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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Two Yonka-Paris Sunscreens: SPF 25 & SPF 50

Back in 2012, Yonka revamped several of their products while redressing the line with new packaging. Some of those products that went through an overhaul were their sun products. And if I can say sothankfully! Except in the case of the now discontinued Lait Solaire (oh, how I loved that product, see link below), the former Ultra Protection SPF 25 and SPF 40 sunscreens contained so much titanium dioxide that many of my clients couldnt use these sun products because it made their faces so white, with the titanium dioxide never really absorbing in. Not so with these two sun products. They are quickly and easily absorbed while providing excellent sun protection.

SPF 25 & SPF 50 are termed broad spectrum sun creams. You always want to use sunscreen that is full or broad spectrum, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Most sunscreens on the market nowadays have both UV filters in them, although this wasnt the case less than a decade ago. Without protecting your skin from both kinds of UV rays, a sunscreen is only doing half its job.



SPF 25 is a light-textured moisturizing sun cream. It is perfect for all skin types and can be used not only on the face but your entire body as well to help keep your skin from burning. As with any and all sun products, if you are going to be exposed for extended periods of time, reapply! (This product replaces Ultra Protection SPF 25.)

Ultra Protection employed titanium dioxide as one of its main sunscreen ingredients. Titanium dioxide, because of its white, chalky nature, made Ultra Protection leave an obvious white tint on the skin, even after it had absorbed. Those of you who experienced this will be happy to know the new SPF 25 does not have this effect! It is a luxurious cream and does not leave the skin looking white. 

Essential ingredients:
  • Fruit extracts, vegetable glycerin, ureaanti-wrinkle, hydrating, renewing
  • Wheat germ and cereal germ oilsnourishing, protecting
  • Soy peptidesregenerating, smoothing
  • Mimosa tenuiflorarestoring, soothing
  • Vitamin Eantioxidant
  • Yonka “Quintessence” (essential oils of lavender, cypress, geranium, and rosemary)—nourishing, balancing, vitalizing
  • Active sunscreen ingredients: 
    • Octocrylene (6%)
    • Oxybenzone (5%)
    • Avobenzone (3%)
    • Ensulizole (3%)
Directions for use:
  • Apply generously before any exposure
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating
  • Concentrate on the areas that are particularly sensitive or are exposed to sunnose, tops of the ears, and shoulders, for instance


SPF 50 is a medium-textured moisturizer with SPF 50. This product replaces Yonkas SPF 40 Cream. It is perfect for all skin types and can also be used on your entire body to help stop sunburn. As with any and all sun products, if you are going to be exposed for extended periods of time, REAPPLY!

SPF 50 does contain titanium dioxide as one of its main sunscreen ingredients. For some people, titanium dioxide, a white somewhat chalky substance, can leave the skin looking a bit white after initial application. Given a few minutes, this effect usually fades as the cream absorbs into the skin.
As mentioned above, previous Yonka sunscreens (Ultra Protection and SPF 40) did not absorb into the skin as well as these new editions do. Sodont fearSPF 50 does not leave a white, chalky film on the skin. It absorbs quickly and easily and generally does not leave the white tell-tale signs of sunscreen application like the older versions of these creams did.

SPF 50 is broad spectrum sun protection. You always want to use a sunscreen that is termed full or broad spectrum, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Most sunscreens on the market now have both UV filters in them (this used to not be the case). Without protecting your skin from both kinds of UV rays, a sunscreen is only doing half its job.

Essential ingredients:
  • Apricot kernel oil, vegetable glycerinhydrating, revitalizing, regenerating, nourishing
  • Bisabolol, vitamin B5, licorice extractsoothing, softening, anti-inflammatory
  • Vitamin E, three teas polyphenols, vitamin Aantioxidant, protects against free-radical damage, regenerating, anti-inflammatory
  • Active Sunscreen Ingredients:
    • Titanium Dioxide 11%
    • Octocrylene (8%)
    • Octinoxate 7.5%
    • Oxybenzone (5%)
    • Octyl Salicylate 5%
    • Homosalate 4%
    • Avobenzone (3%)
    • Ensulizole (3%)
Directions for use:
  • Apply generously before any exposure
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating
  • Concentrate on the areas that are particularly sensitive or are exposed to sunnose, tops of the ears, and shoulders, for instance

If you’re going to be exercising outside, use a waterproof product. If you’re only going to get incidental sun (like to and from your car), a regular, non-waterproof sunscreen will usually be enough.

Yonka produces one more sunscreen, a lighter textured lotion: SPF 20 (somewhat similar to Lait Solaire), which will have an article posted in the near future. 

For more information on protecting your skin in the sun, see: