Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30

by Yes To  Yes To Cucumbers
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$14.99 - 1.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/10/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is very similar to Yes To Blueberries Daily Repairing Moisturizer SPF 30, though for some reason the Yes to Cucumbers version costs less for the same amount of product. The most discernible difference is the Yes to Blueberries option contains blueberry while the Yes to Cucumbers version contains, you guessed it, cucumber. Otherwise, the same review applies: This is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to dry skin that’s not prone to breakouts. Because this contains fragrance (and has a rather potent scent), it is not recommended for sensitive skin; however, the mineral actives are the gentlest sun protection ingredients around, so this would be a boon for sensitive skin if not for the fragrance.

Getting back to the mineral actives of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the combined amounts are what makes this product a tricky one for breakout-prone skin combined with the creamy, emollient formula. The amount of mineral actives in this moisturizer also leaves a slight white cast, but it’s not a deal-breaker, especially if you plan to follow with makeup. Those with normal to oily skin most likely won't care for this product's moist finish.

The antioxidant-rich formula helps skin better defend itself against environmental causes of aging. This would earn our top rating if it contained some cell-communicating ingredients and a more sophisticated mix of repairing ingredients (both essential for skin that looks and acts younger) but it’s still worth considering.

Note: the tiny amount of alcohol is not cause for concern. When alcohol appears at the end of an ingredient list, it isn’t present in a great enough concentration to cause irritation.

Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Moisturizer with SPF-30 is dermatologist tested and formulated with Organic Cucumber to calm rattled skin, as well as Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe to add a healthy glow. A blend of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide a non-ghosting natural sun protection and will add UVA and UVB sun protection to your daily soothing moisturizer!

Active: Zinc Oxide (6%), Titanium Dioxide (4.9%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ethyl Palmate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Maris Limus (Sea Silt) Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydroxystearic Acid, Sucrose Stearate, Glyceryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrated Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance

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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