Monday, July 25, 2016

Sun Protection: Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is used in sunscreens as a reflective or physical block against UV rays. As a kid, you probably remember seeing (or even wearing) zinc oxide on the nose—it is pure white and very noticeable. Nowadays it is used as a key ingredient in sunscreens.

Zinc oxide is one of only a few ingredients that are currently used to block the damaging UVA rays. Parsol 1789 (avobenzone) and titanium dioxide are the among some others. Please don’t misunderstand: in a sunscreen, zinc oxide is not a complete block—nothing short of being inside will keep all the sun’s radiation off your skin. But zinc oxide, along with avobenzone and titanium dioxide, are ingredients to look for in your sun products.

If you are a skier, a sailor, or are doing any number of activities that cause you to be out in the sun for long periods of time, consider using zinc oxide to protect your skin. There are even zinc products that are available made in wild and fun colors, so you can protect your skin and make a fashion statement too!

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OK—this is not necessarily the norm!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Yonka’s CREME 83 for sensitive skin that is normal to dry

Designed for delicate skin prone to (oil) dryness, this smooth, fast-absorbing cream eases discomfort, softens the epidermis, and provides protection from harsh weather conditions.

When I have a client who has normal to true-dry skin that is red, irritated, and/or sensitive, Creme 83 is the product I recommend for day and Creme 11 at night. Creme 83 helps to calm redness and doesn’t cause any skin sensitivity while it’s on your skin. It has a lovely lavender fragrance and is also loaded with antioxidant and skin soothing ingredients. If you have irritated, red skin give Creme 83 a try. To remind you, true-dry is skin that lacks oil vs. simple dehydration.

Essential ingredients:
  • Calendula extract—soothing    
  • Olive oil, beeswax—nourishing, protecting
  • Vitamins A, C, and E—antioxidants, regenerating
  • Yonka “Quintessence” (essential oils of thyme, lavender, cypress, geranium, and rosemary)—vitalizing, balancing
Directions for use:
In the morning:
  • After cleansing and spraying on Yonka Lotion toner
  • Apply a pea-sized dollop of CREME 83 over face and neck
  • Then use eye cream

If you have sensitive skin, see the following articles: