Superfood Antioxidants: polyphenols help fight free-radical damage
This lightweight, air-whipped (it's almost fluffy) gel cream also contains HA to instantly restore, balance and condition the skin. It's good for all skin types, including combo/oily (like me). Absorbs quickly and is a great base for makeup. I don't think I'll ever buy another moisturizer at Sephora. It comes in a jar, so I use mini spatulas/spoons to scoop out what I need to keep the cream sterile (no thank you to growing bacteria).
Kale: phytonutrients, Vitamins C + E
Green Tea: anti-inflammatory properties + antioxidants
HA: plumps and retains moisture
Honestly, I think this product is just as good at breaking down dead skin cells and smoothing skin texture as professional microdermabrasion (which I've had before). As a "2 minute facial", you apply this creamy polish gently to clean, WET skin, and leave on for 2 minutes. This lets the enzymes activate. Then add a bit of water and gently massage what is on your face and rinse off. Hello smooth skin! There is no added fragrance, but whatever gives it its "earthy" smell (like something natural at a spa) I love it. Caution if you have sensitive skin (you can dilute some of it with water before applying to wet skin) and don't use on irritated or damaged skin (acne breakouts I would avoid use). As with any exfoliant, you don't want to use within 24hrs of other physical or chemical exfoliants, and it's suggested at maximum to be used 3x/week. When my skin feels dull this is what I reach for!
Yerba Mate + Guayusa: energize the skin
Papaya (Papain) and Pineapple (Bromelain): break down dead skin cells
Bamboo + Diatomaceous Earth: micro-exfoliants to resurface skin
Passion + Dragon Fruit Extracts: scavenge free radicals (high in antioxidants)
Aloe: soothes, prevents redness + irritation
A creamy triple-clay mask that goes deep into pores to unclog and clear. It exfoliates, evens tone, absorbs excess oil, and targets skin issues while not being drying to the skin like so many other clay masks I've tried. My skin does NOT feel dry or stripped afterwards but rejuvenated. It stays on your skin for about 10 minutes and then is rinsed off. Sometimes I'll even use it on just one area of my face if it starts flaring up for a quick treatment!
Volcanic + French Green Clays: detoxify + draw out impurities to prevent blemishes
White Clay: gently exfoliates, absorbs excess oil + smoothes
2% Niacinamide: improves clarity, tightens pores + strengthens moisture barrier
BHA + Red Willow Bark: deep exfoliators that unclog, soothe + clear pores
Kombucha Black Tea: prebiotics balance skin microbiome
If you didn't already know, YTTP offers free skin consultations. Mine was so helpful! Even as a pharmacist I am still learning about my skin, and one thing I learned was that even if you have combo/oily skin it DOES NOT mean you have to stay away from oils - as long as you find the right one! I don't think anyone would enjoy a heavy oil all over their face, and this is just the opposite. It is a liquidy, lightweight oil and you only need 2-5 drops to leave skin hydrated, glowy and soft. I put some drops in my palms, rub together and then press into skin. I also really like how you can mix it into makeup or moisturizers, so if my skin is extra dry it gives my moisturizer a boost to lock in moisture.
Maqui: protects against free radicals
Acai: omega fatty acids help revive dull skin
Prickly Pear: hydrates + reduces redness
Goji: softens fine lines + protects against free radicals with anitoxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamins C + E
This powerful liquid toner smoothes skin texture, minimizes pores and contains ferment prebiotics to balance the microbiome. I find my pores shrink when I use this, and my skin becomes brighter, smoother, clearer, more radiant and firmer. Since I was a teenager I have only ever used glycolic acid (until more recently when I started in this skincare journey), and it's still my favourite ingredient. I pour a small amount of this toner into my palms and gently wipe over my face - rather than a cotton pad that absorbs half the product. For skin new to acids, it might cause some tingling. It can feel a bit tacky, but I don't mind as I usually use it at night. If the tackiness bothers you just layer a moisturizer on top.
8% Lactic Acid + 3% Glycolic Acid: revitalize + smooth dull skin, reduce pore appearance
Kombucha Black Tea Ferment: prebiotic peptides balance the microbiome
Tree Bark Ferment: firm skin + help reverse appearance of oxidative damage
Ginger: helps AHAs work to smooth skin texture
Citrus Bioflavonoids + Lemon Water Extract: scavenge pollutants from skin
See my full review on my Vitamin C Serum blog post!
DIDN'T WORK FOR ME
Ingredients include superfood antioxidants from kale, spinach, green tea, alfalfa, Vitamins C and E. This gel lathers nicely and has a mild scent for a fresh clean. I found this cleanser a bit too drying for my skin, but I see it being used everywhere in the skincare community. Just check out the amazing reviews on their website to see if it might work for you.
Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
A rich cream, this mask plumps and brightens and is meant to be used overnight. It helps target dullness and uneven skin. Key hydrating ingredients include HA, glycerin, betaine, squalane and prickly pear, while maqui and Vitamin C help combat free radicals. This is supposed to be great for dehydrated skin repair, which I believe it would be - for my combination skin, however, it was a bit too thick and didn't let my skin breathe. I might reach for it if my skin gets super dry, but even in those cases I prefer combining the triple peptide serum + superfood air-whip cream (+ some drops of the glow dream oil) if needed. If you have skin that is more regularly on the dry side, it might be perfect to use as a moisturizing overnight boost a couple times a week.
Superberry Dream Eye Cream
Uh oh! I had an allergic reaction to this product. Skin immediately puffed up and turned bright red around my eyes where I had applied it, along with a burning sensation IMMEDIATELY after I applied it. I know this was an allergic reaction, so I asked YTTP what they thought it might be. They let me know it could be the moringa in the product, which some other people have reacted to before (they were so helpful and really concerned!) However, I tolerate all their other products with moringa okay, so I am also wondering whether it could be the gardenia fruit extract which I think isn't in anything else. Regardless, sadly I won't be reusing this.
YET TO TRY....
Looking forward to one day trying the following...
Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum (newest release!)
Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream
Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm
Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant (looks like a gentler toner than the one above)
Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist (this looks amazing for summer!)
Hydrate + Firm Eye Cream
If you are starting to build your skincare routine, I would start with two basics: a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions!
DISCLAIMER: The contents of this blog are for educational purposes and are not intended as medical advice. I enjoy researching but the information is general and not comprehensive. Please seek the advice of your healthcare provider (pharmacist/physician etc) with any questions you may have regarding your personal health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read online. Any mention of specific products or personal recommendations are my opinion and not to be taken as medical advice.