What’s a Spin Trap you say? It’s THE latest in anti-aging ingredients for skincare. “Spin trap functions as an antioxidant, but not in the traditional manner. Instead of destroying free radicals, it restores balance to unstable molecules and does a better job of protecting our cells from damage.”
So now that we are on the same page, I’m going to tell you all about my spin trap experience. I got the chance to test YBF Skincare (Your Best Face = YBF) which is based right near my current residency in Central Florida.
YBF has a small range of products but they pretty much cover all your needs. I’m going to include my thoughts on the individual products below. Of course, the system will work best if you use the entire line, but since they are pricey, you might want to just start with one product.Pick the one that addresses your major skin issue and put it on your holiday wish list now. I honestly didn’t think high-priced skincare was worth it, but some of these YBF products just shine. Without further a due, my thoughts…
Control – Rejuvenating wrinkle management antioxidant protection, sun damage & correction, age control. This little gem helps reverse all those pesky things that happen when we age; plus those icky things we did to our skin when we were younger (like not wearing spf?). Control is hardly scented and is a yellow-ish thick serum. It spreads across the skin easily. In the photo below, the dot of product is pea-sized and works for my entire face and part of my neck. Control is a bit hydrating (but not enough on its own) and really seemed to make my skin luminous after about 4 weeks of treatment. Overall my dry and oily patches were much more even and normal. I didn’t have “desert zones” and “rainforest zones” on my face. My $160 for 1 ounce.
Defend, Restore & Correct are reviewed below…
Defend – Oil control premium protection synergistic anti-aging (anti-shine). Defend is formulated with Vitamin E, Spin Trap and Hyaluronic acid. The Vitamin E moisturizes, soothes and prevents wrinkles, Spin Traps defend the skin against free radicals and other environmental damage. Hyaluronic acid keeps your facial skin cells plump and regenerating. There’s also some Titanium Dioxide (a barrier sunscreen) in Defend, but you will still need to use sunscreen since there’s not enough to “rate” the SPF.
Defend is a light-weight cream that is moisturizing upon application and sinks in amazingly quick! It smells a bit of maraschino cherries, I enjoyed the scent since it was naturally derived and faded fast. Defend is my go-to saviour during humid weather in Florida. I often end up with an oil slick on my face and this did a fab job of keeping the shine at bay without drying out my skin. $120 for 1 oz.
Restore – Brightens skin, soothes and hydrates, improves complexion. Restore is one of my two favorite products in this line. I REALLY LOVED using this product. It’s a very fluid, translucent serum. Since I have some uneven skin tone due to old acne scars, melasma and hormone changes in the past few years… I was excited to try this product. Initial application leaves you with a perfect glow over your skin. Again, I only used a pea size amount of product and it covered my entire face easily. Restore provided me with light moisture without the grease and “unbreathable” feeling. It’s perfect under makeup!! And really makes your products grab and set. After long term use, my skin seemed brighter and much more even. $120 for 0.5 oz.
Correct – Wrinkle correction, invigorates eye area, brightens dark circles. Correct is a dedicated eye-area serum and the other of my favorite YBF products. It’s a thick product and I found it best to use at night. While it’s not greasy, it does coat your eye skin with moisture, so eye makeup overtop could be a bit slippery. If I ever have baggies or puffy eyes, Correct handles them within a few hours. The product smells a little bit of nutmeg- slightly spicy but if you’re not much for scents it could take some time to get used to. Thankfully it fades *super* quickly! My eye circles were extremely improved after long term treatment; eye wrinkles were plumped and looked filled. There’s a very refreshing feel to this product. If you are looking for a great eye cream… this is my favorite by far (of all brands). Highly recommended even with the price being high (I know it’s tough to see that cost, but Correct really is effective.). $150 for 0.5 oz.
Further notes on the line in general: I loved the fact that the scents in YBF are naturally derived by nutmeg and other ingredients. There are no added perfumes (yah!). The packaging is lovely. All the products come in a super sanitary pump (airless) that doesn’t push out a ton of product. I hate when I’m using skincare pumps and out comes a huge dollop of product. Really ladies, you only need a pea size for your face (this goes for all skincare products- not just YBF). However, these same pumps since they are opaque don’t let you see how much product remains. Hence, it’s tough to know when you need to reorder.
While Defend contains some Titanium Dioxide (a chemical/barrier sunscreen) there’s no official SPF rating so you will need to apply sunscreen on top of your YBF products. I’d love it they could add sunscreen to one of their products.
One other note, even when I used them all together, during drier days (i.e. lower humidity) my skin was still thirsty. To resolve this, I applied all my YBF products and let them ‘marinate’ then put on my normal face lotion with sunscreen overtop. However, on more humid days, I could certainly skip this step… but if you have very dry skin, you may need additional moisture over & above what the YBF line provides. However, at the same time, since YBF is so light-weight, you can easily layer a few products (makeup, sunscreen, etc) without fear of being greasy or losing the “airy” feeling.
You can buy all the YBF Skincare products online at TheSkinCareShop.com.
Full ingredients listing is below…
Defend – Reverse osmosis water, ppg-5 ceteth-20, sodium hyaluronate, propylene glycol, nylon 12, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, micronized titanium dioxide, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, paraben du, vitamin e.
Control – Reverse osmosis water, argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-3), cyclomethicone, ppg-5 ceteth-20, matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, dimethyl isosorbide, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), jojoba, nylon 12, idebenone, triethanolamine, alpha lipoic acid, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin e, paraben.
Correct – Reverse osmosis water, licorice root extract, snap-8 (acetyl glutamyl hexapeptide-3), pepha-timp (polypeptide), cucumber extract, simugel (C16H34), syn-ake (tripeptide), haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide (and) palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), nutmeg butter, matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), dimethyl isosorbide, alpha arbutin, cyclomethicone (and) dimethicone copolyol, ethyhexyl palmitate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), glycerine, l-proline, provitamin B5, raspberry seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, sepilift DPHP (palmitoyl-1, palmitoyloxy-4 proline), triglyceride, paraben du, sodium hyaluronate, caffeine, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, cetyl palmitate, ceteareth-12, vitamin e, BHT, olive leaf extract, vitamin a, violet leaf extract, oakmoss absolute.
Restore – Reverse osmosis water, alpha arbutin, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, ppg-5 ceteth-20, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), provitamin B5, paraben du, triethanolamine, polysorbate 20, vitamin e.