Your Best Face Skincare Correct Eye Cream Review

I have now finished using Olluminate Intense Eye Repair and started Correct on September 14, 2015. Correct, from Your Best Face (YBF) Skincare, is an eye cream that can be used day and/or night and comes in an airless pump. The company came out with a new formula in the fall of 2014. This is a cream that contains antioxidants and peptides and, according to the YBF website, is the “end-all-be-all” of eye creams. This claims to reduce dark circles, brighten, moisturize, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, combat sagging skin, reduce puffiness and lift sagging lids.

Your Best Face (YBF) Correct Eye Cream
Your Best Face (YBF) Correct Eye Cream

Ingredients: reverse osmosis water, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, Eyeseryl® (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-5), ceteareth-6 olivate, Haloxyl® (hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Leucidal® (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), licorice root extract, Syn®-Hycan (tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin), Uplevity™(water, acetyl tetrapeptide-2, caprylyl glycol), ethylhexyl palmitate, Syn®-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Matrixyl® synthe’6™ (glycerin, water, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Tego® Pep 4-17 (tetrapeptide-21, glycerin, butylene glycol, water), dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer (and) silica, ethoxydiglycol, alpha arbutin, Matrixyl™ 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-3), Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), olive leaf extract, Relistase™(glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), polyquaternium-10, caffeine, cupuacu butter, aspen bark extract, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Homeostatine® (enteromorpha compressa extract, caesalpina gum), sorbitan olivate, trans resveratrol, tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane, Sepilift DPHP (dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline), vitamin e, lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), dimethyl isosorbide, coenzyme Q10, vitamin B5, quercetin dihydrate, alpha bisabolol, alpha lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid), violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute 

Eyeseryl is a tetrapeptide said to reduce puffy eyes due to loss of elasticity and water accumulation in just 15 days (according to the manufacturer’s studies). It reduces the puffiness by inhibiting glycation. Glycation is the process that causes collagen and elastin to lose elasticity. Water accumulation is usually due to two things; poor lymphatic circulation and increased capillary permeability (ability of large molecules to pass out of the capillaries into the surrounding tissues; when this increases, it causes swelling). Eyeseryl works by decreasing the permeability of the blood vessels thus decreasing the amount of fluid accumulation. Haloxyl is designed to reduce dark circles caused by pigmentation and broken capillaries. It helps to thicken the skin, boost circulation and remove accumulated hemoglobin to lighten the dark circles. Leucidal is a natural preservative made from the radish root. Syn-Hycan is a tripeptide that lifts sagging skin by stimulating hyaluronic acid in the skin, increasing decorin and lumica (involved in the regulation of collagen assembly). Uplevity is a tetrapeptide that fights sagginess by over-expressing genes involved in cellular adhesion thereby enhancing collagen and elastin. Syn-Tacks is a combination of two peptides that interact with protein structures at the dermal-epidermal junction and stimulates laminin (a protein), collagen and integrin (cell adhesion receptors). Matrixyl Synthe 6 stimulates six major constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction including collagen, hyaluronic acid and laminin. Tego Pep 417 is said to boost the activity of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin (glycoprotein that binds to integrins). Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer (and) silica increases viscosity and acts as a stabilizer. Alpha arbutin promotes lightening and whitening of the skin and promotes even skin tone. Matrixyl 3000 is made of two peptides that mimic the appearance of broken down collagen causing the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Renovage, also known as Teprenone, is said to stabilize telomere length. Telomeres allow cells to distinguish chromosome ends from broken DNA. Telomeres shorten when a cell divides. When they become very short they trigger cell death. Cells can only replicate a limited number of times (this is called the Hayflick limit). So maintaining the telomere length could extend the Hayflick limit and delay cell death. While finding more information about Renovage (Teprenone), I found out that Trepenone is the brand name for a drug called geranylgeranylacetone used to treat gastric ulcers. It appears that geranylgeranylacetone  works by influencing heat shock proteins. Heat shock proteins are a family of proteins that are produced by cells in response to exposure to stressful conditions. When heat shock proteins are reduced cells appear to live longer. So it seems that cosmetic companies have the theory that Teprenone may be helpful when applied to the skin. This is a bit confusing; does this work in the skin by maintaining telomere length or by influencing heat shock proteins. I found an article better explaining this here. Relistase is a peptide used to increase skin firmness and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Polyquaternium-10 is widely used in hair care because of its antistatic and moisturizing properties. It is also used as a film former, giving sheen and coating to hair strands. This ingredient can be seen in skincare as well. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels and can temporarily reduce swelling and contribute to less puffy under-eyes. Cupuacu butter comes from the cupuacu tree. It is related to the cacao tree, and used as a moisturizer. It has beneficial fatty acids. Aspen bark is an anti-inflammatory. Spin-trap is an antioxidant. Homeostatine acts as an anti-inflammatory and is said to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane is a derivative of turmeric used as a skin whitening ingredient and is sometimes seen as an antioxidant. Sepilift DPHP works by firming tissues in the skin by stimulating the contraction of collagen fibers and protecting the skin fibers. This smooths wrinkles. Lipochroman-6 is a scavenger of free radicals. Dimethyl isosorbide works as a solvent and reduces the thickness of products.

