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Yes to Cotton Comforting Micellar Cleansing Water

7.77 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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Micellar waters are an increasingly popular option for cleansing skin, and some of them treat skin to gentle cleansing and makeup removal that's quick and easy. Unfortunately, Yes To Cotton Comforting Micellar Cleansing Water isn't one of them!

First, a quick note on how micellar waters work: Micelles are a way to formulate a cleanser that involves how surfactants (cleansing ingredients which this and many other cleansers contain) combine with water and interact with oils, like the oil our skin produces, to wash them away. It's effective but isn't new technology, though the marketing might make you think it is!

When it comes to performance, this cleansing water does what it says. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup. It even contains some skin-soothing ingredients and skin-replenishing ingredients many other cleansing waters lack.

The issue is that Yes To's direction say this is a leave-on product, meaning it isn't meant to be rinsed from skin, yet it contains ingredients that you absolutely should rinse. We're talking about witch hazel water (a hidden source of skin-drying alcohol and skin constricting tannins) and fragrance, both of which can irritate skin, especially when you leave them on. Plus surfactants should never be left on skin either as they denature skin.

None of this is good for skin especially not for ultra-sensitive or allergy-prone skin (or any skin, really) as claimed! And those ingredients are also an issue for use around the delicate eye area; the ideal eye makeup remover should be as gentle as possible.

If you want to see what micellar waters are all about, we recommend the far better options you'll find among our Best Cleansers and Best Makeup Removers.

  • Effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup.
  • Contains skin-soothing ingredients.
  • Includes potentially-drying witch hazel water.
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
  • Should not be left on skin as directed due to the surfactants it contains.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Say Yes to waterless cleansing, toning and moisturizing in one easy step! No rinsing required.The Cotton Micellar Cleansing Water draws out impurities without over drying skin. Specially formulated for ultra-sensitive and allergy-prone skin with cotton extract and cottonseed oil to help soften dehydrated and irritated skin. The unique, easy-to-use pump dispenses the perfect amount each time, mess free.
Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-4 Capylate/Caprate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum).

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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