Monday, July 6, 2015

Yonka for Men: Foam Scrub—Skin Polisher with Bamboo Extracts

Foam Scrub is a gentle gel exfoliator that helps eliminate dead cells responsible for a dull complexion and tired-looking skin. Exfoliating can also help to alleviate ingrown hairs (a problem for many men) along with blackheads, which both men and women tend to suffer from. Using Foam Scrub will help to reveal healthy-looking skin, revived from the action of this gentle scrub.

“Foam Scrub is designed to refine and deep clean pores for a clearer, smoother complexion. Formulated specifically for a mans skin, Foam Scrub utilizes essential oils to purify and brighten the skin. Bamboo silica, copper, iris, and jojoba micro beads slough away dead, pore-clogging skin cells while helping to prevent ingrown hairs. Skin that was once lackluster and ridden with breakouts or ingrown hairs is left smooth, clear, and nourished. This product will exfoliate dead skin cells and leaves the skin soft and smooth.

  • Bamboo silica—polishes, helps to remove blackheads and other impurities 
  • Jojoba beads—exfoliates with gentle scrubbing action
  • Plant active cleansing agents (coconut and palm)—gently cleanses  
  • Asparagopsis armata (red algae, rich in silicon)—soothes, purifies 
  • Licorice root extract (dipotassium glycyrrhizate)—soothes, softens 
  • Copper—purifies, balances, refines pores 
  • Iris extract—purifies, balances, refines pores 
  • Essential oils of lime, orange, lemon, grapefruit, patchouli, and peppermint—oxygenates, brightens, purifies 
  • Yonka’s “Quintessence” (essential oils of thyme, lavender, cypress, geranium and rosemary)—oxygenates, brightens, purifies

    Foam Scrub can be used daily or 2-3x weekly:
    • Apply FOAM SCRUB on damp skin
    • Create foam delicately with fingertips, focusing on forehead, nose and chin
    • Do not get into eyes
    • Rinse off, and dry without rubbing
    • Use spray toner (Lotion YK, Lotion PNG, or Lotion PS)
    • Follow with appropriate Yonka moisturizer on face and neck
    • Then use eye cream 
    Whether male or female, exfoliation is important to the health, texture, and circulation of the skin. Give Yonkas Foam Scrub a try and enjoy healthier skin with a smoother texture that feels good. Click here to be taken to the shopping page of my website.

    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Forgotten Places: Balding Heads

    A head without hair is truly a neglected and Forgotten Place. I’m not going to tell you to exfoliate and moisturize this area, gentlemen (although those are not bad ideas). But it is extremely important to keep the sun off the top of your head. This is true whether you are shaving that area; perhaps you’re follicly challenged, or are just losing or have lost the hair up top. You are literally a target for skin cancer if you don’t take precautions against sun exposure.

    The best and most obvious protection would be a hat. But if you can’t, don’t, or won’t wear one, applying sunscreen to your bald head would be wise. There are companies that have spray-on sunscreens, making it easy to get protection on those places where your hair might be thinning or absent. My strongest recommendation is to not fool with the sun because in the end, the sun will win.

    For more information on taking care of skin—specifically your facehere are a few articles up on this blog:

    Friday, July 3, 2015

    Skin changes due to sun exposure

    There are many reactions that are caused when sunlight hits your outer skin. Melanocytes are excited into action, which in turn produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its individual color or tan. Sunlight causes freckles, the color in some moles, and potentially mild to severe sunburn. Finally, DNA can be altered and may form malignancies later on.

    Melanin absorbs UV light and is produced by your body in an attempt to protect itself from radiation. A tan is the body’s way of responding to sun damage. When you see people walking around with a nice golden tan, they are literally exemplifying the body’s magnificent response to danger. If you have a tan, you have sun damage. The two are one and the same. Black skin, however, is naturally protected (in part) from the sun due to the high amounts of melanin inherent in the skin. So if you’re African-American or another dark skin type, you have not incurred damage; you are simply blessed with a built-in sunscreen from the melanin naturally (genetically) present in your skin.

    A sunburn, quite simply, is caused by overexposure to the sun. It appears as inflammation followed by swelling of the outer, epidermal tissue. As the skin becomes inflamed, epidermal cells are killed prematurely. Later, this outer skin will flake off and peel.

