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may lindstrom skin the youth dew hydrating facial serum

I’m about to tell you something you may not want to hear.

I like a facial oil that costs $120 for less than an ounce.

Scratch that.

I love a facial oil that costs $120 for less than an ounce.

May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Youth Dew” is just one of those natural beauty products (along with this, this and this) that I’m ready to shell out the cash for because it’s just that good.

may lindstrom skin the youth dew hydrating facial serum

{Sweet Miss May Lindstrom sent me a sample of her facial oil, “The Youth Dew,” for review. It retails for $120 for a 0.68-ounce black glass pump jar.}

Hand-mixed and poured in Los Angeles by the beauty May Lindstrom herself, “The Youth Dew” is a potent serum made from 20 different plant oils and infused with skin-protecting antioxidant coenzyme Q10.

It’s presented to you in a sophisticated black glass bottle with elegant gold branding etched into it, making it quite arguably the most stunning item on your vanity, or if you’re like me, your plate of facial oils.

My first experience with “The Youth Dew” was after a proper cleansing and exfoliating with “The Clean Dirt” and an indulging treatment of “The Problem Solver,” one of my favorite just-add-water masks.

After these two steps, I applied one full pump of “The Youth Dew” to the palm of my hand, quickly mixed it into both hands and gently massaged it into my cheeks, working simultaneous a figure-eight motion around my cheeks and eyes and then bringing the oil down to my chin and neck.

The words that came out of my mouth upon first hand-to-face touch? “Oh my gosh.”

Here’s how May Lindstrom herself applies “The Youth Dew.”

The Youth Dew” is oh-so-silky, and feels especially incredible after a proper cleanse, exfoliation and scrub. It glides onto your skin and sinks in so seamlessly that it’s like a second skin — even for oily girls like me.

Others have said it feels too heavy for them; I’d suggest using just one pump, or even half a pump, and spreading this delicious oil all over your face and neck, concentrating on the areas that tend to be drier and paying special attention to your neck, which can always use some moisture and TLC.

The soft smell of roses coupled with a splash of orange and a base of olive oil gives “The Youth Dew” a captivating aroma; the blend almost has me smelling cocoa even though there’s not a hint of it in the ingredients list — which is below:

Organic avocado oil, organic meadowfoam seed oil, organic jojoba oil, organic olive oil, plum kernel oil, organic sea buckthorn oil, organic rosehip seed oil, organic pomegranate oil, organic tamanu oil, organic borage seed oil, kukui nut oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic geranium rose essential oil, organic grapefruit essential oil, organic sweet orange essential oil, organic lemon essential oil, organic rose absolute essential oil, organic Bulgarian rose essential oil, organic neroli essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, coenzyme Q10

As you skim through that organic ingredients list, you’ll see why May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Youth Dew” carries a high price tag:

You’re getting the crème de la crème of effective natural beauty product ingredients that address a wide range of skin care concerns and needs — acne (jojoba oil, tamanu oil, borage seed oil); dryness (avocado oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil, various rose oils); skin-priming properties (meadowfoam seed oil); brightening (lemon essential oil); and antioxidants (CoQ10).

Welcome to my top shelf, May Lindstrom Skin “The Youth Dew.” You’re up there with the best of ’em, and I’ll gladly restock you when I’m finished with this bottle.

Have you tried “The Youth Dew” or anything else from May Lindstrom Skin? What are your thoughts on luxury green beauty products? Tell me in the comments section. may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • the gelt

    a bit belated, but: how would you compare this to blue cocoon? could either one be layered over an exfoliating serum, or would you suggest one over the other? thanks!

    • Hi there! As far as scent goes, The Youth Dew and Blue Cocoon are way different. Youth Dew is more rose / orange / cocoa in traditional May Lindstrom dessert style. Blue Cocoon is strikingly blue tansy and floral / exotic, unlike anything else in her collection. It is a balm-to-oily that can easily be layered. You could use your night serum + Blue Cocoon and then Youth Dew on top if you need extra moisture. It depends on what you are after. When you say exfoliating serum, do you mean a vitamin A-derived serum similar to a retinoid?

      • the gelt

        so, i am a devotee of sunday riley, as well. i use good genes [lactic acid treatment, i think] nightly, as well as her artemis oil on top of that. i also just picked up her retinol-esque luna oil. i was thinking that blue cocoon might layer nicely on top of luna, as the initial balm texture probably means it will go over an oil more easily than the youth dew, and artemis is probably too heavy to go over luna. thoughts?

        • Quite honestly, this sounds like a lot of products to me! Be mindful of skin irritation!

          I would probably choose 3 layers max for bedtime and layer from thinnest consistency and most potent (your hardworking serum) to heaviest consistency, with the exception of making your last layer an oil, as oils cut through heavier creams / balms, but creams / balms don’t necessarily cut through oils.

          Because I don’t have experience with Good Genes, Artemis or Luna, I can’t really make a great recommendation. I would say, though, Cocoon isn’t a thick balm, so it would be best layered over a thin serum (not over an oil). Cocoon basically turns liquid once it’s warmed.

          You should probably be mindful about layering Good Genes (AHA lactic acid) with Luna (retinol-esque). It’s fine to do it (at night only!) but just be aware of your skin, especially if it’s sensitive. You could experience a bit of irritation.

          I hope this helps!

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