By Kaitlyn McNab, she/her
Pore maintenance is important for all skin types and skin goals. Regardless of whether your biological pore size is extended or in the smaller range, gentle exfoliation allows anyone with pores to keep oil production under control and keep the skin clean, healthy, and balanced. The new Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant is formulated with a combination of three gentle acids that work 360 degrees throughout the skin to remove dirt, debris, and buildup from pores.
An effective, daily-use product like the Unity Exfoliant needs a daily routine to go along with it. Try this five-step routine to maximize the effects of the Unity Exfoliant, courtesy of Youth To The People’s Senior Regional Sales + Education Executive, Jacob Tomás del Rosario.
First step: cleanse without over-stripping the skin.
“The perfect start to your routine, the Superfood Cleanser is beautiful because it's setting up the remainder of your routine up for success,” says del Rosario. “It's actually replenishing the skin; you're getting a double dose of all these great antioxidants… so that your skin is fully prepared to take on that exfoliation step.”
“When you think of exfoliation, it's the removal of the dirt, debris, and buildup that typically would make it harder for your following treatments to penetrate the skin and actually do their work,” explains Rosario. “So it's clearing and paving the way for your serums or treatments.”
After pat-drying the skin, apply the Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant using a reusable cotton pad and sweep over the skin, or place it in the palms and press it into the skin. The Unity Exfoliant is safe to use during the daytime or nighttime. Once applied, the exfoliant’s gentle triple-acid complex and hydrating ingredients work synergistically to unblock pores, smooth texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.
“It's not only gentle, but it's effective,” says Rosario. “And it's more of a daily-use product as opposed to, you know, sandblasting the skin away once a week. The Unity Exfoliant can address multiple concerns. The less overcrowding of your vanity, you have less replenishment and less waste you create. So ultimately that's so much better for the planet, for your pocketbook, and it's much better for your skin.”
DOUBLE-BRIGHTEN WITH SERUM
With the skin freshly cleansed and buildup removed, Rosario recommends using the 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum to boost the brightening effects of AHA in the Unity Exfoliant.
“You're getting all of that brightening, reducing hyperpigmentation, but then also you get the collagen-boosting effect of vitamin C,” Rosario says. “You get immediate results by helping to remove any puffiness from the skin with that vitamin C plus caffeine, and long-term results.”
Next, Rosario recommends moisturizing with the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, a superstar for its lightweight, balanced texture and its hero ingredient: cross-linked hyaluronic acid.
“It’s incredibly innovative,” shares Rosario. “It's actually five times more water-binding than standard hyaluronic acid. There's also sunflower oil in the formula that locks in the hydration. It doesn't feel heavy or congestive. Even the oiliest of skin types won't be able to detect it. It gives you that long-term hydrated and comforted feeling, without the heaviness.”
DON’T FORGET SPF
Finish off your routine with SPF, a step that you should always remember.
“Especially when you are exfoliating on a daily basis,” del Rosario says. “Definitely remember to apply that initial application of SPF plus touch-ups throughout the day.”
Written by Kaitlyn McNab for Youth To The People