Like anything else in skincare, how often you should exfoliate completely depends on your complexion’s unique needs. It also depends on the formulation of the product you’re using. For instance, some chemical exfoliants contain high concentrations of acids that can be irritating for some when used frequently. This isn’t the case with Youth To The People’s new next-generation Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant which contains 3% AHA, 2% BHA, and 1% PHA—a blend that is gentle enough for daily use. Additionally, it features built-in barrier and microbiome support that helps skin to thrive.
Wondering where the aforementioned microbiome support comes from, exactly? The answer is radish root ferment filtrate—a cutting-edge type of probiotic that doubles as a powerful skincare preservative. Derived from radishes fermented with leuconostoc kimchii (a lactic acid bacteria typically used to make kimchi), it protects the integrity of Unity Exfoliant’s formula while simultaneously benefiting your skin’s microbiome. Pretty rad, right? Oh and get this: despite being a highly effective preservative that keeps formulas fresh-as-a-flower, it’s actually less aggressive than some of the other ones currently available to chemists, according to YTTP’s Product Development Manager, Quan Tran.
As its name suggests, radish root ferment filtrate is a fermented ingredient—very similar to kimchi, says Tran—that’s extremely dense in nutrients that helps to support the healthy balance of good and bad bacteria on the skin. As YTTP’s Director of Field Sales + Education, Jacob Tomás del Rosario, recently explained, “These nutrients help to fortify the skin's natural protective barrier and provide vitamins and amino acids—as well as boost the performance and potency of other ingredients in the formula by breaking them down to a smaller molecule size that is more easily absorbed by the skin.”
On top of radish root ferment filtrate, the groundbreaking new formula is unique in that it contains licorice root—an antioxidant-rich superfood that powerfully soothes skin—and glucosamine, an amino acid compound that both hydrates and brightens. You’ll also find calming agents like green tea, spinach, and aloe vera leaf extract on the ingredient list, too. Because the formula is so gentle and provides barrier support, it negates the need for additional support from another barrier-boosting product, allowing you to streamline your routine.
Needless to say, if you’ve been on the hunt for a foolproof leave-on exfoliant that’s gentle enough to be used daily but still highly effective, look no further than the Unity Exfoliant.
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People