Monday, January 14, 2019

Over Exfoliated Dehydrated Skin

Exfoliation. It's a big deal in skin care. Exfoliation removes dead skin which makes our skin look younger, helps prevent clogged pores and promotes collagen production.

Can it be over done? It can.

Especially in the winter when the skin is in a dryer, more delicate condition.

dry skin
Signs that your skin is over exfoliated:

Dehydrated, dry and tight feeling skin

Skin has a burning sensation
Skin care products burn when applied
Sensitive, irritated, rashy areas

If your skin is feeling this way, stop all forms of exfoliation and use a gentle, minimal skin care routine to let the skin calm and heal.

Things you can try to help your skin heal:

No Exfoliation Products: 

Exfoliation products include ultrasonic facial cleansing brushes, grainy scrubs, liquid exfoliators such as salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids, Retin A, Renova, loofahs, washcloths, even most facial masks do some exfoliation.

Morning Cleansing: 

Just splash with water, pat dry and spray on a healing toner. I love YonKa Lotion PS to soothe and heal dehydrated skin. It is amazing healing mist toner that contains essential oils and glycerin.

Morning Moisturizing:

Use a gentle, basic moisturizer that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or hydrox acids. Apply it right after your toner to seal in moisture. Yes to Carrot SPF 15 Daily Fragrance Free Moisturizer is gentle and contains zinc oxide which is both a sun screen and skin healer. I also love Yonka Sensitive skin care line. I find it extremely soothing for irritated skin.

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Nighttime Cleansing: 
Use a gentle moisturizing facial cleanser that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. Try Yes to Carrot Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser  Use your cleanser in the evening to remove dirt and makeup. Wet your face, apply the cleanser with your hands, massage it over your face to loosen dirt and makeup. Rinse it off well and pat dry. Do not use a wash cloth. Spray on a healing toner.

Nighttime Moisturizing: 

Slather on the emollients! Try shea butter, coconut oil or avocado oil. Yes to Carrots make a nice Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream you can also try. Apply your emollient product generously right after cleansing and toning for overnight skin healing.


It will be difficult to find a liquid makeup, bb cream or cc cream that does contain some sort of exfoliant. Also, foundation does apply well to dehydrated flaky skin. It tends to cake up. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30 is something you can try. It's a tinted moisturizer. Use your fingers, not a brush, for gentle application. Avoid applying drying powder makeups at this time.

Use a Humidifier: 

A humidifier is a great device for adding moisture to the air in your living space. The moist air will help the skin retain moisture and heal.

No Hot Water: 

Hot water dehydrates your irritated skin even more. Quick warm showers are your best option.

Eat Healing Foods:

Add healthy skin healing foods to your diet.

Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts

Give your skin a good month of healing time. You can go back to exfoliating once your skin is healed but with a less zealous routine. Your old exfoliation routine will only cause a problem again.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Anti Aging Cream and Serum: YonKa Excellance Code Age Exception Skin Care Products Review

Are you constantly searching for a anti aging cream to turn back time? We all want a magic potion to plump up wrinkles, improve the skin's texture, improve uneven coloration, hydrate the skin and bring back the firmness the face and neck once had. Not many products live up to their claims.

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YonKa's Age Exception line is designed to address the many needs of mature skin suffering from hormonal changes with it's Cellular Code Serum and Excellence Code products.
yonka excellence code products
Excellence Code's active ingredients work together for a multi faceted anti aging effect on the skin particularly focused on firming and redensifying. Yonka says it's for skin that is age 55+ but I feel any older skin showing the effects of hormonal changes will benefit from it. 

Yonka makes an Age Correction line which consists of the Time Resist day and night creams for skin age 45-55.  They contain plant stem cells to preserve skin cells. We'll talk them the another day.

The Age Exception line includes 4 products: Cellular Code Serum, Excellence Code Contours, Excellence Code Creme and Excellence Code Masque. 

