Our Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to my status as a “TIA VIP”, I have been lucky enough to test YBF’s Balance and Refresh.  While I tend to gravitate towards products that are purely organic in nature, I do appreciate quality results-driven lines that blend both natural ingredients and scientifically-formulated peptides and antioxidants and exclude harmful ingredients.  YBF is one of those lines that continues to fall into this category for me because after all, I want to age as best I can without slathering harmful chemicals on my face and body.

YBF Balance ($45 in the shop) is a product which has been formulated for 20-somethings and up and is meant to calm and balance the skin.  As a late thirty-something, I really like this product. As I have gotten older, the pores in my t-zone have enlarged – ugh!  This product really helps to minimize and shrink them. Additionally, it makes my skin feel smooth and soft. While I am testing it as winter is beginning here in Maryland (as opposed to super humid summer conditions), it does a really good job at keeping the excess oil at bay.

It contains some anti-aging ingredients which to me are a bonus. Olive Squalane, L-carnosine, niacin and sodium hyaluronate are just some of its ingredients. It also contains Vitamin B5 which is said to naturally help prevent new breakouts from acne-causing bacteria and speed healing of breakouts. I have to say that it has really decreased the random hormonal breakouts that I normally experience a few times a month in my chin area. At $45 (in the TIA shop), this is a product I will keep in my repertoire.

YBF’s Refresh ($80 in the shop) is more budget-friendly anti-aging alternative to the highly-touted Correct in the YBF line. It contains peptide Syn-Tacks and Syn-Coll as well as antioxidants: Spin Trap, Lipochroman-6, L-carnosine, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, Idebenone, Trans Resveratrol and Vitamin E.  It was developed for use of the thirty-something and up set and anyone with sun damage around the eye area.  Since using this product, I have noticed that the fine lines around my eyes seem more plumped up and supple. I recently reviewed Skin Perfection’s Uplift (which I still feel is a good product and a bargain at $38.95) however I feel that Refresh does keep my eye area feeling more hydrated and supple during the day.  I don’t have much of an issue with dark circles so I cannot speak to how it may help to brighten the eye area.

With the inclusion of all of the antioxidants and peptides and after listening to its customers, YBF has come up with a quality budget-conscious alternative to its ever popular Correct product.

Balance Ingredients:

Reverse osmosis water, nylon-12, olive squalane, L-carnosine, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), ppg5 ceteth-20, niacin, tetradecylthioacetic acid (TTA), c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, vitamin B5, alpha bisabolol, sodium hyaluronate, lavender oil, cedarwood oil, niaouli oil, triethanolamine, paraben du, azulene (guaiazulene)

Refresh Ingredients:

Reverse osmosis water, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), cucumber extract, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxytheonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), caffeine, nutmeg butter, ppg5 ceteth-20, olive squalane, L-carnosine, nylon-12, vitamin e, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexyl palmitate, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, alpha bisabolol, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), tetrahydrocurcuminoids (turmeric root extract), idebenone, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), trans resveratrol, chrysin, sodium hyaluronate, violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute, triethanolamine, paraben du