Youth to the People Editorial

A skeptic explores the superfood skincare routine.

Sometimes, I have insatiable salad cravings. It starts with an appetite for spinach and escalates to “If I don’t cram a salad spinner worth of kale into my mouth right now, I will never be nourished again.”

Dramatic? You bet. But, I admit this for two reasons: 1. Hopeful camaraderie (tell me I’m not the only one) and 2. Once I do get my salad kick, I instantly feel better and brighter, like the most healthful, wholesome version of me.

Now, this isn’t news: study after study touts the transformative benefits of greens—better digestion, improved circulation, and, yes, even a clearer complexion. The list goes on. So it’s no surprise, then, that skincare line Youth To The People tapped into those feel-good effects and extended them to our faces, infusing products with the same vegetables and fruits that sit in our salad bowls.

The theory: if you combine skincare with science and superfoods, your complexion can reap the same healthful effects as your insides.

The concept enticed me. As someone who consumes these nourishing eats regularly, maybe there is something to be said for slathering them on your face. The ingredient list certainly helps too.

Earthy, adaptogenic mushrooms! Antioxidant-rich açaí! Hydrating prickly pear!

Together, the cold-pressed, California-made lineup recalls a luxurious, well-stocked refrigerator, and spans the spectrum from masks and moisturizers to oils and eye creams. But I remained skeptical. How could a fruit compete with an ever-evolving skincare world filled with cutting-edge technology and intimidating acids?

My coworkers, who are YTTP devotees, encouraged me:

“It’s like feeding your skin vegetables.”

“I feel so hydrated. Never have any dry spots.”

“My skin actually gets clean. I don’t need to wash my face four times.”

To wit, there’s something alluring about paring back your routine to natural ingredients. Natural enough, in fact, that they can be found in your dinner tonight.

So, to kick-start my search for a superfood skincare regimen, I decided to go right to the source, breaking them down by their game-changing ingredients.

Ingredient Spotlight: The Greens

Restore, rejuvenate and condition the skin while protecting against environmental stresses with powerful antioxidants found in kale, which is also rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E and K. Spinach, meanwhile, soothes and cools skin while featuring a high natural moisture content.

Ingredient Spotlight: Adaptogens

Powerful adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, including ashwagandha, rhodiola, reishi, and holy basil, may help to improve skin that faces daily stressors like UV rays and environmental pollutants. Ashwagandha is flush with antioxidants, iron and amino acids. It’s also often used to treat stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. Reishi, meanwhile, helps establish homeostasis in the body, while Rhodiola may boost resistance to stress.

Ingredient Spotlight: Maqui, Prickly Pear & Goji

Maqui is the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world and is used to protect against free radicals. Acai helps to revive dull, dry skin, Prickly Pear hydrates and eases redness, while Goji helps to soften the appearance of fine lines with its antioxidant-rich properties.

Ingredient Spotlight: Algae & Spirulina

Spirulina and bioactive microalgae, combined with a proprietary superfood blend, deliver age-fighting antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

After reading about the transformative properties of nature’s bounty, I have to admit: I’m sold.

So the next time I’m met with a complex ingredient I can’t pronounce and good ol’ fashioned kale. I think I’ll opt for the latter. And my cart, now overflowing with good-for-you greens and superfood-packed formulas, is evidence of that.

Now, who’s up for a salad?

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