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Your Best Face Restore- reader reviewed

June 24, 2010 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 8 Comments

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

  • June 8, 2012

    by Karen Prince

    How do I go about getting samples of YBF "Correct" & "Restore"...even if I have to purchase them. Want to try before I use. Thank you!

  • June 26, 2010

    by Junko

    Hi Lori ~ hope you come back to see my comment. I love Defend because my skin is normal/oily (oily in the T-zone). T-Zone area usually becomes shiny mid way thru the day even with finishing powder applied in the morning. Defend is a light moisturizer (love it's feel and absorption), anti-ager and shine reducing lotion that YBF says to put on first (bare skin) but I always put it on last. It keeps my face hydrated and MATTE(this is probably what I love about it the most) all day. I absolutely love it for day use. It has a short balanced list of ingredients that are a nice addition to everything else I put on before it!

  • June 26, 2010

    by Lori

    Thanks Erica, I did visit the web site and had a very helpful "conversation" with Darrell. I am a fan of Prep and Boost and look forward to trying more in the line. If it were not for TIA, I would have never discovered YBF! Love this place!

  • June 25, 2010

    by Erica

    Lori, ybf's website is very informative on what the products do, best time to use them, and who uses them.

  • June 25, 2010

    by Lori

    Junko, I am getting very confused about all the highly regarded YBF products! I'm not certain what each one's focus is. What are the results you've seen with Defend?
    Also, I've been recently tormented with wrinkles above my lip...they seemed to appear overnight as if I had been sleeping in a tight pucker all night! Anyone have a suggestion?

  • June 24, 2010

    by Erica

    Hi Junko! Sorry to hear about your experience with retin a, esp since I loved it! Its scary how one can react to certain products. I would have to say my skin is fair to medium. I'm half irish and half italian so I tan very easily but in the winter I'm pretty ghostly! I would have to say if I was going to use any vit c product it would be the restore because my skin agreed with it so well, and I'm very prone to breakouts, but I agree Defend and Correct are favorites!

  • June 24, 2010

    by Junko

    I Love Define, but I meant to type DEFEND in my previous post ~ sorry

  • June 24, 2010

    by Junko

    Erica, I share your feelings on Restore, but I also LOVE, LOVE Correct and Define like you do as my skin is Normal/Oily like yours? I'm curious as to the color of your skin? Guessing medium or dark as it seems the fairer tones like Mark and Marta seem to LOVE Restore.

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