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By now, you probably know that nutrition and skin care go hand-in-hand–skin is the largest organ in our body, after all. Thanks to things like proteins, vitamins, and minerals, the foods we put into our bodies can greatly impact the outside of our bodies, especially the appearance of our skin. And if there’s one product that’s successfully nailed the whole “nutrition is skin care,” thing? It’s the Youth to the People’s Superfood Cleanser ($36).
True to its name, Youth to the People’s Superfood Cleanser is loaded with–surprise!–skin-saving superfoods. Its star ingredients are all foods you’d find at your local smoothie or juice shop, which are all equally fantastic for your body as they are for your face.
There’s kale and spinach, both leafy greens rich in powerful phytonutrients and high in vitamins C, K, and E. Then there’s green tea, a decadent oil packed with antioxidants (for brighter, glow-y skin) and essential fatty acids (to help reduce inflammation), and also alfalfa, for even more protection against pesky free radicals. All of these extracts are cold-pressed for maximum potency, making this cleanser as close to a green juice as you can get. With superfoods like these, it’s no wonder a bottle of the stuff sells every 60 seconds.
While the nutrition label is impressive, Youth to the People’s herbaceous cleanser feels absolutely divine on the skin. With just 1-2 pumps, it bubbles up into a lightweight lather that gently washes away sweat, dirt, and grime. It’s recommended you scrub for at least 30 seconds to activate those cold-pressed antioxidants and allow them to really work their magic.
There’s no physical exfoliant, so you won’t feel any grit or grains, but don’t let that fool you–it’s tough enough to slough away dead skin and pore-clogging gunk. This small-but-mighty sensation is why nearly 1,600 fans have left raving reviews on Youth to the People’s website. “I’ve been using this cleanser for a couple of months now, and honestly I haven’t found another one that tops it,” one reviewer writes, adding, “It leaves my skin feeling clean, but without that drying effect that a lot cleansers have.”
“I’ve been using this for over two years as step two in my evening double cleanse,” another user says. “It’s gentle and non-stripping, yet washes away any traces of the oil cleanse and stubborn make-up or sunscreen. It does have a very light scent but I don’t mind that in a product I’m washing off of my skin. The reusable glass packaging is a major plus, as well!”
That light scent the reviewer mentions seems to be the only potential con for this fan-favorite face wash. It does have an earthy scent, akin to the natural, grassy smell of a cold-pressed green juice. If you’re not a fan of fresh greens, the smell might be a bit off-putting. But while your nose may mind, your skin will definitely appreciate the heaping dose of vegetables–we promise, Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser is worth it.
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