This product has a lot of ingredients including many actives and peptides. Peptides are relatively new in skincare and many of these peptides do not have independent studies done on them, but rather studies done by the company that manufactures the peptides.

My eyes look okay for my age. I have dark circles and a couple fine lines. My eyes can sometimes look a bit puffy in the mornings. I probably didn’t need to buy this eye cream; for something like this to work, it needs something to repair. However, I get pretty excited by new skincare ingredients and sometimes can’t help purchasing new items. So, I got my husband to help with the review of YBF Correct. He’s a year older than me and has puffy eyes, dark circles, crow’s feet and wrinkles. He often gets comments that he looks really tired. I was surprised that he agreed to try the eye cream; I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m crazy for all the skincare products I have and he just splashes his face with cold water and uses bar soap for cleansing.

One-Month Results:

My husband and I have been using YBF (Your Best Face) Correct eye cream for one month four days (September 14 to October 18). This cream comes in an airless pump and has a thin consistency that spreads around easily. It has the almond-nutmeg smell similar to other YBF products. We used this every morning and evening around the whole eye area up to the brow bone. The first few times I used this it had a sticky feeling that lasted about 5 minutes. My husband said he felt that there was a film on his eyelids. Once we started using less at a time it was only slightly sticky as it was absorbing, only for about 30 seconds. A little goes a long way; about a quarter pump covers both eyes. The eyelids felt moisturized to the touch for hours after application, not a sticky or heavy feeling, but a silky moisturized feeling.

The top and left photos are from September 14 and the bottom/right photos are from October 18.

In looking at the before and after above, I notice a very subtle difference in the larger crease on the under eye and a bit less puffiness. It’s hard to tell a difference in the color as the lighting is unfortunately not the same (used a smart phone camera and a flashlight app). I was hoping that the freckles around my eyes would begin fading, but not the case yet. It looks like the after photo had better focus so I see more fine lines, but the bottom eyelid definitely has less of that larger crease and the overall color looks more uniform.

I’m not sure my eyes are “old” enough to warrant the full benefit of this eye cream (which is why I got my husband’s help), but I see a subtle difference in my under eye color and fine line on the lower lids.

I’m pretty impressed by my husband’s after photos. There is definitely less puffiness and there is a reduction in the dark under eye circles. The eyes looks brighter and less tired.

A close look at the above photos shows reduction in some of the smaller wrinkles and lines.

We are going to use this for another 2 months and will post another review. The results thus far are definitely promising.

Three-Month Reults:

My husband and I have now been using Your Best Face Correct Eye Cream for three months, September 14 to December 19, 2015, morning and evening.

I don’t really notice much more of a difference between one month (September 14 to October 18) of use and two further months (October 18 to December 19) of use in the above pictures. There is perhaps a bit more reduction in a couple fine lines.

Above, the eyes are a bit more discolored in the after photos, but there is further reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles. I think with continued use the wrinkles will smooth out even further. I am disappointed that the yellowish under eye color seemed to come back (though could be due a number of variables).

When my eyes need it, this will be the eye cream I would try again. It is expensive but there’s still some left in the bottle after two of us using it twice a day for three months (six months for one person).

