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Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
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1.7 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is an excellent fragrance-free daytime moisturizer that provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection from mineral-based active ingredients—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 includes a mix of emollients from non-fragrant plant oils, fatty acids, and skin-identical ingredients, making this an ideal formula for those with normal to dry or sensitive skin not prone to breakouts.

Fragrance-Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is packaged in a pump-style container, and its formula does leave a minor white cast on the skin, which is a common trait of many mineral sunscreen formulas. The good news is that most will find the white cast a non-issue, as it disappears almost entirely within minutes of application. It also strikes a pleasing balance of moisture that isn't greasy (though it will feel too heavy for those with oily skin).

Despite the call-out of shea butter and carrot extract, this formula actually contains very little of each. However, it does contain an abundance of other moisturizing agents, so getting less shea butter and less carrot extract isn't a big loss.

Carrot extract is actually an irritant, so for the sake of your skin, you can thank Yes To for including only a dusting of Daucus carota sativa root extract, thus minimizing the potential for irritation.

Although the "natural" claim made for this product is going to draw the attention of many people, the concept of "natural" in cosmetics is relatively meaningless. In this case, the ingredients are not all natural, but even if they were, there is nothing about a cosmetic ingredient being natural that makes it better for the skin; in fact, some natural ingredients can be quite irritating to the skin, such as citrus extracts, mint, and lavender oil.

One more note: Ample research has now demonstrated that it is better to use higher levels of sunscreen protection (SPF 25–30+ at a minimum) to ensure adequate defense against aging UV rays. SPF 15 now is viewed as the absolute minimum you can do for your skin, and if you aren't applying enough (which many don't), you won't even get that! While the Fragrance-Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 earned a BEST rating, we strongly recommend using it under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers a broad-spectrum SPF 25+. Or, just consider a higher level SPF sunscreen, such as those recommended in our Best Sunscreens (Including Kids) section!

Pros:
  • Contains a mix of ingredients that are helpful for dry skin.
  • Provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Includes the irritant carrot extract (albeit only a minor amount).
Claims

This 95% natural formula contains a mix of carrots and shea butter for rich, non-greasy nourishment and zinc oxide to get natural SPF protection. This fragrance free moisturizer is perfect for normal-to-dry skin types, it's dermatologist tested with a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to help protect delicate skin.

Ingredients

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

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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02.26.2015
Good but does flake

This product is a good sunscreen and moisturizer that makes skin nice and soft. It does flake however, and I think that just comes with the cheapness of the product. If you have an extra minute in the morning to deal with this, the flakes come off easily and quickly. Should wipe them away before applying makeup or makeup with come off with flakes. I don't think I will use this again though because there are better moisturizers with sunscreen out there and just as cheap!!

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Allison H.
01.06.2015
Good, but...

I like to wear this moisturiser on its own but I definitely can't wear it under makeup. It seems to lift my makeup and it starts to look flakey.

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Elyse D
10.26.2014
Left flakes every time...

I wanted to like this product, but every time I wore it it left this awful residue on my skin. It was impossible to wear under makeup or even on it's own because of all the flaking. My skin looked like it was peeling off! I tried using different amounts of the product, and every time it flaked.... I ended up throwing away most of the bottle...

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Jacquelyn M
06.12.2014
Not very moisturizing

It's very thick, feels like a sunscreen, and dries to a matte finish with no visible white cast. However, as I have dry skin, I've found that using this as my only daytime moisturizer doesn't moisturize enough unless I use 2 layers, and when I do that, it makes my skin feel sweaty and suffocating. I use a PC moisturizer underneath a single layer of this sunscreen and it works fine for me.

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