At 26 years old, I'm sad to say, I still struggle with acne. It's one of the things I am the most self conscious about. I have tried so many things between washes and creams and masks and prescriptions over the years it makes my head spin trying to remember them all. None of them worked. I did some research, and landed on the Yes To website. I've seen their products before, but have never tried them. I know that the Yes To brand is cruelty free, but not a fully vegan company. I read the ingredients of these products, and saw Glycerin and Stearic Acid. Naturally, I contacted them via email and said this:
"I am a vegan, and was curious about some of the products in your Yes to Tomatoes line. I see ingredients like Glycerin and Stearic Acid. Are they derived from plant sources? I read in your FAQ that the only animal ingredients you use are Honey and Beeswax in certain products, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks so much for your help!"
I received a response in about a day or so. This was my response:
Thank you so much for your inquiry about our Yes To product line! We love that you're interested in saying YES to something new. The only products in the Yes To lines which contain ingredients derived from animals are beeswax, honey and silk amino acids. These ingredients are derived naturally. Products in the Yes To line which contain one of these items include:
YTC Daily Softening Hand & Elbow Cream: Beeswax
YTC Dry Scalp Shampoo: Silk Amino Acids
YTC Dry Scalp Conditioner: Silk Amino Acids
YTCb Nourishing Baby Lotion: Beeswax
YTCb Soothing Diaper Cream: Beeswax
YTB Eye Firming Treatment: Beeswax YTB
YTB Smoothing Daily Cleanser (old & new): Beeswax
YTG Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream: Beeswax
YTG Dark Spot Correcting Body Crème: Beeswax
YTG Correct & repair Body Crème: Beeswax
YTG Correct & repair Eye Cream: Beeswax
YTCu SPF 30 Sun Stick: Beeswax
YTCu Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Stick: Beeswax
YTCo Head to Toe Restoring Balm: Beeswax
ALL Lip Balms: Beeswax
DISCO: YTC Leave in Conditioner: Honey
DISCO: YTB Line Reducing Lip Treatment: Beeswax
DISCO: YTB Rejuvenating Body Lotion: Beeswax
YTC=Carrot line; YTCu=Cucumber line; YTB=Blueberry; YTG=Grapefruit; YTT=Tomato; YTCo=Coconut; YTCb=Carrot Baby; DISCO=Discontinued products
The glycerin and stearic acid in our products is vegetable/plant derived.
Have a good day,
I was really impressed by Jessie's thorough answer. Customer service is a big factor for me. I work in customer service, so if a company customer service sucks, I'm turned off completely. A+ to the Yes To brand for excellent customer service!
So off to the store I went to make my purchase. I have read before the benefits that actual tomatoes have on your skin. Tomatoes are full of lycopene, Vitamin A C and K. They help with sunburn, smoothing and antiaging, shrinking pores, and clearing acne. I've read blogs and articles where people used actual tomato slices on their skin and had great results. But, being the tomato lover that I am, I could never waste a tomato by using it on my face lol. I eat tomatoes like apples. By that I mean, I wash them, and just take bite by bite until it's gone. I love them that much. After using these products, and seeing the results I have in just a short amount of time, I'm thinking I might have to sacrifice my tomato slices on my sandwich and use them on my face instead. Because this stuff works!
I have been using the Yes To Tomatoes line for 2 weeks as of today. This is actually my week for good old "Aunt Flo", and I've only had one small white head on my forehead, which the Acne Spot Stick cleared right up. And that's it! It's like a miracle! The main acne fighting and skin soothing ingredients in these products are: Salicylic Acid, Ginger Root, and Bisabolol. The Salicylic Acid kicks acne's butt, while the Ginger Root and Bisabolol help to avoid redness and irritation. I'm going to go step by step of how I use what, how much, and in what order I use them.
First up is the Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub. There's ground Mango seeds and bamboo in this scrub to really clean pores, and help promote skin turnover.
Above is a closer up detail of the scrub, and about how much I use. Like a nickel sized drop. I wet my hands, rub the product together between my fingers, and use only my fingers, not my palms, to gently massage the product into my face using small circles. I find that the using just your fingers allows for just the right amount of pressure to really get in your pores. I would say I do this for about 30-45 seconds then rinse with lukewarm water. I pat dry my face with a clean towel. I use this scrub in the morning and night. Despite the fact that it's a scrub, it's surprisingly gentle. My face feels cleaner, softer, and brighter after each use.
After my face is all dry and clean, I use both the Daily Repair Treatment and Daily Moisturizing Moisturizer together. These two products contain additional ingredients like Witch Hazel, Watermelon, and Red Tea to calm skin and help control oil production.
Above, the clear product is the treatment, and the white product is the moisturizer. You don't need a lot of product at all for either of these. I would say together, they'll be smaller than the size of a dime. With dry hands, I rub the products between my fingertips and apply the products all over my face, avoiding the delicate eye area of course, and along my neck. It's at this point, if necessary, I would use the spot stick on any pimples. In about 3 days or less, depending on the size of the pimple, the spot stick will dry it out. And DON'T PICK! I'm a picker, so I need to really control myself. As the pimple dries out, it obviously gets hard and you'll be tempted to pick at it, but refrain. It'll heal faster and won't cause any scarring if you let it heal naturally.
That's my whole routine! I use all of these products twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. I would suggest in the morning you allow the products to absorb in your face anywhere from about 15-30 minutes before applying your makeup.
I was able to find a combo back with the scrub, treatment, and spot stick for $19.99 at Target which is a steal. It's also available on their website for that price as well. Individually, the scrub is $9.99, the treatment is $14.99, the moisturizer is $14.99, and the spot stick is $9.99. Imagine how much you spend on dermatologist visits, prescription products, fancy creams. You're looking at hundreds of dollars, maybe even thousands. You get the bundle pack for $19.99 and the moisturizer for $14.99 and you're looking at $35.98, with results and the comfort of knowing you're using vegan and cruelty free ingredients. You need so little of each product to see results that each bottle will last you awhile and you'll absolutely get your money's worth. It's a no brainer!
I experienced some mild skin purging my first week of using these products, and that was it. I have no drying or peeling. My skin is smooth and soft. I even feel like my acne scars are fading a bit. I do feel like using these products has helped my oil production because without it my face was an oil slick within a few hours. I do still need to touch up once, but it's way later in the day. And, to be fair, I only use foundation at this present time. No primer or finishing powder. I think once I add them, that will also help. I have read some reviews that people find the smell of these products to be off putting. I find the smell to be fine. And even if I didn't, the product works and I could deal with a bad smell if my face looks good. But, that's just me. The scent doesn't last on your face long at all. Looking at all factors, I honestly couldn't recommend these products enough! A friend of mine also suffers adult acne, and I told her about these products and she picked them up right away and immediately saw results. She's a believer too! I hope after reading this you will be too!