Just when I thought kale had reached peak market saturation (Bey’s kale-emblazoned apparel, enough said) I had to look twice when I saw this skin care set from Youth To The People. And then, I looked two or three more times because spinach and green tea were the following words jumping out at me from the bottle. I’ve heard of vegetable-based natural products, but this seems to be something else entirely.
Naturally, I had to give it a try myself. Not only is the packaging on-point aesthetically it’s also pretty Earth-friendly, considering you can recycle every single part of it. But, what is it about rubbing greens on my face in the name of skin care that I enjoyed? No, it’s not weird and yes, it’s totally a good thing—not to mention a lot easier than putting them all in a juicer and rubbing that on my face instead. Youth To The People (which I shall hereby call YTTP) only offers these three products: a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Talk about minimal. They are all pretty “green” in content, but also have some scientific boosters like hyaluronic acid and peptides. Obviously vegetables are good for your body, but considering they’re so high in antioxidants, they’re also pros at anti-aging.
After paring my skin care routine down with just these three products for two weeks, my sensitive skin did anything but freak out—it actually felt pretty damn soft, smooth and hydrated. I was a bit surprised, since I’m used to layering on at least 6-8 serums, treatments and hydrators every morning and evening. Perhaps my skin was just grateful for the reprieve of suffocating products. Considering YTTP doesn’t use sulfates, soap, phthalates, fragrance or color, most of what it contains are active ingredients. It seems that they work in a synergy together because the three-step program – while sparse, is working. And when I say “working,” I mean my skin gets that clean plump feeling of a well-watered plant without any irritating side-effects. I don’t know about you, but that’s really all I want from my vegetables.