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Rediscovering Your Best Face

February 3, 2011 Reviewed by Emily 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

  • April 14, 2011

    by Carolyn

    I have younger skin (turning 30 this month) and have fallen in love with using a combo of balance, boost and prep. My skin has literally never looked this good.
    Right now my biggest challenge is finding a good cleanser.
    I use philiosophy purity because it cleans my skin, is gentle and removes eye makeup well. My only issue with it is that it has a ton of ingredients (some of them bad ones) and I know I could be putting something better on my face.
    Darrell, if you could make a cleanser that feels like that one (creamy in texture, foams slightly, doesn't hurt your eyes or make the face red) but with YBF-packed ingredients then I would buy a boat load.
    Thanks!
    Ps- I am using the VIP product on my hair and it definitely works. I am trying it on my nail beds to see if it helps with nail growth. That would be a fabulous use if it works.

  • April 13, 2011

    by Susan

    I've missed this thread until today. Fantastic info--thanks to all.

    Darrell, I am really looking forward with anticipation to YBF's new formulations. The above information is vital to know and I am thankful you've shared it. Chat our ears off often! :-)

  • April 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Denise, that is fantastic. The best thing about your story is that with the right products you can get results at any age. Good luck to your Mom and I hope she likes her Sirius.

  • April 13, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi Denise -- wow & thank you -- you just made my day!

    All my best to you and your mom!
    Darrell (here at YBF)

  • April 13, 2011

    by Denise

    Hi Marta! I have to tell you a little story about my 60-something mom and Correct. She was in town visiting me recently and was bemoaning the bags under her eyes. Being a good daughter, I offered her a sample of Correct I was saving -- but only if she promised to really use it. Two days later, her bags and circles were almost gone! We were rather shocked at the dramatic change, but her eyes just kept getting better over the week! She was so excited that we jumped onto the TIA site and ordered her a full-sized Correct (along with the Sirius light). I'm so happy she finally found something that really works for her :)

  • March 29, 2011

    by Darrell

    Thank you Zoe for the praise about Correct and recommendations; and thanks to Emily for the review that lead us to right here and now in this comments section!

    A great eve to you both!
    Thank you,
    Darrell

  • March 29, 2011

    by Zoe

    I also want to say how much I love Correct. I haven't yet found much use for the other products in your line, but eagerly await any CP formulas. Correct has been very effective for me and I heartily recommend it to friends.

  • March 28, 2011

    by Emily

    Since this thread started with my original post, I just wanted to say that I really look forward to YBF continuing to extend the line. Would love to see a hand/body lotion (and I agree about using Antioxidants with other products) as well--and I'll be curious to see what YBF ends up doing with CP's, etc. Thank you again, Darrell and Kimberley!

  • March 28, 2011

    by Kimberley

    Hello all! Darrell is so right! I'm a big fan of using YBF products on skin other than the face. My favorite is using both Concentrates, Hydrate B and Antioxidants, with my hand lotion. Wow, my hands really felt beat up at times this past winter, and the products really helped soothe them. I love giving them that extra attention. (It's especially great since our hands are one of the first places to show aging.) If you ask my brother, he'll tell you that Hydrate B is excellent for shaving, too.

  • March 27, 2011

    by Sunday

    Thank You Darrell ~ Your Best Flesh ~ I Love It! And I forgot to mention the occasionally glue gun mishap when I pretend I'm a artist :-)

  • March 27, 2011

    by Peggy

    Thanks so much Darrell for all the info! Hearing about your experience with CPs healing your wound stirs up even more anticipation for your new product! And thank you Marta and Junko for shedding some light on how HGFs work. That alleviates a lot of my concern about HGFs. I love this forum!
    Peggy

  • March 27, 2011

    by Darrell Owens

    To Julie ... *humble blush* :-)

    Sunday -- thank you and Kimberley might chime in here too when she sees your comment. That's something we've talked about on and off -- products with good stuff in them for your other parts besides just the face!

    -Darrell

  • March 27, 2011

    by Sunday

    On that remarkable sidebar Darrell since all skincare is not beauty care would you ever consider making a Body lotion or more specifically a Hand Cream with the healing capabilities of CP in it? Here is why I ask; I love to prune my rose bushes and I love to play rough with my cats...basically I ALWAYS have many small (sometimes a bit deeper) scratches on my hands, wrist and forearms. Nothing that ever needs medical attention, just GOOD attention. Might that be something you & Kimberley would consider?

  • March 27, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Thank you, Darrell! Whenever you visit and explain a point or answer a question, etc. I realize over again how fortunate we are that The Source (in this case, YBF's cofounder) comes to us willingly and happily. You're too cool for your shoes! Peace ~jk

  • March 27, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi there Peggy, Marta, Junko, Julie and Susan!

    On HGFs
    I am very intrigued by growth factors and have been watching interest in them grow here on TIA; which is exciting. I haven't worked with growth factors yet though, but I hope to learn more about them in the coming months. So, right now I can't really weigh in on them yet.

    On Argireline
    As we talk about Argireline, I thought I should point out that we stopped using it in our products back in 2009. Around that time we took several of our products through formula upgrades and Argireline in Control was replaced with Snap-8 (which functions the same but is touted to be more effective). That said, I have been working with Argireline and Snap-8 for about six years now and I have yet to see any fact-based data that would suggest these ingredients have any potential for damage; such as the concern of sagging as has been rumored on the internet. I believe the rumor of sagging caused by Argireline/Snap-8 is founded in marketing hype by companies looking to create an edge for their products that do NOT use these ingredients. This type of hype or mis-information tends to get passed around and is eventually regarded as fact.
    The downside & fate of Argireline/Snap-8, is that good ingredients like these eventually loose value to manufacturers because of such rumors. Even when an ingredient is safe and effective, a formulator that knows a rumor mill is churning against a specific ingredient will often toss it out.

