Welcome Fall

2017 Fall Hints for your skin:

Get Your Skin Ready For The Colder Months

Welcome, Fall!

It’s ironic that my very favorite season can also torture my skin if I don’t make the necessary changes to my routine. Thankfully, a few simple improvements can really help to set my skin up for a happy transition to autumn.

1. Shorten your showers.

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Young Woman Washing Her Face

I love a long lazy steam as much as the next girl, but the truth is that it wreaks havoc on my skin. When the weather gets colder, I have to keep my showers short and sweet. I also try to only hop in twice per week. It’s better for my entire body, including my hair.

2. Up the exfoliation.

Up the exfoliation using Yonka's Guarana Scrub

My breakouts actually tend to get worse in the cooler months when dry skin clogs my pores. To keep things clear, I’m a fan of exfoliating. I use a treatment a few times per week to keep my skin looking fresh.

3. Hydrate consistently.

Hydrate consistantlyLook for Hyaluronic Acid on the ingredient list for your fall moisturizer or opt for a hydrating serum to layer underneath your day cream. Hydra No. 1 is a great option. This will help to give skin a much-needed boost of hydration and help to keep your skin barrier strong during the colder months. I find in the cold weather that skin needs a little extra “TLC” so daily hydration is key and the use of an ultra hydrating mask can help things further along when used once per week.

4. Use a gentle cleanser.

Use a gentle cleanser such as Yonka Gel NetIn the summer my skin can handle a harsh cleanser and I stay away from creamy formulas that can lead to breakout. When fall comes around, I put my Glycolic Acid cleanser away in favor of a calming cleansing milk or balm. These formulas melt down my makeup without stripping skin and leave a layer of soothing moisture on my face. This is especially helpful in keeping any redness or irritation at bay that might crop up when it gets cold.

5. Don’t forget about your lips.

Fall is when all of the bold lip colors come out to play and there’s nothing that fights that fabulous look more than a few unwelcome flakes. A smoothing primer is your best friend but I find that it helps to treat chapped lips overnight to keep them plump and happy. Opt for rich emollients – the thicker the better – and you’ll find that your lips will get all of the added moisture that they need.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy; what is it?

A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that’s not all. Explore the possible benefits of massage and what to expect.

Massage therapy at Poppies SpaToday, bodywork in various forms is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

What is massage?

Poppies Spa Massage TherapyMassage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet.

There are many different types, including these common ones:

  • Swedish / Relaxing:. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep Tissue / Therapeutic: This technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Trigger Point: This technique focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.


Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and their associated symptoms. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Your lifestyle and medical history are of primary importance to understanding some the symptoms you may be experiencing in muscle soreness and general mobility. Anatomy, pressure points, muscle insertion and trigger points are just a few of the many categories that a master therapist must know. The more information you can give your therapist in the initial consultation, the better he or she can help you.

“Word on the health benefits of massage therapy for stress relief has spread. In 2006, 39 million Americans — one in six adults — had at least one massage, according to a nationwide survey by the Council at (AMTA).

“Americans are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation, “says Mary Beth Braun, President of the AMTA. “. . . this bodywork therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis,lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury.”

When you can’t get to your therapist, you can still reap many of the benefits of this age-old healing practice — with your own hands. WebMD consulted several massage experts to find these simple, self-massage techniques that incorporate the best soothing rubs and pressure-point applications that massage has to offer.” – excerpt from WebMD website.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, many people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their therapist.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Risks of massage

Most people can benefit from massage, however, it may not be appropriate if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns, open or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of bodywork can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during a session.

In rare circumstances, some therapies can cause:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Allergic reactions to massage oils or lotions

What you can expect during a massage

You don’t need any special preparation for this therapy. Before your session starts, your therapist should ask you about any symptoms. Your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage should also be discussed. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of techniques he or she will use.

In a typical session, you undress or wear loose fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas. This will also reveal how much pressure to apply. Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

A therapy session may last from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.

Guarana Exfoliating Scrub

A new facial product from YonKa Paris.


Exfoliating – Detoxifying Normal or combination skin, Oily skin, Dry dehydrated skin with signs of age. Guarana Exfoliating Scrub is the latest high end facial product from YonKa Paris. This detoxifying, facial scrub is now available at Poppies Spa, Auburn CA.


Triple action instant radiance scrub: purifies, polishes, and invigorates.
Guarana Exfoliating Scrub cream gently cleanses and unclogs the epidermis: delicately polished as a result of two by the complementary association of micro-beads in various sizes (guarana and organic brown rice), softened by a cocktail of plant extracts with soothing virtues, skin feels smooth and silky, its texture is refined.
Clean, fresh, radiant, your skin appears able to “breathe” again.


Apply 2 to 3 times a week, apply the cream to a moist face and neck, using small circular movements. Avoid the contour of your eyes and lips. Rinse thoroughly. Dry without rubbing, follow by spraying on YON-KA LOTION and proceed to your usual treatment. Guarana Exfoliating Scrub cream has been developed especially for women wanting that even, youthful skin tone.

• Guarana and organic brown rice micro-beads: exfoliating – detoxifying
• Vegetable glycerin: hydrating
• Cornflower, calendula, chamomile, linden, German chamomile, St. John’s wort: softening, soothing
• Essential oils of geranium, lavender and rosemary: toning phyto-aromatic effects

Anti-aging products


Autumn 2012, YonKa launched The Stimulastine Jour & Nuit program the anti-wrinkle innovation that mature skin had been waiting for, a double act of anti-aging creams, two complementary products which effectively combat deep set wrinkles. Keeping your skin plump will reduce visible wrinkles but there is so much more needed to reduce the depth and sharpness of the wrinkles than can occur in mature skin.

“Elastin is a protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched. Elastin is also an important load-bearing tissue in the bodies of vertebrates and used in places where mechanical energy is required to be stored. In humans, elastin is encoded by the ELN gene.[1]” . – sourced from wikipedia

In time, the skin’s “scaffolding” a protein called “Elastin” breaks down, causing this normally horizontal connecting structure to become vertical and thereby allowing wrinkles to become deeper and more defined. Providing the correct nutrient for these Elasin proteins allows them to return to their usual horizontal position, decreasing the depth and definition of mature wrinkles. Visible results: up to 64% less wrinkles*. Skin is visibly younger.

Feeds the bodies natural structure of Elastin fibers.
Stimulastine Jour & Nuit


The dermis thins with age. The elastin fibers’hich make up the skin’s support network, deteriorate. Skin progressively loses its elasticity, leading to the formation of fine lines.
The anti-wrinkle Stimulastine Jour & Nuit program acts on the elastin on 3 levels: it protects it, stimulates its synthesis and improves its quality.

The ingredients:
The Stimulastine Jour & Nuit duo is composed of 92% natural ingredients. Both creams are paraben-free.

The silky Stimulastine Jour cream is quickly absorbed. It contains Boswellia resin extract with anti-wrinkle – anti-elastase virtues. 
The smooth Stimulastine Nuit cream is comforting. It contains Dill extract with anti-wrinkle and elastin boosting benefits.

For whom?
Skin with set wrinkles.

Instructions for use:
After cleansing and spraying on YON-KA LOTION, apply STIMULASTINE JOUR to the face and neck in the morning, STIMULASTINE NUIT to the face and neck in the evening.

This offer is completed by:

We love:
•    A product which allows us to be “proud of our age”.
•    The delicate and relaxing scent of orange-blossom and jasmine essential oils.
•    The smooth and comfortable texture which melts into your skin in the blink of an eye.

*Clinical test for Stimulastine Jour + Stimulastine Nuit performed on 22 women over 8 weeks: 3D results on wrinkles