Your Best Face Skincare Balance Review

YBF Balance
YBF Balance

Balance from Your Best Face Skincare is a cream that claims to fight new breakouts and decrease damage and duration of existing breakouts, as well as regulating oil over time.  It can be used alone or with other skincare products. Reformulation review here.

Ingredients: Reverse Osmosis Water, Nylon-12, Olive Squalane, L-Carnosine, Olivem (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Ppg5 Ceteth-20, Niacin, Tetradecylthioacetic Acid (TTA), C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Vitamin B5, Alpha Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavender Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Niaouli Oil, Triethanolamine, Paraben Du, Azulene (Guaiazulene)

Nylon-12 is the ingredient that absorbs excess oil on the skin, eliminating shine. L-carnosine is a combination of two amino acids, alanine and histadine, and is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Ppg5 Ceteth-20 can be used as an emollient and surfactant. When used as an emollient, it creates a dry silky feeling on the skin and reduces the slick feeling of oil on the skin. Tetradecylthioacetic acid (TTA) is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can regulate the oils that cause breakouts. C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is used to create a smooth consistency and can be used as a stabilizer. Vitamin B5 and niacin are used to reduce breakouts. Alpha bisabolol, sodium hyaluronate and azulene sooth and hydrate the skin. Lavender oil is used as an antiseptic. Cedarwood oil properties include antiseborrheic (anti-oil) and antiseptic. Niaouli oil is an antiseptic and bactericidal (kills bacteria). Triethanolamine is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered  toxic) with ammonia (also toxic) and is used as a buffering agent and surfactant with its primary use as a pH adjuster.  The CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel) found that Triethanolamine was “safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin. In products intended for prolonged contact with the skin, the concentration of Triethanolamine should not exceed 5%.” Triethanolamine is third-last on the ingredient list, so this would be under 5%. Still, this information is pretty unfortunate as Balance is not a rinse-off product and one that I like to use daily as it really helps my skin. This product also contains paraben du. There is a good article on the YBF website about why they use this paraben. Azulene is considered to have a calming effect because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

This product is for people in their teens and 20s when still dealing with excess oil. Oil production is supposed to regulate as one gets older, but in my case, at 34, I’m pretty sure I’m stuck with my oily skin. This extra oil on my skin causes breakouts, enlarged pores, blackheads, and a shiny face about an hour after cleansing (most of my skin issues and what I am trying to fix and prevent). I get one or two big pimples every few months and redness and many small pimples on the right side of my lower cheek that stay a long time.  If I use a lotion or moisturizer (I use a glycolic lotion) my face stays shiny all day. I found YBF Balance about a year ago. This product goes on very nicely, under or over other products including foundation. It absorbs into the skin fast and the skin feels smooth and looks matte for the whole day. You can apply this throughout the day if needed. Some may not prefer the matte look, and it may look a bit strange if you are used to seeing a shiny face in the mirror. Using this, my breakouts and redness are reduced and I don’t get the urge to wash my face in the middle of the day because of the extra oil. This product is supposed regulate oil production over time; I’m not sure I’ve really noticed that. It apparently has a very light lavender scent but I didn’t really note any scent. I wouldn’t really consider Balance to be a moisturizer; it creates a silky, matte feeling on the skin and is not drying.

Balance would take the place of blotting papers or oil absorbing powders/makeup. I often see people comment on makeup reviews that their oily skin causes foundations to break up and slide off their face, and I just want to leave comments everywhere saying to try this product, as it would resolve that issue. Balance is one of my must-haves.

This product is affordable, as it does not contain the two products in almost all of the other YBF products, spin trap and lipochroman.

This is probably my favorite product and one that I will continue to buy, as it definitely calms the redness in my skin, absorbs excess oil and reduces breakouts; but there must be something else that can be used in place of the Triethanolamine. YBF Skincare often reformulates their products; I hope Balance is on the list.

Update May 12, 2019 – Balance has undergone reformulation; you can find the review here.

Thank you for reading.

Your Best Face Skincare Prep Review

YBF Prep
YBF Prep

YBF Prep is a microdermabrasion scrub from Your Best Face (YBF) Skincare (not to be confused with YBF Beauty). This is a physical exfoliant that claims to brighten skin, fight free radicals, smooth and prevent wrinkles and heal and protect with vitamins and antioxidants for a smooth complexion. This can also be used on the hands.

