St. Ives Face Mist Spritz a Little YAAAS
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St. Ives

Face Mist Spritz a Little YAAAS

4.23 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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Face Mist Spritz a Little YAAAS is listed on St. Ives site as YAAAS Happy Grapefruit Face Mist, which is a bit confusing. We opted to list the name as indicated on the actual product, but no matter the name, this face mist isn’t recommended due to the potent fragrance it contains--see More Info for the full story.

Housed in a clear plastic bottle covered almost entirely by an opaque label, the positives are the fine, even mist it produces. You can quickly and evenly cover skin in a sheer layer of hydration which feels refreshing in the moment.

Once this dries (which only takes a minute), skin is left with a feeling lightly hydrated, but the key hydrating ingredients are good, but commonplace. You can find numerous, better toners, mists, and moisturizers that contain the same mix of glycol, glycerin, and triglyceride this one has; the difference is many of these other formulas provide much more, minus potent fragrance.

What if you don’t see or feel any irritation? As we explain in the More Info section, you’re not out of the woods. See our list of best toners and face mists for top picks that refresh and hydrate without irritating skin.

Note: Despite claims around a grapefruit scent, this face mist smells nothing like the citrus fruit, nor does it contain any grapefruit (which is good because grapefruit is also a skin irritant).

Pros:
  • Produces a fine mist that covers skin evenly.
  • Instant refreshment and hydration.
Cons:
  • Contains only basic hydrating ingredients seen in countless products.
  • Large amount of lingering fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
  • No antioxidants, repairing, or restoring ingredients all skin types need.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice! Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Brighten your day with St. Ives hydrating face mists, made with fragrances designed to provide mood-boosting benefits. Spritz YAAAS for an instant boost of happy thanks to vibrant notes of grapefruit, peach, and orange. Get glowing with good vibes!

Water (Aqua), Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Cetylpyridinium Chloride.

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.

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