YonKa Excellence Code claims: 
anti wrinkle
firming, redensifying
anti-dark spot
instant healthy glow effect through micro circulation

That all sounds wonderful, doesn't? But does the Age Exception line live up to it's claims? Guess what? From what I've seen, it actually does!!! I've had group people at the salon try out the YonKa Excellence Code products, myself included. All of us found significant improvement in our skin! 

One tester says she skin texture has improved, her pores look less noticeable and her skin is softer and more hydrated. I can back that up by saying her skin looked more hydrated, less clogged and more even toned when I did her last facial. It's her new go to skin care system. Another tester says her skin feel wonderfully smooth and wrinkles are less noticeable. One says the everything about her skin is improved.

I can tell you that my skin is noticeably firmer (including my neck!), my skin color has less redness to it and my skin has a moist glow. I am even wearing less foundation which is something I always want to happen but rarely happens! I will be saving my pennies, though. These are moderate to higher price point French skin care products sold in salons and spas. They are packaged beautifully, feel lovely, smell lovely and actually improve the skin!

Let's go into the products in more detail starting with the Cellular Code Serum.

YonKa Cellular Code Serum
yonka cellular code serum

The YonKa Cellular Code Serum is an anti aging serum designed for skin 35+ with 7 patents for it's active ingredients which include amino acids, a natural complex sugar extracted from corn, garden nasturtium extract and YonKa's signature blend of essential oils and more. This product can be used with the YonKa Elastine line, the Time Resist line, the Advanced Optimizer line as well as the Excellence Code line but you can use it with whatever moisturizer you like and get the same anti aging benefits from it. A serum is a treatment product not a moisturizer so it goes on before your moisturizer.

This is product is called a smart serum because it reprograms the skin's youth code by improving cellular communication, cell oxygenation and cell longevity. It also protects epidermal stem cells and the genetic material of the cells along with increasing the skin protective defense system. 

Apply morning and night after cleansing the skin to improve firmness and regenerate skin cells. Cellular Code is packaged in a double walled airless pump to keep the product fresh and effective.

Why do I like it?
The serum has smooth feel and fresh fragrance. It quickly absorbs into my skin and does not feel sticky or greasy. Yonka says to apply 2 to 3 pumps but I find you don't need to apply a lot especially if your skin is still moist from using your toner. Your moisturizer should be apply right over the Cellular Code. My skin looks and feels amazing!

Key Ingredients:
CELL-ENERGY Complex, a blend of extraordinarily powerful natural ingredients which includes:

Alanine based lipo-aminoacid, derived from Baicalin which is extracted from the Scutellaria Baicalensis root to prolong the vitality of skin's fibroblast cells which maintain the skin’s firmness, suppleness and restore communication between cells.

Garden nasturtium extract and D-ribose, a natural complex sugar from corn, to improve skin cell oxygenation and the radiance of the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Ribose, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Baicalin, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylpropanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Eugenol 

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
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Excellence Code Creme
yonka excellence code creme
The Excellence Code Creme is designed for older skin that is suffering from hormonal changes. It helps firm the skin, smooth wrinkles, improve dryness, reduce discoloration with active anti aging ingredients. You can use it by it's self morning and bedtime or apply it over the Cellular Code Serum for maximum anti aging benefits. 

I like this product because you use it as a day cream and a night cream so your don't need to have two separate creams. This cream contains light reflecting pink particles to illuminate the skin. This is very subtle. You don't get a shiny look or a pink look.

It's packaged in an airless jar to keep the ingredients active and fresh. After removing the jar's lid, you get the cream out of the jar by pressing on the white top. The harder you press, the more cream you get.

Why do I like it?
It feels wonderful on my skin. It feels soothing and leaves my skin feeling somewhat dewy but not sticky and greasy. My skin has a glowiness about it. It does not irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. It can be too heavy for the eye area so use the Excellence Code Contour Creme for around the eyes. My skin looks and feel firmer and more hydrated.

