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Yes to Cucumbers Calming Micellar Cleansing Water

7.77 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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Micellar waters are definitely hot on the skincare market, with more options appearing every day! While there are some great contenders out there, Yes To Cucumbers Calming Micellar Cleansing Water is not among them.

Before we go further, a note about the "micellar technology" Yes To uses in this product. 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 cleanse them away. The technology isn't anything groundbreaking, although the marketing may make you think otherwise!

When it comes to this cleansing water, it does what it says with regard to its performance. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup and, for the amount you get, is reasonably priced. It also contains some skin-soothing ingredients and skin-replenishing ingredients all welcome additions in a makeup remover.

The problem? Yes To's direction say this is a leave-on product that isn't meant to be rinsed from skin, yet it contains ingredients that you absolutely should rinse (or ideally, shouldn't use at all). We're talking about witch hazel water (a hidden source of skin-drying alcohol) and fragrance, both of which can irritate skin, especially when you leave them on. In our book that's definitely not calming as claimed!

All this is disappointing because otherwise it would have been a good option in the rapidly-growing world of micellar water makeup removers, which a lot of people are curious about. If you're among them, 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 skin-replenishing niacinamide.
  • Contains witch hazel water and fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Yes to coming clean with cucumber extract and micellar water to gently remove makeup, cleanse and refresh skin all-in-one, without rinsing.
Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-4 Capylate/Caprate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, 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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