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Yes to Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes

25.00 wipes for $ 5.99
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Yes To makes their Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes out to be an ultra-gentle cleansing option for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, the formula is fragranced strongly enough to potentially cause a sensitizing reaction that disrupts skin's barrier. That's a far cry from Yes To's claim that it's "comforting" to skin!

While the fragrance issue is something to consider carefully (see More Info for the research-backed explanation), the saving grace here is if you plan to use these wipes as a precursor to your regular face wash then it would be quickly rinsed from skin so it would be less of an issue (though still not the best).

Performance-wise, the liquid steeped wipes emulsify and remove most makeup (you'll need a bit more help with tenacious mascara). The wipes leave a slight conditioning residue on skin, making this formula best suited for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts.

By the way, if you're wondering how the various forms of cotton in this formula fare as ingredients for skin, they're fine, although nothing to brag about.

The bottom line: We are disappointed that Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes aren't as gentle as they're made out to be. Do yourself a favor and check out our top-rated Makeup Removers and Cleansers for options that are effective and fragrance free.

Pros:
  • Removes most makeup.
  • Won't leave skin feeling dry or tight.
Cons:
  • Fragranced formula risks irritating skin (despite Yes To's claims to the contrary).
More Info:

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Yes to taking a cotton to wipes that help soothe, hydrate and protect ultra-sensitive skin. Infused with cottonseed oil that helps prevent irritation.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Amyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, D-Limonene, Linalool

Yes To At-A-Glance

How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. Its sold in over a dozen countries and weve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.

Why all the fuss? Well do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called natural product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as unnatural brands. Thats no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!

The Yes To brand is divided into multiple sub-brands. To name a few: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Grapefruit, Yes to Coconut and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? Were anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!

All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness

Although it is commendable that Yes To doesnt make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skins daily needs, and this lines products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isnt enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. Its a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but thats simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully youll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.

For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, visit www.yestocarrots.com.

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