Yes To Grapefruit CC Cream SPF 18 Broad Spectrum (That name's a real tongue-twister!) is one of the latest to enter the CC game along with Olay and others, and we're sad to say it's not a good addition!
Before we get down to the details of Yes To Grapefruit's CC Cream, a little background on BB and CC creams: It's a lot of marketing hype. Generally, BB creams from U.S. cosmetics brands are similar to a tinted moisturizer, whereas BB creams from Asia are generally thicker and have a high SPF rating. CC creams are more like liquid foundations, but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands—confusing, huh?
Yes To Grapefruit's CC Cream has only one good thing going for it: broad-spectrum sun protection. Unfortunately, even applying it is an unpleasant experience. The creamy, fragranced formula dries quickly, meaning you have to work incredibly fast to smooth it across your face, or you'll find your fingers, brush, or sponge dragging across your skin. Applying more than one layer is a challenge because any additional product tends to bunch up on top of what's already dried, which means you'll wind up with a very splotchy application.
There are only two shades available, and while the light shade could work for some fairer skin tones, the light to medium shade is far too orange to appear natural on anyone. What's worse is that the formula is too sheer to cover up any major flaws or imperfections (redness, dark circles, or brown spots), but dark enough to show up orange on your skin!
Just say "no" to Yes To Grapefruit's CC Cream, and check out our list of Best Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams instead!
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (3.2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.9%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propanediol, Coco-Glucoside, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed oil, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hydrated Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
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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