Natural Retinol Has Arrived

Hello to natural retinol the new alternative to man-made and animal products derived retinol. Natural retinoids (plant-based) are super skin friendly, have serious graceful aging properties and do not contain any animal or animal-by-products.  I have been contemplating for a year now on creating an eye serum to add to the YASOU “a toast to your health” skin care family. What I knew right off the bat was it had to be a natural retinol formula.

 

Some people swear that there is no replacement for retinol and that may be true, but my research is showing that there are some plant-derived ingredients out there that may change that mindset.  I’d like to share with you some of the ingredients I have found, which I am considering using for my up and coming eye serum. It’s time to educate ourselves on natural retinol.

 

Beta-carotene or carotenoids are words to look for when exploring natural retinol. What is beta carotene? Basically it’s vitamin A (retinol) which also acts as a powerful antioxidant. It’s a prototype of all other natural retinoids. The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol) which we need for healthy skin, mucus membranes, immune system, eye health and vision.

 

Ingredients (extracts & oils) that are rich in beta-carotene are mango butter, carrot, pumpkin, apricot, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, and green leafy plants (like kale, collards and alfalfa) to name a few.

 

Cacay Oil is a pure Organic nut oil cold pressed from the nuts of Cacay trees located in Columbia.  The oilhas high levels of retinol content. It is known to have more than three times the amount of retinol present in rosehip oil making it ideal for reducing wrinkles and lines, and evening out overall skin tone. It also stimulates collagen, improves elasticity, and hydrates.

 

Anogeissus tree bark (African Birch) has been found to have significant antioxidant activity, increasing the skin’s production of fibrillin, a structural protein of skin. Fibrillin is necessary for the skin to build elastin, which keeps the skin firm.

 

Bakuchiol the new buzz ingredient is a plant extract coming from the seeds and leaves of the “babchi” plant.  It is known to improve fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, skin elasticity and firmness, as well as increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen production. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 

Vegan bakuchiol is the natural alternative to retinol giving you the same results that man- made retinol does (study) published in The British Journal of Dermatology) but without skin irritation of scaling and stinging the skin like retinol may. You can also use bakuchiol in the daytime. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is safe to use during the day unlike retinol that tends to cause mild inflammatory responses in daylight. You still need to apply your SPF.  It is a “win, win” natural ingredient that gives the same benefits as retinol but is vegan, and non-irritant to most skin types.  You may want to do a test to make sure it is agreeable to your skin.

 

Bakuchiol is a great retinol alternative for everyone that is sensitive to retinol side effects, is vegan, or wants to practice a natural skin care regime.  I am going to consider this ingredient for YASOU skin care’s eye serum. I’ve fallen in love with it!   (photo source: venusian glow)

Six Pleasures of Sensual Skin Care

Skin invites intimacy. Think of the difference between lying in bed with clothes on and clothes off. Or holding a loved one’s hand with gloves on and gloves off. That layer of cloth separates. When appropriate, skin-to-skin contact offers a sensual experience that says I am vulnerable, vibrant, and cared for. Nerve endings close to the skin create waves of sensation when skin is touched, tickled and teased. If stimulated suggestively, sexual arousal can occur across the body via its blanket of skin. Sensual skin care invites everyone to experience these pleasures.

 

Presence

Skin helps us be aware of what or who is in contact with our body. If you see or feel skin disruptions, tend to it. Nurture it. Fully inhabit your body. Enjoy the feel of a summer breeze on your bare feet. A whisper into the ear. Silk sheets. A kiss on the neck or inner wrist. A new scent. Skin communicates sensations. It may physically respond with goosebumps, sexual arousal or relaxation. It varies by person. If you aren’t present, you will miss it.

 

Tension

Sometimes the timing isn’t right for touch. Respect this. When it is right, let your sensual pleasure build. Linger your touch with a pause, move toward the lower abdomen or up the thigh and then retreat. Leave a trail with your fingers. Teasing builds tension and raises pleasure when released. Your brain gets flushed with feel good hormones. Blood vessels open wide and skin may blush red.

 

Pressure

Touch has many degrees. To be interesting, modulate between soft and deep touch. Apply different amounts of pressure. A kiss on the eyelid is different from a tongue thrust in the mouth. Stroke, tickle, grab, cup, brush. Whatever is welcomed. A brush to the skin of your inner arm can be more sensually intense than a grab. Changing up your touch can be as easy as bathing together with soap, applying body cream, or massaging with essential oils.

 

Boundaries

Skin doesn’t come with a map showing designated boundaries. You draw them. Your skin should be a safe place. A beautiful place that allows you to connect to your surroundings, people and purpose. There are vulnerable spots. For some it’s the belly, armpit or feet. Feel free to designate detours. When you own your body you practice self-care, identify and communicate what’s off limits, and forgive any flaws. Give attention to all areas of the skin, not just what is visible.

 

Novelty

In his article “The Strange Phenomenon of Musical Skin Orgasms,” David Robson writes: “If a song follows the conventions too closely, it is bland and fails to capture our attention; if it breaks the patterns too much, it sounds like noise. But when composers straddle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar, playing with your expectations using unpredictable flourishes, they hit a sweet spot that pleasantly teases the brain, and this may produce a frisson.” He defines a frisson as a skin orgasm that causes chills, shivers down the spine, or goosebumps. In essence, don’t let your sensual skin care pleasures become routine. Shake it up. Tingle.

 

Desire

Sensual skin care stories are not limited to soft, youthful suppleness. People have callouses, scars, imprints from tight pants, bruises, wrinkles and a variety of colors on their skin. Don’t worry about the warts, celebrate what’s unique. Indulge your desire to apply creams to your skin. Take care of your skin and it will enhance sensual rewards. If your skin has kept you away from the sensual life you want to live, change the story line – when you feel desirable you are desired.

(photo: Alexander Krivitskiy/Pexels)