This is a fragrance-free daytime moisturizer that provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection from mineral-based active ingredients—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 includes a mix of emollients from non-fragrant plant oils, fatty acids, and skin-identical ingredients, making this an ideal formula for those with normal to dry or sensitive skin not prone to breakouts. Because this product only has an SPF of 15, it has recently been downgraded from our best (four-star) rating to our average (two-star) rating. See the More Info section below to learn why.
Fragrance-Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is packaged in a pump-style container, and its formula does leave a minor white cast on the skin, which is a common trait of many mineral sunscreen formulas. The good news is that most will find the white cast a non-issue, as it disappears almost entirely within minutes of application. It also strikes a pleasing balance of moisture that isn't greasy (though it will feel too heavy for those with oily skin).
Despite the call-out of shea butter and carrot extract, this formula actually contains very little of each. However, it does contain an abundance of other moisturizing agents, so getting less shea butter and less carrot extract isn't a big loss. Carrot extract is actually an irritant, so for the sake of your skin, you can thank Yes To for including only a dusting of Daucus carota sativa root extract, thus minimizing the potential for irritation.
Although the "natural" claim made for this product is going to draw the attention of many people, the concept of "natural" in cosmetics is relatively meaningless. In this case, the ingredients are not all natural, but even if they were, there is nothing about a cosmetic ingredient being natural that makes it better for the skin; in fact, some natural ingredients can be quite irritating to the skin, such as citrus extracts, mint, and lavender oil.
Note: This product was recently downgraded from our top rating to two stars, which is considered average. The reason for the change is due to the prevailing recommendation that your daytime sun protection product be rated SPF 30 or greater. This revised recommendation is due to the fact that most people are not applying sunscreen liberally enough to earn the stated level of protection on the label; therefore, a higher SPF rating will be more advantageous. See the More Info section for additional details.
Sunscreens Rated SPF 20 or Lower: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 20 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 20 or lower is an option—and certainly better than no sunscreen at all—but only if you're willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less.
While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreen with an SPF lower than 20 will rate higher than two stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens section of the site.
Applying an SPF 15-rated sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. This layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection even if you're not applying liberally.
This 95% natural formula contains a mix of carrots and shea butter for rich, non-greasy nourishment and zinc oxide to get natural SPF protection. This fragrance free moisturizer is perfect for normal-to-dry skin types, it's dermatologist tested with a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to help protect delicate skin.
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (3.2 %), Titanium Dioxide (2.9 %). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Gluconolactone, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Maris Limus Extract, Calcium Gluconate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide.
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. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve 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? We’ll 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. That’s 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? We’re 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 doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t 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. It’s 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 that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll 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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