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How To Naturally Boost and Build Collagen

As we age our skin loosens its elasticity and firmness due to the loss and breakdown of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin.  The best thing we could do for ourselves is to create a natural environment that stimulates collage production for maintaining healthy, glowing, firmer skin.

Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids that are found in our bodies and exist naturally in our skin, as a structural support.  It is vital for strengthening blood vessels and giving skin it’s elasticity and strength. Some benefits of collagen to your skin’s appearance are:

  • It helps keep your skin youthful and glowing
  • It reduces wrinkles and smoothes the skin
  • It helps prevent loose and sagging skin

Some natural solutions to boost and build collagen are to take a collagen supplement , incorporate power foods in your diet and use a topical natural skin care cream that will plump up your skin again.  Incorporating these few steps into your daily regime can effectively start promoting collagen production and de-aging from the inside out.

 

Collagen Supplements

They are tricky in results and not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As with any treatment, how soon someone can see results after taking them varies from person to person but a high quality supplement can help firm thin, loose skin.  They come in both pill and liquid form. If you decide to incorporate a collagen supplement ( can be found at your local supplement store) into your diet you should also increase your vitamin C intake.  This combo will help the body produce collagen.

 

Power Foods

Collagen production in the body thrives from a high antioxidant, omega fatty acid and mineral diet. Here are some foods you can choose from.

  • Brazil Nuts.
    Contain Selenium which is a powerful antioxidant. It works alongside vitamin E and C which are essential for the immune system.  Studies suggest that a Selenium rich diet can help protect the skin from sun damage, age spots and skin cancer.
  • Fish, Lean Red Meat, Legumes (particularly peanuts), and poultry.
    Contain Zinc which helps to reduce skin damage, keeping the skin soft and supple. Zinc also reduces inflammation and promotes skin cell growth, maintaining collagen and elastin.
  • Oily Fish, Flaxseed Oil, Almonds, Walnuts, Linseed and Avocado’s
    Contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you get enough omega 3 and omega 6 fats.  These are essential fatty acids which cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through diet. Omega 3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help skin, particularly inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. They also fight dry skin and provide an ideal environment for collagen production.
  • Carrots, Cantaloupe, and Sweet Potatoes.
    Contain Vitamin A which repairs the skin and acts as an antioxidant.
  • Guava, Red Fruit and Vegetables, Citrus Fruits, Papaya, Tomatoes and Dark Green Vegetables (kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli).
    Contain Vitamin C which is sensitive to heat, so foods eaten in their raw form will retain more of their vitamin C than cooked foods.  Vitamin C helps collagen formulation by changing proline into hydroxyproline and lysine into hydroxylysine. These fight free radicals produced by too much sun that leads to prematurely aging skin.
  • Leafy Greens and sunflower seeds
    Contain Vitamin E which stimulates collagen production.
  • Green Tea.
    Contains Catechins which are phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and prevent the breakdown of collagen.
  • Dark Berries (raspberries, blackberries, cherries, blueberries, black currant and Acia).
    Contain Anthocyanidins which are phytonutrients that strengthen collage by linking the fibers together.
  • Cucumbers and Horsetail Herb.
    Contain Silia which is a mineral that heals connective tissue, keeping collagen from breaking down.
  • Soymilk and Cheese.
    Contain Geinstein which stimulates collagen production and blocks enzymes that break down and age skin.
  • Red Vegetables (red peppers, beets, and tomatoes).
    Contain Lycopene, an antioxidant which increases collagen production and protects the skin from the sun.
  • Olives (green and black), Cucumbers and Celery.
    Contain Sulphur which supports collagen production.

 

Natural Skin Cream

Adding an Antioxidant rich face cream like YASOU Cellular Day Cream (which is high in antioxidants and skin firming ingredients) and the Cell Renewal Night Cream (with cell regenerating and HyadisineÒ ingredients) to your skin care routine is bound to make your skin look firmer and rejuvenated.

These face creams work on the layers of skin where new skin cells are formed and where collagen gives the skin the support and firmness it needs to appear vibrant and wrinkle-free. By increasing skin cell turnover, your body is stimulating collagen production. Antioxidant rich creams will reduce dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

While supplements, diet and creams can give your skin a healthy glow, there’s no guarantee they will make you look like you’re 20 again. But who needs that? Let’s embrace our age and look the best we can.

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How Naps Benefit Your Skin

Sleep might be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.  I have never had problems with getting 7-8 hours of good sleep before, but as I’m aging I tend to wake up more often through out the night. Napping has become more important for my health and beauty routine these days.  I have always loved taking naps.  Naps can range in duration from 5 minutes up to 90 minutes. The best time to nap is in the afternoon between 3:00-5:00pm for about 90 minutes. During these hours you fall asleep faster. This sleep is said to be  more “efficient” because you experience deep sleep or “slow wave sleep.” During this mid-afternoon nap you go through a complete sleep cycle from the lightest stage through the deepest stage and back again, so you’ll wake feeling refreshed.

