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Antiaging exclusive from Your Best face for TIA readers

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Dark Circles, Sagging Skin, Puffy Eyes
December 1, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 22 Comments
Define, a new antiaging cream from Your Best Face that targets the lip area, was actually made with help from Truth In Aging's VIP members. Yes, your wisdom and passion for great skincare is shaping the future of the cosmetics industry - one potion at a time. Actually, two. VIPers also had the chance to test and pitch in on Prep, YBF's new exfoliator. And now (drum roll, please) we are proud to introduce a bundle of some of YBF's finest at a brilliant discount exclusively for TIA readers.

In the Truth In Aging store, you will now find the YBF goody bag with the all new Define (full size), Quench (full size), a better-than-ever Correct eye cream (full size)

Personally, I'm not sure how Correct could have been improved since it was already, in my book, the world's best eye cream and one of our Five Best. I have been trying out the new version for the past week and can report that the texture is a little thicker and this is one heck of a de-puffer (I've been partying all week - in the interests of science, of course) thanks to a new addition to the formula called Eyeseryl (tetrapeptide-5). Also new is dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline (Sepilift DPHP), a peptide that tests have shown to be effective on crow's feet. Happily no babies have been thrown out with the bathwater and you will still find Syn-tacks and Syncoll (see Define below). The other thing about Correct is that panda eyes will be a thing of the past.

Define could do for lip lines what Correct does for crow's feet. I have found that it has really softened mine and, although it is not a lip plumper per se, it definitely gives me fuller, redder lips (not easy since naturally they are as thin as a snake's). There are two peptides that might give the mighty Matrixyl a run for its money. Syncoll  is a small peptide with a unique sequence to mimic the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen via TGF-β, tissue growth factor. It is in good company with Syn-tacks, which stimulates a broad spectrum of things responsible for youthful skin – laminin V, collagen types IV, VII and XVII and integrin – all at once. And of course, no YBF product would be complete without a smattering of the radical scavenger, spin trap, and new favorite, lipochroman-6.

Lips will become even more kissable with Quench. Whenever I'm asked to recommend a lip salve that really works, I suggest Quench. It has nothing nasty that you wouldn't want near your mouth and plenty that you would. Your smackers will be grateful for argan oil as winter approaches. Meadowform seeds are 60% omega-9 fatty acids. In practice, it behaves like a safe silicone, adding gloss and helping with the retention of moisture. And no YBF product would be complete without spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), a molecule that makes a bee line for free radicals that are spinning out of control and stops them in their tracks before they can do cellular damage.

Along with Define, Prep is brand new. It is a creamy - creamier, I suspect, as a result of feedback from our testers - exfoliator. Actually, exfoliator is an understatement. This is the closest thing to an at-home microdermabrasion that I have ever found. This is due to the aluminum oxide crystals (not to be confused with unsafe aluminum, this is used in hip replacements). Alpha arbutin helps to fade pesky age spots and there is the usual cocktail of YBF's potent peptides including Matrixyl 3000.

Ingredients in Correct

Reverse osmosis water, Eyeseryl (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-5), licorice root extract, Haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chyrsin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Snap-8 (water, acetyl octapeptide-3), olivem (cetearyl olivate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, water, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3) cucumber extract, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), nylon-12, triglyceride, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), alpha arbutin, nutmeg butter, caffeine, olive leaf extract, vitamin E, ethyhexyl palmitate, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol) Sepilift DPHP (dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline), idebenone, alpha lipoic acid, sodium hyaluronate, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute, triethanolamine, paraben DU.

Ingredients in Define

Reverse osmosis water, xylitol, olivem (cetearyl olivate), Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), ethehexyl palmitate, white tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), Hilurip (isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG- 14/14 dimethicone, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, cyclopentasiloxane, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, tripeptide-1), vitamin E, meadowfoam seed oil, alpha arbutin, licorice root extract, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), niacin, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sodium hyaluronate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), superoxide dismutase, peppermint oil, lemon oil, blue tansy oil, blue chamomile oil, paraben DU.

Ingredients in Quench

Beeswax, cupuacu butter, ethylhexyl palmitate, meadowfoam seed oil, triglyceride, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin C), vitamin E, blueberry seed oil, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), peppermint oil, clementine oil, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol).

