Friday, June 3, 2016

Yonka’s SPF 20—UVA/UVB Sun Protection Cream

SPF 20 is a light-textured, broad spectrum sunscreen for face and body. This product replaces Lait Solaire (one of my favorite Yonka products that was discontinued in 2012). Due to its light weight, it is perfect for normal to oily 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!

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 you from both kinds of UV rays, a sunscreen is only doing half its job. 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. 

Although the bottle says it is a sunscreen “spray,” SPF 20 does not have a mist spray. You simply pump the product into your palm and apply it like you would any cream, whether for your face or body. I admit when I first heard Yonka was coming out with a spray sunscreen I was very excited. Then, disappointed to find out it really isnt a spray at all. Still, I love this sunscreen and use it both personally and in my salon.
Essential ingredients:
  • Olive polyphenols, vitamin E—antioxidants, regenerating
  • Vegetable glycerin—hydrating
  • Bisabolol—calming, soothing
  • Yonka “Quintessence” (essential oils of lavender, cypress, geranium, and rosemary)—nourishing, balancing, vitalizing
  • Active sunscreen ingredients:
    • Homosalate (10%)
    • Octinoxate (7.5%)
    • Octisalate (5%)
    • Oxybenzone (5%)
    • Avobenzone (3%)
    • Octocrylene (2.7%) 
Directions for use:
When using on the face:
  • If you have normal to oily or problem skin, you can use SPF 20 as your moisturizer on face and neck
  • If you have true-dry (oil-dry) skin, most likely you will need your regular moisturizer for hydration, then apply SPF 20 on top of that cream, face and neck
  • Sunscreen always goes on last in your skin care routine

If youre using SPF 20 as a sunscreen for your body:   
  • 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 sun

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