The term “restorative” gets tossed around a lot in the beauty industry, but what does it actually mean in relation to skincare? And how can you tell if you need a restorative skincare routine? Well, at a very basic level, restorative means to “reactivate” or “re-establish” something, but when it comes to skincare, it’s more about supporting the skin in order to stave off premature signs of aging as some of us may desire to hold on to that firm, ultra-plump skin associated with youth.
'Restorative skincare is typically needed when we start to see premature or beginning signs of aging, so likely millennials and Gen Xers,” says Youth To The People’s Director of Field Sales + Education, Jacob Tomas dél Rosario. This could mean fine lines or resting wrinkles, as well as a slight decline in skin firmness and plumpness. “Restorative skincare is all about encouraging collagen synthesis and rebuilding collagen and elastin,” explains Rosario, before adding that hydration in its own right can really help set the skin up for success because it creates a healthy environment for your skin to optimally function and repair itself.
Incorporating peptides into your routine is an excellent way to get restorative benefits, he points out.
“Peptides are like cheerleaders for your skin in that they set up that chain of communication and strengthen it so that you don’t ever get to the point where you have weakened elastin and collagen,” says Rosario. “Peptides can help your skin function and communicate correctly.” He also notes that over-the-counter ingredients can’t physically make contact with the third and deepest layer of the skin, which is why peptides are a great way of “cheating the system,” if you will.
YTTP’s new Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum contains a powerhouse blend of three bio-peptides that help to support skin elasticity and that ever-coveted bounciness of youth. Moreover, it deeply hydrates skin with four types of hyaluronic acid and moisture-replenishing cactus stem, and nourishes with a host of other soothing and conditioning ingredients.
“The Oasis Serum not only helps restore firmness and that youthful bounce to the skin, but it also gives immediate hydrating results, which someone of generation X would appreciate,” says Rosario. “I can speak to this myself; you want to see that plumper, more hydrated skin texture and an immediate softening of existing fine lines, and that's something you can see from the start with Oasis.” He adds that over time you’ll begin to experience more dense, youthful-acting skin, which is also due to peptides as they help the skin work and function like younger skin for longer (this is why it’s important to start using peptides before you visibly need them).
Age aside, restorative skincare is really all about keeping your skin super well-hydrated so it can optimally function, which in turn aids in slowing down the skin aging process. In addition to the Oasis Serum, using a solid gentle daily cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin—like YTTP’s antioxidant-rich Superfood Cleanser—is a surefire way to ensure your routine has the best canvas to reap the rest of its restorative benefits. Wrap up your regimen with a heavy-duty hydrating moisturizer like the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and you’ll be good to go. (P.S. Don’t forget your sunscreen during the daytime.)
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People