A Broader View of Water’s Benefit for Skin Care

Just looking at a body of water tends to relax us creating an emotional state that benefits our skin. A calm mind is not releasing detrimental cortisol levels that can impact skin smoothness and elasticity. Nearly two thirds of our body is made up of water. Recently, drinkable “beauty waters” have been introduced that claim benefits for the skin. The research is still out on how effective processed or infused beauty waters are. However, we think a broader view of water’s benefit for skin care is called for.

 

There are known benefits to drinking plain water to replenish and hydrate the skin

  • Water helps flush out toxins giving your skin a fresh glow.
  • Water supports skin suppleness and elasticity.
  • Water helps heal sunburn faster.
  • It keeps your skin hydrated reducing fine lines, sagging, wrinkles, and dark circles under the eyes.
  • Water helps metabolize nutrients from food eaten and nourishes cells.
  • Water nourishes all plant and animal life, humans included.

Don’t limit the power of water to only drinking it when it comes to caring for your skin. Water can help beautify your skin through cleansing, soaking, steaming, icing and sweating.

 

Cleansing & Soaking

The earliest water baths are attributed to the Ancient Greeks. Chambers devoted to bathing that date back to 2,400 – 800 BC were found in Greece by archeologists. They discovered bathtubs made of alabaster, washbasins and footbaths. Baths were at first located near natural hot springs. They later started building bathhouses in cities around the 6th century BC. Unlike the Romans who usually bathed in hot water first and then cold water, the Greeks started with cold water, than hot. Bathing became a part of daily life. They cleaned their wet skin using pumice and ash followed with olive oil, than scraped the skin clean before soaking in hot water pools. They often combined oil with the water to soften their skin, thus creating the first beauty water for skin.

 

Therapeutic Benefits

The Ancient Greeks appreciated the healing power of water that is one of the reasons why our YASOU Greek-inspired skin care line is water based. Medicinal baths included salts, herbs, and minerals. Epsom salts or clay water were used to draw toxins from the body. Bay laurel leaves were used to stimulate circulation and alleviate rheumatic pain. Water scented with lavender helped calm nerves, promoting relaxation. The soothing nature of water was put to use in promoting good health and skin it was the beginning of creating a luxe wellness experience.

Later, the Romans created steam baths and located them near gyms. Steam dilates skin pores and promotes perspiration. It softens skin making it easier for removing impurities.

Plunging your face in a sink filled with ice and cucumbers can act as a toner giving the skin a natural blush. Icing contracts pores making them less noticeable. It can help reduce dark circles under the eyes and puffiness. Putting ice on skin for bee stings and insect bites will reduce swelling and pain.

Swimming in water is known to reduce inflammation and strengthen the heart muscle. Chlorinated pools may dry out skin so apply a body cream before entering such a pool. Sweating while working out releases toxins that clog skin pores. Sweat also spreads the body’s own natural antibiotics on the skin. Exercising heavy enough to sweat elevates the brain’s endorphins putting you in a better mood.

Water is also found in wholesome foods. Eating such food is the best way for nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to be absorbed by the body.

Don’t limit yourself to just drinking or bathing in water. Appreciate all its states: solid, liquid, and gas. See its benefits in promoting healthy, beautiful skin.

How to Keep Your Hands Beautiful and Clean

We expose our hands to all kinds of bacteria during the day. From workout equipment to office elevator buttons, in handshakes, on grocery cart handles, handrails, doorknobs, and checkout pens while purchasing items are hands are exposed to germs. It’s important to wash your hands often to ward off harmful bacteria and viruses. When hand washing is not practical people often resort to hand sanitizers, which can dry out the hands. If you’re concerned about how to keep your hands beautiful and clean, check out the label of your hand cream. A vegan hand cream that moisturizes, protects, repairs and soothes your hands will help keep your hands looking beautiful, but what about clean?

YASOU vegan hand cream contains bacteria fighter mastic oil ensuring in-depth skin care and anti-ageing protection. This essential oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as antioxidants. The source of mastic oil is mastic trees Pistacia lentiscus, growing primarily in the southern part of the Greek island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. The resin is obtained from the tree’s bark. Once the resin is secreted from the bark it sets and dries upon exposure to air. It’s then collected by hand, washed and cleaned. It’s been known since ancient times that chewing the resin releases substances that freshen the breath and tighten the gums.

 

Which soap to choose

Another aspect of keeping hands clean and moisturized is the soap you use. An article in the journal Nature Chemical Biology states: “Antibiotics are now commonly found in many consumer cleansing products, including hand soap, body wash and dishwashing soap. In the United States in 2000, a survey showed that 45% of all consumer soaps, and more than 75% of liquid soaps, contained an antibiotic.” It points out that the potential risk of using such products is developing a resistance to the antibiotics. Triclosan is a major antibiotic used in consumer soaps.

Research shows and the Mayo Clinic reports that antibacterial soaps are not more effective than plain soap in killing disease-causing germs. When washing, rubbing your hands is a key step of cleaning. Liquid soap won’t spread germs between people the way a bar of soap does. After washing, we recommend applying YASOU vegan hand cream to moisturize and protect your hands.

 

Which drying method to choose

How you dry your hands after washing is important as well. Jet dryers are known to produce over 60 times more viral contamination than regular dryers using warm air. Paper towels transmit far less so should be your preferred choice when drying hands in public places.

Keeping your hands beautiful and clean is a balancing act. Wash your hands often to keep them clean and apply a vegan hand cream regularly throughout the day to keep them beautiful.