Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Soothing Eye Gel, and Calming Night Cream

Cucumber is known for its soothing properties. Yes To Cucumbers makes the most of it.

By Natalie K. Bell

I’m a big fan of putting food on my face. Especially cucumbers. As a child, I was certain that beautiful women put cucumbers on their eyes to make themselves beautiful. Just slice off some of that watery, green fruit and you had an eye de-puffing machine.

Fortunately for my childhood self, Yes To Cucumbers does a lot of what I had hoped for, but in a delivery system that might be a bit more convenient than running to my kitchen all the time.

Cucumbers

Cucumber — or cucumus sativus — comes from India and has been used in ethnic medicine as a diuretic, treatment for hypertension, and to reduce swelling and inflammation (Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements). Their water content, low calories, and decent level of fiber are greatly touted, but they contain relatively few vitamins and nutrients compared with other veggies on their own (Cambridge World History of Food).

By concentrating them, products can make the most of their vitamin C content, which works as an antioxidant, increases collagen, and reduce wrinkle formation. In one study, a concentrate was shown to be good for skin brightening and anti-acne purposes (African Journal of Biotechnology, 2011). Future studies will need to determine how well cucumber extract works for fighting wrinkles, dry skin, and psoriasis.

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Natural Glow, 30 ct. ($5.99, Amazon.com)

These facial towelettes are refreshing and soothing. Not the best clean, but perfect for something on-the-go.

Aloe Vera — This plant has been used all over the world for treating skin irritations, minor burns, and inflammation (Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions). Many scientists believe this is because of the polysaccharides the plant contains, as well as its antibacterial properties (Total Health, 1994). Studies are limited on the plant, and though users talk about its many benefits, there isn’t definitive scientific proof (Pakistan and Gulf Economist).

Green Tea Green tea is a good antioxidant that can help sooth inflammation and has anti-carcinogenic properties (On the Horizon, 2000). Regularly topical use has been shown to reduce phototoxicity and oxidative stress after UV radiation (Carcinogenesis, 2001).

Product Rating: 7.5/10

  • High or optimized concentration of proven effective ingredients: 2.5/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology: 2/3
  • Value: 3/3
  • Sunscreen: N/A

Yes To Soothing Eye Gel, Cucumber, 1.01 Fluid Ounce ($9.49, Amazon.com)

The soothing eye cream does a great job of revitalizing puffy, tired eyes.

Spirulina — Spirulina is a kind of algae with a vitamin B that has been shown to decrease mass cell-mediated allergic reactions in rats (Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements; Biochemical Pharmacology, 1998). It was also found to help heal wounds in rats (Wound Healing Activity of Spirulina Extracts, 2011).

Dead Sea Minerals — The Dead Sea is very well known for its beneficial properties. It’s been shown to treat psoriasis and, to some extent, atopic dermatitis (Skin and Allergy News, 2009; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 1995)

Product Rating: 8/10

  • High or optimized concentration of proven effective ingredients: 2.5/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology: 2.5/3
  • Value: 3/3
  • Sunscreen: N/A

Yes To Inc Yes to Cucumbers Calming Night Cream — 1.7 fl oz ($8.99, Amazon.com)

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Night Cream works well, but would be better with more effective ingredients.

Chamomile — Chamomile is known to sooth skin, help heal wounds, and work as an anti-inflammatory but it can have negative consequences for some people as well Continuously exposing yourself to it — i.e. daily application — can cause a rash if you have a ragweed, sunflower, or aster family allergy (Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements; Prescription for Natural Healing). If you aren’t allergic to this plant, it can serve as an antioxidant and healing purposes; in a double-blind study, groups with weeping wounds were given chamomile or a placebo and the chamomile group healed faster (Longwood Herbal, 1999).

Grape Seed Oil — This oil can bring more oxygen to the skin by strengthening capillaries with its bioflavonoid. It also works to reduce wrinkles (Better Nutrition). Studies have shown that it’s a fantastic antioxidant (Food Chemistry, 2000).

Product Rating: 7.5/10

  • High or optimized concentration of proven effective ingredients: 2.5/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology: 2/3
  • Value: 3/3
  • Sunscreen: N/A

Personal Use and Opinion

I enjoyed the routine as a whole but some components were better than others for me. The facial towelettes were soothing and refreshing — though they didn’t make my face feel as clean as an actual wash with cleanser and water. I think they’d be an excellent product for a quick cleanse mid-day or take while traveling to stay fresh. The eye gel was great for me. I was pretty tired and puffy today and I felt immediately refreshed. The gel was pretty slow to absorb, so I’d rather use it at night before bed than in the morning when I’m trying to get together. I liked the night cream and it was a thick and went on smoothly. But I would prefer a night cream with a bit more oomph as far as ingredients go — night is when the skin is best at absorbing vitamins and minerals and I could have use more. The smell for all three was cool and refreshing — as one might expect from cucumbers. My one hang-up is that two of the products use chamomile, which a pretty good number of people are allergic to.

The Bottom Line

Yes to Cucumbers’ Facial Towelettes, Soothing Eye Gel, and Calming Night Cream worked pretty well together with some products being more of a stand out than others. For people concerned with natural products, they can be a great nightly routine — as long as you aren’t allergic to ragweed, sunflowers, or anything in the aster family, that is. Overall, they’re refreshing and contained ingredients proven to moisturize, sooth, and heal skin.

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One thought on “Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Soothing Eye Gel, and Calming Night Cream

  1. Ana says:

    a lady in sephora convinced me to buy the towelettes saying they were great for sensitive skin, what a lie. I can’t use them they give me redness and an awful burning sensation.

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