Posted by Jimmy

If you're an astrology buff like me, you'll know that Saturn recently went into opposition with Uranus (November 4, election day!) and will basically be unharmonious for the next few years. Not to mention that Pluto took a nosedive into Capricorn, a buzzkill on our relationship with authority and finances (watch out for this upcoming Full Moon next week!). This isn't the best news (recession, anyone?) and I've been obsessing over the astrological configuration for months. As you know, nothing calms me down like a facial, so it was necessary to hit the New York City spas.

My friend recommended Haven Spa in Soho (I wonder if it has anything to do with her favorite bar being directly across the street?) and I'm glad she did. Because I spend most of my time spa-ing outside the city, it's good to have insight into some of the spas here. When I made an appointment, I was stoked to learn they a) use the Yon-Ka brand for their facial treatments b) just recently started offering facials exclusively for men.

Yon-Ka (or just Yonka) is a high-end, Parisian brand that just launched it's men's line this past year. I never got around to get my hands on samples so it was nice that I would get to try everything out in one step at Haven.

Haven was truly a haven (for those who really want a nice escape from the city's bustle, it's highly recommended) and I was extremely happy with my therapist, Monique. She had encyclopedic knowledge of skincare and the Yon-Ka brand, including the men's products—impressive as they just started carrying it.
I had a Remedy facial which included the works: cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, toning, serum, mask (Haven's own brand) and cream, which was the Age Defense anti-aging gel cream.

The Age Defense cream ($34) was one of my favorites, and Monique offered me a small sample to take with me. The cream is non-oily and packed with the Yon-Ka Quintessence (the brand is big on essential oils, great for toning, and this includes: lavender, geranium, rosemary, thyme and cypress). What I love about the product is that it is rooted in natural ingredients. One of the main active ingredients is phytostimulines from beech tree buds. With advanced technology, they use a high frequency current to preserve active, fresh plant extracts, which regenerate and tone tissues. Pretty cool.

To combat wrinkles, virgin baobab oil helps with anti-aging and Chinese galls fruit extract is a strong antioxidant. There's also tons of moisturizing agents, like red baron root extract, sandalwood and barley, and other goodies we love, like vitamin c, e, a and b5. I definitely felt a difference in my face afterward, which is a huge statement. My problem is that I naturally have oily skin but all the flying I do gets my skin majorly dehydrated, so it was a balance of Monique's technique and Yon-Ka that finally addressed this issue. Celebration was in store and, thankfully, just across the street.

Ingredients in Yon-Ka for Men Age Defense

Water/Aqua, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Isodecyl Neopen-Tanoate, PEG-6 Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldi-Mehtyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Andansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, PEG-32 Stearate, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isonanoate, Myristyl Myristate, Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) Bud Extract, Imperata Cylindrica (Red Baron) Root Extract, Sodium Lactate Methylsilanol, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Semper-Virens (Cypress) Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Bisabolol, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Santalum Album (Sandlewood) Extract, Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Oil, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E: 0.2%), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Biosaccharide Gum-2, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Rhus Semialata (Chinese Galls) Fruit Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Current) Bud Extract, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Gerniol, Citral.