Let Your Skin Breathe

Stop! Please take a moment right now and ask yourself:
Today I used how many products on my skin?

If you answered this question honestly than you may be surprised to realize that you could be overdosing your skin with product usage; possibly clogging your pores and hurting the health of your skin.

Be kind to your skin and don’t’ take it for granted. Your skin is constantly protecting you. It keeps infections out of your body, and it keeps you from getting sick. So, keep it clean and take a break from products at least twice a week allowing your skin to breathe. It’s your largest organ and it needs air in order to be healthy.

Think about the material of your clothing, towels and bedding. Are they breathable materials? For facial skin, just washing your face with soap and water isn’t the best way to care for your skin. If you apply makeup to your face during the day, you should make sure that all of it is properly removed before going to sleep. Makeup particles and environmental dirt left on your skin can lead to clogging of the pores which can attract bacteria and other microbes, which causes acne and skin infections. Scary stuff! Not cleaning your skin properly and not allowing it to return to it’s true nature can possibly lead to early development of wrinkles and fine lines.

Take these few steps below. Proper cleansing in addition to giving your skin a break from products will help it remain healthy and glowing for a longer time.

1) Gentle wash your face daily before bedtime using a face wash or cleanser that is right for your skin type.

2) Remove eye makeup that adheres to the eyelids, lashes and under eye area.

3) Exfoliate your skin only once or twice a week depending on your skin type.

4) When using brushes for makeup application or sponges for makeup removal make sure they are cleaned on regular basis and DO NOT share them with others.

5) Use warm water to wash your face and gently pat dry with a soft towel or a cotton ball. Lastly, when you are done apply your YASOU cell renewal night cream.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject so please drop us a line at terry@yasouskincare.com

YASOU!

Green Guide To Natural Skincare

Natural skincare is a niche product ready to be embraced by the mainstream. Like organically grown food, natural skincare will be the first choice for people who care about making healthy lifestyle decisions. Scientists have determined that skin will absorb up to 60 percent of applied lotions, soaps, creams and oils. Unlike food, which is first metabolized in the liver, what skin absorbs has direct entry to the bloodstream. It matters how you cleanse, hydrate, soothe and protect your skin.

As people learn more about the benefits of natural skincare products and the detriments from not using them, future growth in use is undeniable. Here is a summary guide to going green with your skincare.

Develop a green skincare routine
Regularly read labels on all of your skincare products. Know what ingredients may pose health risks. Check for expiration dates and discard if the date has passed. Don’t rely on a supposed skin type definition, for example, oily or dry. Look at your skin each day to see if adjustments need to be made to your routine.

Natural face cleansers
Whenever washing your face use tepid water and pat dry with a towel. Cleansers can come in different forms including soaps, oils and foams. Try them out to see which one you like best. Avoid cleansers with synthetic fragrances and chemicals known to pose health risks. Scent can come from essential oils or herbal ingredients.

Glycerin soaps made with olive oil extract and honey are effective in keeping the skin moisturized and pores open. Cleansing oils may consist of lightweight blends of natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, vitamins and fruit extracts. Foam cleansers can include plant extracts and organic juices to gently clean the skin.

Natural toners
Toners are optional in a skincare routine but can serve as a multi-tasking tool when your face needs a refresher. Small spray bottles of toner can be used after a workout to replenish skin. Or use the spray to prep your face before moisturizing. If it’s well formulated (read the label) it can hydrate, exfoliate, and diminish brown spots and signs of aging. Some of the best toners are formulated with floral water.

Natural moisturizers
Skin needs to be moisturized. We lose on average of one pint of water through our pores each day. Moisturizers contain emollients to soften, heal, and hydrate the skin. Humectants attract moisture from the air bonding with water molecules. The best green humectants are glycerin and sorbitol that have been derived from natural sources. Emulsifiers bind ingredients. Green emulsifiers may be made up of plant-derived waxes. Water and essential oils are penetrators that allow the skin to absorb. Extracts act as active ingredients that restore balance to the skin’s oils, exfoliate and brighten, and diminish wrinkles. Green active ingredients include citrus extracts and green tea extracts.

Natural body care
Plant derived cleansing agents from olives, sugar beets and coconuts are green alternatives to sulfates. Pure plant oils including jojoba, almond or grape seed extracts are fantastic skin moisturizers. Vitamin E and caffeine are known to hold skin-firming properties.

Natural sun protection
Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium oxide have a wide spectral range to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If you don’t want to layer multiple products choose a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Another green way of protecting your skin is wear a hat and lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants. Drinking green tea has also shown to offer some protection from sun radiation.

Natural aroma
A process for extracting oils from flowers through distillation was first introduced by a Persian doctor sometime around AD 100 and refined later by the Romans. Essential oils including Cypress, lavender and Mandarin are known to have calming effects as well as a subtle, pleasurable scent. Synthetic perfumes weren’t introduced until the 20th century.

Just as our skin cells are constantly renewing so is our ability to accept, preserve and protect nature’s gifts.

Skincare Layering Technique for Better, Brighter Skin

Just as a well-prepared canvas can improve a painting, a well-layered skincare routine can improve your skin. Do you know which products should be added first? Or how to blend products to get the result you want? Someone asked me recently how to layer the skincare products she owned for best results. It’s a good question because how you layer will have an impact on the products’ effectiveness.

One mistake people often make in their skincare routine is not applying products in an order that makes them most effective. Another is hastily adding creams and oils before the skin has had time to absorb them. Here’s a simple skincare layering technique that works.

First, add a day cream that works on a cellular level and contains anti-oxidants. Painters often add a solid color to their white canvas to create a toned background. It helps them increase the speed in creating a painting. To avoid extra steps in your skincare routine, your day cream should be a multi-tasking solution providing moisturizing, exfoliation, brightening and firming properties that penetrate the skin’s surface layer. Jojoba and olive oils are ingredients to look for as well in a day cream to enhance elasticity and skin radiance. Wait a few moments to let the day cream absorb. Maybe pick out what clothes you will be wearing while the day cream absorbs.

If you use serums, you can apply them after the day cream. They are thin and efficient in delivering active ingredients. Wait a few moments to let the skin absorb the serum. In the time it takes to brush your teeth, the serums will have been absorbed. In painting, this may be equivalent to priming a canvas with gesso.

After applying your day cream and serums, add sunscreen. The anti-oxidants contained in your day cream, especially vitamin C, will improve the efficacy of the sunscreen. It’s like blending different paint colors to get a desired effect. Instead of a stand-alone sunscreen you may choose to apply a foundation that contains sunscreen (SPF20). You can find it at a favorite department store or apothecary. I get mine at Odalisque beauty apothecary.

At night, remove makeup and wash your face with warm water. Apply a night cream with moisturizing, vitamin rich ingredients that rejuvenate and nourish your skin. If using serums add those after the night cream.

With a palette of multi-functioning skincare products it’s easy to know where to begin and how to end. Step back and appreciate the big picture – healthy, glowing skin.