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Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate- reader reviewed


B vitamins for exfoliating and hydration


Didn't complete eliminate reddness
May 8, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 4 Comments
Its matte finish makes it a suitable option for oily skin

Reviewed by Lynn

I wanted to love Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate ($40 in the shop). The YBF line gets fantastic reviews and I need something fantastic for my rosacea-prone face.

Also a couple of weeks before my sample arrived, I had an allergic reaction to a chemical that caused the skin around my eyes to blister and peel. A week after it arrived, I had a plane to catch. So this test was going to be real challenge. In the end, the Hydrate B was sort of up to it.

The YBF web site tells me it is a pre-serum, as if we need a new product category. I tried it as a pre-serum, but within a couple of days my face felt crusted with product. After that I used it as a regular serum.

Obviously the active ingredients in Hydrate B are a series of B Vitamins. Research has found that these ingredients in skin care products have some exfoliating effect and increase hydration.

As far as exfoliation is concerned, I would never use Hydrate B as a substitute for my Clarisonic. I tried, it didn’t work out.

It does hydrate. Within a week I could see the redness fade from my skin, though it never faded completely. I slathered it around my eyes and within a week the improvement (by the time I got the Hydrate B the skin was ugly but healed) was impressive, with the redness nearly gone and the wrinkles no worse than they were before.

Within a couple of weeks, there was no further improvement.

Would I pay for Hydrate B? If I were younger I might top it with a good moisturizer and look no further. If I had trouble with the dreaded shiny face, indicating a lack of product absorption, I’d try it; my face has had an absolutely matte finish this whole time. For me, I don’t know. I’d like to find a serum or moisturizer that completely eliminates the red patches. There are a couple of other things I will try before I decide for sure.

Ingredients: Reverse osmosis water, vitamin B5, sodium hyaluronate, niacin B3, dimethylamioethanol (DMAE), paraben DU

[Editor’s note: Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate has been reformulated. Below is the new ingredients list]

Reformulated Hydrate B: Reverse osmosis water, vitamin B5 (dl-Panthenol), Syn-Hycan (tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin), sodium hyaluronate, vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin B8 (inositol), sodium PCA, Leucidal (radish root ferment filtrate)

  • May 9, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    I use Hydrate B w whatever serum I'm using at the moment. Currently it's Glotheraputics Defense. I feel it "stretches" the Glo product and plumps my face and neck more than Glo Defense does alone. I think Hydrate B it marvelous! ~jk

  • May 9, 2011

    by Jan

    I having been using Hydrate B for a couple of months. My experience backs up Candy's post - living in Colorado and tending to have normal/dry is imperative that a moisturizer be used with this or my face quickly turns into the Sahara. I do like Hydrate B - it certainly neutralizes any T-zone action - the result (for me) being close to what I used to get with glycolic peels. My face is left less combination and more 'normal' all over.

  • May 8, 2011

    by Marta

    There's more background on sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid here:

  • May 8, 2011

    by Candy

    Hi, Lynn.

    It sounds like you used this product all by itself with no addition of moisturizers. Even though I understand your point of a "pre-serum," in this case, using it all by itself could very well be why the product disappoints you---let me explain why I am looking at it this way.

    In a previous post, Darrell at YBF explained that this product has a high molecular weight of hyaluronic acid, which means that this form of HA attracts moisture either from whatever type of product is placed on top of it or when lacking an additional product, it pulls moisture from the air. Therefore, the lack of or addition of a moisturizer plays an important role as to the efficacy of the product, as well as the type of climate you were in does. In fact, there has been some speculation that using this product alone in a low humidity situation without the addition of a moisturizer could even leave your skin feeling more dry.

    Unless you normally put nothing on your face at all after cleansing or you were in a climate with a relatively high humidity factor throughout the test of the product, I feel that a better test of the product's efficacy would have been to use the product as a pre-serum in addition to your regular routine (and in this case, especially considering the trauma your skin had just gone through). However, unless you understood the purpose or benefits of the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, you wouldn't have had any idea as to the importance of having a source of moisture (humidity or actual moisturizer) in addition to the product.

    Personally, I don't use Hydrate B, but I do use a low weight hyaluronic serum prior to the rest of my skincare routine. If I were to use Hydrate B, I'd use it the same way I use my low molecular weight HA-- I'd have a damp face when I put it on, and unless it's a really humid day, I'd follow it up with a moisturizer.

    Hope that helps, and if anyone thinks I'm off target, please chime in.

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