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Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 15

1.40 fl. oz. for $ 15.99
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Aesthetically speaking, there's a lot to love about Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 15, but from a formulary perspective, it's a major heartbreak.

While the mineral actives provide broad spectrum sun protection, the issue here is that the SPF is on the low side for a modern-day sunscreen. Medical boards and regulatory agencies both in the U.S. and abroad agree that using a product rated SPF 30 or higher is the minimum you need for daytime protection, especially because most people don't apply enough. (See More Info for the full scoop.)

More to the point, adequate sun protection is critical if you want to keep dark sports at bay, and considering this product claims to reduce them, that's a glaring misstep. While we're on the subject, there's no research showing that grapefruit can get rid of dark spots. In fact, the irritating combination of grapefruit, other citrus extracts and fragrance in this formula are more likely to make your skin worse due to the inflammation that they incite (see More Info).

It's such a shame because the whipped texture and soft matte finish of this moisturizer would have been a great option for normal to combination/oily skin. As is, we recommend skipping out on this and trying one of the superior (and fragrance-free) options on our list of Best Moisturizers, Daytime With Sunscreen instead.

Pros:
  • Aesthetically pleasing whipped texture and soft matte finish.
Cons:
  • SPF 15 is below the minimum recommended level of sun protection.
  • Irritating combo of fragrance, grapefruit, and other citrus extracts put skin at risk.
  • Despite claims, grapefruit cannot get rid of dark spots.
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Why SPF 15 is not enough: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.

Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.

References for this information:

Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication

Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154

https://www.aad.org/forms/policies/uploads/ps/ps-broad-spectrum%20protection%20of%20sunscreen%20products.pdf

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=857#.V9HN45grLcs

How irritating ingredients hurt skin: We cannot stress this enough—sensitizing, harsh, 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 (and lips) 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: No
Formulated with Moringa Oil, a skin conditioning moisturizer chock-full of radiance-boosting fatty acids, Grapefruit, which helps to fade age spots and increase skin luminosity, and Passion Flower Extract to naturally soothe skin. PROVEN TO: Help reduce the appearance of dark spots 4 weeks Help make skin feel firmer and more resilient.
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (3.2%), Titanium Dioxide. (2.9%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenethyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Limonene, Glyceryl Isostearate, Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lecithin, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Citris Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, Sodium Ascorbate, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene.

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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