Your Best Face: why nylon
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