4 Reasons to Read Skin Care Labels

Before putting any skin care product on your body, read the label. You may trust the product’s reputation or be lured by beautiful packaging, but reading skin care labels will tell you what ingredients are included, if it is recyclable; where it was packaged, manufactured or distributed, and proper usage. One or all of these things might matter to you in a significant way. Take a few minutes before buying and make reading skin care labels a good habit.

What ingredients does it contain?
The list of ingredients should matter to everyone, not just those with sensitive skin or people prone to allergic reactions. If you are looking for a particular benefit from the skin care product, such as moisturizing properties, look for ingredients known to moisturize (Aloe vera, Olive oil, Shea butter). If you want to avoid synthetics (petroleum/chemical based) ingredients look for botanicals containing plant-based nutrients(Calendula (Extract).

The order in which ingredients are listed is important. The highest concentrations are listed first, and than anything 1% and under. The 1% and under ingredients do not have to be listed in any order. The right amount of active ingredients in the skin care product is essential to get the results you are looking for.

Is it recyclable?
If you want eco-friendly skin care products that won’t harm the environment during production, use, and disposal, read the label. Overcrowded landfills may be one concern of yours but also think about what you are washing down the drain everyday. Do not dispose of nail polish, polish remover, or medication in your sinks. Water systems and the life that depends on it may be affected. Clogged pipes are another reason for not washing toxins down the sink.

Packaging and containers for lip balm, soaps, lotions, body wash, shaving cream and hand lotion are just some of the materials that can be recycled. Look for “recyclable” on the label.

Where does it come from?
Where a skin care product is packaged, manufactured, or distributed may be another concern. Some people want only products made in the U.S.A. Some don’t want to invest in products from countries that don’t adhere to stringent quality controls, decent wages for their workers, or environmental controls. If these things are important to you look at how and where the product is manufactured.

What is the proper usage?
Who knows better than the manufacturer how the product is best used? Some times you can find some great skin care tips. Look to see if there are any warnings about use. If you are concerned about the safety of a product do an online search, relying only on the most reputable sources such as Mayo Clinic. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, always do a test on your skin before lathering it all over your body.

Read skin care labels if you want to be intentional about your skin care product purchases. It’s a small thing that can help you feel good about your decision.

Did I miss anything? Let me know what you look for on a skin care product label.

NO LIST
Below is a NO list that was compiled by Thorne Research. www.thorne.com We think it is an excellent reference to help you when checking your skin care product labels.

NO
1. Animal Testing
2. Animal B-Products
3. Artificial Colors
4. Artficial Fragrances
5. Benzene
6. Bisphenol A
7. Dimethicone
8. EDTA
9. Formaldehyde
10. Gluten
11. GMO’s
12. Hydrogenated Oils
13. MEA-,DEA-, or TEA(Triethanolmine)
14. Mineral Oil
15. Parabens
16. Petrolatum
17. Plastic/Phthalates
18. PVC’s
19. PEG’s 1,4-Dioxane
20. Silicates
21. Silicones
22. (SLS) Sodium Sulfates or Laureth Sulfates
23. Wheat

Why Choose Gluten Free Vegan Skincare?

Plant derived, vegan skincare is effective, safe, and nourishing to the skin with minimal negative impact on the environment. No toxic chemicals, no animal testing and no animal products are used in vegan skincare. Instead what you apply daily to your skin are ingredients derived from plants.

People who choose gluten free vegan skincare appreciate the effort it takes to bring these crafted products to the market. For them, it’s personal. They respect natural beauty, ageless beauty, which manifests itself internally and externally.

Looking and feeling good is about small decisions and personal preferences. Most of us want to live well, be happy and stay peaceful. If you are worried about using skincare products that contain gluten, avoid them. There are good options today with natural skincare lines such as YASOU. I appreciate when people call or write to ask if our line is gluten free or vegan. It tells me they are engaged in making decisions that are right for them.

