By Ann P.
Anti-aging creams aren’t something I’ve really thought about putting on my lips, although like most people, I have always been generous with lip balm. But at 49 years old, I look at the tiny beginnings of lines on my upper lip and wish this was something I had paid more attention to. I’ve never smoked or been much of one for drinking out of straws, so I wasn’t supposed to get lip lines — or so I thought. I was therefore very excited to try the new Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop), which is formulated to address wrinkles, suppleness, brightness and fullness.
The product is a rich cream, delivered via an airless pump. It is paraben-free and uses a natural preservative derived from radish root. Like other YBF products, it contains spin trap, a free radical scavenger that reduces the effects of aging and helps improve skin quality over time. Other heavy-hitters I noted were the popular peptide Matrixyl and Syn-Hycan, which boosts collagen levels. Hilurlip was a new one for me, and it contains skin softeners and conditioners isohexadecane and BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 dimethicone. Define also features olive squalene, which is molecularly similar to human lipids and helps combat the thinning and dullness of aging skin. Rounding out the product’s botanicals is rosehip seed oil, which is high in linoleic acids, vitamin C and vitamin A. And finally, the new YBF Define contains UV protection, which some customers had noted was missing from the previous version.
The product absorbs quickly, leaving a slightly tacky feel, similar to the protective layer of a lip balm. The instructions say you can use it under makeup, but I found that my lipstick didn’t have much staying power when I used the Define as a day moisturizer for my lips. Instead, I used it mainly at night. First I tried using a thick layer all by itself, which produced modestly favorable results. The cream stuck well through the night, and I woke up with hydrated lips. But this wasn’t a game-changer.
Then, I tried layering my favorite shea butter lip balm over the YBF at bedtime. Success! In the morning, my lips were full and hydrated, and the effect lasted throughout the day. Since I was not supposed to try other new products during this trial, I did not order a tube of the YBF Quench, but this would be a good option as well, since they were designed to work together. There has been no obvious change to my small lip lines, unfortunately, but that might be something that can’t be accomplished in just a 30-day trial. Overall, my lips are definitely fuller and moister, which is a huge plus. Even using the product primarily at night, I find that the moisturizing effects last all day long.
At $70, Your Best Face Define may seem a little high for a product designed for one small area, but I used it twice a day — upon coming home from work and at bedtime — and there is still a lot of product left. Only a small drop is needed for the lip area, and it sticks well. One of the ways age shows is in vertical lip lines, loss of fullness and loss of definition, especially of the upper lip, so YBF Define may be money well spent for many women. I know I’ll be buying more when my sample runs out!