Your Best Face Skincare Quench Lip Treatment Review

Quench Lip Treatment by YBF Skincare is an antioxidant lip balm that claims to soothe dry chapped lips and provide anti-aging benefits.

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Your Best Face Skincare Quench Lip Treatment

Ingredients: beeswax, cupuacu butter, ethylhexyl palmitate, meadowfoam seed oil, triglyceride, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate/tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C), vitamin e, blueberry seed oil, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), peppermint oil, clementine oil, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol)

Beeswax seals in moisture. Cupuacu butter is moisturizing and deeply penetrating. Ethylhexyl palmitate is a derivative of palm oil often used as an organic replacement to silicone and provides a slip feel. Meadowfoam seed oil has antioxidant properties and skin softening benefits. This has vitamin C as ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate/tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, derived from vitamin C and  isopalmitic acid. This acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from cell damage after exposure to the sun. This has vitamin E and blueberry seed oil, which are antioxidants and provide hydration. Blueberry seed oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids. Like most other YBF products, Quench contains spin trap and Lipochroman-6, two potent antioxidants. Peppermint and clementine oils provide a nice fragrance, taste and a slight tingle to the lips.

I’ve been using this lip balm for a couple years now. Previous to this I had been using an oil based lip balm, so when using Quench for the first couple times it seemed rather waxy and heavy. Once I had gotten used to this feeling, I found this lip balm not heavy, but moisturizing. It penetrates the skin but the lips still feel moisturized a few hours after application. It doesn’t feel greasy or like its just sitting on top the skin, and provides a matte finish to the lips. Lipstick goes on over this quite nicely. In the cold winter weather it has prevented and healed dry, cracked lips. When my lips get chapped or dry it only takes a couple applications of Quench to heal the lips. Once or twice a week before bed I’ll gently exfoliate my lips with a toothbrush and put this balm on immediately after. This takes off dead skin and the lips feel quite soft in the morning. I haven’t found many “must-have” products, but Quench Lip Treatment is one of them.

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Astara Skincare Daily Refining Scrub Review

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Astara Daily Refining Scrub

This is a gentle daily scrub for all skin types. It has a grapefruit aroma that is refreshing to use in the morning. This scrub claims to clarify, smooth the skin, polish away dead layers of skin and minimize pores.

Directions state to gently massage on wet skin. For more exfoliation you can use on dry skin.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Diatomaceous Earth, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerine, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustofolia (Lavender) Oil, Na Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

The first ingredient is water, then aloe vera leaf juice. The scrub in this is diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of silica that collect in the sediment of rivers and lakes. Many facial scrubs and at-home microdermabrasion scrubs use aluminum oxide crystals, so this is a nice alternative. Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate  is the salt of lauroyl sarcosine (produced by the breakdown of creatine or caffeine), a modified fatty acid. It is a foaming agent and surfactant. Comfrey leaf extract, from Beautypedia; “topical application of comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties, but it is recommended only for short-term use and only then if you can be sure the amount of pyrrolizidine alkaloids is less than 100 micrograms per application…” Matricaria extract (chamomile) has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Calendula (marigold) flower extract is used for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. Rosemary extract can be used as an antioxidant. Sage extract is an anti-inflammatory. Algae extract has antioxidants and healing properties. Sodium PCA has high water absorbing properties. Next is lactic acid, a popular alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps reduce breakouts, fine lines and other signs of aging. This contains grapefruit and orange peel oils. Grapefruit oil has mood-lifting properties and is an antiseptic to help clear skin. Orange oil is used mainly as fragrance. There’s lavender oil. Carbomers and xathan gum are thickening agents. Potassium sorbate and phenoxyethanol are used as preservatives.

I was worried about using this daily as I tend to think of facial scrubs as harsher, once-a-week treatments, but used this daily for one month. I used about a dime size, added water and massaged in small circles for about a minute. Surprisingly it was very gentle, especially when more water was added. The scrub in this dissolves a bit as it is massaged. I liked the smell and it was definitely refreshing to use in the morning. This product helped smooth the skin and clear the white bumps from my forehead and jawline. I didn’t notice a difference in the fine lines on my forehead or a reduction in blackheads around my nose. I used this scrub while using Retin-A as well. Retin-A causes exfoliation of the skin so there are little skin peelings that need to be taken off gently. This scrub does just that. With enough water added and gentle circles, my skin didn’t feel oversensitive using this refining scrub, as it might have been with something like YBF’s Prep, and the skin’s little peelies were taken off.

This product comes in a plastic bottle with a lid where you push one side and the other side pops up. Over time the lid became clogged, so I ended up having to take the lid off to use it.

I’ve continued to use this, not every day, but a couple times a week and will continue use.