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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.