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I am a huge fan of the Yes to Carrots range, whether it is the hand and nail spa pampering product, the shower gel or the mud mask, I have never felt disappointed, in-fact I have always been eager to try further products from within the range.
Whilst the name 'The Yes to carrots name' is rather odd, I have to admit that it is a name I remember and one that I feel fits perfectly for the brand in which has created. The whole idea behind the YTC range is the combination of the goodness of both fresh organic fruit and vegetables, then add to that minerals from the Dead Sea , so it isn't just carrots that they include within their product, many of them contain a whole host of other ingredients which are specially picked for each product. In recent times the YTC range has been expanded somewhat to include a Cucumber, Tomato and Blueberry range, each one designed with a specific purpose in mind.
The Yes To Carrots range is available at selected Boots and Debenhams Stores and their website which is a bright orange colour is really well designed and when you decide you want to solve a problematic area such as your face for example you are given further options to choose from depending on your skin type. So if you have normal to dry skin on the screen before you will be a whole host of products to try. There is also further information about all of their products on the YTC website.
Everyone in a while I like to ensure that I clean my face properly and that often means a little more than cleanse, tone and moisturising in a morning and a scrub once or twice a week. I want a product that will do all those jobs in one but a product which will also be kind to my skin and leave it glowing, soft and smooth. Not quite a miracle product but I want something that comes close.
This product is marketed as being the Yes to Carrots Exfoliating Cleanser that promises to remove dead skin cells, lessen fine lines, leave your skin feeling nourished and radiantly rejuvenated and deliciously fresh! A lot of promises from one product and given that I love this range and haven't felt let down yet, I was more than willing to pay £8.99 for the tube to give it a go.
Anyone who has come across the YTC range, other than from my reviews, will notice them by their usually bright orange packaging which stands out amongst the crowd on a shelf. This product is the opposite to the usual packaging I am used too. It is a bright white flip top tube which features bright orange writing and I only came across when I noticed the range itself with its vibrant bright colourful packaging, had I not noticed that, this product would have been missed. On the tube itself it tells you exactly what it is that you are getting 'Exfoliating Cleanser, yes to vitamin-packed with carrots and yes to gently exfoliating with ground bamboo'. Then on the back of the tube is the list of ingredients that you will find within this product.
I find the ingredients lists Within products fascinating and whilst there are some which bamboozle me because they are usually chemically named ones, this product is quite surprising because it is jam packed full of wonderful ingredients which i was really excited about. There was however one or two surprised to be had when i looked on the back of the tube, starting with sweet potato extract which acts not only as a moisturiser but it also has anti-ageing properties too. Avocado Oil is also used and that is rich in vitamins A, D and E all of which benefit the skin. Shea Butter is also used and it helps to protect your skin from becoming dehydrated and also moisturises. Jojoba Oil, one of my favourite ingredients comes next and it helps to unclogs your pores, lifts grime from your skins surface and embedded impurities which then allows other ingredients within this product to penetrate the skin much easier to do its job. You will also find another of my favourite ingredients within this product - Aloe Vera which is very soothing to the skin. Pumpkin Juice is another surprise ingredient, not only do you associate them with Halloween but in a product like this one it is packed full of vitamins but also acts as a cleanser on the skin, in-fact when I read up about pumpkin juice I was surprised at how many different things it can be used for. The final two things to mention for me are the use of Dead Sea Water which again is good for the skin and helps to rejuvenate, moisturise and keep your skin hydrated. Finally the main ingredient - carrots! Carrots are very rich in vitamin A which means that for the skin it helps to keep it soft and smooth whilst helping with anti-ageing.
