Yes to Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen Stick isn't all natural. The active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide come from natural sources, but what it takes to turn the natural source into a broad-spectrum sunscreen ingredient that's cosmetically elegant is not natural in the least, so these ingredients end up becoming synthetic. That's 100% fine, but it does make the "natural" portion of the name misleading.
What this sunscreen stick does contain that's natural are numerous plant oils, butters, and cucumber extract (the cucumber scent this has is from the plant extract and likely boosted by the inclusion of "regular" fragrance, too). As you can imagine, this has a thick, somewhat creamy texture that is easy to apply, yet the beeswax base (which is natural) lends a heavier, thicker feel that makes this sunscreen stick best for spot-application to the most sunburn-prone areas. Those include the areas we often miss when applying sunscreen lotion, such as back of neck, bridge of nose, hairlines, hands tops of feet, and the ears. For those burn-prone areas, a product like this can be excellent—and the mineral actives leave only a hint of a white cast.
This sunscreen stick is best for normal to dry skin. The inclusion of fragrance makes it iffy for sensitive skin or for use on children, but if you're using it in small areas only, the fragrance isn't likely to be cause for concern.
Yes to Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Stick provides broad spectrum protection and is water resistant (40 minutes). Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen, this formula is packed with soothing ingredients that keep skin soft and happy!
Active: Zinc Oxide 10.8%, Titanium Dioxide 4.9%. Inactive: Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethyl Palmate*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrated Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*. *Certified Organic Ingredient.
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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