Ever since the sticky summertime heat sent my combination skin into oily overdrive, I’ve been on the prowl, looking for a cleanser to break up all of this excess oil action.
Lately, I’ve been reaching a lot for Yes To Tomatoes Trouble-free Facial Wash ($10).
What’s with the tomatoes?
It’s a facial cleanser designed to remove excess oils and impurities from both oily and combination skin, and I expected it to smell like, well, tomatoes. Nope — it actually smells really good, like a combination of fresh, ripe watermelon, lemons and floral soap (but nothing like tomatoes).
Then where does it get its name?
From a key ingredient: lycopene.
According to the company (Yes To Carrots), “Lycopene is a natural compound responsible for the gorgeous red color of tomatoes. Its potent anti-oxidant properties are fantastic at fighting free radical damage, and preserving healthy skin cells.”
The compound’s also said to protect hair and skin from sun damage and pollution; promote healthy, softer skin; and to encourage a balanced, clearer complexion.
Yes To Tomatoes is one of three product lines: Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Carrots and Yes To Cucumbers.
Tightness: yes or no?
A small, dime-sized amount of the gel takes care of my face and my neck. It works quickly, breaking up any oil and grease on my face. After I rinse, it leaves my skin feeling fresh, sans any sticky residue or uncomfortable tightness.
The sleek white tube means it doesn’t take up a lot of room on a bathroom shelf. That may seem like a minor detail (and it is), but I’m frustrated by bath products that come packaged in oddly shaped bottles that take up too much room in the bathroom, where shelf space is limited, right?
Anywho, I do wish the cap were a flip-top rather than a screw-on. It’s inconvenient and tough to twist closed with slippery, wet fingers.
Not recommended for use around the eyes, boo!
It seems a little silly for a facial cleanser nowadays, but Yes To Tomatoes isn’t recommended for use around the eyes. No doubt, I’d probably use it more if it didn’t mean having to use a separate eye makeup remover and wash around my peepers.
Organic and natural, affordable price
But Yes To Tomatoes has a lot going for it. The company says it’s made from 99.6% natural ingredients, including organic watermelon extract, which works to remove excess oil, and organic tomatoes (for the lycopene) to fight free-radicals. The formula’s also free of parabens and petroleums and, according to the company, wasn’t tested on animals (it’s Tabs approved!).
Yes To Tomatoes Trouble-free Facial Wash
Price: $10 for a 3.38-oz tube
Use: To cleanse and remove excess oil from combination or oily skin
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
The price is certainly right, considering how similar department store organic/natural facial cleansers by companies like Korres can cost three to four times more, so if you’re looking for an affordable, natural cleanser that removes excess oil without stripping the skin, Yes To Tomatoes Trouble-free Facial Wash might be worth a try.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,