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Rediscovering Your Best Face

Reviewed by Emily February 3, 2011 30 Comments
Like many in the TIA community who have been following the site since the beginning, I long ago learned to love the Your Best Face products and have gone back to them time and again—especially (but not only) the Correct eye cream ($150 in the TIA shop). And not incidentally, Your Best Face is as nice as a company to do business with as their products are effective and user-friendly.

So in December I made myself a promise. Talking advantage of the TIA shop’s specials (the trial kit introducing Hydrate-B, Antioxidants Concentrate, and the new Refresh, plus the offers on the rest of the line), I decided to stock up on YBF and see what happened by sticking to that regime. I was fed up with my skin:  Over the fall, I’d been a bit promiscuous in my skin-care behavior, trying this and that, and while the results were often very happy (TIA’s introduction of La Vie Celeste, for example), my skin felt muddy and confused. And especially as winter bore down in the Northeast, I wanted to see if fidelity to some proven winners could reduce dryness and eliminate some pesky breakouts.

It turned out to be a very successful experiment. Correct is still fantastic for the eyes—effective and light—and Restore ($120 in the TIA shop) proved a wonderful serum, soothing and clarifying.  It seemed to work better still in conjunction with Hydrate and mixed with the Antioxidants—in spite of my skepticism, I found them just terrific. And I was thrilled to rediscover Prep ($80 in the TIA shop), thanks to a couple of samples: I’d not fully appreciated what a superior scrubber and dermabraision product it is, but it really seems to put everything else I’d used to shame. Using it a couple of times a week leaves my skin clearer than ever.  I used Boost as a moisturizer on top of everything, and love its light texture, though sometimes I think I could use a bit more richness. (The only thing I haven’t yet tried is Refresh, but I’m saving that for warmer weather when my eyes won’t feel so parched.)

So I’m in better shape than when the winter started.  After about six or seven weeks of faithful use, I’m just about done with most of these favorites, and it’s time to re-order.  I’m glad I curbed my wandering eye and renewed my vows with Your Best Face.  But here’s a question for the great folks at YBF and the community at TIA:  what moisturizer to use overall, especially at night, for the fifty-something?  In the past, I didn’t have great luck with Control, but sometimes I may need a bigger boost (forgive me) than Boost.

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Ingredients in Restore

Reverse osmosis water, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin C), alpha arbutin, ppg5 ceteth-20, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide,niacin, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate-20, Lipochroman-6(dimethylmethoxy chromanol), triethanolamine, paraben du

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 Prep

White tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), aluminum oxide crystals, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), 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
  • November 13, 2012

    by Darrell Owens

    Hi Silvie,
    I am just reading through your comment now, but wanted to add that you are commenting on a post from almost two years ago which relates to formulas that are quite old and long-since upgraded.

    While I still have not seen any actual evidence Argireline or it's newer cousin Snap-8 have any negative impact on muscle tone -- I have seen quite a bit of content touting such claims. The problem though is that in all cases, those claims are being driven by marketers of their own products not containing Argireline or Snap-8. I love and appreciate seeing evidence which can lead to deeper understanding of ingredient benefits and drawbacks. Unfortunately, and especially in the skin care industry marketers often manufacture negative press, stories and quote studies out of context just to try and give themselves some sort of advantage.

    In the end though, since we regularly upgrade our formulas, we ceased use of Argireline years ago and ceased use of Snap-8 early in 2012 in favor of working with new and alternative peptides that focus on improving overall elasticity and tone.

    Thank you,
    Darrell

  • November 12, 2012

    by Silvie

    Darrell, I am surprised that you say you have yet to see any data implicating negative effects from muscle-relaxers/nerve inhibitors like Argireline. I too dearly wish that some of these otherwise superb products would be formulated with out them.
    The reason is that I studied some photos by a dermatologist who takes very precise, calibrated, expressionless before and after photos. Clients whose only treatment had been 30 days of Argireline cream clearly showed an apparent reduction of wrinkling, but only because the lines had dropped under gravity. e.g. One woman's primary wrinkle was a full 7mm further below the outer corner of her eye than it had been 30 days earlier.
    If you hunt for some of these photos you won't be left wondering. These products, after all, are *designed to reduce muscle tone*. That is their marketing promise. If they genuinely work as marketed, then used in the wrong spot (like under the eyes or randomly all over the face) a drooping effect is to be expected.

  • April 14, 2011

    by JustD

    Thanks so much Darrell, I always learn so much from your posts, I don't always understand everything said here with clarity, but it gives me a starting point, and this helps me when I investigate more to find a route that helps me comprehend better what it all means. For us newbies, in this new arena, that's a big thing, because knowledge is power, but too much information without comprehension only brings confusion, for me, so I appreciate the info on your products and the wonderful feedback that all the TIA members post, it's a treasure trove that goes a long way!

  • April 14, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Carolyn, your nail growth experiment is genius. I'm going to have to give that a try.

  • April 14, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi Carolyn -- thank you and I never even thought about trying the VIP product on the nails -- great idea and please let us know what you find.

    I'm glad the other products are working well for you and a cleanser will be an exciting addition. You described exactly what we hope to do...cleanse, keep it gentle and include great actives.

    -Darrell

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