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Your Best Face Control and another spin trapper


Matrixyl 3000 and ibedenone for powerful anti-aging properties


Contains potential irritants and some parabens
May 17, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
Recommended for sun damaged skin

I recently came across a skin care range called YBF (Your Best Face). I took a look at YBF Control ($160 in the TIA shop), since it is billed as ideal for someone whose skin has seen better days or indulged in too much sun worship and that just about seemed to sum me up.

YBF Control has some really interesting ingredients, some of which  have cropped up in recent posts and are genuinely exciting. One of those is spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone). PBN can seek out electrons, or free radicals, that are spinning out of control and rectify them before they can do any damage. There have been numerous studies, including one in 1996, that demonstrate PBN's efficacy as an anti-ager.

The base of YBF Control is reverse osmosis water. Reverse osmosis is a process that uses a membrane to purify or desalinate water. There are also some of Truth In Aging's favorite anti-oxidants: matrixyl 3000 and idebenone (a powerful form of CoQ10). Plus vitamins C and E and sodium hyaluranate.

I was initially disappointed to see two potential irritants: dimethyl isosorbide (DMI) and triethanolamine. If this potion had been made by one of cosmetic's big boys, I would almost certainly have left it there. But YBF seemed to me to be an independent producer genuinely trying to make something good. Furthermore, I might be in danger of needing some perspective before degenerating into a paranoid paraben hater. So, I asked YBF's founder Darrell Owens for his take.

He explained to me that early forms of DMI contained high levels of trace compounds that were known irritants. He uses a "next generation" form that is super-refined with nearly zero trace elements. Some of DMI's reported irritant capability stems from it being improperly paired with ingredients that while beneficial, also have a history of being irritants.

"For example, traditional vitamin C is quite commonly not tolerated by individuals with sensitive skin and if paired with an absorption enhancer like DMI, there is a greater likelihood there will be irritation and/or negative reaction," Darrell said. "The form of vitamin C we pair with DMI in our products is one that is of the highest tolerance, with an extremely low sensitivity track record compared to ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and especially ascorbic acid."

On the use of triethanolamine (or TEA), he said YBF uses it in very small quantities. Plus it allows him to eliminate other ingredients which show a greater likelihood of negative results. In YBF formulas, TEA is a key ingredient that triggers the product to become a gel-cream and, without it, they would have to use more waxes and other fillers.

Darrell was really generous with his time and knowledge and I have learned two lessons. In addition to getting some new background on ingredients, I have a better understanding of how a good potion maker needs to be pragmatic.

  • August 31, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I took a look at Vital Therapy's Vitamin C Serum with spin trap. At just under $40, it is pretty good value. However, I wouldn't buy it. While it has a hefty dose (20%) of vit C, it is the least stable and most drying kind. The rice starch and glycerin don't impress. Glucosamine is a good ingredient for age spots, but works better if coupled with niacinamide (not in this product). Spin trap is the last ingredient on the list, so there would be a question as to how much is in it. </p>

  • August 31, 2008

    by Darrell Owens

    <p>Hi Joan,<br />
    You should get on our Sampler list so you can personally experience what makes products with a wider variety and higher concentration of active ingredients so special; and in some cases, pricier.</p>

    <p>The market is certainly flooded with high-priced products that do little-to-nothing and value-priced products that claim to do everything. Our brand really is different though and most believe, worth every penny. </p>

    <p>Feel free to sign up at or email me personally and I can assist you.<br />
    Darrell Owens, founding partner & principal formulator<br />
    Your Best Face Skincare LLC</p>

  • August 30, 2008

    by Joan

    <p>In searching the web, I found other skin care lines that contain spin trap (see below, the Vit C and Vit A). Their prices are much more reasonable than YBF. Perhaps you could test them or at least review the ingredients. Thanks.</p>

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  • June 3, 2008

    by Lisa

    <p>I have been using ybf for over a year now and I must say that I am much more than ecstatic with the results! At the ripe-young age of thirty-nine and three-quarters, the skin on my face is noticeably "cleaner" (according to my mom), my pores are tighter, and crows-feet are non-existent (they were never prominent, and they still aren't-even after losing over 30 pounds in the last year.)</p>

    <p>The scent somewhat resembles almonds, but with no almonds used and no perfumes. It's simultaneously relaxing and rejuvinating. I just can't say enough fabulous things about this line of products, I just wish more retailers would carry it!</p>

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