One of the biggest benefits to “deep sleep” napping is the effect of anti-aging and the reduction of cortisol in body.  Cortisol also called “the stress hormone,” is secreted in higher levels during the body’s fight or flight response to stress experienced in our daily lives.  Napping can help reduce cortisol in the blood and restore a state of hormone equilibrium thus giving your skin “beauty sleep.”

Napping (beauty sleep) is a natural way of improving skin for both women and men according to a study from University Hospital’s Case Medical Center.  Napping can help you have fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and even out the skin tone.

Skin repairs itself when we are in a deep sleep. It makes new collagen preventing the skin from sagging giving us plumper skin!  During sleep our bodies boost blood flow to skin which means when we wake we have a healthier glow. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin creating dullness.  I prefer a boost of blood flow especially as I’m aging. People who don’t get enough rest appear less healthy.

Napping your way to better skin gives a whole new meaning to beauty rest. The research from University Hospitals Case medical center published in Science Daily found this to be true.  Scientists discovered that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the rate of recovery from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure. These are four good reasons to start napping if you aren’t already. So go ahead and take some naps if you need them. Napping may be the easiest way to good health and beautiful skin.

YASOU!

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YASOU Skin Care Word Search

We decided to have some fun and created a skin care word search for your amusement.  How many skin care terms can you find.  All you have to do is print the graphic, grab some juice or coffee and give it a go.  All the terms for you to find are listed on the right hand side so you can cross them off as you find them.  Hope you enjoy and maybe learn a new term or two.

 

Self-Care is a Beauty Routine

Springtime!  The sun’s light shines longer. The air and soil warm. Trees sprout leaves. Seeds grow, flowers bloom, birds sing. From nature’s beautiful emergence from dormancy to life, we can all learn a lesson about beauty routines and self-care. Spring is the best time to plant vegetable seeds. Will those seeds grow into strong, healthy plants without water, sunlight, soil, space and someone to tend to them? Will we grow strong and healthy if our personal needs are unmet? Can we live life well without seeing the beauty within and amongst us? Opening ourselves up to beauty and to self-care is the surest way to tend to our physical and emotional well-being. In other words, self-care is a beautyroutine with beauty going way beyond the way we look, to the way we feel, hear, taste, smell and see the world.

 

You and your needs are important. A happy, confidant person takes risks and pushes their potential. However, do not create goals or expectations for your self-care beauty routine. It isn’t a to-do list, but it should be a priority. It’s supposed to feel slightly indulgent. Nature takes care of itself in wonderous ways. You can too.

 

Self-care beauty in the morning

Drink water when you wake up to hydrate your body and lift your mood. Nourish your skin with a vegan cellular day cream. Walk around the block or go workout in a gym. Enjoy a morning ritual of your own creation. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, reading a poem or doing an early morning stretch, make it your own. Brushing your teeth doesn’t count, though that is important.

 

Self-care beauty in the moment

Let your senses bring you to the present moment wherever you are. Forget about the past and future, focus on now. What’s in front of you? Behind you? Above or below you? Does it move? Is there color, texture, smell? Relish the moment. Be mindful. This simple act of mindfulness can reduce stress and rumination while boosting working memory, focus, cognitive flexibility and self-insight. It can eliminate that feeling of always being busy and rushed. Now that’s a beautiful thing.

 

Self-care beauty at work

Take short breaks during your workday to stay happy, motivated and productive. Go outdoors to feel the wind in your hair. Walk through office hallways. Say hello to someone you don’t know. Ask others about their work. Write down the things you like about your work. Whether you’re standing or sitting most of the day, watch your posture. Good posture reducesfatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles as well as stress on your spine. Also, protect your private life by setting boundaries between your personal and professional life. You don’t need to be accessible 24 hours a day.

 

Self-care beauty in the evening

Get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. During sleep your brain merges memories, eliminates toxins and creates neural pathways. Give it enough time to do its thing. Remember to apply a vegan cell renewal night cream so that your skin can do its thing during sleep – repair damaged cells, build up collagen and hyaluronic acid molecules, and moisturize.

 

Self-care beauty any time

Each day create a happiness moment. Be aware of what makes you happy. Laugh, cry, hug. Expressing emotion is a release.

Your brain loves novelty so shake up your routine. Take a different route to work. Change your nail color. Wear new makeup or put on a flirty spring dress to change your look.

Eat healthy. Create your own menu for the week that includes fresh foods. This can help you avoid impulse eating due to a lack of time. Set a regular meal time. Enjoy your meal, whether you are alone or with others. Consume protein and carbs to stay fueled.

Stop the negative self-talk. Once you hear that voice replace it with a thought you enjoy – a fun vacation, a beautiful mountain or prairie, a loved one’s smile. Beauty outweighs the negative.

Nurturing a plant or garden has therapeutic benefits. Nurturing others through volunteer work can be self-care since what you give is often returned tenfold. Good Karma.

Yoga and meditation merge mind, body and spirit. A daily practice of even several minutes a day can reap lots of benefits for your well-being. Increase your energy, while reducing blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

Lighten your load, literally. Only carry what you truly need and want. Baggage slows us down and wreaks havoc on our posture.

