/> The Juicy Beauty Word: January 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingerstips

split skin on fingertip
The weather has gotten cold and wintry here in the Philadelphia area. That means dry skin. Our skin can get so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Splits in the fingertips hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Plus, any openings in the skin allow germs to enter in which can cause an infection.

My clients have been coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingertips. The lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products are the perfect recipe for dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

We have to take extra care to prevent the dryness that can lead to splits. For instance, I have to protect my thumb while removing the polish from my client's nails to prevent the skin on my thumb from splitting. Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin.

Moisturized hands look younger and more beautiful plus they are healthier. There are a variety of things you can do to help the skin stay better hydrated and heal splits in the skin. 

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:

Topical Treatments
Antibiotic Ointment
Use an antibiotic ointment especially on a deep split. Ointment is better than cream due to it's thicker, more water resistant nature. Apply the antibiotic ointment to the split area then cover it with a Bandaid to keep it protected. Apply the antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day. Keep it covered until the split mends together.

Lip Balm
Lip balm creates a nice waxing protective coating for split skin. This works well on splits that are not very deep. Apply the lip balm to the cracked skin to help seal it and ease the sting.

Gloves are a fantastic way to protect your hands from getting too dry. There are gloves for all types of tasks. 

Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes. 

Wear cotton gloves when dusting or handling something that will absorb the moisture from your hands like folding laundry. 

Wear gardening gloves when digging in the dirt. 

Always wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Lotions and hand creams are a must! 

Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. 

Choose a lotion or cream that has a scent you like so you want to use it. If you don't like fragrance, choose an unscented lotion or cream. 

Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Hydrating Serum
Try using a hydrating serum before you apply your hand lotion or cream for extra moisture. 

I like Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand and Body Serum. It's a spray that instantly hydrates with a light scent. It coordinates with the Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Hand and Body cream which is also excellent!
Intense Night Time Treatment
Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. 

Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or other thick treatment cream, such as Utterly Smooth, to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. 

It's amazingly healing! Look for the white cotton gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

Read Brittle Nails: How to Strengthen Weak Nails

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral
oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid
and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Eat a nutritious diet with lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water for healthier skin. Add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and become stronger so it is more resistant to fingertip splits.

Try for 8 8 ounce glasses each day to hydrate the skin and improve cell function. That equals about 2 liters or half a gallon.

Take Flax seed oil

It's loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and is very beneficial for skin health. Add 1 Tablespoon to your diet each day.

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin is needed for skin cell growth and skin repair. Take a daily supplement or eat more foods containing Vitamin D. Be sure to eat or take magnesium when taking Vitamin D. Vitamin D can deplete your magnesium causing a headache.

Some foods containing Vitamin D: dairy products, egg yolks, fortified orange juice, fortified alternative milk products, mushrooms grown in sun and fish.

Some foods containing magnesium: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, avocados, almonds, beans and lentils, bananas, dark leafy greens, whole grains, dark chocolate and fish.

Eat more Omega 3, Omega 6 & Mono Unsaturated Fats

Healthy fats help prevent skin dryness and help your body create healthy skin cells.
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

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil and nuts.

Get a Manicure!
See me for a healing manicure at Styling Point in Media, PA

I hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast and make your hands look more beautiful, especially if you have a sparkly new engagement ring!
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       Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Anti Aging Cream and Serum: YonKa Excellence 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.

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!

Yonka Age Exception Excellence Code Product Description and Review

Let's go into the products in more detail starting with the Cellular Code Serum. I have provided my Amazon Associate links for your shopping convenience.

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 eyelids 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. Yonka is a luxury skin care line. The products cost more but are very effective.

It doesn't have to be a high end expensive skin care product line just a 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. Styling Point 610 566- 1070.

       Have a Beautiful Skin Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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