02.10.2014
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Yes to Cucumbers Eye Makeup Removing Pads
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45 pads for $7.99
Category:Skin Care > Makeup Removers > Eye Makeup Removers
Last Updated:02.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

These pads are pre-soaked with an eye-makeup remover lotion that removes most types of makeup, although it takes more effort than you'd expend using an oil- or silicone-based liquid makeup remover.

Although the formula claims to be hypoallergenic, that term is without meaning, which we explain in the More Info section. In short, "hypoallergenic" is no more a reliable claim for a cosmetic than "fat-free" means a specific food is good for you.

A strike against this eye-makeup remover is that it's fragranced, further proof of the meaningless nature of the term "hypoallergenic." Given that fragrance is a top source of allergic or sensitizing reactions in skin-care products, you'd think that a "hypoallergenic" product would at least be fragrance-free!

This contains cucumber plus lots of other plants, some of which are genuinely soothing. Despite the relaxing/spa association, cucumber has no special effect of any kind on the eye area.

Pros:
  • Removes most types of eye makeup.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • The hypoallergenic claim is bogus, especially given that these pads are fragranced.
  • Takes more effort to remove eye makeup than liquids that contain oil or silicones.
  • Not safer or more natural than lots of other eye-makeup removers.
More Info:

"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).

Claims

A hypoallergenic formula to help you say yes to clean, bright peepers! These round pre-moistened pads are the perfect shape to quickly and easily swipe across the eye area to safely and naturally remove all traces of eye makeup.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit (Certified Organic Ingredient), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Oyrza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Fragrance, Potassium Benzoate, Citric Acid, 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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10.14.2014
Not for sensitive skin at ALL

This is an alright product for removing make up. I bought this because it had said that it was meant for sensitive skin. Once this came into contact with my face it BURNED like crazy. The scent of cucumbers is REALLY strong. I wouldn't bother touching this stuff.

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