Ingredients in Prep

White tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), aluminum oxide crystals, olivem, Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), niacin, edelweiss extract, triglyceride, alpha arbutin, allantoin, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxytheonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), vitamin E, vitamin B5, Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, water, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), olive leaf extract, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), idebenone, sodium hyaluronate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), orange oil, bergamot oil, paraben DU.
  • July 3, 2010

    by Peggy

    Hi Darrell,
    Thank you so much for responding to my questions - thanks to everyone who responded. It's so exciting to me (almost too good to be true) to be able to communicate with the "designer" of a product! When I found the TIA website and this post about how TIA members had contributed input toward the formulation of products - how wonderful! Thanks to you and Marta for providing that. Also thanks to you both for offering samples so we can try new products.

    Darrell, I'm so glad to hear that your oakmoss has no atranol, and that the citrus oils are used in a safe way. That eases my mind, and I'm so impressed by your outreach and consideration, not only for the people that use your products but for the quality and safety of your formulations, I'm looking forward more than ever to trying other YBF products. I love the blue tansy and blue (German, I assume) chamomile in Define - and as I've had chronically chapped lips since childhood they need some good stuff - but that's another post.

    Julie and Junko, thanks for your input also. I've learned a lot by reading your posts and value the commendations you give YBF.

    Naja, thanks for the recommendation, but I have very sensitive (and very fair) skin, and so have shied away from using products with a reputation of being irritating. In fact, my foray into skin care really started after trying a product from a chain store with Matrixyl 3000 that sounded like it had ingredients that would do something for sun damage. Well, the first time I used it it did get rid of the crepiness and finer wrinkles under my eyes, but it did it by swelling my skin - my whole face was slightly swollen. Have you every been bitten on the eyelid by a gnat or whatever those little flying menaces are? My eyelids were swollen like that, and that can't be doing good things for your skin. So, I want to try a gentler approach and see if it works.

  • July 2, 2010

    by marta

    Junko, I completely agree. YBF and Darrell have been incredibly open and receptive right from day one (about two years ago) when I pestered him with my first set of questions. Not only that, he has changed the formulations of several products because of feedback from TIA readers and regularly getting a sense about what matters to you from the comments you post.

    Sadly, there aren't any independent watch dogs. I am dreaming of the TIA Lab Test where we would analyze what's in some of the phonier looking products that crop up (usually with the word 'miracle' somewhere).

  • July 2, 2010

    by Junko

    I'd like to put a word in on how important the credibility of a brand is when you consider all the products out there today. I'm reminded of a reader posting the question as to whether there were any independent 'watch dog' companies that confirm a manufacturer's stated ingredients and percentages of those ingredients. I hope Marta will follow-up on this and let us know if there are. I think I'm at the mercy and credibility of a brand on whether or not they're honestly publishing their ingredients for exactly what they are. Credibility and belief that YBF has my best interest at heart puts them top of my favorite brands list. Darrell's active participation in the Truth In Aging website shows me where his heart is. A Curtsy to YBF on the atranol-free! This is also why I love the Founder's Series articles on TIA. Gives me a better picture of who's making what and why they're making it, and this has become very important to me as I make my purchases now.

  • July 2, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Thank you Julie!

    Just so you know, we don't use Argireline any more. A while back when we revised our formulas, we upgraded from Argireline to Snap-8. We made this particular change because Snap-8 is a more effective ingredient and because we were able to get our costs down in obtaining Snap-8.

    As an aside, I was watching comments a couple of weeks ago about Argirline as concerns popped up. I've always believed the comments of Argireline limiting blinking or resulting in face sagging to be unfounded internet rumors. However, even though we don't use the ingredient any longer, I wrote to a contact at the distributor of Argireline and Snap-8 to share concerns I had read on TIA.

    His response was helpful and pointed out that there have been no claims filed with the FDA that would support concern of these ingredients causing sagging or diminishing one's ability to blink.

    Thank you again and I hope you've plans for a great holiday weekend!

  • July 2, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    Of course I can't write a comment w/out leaving a pertinent word out: Above I meant... Quench is the only lip balm that doesn't chap my lips- no lie; free pie.

