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The anti-ageing heavy hitter

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I’ve been on an anti-ageing buzz (read: assault) lately. As time waits for no woman, I refuse to go down without a fight. And so I’ve been bringing out the big guns – behold Yon-Ka’s Excellence Code Global Youth Cream! And yes, it is something to behold. You can’t not be impressed by its splendour. Those stunning silver curves! That metallic purple display box! It screams wrinkle-busting luxury. Swoon!

I was recently lucky enough to meet with Catherine Muhlethaler, the daughter of Yon-Ka’s French founder who gave us a rundown of the brand’s history, aesthetics and philosophy. Catherine’s beautiful skin was testament to the quality and effectiveness of Yon-Ka products and I took home a jar of the luxurious Excellence Code to try out. It’s designed for more mature skins (over fifty) but as I’m on the wrong side of thirty, I was keen to give this a go anyway.

Yon-Ka is famed for its use of natural active ingredients combined with scientific know-how. I’ve previously had a few Yon-Ka facials but this was my first time to try a product at home. And yes I was excited – it’s French skin care after all!

Excellence Code has a seriously impressive list of natural and active ingredients which include (to name but a few): the ‘immortality’ herb cistus; Co-enzyme Q10; Vitamin E; avocado and grape seed oils; shea butter; hyaluronic acid; red algae extract; and essentials oils of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood. Phew!

The innovative jar also has ‘airless technology’ (ie: a pump) so there is no waste or deterioration of the ingredients.

But does it work? After just two days’ use, Mr TBI not only noticed my glowing skin but asked me what I was doing (a first let me tell ya!). I’ve been using Excellence Code now for five weeks and my skin is looking the best it has in quite some time. Yon-Ka promises ‘results’ and boy does it deliver plumped up, baby soft skin. (I love the French…)

Excellence Code also smells pretty damn amazing – applying it before bed is one of the highlights of my day (I know, I need to get out more…) I’m so impressed with Excellence Code I’ve since added a few more Yon-Ka products to my routine (Yon-Ka Gommage 305 Exfoliant Gel and the Yon-Ka Healing Mist, in case you’re wondering).

Although this is meant for mature skin, I’m considering shelling out for the Excellence Code serum. If you are under thirty but want to start a preventative anti-ageing routine, I’d try Yon-ka’s Age Defense range first. If you are in your thirties, the Age Correction range is the one for you. Me? I’m going to mix it up a bit now that I’ve experienced Age Exception.

Overall, this is a no-holds-barred anti-ageing cream that will impress the socks off ya. But you pay for its power – €150 a jar to be exact. I seriously don’t know how I will live without this when I’ve finished the jar as I love it that much. I guess there’s always the Lotto…

Excellence Code will be available nationwide in selected salons from September.

Have you tried any Yon-Ka products?

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