Based on classic skin types, dry skin (or what I call true-dry skin) is skin that isn’t producing enough, much, or any oil to lubricate the outer dead (epidermal) tissue. To me, skin can feel “very dry” to the owner, but technically it’s either dry, oily, or somewhere in between. The descriptor “very” seems superfluous to me. But as with many things coming from Yonka, they didn’t ask me my opinion when it came to naming this product. Regardless, this cream is quickly becoming a favorite of my Colorado clients, people who indeed feel that have “very” dry skin.
Here is what Yonka headquarters has to say: “Nutri Defense is the essential cream for dry to very dry skin. Its highly nutritional action compensates for the skin’s deficiency of natural lipids [oil]. It contains lactobacillus, which boosts the skin’s natural defenses.
Due to its complex, nutritious formula, rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9, and more), this smooth cream brings immediate and long-lasting comfort to undernourished skin. Enriched with hydrating agents and antioxidants, it helps skin combat premature signs of aging. The sensations of tightness and irritation are soothed as time goes by. This cream guarantees hydration plus soothing benefits as well as protects the skin from external factors.”
I will caution any of you who feel you have “very” dry skin. As I have written about in many articles on this blog, feeling dry and actually having true-dry skin sometimes are two different things. Feeling very dry can simply be a matter of being dehydrated. Your skin may actually be emitting enough oil even though it feels dry. Please read Using dry skin products on oily skin—STOP THE INSANITY! along with Determining Skin Type (links below) to be sure your skin is true-dry or even “very” dry skin before you start using this or any other cream meant for oil-deficient skin. With that said, if you aren’t getting enough hydration from your Yonka (dry skin) creams, Nutri Defense may just be the cream for you.
I have used this product for a while now and can say that, although I have joked a bit about the skin type it is for, you really do need to have “very” dry skin to use it. My skin is true-dry (otherwise known as a dry skin type). I am in menopause, 54 years young, and indeed use all of the “dry skin” products in the Yonka line. Having used Nutri Defense, I feel for me it provides too much oil for my skin. Although right now, in October, this cream may feel like it’s too much, come mid-winter it just might be perfect for me.
I use Optimizer Serum daily under any moisturizer I am using. After feeling like Nutri Defense was too much for my skin, I opted to try it without the serum. This seemed to do the trick; my skin felt normal using only the cream. So although Nutri Defense is one of the more expensive Yonka moisturizers (still a great deal for what it contains at $73), if you are currently using Optimizer Serum under your creams to add moisture, perhaps using Nutri Defense—only—will give you the necessary moisture and you can skip using Optimizer Serum underneath.
Personally, I will continue to use Optimizer Serum under my (usual) Mask 1 cream. That combination seems perfect for me. The aromatic from Mask 1 sends me to a heavenly state. And although Nutri Defense has all the bells and whistles of an anti-aging, super-hydrating cream, it simply doesn’t have the wonderful (and distinct) Yonka aromatic I have come to expect in my 30+ years using this product line.
Please don’t let anything I’ve said here stop you from using Nutri Defense. It is a wonderful cream if you have dry to “very” dry skin—really! If you have true-dry skin that isn’t getting enough hydration from your creams, Yonka or otherwise, try Nutri Defense! It could be just what you’ve been looking for.
- Organic Inca Inchi oil—nutritious, repairing** (see below)
- Shea Butter, avocado oil, grape seed oil—nutritious, repairing, hydrating
- Lactobacillus—boosts natural defenses
- Vegetable glycerin, vitamins PP (B3) and B5—hydrating
- Essential oils of petitgrain, lavender, chamomile—soothing
- Coenzyme Q10, vitamins A, C, E—antioxidants
Directions for use:
- Spray Yonka Lotion toner
- Apply NUTRI DEFENSE to face and neck
- Use your favorite eye treatment cream
For more information, see:
- Using dry skin products on oily skin—STOP THE INSANITY!
- Determining Skin Type
- My review of Paula Begoun’s review of Yonka-Paris skin care products
- Is your face in need of extra hydration? Try Yonka’s Hydralia or Advanced Optimizer Serum
- Masque N° 1—it’s not a mask, it’s the Best Moisturizer—ever!