07.15.2014
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Yes to Blueberries Face & Neck Oil
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $15.99
Category:Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
Last Updated:07.15.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This facial oils hits almost all of the right notes, from being front-loaded with brilliant non-fragrant plant oils that provide antioxidant and repairing benefits to being affordably priced and capable of making dry skin feel much better. Unfortunately, a few party-crashing ingredients keep us from assigning our top rating.

Where this formula can become problematic is with the inclusion of orange peel oil plus fragrance ingredients like citral, geraniol, and limonene. All of these pose a risk of irritating skin, and limonene, which is a major component of orange peel oil, can make skin more sensitive to sunlight (Sources: Journal of Separation Science, April 2014, ePublication; Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2013, pages 17–398; and Journal of Nutrition, March 1999, pages 775S–778S). The good news is that this facial oil contains a low amount of those ingredients, but the ideal facial oil would be fragrance-free because research has shown that's what's best for skin—particularly dry skin with a compromised barrier (skin's surface).

If you're still keen on trying this, we suggest diluting it by mixing a drop or two with a good fragrance-free facial moisturizer. Also, due to the fragrance ingredients, this shouldn't be applied around the eyes.

Pros:
  • Contains a very good mix of non-fragrant plant oils.
  • All of the plant oils provide skin-repairing fatty acids + antioxidants.
  • Great price!
Cons:
  • Contains fragrant orange oil and other fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation.
Claims

Return your skin to 22! Imagine (really...close your eyes) a face oil that provides intense moisturization, absorbs quickly and won't clog pores! Formulated with organic blueberries and L22, a botanically derived system which helps deliver the skin lipid profile of a healthy 22-year old. We couldn't believe it either, but seeing (open those gorgeous peepers) is believing!

Ingredients

Carthamus Tinctorius (Saffower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Silica, Squalene, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosterols, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

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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