Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm
Yes To started out with carrots as their only hero ingredient. Now this vegetable has to compete with other food groups for attention as the answer to your skin-care concerns. Yes To's rationale for the various plants they utilize is that carrots are for normal to dry skin, cucumbers for sensitive skin, tomatoes for oily or acne prone skin, grapefruit for uneven skin tone, and blueberries for antiaging. How they came up with these divisions is nothing more than marketing acumen because it certainly isn't based on any scientific facts.
One of the prominent aspects of Yes To's product groupings is that they are mostly laden with irritating fragrance extracts masking what would otherwise be decent, though not exciting formulas. Ironically, Yes To does have a range of products that are fragrance-free based on the company's assertion fragrance isn't good for delicate, sensitive skin. Clearly they've missed the abundant research showing that fragrance extracts, both synthetic and natural, are a problem for all skin types, but at least they got it right for one of their categories—just not for this product. For lips, the issue of irritation is even more egregious.
Your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body and therefore at even more risk of being irritated, which causes chapped lips to be worse and potentially leads to collagen breakdown. That fact makes what would have been a really wonderful lip balm from Yes To Grapefruit one that makes us pucker in disappointment. This is loaded with great emollients and plant oils but it's a precarious danger zone given the amount of irritating fragrance it contains including limonene (which makes lips highly sun-sensitive if applied without sun protection, which this lip balm lacks), grapefruit oil, and linalool.
It's so easy to make a skin-care product that doesn't pose problems for skin, not sure why Yes To can't figure that out for all of their products as they did for a handful of others they sell.
- Great emollients and plant oils to soften and smooth dry lips.
- Contains a high amount of fragrant extracts that can irritate lips, making dryness and chapping worse.
Smooth lip balm on your lips. Notice how the shape matches the curve of your lips. Repeat as needed. Why were lip balms ever round, anyways?
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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