By Manna Zelealem
Facials are often a luxury. They take time, a visit to the esthetician—and it used to be that a facial or dermatologist office was the only chance you’d have for a proper microdermabrasion exfoliation. That is until Youth To The People’s Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial stepped on the scene. Meet your new two-minute, at-home facial designed to give you a pro-grade treatment in the comfort of your home.
As Youth To The People’s Director of Education, Laura Cline explains, “This is a complete resurfacing treatment with results similar to what you would receive from a microdermabrasion treatment. It’s a combination of enzymatic and physical exfoliation is taken a step further and amplified by caffeine from yerba mate.”
In the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial, papaya and pineapple enzymes break down dead skin cells, while yerba mate and guayusa bring the caffeine to energize your skin and help the facial be more effective overall. Many exfoliators out there contain plastic microbeads—bad for the environment—but the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial offers physical exfoliation from sustainably-sourced, finely-ground bamboo and diatomaceous earth, a naturally-derived sedimentary rock, to steer clear of microtears in the skin while improving skin’s texture. Aloe soothes and calms redness, while the passionfruit and dragon fruit enzymes bring the glow and fight against free radicals.
“Free radicals are single, negatively charged oxygen molecules that have extreme binding activity,” Cline says. They try to bind with molecules in your skin, which is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants are positively charged molecules that serve as another option for free radicals to bond with. “Dragon fruit and passionfruit are rich with antioxidants that free radicals will bind with, in turn providing protection to your skin cells,” Cline continues.
One to three times per week, apply an even layer of Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial to clean, wet skin. For thin or reactive skin, Cline recommends starting with a small amount of the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial diluted with water, and wet skin. Set a timer for two minutes—this facial works quickly!— and when the timer goes off, add water to your hands and gently massage your skin in circular motions, allowing the bamboo and diatomaceous earth to go to work exfoliating your skin. Take it easy here, because the Resurfacing Energy Facial will continue to exfoliate your skin as you rinse. Rinse off the facial to reveal energized skin.
If the Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner is already a staple in your routine, Cline suggests using the toner and the Resurfacing Energy Facial on alternate days. The facial breaks down dry, dead skin cells on the outermost layer of your skin, so use it in the morning for energized, depuffed skin, or in the evening to boost results from the rest of your skincare routine.