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Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Pore Perfecting Brightening Peel

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 15.99
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Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Pore Perfection Brightening Peel is supposed to pamper your skin as a "spa-like exfoliating treatment" but its formula ultimately does a disservice to skin.

First and foremost, the grapefruit peel extract and other citrus extracts that this highly-fragranced formula contains are not ingredients that you should seek out for skin. In fact, you should avoid them since they are known to be sensitizing and can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to the sun. That's the last thing you want when you're trying achieve the radiant complexion that this peel promises to deliver!

Because this comes in a jar, we also must point out that between the air exposure (which causes beneficial ingredients to breakdown) and dipping your fingers into the syrup-like consistency (which can transfer bacteria) you're compromising the good ingredients, such as antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

The bottom line: This formula isn't effective as an exfoliant, nor will it shrink your pores, or diminish dark spots. What it will do is irritate your skin, and that's a far cry from perfection or any sort of brightening!

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Highly fragranced formula and irritating combo of citrus extracts put skin at risk.
  • Jar packaging compromises the good ingredients.
  • Not effective for exfoliating, shrinking pores, or diminishing dark spots.
More Info:

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: Yes
Tested on animals: No
Snap out of it with this spa-like exfoliating treatment that makes complexions look bright and radiant while shrinking the appearance of pores. Formulated with luminous-boosting grapefruit extract and vitamin C, it diminishes dark spots, evens out skin tone, and leaves your face feeling fully rejuvenated.
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Honey, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Gellan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry)Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Pullulan, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Algae Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Bakuchiol, Zantedeschia Elliottiana Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), 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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