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Your Best Face Defend- reader reviewed

Is a Solution for:
Rosacea, Dry Skin, Oily Skin
December 13, 2010 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 8 Comments

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Over two months ago I excitedly received a full size bottle of Your Best Face Defend ($130) from Truth In Aging, due to my participation in the TIA VIP club. When the bottle arrived,  I was having issues with dryness, sensitivity and acne flare-ups on my face. I put off my trial for a few weeks, as I wanted to get my skin under control.

I was looking forward to getting started as the product’s benefits are listed as: maintains youthful skin, reduces premature aging, helps prevent sun damage, protects collagen, prevents loss of elasticity, balances moisture levels, discourages breakouts, hydrates and tones, reduces shine & oiliness.

Guess which three benefits were especially appealing to me due to my previously mentioned recent skin troubles? Hint: I bolded them. The rest of the list appealed to me too, for what I think are obvious reasons, as I am closer to 50 than I am to 20. People never believe me when I tell them my age partially due to the youthful look of my skin. I think that my constant, consistent efforts towards keeping my skin in shape play a big part to that perceived youthfulness. Sunscreen every day; Osmosis Replenish  on face, neck, décolletage daily and/or nightly; YBF Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) every other day interspersed with a few other eye cream; semi regular activities with my Baby Quasar ($402 in the TIA shop) and various other products/treatments. Most of what I use now and for the past 18 months has come from information that Marta has shared on this site. Sorry for the digression-let me get back to Defend.

Once I felt my skin was under control again, I began testing the product on the left side of my face. I applied it every morning, before makeup or sunscreen, and again at night after I cleansed, prior to anything else. The product in terms of texture is a somewhere between a cream and a serum. It’s white in color, and has a very mild pleasant scent that I can’t describe further. The product sinks in easily leaving a smooth almost powdered feeling to the skin. This texture lasts throughout the day.

I am not known for patience, so I excitedly checked my face to see if there were any noticeable differences between the two sides of my face after about 10 minutes. I then calmed myself and waited a few days before looking again. Still nothing, or at least nothing positive; I noticed that the left side of my face seemed a bit drier than the right. After a week, I cut back to applying Defend 1x a day as the now uncomfortable dryness was more significant on the left side and my moisturizer didn’t seem to make a dent.

It has been over six weeks since I began using the product and I am sad to say I’ve not noticed any positive changes. I’ve still had a few breakouts, and instead of feeling moisturized, my skin continues to feel tight and sensitive. I’ve just stepped up my moisturizing efforts with SenZen Infinity (currently $95 in the TIA shop) which seems to be working well, but that’s a story for another day.

I really wanted this product to work for me as the YBF line gets a lot of love from Marta/TIA and it’s chock full of fantastic skin helpers. I mean take a look at the ingredients!  I already use YBF Correct due to Marta’s endorsement, and that product has had noticeable results with the fine lines under my eyes, and the crow’s feet in the surrounding area.

Perhaps I’m not the right candidate for this product as I don’t experience oiliness/shine any more; maybe I am too “mature” or at least my skin is as my inner 12 year old would vehemently disagree with such an idea. Another potentially interfering variable would be the season I began using the cream late fall when temperature and humidity levels drop. This might be a great product for me in the summer- and I intend to try it again starting in June.

Thanks to Marta and the gang for giving me this opportunity as I do love being a part of the TIA community. I’m looking forward to sharing my review of Osmotics Nécolleté some time next month, as I was again lucky enough to be chosen to review it for TIA.

Defend Ingredients:

Reverse osmosis water, Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), nylon-12, Homeostatine (enteromorpha compressa extract, caesalpina gum, ppg5 ceteth-20, propylene glycol, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, polysorbate-20, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), triethanolamine, paraben du.

  • April 29, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Did you see that Copley is reviewing the PaloVia?


  • December 20, 2010

    by marta

    I am sorry it has taken me a few days to respond to the question about the PaloVia. I don't have plans to review it for a couple of reasons. First, it is a version of fractional light (as is Fraxel), which I wouldn't have even in the hands of a trained professional as it can be painful and the results not very convincing. Secondly, the PaloVia does seem to be very tame and the company itself says it should only be used by those with younger skins wishing to treat only fine lines. That's rules me out.

  • December 15, 2010

    by Junko

    My 49 Normal to Oily/Break-Out Prone skin loves Defend. I'm using Balance to compare (major price difference between the 2)! My immediate thought is that Balance doesn't have the 'heft' that defend has...haven't dug into the ingredients to separate the two yet, but my face loves Defend...

  • December 15, 2010

    by Stephanie

    Thanks for reading my review.

    I will submit an update in the summer when I try Defend again. I'm hopeful that when the weather changes, I'll have some different results to report.

    All the best,

    p.s. Arandjel - An "at home laser" scares the bejebus out of me. The idea of a novice using one on themselves conjures the image of severely burnt skin, facial scars, and/or retinal damage, etc.

    The other option is that the gadget is inert, and people are paying for a pretty light show version of snake oil.

  • December 14, 2010

    by Arandjel

    Thank you for the reply. I don't mean to hijack this blog post, but I just have to ask if you know whether they'll offer shipping by a courier service, as I hate to wait for the regular mail.

    Also, on a totally unrelated note, I am dying to know if you have any plans to try out the soon to be released PaloVia, the first at-home skin renewing laser. (Search for A212768 at

  • December 13, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Arandjel, you are right OpenSky doesn't ship internationally. TIA will be shipping outside the US in January though. Until then, non-US shoppers get their products shipped to the TIA office and then we forward free of charge.

  • December 13, 2010

    by Arandjel

    A question for Marta, which I'm posting here since I received an error message when trying the form: does the TIA store offer international shipping? I know OpenSky doesn't, but perhaps there's a way of working around it? Thanks.

  • December 13, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Hi Stephanie,
    Your review was very thoughtfully written and though I wish Defend would have worked for you, I appreciate reading about your experience.


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