- Product: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser
- Vendor: Yes To; Amazon
- Initial Review: 1/15/2017
- Price: 4.59 USD on Amazon; 9.99 USD on Yes To
- Reason for Purchase: Tragedy struck as I ran out of my Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, and I had to figure out how to keep my face on the right track. I did some research on affordable cleansers that have positive reviews. According to Allure.com, such a product would be Yes to Tomatoes’ Daily Clarifying Cleanser. So I gave it a shot.
I chose Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser for several reasons. Mostly because of what I have read and heard through the skincare community about tomatoes and their benefits. Back in the day (as in 3.5 years ago), New Beauty Magazine provided a quick overview of tomatoes, begging the question: “Can Tomatoes Lead to Fewer Lines”? The author wrote: “Lycopene, the antioxidant-rich carotenoid found in some fruits and vegetables–most notably, tomatoes–is also found in many topical anti-aging products. Studies also say oral supplements may boost skin smoothness” (“Face: Can Tomatoes Lead to Fewer Lines?” Summer 2013, p. 145).
Lycopene is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are essential when protecting your skin from the inside out from UVA/UVB Rays. According to solid-scientific-documented-evidence, this substance has a measurable effect on the skin of those who eat a concentrated, tomato-paste diet for 12 weeks–up to 30% (“Tomatoes and Skin Protection” 2014). Read more on this BBC-Science & Nature: Truth About Food experiment and see how you might be able to increase your protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Although there are those who missed the memo and don’t realize that everyone eats tomato paste straight out of the can every day, there are some ways the lesser people can, too, protect themselves with the power of Lycopene. With that said, let’s move on to what is actually in this magical cleanser.
The ingredient list on the Yes To site is super comprehensive for Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser. The site actually breaks down each of the ingredients and explains what they are and why it is important for the cleanser.
Each ingredient has a particular use. I will categorize the most important ingredients based on their uses and explain what the ingredients do for Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser. This will be a mix of my own research and how they describe these uses on their site.
- Active – Value added materials that are the basis of the functionality of the formulas. Every formula has actives added to it to perform a particular function (Source).
- Aloe Vera Leaf Juice – Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice can soothe skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory. It can be efficiently used topically, because of its burn healing effects, scar reducing and wounds healing properties. Aloe protects the skin from UV damage. The herb contains aloin, which can block up to 30 percent of the ultraviolet rays when applied to the skin’s surface (Source).
- Carrageenan Extract – Carrageenan Extract comes from a red seaweed plant called Chondrus Crispus. It acts as a skin conditioner. Carrageenan Extract has been investigated for oral toxicity, but when it comes to topical, there are benefits to Carrageenan Extract “…carrageenan may actually prove beneficial to skin in several ways. In addition to its hydrating properties, it’s also been found in some studies to block the growth of viruses like human papillomavirus, making it potentially even more protective in sexual lubricants…” (Source)
- Salicylic Acid – According to The United States Library of Medicine, Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne: “Topical salicylic acid treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and unplugging blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink. It treats other skin conditions by softening and loosening dry, scaly, or thickened skin so that it falls off or can be removed easily” (Source).
- Tomato Extract – Medical New Today reports that tomatoes have positive effect on collagen synthesis when eaten (Source). Also, tomatoes are full of lycopene, the carotenoid that helps protect against UVA/UVB rays. However, this is not been proven to be effective when applied topically and the acid from tomatoes might do more harm than good if not balanced with another antioxidant such as Vitamin E.
- Emulsifier/Surfactant – Promotes the formation of intimate mixtures of non-miscible liquids by altering the interfacial tension/the cleanser that helps defend against oil (Source).
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine – this emulsifier is derived from coconut oil, and has had some concerns over the fact that it can get contaminated easily–thus causing skin irritations and redness. It is also used as a skin conditioning agent and foam enhancer (Source).
- Lauryl Glucoside – this substance is used as a cleansing agent and is gentle enough to be used in baby products (Source).
- Emollient – Softens and smooths the skin (Source).
- Propanediol – this substance is known to smooth the skin and work as a humectant (which brings moisture to the face). However, it can also be known as an irritant towards sensitive skin, so be warned (Source).
Due to these ingredients, I expect that the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser will help kill bacteria on my face (due to the Carrageenan Extract). The bacteria live in the oil in my overworking pores, creating pimples. I also expect that this cleanser will be stronger than what I am used to because I have been using so many gentle ingredients. I don’t think it will dry me out, but I do feel I will have to combat the drying effects with moisturizing masques. However, because of the Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, I should have softer skin and hopefully protection from the sun. The Tomato Juice should also help protect me from the sun, so I should see overall less darkness on my face and reduction in dark spots.
I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, so the Propanediol shouldn’t affect me. I just hope the Salicylic Acid does its job of deep-cleaning my pores.
I am separating my first day’s impression and my 4th week’s impression so you to figure out how the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser affected me short- and long-term.
I was surprised when the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser came out clear and very liquid-y. I was expecting this product to foam because of the foaming agent Cocamidopropyl Betaine. The liquid was very easy to use: I was able to spread it easily and apply it to my face. My first impressions beyond that was how good the Daily Clarifying Cleanser smelled. I was not expecting it to smell like much of anything. However, it has a very floral scent and does not irritate my skin.
The first day I used it, my skin was very clear. The Yes to Tomatoes Cleanser really made my skin feel “clean”. My skin was not as soft as when I’ve used other products, but it was feeling very fresh. I also felt my skin was more radiant. There was no oil left on my face, but there was a slight sheen that I believe came from the Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and the Tomato Juice. Those ingredients probably accounted for that radiant look I had going.
I was not irritated and did not have any allergic reactions. I also did not break out later due to dry skin or rawness.
Day 30 (4 weeks)
After 4 weeks I haven’t really seen any changes to my complexion. The Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser is working just as well as it did the first day. My skin just hasn’t undergone any re-hauls when it comes to the radiance or reduction in dark spots. I don’t know if the Yes to Tomatoes Cleanser has blocked my skin from the sun in particular, but if it has I thank it.
I think I have kept my acne under control as much as possible over the years, and so now that my face is relatively clear I don’t notice any changes. However, I am not the only one to review this product. When I looked more into other people’s reactions, many says that the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser helps keep their acne at bay. They also claim it has helped reduce the redness and swelling of the infected area (See More Customer Reviews).
The Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser is a wonderful product that I would definitely recommend. It was not awe-inspiring for me as I am not the one who might need it most. It helped keep away my oily skin, but I don’t use it as often because it is not so necessary for my non-acne skin. I just have oily skin, but I exfoliate and keep the bacteria away, so my problems aren’t really present for this Daily Clarifying Cleanser to fix. But the proof is in the reactions others have to it, and if you are prone to acne, I fully believe the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser is for you.
Water (Aqua), Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract*, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Maris Limus Extract, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Alcohol*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropanal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal. *Certified Organic Ingredient