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Meet The People: Han Na Shin on Body Positivity + Mental Health

Youth To The People is skincare for all, and we cast our latest campaign with this notion in mind. Featured here is 24-year-old model and PhD student Han Na Shin, who advocates for mental health and body positivity. Shin got into modeling as a way to foster a better relationship with herself: “I knew that I should learn to love myself for who I am. I started taking pictures of myself and posting them on Instagram. Each photo I took and shared, it was a thank you letter to myself.”

Q: What Role Do Antioxidants Play in Brightening Skin?

When we talk about skin appearing bright, we are talking about a number of different mechanisms that happen to skin during the aging process. Keeping an even skin tone is really difficult to do as we age, and we put forth a lot of effort to exfoliate (but not too much), hydrate, and protect. Hyperpigmentation can be a cause of skin tone unevenness and can be a precursor to the aging process. It can come from blemish scars and UV radiation, or both if left unprotected.

Everything You Need for Optimal Skin Health

We do a lot for our skin. Some days require more or less care than others thanks to environmental or other external factors, and we should always remember to stay hydrated (filling your reusable water bottles, of course), aim for a healthful diet (key healthy fats like omega 3s and reducing dairy and refined sugars will make a great difference in your skin,) and stay active. But when it comes down to it, there are five topical essential steps that support optimal skin health: a pH balanced cleanser, antioxidants, formulas that support skin cell turnover, strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier, and of course, sun protection. Read on.

Skincare Advice from Wellness Expert + Acupuncturist, Samantha Manka-Segal

Manka-Segal is a health and wellness expert and the founder of Aqu, an acupuncture wellness studio. As Aqu says in their mission statement, they believe that the way the body feels influences a person's mental and physical health and happiness. By offering a combination of treatments including Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, cupping, and facial acupuncture, Manka-Segal is working to help restore her clients' bodies to optimal health.

Is There a Right Way to Cleanse Your Face?

Have you ever thought about the right way to wash your face? There are so many variables when it comes to cleansing, more than you might've thought—namely technique, water temperature, time, and what was on your face, to begin with. Luckily, Youth To The People’s Director of Education, Laura Cline, came to clear up any confusion with her expert take.

All Skin Is Normal

We believe all skin is normal. You’ve probably seen this on our Instagram account, read it in an email from us, or talked about it with us in person. Having “normal” skin is an important topic of conversation in skincare, and there hasn’t really been a standard for what that means in the industry.

How to Manage the Stress of a Chronic Skin Condition

Living with a chronic skin condition, I feel the far-from-fun effects of skin-related stress more often than not. But I know I’m not alone: millions and millions of Americans suffer from skin afflictions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne, and the fact is that most of them are inherently stressful lifelong battles, so though there aren’t necessarily cures for these skin ailments, there are ways to control the symptoms—and stress management is a major one. 

Why Topical Hydration is Essential

For all the time society spends imploring you to drink more water (and, we’re not saying you shouldn’t,) you might think it’s powerful enough to provide inner hydration to the body and outer hydration to the skin. But the fact is your skin needs external sources of hydration too.

Livelihood Is a Human Right

Written by Abraham Maslow and featured in a 1943 issue of Psychological Review, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs assumes that every person must have a core set of physiological, safety, social, and esteem principles met to reach what he referred to as that person’s most “actualized self.”

Meet the People: Gillean McLeod on the Confidence That Comes With Aging

Featured here is the 63-year-old Gillean McLeod, a model and stylist in Los Angeles, but would you believe her start in modeling didn’t come until just about four years ago? With age has come a better sense of self, and the confidence that comes with it: “I've let go of an awful lot of fear,” says McLeod, “I'm talking about the way I look and the way I feel about my looks. And I just feel like I'm free.” 

Q: What Are the Best Ingredients for Calming Stressed Out Skin?

Question: What are the best ingredients for calming stressed out skin?

A: When conducting research on the symptoms of stressed-out skin, formulators tend to focus on the appearance of stress. Symptomatically, stress can look like redness, dullness, fatigue, or uneven tone, but stress can also manifest as feelings of sensitivity and irritation. Sensitivity can happen due to myriad reasons, such as environmental stress, or using highly active cosmeceuticals, like retinoids or vitamin C. Regardless of the reasons why your skin is stressed, it’s important to find out what can help skin destress, and there are a lot of amazing ingredients for this.