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Reviewed by Sunday
I'm one of those people who likes to think I know what I'm doing. However the older I get, the more I don't know...which is fine really because now I don't worry as much. Why you ask ~ because at some point in life you trust that it will all work out ~ one way or another, we all get by with a little help from our friends, especially here at TIA. Let me start by saying retinol is NOT my friend, what it used to do for me was in fact a type of 'friendly' sabotage...you know what I mean...a hidden agenda that had yet to reveal itself ~ tight dry skin that practically expelled moisture at every expression, only to one day leave you with (gasp) possible thinner skin. NOT very friendly eh! And with friends like that.....
At the same time I bought the friendly SenZen Double Dose Eye Cream ($84), I also asked Marta for a recommendation and she offered Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate .....now that was friendly advice! At that point I was slathering on my night cream both day and night, just trying to get some relief from the intense dryness. That didn't work well with my make-up and my hair was always sticking to my face, but I knew hope was on the horizon ~ literally! When I first found Truthinaging.com my brand was Philosophy and it was good for where my skin and life were (I really did enjoy the little poem on the jar) and I had locked in some decent pricing on QVC autoship ~ go ahead laugh, but I'd do it again for other brands today...like YBF Antioxidants Concentrate or my SenZen DD Eye Cream or even replacement Clarisonic brush heads...Yes indeed, I would lock in sale pricing with a quickness!
So you see I had 1/2 a tub of Hope in a Jar left, at this point I was rubbing it on my elbows mostly ~ after all there is a skincare hierarchy and some lotions do get bumped. Now I remember reading this from Marta's recent Five Best Serums for Under $100 ~ Your Best Face Concentrate Antioxidants ($55 in the TIA shop). I don’t really recommend using this on its own as your primary serum. It was designed to mix with other things, such as vitamin C. It is a good way to be thrifty: you can mix some of your usual potions and lotions to give them an antioxidant boost and that is exactly what I did from the first day it arrived. A little dollop of Hope in a Jar and 2 pumps of YBF Antioxidants Concentrate mixed together in the palm of my hand and voilá a new friendship was born. I could probably add this serum to ketchup and I'd get a great mask ~ at least.
From the first morning's scan I had noticeable improvement in tone, texture and dewiness, my cheek skin was plumper where I have a stubborn patch on my left side that always begs for repair. I thought NOW THAT IS AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION for most of the reasons I started retinol in the first place. This serum had SUPER-CHARGED a cream I had been rubbing on my elbows. With adherence to Marta's recent post on Exfoliation 101 and then using YBF Antioxidants Concentrate mixture I have achieved GREAT results in the last month and my skin is VERY HAPPY!!! I did try the serum a couple of times alone and for me that was not the way to go, however it did absorb quickly and left no residue, but I do have pretty dry skin so I will always use a hydrating carrier and make a DIY mixture ~ I'm just so pleased to be able to have a "good enough" cream that for whatever reason works great with the YBF Antioxidants Concentrate...so GREAT in fact that I then decided to purchase the YBF Trial Kit so I can also try the Refresh and Hydrate B too.
I'm doing future review of Lumixyl, so to be true to that review, I've yet to try out my YBF trial kit. This weekend we had our annual Easter Egg coloring contest in our backyard, we actually had some good California weather so I knew we'd be outside. I took a 2 day break from Lumixyl since it is a bit drying to my skin (but it works so...) and went right back to my DIY YBF mixture ~ it was like Mana for my face ~ the tone, texture and dewiness (can we ever get enough of that?) was almost enough for me to write an early review of Lumixyl for Marta just so I could keep the Antioxidants Concentrate on 24/7...but patience is a virtue and I need more of that...and then when I went back to my night time ritual of using Lumixyl, this morning the lightening effect was better! Seriously folks, I've already said I'm not as proficient about ingredients as most of you are (I have been more than impressed on numerous occasion the depth of knowledge alot of you have) but I'm more of a measure twice, cut once kind of gal. I do rely on YOUR knowledge, but I PROMISE to always give a through and honest review back for you all. What I saw was clearly lighter Leopard Spots (new name for my brown Splotches *Thanks* Jaysie) Here is my brass tacks take on it ~ I don't care how or why that happened ~ maybe YBF Antioxidants Concentrate works with EVERYTHING, including Lumixyl. Maybe happy, dewy skin is willing to give up it's grasp on hyperpigmentation, maybe it just really is YOUR BEST FACE...and now it is MY BEST FACE!!!
Here is a small side note, I've been using a dab, just like Julie Kay said "the size of a sesame seed" of the Correct from my sample packet with SenZen DD Eye Cream and have achieved another great mixture ~ thanks mostly to all your comments at My Eyes After Tretinoin ~ I get to learn from the best!!!
Ingredients in Antioxidants Concentrate
Reverse osmosis water, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), propylene glycol, ferulic acid, vitamin e, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sodium hyaluronate, paraben DU