Did you actually notice how rarely I come back with a negative skincare review? It surely pays off to dig deeper into skincare and not even to the level of a chemistry expert. Essentially, my skincare choices have improved over the past several months. However this does not always prevent me from bad purchases in that skincare alley. Here is one example.
I have to admit I had high expectations regarding Youth to the People Superfood Facewash. That was because of the super positive opinions that flew at my from everywhere – YouTube channels, blogs, Instagram… That was my impulse for getting a full size bottle (wrong choice) of a cleansing gel that I did not even check for ingredients (wrong again. I don’t even know how that happened).
First things first, tho. Let’s discuss packaging. Although I love the cardboard box and glass bottle this gel comes in (you head me right, it’s very heavy and not travel friendly at all), I have issues with the topping. The pump comes separately (in the box) so you have to get rid of the plastic cap to replace it with pump. Which means you have to toss the cap the moment you start using the gel. Which means you add plastic waste to the environment (side note: if you don’t know this yet, I am an environmental lawyer and personally concerned about nature). Thoughtless and unnecessary. And to make things work, my pump was stuck in the locked position the minute I tried to install it on the bottle. So for now I actually tossed the pump.
Packaging issues aside, let’s discuss the gel itself. First of all, in my opinion, facewash is a little misleading. This product is thick! As I already said on my first impressions vid on Instagram, I’d place it between gel and jelly. Personally I don’t enjoy using it as it won’t immediately cling to your skin and then is harder to wash off than majority of cleansing gels I’ve tried so far. I must admit it does the job, tho.
The real problem begins later. The gel leaves my skin stripped and uncomfortable. I need my pm skincare routine to be hugging and nourishing and I only make exception for Sukari Babyfacial. I don’t like how this works on my normal/dry/a little sensitive, but I am convinced it can be great for oily people. To me, the drying effect is just too much.
Last but not least, take a look at the INCI. Obviously, it’s not terrible, but please notice how the good, natural and FEATURED ON THE BOTTLE ingredients start in the middle of the list and are preceded by chemical compounds:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Butylene Glycol, Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Natural Fragrance, Lecithin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophyll
Overall, regardless what it says (all skin types) I don’t really think this suits my skin. I guess oily people would like it so much better. And since the bottle is huge, I guess I’m just going to sell/donate it to someone with that type of skin. Let me know if you’ve tried it & what is your experience.
Have a good one,