Yes to Cucumbers 2-Step Eye Kit Buh-Bye Bags & Dark Circles!
Masks have been a skincare mainstay for years, but they're enjoying an extended moment in the spotlight right now with many companies launching more and more every day. Yes To adds to the clamor with its Cucumbers 2-Step Eye Kit Buh-Bye Bags & Dark Circles! Regrettably, this entry into the mask category is one you should ignore.
This kit comes in two foil packets joined together: One contains two sheet masks and the other contains an eye cream. You're supposed to use the masks first (one under each eye), and then follow them up with the cream.
The crescent-shaped sheet masks applied to the area around the eyes and is supposed to be left on for 10 minutes. This gimmicky though popular method of delivering skincare ingredients isn't as efficient or effective as using traditional skincare products, but it's not terrible if the formula is good.
As it turns out, there are some good ingredients to be had here, including skin-soothers and hydrators. This mask makes skin feels instantly moisturized, and the eye area does feel somewhat smoother once the masks are removed.
When it comes to the eye cream, the packaging is simply inefficient: You have to squeeze the cream out of a foil packet, which is messy, and there's more than one application of eye cream in the packet. That means if you want to use it again you'll have to keep dispensing from the packet or transfer it to another container to protect it from air exposure.
The cream is somewhat thick but easy to spread, and like the eye masks, contains a mix of hydrating ingredients. The problematic issue with both of these products is that they contain fragrance. Fragrance can irritate skin and that's particularly true for skin in the eye area. The best eye-area (and facial) products contain no fragrance of any kind. The eye cream also contains a small amount of fragrance alcohol, which poses further risk of irritation.
Then there's the fact that neither of these formulations can really live up to their claims: They simply can't treat dark circles and undereye bags the way Yes To says they can, and they don't treat the underlying causes of them, either. See More Info for details on what you can do about dark circles and eye puffiness.
Overall, this is an inefficient and overly gimmicky product that isn't worth picking up even at its low price (though if you do the math and want to use this on a daily or more regular basis it isn't quite the bargain it appears to be). For more eye opening, see our list of Best Eye Creams & Treatments.
- Both portions contain some beneficial hydrating ingredients.
- Packaging and delivery system are inefficient and gimmicky.
- Both products contain fragrance, which is especially problematic in the eye area.
- Cannot treat dark circles and undereye bags as claimed.
The major causes of dark circles are sun damage from unprotected sun exposure, thin skin, natural shadows from having deep set eyes, inherited traits, and/or a buildup of dry skin around the eyes that reflects light poorly.
The most important thing you can do for dark circles is use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day, rain or shine. Sunscreen reduces the risk of early signs of aging and keeps dark circles from getting worse. Remember: Sun protection is as important for the eye area as it is for the rest of the face.
In the eye area, we suggest using a sunscreen whose active ingredients are only titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, mineral-based sunscreen ingredients that are known to be gentle. Although synthetic sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone and octinoxate are also effective, they can be sensitizing if used around the eye, which can make dark circles worse.
A well-formulated emollient moisturizer filled with skin-restoring and skin-repairing ingredients can make a huge difference. You could also use a brightening product that contains soothing and smoothing ingredients to increase the radiance and luminosity around the eyes. Vitamin C, licorice root, and niacinamide are ingredients to look for in brightening products.
Another way to address dark circles is with a concealer. Although a concealer is not really skincare, it can make a big difference and pick up where the skincare products leave off. You'll find our favorite concealers listed here.
References for this information:
Dermatologic Surgery, August 2009, pages 1163–1171
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2007, pages 211–215
Aesthetic Surgery Journal, November–December 2005, pages 618–624
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, pages 73–75
Dermatologic Surgery, June 1998, pages 615–616
Puffy Eyes: Nearly everyone at some time or another has woken up with swollen, puffy eyes, with the puffiness slowly diminishing as the day goes on. For some, however, the puffy eyes last all day and all night. Given how common the problem is, nearly every skincare company sells products claiming to address puffy eyes.
Can an eye cream, gel, or serum really eliminate puffy eyes? Regrettably, in most cases, the answer is no. The type of puffy eyes that most people want to get rid of are those that result from the fat pads beneath their skin becoming loose and slipping from their normal position; this slippage causes undereye puffiness (also known as undereye bags) and occurs for many of us as we age.
Puffiness can also result from other factors, such as sun damage from unprotected sun exposure and or from traits we inherit from our parents. If fat pads and genetics are the problem, skincare products aren't going to be much help, but great skincare products can minimize the problem.
If your puffy eyes are due to fluid retention, sleeping in your makeup (which increases the likelihood of puffiness), using skincare products with irritating ingredients, not wearing sunglasses to protect skin, and other such habits, then you can truly change the appearance of this puffiness by taking better care of the skin around your eyes.
References for this information:
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, March 2014, pages 348–351
Seminars in Plastic Surgery, February 2007, pages 24–31
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, January 1995, pages 37–42
Yes to being easy on the eyes with soothing cucumber, caffeine and evodia fruit to keep your skin calm while waving buh-bye to excess (eye) baggage and dark circles.
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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