    On copper peptides (CPs)
    *cue secret project music* As many TIA VIPs know, we’re just starting to work with some copper peptides. I think CPs hold a lot of promise for various uses, but they really seem to excel at encouraging healing, speed of recovery and collagen remodeling. Most products using copper peptides are centered around the amino acids glycine, lysine and histidine but there can be many types of CPs tailored for different uses. I would watch for more copper peptide products, from a variety of brands, to emerge in the market over the next couple of years.

    A fairly remarkable sidebar (for me, at least) on CPs… I recently had an injury that, in all reality, should have been stitched up by a doc. Being curious about CP’s wound-healing capabilities, I decided to put them to the test and forgo stitches in lieu of a daily CP application. Seven days following the injury, the wound was completely healed with barely a sign that there had been a painful gash.

    On botanicals such as carrot seed oil, seabuckthorn, etc.
    Peggy – you mentioned some very nice oils! I do love working with as many natural ingredients as possible. When I’m formulating with natural oils, a couple of things I note are how well they hold up over time and if they have potential to stain skin, hair or clothes. I think pomegranate oil is wonderful – especially if you have easy access to use it at home. We did some formulating with pom oil back in 2004, but found that it can quickly go rancid and begs for extra preservatives if it’s going to sit around any length of time. Seabuckthorn berry is also a very nice oil. It is so bright in color though and when I tried formulating with it, I stained everything. Carrot seed oil is very nice and for those looking for a natural source of vitamin A, is great. It can be irritating for some though, which is why we’ve steered clear of it for now.

    Thank you again and I appreciate the opportunity to chat your ears off this eve!
    All my best,
    Darrell

  • March 27, 2011

    by Junko

    I'd like to add what my dermatologist told me about retinol (tretinoin) that he prescribed to me and accelerating skin turn over. He said that if you had undetected cancer, it would speed up the detection of them, but un-earthing an existing condition, not creating one. He said that retinol helps Prevent skin cancer. In a nut-shell...retinol caused the skin cells to turn over so quickly that acne, scar tissue and cancer are unable to develop. So I'm wondering if this would be also true for any other non-retinol product which cause skin cells to turn over as quickly?

  • March 27, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Peggy, I look forward to Darrell weighing in. But my understanding about HGFs and copper peptides is that they signal specific actions in cells that repair damage. They don't make cells proliferate, which I think is your concern.

  • March 27, 2011

    by Peggy

    Darrell,
    I just saw this post, and your comment on wanting feedback on what we'd like to see in a product for "mature" skin - I love it! In a nutshell, I'd like a product with ingredients that repair damage and no ingredients that could, used long term, cause damage. Along that line, I'd love to hear your thoughts about Human Growth Factors and copper peptides.
    One thought I've had about HGF's, since I don't understand how they work well enough to know - since they stimulate cell growth, if one had undetectable spots of pre-cancerous cells (from sun damage), what would HGF's do to them? One certainly wouldn't want to stimulate those cells to multiply.
    I know you must feel that neuropeptides like Argireline aren't harmful, or you wouldn't use them, but like Julie Kay, I have reservations about them. If a product could be effective without them, I'd prefer it. Aside from having read that if you're concerned with sagging skin you should use them with caution, I can't help but wonder about the long term health effects.
    I like the botanicals you use (the more natural a product can be the better). Some others I've read great things about for their regenerative or protective qualities are carrot seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and sea buckthorn berry pulp CO2. Any comments on these?
    Thanks a million Darrel, and I'm really looking forward to your new product for mature skin.
    Peggy

  • February 5, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Sixty is offering some wonderful surprises that would render a lesser mortal speechless... I am seldom thus. Thank you, Darrell and Kimberly! ~jk

    Three days... Tick-Tock

  • February 4, 2011

    by Darrell Owens

    Thank you and happy birthday to you Julie! I hope your birthday weekend is full of surprises and joy!

    -Darrell

  • February 4, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Treatment oil... ??
    Darrell- you know how I love your product(s)! Correct saved my eyes and without it as the cornerstone of all else I use, I'm certain they would decline. I keep and use a sample size of Control for special occasions- as I don't believe using Argireline on a continuous basis is good for aging skin. But for specials- yes, it works and makes me even better! If I could I would have a shelf devoted to YBF. I tout it to whomever asks my advice, and trust me, I get asked quite frequently- since I'm not shy about announcing the number 60. I too want to thank you for all you do, and for listening! ~jk

  • February 4, 2011

    by Darrell Owens

    YBF loves a good challenge - and in my book TIA is the place that sets the bar. So as they say, game on! :-)

    -Darrell

  • February 4, 2011

    by marta

    I'll weigh in on this too. Much as I love YBF products, Control has never really cut it for me and perhaps my more "mature" skin needs the heavy lifting that Correct seems to do for my eyes.

  • February 4, 2011

    by Darrell Owens

    We do indeed have additional products planned, which includes a series of heavier creams as well as a cleanser. I'd also love to do a treatment oil.

    I'm always interested in hearing particulars -- such as specific ingredients or benefits -- you'd like to see in future products.

    Thank you,
    -Darrell

  • February 4, 2011

    by Susan

    Good question for YBF, Emily. I, too, have often wondered the same. Does YBF make a "heavy gun" cream for mature skin?

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