  • July 2, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    Darrell- always good to hear from you! As on record, I love YBF's products. Correct has basically eradicated all fine lines around my eyes. I have lines when I laugh, but that's natural. It is the basis for my eyes, definitely- I'd be lost without it and have been using it for more than 2 years. I use Quench nightly, as it's the only lip balm that does "chap" my lips! I carry Boost w me as a "boost" whenever needed. Control, as well. It's the only product w Argireline I do use. =) I adore YBF. Thank you and Kimberly for founding the product line! ~jk

  • July 2, 2010

    by Naja

    Peggy, if you want a great antiaging product, my vote goes to Cellex-C Advanced C Skin Tightening Cream. It contains 17.5% vitamin c in the form of l-ascorbic acid along with a ton of other antioxidants.

    Cellex-C was the first name in clinical stength vitamin c products. In the past ten years, this is hands down the best vitamin C product, cream or serum, I have ever used. Whenever I have experimented with other brands, including Skincetuticals, I have been disappointed. If you have sensitive skin or dry skin, the cream formulation makes is easier to tolerate than the serum of the same name.

    This cream is a potent collagen booster and antioxidant. It firms,smooths and evens out my skin. My skin has no wrinkles and just glows. I recommended this to a friend in her 70s who cannot stop raving about it. We're both going to the grave with this stuff plastered on.

    Along with Retin-A and chemical peels, Cellex-C is the foundation of my antiaging regime. I may experiment with other things, such as growth factors (Neocutis), idebenone (Prevage), coffeeberry (RevaleSkin), copper peptides and other pepdtides, nothing compares to the foregoing. Don't forget sunscreen or sunblock although like you, I have yet to find one that actually delivers.

    I started using Cellex-C at the age of 31, am now 41 and am regularly mistaken for being in my early to mid 20s. I always get carded when buying alcohol and have to put on makeup and style my hair a certain way to look older and more professional. When I was 38, I went to a convenience store and tried to buy a lottery ticket. The clerk did not believe I was at least 18 and refused to sell it to me. People, including estheticians, always ask me what I use on my skin.

    While having dark oily skin is great from an antiaging standpoint, I doubt I would look this young if I had not been using Cellex-C, Retin-A and chemical peels for all of these years. I started Retin-A at 23.

    To be honest, I am not at all concerned about sensitivity, all natural or organic ingredients or the occassional "toxicity scare" with retinoids. When it comes to looking younger, I want the most potent and effective cosmepharmanceutical products that money can buy.

  • July 2, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Hi Peggy,
    I just read through your note and appreciate the concerns you've expressed. I think I share similar concerns as you when considering ingredients for our formulas. Our focus is always to make safe and effective products and this is why decisions we make about what ingredients to include in our formulas are so important.

    The approach we take with ingredients is that just because something is natural doesn't always mean it's good or safe. Because of this approach, all ingredient decisions are made with caution, especially when it comes to use of essential oils.

    Citrus oils are a great example of how natural ingredients used well can be good and safe, but when used poorly can be very harmful. We think the balance we've struck between very conservative use of citrus oils with high concentrations of quality ingredients that decrease photosensitivity results in our products being safe and effective.

    Citrus oils are indeed powerful photosensitizers and when used improperly, which often is the case, can be bad or damaging to skin. When used properly however in our formulas, citrus oils can beneficial to the skin.

    We work to be very aware of any sensitizing qualities of essential oils which is why there are many more oils we would like to use, but simply don't. Our very limited use of citrus oils provide antibacterial qualities that help us keep use of preservatives extremely low, or as is the case of Quench, preservative-free.

    Of our products that use citrus, Prep contains more citrus compared to Define or Quench. The main feature of Prep as a rinse-off microdermabrasion cream, exfoliation, has potential to be many times more photosensitizing than citrus, which is why we state that Prep should only be used at night.

    Indeed we have found that atranol to be the culprit in oakmoss which is an extremely potent sensitizer. The oakmoss we use in Correct is certified to be atranol-free.

    Again, thank you and I really do appreciate you bringing up these concerns. Feedback like yours only strengthens our resolve to consider the ingredients we use very carefully.


  • July 1, 2010

    by Peggy


    I recently found your website and want to thank you for your product reviews and all the information on the bewildering array of ingredients one has to sort through when searching for products. It has been a tremendous help.

