Reviewed by Erica

I was recently chosen to review Your Best Face Restore ($130 in the shop). I thought I was going to get a sample or trial size, so imagine my delight when I opened the package and I had received a full size bottle!  I thought to myself, I am actually going to be able to use this for at least a month and give a thorough review.

First off, let me give you a background of my skin.  I am 30 years old and up to about my 29th birthday, I thought good skincare was about washing my face twice daily.  At 29, I got fed up with my “adult acne” and ask my doctor for retin A.  This product did a lot for my skin but moreover made me realize how terribly I was treating my skin.  At that point I found TIA and have been obsessed ever since.  I visit this website everyday and I might go through withdrawal if it wasn’t available.

So on to YBF Restore.  I have been using a couple of YBF products, including Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) and Defend ($120 in the TIA shop).  I LOVE LOVE LOVE both of those products. I can’t say that I love Restore.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice product and actually a great night time moisturizer for me since I have such oily skin, but maybe my skin isn’t in need of Vitamin C. I thought that my skin would really benefit from this since I was a sun worshiper, but I think my skin was brightened so much by the Retin A that I have been using for over a year. So maybe I can’t give it a fair review.

Let me tell you what I do like. The packaging is great as with all YBF products, airtight pump system which allows little to no air in the package.  For vitamin C this is a must, since as soon as it is exposed to light and air its starts to degrade. But what I found out about this vitamin C is that it is extremely stable. I think Marta called it Super C, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate. This form is actually quite compatible with my skin. I have tried one other vitamin C serum by Skinceuticals and it wreaked havoc on my skin. But Restore has actually calmed my skin from the use of retin A, which I have discontinued. And with all the antioxidants that are in it, I know it is protecting my skin from future damage.

So bottom line, I like the serum and so does my skin.  My skin is less red, feels very moisturized without being too oily, and I feel like I wake up with “plump” skin. I just didn’t see the brightening effects I thought I would.  I still have over half a bottle left and I have used it for six weeks, so the price is actually not so bad. I think I am going to let my sister use the rest, since she actually has rosacea and a little bit of sun spots.  I think her skin might actually benefit from a skin brightener.


Reverse osmosis water, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin c), alpha arbutin, ppg5 ceteth-20, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, niacin, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), vitamin e, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate-20, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), triethanolamine, paraben du

Editor's note: Please note that Your Best Face has recently release an entirely redesigned Restore. The updated ingredients are as follows:

Reverse osmosis water, Leucidal® (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), SYN®-TC (glycerin, aqua, tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine), ethyhexyl palmitate, Uplevity™ (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-2, caprylyl glycol), TEGO® Pep 4-Even (tetrapeptide-30 (and) glycerin (and) water), Elhibin® (glycine soja (soybean) protein), cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, sorbitan olivate, ceteareth-6 olivate, meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin E succinate, cupuacu butter, hydroxyethylcellulos