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Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Intensive Skin Repair Serum
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $19.99
Category:Skin Care > Serums
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This serum contains 100% natural ingredients, but not all of them are beneficial for your skin. Antioxidants are present, including the blueberry juice that serves as the main ingredient, but the formula also contains alcohol—the kind that causes dryness, free-radical damage, and collagen breakdown.

Because of the mix of alcohol and fragrance in this serum, the risk of irritation really makes it a no go, which makes it a less enticing option than others on our Best Serums list.

Pros:
  • All natural, antioxidant-rich serum.
  • Contains anti-irritant oat kernel oil.
  • Lightweight texture works well under moisturizer.
Cons:
  • Contains alcohol and fragrance—two ingredients that are best left out of any skin-care product, although in this case the tiny amounts of alcohol are unlikely to be a problem.
  • Applied alone and used with makeup, the finish can be a bit tacky and interfere with smooth application.

More Info:

The cotton thistle ingredient in this serum cannot restore and repair aging skin in 7 days as claimed. If that were true, then you could stop using this serum after a week and show off your age-repaired skin. Repairing signs of aging requires daily application of ingredients research has proven makes a visible difference. And that means more than antioxidants; you also need exfoliants, sunscreen, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing substances, all of which play a role in helping your skin look and act younger, and ongoing use is required to maintain results and prevent further signs of aging.

Claims

The Serum acts as a powerful “vitamin layer” applied directly to clean skin. This powerful blend combines organic cotton thistle which is clinically proven to restore and repair age-damaged skin in 7 days, along with anti-oxidant rich blueberries and blackcurrant, which is rich in essential fatty acids to help nourish and soothe skin.

Ingredients

Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry) Juice, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Onopordum Acanthium (Cotton Thistle) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Yes To At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; complete ingredient lists are provided on company Web site; some good cleansers; an impressive selection of reasonably well formulated moisturizers, both with and without sunscreen.

Weaknesses: No products to successfully address the needs of those with acne or skin discolorations; several products contain irritating fragrant oils; jar packaging; potentially weak preservative system compared with those of many other brands.

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 four sub-brands: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes 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, call (888) 929-3786 or visit www.yestocarrots.com.

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