Yeouth Serum Vitamin C & E Protects Your Skin from the Sun
Hi everyone—have you missed me?
I don't know about you, but I've been trying to make it to the beach as much as possible (or at least to the pool). I mean, how can I not want to soak up the summer sunshine? With sunscreen, of course.
But, if you want an extra layer of protection, I've got you covered. Your face is the most delicate, after all.
Yeouth Skincare is a bit different from my usual go-to's (small, all-natural productions), but even so, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and give this serum a try. For a bit of background, Yeouth was created by cosmetic chemist Kevin Mallory, and produces all products within the New Mexico facility. Shockingly, there isn't much else about them on their website—which is slightly concerning for someone like me, but let's go with it.
What does it look/feel like?
The Vitamin C & E Serum comes in a 1 fluid ounce transparent bottle. Unlike most serums, it's a pump rather than a dropper.
Yeouth recommends using the serum in the morning on clean skin. When I was giving it a try, I used about one pump and dotted it all over my face. Unlike other serums, this one does have a bit of a gel-like consistency, making it super easy to apply. A huge benefit here is that there is little to no fragrance—making the product great for those with sensitive skin! It's also clear, which means no coloring, and is also sold in a travel-friendly size.
What I also liked about this is that even with the gel consistency, there is no leftover stickiness (huge pet peeve of mine).
Afterwards, I followed with my usual routine. The result? To be honest, it's really hard to tell. In terms of burning and sun protection, I think that it has definitely helped. I haven't burnt nearly as much as I usually do, and I actually feel like any fine lines from tanning are reduced. I know what you're thinking—but she's only 23—but tanning really makes all flaws come out. And this serum seems to prevent it from happening. I usually use a lot of serums and oils on my face, so I didn't see too much of a change in my complexion. I'm sure, however, that if this product was being used by someone who does not usually go towards oils or serums, it would make a difference.
Did you know that the first three ingredients in pretty much anything, are what the product/food/thing consists mainly of? In this case, the first three are Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and Polysorbate 20. Big scary science words, right? Wrong.
Hyaluronic Acid: I used to stay away from the word "acid." I mean, all I could think about was my skin melting—not repairing. But, after some due diligence, I've discovered that it actually helps (and in more ways than one). Hyaluronic Acid actually helps to increase collagen synthesis, meaning that it helps to decrease the look of wrinkles. In turn, the ingredient helps your skin to retain moisture.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Otherwise known as aloe vera, this plant has a ton of healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Check out my recent post on the plant for more details and a really great DIY hair mask.
Polysorbate 20: Alright. SO. This is perhaps the scariest chemical in the product. And after doing some research, I think it's necessary for you to know too. Polysorbate 20 is a fragrance component (not so great for those with sensitive skin) that is used commonly in facial cleansers, toners, moisturizers and body washes. According to Chemical of the Day (one of my new favorite websites for deciphering chemicals like this), Polysorbate 20 is an ingredient that tends to slip through the cracks. Wonderful.
And because I can't explain it any better than Steph (the owner of Chemical of the Day)—
"Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it's treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. It's called Polysorbate 20 because it's treated with 20 "parts" of ethylene oxide. The higher the number, the more ethylene oxide it has been treated with. This substance is then combined with various fatty acids. The Skin Deep Database rates it as only a "one," and doesn't pick up on the risk that it could be contaminated with ethylene oxide, and subsequently, 1,4 dioxane. In addition, it can be laced with heavy metals."
After seeing this ingredient in Yeouth Skincare's serum, I reached out to ask about how the distributor treats their Polysorbate 20. According to the representative, the Polysorbate 20 used in this serum is NOT treated with ethylene oxide and is, therefore, free of any 1,4 dioxane.
Would I buy this product again?
I think the biggest lesson I've learned here with this product (and company) is to not be afraid to ask! Seeing scary chemical names definitely means do your research, but if there's any chance of it being safe, be sure to reach out and ask. In other words, my lovelies, research is key. I've enjoyed using this serum thus far (especially in the summer), and feel like my skin has definitely benefited. I did really enjoy the consistency and minimal fragrance of it. I also like that the bottle is travel size, meaning that you might just see it in my next carry-on roundup ;)
**This product was gifted to me for a review, and was not bought by me. My opinions are my own and were not altered by the gifting.