If you want to protect animals from cruelty and inhumane living conditions buy products that are plant-derived. Living your values through what you purchase indicates an authentic life.

Honestly, my decisions in creating a natural, healthy skincare line were focused on finding the best ingredients to nourish the skin. I was not focused on being gluten-free or making vegetarians happy. Both of these came to be because of YASOU’s focus on natural ingredients and wellness – how a woman feels good in her own skin.

The beauty of using botanicals in skincare is not only their skin-enhancing properties, but also their appeal to all the senses – a mist, an aroma, and textures all share a subtleness that when combined create a potent protector and ageless defender of the skin. It’s like the difference between wearing natural cotton or synthetic clothes.

The reasons for choosing gluten free vegan skincare may be health-related and/or socially conscious choices. We appreciate you making the choices that are best for you.

Natural Sunscreens Offer Alternative Skin Protection

Our bodies need sunlight to produce a critical nutrient, Vitamin D. It plays a vital role in immune function, bone building, mood, cognitive function, and cardio vascular health.

You need sun— a daily 10-minute dose is recommended by health experts, but you’ll still have to make choices for sun protection and those choices can have an impact on your health. Not all sunscreens are created equal and some contain risky chemical ingredients that can cause more harm than good, so READ the ingredients label carefully.

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide ingredients are natural mineral-based sunscreens that offer broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation but they are chemical compounds so they are not 100% natural. For those who want the most natural sun, wind and heat protection consider these 100% Natural Skin care options:

1) Limit your sun intake (especially during peak hours of the day) and avoid tanning booths. In winter/colder weather cover your face, wear goggles or glasses to protect your skin because the wind can cause as much damage to your skin as the sun does.

2) Red Raspberry Seed Oil is an ingredient to look for in your sunscreen products because it is known to provide the highest broad spectrum UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays and contains exceptionally high levels of Alpha Tocopherois, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Some sources state that Red Raspberry Oil has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) as high as 28-50.

3) Other Oils to look for in your products that provide natural protection against the sun, wind and heat are Hemp Seed Oil (SPF 6), Macadamia Oil (SPF6),Sesame Oil (SPF 4), Shea Butter (SPF 4), Jojoba Oil (SPF 4), and Coconut Oil (SPF2).

4) Lycopene is a natural sunscreen that helps minimize wrinkles as well! Make sure you include it in your daily diet. You can find it in cooked tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato paste and sauce.

5) Saturated Fat-Eat plenty of it! By bumping up your saturated fat intake you can improve your UV resistance. As if you needed a good reason to add butter to your diet. Palm oil and coconut oil are also good sources of saturated fat that can protect the skin when eaten before sun exposure.

6) Proanthocyanidins, found in wine, grape seeds, blueberries, chokeberries, hazelnuts, pistachios, and grains like sorghum and barley, can be effective in preventing UV damage. So drink a glass of wine and include fruits and nuts as part of your diet.

7) Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant that helps reduce damage caused by ultra violet radiation from the sun and is also an internal sunscreen. It may be difficult to get therapeutic amounts of astaxanthin through food alone. You’d have to consume three-quarters of a pound of wild-caught sockeye salmon, which contains the highest amounts of astaxanthin of all the marine foods, to receive the same amount of astaxanthin you’d get in a 4mg capsule.

8) Shea Butter used topically has natural anti-aging properties that cause reactivations of collagen synthesis, resulting in younger looking skin and a resistance to photo-aging caused by the sun.

9) Beeswax when used topically is known to lock in moisture, nurture skin cells and protect the skin from damaging environmental factors.

10) Chaparral, an herb used in tea and oils, is known to have amazing healing benefits. It offers sun protection and increases your skin’s tolerance of the sun and other weather conditions when used regularly.

Research and consider these 100% natural ways to protect your skin from sun, wind and heat. What methods will you try?

Have A Great Summer!