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May 2, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments
The next best thing to buying mom a facial, is putting together all the elements for a spa at home. Arguably, a spa at home is the better Mother’s Day present because it lasts a lot longer. So we’ve put together a kit that isn’t just about a few hours of pampering – it is about taking a few years off. And what's more, with the Truth In Aging Mother’s Day Spa At Home, you get a fabulous saving of $70.

Great skin starts with exfoliation and cleansing and our Spa At Home comes with the Sirius Skinsonic brush and La Vie Celeste’s Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser. Add in the ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum 20mL for wrinkles, fine lines and glowing skin and for neck and décolleté Osmotics Necolette.

This is the gift the keeps on giving. In six months’ time, Mom will still be thanking you.  So will you bank manager, Spa At Home will cost you only $220 for $290 in value at the TIA shop.

For Your Best Face fans and those yet to be converted, we have Mom's Best Face. There’s $200 value in this collection, put together exclusively for Truth In Aging, for only $120. There’s an eye cream fest here with a full size Nourish, trial size Refresh and a sample of the cult-status Correct. Lips will be luminous with Quench and Define. Skin will be brightened with Restore, given an anti-aging Boost, while the Concentrates deliver antioxidants and hydration. Mom’s Best Face is in the TIA shop and comes in a lovely gift box brimming with goodies

And for those that like a little mystery, there's the TIA Discovery Box for only $30. Truth In Aging has been working with beauty companies to collect deluxe samples of their best products. Personally curated, the TIA Discovery Box is my selection of five deluxe samples from five different beauty companies that will give you an affordable introduction to some of the best anti-agers out there. What’s in the Discovery Box? Well, the element of surprise is part of the fun, so you’ll have to wait until your box arrives. Try, test and DISCOVER. And for only $30 at the TIA shop.
  • May 4, 2011

    by Stephanie

    If ever you need someone to brainstorm with on a shopping smörgåsbord, I'm your huckleberry.

    : )


  • May 4, 2011

    by Candy (Hilary's Parnter in Crime)


    Thanks for the info about why Defend no longer has Titanium Dioxide. I'm going to have to read up on micronozied titanium dioxide here at TIA by date of posts (as well as other sources, of course), as I know that as research is performed, opinions can change.

    The reason that I specifically want to search by date is because I do recall seeing where micronized titanium dioxide came into question; however, I also recall seeing it pointed out that micronized titanium dioxide and nano titanium dioxide were not one-in-the-same and that micronized titanium dioxide did not "invade" the skin like nano titanium dioxide does. I'm hoping that it doesn't, as so many products with good ingredients have micronized titanium dioxide these days.

    Sunday: Thanks for chiming in! Like you and Hilary, I certainly hope Marta goes for it! Hil and I have been looking for great DIY sources, and let me tell you (although I bet you already know), they are limited.

    Warning! Possible Overkill in Regimen Exposed!

    In regards to my YBF obsession, at present, sans other ideas, I'm only putting it into most of the am products I use that don't have it [Reluma Serum and Moisturizer, Osmotics Lipofill & "a mostly squalane" spray (purchased from eBay of all places) and Sweetsations Sun*Si'Belle Tinted Organic Triple Action Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30+]. It's a wonder my face can breathe--especially when you consider that I'll be adding another product for shine control of (YBF's Boost) as soon as it arrives.

    There are other products that I use at night that I'm wanting to add the Concentrate to, but because they're all copper peptides (Skin Biology: Super CP Serum, Skin Signals Cream, Regular Formulation of Night Eyes and Two Timing Tightner), and I have such limited knowledge, I've been concerned about putting my precious Concentrate into them. While it's probably effective, I've still hesitated to do it.

    I'm about to purchase some Hyaluronic Acid (Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Hyauronate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid) to use in the am before the Reluma Serum (not pm because I'm guessing that citric acid has vitamin c which might possibly counteract the effects of the copper peptides), and I'll be adding the Concentrate to that as well using it straight up until I can come up with some other ingredients to add to the Hyaluronic (off the top of my head, I'm thinking Horse Chestnut, but I'll need to make sure it's H2O soluble).

    For those who would want to use HA in their own DIY: It took me quite a bit of searching to find a credible source for a basic HA serum (I almost got suckered into Babyface at some point in time), so if anyone likes the Hyaluronic Acid's ingredients (if the ingredients are a concern, lease chime in!), it is from a company called Essential Wholesale (but it can be purchased in small amounts). They provide full disclosure as well as a good bit of education regarding HA, so they they seem more credible to me than most. Here's the link to purchase:

    and here's a link to more of the HA education they provide (particularly, pay attention to "A Closer Look" under the Hyaluronic Acid heading--it was very interesting). The information there, along with Matha's video on questionable percentage of hyaluronic acid, pretty much describes why I am picky about the HA I buy:

    One last thing since I've partially exposed my regimen overkill, I also use YBF's Define and Correct in the am, and I use Sirius Aurora's LED light, as well as Fastmaster and Nuface's microcurrent devices. Weekly, 30% glycolic peels on face, neck, decollete, arms and feet and ankles (I'm a scratcher, so I have some serious mosquito bite scars on the feet and ankles), and if that's not enough for those of you whom are skin obsessed like me, I'm currently drooling over Crystalift's Professional Microdermabrasion At Home Treatment. God help me, and Hilary, for that matter, as I'm afraid I have greatly influenced her skin care regimen. She does look good, though...

    Lastly, since this is my first post here, it is important to me as a previous lurker to say that I've tremendously enjoyed TIA's site. Also, I second the comment that YBF's glossary is an interesting educational read (pop over there and see for yourself!). TIA and YBF exceed in informing and educating the community, and the community member's feedback is the best I've ever found on a blog. Actually, it's more like a blog-forum hybrid. Too bad Blorum sounds so much like boredom and Forog sounds too much like fog, as this site's morph of the two deserves it's own name. Anyway, thank you TIA for turning me onto some fabulous products, as well as providing me with some basic knowledge to go outside of the TIA store to make purchases with a new found ability to discern some of the science in my skin care purchases:)

  • May 4, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Hilary, I agree with you about the DIY ingredients. This is something that I have been thinking about and you have encouraged me to get on the case. Thanks!

  • May 4, 2011

    by Darrell

    So, Sunday... Are you saying you have the notion for a lotion that's a potion? :-) It has quite a nice ring to it!

    Hilary -- thank you for the note about the glossary. We have a LOT of updates to add, as we've added quite a few products since the last update. We'll see if we can make that happen this week.

    Your question about Defend is a great one. The original Defend contained micronized titanium dioxide, which is an ingredient that contributes SPF. Rather than using it for SPF, we used the ingredient to provide light diffusing properties. By FDA guidelines, if we had featured Defend with a stated SPF as a benefit, it would have been considered a drug and the product's labeling requirements would have changed.

    Skipping ahead a bit, we were working on a formula upgrade for Defend and in a post here on TIA, Marta highlighted a study that brought micronized titanium dioxide into question. We felt that with the formula enhancements in place, titanium dioxide wasn't necessary in the formula to accomplish what we wanted from Defend... so we made the decision to stop using titanium dioxide as an ingredient.

    Sorry for the long explanation...I thought I could keep it shorter than that! But, I hope the info helps.

    Have a great rest of the eve!

  • May 3, 2011

    by Sunday

    Hi Hilary! and Here, Here with the DIY section or just a compilation of posts from all who have had great result with their Magic YBF Lotion Potions! and the pump ratio from each product.

    For example I've had GREAT night time results with 3 pumps of Cellbone's Skin Nutra night nutrient cream and 2 pumps of YBF Antioxidants mixed in the palm of my hand and that's enough for face, neck and décolleté and it is absolutely fantastic!

    I would love to know other YBF Lotion Potions from our fellow TIA folk because I don't want to waste any of my YBF either and YOU all are the best skincare advice we can get! Hilary I think you have a great idea...I think Marta will be game...or we can blame Stephanie *wink-wink* :-)

  • May 3, 2011

    by Hilary

    Hi, Darrell!

    Thank you so much! That little bit of knowledge will go a long way!

    While I have our ear, I just want to let you know what a fantastic ingredients glossary you have created at YBF! I went into it looking up one specific ingredient, and because it was so well written and interesting (even entertaining), I read pretty much the whole glossary!

    As a matter of fact, I noticed in the glossary that Defend used to contain a physical sunblock. Why the change? Not only do I loooove your other products, but because I'm in the Tampa Bay area, I consider you a local company, and I'd rather support your company over someone else's company! Any chance of a physical sunblock coming back into play?

    Thanks, again, for the help re: bases, and also, thank you for making such fabulous products! I'm a newbie, so I can't wait until I've worn them longer....


    BTW- My skin asked me to give you a big shout out and say thanks, too!

  • May 3, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi Hilary,
    I am just reading your comment but your question about Concentrate working with oil or water bases...and thought I'd answer right away.

    Antioxidants Concentrate is designed to blend well with water-only or oil-only bases. The olivem we use in the product is wonderful that way, and makes product use really flexible.

    Thank you and all my best to you!
    -Darrel (here at YBF)

  • May 3, 2011

    by Hilary

    What a fab idea! If it was for 5 item mix, an apt name for the smorgesoard would be, "Your Five Best Picks!"

    Not that you asked, Marta, but because I think many others would like these ideas, too, I'm adding 2 more items to the wish list. If it ticks you off, just remember that it was Stephanie's post that started it ;)

    1. Because I'm dying to add YBF Concentrates to more stuff, I'd sure like to be able to purchase some DIY products from you (I'm aware that you have a DIY kit for YBF, but it's only one kit and what's included in the kit hasn't piqued my interest as of yet). Also, I know you are always thinking of us and are sure to include links throughout the site for places to go to purchase DIY products whenever the subject comes up, but it's still difficult to find specific items with only a store link. Because I'm not a natural at this, there are too many things to choose from on these sites and too many mistakes to be made because of this. If the items you carried were limited to mixtures that were discussed on your site, it would be super nice. Which brings up another item on my wish list....

    2. A DIY Recipe section. Again, I'm aware that you have a section for do it yourself treatments, but it's also got other stuff in there (tools, etc.). Whether or not you would like the idea of a DIY Recipe section or not, I have no clue, so if not, at the very least, if this isn't your type of thing, how about at least a DIY for this...

    (If not 1 and/or 2, then 3 and/or 4)

    3. An article with suggestions on which bases and other ingredients you recommend for going with YBF Concentrate?!? I can't begin to tell you how excited that would make me, but let's just say I'd probably have to change my pants.

    4. And so that your gentle readers purchase the correct items, links to the specific ingredients Boy, do I ever know that I'm asking a lot, so please allow me to explain. The reason I say links to the specifics is because, for example, 1. I have no idea whether I should be using water soluble or oil soluble bases with YBF's concentrate and I could end up purchasing the wrong thing and wasting my precious Concentrate (there've been lots of products I've seen while shopping on various natural product sites that neglect to mention whether or not the products are oil or water based. Heck, a powder base? How in the world would an "I-failed-chemistry-twice-type-of-girl" know that?) Oil soluble? water soluble? Magic Fairy Dust soluble? Don't ask me... I failed chemistry twice.

    Obviously, having DIY recipes for more than just YBF's Concentrate would be awesome, but having DIY Recipes for Concentrate would be awesome, too. As to store or links, I'd like you to have DIY products in the TIA store. Even if I can purchase the bases and other ingredients elsewhere for a bit less, because I failed chemistry, I'd feel like I was making a wise purchase buying it from you:)

  • May 3, 2011

    by Marta

    Concentrate is the new formula. And I was thinking about mix and match when I was walking to work this morning. So yes, leave the idea of a smorgesbord with me and I'll work out how we can do that in the near future.

  • May 3, 2011

    by Stephanie

    I am drooling at all the goodies. I imagine that it was a fun challenge to put together such a great array of products.

    Is the Concentrate the new formula?


    ps any thoughts on a mix and match bundle for future promos? I'd love to play tour director, so to speak, and pick out my own bundle from within your selections some time.

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