    I'm 52 and recently decided I needed to take skin care more seriously. I always looked young for my age, but after spending 4 years working outdoors all day in the sun land surveying I really noticed a change in my skin (wrinkles and discoloration). I used what I thought was a good sunscreen (the maker said their active ingredients didn't break down with exposure to UV light) with an spf of 50, but I still got very noticable sun damage. That left me feeling like I could be a walking ad warning about the dangers of UV exposure (it also left me leery of chemical sunscreens). I started noticing 70 year women who had fewer wrinkles that I did. It was time to find some serious anti-aging products!

    One of the products I found because of you is YBF Correct. I've only been using it about a week, and I am using other products also, but I do like it. All of the YBF products look very impressive, but I do have some questions about some of the ingredients.

    About Correct - It contains oakmoss absolute. I have an interest in aromatherapy and so have done some research on essential oils and absolutes, and the only use for oakmoss absolute I have seen is as a perfume ingredient. What concerns me is that it contains atranol and chloratranol which, according to Tisserand's book "Essential Oil Safety," is a dermal sensitizer. That means that with continued use you can develope a sensitivity to it, i.e. you will have an allergic reaction to it, and as I understand it this sensitization will be permanent. In fact, atranol and chloratranol are a main reason why some people have allergic reations to perfumes, as oakmoss absolute is used a lot in perfume. I'm sure that the oakmoss is used in a very low concentration in Correct, but why take a chance with causing yourself to become sensitized to it, especially if it's just used for fragrance? I have seen one website selling a low atranol and chloratranol version of oakmoss absolute, which is much safer, but is that what is in Correct?

    About Define, Quench, and Prep - They each contain citrus oils, which contain furocoumarin, a photosensitizer. Again, according to Tisserand, furocoumarin absorbs UV radiation much more effectively than the skin, stores it a while, then releases it in a burst onto the skin so you get a higher dose of UV radiation than you would get with bare skin. Any website worth its salt that sells essential oils will have safety warnings about exposure to UV radiation after applying citrus oils (even diluted) to your skin. Some sources say you should avoid UV exposure for 12 hours, some say 24 hours. Bergamot is the strongest photosensitizer, lemon, clementine, and orange are listed as either moderate or mild photosensitizers depending upon the source. As one who is trying to undo the damage done by UV radiation, and as sun damage is recognized as a major cause of skin deterioation, it doesn't make sense to me to add an ingredient that will give your skin a greater exposure to UV radiation. And again, I'm sure they are added in very low percentages, but why take the chance, especislly with bergamot? If they are used for fragrance, even though I love the fragrances of citrus oils, it would be nice to substitute something that won't cause additional UV exposure. (This is a pet peeve of mine, as I'm now working as a massage therapist and have seen many massage lotions and oils that have bergamot or other citrus oils added to provide a soothing, uplifting aromatherapy experience. Most massage therapists I've talked to don't know they're photosensitizers so they slather them all over their clients who will afterwards go into the sun unsuspecting! Just a tip - if you get a massage I would suggest asking for a lotion or oil without citrus oils.)

    I would love to hear any info about these concerns that the folks at YBF or anyone else can provide, as I would love to try other YBF products, but am just a little uneasy about these ingredients.

  • December 4, 2009

    by Junko

    Want to thank OpenSky & TIA for the tremendous 30% Discount offer emailed to me yesterday (I think my order of a YBF bundle on the previous day was the catalyst). I receive 10% email offers every day of the year. During the holidays they ante up the offers to 20% (ho hum). A 25% received last week was a little more motivating, but 30%??!! Now that's motivating!! That's almost a THIRD off of each and every product!!! I stocked up items that I knew I'd be buying soon (considerable savings there!), and at a THIRD off, a few items that I had been contemplating suddenly required no comtemplation whatsoever! Thanks so much OpenSky & TIA * You saved me A LOT of money yesterday ! I'm delighted! I can delete all those 20% and even that 25% offer email now and have a clean mailbox to boot!

  • December 3, 2009

    by Susan

    P.S. I just looked over the ingredients lists posted above....and felt elated. HERE is a serious skincare line!!!

