Youth To The People’s latest and greatest formula, the potent new Peptides + C Energy Eye Concentrate (housed in a reusable brown glass bottle to protect the formula), is brimming with an invigorating mix of peptides, yerba mate and guayusa, vitamin C, optically-diffusing synthetic mica , yuzu oil, and red seaweed extract known to be rich in taurine, works to help address the look of dark circles and puffiness–and boost hydration, brightness, and overall radiance.
“If you’re looking to refresh your eye area, this is the product you need,” says Laura Cline, Youth To The People’s AVP of Product Development, adding that it brings both instant gratification and clinically tested results with daily use. “The inclusion of synthetic mica gives an immediate rejuvenating boost that’s akin to a no makeup-makeup look, while the formula as a whole helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier function. Over time, Energy Eye Concentrate visibly reduces the look of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.”
As with all skincare products, how you use the Peptides + C Energy Eye Concentrate, which feels like a hybrid gel-slash-serum, is almost as important as what’s celebrated in its ingredients. “To achieve your skincare goals, consistency will always be key, and the same goes for the delicate eye area,” continues Cline. “For this specific product, you’ll want to use it both AM and PM for best results.”
In an ideal world, Cline recommends applying the concentrate as the penultimate step in your morning routine, and as the first product post-cleansing in the evening–pairing it with fellow members of YTTP’s Energy family . Using her personal routine as a blueprint, she suggests the following protocol:
“In the AM, my priority is immediately energizing and, with ongoing use, depuffing my face so I start with YTTP’s Superfood Cleanser, followed by the 15% Vitamin C + Caffeine Energy Serum (which targets dullness, excluding the eye area), moisturize with Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, apply Energy Eye Concentrate, and finally sunscreen,” says Cline.
Cline recommends Energy Eye at night, too.
“At nighttime, I cleanse, sometimes twice. After that, it’s time for either the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial (which effectively exfoliates without causing irritation and leaves skin super, super smooth), followed by hydration. Then I gently tap on a small amount of the Peptides + C Energy Eye Concentrate around the orbital bone, making sure not to go too close to the lash line, and then gently massage it in until it’s absorbed,” says Cline.”
Another notable tip is watching a few lymphatic drainage massage tutorials on the Internet or social media. “It’s an anecdotal tip,” says Cline, “but for me, it really works.”