02.10.2014
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Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel
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1.01 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:02.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Lots of people believe that placing fresh cucumber slices over the eye helps reduce puffiness. That does work to some extent, but that’s not because it’s cucumber—it’s because the cucumber is cold when you take it out of the refrigerator. It’s the coolness of the vegetable that reduces puffiness and constricts the skin; cucumber slices just happen to fit the contours of the eye area.

Although this water-based gel has potential as a lightweight moisturizer for slightly dry skin anywhere on the face, it isn’t recommended for the eye area. Why? It contains some plant extracts that can be sensitizing, and that potential is even stronger when you place it near the eyes. Truly state-of-the-art skin care should never involve placing irritating ingredients anywhere on your face or on your body, especially when they serve no purpose other than to aggravate skin. You’re better off treating occasional puffy eyes with real cucumber slices and/or cooled chamomile tea bags.

Claims

Your eyes are the window to your soul, but sometimes we need a bit of help to tell our story. Time to reach for a miracle! Our lightweight Eye Love Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel is rich in calming organic cucumbers and Spirulina, a renowned source of vitamins and nutrients to help reduce puffiness and brighten dark circles, while adding a cooling zest to your day!

Ingredients

Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Sodium Alginate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Extract, Citric Acid, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Capsicum Annuum (Green Pepper) Extract, Algin, Algae (Spirulina, Rhodella, Dunaliella), Maris Sal (Dead Sea Minerals), Fragrance, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Panthenol, Dehydroacetic Acid

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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10.13.2014
Stings!

I was looking for something to help with my early morning puffy eyes. This is not it! Not only did it do nothing for puffiness but it stung like crazy! I thought maybe it was just my skin's initial reaction so I gave it another try several mornings in a row. Big mistake. After day 3, I actually had inflammation around the eyes and they were red. I will go back to cold tea bags....messy but it works.

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10.06.2014
Very drying

I used this product a few times and it dried out my eyes so much. It isn't moisturizing at all. I much prefer the Harley Goat Farms eye cream, which is also natural but contains much more hydrating ingredients.

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Amanda C.
05.29.2013
2 strikes out so far

This is the second product I wasted money on that promises to reduce puffiness (Also tried Garnier's Skin Renew Anti-Puff Roller) This product leaves a film, and it takes a few minutes to dry! I thought I used too much, so I used less. Still trouble. The worst thing is you can NOT apply sunscreen or make up over it. If you do, the gel/make up will rub off or "pill up". Has no SPF. I'm 51, so my "pouches" could be age related, but wanted a LITTLE bit of relief!

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