  • December 3, 2009

    by Susan

    I know of YBF because of Marta ONLY. I owe TIA big time. I use Correct and am considering branching out to YBF's other products.

    In my educated and researched opinion (wink), this line is one of the best available at the present time. I'm looking forward to trying the newly-formulated Correct.

    I'm not sure about this sample matter, but the last time I ordered Correct from the Skin Care Shop, there was a month-long delay in receiving the eye cream. Upon my inquiry, the Skin Care Shop worked diligently at getting to the bottom of the matter; when discovering it originated with them, they rectified the matter and included a lovely bonus to me.

    Back to YBF, I'm ordering the new Correct! :-)

  • December 3, 2009

    by Leslie

    Love it.. I've just ordered a kit for myself. Thanks so much!

  • December 2, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Junko,
    Not sure about a boycott - we could put YBF our of business just before the holidays. I appreciate the sentiment though and will twist YBF's arm to do more business with us.

  • December 2, 2009

    by ha


    Thank you so much!

  • December 2, 2009

    by Junko

    I've ordered my bundle! Really Excited to try the new Correct sample! I'm delighted with the Eyeseryl addition, for me a de-puffer is a must.
    Should we boycot all YBF products not sold thru the TIA store? I'd be willing. I really think they should have their products sold thru the TIA store. TIA is a great marketing vehicle for them. Anti-Aging Maven Marta has driven the correct vehicle for them for years now, and so many of us are jumping on the bus with her.

  • December 2, 2009

    by Danielle

    I am very excited for this bundle! I have been wanting to try correct for a while and this is the perfect opportunity for that being as it is less expensive than normal which is what was holding me back. I have dark circles and puffiness under my eyes and I am hoping this will live up to all the hype!

  • December 2, 2009

    by marta

    Ha, I consulted YBF and this is what they told me:

    Restore serves an excellent lightweight eye cream for 20-somethings. It has Alpha Arbutin like Correct does, but also has a type of vitamin C that is excellent for brightening and reducing signs of fatigue. Also, Jami from Bionic Beauty, who does a lot with make-up has mentioned in her reviews how Restore seems to help her make-up grab better, which might be something Ha would like.

    Boost also goes a long way as a much more cost-effective eye cream alternative too. It has caffeine and Renovage and cucumber extract like Correct does, so she might enjoy Boost used sparingly around the eyes. It's good for puffiness around the eyes too.

  • December 2, 2009

    by ha

    Hi Marta,

    I want to buy myself YBF skincare product(s) as a gift to myself this Christmas. Which one should I get? I don't have visible crowfeet yet, but I feel like the skin under my eyes are not at its best yet. I stay up a lot from studying and I try not to rub my eyes, but because of bad make up, I always have to clean up eyeliner mess under my eyes.

    As for my face, my pores get clogged easily. I'm using Juice Beauty Mist and Juice Beauty SFP 20.

    Do I have to purchase a YBF product for eyes and face separately at this point in time?


  • December 2, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Barry,

    The Skin Care Shop does not always include samples. They include samples when they can, because the cost has to be swallowed by someone: nobody makes money on them.

    As for the value of the these trial sizes, the dollar values were calculated based on direct comparisons of full size retail to ml. This is the first time YBF has made trial sizes available for sale and we thought was this would be a good opportunity for TIA readers who are interested in products that they might not normally be able to afford or want to give it a go before consider purchasing in full size.

    Via TIA, YBF has in the past made full size samples completely free for our readers to review - we <a href="" rel="nofollow">published one by Mark</a> just the other day. And they are a small business, struggling to make a great product and give our readers a good deal. Give them a break.

    Finally, this is a test and we will monitor what works and what doesn't. If we get some traction, we may be able to unbundle and offer all the products at full size, add in some of the other YBF products, and - who knows - throw in the odd free sample. Just give us some time and, in the meantime, enjoy what is in fact a pretty good deal.

    Thank you,

  • December 1, 2009

    by Barry

    The goody-bag is very disappointing. Define is $70, Quench is $15. The Skin Care Shop always includes samples of other YBF products for free. So you're claiming that the samples alone are a value of $75.40, but charging $45 for them instead. $45 for two samples that would usually be free?

  • December 1, 2009

    by rileygirl

    Will the products also be available to purchase separately?

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