Friday, April 2, 2010

YONKA SERUM—repairing, nourishing facial oil: DISCONTINUED/REBRANDED

UPDATE 2017:
OK, I hope I dont go off the deep end here, but this particular item from Yonka is one of their signature products. Why on earth give it a new name? And the names they chose to replace 4 of their serums all end with +”—I hate it! OK, I said itI really really hate this! That Yonka took away the name etched into this one product was amazing. Then the name they gave it: Nutri+ just doesnt have the same ring to it. Darn it again Yonkayou keep disappointing me! Without further ado, I will leave the old article on Yonka Serum here and you can read essentially the same piece with the new name by CLICKING HERE.

YONKA SERUM is a nourishing, repairing, hydrating concentrate. It is a true oil vs. many of the hydrating concentrates in the Yonka line (like Optimizer Serum and Hydralia) that are not true oils or what I describe as “oily oils. Therefore, you will want to use caution when using this nutrient-rich product. Yonka Serum can be used in many ways, as you will see in the directions below.

This is one of the very first products produced by Yonka back in the 1950s. It contains the “Yonka Quintessence5 essential oils that are employed by many Yonka products (listed under Essential Ingredients). The essential oils along with the cereal germ oils make this serum hydratingnourishing, and regenerating. Interestingly, the essential oils in this product are the very ingredients that got Yonka Serum a poor review on Paula Begoun’s product review website, paulaschoice.com:

Yon-Ka Serum is a corn oil–based serum for dry skin that is not recommended because it contains lavender, rosemary, thyme, and cypress [essential] oils. None of these can repair skin in any way, shape, or form. If anything, the irritation they cause can lower skin’s defenses and impede the healing process. The extract form of these plants would be preferred, especially for thyme because it has potent antioxidant ability.” 

I assume from the remark, “The extract form of these plants would be preferred, the fact that essential oils are extracts from plants and flowers has somehow escaped this reviewer’s understanding. I actually don’t know where to begin with my opinion of Paula Begoun’s critique and her comments about essential oils. Below you will find a link to a review I gave of Paula’s review of Yonka products.
Please see *Note* at the bottom of this page.

Here is the product description from Yonka headquarters: “Yonka Serum deeply repairs and nourishes lifeless and damaged complexions. A vitality booster that stimulates optimal energy flow by eliminating toxins, increases blood circulation and oxygenation of the tissues. Helps skin heal after specific in-depth resurfacing procedures.” [aka: peels]
Essential ingredients:
  • Corn, sunflower, soybean oils—regenerating, nourishing
  • Vitamin F—hydrating
  • Vitamin E—antioxidant
  • Yonka “Quintessence” (essential oils of thyme, lavender, cypress, geranium, and rosemary)
    • Thymeantiseptic, antioxidant
    • Lavenderantiseptic, soothing
    • Cypressvasotonic, clarifying
    • Geraniumbalancing
    • Rosemarydetoxifying, anti-inflammatory
Directions for use:

No matter how you choose to use Yonka Serum, remember this is an oil, so don’t overdo it. Here are some recommendations:
  • Add 2-4 drops of Serum to your day and/or night cream for extra hydration
  • Yonka Serum may also be applied in a thin layer around eyes or mixed in with eye cream (one drop is enough)
  • Apply to closed wounds and scrapes to aid recovery and minimize scarring
  • Use on chapped lips
  • Serum can be added to hand creams for extra nourishment
  • If you are a skier, apply a thin layer of Yonka Serum to your entire face to help with the extreme exposure of cold and wind

Yonka Serum is a favorite with many of my clients. If you feel the need for extra hydration, give this nourishing oil a try and fall in love.

For more information, see:
As I do before I post any of these articles, I was reading over this piece before it published. Sometimes I write posts weeks or months before they appear on this blog, which was the case with today’s article. I went onto Paula’s website to find the review, something that was available just a short while ago, and could not find anything pertaining to Yonka, Yonka products, Yonka-Parisnothing. All I got after my searches was “Sorry, no results were found. As I updated in my previous post listed above on my review of Begoun’s review of Yonka, I’m not sure why this is the case, but at this time Yonka products are not available to see on either of her sites. Perhaps this will change in the future. Regardless, the above review along with any others on my blogsite were taken verbatim from pages I found on her site in 2015.