Vegan Summer Skin Care Tips and Guides

We still have a month or so left of summer so lets make it the best summer for your skin before winter comes knocking on the door. It’s challenging to find vegan, cruelty-free, non toxic summer skin care products so I want to offer you some natural tips and guidelines for skin care protection and skin care treatments from two of our most trusted sources.


1.  EWG– Environmental Working Group is one of our MUST sources for non-toxic skin care. EWG is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment by educating us with breakthrough research in the areas of agricultural, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.  They also provide YASOU with EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database, which is an online guide with safety ratings for more than 78,000 cosmetics and personal care products


EWG’s Tip:  Sunscreen Should Be Your Last Resort

Below are some of their other summer tips for protecting your skin.

A) Wear Clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV ray’s, reducing burn risk by 27%.

B) Plan Around the Sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sk

C) Find Shade – or Make it. Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.

D) Sunglasses Are Essential. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation

You scan also find their Sunscreen 101 list that consists of the Best beach & sport sunscreens, best scoring kid’s sunscreens, and the best moisturizers with SPF.

YASOU hydrating body creams have been EWG verified as non-toxic and cruelty free but it does not contain SPF. Our body creams is meant to be used after your day outdoors and can help soothe, nourish and hydrate skin for the entire family.



2. Leaping Bunny Certified is the global gold standard for cruelty-free certification for personal care, cosmetics and household products. These are products that do not conduct animal testing or use ingredients that have been tested on animals up to third party suppliers.Overall it means companies with the bunny logo have compassion for animals and do not test on animals or use ingredients that are tested on animals.

Being a cruelty-free brand doesn’t automatically mean the brand or product is vegan so please make sure to check this out before making your purchase if this is important to you.

Leaping Bunny approved brands are listed on their site. It’s a cruelty-free marketplace where you can research and purchase directly from their shopping guide.  They also provide Leaping Bunny ENEWS where they introduce new brands and give you their summer essential picks.

YASOU “a toast to your health” | skin care is leaping bunny certified and offers a vegan lip elixir, vegan hand cream, vegan day cream (for the face) and vegan night cream (for the face).  All YASOU creams are vegan except for the hydrating body creams because they contain honey extract and beeswax, otherwise they are completely plant based/powered.

We hope you find the above sources useful and beneficial.  We believe that you receive more vitamins and minerals from vegan skin care than non-vegan.  We also believe you receive more quality ingredients, a safer and overall healthier experience!


Sunscreen Knowledge Keeps Evolving

What we once knew about protecting our skin from the sun’s rays began centuries ago when the ancient Greeks used olive oil to hydrate their skin and help keep it from burning. Our knowledge on how to protect our skin continues to evolve with a recent pilot study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all drugs including topicals such as sunscreen.


The study raised some questions and confirmed a theory. Of the four active sunscreen components tested – avobenzone, octocrylene, oxybenzone, ecamsule – it was proven they were absorbed by the skin and entered the bloodstream. This does not mean they are unsafe. But because they are absorbed into the bloodstream after only one day of use and accumulate in the body with continued use, the pilot study raised questions about the safety of sunscreen ingredients, as well as usage, forms, and absorption rates.


The FDA began regulating sunscreen in the 1970s. There are multiple reasons for further testing now:

  • Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. More people are using more sunscreen to diminish their chances of such a diagnosis.
  • Formulations of sunscreen products use more active ingredients, in higher concentrations and are found in more products.
  • These active ingredients are often combined with other ingredients.
  • Scientists’ ability to measure benefits and risks are better now than they were then.


If you are concerned, the FDA did spotlight two active sunscreen ingredients that were proven to be safe and effective – Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – both of which are minerals that provide broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation. Of course, you can also seek shade, wear lightweight clothing and hats. Another ways is to know which topicals and ingested ingredients can offer some protection as well. You can find alternative skin protection ideas here.


We always advocate for reading labels on products. The label will inform you on what ingredients the product contains, where it comes from, and how to use it. Be aware that some active ingredients in sunscreen may prevent sunburn but do nothing to prevent skin cancer and premature aging due to sun exposure.


The FDA study has brought attention to product safety issues, product labeling, UVA protection, and delivery systems including sprays. Sunscreen is found in more products than you might think. It is added to some face primers, moisturizers, setting sprays, matte tints, correcting creams and lip balms making it hard to know what dosage your skin is actually getting. You may want to read why YASOU Skincare does not contain sunscreen.


Previous government tests on oils have affirmed what the ancient Greeks practiced in protecting their skin. Tests showed that among the fixed oils tested, olive oil had the highest SPF value at 7.5. Coconut oil had the second highest value at 7.1. These natural oils contain tocopherols, carotenoids and essential fatty acids which are all good for the skin. However, don’t mistake these as a substitute for proven UVB and UVA protection.


As we increase our knowledge about sunscreen and how best to protect our skin and our bloodstream, we hope natural oils will be recognized informulating cosmetics and skincare products. Afterall, oil is a priority element in the formulation of lotions and creams. Here are just some of the benefits from olive oil in your skincare product