Monday, December 5, 2016

Yonka’s FRUITELIA PNG & PS—AHA creams for normal to oily and true-dry skin

From Yonka headquarters: FRUITELIA creams are moisturizers that employee the exfoliating ability of AHAs. Thanks to fruit extracts naturally rich in alpha hydroxy acids, these creamy emulsions are quickly absorbed and gently renew, hydrate and revitalize the skin. These creams stimulate the renewal of the epidermis, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, soften the complexion, and restore the skin’s natural glow and freshness. Fruitelia leaves your complexion clear, reduces roughness, and smooths out wrinkles and fine lines.

As many of you know who know me, Im not a fan of AHAsfor the most part. In certain circumstances they can definitely help skin. Where AHAs along with other acid products fall short for me is their action on the delicate capillaries of the face. Acids irritate; that is a normal response to an acidic compound. With the irritation comes a dilation of the capillaries. On paper, that isnt such an issue, but in practice it can cause or further redness in even those without much redness in their skin.

I have used Yonka products for over 30 years. When the Fruitelia products came out, about 15 years ago, I wasnt a huge fan. And now, all these years later, I am still not a fan. I have seen a progression of redness in the skin of my clients who love to use this product or a new client who has been instructed to use this AHA cream. I have just a handful of clients on this creamand have since these 2 creams were announced. It just isnt a product I reach for when I have a client with specific skin care needs. 

I’m a big believer in trying things to see if you like them and if they work for your skin. If you are sold on the benefits of AHAs, then by all means, try Yonka’s Fruitelia. However if you notice more redness in your skin after using this cream, please discontinue use and choose a Yonka product that won’t threaten the sensitivity of your capillaries. 

Essential ingredients:
  • Lemon, orange, sugar cane, maple, blueberry, rich in AHA (fruit acids)anti-wrinkles, renovating, hydrating 
  • Mimosa tenuiflora, marine peptidesregenerating, smoothing 
  • Cereal germ oilnourishing, protecting 
  • Rice oil, vitamin Eantioxidants 
  • Wild pansiesastringent, purifying
  • Calendulasoothing, softening[PS version]
  • Titanium dioxidephysically blocks harmful UV rays 
  • Essential oils of grapefruit and geraniumregenerating 
Directions for use:
In the morning and/or evening:
  • After cleansing and spraying on Yonka Lotion toner
  • Apply a pea-sized dollop of FRUITELIA over face and neck
  • Then use eye cream

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Product Recommendations Q & As—#5

I’ve started noticing a couple of (gasp!) wrinkles around my mouth and eyes. Any suggestions? Yes, I am wearing sunscreen and a hat!

Yes, wrinkles will come, and there is only so much you can do. When you have the first inklings of lines appearing, it may be disconcerting. You’re going from nothing to something. Hopefully, you’ll get used to the lines because they will get deeper with time.

Sun plus time equals aging. This equation is age old and undeniable. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to prevent excessive squinting; all those things you know to do—do! Eye cream is vital if you aren’t already wearing it daily, and hats are absolutely necessary. If you find a good one, let me know—I’m always on the lookout. And exfoliating is crucial to help keep the dead cell buildup off your face, making the lines look less severe.

I’m sorry I don’t have a miracle cure for you. But you can always go to the department store—they are full of miracles! It’ll cost you, and it’s doubtful you’ll see any big results, but they are selling miracles! Decide what is important: how you look or who you are.

I found a product from Neutrogena that is a spot treatment for blemishes. Do you know this product, and what are your views?

The product is Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment. The package says “maximum strength,” and “less irritation, won’t dry out skin.” It contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. This is far from “maximum strength;” however, this lesser percentage of benzoyl peroxide, which is a drying ingredient, is actually preferable to the higher 5% and 10% versions. Looking at the inactive ingredients, bentonite clay is listed second after water. That means this product is primarily clay along with the benzoyl peroxide. I tried it on a few blemishes, and although I find geranium oil and/or clay mask dotted on my skin helps to diminish the spots more effectively, I did find this product to be OK. It was also without the usual drying effects of higher strength benzoyl peroxide spot treatments.

Note: This Neutrogena product will leave a whitish film wherever it is applied; dotting clay will leave a greenish color (or whatever the color of the mask is); and geranium will leave no visual sign you are wearing it, just a strong aromatic.

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