When I ran out of my last facial moisturizer, I decided to give a drugstore natural product a try. Having sensitive skin with occasional redness, I looked for something that would help keep my skin calm and protected. I read the labels for lots of different moisturizers and decided to try the Yes to Carrots Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer. It says its formulated for sensitive skin and, as it has natural ingredients, what could possibly cause a reaction? Cucumbers, aloe vera, and almond oil… sounds good to me.
Except it wasn’t. The first day I used it, I noticed an immediate burning sensation especially in the drier parts of my face on my cheeks and around my nose. I brushed it off and thought that maybe I should let my skin get used to it, and vowed to try to use it for a few weeks before I criticized. But day after day, the burning continued, followed by unusual red blotches all over my face that would eventually fade. The blotches were in random places too, and not always in the same locations, and not always every day. At the end of the night, after I would wash my face with my usual natural cleanser and makeup remover, my skin was tight and dry. All of this was the opposite of “soothing,” “calming,” and “gentle.”
It’s been about a month and the symptoms have not gone away. While they do fade within 10 minutes in the morning, my makeup has been caking in my drier parts of my skin and doesn’t blend as nicely. It’s the end of the line for me and I’m finally giving up on it.
Yes to Carrots Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer: retails for $14.99; EWG Skin Deep rating not available, but the regular daily moisturizer is rated a 5 (medium risk).
While it’s nice to have easy access to an over the counter moisturizer that’s natural, I’ve decided to return to the last moisturizer I used – The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Day Cream… arriving at my doorstep any day now.