Our Rating: 4 stars

Just over a month ago I took advantage of the Oscar-special package of Your Best Face products offered in the TIA shop. This was a no-brainer and actually far more exciting than the ho-hum Oscar broadcast that weekend. I gladly restocked my YBF favorites (Prep, $80; Restore, $120; Antioxidants, $55) and anticipated the chance to try two newcomers: the YBF Private Reserve Antioxidant Treatment Oil ($75 in the TIA shop) and the newly reformulated YBF Control ($160 in the TIA shop).

The Treatment Oil is, as several others have noted, a really delightful addition to the YBF line. I particularly liked Marta’s suggestion to apply it before LED sessions and have been using it with my Sirius Aurora red-light treatments ($149 in the TIA shop) – I’m very pleased with how easily it absorbs and leaves my face, post-Aurora, feeling smooth and plump. I’ve also used a couple of drops after my morning cleansing before a quick slather of YBF Boost ($65 in the TIA shop) and my face felt nicely hydrated all day without being oily. It didn’t get in the way of my makeup, either.

But the real question mark was the new and improved YBF Control. I would strongly echo Marta’s comments in her March 22 post: alone among the Your Best Face line-up, Control never did it for me. When I tried it a couple of years ago I hoped for an impact on wrinkles and other signs of aging – after all, that was supposed to be the point. But I frankly never “got” it, and moved on to other serums that seemed to work better for wrinkles, including ReLuma (I’m still using the Skin Illuminating Serum, from $135 in the TIA shop) and Hydropeptide’s Hydrostem +6 (expensive at $160, but effective).

But I’m really liking the new Control and having read Marta’s post, I now know why. The product allies the signature YBF ingredients and anti-aging approaches with a specific focus on improving elasticity. It doesn’t seem to impact wrinkles per se – at least not yet – but I am finding that it leaves my skin feeling at the same time both firmer and better hydrated (which is a winning combination that nothing else has delivered). At 56, I don’t think my skin is notably saggy for my age, but I am starting to think of this as a bit of prevention, particularly contemplating the future of my neck and jowls. I’m using it after nightly cleansing and that plus a touch of YBF Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) around the eyes seems to work very well.

I’m glad I took the plunge and gave Control another try. At $160 an ounce, it isn’t inexpensive, but it does deliver and, with its cornucopia of great ingredients, can stand in for multiple products. I’ll be using it at least a few times a week; perhaps I’ll alternate with Restore. In general, I think that Your Best Face has come up with two more keepers.

Ingredients in YBF Control:

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), triethanolamine

Ingredients in YBF Antioxidant Treatment Oil:

Meadowfoam seed oil, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sandalwood oil