June 27, 2012

beauty scoop | yes to tomatoes blemish clearing facial towelettes

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get my sweat om on with my friend Kirsten at the yoga studio. Because I have a 30-minute drive home afterward, I make sure to bring a facial cleanser to use after class to freshen up before my commute.

I tried a pack of cleansing wipes before, but unfortunately, they were loaded with toxins. This time, I’ve wisened up a bit and chose to pick up some convenient and inexpensive Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes at Walgreens for $7.99.

yes to tomatoes blemish clearing facial towelettes

{I bought these Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes at Walgreens for $7.99 a few weeks ago and swear by them. Photo Courtesy Yes To Tomatoes}

You may have seen this brand, part of the Yes To Carrots line, at Walgreens before. I’ve been familiar with the brand for several years and have tried and loved several of its products. I appreciate that this brand keeps its pricepoint accessible for everyone, is readily available at Walgreens and packs high-quality, certified organic ingredients in its products.

Some of the great ingredients in Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes include organic tomato fruit extract (such a yummy smell!), red tea leaf extract, witch hazel, watermelon fruit extract and red pepper fruit extract.

However, the active ingredient is salicylic acid (the blemish-clearing part), so if you have known allergies or sensitivities to this ingredient, think twice about how a 1 percent addition will affect your skin. I will also point out that Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes also contain “fragrance,” a mystery ingredient that could be a cover for different types of non-natural ingredients (trade secrets) that could affect sensitive skin — but I haven’t had any issues!

I chose Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes for its portability and paraben-free formula. And while these are disposables (see my review of a sister product, Yes to Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes), they’re made with biodegradable, responsibly sourced fabric (that is Forest Stewardship Council-certified), so I don’t feel as bad wiping my mug down with these sturdy cloths after class.

We’re a convenience-oriented society, and I’m glad to see a brand putting out a product that is both convenient and responsible.

What do you take with you to the studio or gym? How do you feel about convenience products that require a bit more packaging or are disposable? What’s more important: Healthier ingredients or minimal packaging? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

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  • Susan

    I love and regularly use Yes To products, but the issue of fragrance does bother me. The company really seems to have it together in terms of putting in good, organic ingredients and leaving out bad ones (like parabens), so I don’t understand why they feel the need to use “fragrance.” Perhaps it’s a blend of essential oils and they just don’t put it on the label? More likely they’re synthetic scents and phthalates though. It just seems so strange to me. Why go just 98% natural? Just go the whole way!

    I usually try to steer clear of disposable products. That said, I’m not completely opposed to them. I usually choose healthier ingredients over minimal packaging, but ultimately I will buy a product based on how well it performs in time of need.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @susan i agree. i would like to know what’s up with “fragrance” in yes to products, and i’m also curious if they still offer USDA organic lip balms and such…did a quick search of the site last night and didn’t see them, though i do remember reviewing them a few years ago. but, this is still a great drugstore brand that puts naturals/organics within reach to more people!

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  • http://www.pureinart.com Tina Kraemer

    Have you done or will you do a review on the different gentle/blemish/etc. cleansers that Yes to Carrots/Tomatoes/Cucumbers/Blueberries (I think this is one of the brands LOL) offers?

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @tina i will add it to the list! love the “yes to” line of stuff :)



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