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Your Best Face Boost- reader reviewed and recommended Review

Your Best Face Boost 1.0 oz
January 26, 2013 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 9 Comments
TRU Rating
The perfect balance of water and moisture trappers to heal dry skin


Refined pores, skin required less exfoliation


Gave skin a matte finish

Reviewed by Charley

I was born with severely dry skin. Every winter, I have to arm myself with a variety of exfoliators and rich creams. A few months ago, my skin started scaling and shedding more intensely than ever before. I tried gently scrubbing twice a week, leaving the humidifier on all the time, as well as slathering layer upon unctuous layer of creams.

When I was dared to try Your Best Face Boost ($65 in the shop), I hesitated. Yes, it’s by Your Best Face, a beloved brand (and for good reason) but “lightweight daily moisture” in the depths of winter? The texture is somewhere between a gel and a mousse... nothing like the occlusive balms that I’ve been indoctrinated to use since I was a child. I was pretty skeptical. There I was, three months into “dandruff face,” having gone through my winter stash (some of which sat on the surface while things remained tight and raw beneath, others had to be re-applied frequently, while most had me looking shiny and congested) and still struggling. It was not a bad time to introduce a challenger.

In the beginning, I had to apply Boost two layers in succession: after cleansing while my skin was still damp, then again after the first layer had set a little. It absorbed quickly and set to a smooth, matte finish – so matte, in fact, that I had to keep checking to make sure I wasn’t drying out. At first, I needed a lot to calm the flakes and ease the tightness, but the effects lasted 12 hours without reapplication. Using it night and day, I went through a lot of product that first week. Thank goodness for the blemish inhibitors, vitamin B5 and niacin, because not only was I applying Boost pretty thick, I was also laying off the deep cleansers and exfoliation.

The shedding slowed down steadily. By week three, my skin no longer prickled from super-dry overheated office air. By week four, the flakes were so minimal that I was able to use sunscreen again (nothing like zinc oxide to highlight those flakes). In the last week, I tried combining it with other products. There are plenty of antioxidant, anti-aging, healing ingredients, such as cucumber extract, white tea, Renovage, Spin Trap, Lipochroman-6, homeostatine. If you have good skin, you won’t need much else. Hydration being my nagging concern, I layered it with a mix of hyaluronic acid and diluted honey. Boost remained unflappably matte.

Every day I awoke to a soothed, hydrated and rejuvenated complexion that I could see and feel. Using a lightweight moisturizer! In winter! Before this, I thought only in terms of lipid barriers. I guess no lipid could trap moisture that isn’t there. Boost is that perfect balance of water and moisture trappers that plumped and protected, allowing my skin to heal. The anti-aging was icing on the cake. My skin actually looks better now than last summer: tighter pores, no shine, more even tone.

If you’re worried about parabens and diazolidinyl urea, there’s a thoughtful disclosure on preservatives on YBF’s website that will help you make an informed decision. (Concentrations are: .003% propylparaben, .014% methylparaben and .081% diazolidinyl urea.)

In four weeks of double-layering twice a day, I’ve used about 14 grams – that’s half a bottle. With the outstanding results I experienced, largely unaided by any other product (I did not exfoliate in four weeks, and used Dr. Alkaitis Cellular Repair Mask once), I would pronounce this the very best anti-ager AND moisturizer under $66.

The flaky mess isn’t so obvious on the “before” photo except on my lips and nostrils (both “before” and “after” were taken in the morning, pre-wash and pre-moisturizing, unretouched; different lighting conditions unfortunately). The coarseness you see between my eyebrows and on my cheeks in the “before” picture is flaky skin smothered in balm – it’s like flour batter on fried chicken. I didn’t think my cheeks and forehead were particularly red, that is, until I saw the “after” photo. In four weeks, I did not use a scrub, I used Dr. Alkaitis Cellular Repair mask once, and started using MAD Hippie only in the last three days. I attribute the turnaround to Boost.

  • January 30, 2013

    by Michelle G.

    Wow! That's really impressive! I really need to try this... I don't have flaky skin, but I'd like to see how it works on my acne/blackhead/cloggy pore skin. Your skin looks GREAT!

  • January 28, 2013

    by VickyL

    Charley - fantastic and informative review. I too suffer from the dry flakes during winter so it hit home.
    I have enjoyed using Boost mainly as a way to amp up moisturizers (which it does very well). But your review gives me a new take on it as a dry skin moisturizer in its own right when applied thoughtfully.

    YBF hasn't implemented their new preservatives in Boost yet but I do appreciate their careful take on the preservatives used.
    Thanks again for the great review!

  • January 28, 2013

    by Robyn

    Thank you for the great review! I love that you included helpful! It's nice to see the results.

  • January 27, 2013

    by Annie

    Thanks Charley for your comprehensive reply,very appreciated

  • January 27, 2013

    by Charley

    Thanks for the kind words, Julie Kay! I still can’t get over how this experience turned everything on its head! YBF’s description of Boost have kept it above my radar. Thanks to TIA for the opportunity to test it, and for all the thorough reviews on these pages—I was determined to give as good as I got. Lacking the excuse of allergic reactions or worsening conditions, I kept at it.

    As you point out, Marta, products require time to work. It’s more obvious when tackling wrinkles or sun spots, but with dryness, never before did I think beyond immediate relief. I’ve used many dry skin healing creams that only addressed the flakes on the surface and I’ve learned to expect <i>only that</i>. Boost not only addressed the flakes, but also boosted (Sorry...there’s no other way to say it) my skin’s ability to heal and protect itself against harsh conditions over time. It wasn’t just a superficial salve. It has changed the way I research other products for my dry skin.

  • January 27, 2013

    by Charley

    To answer your question, Annie, different exfoliating products have different recommendations for frequency of use. I’m guessing they factor in the strength of their ingredients and how often the average skin can tolerate it. As to physical vs. chemical, my experience is that physical scrubs are great for sloughing off topmost layers, but AHAs (and BHAs) excel at everything else. This is my favorite article on how to choose:

    In the summer, I usually exfoliate twice a week to keep blackheads and breakouts at bay. For the 3 months that I was dealing with extreme flaking, I alternated between a micro scrub and a Korean washcloth twice a week, thinking that they were helping the flakes move along and keeping my pores from clogging up. I may have been overdoing it and stripped away oils and moisture that my skin needed.

    While evaluating Boost, I wanted to test YBF’s claim that it “uses a water soluble, natural wax that seals in moisture yet easily washes off so it doesn’t clog pores” so I abstained from exfoliating. After the first week, not only was my skin smooth and blemish-free, the scaling was so improved, I continued my abstention. Now that the test is over, the only addition to the routine is Mad Hippie Vitamin C (surprisingly not drying). I’ll monitor for coarseness, blackheads and clogged pores—my main reasons for exfoliating—and exfoliate as needed.

  • January 27, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    Yes, Charley, I'm really impressed by your review and how Boost works for you. As I was reading, I actually felt your happiness come through. Brava! ~jk

  • January 26, 2013

    by Marta

    This review is so interesting Charley. I love Boost but even I wouldn't have known it was capable of such impressive results. What really interests me though is how you started with a heavy application and then were able to transition. A good lesson to us all to be patient and thoughtful about how we use new products, adapt to them and learn how to get the best use from them. Thank you!

  • January 26, 2013

    by Annie

    charley, great review. Glad Boost has been such a success. When you say you have to use a lot of exfoliators in the past, do you mean as in mechanical scrubs or aha's. I have very dry skin and trying to work out a schedule. Many thanks

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