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)