Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yon-Ka Skincare Review

A couple of years ago I went for a facial at a spa where the esthetician used a certain product line on my face that made my skin feel extremely moisturized and hydrated. And I remember thinking, "I need to remember the name of this skincare line so I can purchase the same products once I run out of the ones I'm using at home!" But of course I forgot. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when Yon-Ka sent me the above products to try for 4 weeks and it clicked: I remembered Yon-Ka was the line the esthetician used! (I called the spa to confirm.) Needless to say, I was very excited to try out these products.

The Yon-Ka brand was created in France in 1954 and provides skin with the most precious parts of plants and active ingredients - vitamins, fruit acids, polyphenols, peptides and oligo-elements. The heart of Yon-Ka's products consists of a unique blend of 5 essential oils: lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme that enhance the effectiveness of the natural active ingredients from plants all over the world. Yon-Ka offers every person a customized solution to various skin issues and the promise of visible, lasting results.

Essentials Lait Nettoyant Cleansing Milk for Face and Eyes - This is a 2-in-1 cleanser plus eye makeup remover. It was very gentle on my somewhat sensitive skin and left it feeling soft and smooth and most importantly, clean! I loved that I could use it to remove eye makeup and mascara, too.

Essentials Lotion Yon-ka Invigorating Mist - I used this after washing my face with the cleansing milk. It's an alcohol-free mist that helps to revitalize and refresh the skin. It's essentially a toner, all you have to do is spray it on your face and use your fingers to rub it in. It has a beautiful scent. I never used to use a toner but going forward I definitely will. It really wakes up my skin and helps prepare my face for any other creams I put on it during the day, and at night. Plus it helps with my extremely dry skin!


Age Defense Vital Defense Anti-Oxidant - This is a great anti-aging cream that fights damaging environmental factors like pollution, smoking, exposure to UV rays, etc. I put it on in the morning, after using the Lotion Yon-Ka and my skin drank it up. It's very easy to apply, as the texture is quite creamy. I only wish it had an SPF rating, especially now that I'm spending more time outside as the weather gets warmer.

Age Correction Elastine Nuit Smoothing Wrinkle Remover - I used this as my night cream. It's very rich and nourishing, helping to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I felt it really firmed my skin and smoothed the lines around my mouth.

Age Defense Masque No. 1 Intense Hydration Repairing - An anti-aging gel-cream mask, I put this on once a week after applying the Elastine Nuit. You don't have to wash it off, you can go to bed with it on (after you wait a few minutes) and wake up with beautiful, moisturized skin. I think this was what the esthetician used on me that one time and it really wowed me. Living in an extremely dry climate, this mask is my savior!

Contours Phyto-Contour for Eyes - Out of all the eye creams I have ever tried (and I have tried a LOT), this is THE BEST one. I have really bad, dark, under eye circles (see here) and I noticed them lighten up after using this eye cream for the 4 weeks. It also reduced the appearance of the fine lines around my eyes. It has a strong smell, kind of like Vick's Vapo Rub but I don't mind it. Tip: Even though this is an "eye" cream, I also put it above my top lip, which, like the skin around the eyes, is very delicate.


Here's a non-photo-shopped picture of me a couple of days ago (in my bathrobe!). After using Yon-ka products for 4 weeks, my skin has become so much clearer and my under eye circles no longer frightening that I don't need to wear foundation anymore! All I'm wearing here (on top of the Yon-ka products) is tinted moisturizer, a bit of concealer under my eyes and blush. It looks like my T-Zone is oily but I can assure you that's just the flash from my camera ; ). I am extremely pleased with what Yon-ka has done for my skin. I feel like I look more youthful after the 4 weeks (I'm in my 30's) and my skin is refreshed and hydrated. I thought my skin was so dry, especially around my eyes (and the climate I lived in was so dry) that no moisturizer or cream would help, I had tried so many, but Yon-Ka has proven me wrong. 

For more info on Yon-Ka products, you can click here and/or call 1-800-361-1263 to order.
Yon-Ka Canada is also on Facebook.

***I want to note that I still used Retin-A and Vitamin C Serum (which I've been using for years) while trying these products. I was not compensated for this post, Yon-ka sent me these products for review only.




13 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

Ohhh, those sound amazing! I've been trying so many products lately but none have been sticking...
http://www.closet-fashionista.com

JennaStevie said...

This sounds like a wonderful skincare line, and so amazing that you got to try this out. Your skin looks luminous in that photo!
xJennaD

Melanie Liliana said...

This sounds great! I have trouble with dark circles! Also.. can I just say your skin is AMAZING! super dewy and gorgeous!

MY REPUBLIC OF FASHION said...

You have THE most amazing skin ever!!! :) These products sound great, I'm always on the look out for new products to try...

Marie a la Mode said...

THANK YOU LADIES! xo I'm glad I found a line that works well!

J. said...

Your skin looks amazing!!!
Thanks for the review.
:) J.

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

Your skin looks absolutely amazing! Wow!

Imogen said...

Wow your skin looks so clear in that photo, I can tell how great this is. Pretty packaging too which is always important.

Debby Steele said...

You have the most flawless and beautiful skin. Seriously. You should be their spokesmodel... Now where is that contract?!!! xo

Marie a la Mode said...

Ha ha Debbie you are so sweet! Thank you!

Dolly30 said...

Hi there, I too have bad under eyes and noticed in a previous post that you use(d) hylexin, which I've recently ordered. Do you use Contours Phyto-Contour for Eyes instead of? Love your blog :)

Marie a la Mode said...

Hi Dolly! Thank you : ) Yes, I've been using the Yonka eye cream as well as Algenist's Complete Eye Renewal Balm instead of the Hylexin because the other eye creams are much more moisturizing but see how the Hylexin works for you! Let me know how it goes!

Dolly30 said...

Thanks for that! Will do :)

 
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