Yon-Ka are one of those high-end French skincare brands that have been on my radar for a long time, but one that I've never really explored or tried out properly. I was kindly sent these two to remedy that problem, et voilà. Here's what I thought about them.
Yon-Ka have a whole range of moisturisers for every skin type imaginable (most of which can be identified by a number), so I was recommended to give this one a go. Creme 93 is suitable for combination skin and promises to purify the complexion, tighten pores, regulate oil production, control t-zone shine and to deliver a matte finish suitable for make-up application. To do all of this, it uses ingredients such as Lime and Ylang Ylang essential oils to purify and balance, Vitamins E, C and A to promote regeneration (that's one of the anti-aging parts) and Olive Oil to soothe and protect the skin. The formula also features 'Quintessence Yon-Ka' which is a unique blend of lavender, geranium, rosemary, cyprus and thyme essential oils.
My thoughts: Creme 93 is a beautifully crafted moisturiser which has a super light, non-greasy texture, and absorbs quickly into the skin. The scent is pleasing to me, but may not be to others as the Ylang Ylang and Rosemary essential oils are quite dominant IMO. I didn't see any difference on its effect on my pores, but I did love how mattifying this was on my oily/ t-zone areas, and how well it hydrated the drier parts of my face. I'd recommend this to anyone with combination skin who is looking for a decent, light moisturiser in the mornings to wear underneath make-up. It's obviously too early to tell if the anti-aging claims work, but I like the idea that they're there!
Yon-Ka Essentials Cleansing Cream* (100ml, £27, link)
Recommended for dry, damaged and sensitive skin types, this Cleansing Cream aims to gently cleanse the skin without upsetting its natural balance, whilst also removing all traces of make-up. Like Creme 93, it uses the same Quintessence Yon-Ka blend of essential oils, as well as vegetable glycerin and peppermint.
My thoughts: If you can get past the strange scent, (for some reason 'baby powder' is coming to mind as the only way to describe it) then this cleanser will seriously reward your skin with some TLC. It's very, very gentle, but also very effective at removing most make-up (I found it struggled a bit with stubborn, waterproof mascara but that's it), so it works well as part of an evening double cleanse. I've been using a small amount on dry skin, massaging it in, and then rinsing it off with warm water or a muslin cloth. There's no residue left behind and my skin was left feeling fresh and completely cleansed.
Summary: Yon-Ka are high-end so their products certainly aren't cheap, but the quality and results are definitely worth paying for if you have the budget for them.
Have you tried anything from Yon-Ka?