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Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes
Rating
25 towelette for $5.99
Last Updated:07.15.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

These are facial cleansing cloths that deserve a "no," not a "yes," because grapefruit extract is a main ingredient. Grapefruit in all forms can be a skin irritant, and although lower amounts of grapefruit extract are fine, the amount present here is problematic, especially for use around the eyes.

What a shame, because without the citrus (and, OK, if you press us, also without the fragrance) these cleansing cloths would be a very gentle, soothing option for all skin types except oily.

Note: The exfoliating action mentioned in the product claims does not come from grapefruit or any other ingredient the cloths are steeped in; rather, it's because the cloths are textured, so they work like a disposable washcloth to "scrub" skin. This type of manual exfoliation will make skin smoother, but keep in mind that it doesn't replace what a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant can do for sun-damaged, wrinkled, or blemish-prone skin! See our list of Best Exfoliants for our favorites.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin smooth and lightly cleansed.
  • Inexpensive compared with department store facial cleansing cloths.
Cons:
  • High amount of grapefruit extract is likely too irritating for all skin types.
Claims
On-the-go facial cleansing wipes, packed with Grapefruit to cleanse, exfoliate, and leave skin feeling soft and bright. And - each towelette is slightly textured to add an exfoliating oomph!
Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine Hcl, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate.
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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