Key Ingredients:
It contains my favorite skin plumping ingredient Hyaluronic Acid plus avocado, grape seed oils and shea butter to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Retinol to speed up cell rejuvenation.

Cistus, an herb enriched in polyphenols to regenerate and restructure the skin.

Thistle and Vitamin A to protect and repair the skin.

The antioxidants Co-enzyme Q10, vitamin E for fight free radicals.

Complex silicon amino acid for anti glycation.

What's glycation?

Yeast and nutgrass for firmness.

Complex of bamboo, silica and pea extract rich in amino acids and glucosamine to smooth wrinkles.

Red algae extract to create a clearer more even skin texture.

Solomon's seal, cypress and arnica rich in flavonoids to brighten the skin.

Natural light reflecting pigments to brighten the skin.

Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood essential oils for healing, calming and fragrance.

Ingredients: Water, Decyl Oleate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Peg-75 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetheth-20, Steareth-20, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Retinyl Palmitate , Glucosamine Hcl, Tocopheryl Acetate (0.20%), Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Extract, Polygonatum Multiflorum Rhizome/Root Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Squalane, Cyperus Esculentus Tuber Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Glutamine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Silanetriol Lysinate, Cistus Incanus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Parfum/Fragrance, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, CI 77491/Iron Oxide, CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Eugenol , Citral, Coumarin 

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
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Excellence Code Contours
yonka excellence code contours

Excellence Code Contours creme is designed to target the needs of the delicate eye and lip areas of the face. It smooths lines around the mouth and eyes plus reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. It's one of the best eye creams I've tried. It's packaged in a tube with an extreme precision applicator that has a cooling effect. Cooling is great for taking down puffiness! 

Apply it twice a day, morning and bedtime, to the upper and lower eye lids and around the mouth using light gentle circular motions.

Why do I like it? 
This eye cream does a great job hydrating and soothing the eye area making lines less noticeable. It has a slight sheen from the illuminating particles it contains to create the perfect prep for concealer and makeup application. 

Key Ingredients:
It contains my favorite skin plumping ingredient Hyaluronic Acid.

Complex of white lupin and alfalfa, Persian silk tree and St Paul's-wort for lifting, to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Natural light reflecting pigments to brighten the skin.

Red algae and garden nasturtium to create a more clear and even complexion.

Organic thistle, vitamin A, avocado and grape seed oils, mango butter, bisabolol to soothe and repair the skin.

The anti oxidants Co-enzyme Q10 and vitamin E to fight damaging free radicals.

Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood essential oils for healing, calming and fragrance.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Myristyl Esters, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Mica, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Bisabolol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Darutoside, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Ubiquinone, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Glucomannan, Parfum/Fragrance, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxide, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Eugenol, Geraniol 
Tocopheryl acetate 0.21%

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
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Excellence Code Masque
yonka excellence code masque

The Excellence Code Masque finishes off the Excellence Code collection of products. It is a lifting, hydrating facial mask to give the skin hydration and radiance. It can be applied once or twice a week or it can be used as a sleep mask. 

For a weekly treatment: Apply a thick layer your freshly cleansed face and neck. Leave on about 15 minutes then rinse off. Spray with Yonka Lotion then, apply Cellular Code Serum followed by Excellence Code Creme and Excellence Code Contours.

As a overnight sleep mask: Apply a thin layer of the Excellence Code Masque to your freshly cleansed face. Leave it on overnight for a super hydrating regenerating overnight treatment. Rinse in the morning and apply your morning skin care products.

Why do I like it?
My skin is sensitive and tends to have redness plus, it gets dehydrated easily especially in the winter. This mask is super hydrating and healing for my skin and helps to even out redness. I'm not happy that it contains collagen being the vegetarian that I am. At least it's not bovine collagen. It's marine collagen which is sourced from fish skin.

Key Ingredients:
Skin firming Hyaluronic acid.

Grapeseed oil, allentoin, vitamins PP and B5 to nourish and repair.

Nutgrass and sweet almond proteins for a firming instant lift.

AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) from orange, sugar cane, maple, and bilberry to exfoliate and smooth wrinkles. 

Soluble Collagen to hydrate made from fish skin.

Red algae extract to create a clearer more even skin texture.

Anti oxidant vitamins A, C and E.

Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood essential oils for healing, calming and fragrance.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Peg-6 Stearate, Squalane, Peg-32 Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract/Extrait De Canne A Sucre, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Panthenol, Sclerotium Gum , Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyperus Esculentus Tuber Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Soluble Collagen, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thyums Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citral, Coumarin 
Tocopheryl acetate 0.20%

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
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Take good care of your skin! Using a good skin care regime really makes a difference in your skin appearance. I see it everyday at the salon. The people who use a skin care regime consisting of a facial cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen have better younger looking skin. It doesn't have to be a high end expensive product line just a nice effective line. Also, it doesn't have to be all products from the same brand however, products from the same brand are designed to pH balance each other and work together to give you the best results.

It's never too late to start taking care of your skin. You can see me at the salon for a skin consultation, facial, other skin care services or to purchase Yonka Products. See the link below. 

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Years Nails and New Years Eve Makeup: Glittery and Metallic!

Time to celebrate the coming of the new year with renewed hope for peace, love and prosperity. If you ask me, that requires glitter! Glittery, metallic nails and makeup.

Your Nails
Get some bling on your New Years nails with Zoya's Winter Holos! Zoya has put together a glitzy Holographic Trio to make your nails sparkle and shine!
zoya winter holos
The holos have a fine glitter in them which gives the polish a gorgeous glow with a rich depth that I just love. All three holos apply smooth and easy with no streaking.

zoya brighton
Brighton is a beautiful nude with silver and gold diamond holographic glitter. 
zoya brighton swatch


zoya everly
Everly is warm toned red pink with multi colored diamond holographic glitter.


zoya cadence
Cadence is a medium pink with multi colored diamond holographic glitter.
zoya cadence swatch
Get the trio at for just $15!
zoya winter holos bottles
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Your Makeup
For your New Years Eve Makeup, I recommend the golden glitz of the Laura Geller Gilded Honey collection. 
laura geller gilded honey
They have a beautiful gold metallic color that is not too yellow looking.

Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Guilded Honey is a wonderful multi purpose product. It's a silky feeling powder that can be applied all over the face. I love it as an eye shadow and highlighter on my cheekbones. 
laura geller gilded honey highlighter
It is sheer but can built up nicely on the eyelids for a super metallic gold glimmer! Add black liner and black mascara to add sophisticated drama to the glitz. $26.00 @ Laura Geller. $21.00 on Amazon.


Baked Blush n Brighten Blush
It looks amazing over the Laura Geller Baked Blush n Brighten Blush in Peach Delight. 
laura geller blush n brighten peach delight

$28.00 @ Laura Geller. $22.40 on Amazon.

MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 27 LAKE), CI 15850 (RED)

Color Luster Lip Gloss
laura geller color luster lip gloss
The Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey gives your lips a fantastic light reflecting shine! Love,love love! ❤ It's a sheer high def top coat that can be worn alone or over any lipstick. For me, it adds a lot of shine and a little glitz. Here is is over a nude lip liner.
laura geller color luster lip gloss
It contains ingredients to moisturize and condition your lips. $19.00 @ Laura Geller and Amazon.


Illuminating Body Mist
laura geller illuminating body mist
The Laura Geller Illuminating Body Mist adds a moisturizing soft gold sparkle to your skin with a soft vanilla scent. This is a vegan product with antioxidant skin conditioning ingredients including Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and Apricot Oil. Shake it before you spray it to get the fine glitter particles well mixed. Be sure to avoid spraying it on your clothes. You may not be able to get the glitter out. This is a limited edition product so get it while you can! $29.00 @ Laura Geller. $21.00 on Amazon.


Look how pretty it looks on my skin!
laura geller illuminating mist
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Get your Glitz on and Have a Happy, Prosperous New Year!

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