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Regular readers know that Your Best Face is a favorite skin care line of mine and Correct, the eye cream, is my "I simply can't live without it" cosmetic. Now YBF has come up with a lip treatment called Quench ($15 in the shop) that lives up to the high standards of the rest of the range.
I've been trying out Quench for about a week and can report that it protects from the harshest of winds, rapidly heals ragged lips, only requires a couple of applications a day (the complete opposite of most lip balms that seem to need to reapplied with ever-increasing frequency) and has a couple of good anti-agers. The nice people at YBF tell me that they have had some early feedback from testers who felt that the consistency of the product is too soft. It's certainly much softer than your average chap stick, but, personally, I rather like the creamy texture.
Quench's base is argan oil, which is full of vitamin C and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Next comes olivem, a combo of cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate. Meadowfoam seed oil is increasingly cropping up in cosmetic and hair care products because it is very stable due to its fatty acid composition. 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.
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. Melon seeds provide vitamin C and an amino acid called citrulline and blueberry provides vitamin E, carotenoids and antioxidants.
What's also nice about Quench is that YBF has scrupulously avoided anything nasty. Even the wax is derived from rice bran.
Ingredients in YBF Quench
Argan oil, olivem, meadowfoam seed oil, watermelon seed oil, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin C), blueberry seed oil, rice bran wax, micronized zinc oxide, peppermint oil, clementine oil