Like so many other pads designed to improve breakouts, this version, while indeed 98% natural, stands a good chance of making matters worse. That’s because it contains an irritating amount of alcohol along with witch hazel water and, further down the ingredient list red pepper extract. Combined, these promote serious irritation that hurts skin’s healing process and can actually stimulate more oil production at the base of the pores. The result? More breakouts due to excess oil and prolonged healing time for red marks blemishes leave behind.
This contains anti-acne superstar salicylic acid, but the amount is too low to provide much benefit, not to mention the pH of these pads won’t allow the salicylic acid to function as an exfoliant (which is the goal). Please see our list of Best Anti-Acne Products for superior options.
98% natural and made with salicylic acid and tomatoes, our pre-moistened facial pads prevent breakouts and keep your skin balanced and beautiful.
Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat (Naturally Derived), Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract Dead Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Capsicum Annuum (Red Pepper) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Alcohol (Naturally Derived), Phenoxyethanol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, 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.