Gratitude Supports Well Being and Healthy Skin

People who are aware of the inter-connectedness of life are more likely to practice, feel and express gratitude than those who think achievements come from one’s own efforts. Those who recognize a benefit and never take that benefit for granted are able to express gratitude. People who express gratitude tend to have more and stronger personal relationships. They are psychologically and physically healthier. They also tend to be more empathetic and less angry. A gratitude attitude reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It is said that after Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India he sat for seven more days paying homage to the tree that had given him shelter. He was grateful for the shade the tree provided.

If we stop to think for a moment about the inter-connectedness of our own body, we will find much to be grateful for including our skin. It acts as a 24-hour barrier against the elements, bacteria and viruses. It regulates body temperature and gives us physical sensations through a network of nerve cells. In an interview with WebMD Karen Mallin, a doctor of psychology (PsyD), said, “A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin …”

By reducing stress and fostering well being, a daily dose of gratitude may influence your skin health. Here are a few of our favorite quotes on gratitude to uplift your emotions and bring awareness of the benefits of expressing gratitude.

Open up
“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero

Elevate Others
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
Charles Schwab

Recognize beauty
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Wake Up
“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” Brother David Steindl-Rast

Be Happy
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 
” G.K. Chesterton

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth

Get Rid of Fear
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” 
Anthony Robbins

Practice
“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” Albert Schweitzer

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

Create
“Saying ‘thank you’ creates love.” Daphne Rose Kingma

Research studies show that when we open our hearts our brain responds by firing up positive pathways for neurons that can help diminish distress and increase joy. YASOU natural skin care is grateful for all that nature gives us to protect and nurture our skin and health and to all the people who have supported us throughout the years. Thank you!

When To See A Dermatologist

Annual routine visits to your dermatologist support good skin health, helping you maintain high self-esteem. When you have any skin, hair or nail issues that are of concern or persistent you should see a dermatologist. YASOU skin care is all about skin so we are going to discuss our top five reasons to visit a dermatologist.

1. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is caused by sun exposure. Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer and the easiest to cure if diagnosed early. Several warning signs to look for are skin growths that have changed in size, shape, color, and thickness. A sign of Melanoma is an irregular growth that is wider than a pencil eraser. Spots on your skin also need to be examined especially if the spots continuously scab, crust, itch, hurt or bleed and if you have family members with abnormal moles or skin cancer.

2. Acne is the most common skin condition. It causes various blemishes on the face that include whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and deep cysts. You can get acne at any age but it is most common in teenagers. Blemishes usually appear on the face, neck, back, chest, under arms and shoulders. Even tho acne is not life threatening it does effect your self-esteem and at times can even be painful. Without proper treatment it can leave permanent scars.

3. Eczema is a term for several chronic skin conditions that cause inflammation, irritations and rashes to the skin. It often causes red, swollen, dry and itchy skin. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. The exact cause is unknown but it’s linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is also found in families with a history of allergies or asthma. Eczema can be managed with medial treatment and by avoiding irritants.

4. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can also affect the eyes. Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It can also extend to the neck, chest and ears. It mostly affects people aged 30 and over with light skin. Rosacea may be triggered when blood vessels expand too quickly because of heat, wind, sunlight, cold, spicy food, alcohol or stress. Some people get little bumps and pimples on the red parts of their face. There is no cure for rosacea but getting treatment from your dermatologist can control the symptoms.

5. Signs of Aging. You may start noticing wrinkles, dryness and/or discolorations often called age spots that make you unhappy. Guess what – it’s time to visit your dermatologist! They have many treatments to help smooth wrinkles and tighten the skin as well as improve the skin’s texture and color. We believe that visiting your dermatologist, along with having a healthy diet and natural skin care regime can help you avoid treatments that are more chemical based. This is a decision you can make with the help of your dermatologist.

There are many more reasons to see a dermatologist than discussed here but we hope that we have given you a few to think about so you can see how important a visit to the dermatologist is in your annual health regime. Remember to love your self and love your skin.

YASOU!