I like to find good, gentle cleansers that leave skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated, and I recently decided to try the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser from the Bay Area’s Youth to the People, a relatively new offering at Sephora. On one hand, I think that plastering “youth” and “kale” on a product reflects a California trendiness that’s a little difficult for me to take seriously. On the other hand, I think the pared down product line and founders’ philosophy as it’s communicated in the marketing language seems pretty trustworthy. The two founders say that they aimed to create a “modern, straightforward, vegan skincare line good for all skin types and everyday use. Basically, something we’d want to use ourselves.”
I have a bunch of Too Cool For School masks that I’ve been using, all in the $4-9 range, and so I wanted to talk about them all in one place. I’m lucky enough to have a Too Cool For School storefront nearby in New York City but a growing collection of their products are also available at Sephora, while the rest of the others are definitely available from various places online (particularly Amazon). I’ve become a bit of a sheet and sleeping mask nut and really enjoyed trying all of these from a fun brand like Too Cool For School.
The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop is a facial oil that’s formulated to replenish and recharge skin overnight, and is supposed to combine the potency of a serum and the nourishment of an oil. This is a hydrating blend of oils that includes wheatgerm oil, community fair trade soya oil, and vitamin E, as well as a handful of other beneficial plant oils.
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream is pretty much what it sounds like: a simple and nourishing nighttime moisturizer. The Body Shop says this is for all skin types, and the formulation is rich with wheat germ oil, cocoa butter, panthenol, and vitamin E.
I received the Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer in early October inside my Sample Society subscription box, and have been trying it out over the past few weeks. I like the plain little bottle it comes in, though it’s basically impossible to read thanks to the curvature of the bottle. This moisturizer is supposed to be appropriate for all skin types, and is formulated with 0.5% vitamin E and “fatty acid absorption technology”. The website also says that it balances pH, includes natural antioxidants, vitamin B5 (panthenol), soothing chamomile and fatty acids. At $45 for a full-sized bottle of 4 oz., it’s also quite expensive, so I’ve been trying to pay close attention to this one to see if I think it’s worth it.