Natural Skin Care Advice for Summer

While our skin needs to be protected year round, the bulk of sun damage tends to occur during the summer months. With just a few tweaks to your routine you can protect your skin in a natural, healthy way and still enjoy all your favorite summer activities.

Adding a layer of sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. To ensure you get into this habit find a sunscreen you like. There are multiple kinds with different textures, absorption, coloration and scents. Choose one with at least SPF 15. I recommend natural, physical sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. They contain the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (preferable). A natural sunscreen that rates high amongst environmental groups and consumers is UV Natural.

Make sure your sunscreen filters both UVB light (sunburn, cancer) and UVA light (premature aging, cancer). If you are a swimmer, or sweat a lot, water resistance is important. Find an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Keep in mind that you may need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are outdoors for many hours.

On the face, apply sunscreen before your day cream and underneath makeup. Sunscreen alone is a better protector from UV rays than makeup with SPF in it. If you need a touchup during the day there are some natural foundation powders that can help such as Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Mineral Powder with SPF 20. Protect your lips as well. Dermatologists recommend applying a lip balm with SPF every two hours while outside in the sun. Avoid glossy, pale colors.

Another way to deflect the effect of the sun’s harmful rays on your skin is to wear a broad brim hat. Clothing lines with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating show how much of the sun’s light the fabric absorbs. To beat the rays, wardrobe choices in summer might include tightly woven, dark or bright fabrics. That’s right, save white for winter. Wear sunglasses with a UV 400 protection to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin areas around them.

On particularly hot and humid days a facial mist containing natural minerals can help replace those lost through sweat. Pores appear larger during summer heat and humidity so you may want to exfoliate one extra time during the week.

You can keep your bronze glow by using natural sunless tanning products that contain sunscreen. Lavera Self Tanner includes all natural and organic ingredients.

After long summer days your skin deserves a luxe body cream that moisturizes and hydrates. Your best bet of course is YASOU body cream with certified organic extra virgin olive oil, organic aloe vera, shea butter, essential oils and other natural ingredients that pamper and nurture your skin.

Don’t forget to visit your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce such as tomatoes, avocados, citrus and berries all of which contain anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties that can protect your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Enjoy your summer while protecting your skin. YASOU!

Why Skin Care Is The Perfect Gift For Dad

A man’s skin says a lot about his health and Father’s Day is the perfect time to introduce dad to a skin care regime.  It’s important for a man to take good care of his skin if he wants to project an image of vigor and fitness.

The best tips for skincare for men are similar to those of women, although there are some differences.  Men for example often need to take more care of their skin because they shave, have occupations and outdoor hobbies that can give their skin a real beating.  Male skin is also thicker and likely to contain more oil. They can suffer from breakouts due to larger pores than women.  We here at YASOU compiled a short list of skin care tips that we believe every man should know.

    • Cleansing- this may be the most important part of smart skin care because it helps reduce the build up of oil and the chances of breakouts. A man should cleanse his skin at least twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night before bedtime.
    • Before Shaving- splash warm to hot water on your face to open your pores and apply a thin layer of shaving gel before shaving. Make sure to use a sharp razor or manual blade when shaving to prevent skin damage.
    • Moisturize daily- choose a face moisturizer that contains active ingredients. A good moisturizer should have a range of active ingredients for the best results. Look for “true” moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin which maintains the skins moisture levels.  Also look for antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E which condition the skin and provide nurturing to ensure that the skin is hydrated and looks healthy.
    • Sunscreen- apply it daily. Men who don’t use sunscreen increase their risk of getting sun damage, which can result in redness, irritation, extra blood vessels and skin cancer.
    • Exfoliate- about three times a week will help get rid of any buildup of dirt and oil below the surface of the skin. It will also keep those larger pores clean and free from dirt. Take a look at YASOU’s new day cream.
      It exfoliates and moisturizes on an inner level and contains all those great active ingredients we talk about in tip # 3.
    • Eat healthy and exercise regularly- this makes it easier for the body to naturally cleanse the skin.
    • Purchase a good body moisturizer,- focus on areas of the body where skin typically dries out like
      a. Elbows
      b. Hands
      c. Knees
      d. Shoulders
      e. Lower Legs

    Moisturizing the lower legs is particularly important and something men don’t think about.  Symptoms that can occur with aging by not moisturizing the legs are chronic dry skin or xerosis of the legs that can exacerbate eczema and cause the skin to turn a brownish woody color.  So, gentlemen moisturize your lower legs!

    YASOU hydrating body cream aroma free is the perfect Father’s Day Gift because this body treatment focuses on the areas we mention above and ladies you know: men need tender loving care (sometimes more than women) so keep an eye out for them.   YASOU!