Skincare Review: Youth to the People – Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream

A deeply hydrating moisturizer with superior plant extracts and a pro-grade peptide complex formulated for dry, reactive, and sensitive skin. This fragrance-free formula is made with an intelligent hydration trio of Squalane, Jojoba + Shea butter for long-lasting deep hydration that won’t clog pores.

Youth to the People

I had been eyeing this moisturizer for a while, drawn by its ingredients but deterred by its high price tag ($58!). Due to the power of carless online shopping, I bought this on a whim, ready to sate my curiosity. Youth to the People’s Adaptogen moisturizer may be small, but when it comes to its contents, a little goes a long way. The stylish glass container holds a mousse-like cream that spreads across and absorbs into the skin with ease. I was delighted to find application to be light and easy, and saw that my skin stayed plump and moisturized even if it was the only product I applied before going to bed. A month or so later, I’ve made quite a dent in the container, but not so much so to warrant concerns over the amount given for the price.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, Rhodiola Rosea (Arctic Root) Extract, Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Holy Basil) Extract, Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Laurate, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pentapeptide-59, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Maltodextrin, Carbomer, Mixed Tocopherols, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Caramel, Xanthan Gum

Significant Pros

  • Sunflower Oil (moisturizing)
  • Propanediol (moisturizing)
  • Rhodiola Rosea (Arctic Root) Extract (calming, protects against UV rays, stimulates collagen production)
  • Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Holy Basil) Extract (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial)
  • Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Extract (calming)
  • Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract (calming, anti-inflammation, antioxidant)
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (moisturizing)

Significant Cons

  • Fungal acne triggers for those who are sensitive

The Takeaway

This is a great night moisturizer – it keeps your skin smooth without irritating any acne spots and does so with interesting, compelling ingredients. I probably won’t continue to use this moisturizer based on price alone, however, if you’re the type of person who only buys 3-4 skincare products for their routine, this could be a worthy splurge.

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