Why Cucumbers for Sensitive Skin

Benefits of Cucumber

Cucumbers are super hydrating. We know that staying hydrated is crucial for staying healthy and maintaining clear skin. If you’re like most people and have a hard time getting in your eight glasses of water a day, consider that consuming cucumbers can help you reach your recommended daily fluid intake. Since they’re made of 95 percent water, you can be sure a cup of cukes will contribute significantly to your hydration needs.

Cucumber in Skincare

It’s this high water content that makes cucumbers a must-have ingredient in skin care. Combine it with other soothing natural ingredients like Aloe and Witch Hazel and you have an effective and gentle product line to calm even the most sensitive skin. From gentle cleansers to refreshing masks, our fan favorite products like the Calming Facial Wipes keep skin clean, clear, and happy.

Yes To Cucumber Products

Unlike our other lines, the Yes To Cucumber collection, launched in 2008, contains a unique, cooling two-step eye kit that includes the Daily Eye Treatment and Depuffing Under Eye Masks. In fact, after 4 weeks of use, 92% of users said this Two-Step Kit felt gentle to the skin with no signs of irritation.

Formulated to soothe and moisturize the delicate eye area, the Daily Eye Treatment glides on, with soothing Cucumber Extract to smooth and calm, Caffeine to de-puff, and Evodia Fruit Extract helping to minimize and reduce the appearance of dark circles. 90% of users claimed the treatment left the undereye area feeling nourished, soothed, smoothed and moisturized.

Follow up the treatment with our Depuffing Under Eye Masks to give an extra boost in decreasing puffiness and the appearance of dark circles in just 10 minutes. 97% of users claimed the masks left their undereye feeling smoothed, and over 90% said the masks left their undereye feeling soothed and less puffy. Use these two products together and you’ve got an eye treatment that will leave your eyes looking youthful, bright, and ready for the day.

Whether you have delicate, sensitive skin or you’re looking to soothe irritated skin, our full line of Yes To Cucumber products make sure you feel calm, cool, and collected.

Sustainability & Responsibility at Yes To™

At Yes To™, we’re committed to pushing ourselves to operate as sustainably and responsibly as possible. While we’re always testing new, innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, here’s what we’re delivering on now.

Our team is dedicated to choosing the best ingredients in every Yes To™ formulation. We have a rigorous Natural Standard, and are the only mass skincare brand to claim at least 95% natural ingredients before water. Natural ingredients are those that come from or are made from a renewable resource found in nature. We are proud to list the natural ingredient percentage on the front of each Yes To™ item.

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And, since 2006 we’ve not only been natural, but clean as well. Our products are formulated without over 2,000 questionable ingredients banned in both the EU and Canada. We do not use microbeads nor synthetic colorants, and certified Responsibly Sourced Palm Oil (RSPO) is used in our bar soaps.

As a beauty brand, it is of the utmost important that we remain completely cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified. This means we never test any products on animals, and none of our ingredients are tested on animals either. Over 90% of our formulas are vegan. As a matter of fact, we often test our products on ourselves and friends and family!

And, it’s important for us to eliminate as much waste as possible. Our Charcoal, Cucumber and Watermelon Wipes can be composted at home and are made with compostable, plant-based fibers that are suitable for home composting. We also use FSC certified, recyclable paper for boxes and trays. And most of our tubes and jars are 100% recyclable. For at home recycling, we recommend:

  • Removing excess formula in the product by rinsing it out completely with water.
  • Taking off the label before recycling.
  • If the product contains a pump, remove it.

Our company is far from perfect, but we remain committed to constant improvement, learning about and implementing new sustainability practices whenever possible.

Benefits of Grapefruit

Despite having relatively few calories, it’s loaded with nutrients to help your body thrive. Sometimes referred to as a superfood, grapefruit is loaded with Vitamins A and C, which boost your body’s immune system. This powerful combination could help keep the amount of time you spend sick to a minimum. The benefits aren’t only from ingesting the fruit though.

