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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.