Yes To started out with carrots as their only hero ingredient. Now this vegetable has to compete with other food groups for attention as the answer to your skin-care concerns. Yes To's rationale for the various plants they utilize is that carrots are for normal to dry skin, cucumbers for sensitive skin, tomatoes for oily or acne prone skin, grapefruit for uneven skin tone, and blueberries for antiaging. How they came up with these divisions is nothing more than marketing acumen because it certainly isn't based on any scientific facts.
One of the prominent aspects of Yes To's product groupings is that they are mostly laden with irritating fragrance extracts masking what would otherwise be decent, though not exciting formulas. Ironically, Yes To does have a range of products that are fragrance-free based on the company's assertion fragrance isn't good for delicate, sensitive skin. Clearly they've missed the abundant research showing that fragrance extracts, both synthetic and natural, are a problem for all skin types, but at least they got it right for one of their categories.
So, what about grapefruit as having any possibility of evening skin tone? The answer is none, zero, nada. First, there is no research showing grapefruit to be effective for skin-lightening though even if there was evidence of that the amount of grapefruit in this cream is negligible. Yes To Grapefruit claims grapefruit contains vitamin C, so can have the same effect pure vitamin C can have on skin. While there is some vitamin C in grapefruit when applied to skin it is not as effective as using a product that contains a form of pure vitamin C as the delivery is far better and in a molecular size skin can more readily use.
Aside from the grapefruit, the formula disappoints further because it ends up being mostly thickening agents and preservatives. It does contain some beneficial plant oils and vitamin E but again in such a small amount we're not sure your skin will notice and these extras don't have research showing they impact uneven skin tone. One interesting ingredient is the gluconolactone. This does have exfoliating properties which can be great for improving uneven skin tone but not in the amount included.
Another blow is the jar packaging. All of the potentially helpful ingredients in this product won't stay stale once the container is opened as vitamins and plant extracts are highly unstable and start breaking down when exposed to air (see More Info for additional details). All in all, if you're interested in grapefruit it is better added to your diet and not sought after for your skin-care routine.
Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Body Creme is a daily body moisturizer, perfect for users who want to minimize skin imperfections while also making sure that their gorgeous skin is nourished and hydrated. This clinically tested body cream helps visibly diminish the appearance of dark spots in just four weeks (amazing, right?).
Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Coco-Glucoside, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Calcium Gluconate, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Limonene, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
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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