    Symptoms of a sunburn include redness, swelling, and pain upon touching the effected areas. Usually these symptoms manifest anywhere from one to 24 hours after overexposure. Depending on its severity, the sunburn will fade after several days, leaving behind skin that is sometimes tan and quite often peeling. The type of sunburn you most likely receive from sun exposure is classified as a first-degree burn. If blisters are associated with severe swelling, it is a second-degree burn.

    Sun exposure causes cumulative damage. This is what a lot of people just don’t understand. You start accumulating “sun-time” from birth, whenever and however long you are exposed to the sun’s rays. This includes walking to and from your car as well as basking in the sun at the beach. The sun doesn’t differentiate one kind of exposure from the other. All exposure counts in terms of sun-time. Skin cancers can take many years to form under the surface. If you were sunbathing at 18 years old, it may take 10 to 20 years for that damage to show up.

    I have sent many clients to the dermatologist to have a mole or a funny-looking spot checked out. I am noticing more and more odd places on peoples’ skin each year. The rate at which I send people to get their skin looked at seems to be accelerating. Maybe only one in 10 clients comes back with a diagnosis of skin cancer or a precancerous growth, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. If you get facials, hopefully your aesthetician is keeping a watchful eye out for your skin, your moles (new or existing), and any changes that may occur.

    Here are some articles you may find helpful, as well as any others under the category skin cancer.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Skin care is not rocket science—Back to The Basics

    Skin care is not rocket science. How our skin functions and how to take care of it is pretty basic. If you look back at history, the successful diets, exercise programs, and skin care regimes all reflect this concept of simplicity. Jack LaLanne’s TV workout programs, dating back to the 1950s, are chock-full of simple tips and advice. Most of the diet programs today are simply taking us back to an “old” way of eating; making sure we get our fruits and vegetables, not taking in too much refined foods and sugar, and getting adequate protein. That’s pretty simple, right? And so, too, I am striving to get all of you to adhere to a simple program for your skin: Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing every day plus weekly exfoliation and clay masking (The Extras) along with monthly facials if possible. What’s complicated about that?

    I am 45 years old and have been blessed with extraordinary clear skin. Except for it being very sensitive to fragrance, I never have a problem. Everyone has always commented on how flawless and young my skin looks. I purchased your book [Timeless Skin] because I thought that someday my “luck” would run out, and I wanted to prepare to maintain the healthy glow and clarity of my skin.
    The main thing I would stress is this: Don’t ruin a good thing—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! And certainly, don’t go changing to try to please anybody. I think if we don’t have problems and we have idle time, maybe we start focusing on problems that don’t exist. If you have flawless, no-problem skin, congratulations! You are the envy of most people in the world. You probably are blessed with good genes and perhaps common sense as well. Because you don’t have problems, you don’t require a lot from your products—at least not as much as a person with problem skin does.

    The daily routine for everyone is The Basics 1-2-3: Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Eye cream and sunscreen are included in your basic daily habits. Don’t forget to stay out of direct sunlight, even though you are wearing sunscreen. Drinking water, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and not too much of the bad stuff or anything in excess (even the good things) will go a long way to keeping you looking and feeling your best.

    Understanding how the skin functions and why you need to use certain products should arm you with enough information to help you make wise decisions. It’s really very basic—like life. And don’t we really know in our hearts what works and what is just a fantasy? Common sense, to me, is the ability to discern the difference between the two. Left at the cosmetic counter unarmed, you may make costly mistakes, which can lead you down the path of skin care confusion. If that happens, look through Timeless Skin, Skin Care A to Z, and/or this blogsite, and remind yourself that taking care of your face is actually a simple procedure.

    Fall back on your Basics 1-2-3 program plus The Extras. Remember that you are in control of your daily skin care routine. Even taxed with a newborn or a hectic work schedule, realistically you can probably find two or three minutes a day to do your morning and evening routine. It doesn’t have to take longer than that to take basic care of your skin.

    Helpful Hint. Let it be known (to your husband, wife, other family members, or close friends) that getting a gift certificate for a facial would be a big hit with you. I have heard from many family members of clients who contacted me to have a gift certificate sent to their loved one, my client. Giving the gift of a facial (or massage) is a wonderful thing and a great gift idea.