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Tighten, hydrate and give skin a Boost with the latest from YBF

Is a Solution for:
Rosacea, Sagging Skin
July 15, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

I have had a sneak preview of Your Best Face's newest launch, Boost ($65 in the TIA shop). After trying it out for the past month, I can heartily recommend it for 30-somethings, looking for age prevention skincare and 40-somethings that need some tightening and brightening.  I liked using Boost from the get-go and over time I've found it to be virtually indispensable. This is going to join YBF's Correct eye cream as one of my all time favorites.

What I like about Boost is that it is really flexible. I have been setting it various tasks and can report that it works on its own, it is a brilliant hand cream, a tightener of forehead lines, and an extremely well-behaved team player with other products. With some serums - eg Medik8 Firewall- I find that additional moisturizing is needed and Boost turned out to be the perfect partner. I have also been using it successfully with YBF's newly formulated Restore.

My forehead was made for Boost (or perhaps that should be the other way round).  The space between my eyebrows and hairline has always been tricky. It is dry and furrowed, yet also oily and prone to breakouts. Boost seems to be able to deal with all of these challenges by tightening lines, moisturizing and discouraging zits with niacin and vitamin B5 (research is showing that the Bs are effective acne treatments and keep sensitive, oily skin in check).

Given the quality of the cutting edge ingredients, Boost is fairly good value at $65. There is, of course, YBF's signature spin trap, a busy molecule that scurries around finding free radicals that are spinning out control and then stops them before they can do damage. Lipochroman-6 looks as if it will become a new favorite of YBF's formulater as this relatively new free radical scavenger has also put in an appearance in YBF's Quench lip balm ($15 in the TIA shop).

Thanks to YBF and Niall, I have been learning more about treprenone, which is marketed as Renovage. It is supposed to enhance ROS free radical protection from DNA degradation; especially when combined with other antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It all has to do with telomeres, which extend off our DNA and look like shoe laces. They are often described as the clocks that regulate aging because they shorten as we age. When they become very short, they trigger cell crisis and cell death. Therefore, if we can stabilize telomeres we can control aging. The theory has its detractors, nevertheless it has been adopted by Jan Marini and features in her Regeneration Booster product. I'll be on the hunt for more information about telomeres, but, in the meantime, Renovage's makers say that treprenone maintains telomere length and therefore increases the lifespan of cells by an impressive 33%.

These days, no self-respecting skincare cream comes without some marine life. Here enteromorpha compressa is an alga that is supposed to synthesize - or, ahem boost - collagen production.


Reverse osmosis water, green tea, cucumber extract, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), caffeine, Homeostatine (enteromorpha compressa extract, caesalpina gum), Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), niacin, vitamin B5, vitamin e, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), paraben du.

  • March 14, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Donna
    Here is a regimen for 60-somethings:

  • March 14, 2016

    by Donna

    I just read your recommendation for the YBF Boost cream for the 30+ crowd. Any recommendations for the 60+ crowd? I already appear younger than my age-without surgery, but I do have undereye circles, and beginning wrinkles and loosening skin around the mouth area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • January 7, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Deb,
    We checked in with YBF and got this response:

    "One change we've made to our web site since Boost rolled out last July, is to provide more information on each product page as to who typically uses the product, how they use it, when best to use it and even what products it pairs best with. So, for example on our Boost page, we cover that it's popular with 30-somethings & up or anyone with blemishes, it's best used during the day and that it layers well on top of other products. On our Restore page, we also explain that it's popular with 30-somethings & up, but that it's best used at night and pairs well with Prep and Control."

  • January 6, 2010

    by DEB

    I am so confused re YBF products but for Correct and Prep. Every article seems to either allude to or ignore completely the whens and whyfores of Boost and/ or Restore - use together, apart, day, night, which product when. They are too expensive not to be used properly in a regimen, and let's face it we all multi product no matter what the manufacturer would like us to do.

  • July 16, 2009

    by Sandra

    Amen to Boost! I love, love, LOVE multitaskers like Boost and Restore. Couldn't do without my daily/nightly Boost, Restore, Correct, and Prep!

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