Yes to Tomatoes, No to Zits

Food confession time: I don’t eat condiments. The traditional burger ones – like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Especially ketchup. You could say I have a bit of a thing against tomatoes and only eat a few byproducts of the fruit (spaghetti sauce and salsa, namely). I don’t eat BLTs; I eat BLCs (bacon, lettuce and cheese). I can’t quite shake the disdain for tomatoes, at least in my diet. When it comes to my skin, I say YES! Tomatoes contain a power antioxidant, lycopene, which works as an anti-inflammatory to help balance your complexion. Which is why if you suffer from oily or acne prone skin, you should be saying YES to Tomatoes as well.

First, the YES to Tomatoes Acne Roller Ball Spot Stick. They had me at roller ball, and it just got better from there. Before I go to bed, I get up close and personal in the mirror to try and prevent any blemishes from making progress before morning. And this makes it so easy! It’s a hands free blemish fighter that uses the power of tomatoes, 2% salicylic acid to break down blemishes and a blend of ginger root to reduce redness. The stainless steel ball means you’re not touching the product or the blemish, both of which inevitably lead to unnecessary bacteria somewhere in the zit-zapping chain. As an added bonus, this travels well.

If you’re in need of more than just a spot treatment, the YES to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads have you covered. These remind me of the pads I used when I was teenager, but these don’t strip my skin of essential oils and moisture. They also contain tomatoes, salicylic acid, as well as extracts from lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables like red pepper, red tea, pumpkin and watermelon. And the best part of these? Aside from the good skin part, of course? They’re a bargain at $8 for 50 pads.

It's a Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment and Skin Repair Serum

Blueberries are known to be a great brain-boosting food.  They’re delicious and healthy, and I stockpile my refrigerator with them each week.  Well, it turns out that adding a dose of Yes to Blueberries to your skincare regimen has an equally powerful effect on your skin. These products are rich in antioxidants and restorative ingredients for aging skin.

I wanted to share my thoughts on a few Yes to Blueberries items I’ve weaved into to my daily beauty routine: the Intensive Skin Repair Serum and Eye Firming Treatment. If you’re not using a serum, well you need to be. It should be the first layer you put on your face after cleansing, the “vitamin layer” that infuses your skin with nutrients.

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Best of 2010: Our Favorite Skincare Items

Skincare, above all things, is probably our number one beauty priority. Can’t build a house without a good foundation right? There were a few items that really stood out to us in 2010 — for their innovation, hydration, simplicity and ability to make our skin feel, and look, fabulous. Here’s what we loved this past year.

Josie Maran Argan Primer Mist – I cannot get enough of all things Argan, thanks to Josie Maran – her Argan Primer Mist included. This can be used as a primer, it’s so hydrating and really helps prepare the skin for layers of makeup, but I think it’s even better used as a refresher  mid-day or on clean skin. I’ve recommended this product to pretty much every woman I know.

Boscia Black Luminizing Mask – This mask by Boscia is the ultimate de-gunker. It sucks everything out of your pores and minimizes them in the process, and really does give a luminizing effect to the skin. Carla and I were both quite impressed. I used it twice weekly in the summer, but now that it’s winter I find I use it once every 7-10 days. I’m addicted!

Clarisonic Opal – Speaking of addiction…the Clarisonic Opal. This is a fantastic innovation, and it works. Admittedly, I don’t have serious undereye wrinkles but even I notice a perk in the skin around my eyes.

Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment – Carla and her CytcoCell became best friends this year. It tamed the dry patches, helps control excess oil and helped reduce overall redness in a light weight and emollient formula… LOVE!! You can read more about Kate Somerville products at

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes – These are a budget beauty steal! In terms of facial wipes, these may be the most soothing I’ve ever used. They are what they promise to be. I also really enjoy the cucumber scent. It’s like a spa at home.

What skincare items made your list of favorites for 2010?

Ten or Less: Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes hit all the right notes. They’re nearly all natural (98.7%) hypoallergenic, paraben-free and have the most amazing fresh cucumber scent. And to top it off, they are ultra-affordable at about $6 for 30 wipes.

These towelettes can pretty much do it all, but I like them most for a pre-face wash wipe or a refresh on a clean face. They infuse the face with moisture and settle in with an unbelievably refreshingly tingle. They leave behind no film, no fuss and I can see these working on just about anyone with a face!

The travel version shown above is $2.99 for 10 wipes, and while less of a deal in terms of quantity they are perfect to tote around or travel with. I brought these on a trip to Milwaukee last week, and they were sitting in the car the whole day until I checked into a hotel. When I finally used one at night, it was such a rejuvenation because it was practically frozen! I can see myself purposefully freezing them in the summer — but for now, I’ll likely stick with room temp. 🙂

Disclosure: We received a sample of this product.

Ten or Less: Yes to Carrots Lip Butter

Say Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butters!  For Ten or Less, you can actually buy several of these all-natural, organic lip balms. Lip balm is important in the beauty routine to keep lips moisturized and smooth. Beneath every lip product I wear is a coat of lip balm to help prime my lips for the day. I find it works wonders with a stickier gloss, like MAC Lipglass for example.

The key for me is that “melt into your lips” factor. I get very frustrated when I encounter waxy and thick balms. But don’t we all? A slight flavor or scent is always a nice perk too. And organic and natural – well that’s the trifecta! Yes to Carrots hits all three marks, and each costs less than $3. With vitamin E and olive and coconut oils, it really is a soothing balm. I am loving the berry flavor, and my husband has taken a liking to the melon. I swapped that one out with his normal Chapstick. 🙂

Disclosure: We received a sample of this product.