Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yonka’s Advanced Optimizer Anti-Aging Duo

What are The Optimizers? 

They are a fluid and a cream that comprise a two-part skin care system that are designed to be used together, although they can be used separatelydepending on your skin type. If you have normal to dry or true-dry skin and you feel you are not getting enough hydration from your cremes, give The Duo a try. They pack a powerful punch to keep your skin feeling moisturized.

OPTIMIZER SERUM (formerly called Optimizer Fluid)

This is one of  my all-time favorite Yonka productsmaybe the favorite!  I have been using it under my hydrating creams day and night for years. I started using it during the cold Chicagoland winters, and since moving to Colorado it is a twice-daily essential in my skin care routine.

Although Optimizer Serum is a super-hydrating fluid, it does not contain any oil so all skin types can use it. I highly recommend giving Optimizer Serum a try. It can really made a big difference in the hydration of your skin. See Is your face in need of extra hydration? for more about this effective hydrating serum.

Essential ingredients in SERUM:
  • Hyaluronic acidsuper-hydrates
  • Hibiscus peptideshelp stimulate the production of collagen
  • Collagenlifts, firms, long-lasting hydration 
  • Complex of organic proteinsactivates cellular oxygenation, stimulates protein synthesis, regenerates cells to favor the healing process, softens the depth of lines and wrinkles 
  • Dimethiconeprotects, smoothes 
  • Horsetail extractfortifies skin proteins 
  • Soy peptideshydrating, smoothing
  • Glycoaminoglycanhydrating, restructuring, firm forming
Although Optimizer Serum is designed to be used with Optimizer Creme, it can be used on its own or incorporated with your favorite Yonka cream. If you have oily skin and don’t like wearing a cream, Optimizer Serum would be a perfect choice. It will hydrate your skin without adding any extra oil.

This a day and/or nighttime moisturizer that packs a powerful punch. Hyaluronic acid, shea butter, hip and horsetail extracts are among the luxurious ingredients this formula contains. The Creme is great for normal/combination skin, or for those who are heading toward a drier skin type. You can use the creme combined with Optimizer Serum or on its own. This all depends on the hydration level of your skin.

Essential ingredients in CREME:
  • Hyaluronic aciddeep hydrating action, reinforces, strengthens
  • Complex of hydrolized organic proteins (milk, elastin, amniotic liquid)activates cellular oxygenation, stimulates protein synthesis, regenerates cells to favor the healing process, softens the depth of lines and wrinkles 
  • Horsetailfortifies skin proteins, promotes hydration 
  • Shea butternourishes, antioxidant
Directions for using OPTIMIZER DUO:
  • After cleansing, before toning
  • Apply 3-4 squirts of OPTIMIZER SERUM (I believe that applying the fluid directly on your dry skinbefore the toner—will deepen the action of this wonderful hydration booster)
  • Massage the Serum in
  • Then spray the Yonka Lotion toner
  • Finally, apply OPTIMIZER CREME or your current day or night cream
  • Don’t forget your eye treatment as the final step to your Basics 1-2-3 Program

To purchase Yonka’s Advanced Optimizers, click here. These two products can be purchased individually or at a discount together as the Duo.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Too Busy for Skin Care?

I’m a busy [executive, mom, or any person], and I don’t have much time to spend in front of the mirror taking care of my face. What can I do for optimum healthy skin?

This could have been written by a person in any profession, whether an office worker or a stay-at-home mom. Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot of time on your skin; you just need to be consistent and conscientious. Your twice daily routine is simply to clean your skin, spray on a pH balanced toner, and apply an appropriate moisturizer. The moisturizing step includes using eye cream. That’s it
—what I call The Basics 1-2-3. This may be enough for you, depending on the condition of your skin and your lifestyle habits, which include diet.

If you are having problems with your skin, of course you will want to spend a little more time doing a few extra things. The Extras include using an exfoliator, and especially if you have congestion problems, a good clay-based mask. The Extras can be done once to several times per week depending on your needs.
If you have no-problem skin and don’t want to do anything extra, you can do The Basics and nothing more. Your skin will be better off doing extra steps, but you may not have the time or inclination to do so. I would recommend having facials or giving yourself facials from time to time. Your skin will reflect this extra care with a healthier glow and smoother texture.

I think people (women and men) see all the commercials on TV and the advertisements in magazines for numerous skin care products and perhaps mistakenly think it will take a great effort along with many products to accomplish simple skin care. And as you have read, this is simply not true. Like many people, I don’t have a lot of time to spend in front of the mirror; therefore, I completely relate to this reader and her concerns for a simple program. Optimum health will be found doing the optimum elements to healthy skin.

See The Basics Program 1-2-3 and The ExtrasDo more to have healthy skin to understand the minimum for a skin care routine plus a few added steps for healthy, vibrant skineven if you run on a busy schedule.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bathtime Quick Tips

If you are a bath person, you are well aware of the healing powers of taking a relaxing soak. It is a restorative pleasure. Baths give you a moment to slow down and take some time for you. The wet heat is one of the best ways to soothe aching muscles. I like to use bath salts because they are aromatic (a bath filled with bath salts is like incense for your home) and can help to relieve muscle aches as well as stimulate circulation. Bath oils are also aromatic and will help to moisturize rough, dry skin while you bathe. (See Are you a “Bath Person?)

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to luxuriate in the tub, try to find at least 15 minutes one day a week to close yourself in a room—alone—and just breathe. Tell your husband and the kids you are locking yourself in the bathroom, and short of an emergency, you are not available. (I jokingly told a client to get a “Do Not Disturb” sign for her bathroom door. Maybe it’s not such a bad idea!) Putting aside time for you gives you more energy to give to others. It’s a simple principle, although not always so easy to implement. See Bathroom = Sanctuary—really! Here are some ideas for your own Do Not Disturb me sign.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Yonka for Men: Undereye Gel—gel eye treatment

This soothing eye gel helps to alleviate puffiness and dark circles that plague many men (and women). It visibly relaxes the eye contour and smoothes lines and wrinkles. It has a refreshing scent and goes on easily.

Key Benefits:

  • Combats puffiness and dark circles
  • A pick-me-up for the eyes
  • This ultra-fresh gel with natural active ingredients visibly smoothes and energizes the eye contours, even after long days...or short nights
  • The advantage: Can be used as a mask (5 minutes) in case of major fatigue. An immediate effect guaranteed
Essential ingredients:
  • Phyto-polyphenols from salomon’s seal, arnica and cypress nuthelps the micro circulation and draining action
  • Phytostimulines technology from beech budregenerates, hydrates, tones up
  • Mimosa tenuiflora (rich in bioflavonoides, tannis, mimonosides, oligo-elements)regenerates, anti-free radical action
  • Sweet almond proteinshydrates
  • Sodium hyaluronatehydrates, soothes, regenerates
  • Sodium lactate methylsilanol (contains silicon)relieves congestion
  • Roman camomile essential oilrelieves congestion
  • Peppermint essential oilrefreshes, tones up
  • Carrot essential oilsoothes
Directions for use:

For daily use:
Apply a thin layer of Undereye Gel on lines around eyes. Use morning and night and any time in between. Eye creams (and gels) keep the tissue around the eyes soft. They do not erase wrinkles. Sorry!

Used as a mask: One to several times per week, apply Undereye Gel in a thick layer under eyes. Leave on for at least 5 minutes. When finished, penetrate any remaining gel into the skin. If there is too much left, gently tissue (blot) excess.

For more information on using eye creams, see Eye Cream: Why use it? And for skin care just for men: