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Your Best Face Balance- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta November 26, 2010 19 Comments


Anti-inflammatory properties to calm acne


Claims of "calming fragrance" aren't supported
Does a superb job of mattifying oily skin and soothing reddness

I could have done with Your Best Face Balance ($45 in the shop) this past summer when I was breaking into a sweat trying to control – mostly in vain – my shiny face. But Balance, a brand new product from YBF, wasn’t available then. However, this mattifyer does some other things that my skin really likes, such as closing pores and controlling redness and rosacea.

Balance is a pale blue, soothing and cooling cream with a lovely whiff of lavender. It has been formulated (at a most reasonable price, I must say) to control breakouts, calm irritation and regulate shine – all without drying out the skin at all. I have found that I can use it all over the face, or just where needed and it plays nice with any other potions I happen to be using.

Although YBF bills it as perfect for 20-somethings, my 50-year old skin is finding it extremely useful and the addition of L-carnosine is giving me an antiaging boost. I even found myself recommending it along YBF Prep ($80 in the TIA shop) to a 40-something reader who emailed me for advice for her oily, sensitive skin that had blocked pores and had been subjected to too much retinol.

YBF always tends to be a bit out there (in a good way) and I had to grin when I saw that Balance contains tetradecylthioacetic acid (TTA). This was one of our ingredients to look out for in 2010.  As well as being an antioxidant, it is anti-inflammatory and may hold promise for helping those with acne. It protects cell proteins and metabolism and, it seems, regulating the sebum that is responsible for acne.

In the anti-acne dept, we can also find niacin and vitamin B. Bisabolol, hyaluronate and azulene soothe and hydrate. Dab it on before your morning commute and YBF claims that the soothing lavender and neroli oils will banish rush hour blues. I don’t know about that, but I have taken it with me on my Thanksgiving weekend trip to Nicaragua.


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)

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  • December 1, 2010

    by Oksana

    I don't understand - what is all the fuss about?
    this is not an evidence-based scientific database, like Cochrane, Uptodate, etc. so sometimes Marta contradicts her own posts (i.e. Korres Abissinian oil mascara), so YBF Correct has done NOTHING for my 38-y/o crow's feet - so what?
    I think, "THANK YOU!" is in order here for Marta and the Co. for giving us choices and information in order to do further research and make our own independent deciisons about "things" we put on our faces.
    Infantilism will not take you far in life! if you don't think, this website is worthy - create your own.

  • November 30, 2010

    by Lori

    I have personally not had great results with ALL of YBF products and their price tag does keep me from trying some that certainly sound tempting. But I can only sing the praises of their customer support! For that, I am thankful!

  • November 30, 2010

    by Junko

    Lisa, Thank You for adding your thoughts to this string. I purchased Balance this weekend with only Marta's thoughts on it. Your thoughts about using Balance reassures me that I've made a good buy!

  • November 30, 2010

    by Lisa

    Well, I might as well way in too. I, too, am a member of the community and have been using Balance for about three weeks now. I echo Marta's review. I like the matte finish it provides my skin as well as the effect it has on reducing my large pores and typical breakout areas. For the record, I am not a fan of every YBF product. Some have worked very well for me and some have not. Frankly, some I can afford and some I can not! I think one thing is clear about the line - it's focus is on providing high quality results driven products. I think that Marta touts all sampled product lines (not just YBF) that provide quality products (ideally without harmful chemicals and preservatives) whose companies provide good customer service as well as solid information on their products' ingredients.

  • November 29, 2010

    by Mark

    I must throw my hat into this ring also, as I echo Junko and Julie K's comments. As a member of the TIA community I know firsthand that we provide unbiased and thorough reviews of products. Many of us have used YBF products and have found them to work very well, however, as has been said before all products will not work the same for everyone for many various reasons, some obvious and others not so obvious. I do not think that Marta has taken Darrell Owens under her wing (or anyone else) as was said, however let it be known that I,too, will sing the praises to the high heavens of anyone that makes a product that produces results in the anti-aging arena. Kudos and thank you to YBF and all other companies out there that strive to produce quality products with cutting edge technology that yield results.

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