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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
Reviewed by Marta December 1, 2009 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.

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