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Your Best Face: why nylon

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July 7, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
Recent readers will know that Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) is my new favorite eye cream.  It has 25% peptides including matrixyl 3000.

The other day, I asked Darrell Owens (one of YBF's founders) why he uses an ingredient called Nylon-12 in one of his other products, Defend ($120 in the TIA shop). Since, YBF's products contain the company's signature spin trap and only a handful of other ingredients, I imagined that everything must count. It turns out that it all started with Brad Pitt (something that most of us can probably relate to).

About eight years ago, Darrell read somewhere that Brad 'couldn't live without' a no-shine product by Philosophy that contained nylon-12. Darrell tried it, found that it worked and got inspired to use nylon-12 in his own product range.

Nylon-12's role in cosmetics is as a synthetic alternative to clay.
According to Darrell (who buys YBF's at great expense from Japan),
nylon-12 outperforms clay on a number of fronts: it is hypo-allergenic;
more sterile and consistent; whiter particles are better at light
refraction (for that soft-focused, less wrinkled look); and better at
reducing shine. Best of all, I like the fact that it is supposed to
provide a time-release effect for the other actives by absorbing them
first and releasing them slowly on the skin.

Ingredients in YBF Defend:
reverse osmosis water, ppg-5 ceteth-20, sodium hyaluronate, propylene glycol,
nylon 12, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), palmitoyl pentapeptide-3,
micronized titanium dioxide, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, paraben du, vitamin e

Ingredients in YBF Correct
reverse osmosis water, licorice root extract, snap-8 (acetyl glutamyl hexapeptide-3),
pepha-timp (polypeptide), cucumber extract, simugel (C16H34), syn-ake
(tripeptide), haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl
oligopeptide (and) palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), nutmeg butter, matrixyl
3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), dimethyl
isosorbide, alpha arbutin, cyclomethicone (and) dimethicone copolyol,
ethyhexyl palmitate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), glycerine,
l-proline, provitamin B5, raspberry seed extract, alpha lipoic acid,
sepilift DPHP (palmitoyl-1, palmitoyloxy-4 proline), triglyceride,
paraben du, sodium hyaluronate, caffeine, cetearyl isononanoate,
ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, cetyl palmitate,
ceteareth-12, vitamin e, BHT, olive leaf extract, vitamin a, violet
leaf extract, oakmoss absolute
  • December 14, 2017

    by Darrell Owens

    Hi Dan!
    While I share your concern for the environment, your comment is off point. Nylon-12 is indeed biodegradable in the environment by bacteria and fungi.

    Also, the amount of material used in my line is extremely negligible.
    Cheers and thank you,
    Darrell Owens at Your Best Face Skincare

  • December 12, 2017

    by Dan

    This is great, but what about the environment? All those little nylon particles get washed off faces and out into our oceans, where they fill up the belly of sea life. It might be great at light refraction, but at what cost?

  • July 8, 2008

    by Carole

    <p>Would you have a spare Brad Pitt to give away? I'm prepared for at least a 6 week trial, if not longer, as I know your standards are very exacting. Please advise on shipping costs to the UK. Thanks.</p>

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