Grapefruit in Skincare

In addition to being an amazing source of vitality from the inside out, grapefruit, rich in Vitamin C and Lycopene (two antioxidant heavy hitters), naturally evens the appearance of skin’s tone, enhances glow, promoting healthier-, smoother- and softer-looking skin. It is actually an effective natural exfoliator for dull and uneven skin.

Additionally, the antioxidants in Vitamin C may help defend against the damage that UV light can cause. That doesn’t mean that you can use a Vitamin C skin product in place of sunscreen. It can’t replace SPF since it doesn’t absorb UVA or UVB rays. But, if UV light does get into your skin, some research suggests that Vitamin C can help blunt the harm.

Yes To Grapefruit Products

With all of the benefits of this powerful citrus, it’s no wonder we launched the Yes To Grapefruit line in 2013, helping dull and uneven skin tone feel radiant and glowy. With the power of natural ingredients and a full regimen of products, there’s truly something for everyone.

All great routines start with a cleanse. Our Daily Scrub and Cleanser or Daily Foaming Cleanser are the perfect way to invigorate and brighten your skin. The gentle exfoliator enhances skin glow and washes away makeup, dirt and oil while using natural Jojoba spheres to slough away dead skin cells. The soothing foaming cleanser will wash away dirt and oil without stripping the skin, setting the perfect base for an AHA or BHA treatment. Both cleansers leave skin feeling soft and smooth and ready for the next step of your routine.

Our Glow-Boosting Exfoliating Acid Pads will make you feel like you just got a facial since they naturally exfoliate with Grapefruit and AHA + BHA, giving your skin the glow you want, without the dryness you definitely don’t. In fact, after 4 weeks of use, 87% of users said the pads made their skin look and feel smoother, softer and visibly improved the appearance of their skin texture; and 87% of users said the pads left skin feeling resurfaced, renewed and revived.

After any chemical exfoliation it’s best to follow with a moisturizer.  Most people reach for our rich Nourishing Moisturizer to hydrate and brighten skin or our Daily Mineral Lotion with SPF15 to protect skin from UV rays and long-term blue light exposure without an greasy residue.   

So what are you waiting for? Get glowing on how to build your very own skincare routine using Yes To Grapefruit products today!

How Does Salicylic Acid Work?

Salicylic Acid powerfully penetrates into the pores of the skin to dissolve the debris of dead skin cells and sebum that clogs pores. That’s really what makes it a hero ingredient in over-the-counter blemish and acne fighting products. An added bonus is Salicylic Acid’s anti-inflammatory properties, just like its cousin Acetylsalicylic Acid –– better known as aspirin –– helps red inflamed pimples and pustules go away faster.

When it comes to over-the-counter solutions in the battle against breakouts, there are a few key players you should know about, and Salicylic Acid is at the top of that list.

AHA v. BHA

There are two classes of skincare acids you’ve probably heard about: beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). While both alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, AHAs are water-soluble and BHAs are oil-soluble. They are both effective, but work a bit differently, depending on your acne needs.

Salicylic Acid is a BHA, and examples of AHAs include glycolic and lactic acids. AHAs work well on the skin's surface to loosen old, dead skin and reveal fresh newer skin, while BHAs like Salicylic Acid work deeper to penetrate into the pores to unclog them.

It’s possible to use too much Salicylic Acid, which can become a problem. The primary negative side effect of Salicylic Acid is its ability to irritate and dry skin in those that are very sensitive or those who overuse it.

Salicylic Acid in Yes To Products

While they are at least 95% natural ingredients in composition, many of our Yes To Tomato products contain an effective amount of Salicylic Acid. Dermatologist Dr. Christine Choi Kim recommends, “As long as you are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an allergy to salicylates, my first recommendation for blemish-prone skin is a cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid.”

