Reviewed by Peggy

I knew the jowls were forming. Like the viewer of some late-night B sci-fi flick sees the mutant space ooze slowly encircling the unsuspecting teens necking in a car, I knew the dreaded “sags” were inexorably closing in, soon to infect my jawline with alien wattles if I didn’t take action! Like a hero in the nick of time came the chance to test the newly reformulated YBF Control ($160 in the TIA shop) - but alas, like the tanks and bazookas the army always tries on those sci-fi monsters, it proved to be ineffective - at least for my skin.

I had high hopes for Control. It has two new actives aimed specifically at improving the skin's elasticity. See Marta’s review of Control for information about them. Control is a pleasure to use. It has a texture similar to Correct ($150 in the TIA shop), with a lovely almondy scent that I believe is from the spin trap. It leaves a very slight tackiness which is not enough to be bothersome. I did experience a couple of minor breakouts, but almost everything I’ve tried has also done that, so this would not keep me from using it. I used Control for five weeks, once a day in the morning, which is what YBF’s website recommends. At night, for the first couple of weeks I used a cream from Skin Actives with retinyl ester at 0.3%, which is supposed to be effective, but much gentler than Retin A. Because this combo didn’t seem to be producing good results, I replaced the vitamin A cream with a very light application of squalane to prevent dryness. The switch had no effect on breakouts.

Being desirous of giving an objective review, both for myself and the TIA community, I took photos to make sure any changes I noticed were actual and not wishful thinking. (I’d like to take a moment at this point to forewarn any future reviewers that taking close-ups of parts of your face you don’t normally see may be an unsettling experience.) What a shock! I normally don’t get a good view of the side of my 54 year-old, fair, sun-damaged face, and to borrow a line from Jimmy Durante, “What a revoltin’ development this is!” (I seem to be on a movie theme here.) Even my earlobes have wrinkles! And it’s not just wrinkles, but the texture, discoloration, and alas, sagging, are more apparent from the side than from the angle I normally see.

Your Best Face Control | Before/After | Truth In Aging
Your Best Face Control | Before/After | Truth In Aging

I’ve seen no improvement from using Control. If anything, the texture of my skin seems a little worse, as if slightly inflamed, which makes the wrinkles seem a little deeper. In all fairness, I have to state that I haven’t tried anything that has noticeably improved my skin, other than under my eyes, upon which Correct has done very well. The scientists will have to keep working away in their bunker to find the weapon that will stop the alien onslaught. I’m sorry to say that Control is not the hero of this story. Where’s Steve McQueen when you need him?

[Editor’s note: Also see Emily’s review and Nina’s review of the reformulated YBF Control]

Ingredients: Reverse osmosis water, Relistase (glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine, Syn-Hycan (tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magneisum chloride, glycerin), Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-3), nylon-12, olivem, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), olive squalane, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, ethoxydiglycol, dimethylisosorbide, meadowfoam seed oil, trans resveratrol, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, c10-c30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, leucidal, lipochroman-6, sodium hyaluronate, coenzyme Q10, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, alpha lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid), trithanolamine