Reminder to Enter: YBF Skincare Week 1 Giveaway

by Bionic Beauty on 06.Jul.2009 · 6 comments

Enter the YBF Skincare anti-aging and treatment skincare giveaway contest at Bionic Beauty!Don’t forget to enter the YBF Skincare Week 1 giveaway! It’s your chance to win their newly repackaged and reformulate Restore anti-aging serum and Quench Lip Treatment balm.

The contest ends at midnight (Eastern Time) on July 7, 2009. You need to leave your comment (follow the rules, please) over at the YBF Skincare Week 1 Giveaway article.

So if you haven’t entered already, don’t delay!
Best of luck to all the Bionic Beauties!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sherry B. July 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Where is the page to enter?


2 Bionic Beauty July 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Hi Sherry, If you look above in the article, there is a section that is in blue and underlined “the YBF Skincare Week 1 Giveaway article.” Click that link to enter. :)

Or, if you look to your right in the sidebars, there are links to both the current giveaways in the About Bionic section. You’ll see the logos for both YBF Skincare and Aging Backwards.

I hope this helps!
~Bionic Beauty


3 Anna July 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Hi there!! I am curious about the ingredient list…I know from reading past postings on your blog that you are invested in natural skin care options, as am I. The Restore product sounds great, but I am concerned about the inclusion of parabens in the ingredients list. You seem knowledgeable about skincare ingredients. What’s your take on this? I am currently using an organic skin care line and mineral make up, so I hate to introduce any nasty chemicals into my routine. But I am intrigued by this product….Thanks for any advice you might have!!


4 Bionic Beauty July 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Hey Anna, Great question! I’m going to respond to you tomorrow since I’m out & about with family this evening. So be on the look out tomorrow. :)

In the meantime, I sent your question to one of the formulators & founders at YBF so they could weigh in as well. They are very scientifically minded and knowledgeable at YBF, so I figured it would be a great way to jump start the conversation…

I hope this helps,

Here’s Darrell’s response:
“Hi Anna,
I appreciate your question to Jami about our use of parabens and it is something we keep top of mind whenever we formulate. We love natural and organic ingredients, and while even though we don’t tout it very often, most natural ingredients we use are organic. Over time we continue to transition our non-organic ingredients to organic ones.

Our view of preservatives is that especially when natural and organic ingredients are used, measures to protect our customers from bacterial, viral and fungal contamination is our responsibility. There are a number of steps we take that allow us to keep preservatives to a minimum. In Restore and the rest of our line for example, we have actually lowered use of parabens over time as our airless containers have proven to be an extremely reliable first defense from contamination. Also, we make our products in very small batches, timed with when we expect our retailer will need them; which means the products our customers buy are extremely fresh compared to other mass-produced brands – this in turn means we don’t need a preservative load insuring the product can sit on a shelf for 18 months before purchase.

On the web you might read content both opposed to and in support of paraben use. We’ve taken both sides into account and still believe that when used appropriately parabens provide a level of protection our customers want in product stability. We do keep on the lookout for alternatives that are also safe, effective or that don’t pose an allergen risk.

One thing that consumers may not be aware of – I was not aware of this until I began formulating – is that many stock ingredients company’s use in their products come “pre-preserved” and unfortunately that preservative method doesn’t always carry through to the final product’s ingredient list. So as consumers we are often unknowingly exposed to preservatives and other chemicals. Part of our consideration and evaluation process with new active ingredients is if they come pre-preserved. Unfortunately there are a number of wonderful actives available falling into that category and so we’ve ruled out their use entirely so as to maintain integrity of the ingredients we do include in our formulas.

I hope this information is helpful – and your question is so greatly appreciated. It’s a question close to our heart and we welcome any highlights of new preservative alternatives or best practices by other brands that might provide better alternatives we can look to as we continue product improvements and new product rollouts.”

Darrell Owens, founding partner & principal formulator
Your Best Face Skincare LLC /


5 Anna July 9, 2009 at 1:12 am

Hi Jami,

Thanks for the feedback. Darrell’s response impressed me–I can tell that he has really thought about the issue carefully! I would love to hear your own views on the issue at some point. Personally, I read so much conflicting information that I often feel totally confused. But I figure, when in doubt, it’s better to avoid an ingredient :).



6 Bionic Beauty July 17, 2009 at 12:57 am

Hi Anna,
As you mentioned it’s “muddy waters” when it comes to discussing parabens. Some people avoid them like the plague and others are just so-so, and others don’t bother worrying.

For my personal skin, I try to cut down on parabens. For instance, I use a paraben free sunblock, and jojoba oil for my normal moisturizer. I also use paraben free soaps (from Herbaria, and sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoos & hair care.

Then for my anti-aging serums and other products, I look for items that have as low amount of parabens as possible. YBF’s are pretty dang low.

The issue with parabens is that they are everywhere. And yes, we can absorb them through our skin. I believe the problem arises when your body has so much coming in that your natural system is unable to flush them. Just like eating cake or brownies- everything in moderation.

I will say that in higher doses, I am allergic to parabens. My face gets clogged pores, cystic acne and white heads. I also start to lose some of the hair in my eyebrows (yep, that’s why I’m such a label reader!), but I haven’t had an issue with YBF’s products.

That’s just my 2 cents. I’d be happy to give more if you’d like. Email me or comment back here and we can keep discussing further. :-)

Have a great Friday!


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