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Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
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1.7 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes. The active ingredients include the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and they're in an emollient formula that is cosmetically elegant plus treats skin to a good mix of antioxidants. This is highly recommended and, for the most part, is about as natural as you can get when it comes to moisturizers with sunscreen (but bear in mind that despite their mineral origins, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are not natural ingredients, unless you define that term very broadly)!

Note: The inclusion of fragrance and fragrant ingredients makes this product an iffy choice for those with sensitive skin.

Claims

Let's face it - we all love fun in the sun, but not some of its effects. Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 defends your skin against the sun's UVA/UVB rays while soothing and hydrating your beautiful face. Perfect for Spring, perfect for Summer. Actually, perfect all year-round.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (3.2 %), Titanium Dioxide (2.9 %). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Glucoside, Fragrance, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Maris Limus Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate.

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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03.11.2015
Bad Reaction

I don't usually get reactions from products but from the first time I used this it gave me a burning sensation and I went bright red and blotchy for 10 minutes after putting it on. As the reaction did eventually subside I continued using it and eventually it calmed down (no burning/only a slight redness) on most days, but now I have changed day cream and my face is much happier. Just wish I could work out what it was that made my skin go crazy, especially as it moisturises well!

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Sophie D
02.16.2015
Horrible

Wanted to love this but it was horrible - had an allergic reaction instantly. Made my face burn and was dark red for 2-3 hours

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Anonymous
09.29.2014
sticky!

My bottle says Nourishing on it, its very sticky on my skin even and hour later! It is definitely scented . Will continue search for a light moisturizer that gets a best rating from Paula, that is reasonably priced.

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Nora
03.01.2014
Now fragrance free?

I loved the texture and wear of the yes to carrots spf 15, but couldn't stand the smell. Since I'm sensitive I was irritated by the fragrance. I noticed they now offer the same product but fragrance free! I have not tried it yet, but am definitely intrigued by this version. Does anyone know more about the new version?

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Sj
03.04.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there! The fragrance-free version of this product is better and will be recommended.

—Admin
10.29.2013
changed formula

The active ingredients for this product has changed. It now has zinc oxide in addition to titanium dioxide. The original formula did not leave a white cast, but with the addition of the new active ingredient, this new formula does leave a white cast.

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Diana G.
10.30.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for the information! We'll have and updated review on the site in a few days.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
10.26.2013
discontinued?

I love this product! Just finished my 5th bottle and the new one has the added word 'Nourishing' and now it has a not so great fragrance. I'll be returning it. I'm back to searching for a 'no animal testing' sunscreen/moisturizer. :(

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SUSANNE
08.29.2013
Dried me out

I was hopeful given the Best rating here but after a week of applying it underneath my makeup, my skin became increasingly drier and flaky. I stopped using it and now a week or two later, my skin is back to normal.

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Karin G.
07.21.2013
A bit too oily

The primary downside to this product is that I find it slightly oily. It leaves an oily, sticky film on my skin. After applying and letting it absorb / dry, I have to use a light powder so that my skin is not sticky all day long. Decent product, but I'll be trying others that are a bit lighter in texture and not so oily.

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Anonymous
07.08.2013
Very sttong scent

The fragrance is crazy strong. It's all I smelled all day. I do have a sensitive nose though. Too bad, I really liked the texture and that it's a natural product.

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Anonymous
01.12.2013
Great Product

I've been using this product for several months and I couldn't be happier. It goes on smooth with no white cast, it feels good all day, it'd creamy but not oily, and there's no sheen or shine to it. My skin looks and feels great!

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12.22.2012
Again

...not available in Canada.

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KELLI C.
12.14.2012
Awesome Product

I've been using this in last several years, I highly recommend. My skin looks and feels better. It gives my skin the suncare protection, a somewhat glow to face and doesn't cause irritation for me. Sometimes Walgreens has buy one and get second 50% off.

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