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Yes to Blueberries Softening Facial Exfoliator
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3.4 fl. oz. for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products
Last Updated:07.15.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This product is touted as a double-dose exfoliant because it contains an AHA, while also having a slightly grainy texture for manual exfoliation. Sounds like a 2-in-1 exfoliant, but the pH of this formula is too high for the AHA to work in this manner, so that leaves you with a fragranced scrub.

You are instructed to splash your face with warm water and massage the creamy-grainy texture into your skin with your fingertips. Oddly, there are no instructions on how to rinse it off, but if you don't, you'll be left with residual gritty particles on your face. The scrubbing beads feel a little rough on the skin, which is a sign they could be damaging your skin by causing microscopic tears—one more reason we're not fans of face scrubs and prefer exfoliating with well-formulated AHA or BHA products. Also, instead of a "scrub" for manual exfoliation, it is far better to use your gentle cleanser with a soft washcloth instead; it's not only cheaper than adding an extra product, but also better for your skin.

True to its name, this contains blueberry extract, which is a good antioxidant, joined by skin-repairing ingredients, but because you need to rinse this, they don't stay on your skin long enough to have much, if any, benefit. Take a peek at our list of Best Exfoliants to find superior options.

Pros:
  • Works decently as a scrub.
Cons:
  • The pH of this formula is too high for the AHA ingredient to exfoliate.
  • Because this must be rinsed from the skin, the beneficial ingredients go down the drain before they can really benefit your skin.
  • Scrubbing beads can tear into the skin unless you use this very carefully.
  • Used as instructed, you'll be left with residual gritty particles on your face.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
Claims

Formulated with Blueberries to fight the formation of free radicals, and Apple to help refresh and brighten the skin's surface. Mix in some gentle exfoliating beads derived from Corn, and your skin will feel fresh and fabulous!

Ingredients

Water, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry) Fruit Juice, Glycerin, Polylactic Acid, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Sodium Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Limonene, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (100% Natural Fragrance), Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol

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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