Youth To The People - Youth Stacks™ Brighten Up

Youth To The People Youth Stacks™ Brighten Up

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • gluconolactone
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • panthenol
  • betaine
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • ergothioneine
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • hyaluronic acid
  • ilex paraguariensis leaf extract
  • isopropyl myristate
  • lauroyl lysine
  • lycium barbarum fruit extract
  • mannitol
  • pullulan
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalane
  • +19 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains gluconolactone, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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"This antioxidant-rich vitamin C duo brightens the complexion and visibly reduces hyperpigmentation and morning puffiness while delivering deep hydration."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid, gluconolactone, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: gluconolactone.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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"This antioxidant-rich vitamin C duo brightens the complexion and visibly reduces hyperpigmentation and morning puffiness while delivering deep hydration."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: betaine, glycerin.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: helianthus annuus seed oil, squalane.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - gluconolactone, ilex paraguariensis leaf extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
23% - 35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
7.1% - 10.6%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Can help neutralize free radicals and help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
3.8% - 5.7%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
2.8% - 4.2%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.3% - 3.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2% - 3%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
1.6% - 2.4%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
1.2% - 1.9%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
1.1% - 1.7%
Used as a fragrance. Rarely causes irritation
0.55% - 1.3%
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
0.5% - 1.15%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.4% - 0.95%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.2% - 0.7%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can contain fragrand compounds like linalool that can be irritating
0.15% - 0.55%
0.15% - 0.65%
Creates a thin drying film on the skin resulting in a short-term tightening effect
0.15% - 0.65%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.65%
Can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Preliminary studies show that it can be more effective than coenzyme Q10 but studies on effective concentration for topical applications are lacking
0.15% - 0.65%
An essential oil that is likely to be irritating and can cause photosensitivity
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and helps to improve appearance of the product
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
0.15% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.75%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.75%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.7%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.7%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.35% - 0.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.15% - 0.7%
A plant extract that can have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.2% - 0.7%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
0.15% - 0.7%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Can be used as a fragrance
0.15% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.7%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.15% - 0.65%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.7%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps water and oil mix together and has an anti-microbial effect helping to preserve product formulations
0.15% - 0.55%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.45%
0.15% - 0.5%

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