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How to Customize the Yerba Mate Energy Facial to Your Skin Type

By Alyssa Jenkins

Youth To The People’s newest launch, the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial, is a game-changer; in just two-minutes, it offers the results of a professional microdermabrasion treatment but at home (and at-home treatments are especially useful these days). It has super powerful dual-action exfoliation and is powered by caffeine. If you’re wondering if it’ll work for your skin type, the answer is yes. Customization is key and this baby is versatile.

Customizing your routine with the Energy Facial according to your skin type is simple: make sure to both watch the clock and add water. You can create your skin type’s ideal facial intensity by the level of dilution you choose and how long you let it go to work on your skin. 

The first move is the same for every user: apply the facial evenly to clean, wet skin, and then wait; the enzymes from papaya and pineapple need just a few minutes to eat away at the dead skin cells. Make sure to check the time—two minutes is plenty when the enzymatic exfoliation is powerful. Pro tip: apply the Energy Facial in the shower and use the time to condition your hair, as recommended by Youth To The People chemist Mercedes Taylor. This’ll make rinsing a breeze. 

Here’s where you pay attention if you have sensitive or reactive skin. Start with 30 seconds to one minute and see how your skin does—that might be all the time it needs.

Those with combination skin or rougher texture can concentrate more product on those areas (maybe your nose and chin?) while smoothing a more diluted dollop across your cheeks and letting it sit for two minutes. 

If you’re experiencing open breakouts, try the Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner instead.

The second part of this dual-action story has to do with physical exfoliation. This shows up in the Energy Facial as sustainably-sourced micro exfoliants from bamboo and diatomaceous earth which safely and effectively buff away dead skin and texture. When ready to rinse, these micro exfoliants go to work—but wait! Add more water to massage, and think of your skin as a balloon you don’t want to pop, i.e. keep the pressure light. You don’t need to scrub, the work has already been done for you. 

Feeling flushed? Totally normal. The yerba mate and guayusa extracts are highly caffeinated and encourage microcirculation. As the clinicals say, you can rinse this dual-action + triple-powered facial away to reveal radiant, smooth skin in just one use.


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