Dr. Kim goes on to say that, “Among the sea of options out there, one standout is Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Detoxifying Daily Cleanser. This cleanser has got it all: Charcoal to naturally detoxify impurities and deep clean your skin, Tomato Extract to deliver antioxidants, and of course Salicylic Acid to help clear up your whiteheads and blackheads. My favorite feature? It contains eco-friendly biodegradable Jojoba spheres for gentle exfoliation. That makes it safer for both your face and the environment!”

Another product Dr. Kim loves to recommend for stubborn pimples is the Yes To Tomatoes Zit Zapping Dots. “These handy (and fun!) micro-mask dots provide a concentrated formulation of Salicylic Acid, Charcoal, and Tomato Extract to fight blemishes with 96% natural ingredients,” she explains. “The occlusive nature of the dots helps to drive the ingredients more effectively into the skin. So while you’re sleeping, that pimple is getting zapped!”

And if you’re looking for acne-fighting power in addition to exfoliation, try our Glow-Boosting Exfoliating Acid Pads. For use once weekly, these double-sided quilted pads are formulated with Grapefruit and 15% fruit acids—including Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone and Salicylic Acid—to exfoliate and even out tone & texture, leaving skin glowing.

Ditch the zits for good and check out our full line of Yes To Tomatoes products for blemish-prone skin and start building your routine today.

Tomatoes in Skincare

A 2011 study found that the combination of tomato paste and olive oil protected against sun damage, and boosted the production of pro-collagen, a molecule that gives the skin its structure and keeps it firm and youthful. It’s believed that the Lycopene in tomatoes is the key to its skin care magic. Tomatoes are also amazing acne fighters. It’s true!

Yes To Tomatoes Blemish-Fighting Products

Each of our skin care lines harness the power of fruits and vegetables, and Our Yes To Tomatoes products are specifically formulated for oily/combination and breakout-prone skin using natural ingredients.

The Yes To Tomatoes line, launched in 2008, leverages antioxidant-rich Tomato Extract, in addition to other natural ingredients like Watermelon Extract and powerful sebum-absorbers that balance skin, eliminate shine, detox pores, and reduce acne. Some of our Yes To Tomatoes formulas, like the Daily Detoxifying Cleanser with Charcoal, combine the power of Salicylic Acid and Tomato Extract to help unclog pores and draw out dirt and impurities for naturally clearer skin.

Acne-prone people may be afraid of moisturizers, thinking they will make oily skin worse, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Depriving the skin of moisture only causes the skin to produce more oil. Our Yes To Tomatoes line has several moisturizers and masks like the Charcoal Detoxifying Overnight Moisturizer and Daily Balancing Moisturizer that are specifically formulated to give oily, acne prone skin a boost of hydration.

So, what is your face waiting for? Give one of the products in our Yes To Tomatoes collection a try and stop breakouts before they even has a chance to start.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The HA within our bodies not only retains all that moisture in our skin and joints, but also prevents it from evaporating. Just like Collagen and Elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies decreases as we get older. There are, however, ways to help stimulate production of HA in our bodies. Diet affects the skin significantly and eating fruits and veggies with antioxidants protect the skin from inflammation in turn helps the skin retain hydration.

How Hyaluronic Acid Hydrates Skin

When used in skin care products like creams and serums, Hyaluronic Acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Christine Choi Kim explains, “Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant of the skin because of its ability to attract up to 1000x its weight in water.” She recommends, “If you have naturally dry skin, choosing products with Hyaluronic Acid will help give your skin a boost of hydration that it needs. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps up the skin and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.”

Hyaluronic Acid in Yes To Products

The formulas in our new Yes To Avocado line of products use Avocado Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to help restore the driest skin, naturally.

Dr. Kim says, “As we age, our natural Hyaluronic Acid gets depleted, so our skin needs a little extra help to retain moisture and stay smooth, soft, and supple. Eye creams with Hyaluronic Acid are beneficial because of their ability to attract water and maintain moisture in the delicate skin area under the eyes.”

Get the glow you want without any of the harsh ingredients you don’t. Check out our full line of Yes To Avocado products for dry, parched skin and start building your routine today.