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Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 15.99
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Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask has several issues, most notably its potent amount of skin-irritating ethyl alcohol. Although this mask is supposed to "peel away impurities for clear skin," in reality it's doing a disservice to your skin.

The formula is housed in a squeeze tube and dispensed via a small opening from the attached "spatula" applicator. The spatula is intended to make application easier, but we found it cumbersome…especially because the formula is somewhat runny and messy.

Once dry (at least 15 minutes later) you're supposed to be able to peel the mask off, but in our experience, it didn't come off as cohesively. We ended up having to pick at leftover bits and rinse it off in several places where it "stuck" to skin.

On the plus side, for the areas where the peel came off effectively, it helped pull up sebaceous filaments (what many would describe as gunk) from our pores without feeling harsh on skin. That's a nice effect, but it would be nicer if the ingredients didn't come with problems.

Formula-wise, things go downhill from here due to the aforementioned alcohol, as well as irritating fragrance. This combination can wreak havoc on skin (especially oily; see More Info) and overshadows any other beneficial ingredients in the formula.

In case you're wondering about charcoal, it's a good oil-absorbing ingredient, but it isn't "detoxifying" in the least. Skin can't be detoxified the way this product claims and, more to the point, toxins aren't the reason why your skin is oily or the reason your pores are clogged. We explain this further in the More Info section.

For better results, try one of these top-rated masks for oily skin instead.

Pros:
  • Can temporarily alleviate surface pore clogs (but for those familiar with this kind of mask you know they will come back fairly quickly).
Cons:
  • Contains skin-aggravating alcohol and fragrance that pose a risk to skin.
  • May actually make oily skin worse.
  • Claims of "detoxifying" skin are misleading.
More Info:

Not being gentle to skin can increase oily skin & breakouts: Using harsh, irritating ingredients is a serious problem for all skin types, especially for those with oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.

Research has clearly established that when skin is irritated, the oil gland at the base of each pore is stimulated to make more oil, creating a perfect environment for breakouts, white bumps, and clogged pores to get worse.

Using a product that is gentle and completely non-irritating is without question the only approach to taking the best care of your skin; doing otherwise hurts your skin—this is true even if you cannot see or feel the damage taking place.

It is also vitally important to use products that research has shown are beneficial for oily skin, clogged pores, and breakouts. The gold standard over-the-counter ingredients for these concerns are salicylic acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide.

References for this information:

Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, pages 25–30

Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, pages 527–532

Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, pages 433–438

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, April 2011, pages 41–53

Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, pages 41–49

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, page 764

Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23

European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422–427

Why Beauty Products Cannot Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many cosmetics companies, you cannot "detox" your skin. Brands that make this claim never really specify exactly what substances or toxins their products are supposed to eliminate, which makes sense, because your skin does not store toxins.

Toxins are classified according to whether they are produced by the body or are introduced into the body, usually through eating or inhaling. Toxins are produced by plants, animals, insects, reptiles (think snake venom and bee stings), and so on. Toxins also can be inorganic, such as heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and others.

When it comes to your skin, toxins cannot leave your body through your skin or sebaceous (oil) glands—it's physiologically impossible. Other parts of your body, mainly your kidneys and liver, handle the process of "detoxifying" just fine, as long as you have a healthy diet.

There are a handful of studies indicating that sweat acts as a carrier in "detoxifying" by removing trace heavy metals from the body; however, the methodology of those studies is considered questionable when reviewed by third-party experts.

Nonetheless, if you choose to sauna, steam, or exercise to increase sweating, that's a lifestyle option to discuss with your physician, but it does absolutely nothing as a purifying skincare activity.

Skincare products are not going to "detox" your body or skin. As we always say: Stick to what the research says really works, and ignore the fantasy claims because they aren't going to help your skin or your budget!

References for this information:

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2015, pages 675–686

Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, pages 1–10

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-dubious-practice-of-detox

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/diet-weight-loss/nutrition/article/truth-about-detox-diets

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Formulated with charcoal and tomato extract to help eliminate dead skin and excess oil, helping to leave skin naturally clear. Built-in YESblender Detox Applicator allows for easy, hands-free, mess-free application.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Ethyl Alcohol, Algin, Charcoal Powder, Magnesium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Lactobacillus Ferment, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Calcium Sulfate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropanal

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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