The directs for use with this product are that you should use it on wet skin and with any product like this, I would only ever recommend that you per wash your face first to remove surface dirt and grime therefore giving the key essential oils within this product a chance to absorb into your skin to work properly. Once you apply to your face and note that you will only need to use no more than a walnut sized blob or one squeeze of the tube. This cream isn't of the thickest texture and compared to products such as 'Scrub Your Nose In It' from Soap and Glory it feels much thinner however given this is an exfoliating cleanser I was surprised to find how smooth it felt once applied to my face and there was no sign of anything that you would normally associate with being an exfoliant, nothing sharp, abrasive or slightly rough to remove dead skin, instead what it does use is finely ground particles of Bamboo which help to remove those dead skin cells. Once you have massaged this product into your skin which you need to do for around a minute, I then leave it for a further minute before removing with lukewarm water and then as and where necessary using a flannel to remove the bits I have missed.
The aroma of this exfoliating cleanser is also really nice, you can definitely smell the Shea Butter and then you can also smell the Jojoba Oil which can be quite dominant in some products but then I can also tell there is pumpkin juice, not something I like the smell of when carving them, but it is most definitely there as part of this products make up.
After using, well could your skin be anything other than everything that was promised? Well given that was to remove dead skin cells, lessen fine lines, leave your skin feeling nourished and radiantly rejuvenated and deliciously fresh, I have to say without doubt yes it did live up to all of those promises. I love this exfoliating cleanser, it is soft on my skin, not abrasive, it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry after use, it moisturises, it leaves my skin glowing, feeling clean and is now part of my skin regime every day.
Yes to Carrots is a brand which I became acquainted with recently after seeing it reviewed well in a few youtube videos. Primarily an American brand this product has been hard to hunt down in the UK and seems to be sold only in certain department stores. Although the Yes To Carrots website states it can be bought in Debenhams, they no longer stock it online and it doesn't seem to be in stores either. The only department store which I have found it in is the Fenwick chain (which also own Bentalls). It can also be bought online on Amazon and a few other UK based online drugstores.
The product itself isn't as expensive as most department store skincare ranges, costing £8.95 for 100mls I would class it as a mid range product between the high end brands and more common drugstore brands. This cleanser is marketed at people with normal to dry skin and is part of their 'nourishing' line. What intrigued me the most was that the brand promote themselves as using natural ingredients free of parabens, petroleum and sodium laurel sulphate. I believe that 99.6% of this product is comprised of natural ingredients, including organic carrot juice, apricot, spring water and a combination of 26 dead sea minerals. The beta carotene in the carrots is an anti-oxidant which protects skin from free radicals, whilst the dead sea minerals are said to be nourishing, purifying and moisturising. The company have given the product an outstanding write up which claims this is essentially a natural (mostly), nourishing at home spa treatment. Although usually companies do a good job of hyping themselves up and giving promises above what they can fulfil, I have to say this product does a wonderful job at living up to the brands description.
The product itself is a white cream, slightly runny and bitty in consistency. The cream feels very gentle and moisturising, once applied to the face it does feel grainy and slightly harsh, but this is due to the tiny grains used to buff away the dead skin on your face. The product directs you to use a small amount (I go for a 5p coin size) on a wet face, which you then massage in circular motions all over your face, usually for about a minute before washing off with lukewarm water. It is easy to wash off and there is no residue left on my skin, nor does my skin feel tight or dry. I don't find the product harsh on my skin, although I will state that I only use it once a day and use a different cleanser in the morning, purely because I do not wish to over exfoliate my skin. Since using this product I have noticed my skin looks clearer, more even in tone and I have far fewer breakouts.
The packaging is simple, the product comes in a white plastic tube with flip top lid. The tube has the yes to carrots logo on and some information about the cleansers, its ingredients etc. Generally the design is very plain promoting the idea of clean simple skincare. The product stands with the flip top lid at the bottom making it easy to get product out.
Overall I give this product a 5/5 because it has given me noticeable improvement in my skin, is not too expensive and I like the idea of using a mostly natural product.
Formulated with Dead Sea Minerals, organic carrot juice and natural apricot particles, this exfoliating cleanser by Yes To Carrots removes dead skin cells leaving your skin balanced, nourished and rejuvenated.