Yes to Miracle Oil Primrose Oil Mud Mask
Masks can be a great way to recreate a relaxing spa skincare experience at home, but Yes To's Miracle Oil Primrose Oil Mud Mask is not the mask to kick back and say "Ahhh" to because it contains ingredients that can actually stress your skin (and that's not a primrose path!).
This mask comes in a one-time-use foil package like many sheet masks, though it isn't a sheet mask. Instead, it's a thick creamy formula that's difficult to squeeze entirely out of the packaging, which makes us wonder why this doesn't come in a tube or some other container that's easier to dispense, and also possible to get more than one use out of it.
Despite how thick the texture it is still easy to spread over your face. Yes To says to leave this on your skin for up to 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a damp washcloth. The result is supposed to be soothed, softened, hydrated skin but unfortunately that isn't really what you get
The problem is that while this mask contains numerous beneficial emollients, it also contains ingredients like rose flower oil, gardenia flower extract, and fragrance that can irritate skin. For a product that's supposed to alleviate redness, this has the possibility to actually make it worse! (See More Info for details on why fragrance in skincare products is such a problem.)
Even if you're able to wipe this completely clean (and this mask is quite adherent so it takes some effort to get all of it off just with wiping, which can sag skin and the rubbing isn't great for redness prone skin either), the problematic ingredients can still have an impact on skin.
Then there's the issue that despite all the moisturizing ingredients this contains, it's not very hydrating; if you have dry to very dry skin it will likely feel a bit dried out, and that's thanks to the high amount of absorbent clay in this mask. Whether labeled as clay or mud, these types of ingredients don't moisturize skin.
Ultimately, Yes to Miracle Oil Primrose Mud Mask just can't live up to its claims and poses a risk to skin, making it one to pass on even with its relatively low price. Consider one of the superior options on our list of Best Face Masks instead.
- Packaging is inefficient and not too user-friendly.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
- Not hydrating as claimed as clay/mud ingredients absorb moisture.
- Contains too few soothing ingredients compared to the fragrant ingredients.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202
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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