Directions state to use at night one to three times a week on clean damp skin. Apply in a thin layer with small circular motions and rinse with cool water followed by a moisturizer. This can also be left on as a mask for 15 minutes to get more benefit from the botanicals and antioxidants. I like to follow this with the YBF Clarity mask.

Ingredients: aluminum oxide crystals, reverse osmosis water, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, meadowfoam seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil (and) olive oil (olea europaea) (and) olive oil unsaponifiables, TEGO® Pep 4-Even (tetrapeptide-30 (and) glycerin (and) water), Leucidal® (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), ethoxydiglycol, edelweiss extract, Relistase (glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), glucono delta lactone, olive leaf extract, licorice root extract, Matrixyl™ 3000 (glycerin (and) water (and) butylene glycol (and) carbomer (and) polysorbate 20 (and) palmitoyl oligopeptide (and) palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), TEGO® Pep 4-17 (tetrapeptide-21 (and) glycerin (and) butylene glycol (and) water), dl-panthenol(vitamin B5), kojic acid, aspen bark extract, coenzyme Q10, hydroxyethylcellulose, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone),tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane (turmeric root extract), vitamin E succinate, niacin, allantoin, ferulic acid, lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), tetrahydropiperine, vitamin B6 (coenzyme B6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate)

There is no added color or fragrance.

Like most of the at-home microdermabrasion scrubs, this contains aluminum oxide crystals. Meadowfoam seed oil comes from the seeds of the limnanthes alba that has antioxidant properties and skin softening benefits. TEGO Pep 4-Even (tetrapeptide-30) reduces hyperpigmentation. Leucidal (radish root ferment filtrate) is used as a natural preservative instead of something like phenoxyethanol. Relistase (glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine) is a tetrapeptide used to treat sagging skin and lack of firmness. Licorice root extract is a salt derived from the licorice plant and can improve the appearance of dry skin by restoring suppleness and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Matrixyl 3000 reduces wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. TEGO Pep 4-17 is a peptide that boosts collagen and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. Kojic acid inhibits the skin pigment melanin and is used as a skin whitener. It is, however, a known skin irritant. Aspen bark extract is derived from the bark of the American Aspen. It contains  salycin, an aspirin-like substance, that has calming and anti-inflammatory effects. It has also been shown to inhibit the growth of molds, yeasts and E. coli. Hydroxyethylcellulose is a gelling and thickening agent. Spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone) is still a pretty rare ingredient in skincare that YBF uses in most of its products. It is an antioxidant that works by stabilizing free radicals that are spinning out of control. Turmeric root extract is an anti-inflammatory and helps with acne and hyperpigmentation. Allantoin is a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound used as a skin conditioning agent. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that prevents wrinkles and sun damage. Lipochromin-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanolis an antioxidant. Tetrahydropiperine is derived from black pepper and helps to increase dermal absorption therefore enhancing the performance of other active ingredients.

I have used a couple other microdermabrasion scrubs including ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish, Susan Lucci’s Youthful Essence Micodermabrasion System (this was about 8 years ago) and Astara Daily Refining scrub.

I have used Prep on and off for about 2 years. It has YBF’s, what I will call, signature scent as many of their products I have used have the same smell – kind of a mixture of almond and nutmeg (I think from the meadowfoam seed oil); they use similar ingredients in their line. The aluminum oxide crystals are very fine. You can add more water if your skin is more sensitive or dry. I like using this as a mask as well, as there are so many beneficial ingredients that I don’t want to wash off right away, but if you are short on time, this can be used as just a scrub. The crystals are in a creamy base that rinse very well. After rinsing my skin is not irritated or red and doesn’t feel stripped of moisture. After a couple months of twice-a-week use my skin is much smoother, and I always get whitish bumps and congestion on my forehead which disappear when I use this. Over time fine lines on my forehead are reduced as well.

While this might seem expensive, it has great ingredients and peptides and it lasts a very long time, as you only need a bit of product for each use.

I like to try new products when I run of something and sometimes before I run out, but the YBF Prep will always be in my routine.