YOU Skincare Basics: Barrier Repair Cleansing Balm, Restoring Cleansing Oil & Moisture Replenishing Essence

I’ve come to really love the YOU Skincare line. It’s a small indie brand with amazing products that deliver results. The inci lists that make you swoon & get all excited. There are a few items in the brands core line that I want to talk about.

Cleansing oils are a staple part of my routine. The Restoring Cleansing Oil is an easy favorite. Details per YOU Skincare:

Packed with oils containing phytosterols that are antioxidant rich, this oil will deeply cleanse your skin, removing makeup, oil, and environment debris. The Restoring Cleansing Oil contains an essential oil blend that helps relax your body, mind, and spirit. This cleansing oil emulsifies and will rinse off cleanly and leave your skin soft and soothed.

This is an easy cleansing oil to love. It’s packaged in a black glass pump style which is one of my favorite styles of packaging. The oil has a pale golden color and smells lightly like citrus. Restoring Cleansing Oil removes all makeup and SPF with ease then emulsifies and rinses clean. It leaves behind baby soft skin that’s hydrated and never dry. Rice bran oil is soothing. Camellia or green tea oil is one of my favorite oils as it’s packed full of antioxidants. Baobab oil is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. This cleansing oil also contains watermelon oil another favorite of mine. Watermelon oil detoxes and is high in linoleic and oleic acid. I love the antioxidant combo in this cleansing oil.


Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract,  Tocopherol, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Melissa Officinalis (Melissa), Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange), Citrus Reticula (Tangerine), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Citrus Limon (Lemon).

I love essences. The Moisture Replenishing Essence manages to be an essence meets serum kind of product. Details per YOU Skincare:

YOU Skincare’s Moisture Replenishing Essence provides your skin with soothing hydration and replenishes nutrients thereby softening and comforting the skin. This unique formula uses healing extracts and actives that provide your skin with antioxidants and hydration. Our essence will help heal your skin from sun damage, help it fight free radical damage, strengthen its barrier function, reduce transepidermal water loss, and prepare it to readily absorb other actives during the next steps of your skincare routine. YOU Skincare’s Moisture Replenishing Essence does not contain fragrance or essential oils. It will help to calm the fussiest of skins.

The texture is lightweight, slippery & hydrating. It comes in a black glass bottle with a spray nozzle. I prefer to spray this into my hand then apply on my face. The pump can be a bit intense if you just spray it directly on your face. I know YOU creator Amy mentioned possibly going to a splash or non-spray kind of top one day. I think this would be great with a splash style top for dispensing.

This essence contains aloe, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin & cucumber for soothing and hydrating. Green tea leaf extract for balancing and antioxidants. Thanakha is an interesting ingredient. The bark has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Yucca root is calming & has antioxidant benefits. Horsetail leaf extract is also an anti-inflammatory. I love the hydrating and calming nature of this essence. It manages to be soothing and hydrating without being heavy ever. It’s like a cool drink of water for the skin.


Water/Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Limonia Acidissima (Thanakha) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Yucca Vera Leaf Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

I have become such a cleansing balm addict. The Barrier Repair Cleansing Balm has become a quick favorite and even hero product of mine. It’s that melty cleansing balm I’ve always wanted. Details per YOU Skincare:

A balancing fatty profile blend, loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrient botanical oils that will cleanse and nourish the fussiest of skins. While massaging, cup your face and inhale the relaxing scent to relieve your mind and relax your body. The combination of oils in this balm not only moisturize and pamper while they cleanse but, with consistent use, will help brighten your complexion. This cleansing balm fully emulsifies and will soften and soothe your skin while comforting your senses.

This cleansing balm has a melty kind of texture. It’s not heavy or really oily which I love. It removes makeup with ease. This emulsifies to rinse away the day. It leaves skin soft and never dry, stripped or tight. I love the light citrus & green scent. This uses some of the same ingredients seen in other YOU products: soothing rice bran oil, watermelon, green tea & baobab oils. Sunflower seed oil, fruit extracts & black cumin oil round it off. This cleansing balm works well and has the most delicious texture. It’s easily my favorite cleansing balm because of the texture & scent. It’s a complete delight to use.

Though both cleansing products emulsify I prefer to use a cloth to remove them fully. If I could only have one of the three in this post it would be the Barrier Repair Cleansing Balm. Hands down my favorite YOU Skincare product. It merges the sensual experience of a cleansing oil with the functionality of a cleansing balm.


Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil,  Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Sambucus Nigra (elderberry) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil,  Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Melissa Officinalis (Melissa), Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange), Citrus Reticula (Tangerine), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Citrus Limon (Lemon).

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