12.22.2014
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Yes to Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream
3 fl. oz. for $8.99
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Last Updated:12.22.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Yes To started out with carrots as their only hero ingredient. Now this vegetable has to compete with other food groups for attention to be the answer to your skin care concerns. Yes To's rational for the various plants they utilize is that carrots are for normal to dry skin, cucumbers for sensitive skin, tomatoes for oily or acne prone skin, grapefruit for uneven skin tone, and blueberries for anti-aging. How they came up with these divisions is nothing more than marketing acumen because it certainly isn't based on any scientific facts.

One of the prominent aspects of Yes To's product groupings is that they are mostly laden with irritating fragrance extracts masking what would otherwise be decent, though not exciting formulas.

Ironically, Yes To does have a range of products that are fragrance free based on the company's assertion fragrance isn't good for delicate, sensitive skin. Clearly they've missed the abundant research showing that fragrance extracts both synthetic and natural are a problem for all skin types, but at least they got it right for one of their categories.

Unfortunately even though Yes to Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream doesn't contain much fragrance, the lavender oil it contains is one of the more problematic plant extracts with a good deal of research demonstrating its detriment to skin, which we detail in the More Info section.

What a shame as this is indeed a very good moisturizer for dry hands. Loaded with emollients and beneficial plant oils, it will soothe and smooth dry skin. If you're willing to overlook the lavender, this is one of the better hand cream bargains you will find at the drugstore.

One more point, keep in mind that for daytime a hand cream with sunscreen is essential. Sun damage makes skin drier and less able to heal, not to mention is the main cause of brown spots we associate with old-looking hands.

Pros:
  • Loaded with beneficial emollients and plant oils.
  • Great for dry skin.
Cons:
  • The lavender oil can cause skin cell death and other problems.
More Info:

Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

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Claims

Yes To Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream is part of our new Intense Repair collection, formulated specially for extra dry skin and the tough winter months. Yes to Allantoin and Soybeans for intensive moisture and protection of extra dry skin. Yes to Primrose Oil for putting an end to that pesky dryness!

Ingredients

Active Ingredient Allantoin 0.5% Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean), Sterols Persea Gaatissima (Avocado) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein Daucusm Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extractm Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Stearoyl, Glutamate, Panthenol, Bisabolol Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Styrax, Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin, Zinc Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

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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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.