Fresh flowers, a glass of wine, a bath and an all-natural hydrating body cream will please your senses. Keeping your skin moisturized and smooth to the touch is an easy way to pamper your body. It creates a soothing sensation that makes you feel prized.

Create moods with lighting, candles, music, a good book or movie. Take time to relax. Invite friends or just breathe and sit with your own thoughts. Write down a few things you are grateful for. This will shift your mindset to one of abundance rather than scarcity.

Finally, respect your own mind-body-spirit needs. Your health and beauty practices are different from anyone else. Do what’s right for you.

(photo: Daria Shevtsova/pexels)

Love and Skin Care: What’s It All About

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To express love you could write a poem, play a heart rendering song, attend a candlelit dinner, pick up roses, or wrap a box of jewelry. However you do it, to love and be loved is a pleasure that supports healthy skin. Plant kisses, offer a massage,  or sit in the back at a romantic movie. Feel-good emotions help reduce stress and build skin cell immunity. Indulge yourself.

 

Love lets you face the world

When your skin looks and feels good you are ready to face the world. Caring for your skin is a way of expressing self love. Healthy skin is one path our bodies and brains use to indicate what’s stirring inside. When you love the skin you’re in, it shows.

 

Let the glow grow

Love can help you get your glow on. A happy, joyful person releases endorphins causing increased blood flow that may manifest as skin glow. Endorphins spread like confetti from your brain when it’s trying to keep pain and stress at bay. Some lovely ways to increase endorphins are to eat, laugh, make love, listen to music, drink, exercise with others and sniff lavender.

 

Love reduces stress

Self-care is important for healthy skin. Desire lights our fire but stress, sadness and anger can cause inflammation that leads to skin disruptions such as acne and rosacea. Happiness and joy reduce inflammation through chemical reactions that include endorphins and neurotransmitters. Stress increases cortisol levels and inhibits enzymes responsible for the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

 

Love is mindful

The nerve endings in skin are continually communicating with the brain. If you or your significant other experience chronic stress or disturbing emotional issues it may show up on the skin. The mind-skin connection was reported years ago in Harvard Health Publications, Women’s Health Watch. Consider the blush, if you question the skin’s ability to decipher emotions.

 

Love makes skin stronger

Positive emotions increase skin cell immunity. Strong skin cells are less prone to infection and quicken the skin’s ability to heal. Skin tells a story of how we cope, love, fear, desire and explore. It shows what we’ve been through and how we choose to live life.

A team of researches from Duke University recently demonstrated how emotions can be “seen” using a functional MRI scan. While fascinating, it’s more wonderful to see joy in real life on the faces and in the arms of our loved ones. Our skin allows us to touch and feel. Nurture your skin with natural moisturizing skin cream and you’ll be ready for all that love has to offer.

Share the love and make it special this Valentine’s Day with YASOU natural skin care.

YASOU Blog Topics For 2019

Happy 2019! We hope you had wonderful holidays. It’s a new year with new goals and ambitions. Here at YASOU Skin Care we are excited and energized to present skin care posts that educate and entertain.  We want to bring you the best and most current topics in natural skin care. We have a lot to talk about! Here are just some of the topics we will cover in this blog during 2019.

Individual Beauty Begins with Your Skin. Whatever you put on it, whatever color it is, nobody’s skin is the same as yours. It’s like a map showing contours, origins, physical and cultural features that reveal the uniqueness of you. Not only where you’ve been, but where you’re going.

Social Media Devas Don’t Look Good All The time. People are taking photos and sharing them on social media 24 hours a day. Those who are confident in who they are and what they look like are posting pics that reflect real life, not magazine covers. Mastering a natural skin care look can rid you of the demand for glamour shots with something more real. When you feel good, you look good.

+MORE.   Take a look at our info graphic for more subjects we plan on talking about this year. Make sure you register for our newsletter so you can stay informed about our newest promotions, events, sales and giveaways. Looking forward to 2019 with you.

YASOU!

REPOST: Mary Greenwell: How To Make Up Hooded Eyes

Hello everyone,

As I am aging I am finding that the skin on my eye lids have become super sensitive, maybe you are as well. The skin in this area is known to be the thinnest on the entire body, along with our lips. I am also finding that I need to relearn how to apply my eye make up because I’m getting a bit of what is called “hooded eyes”.  My eyes seem smaller and I’m not fond of this. So, I decided to reach out and booked an appointment with Bridgett the owner of Odalisque Beauty Apothecary, to re-teach me how to apply my eye make up correctly, to achieve my new needs.

Bridgett passed this video on to watch before my appointment and it’s so informative that I thought I’d pass it on to you. I hope you find it useful.

Thank you Bridgett and thank you Mary Greenwell for this informative and helpful video that also talks about skin sensitivities and other issues.

Enjoy!

Theodora Ntovas
founder of YASOU skin care

The Secret To Beauty Is Water

Water is the essence of life. We can survive three weeks without food, but only three days without water according to some estimates. It was H.H. Mitchell, scholar and lead author of The Chemical Composition of the Adult Human Body, who deciphered the average adult human body is between 50 to 65% water.

The majority of emerging skin care brands in today’s “clean beauty” era are primarily oil based. We see new marketing consistently popping up that tells us water isn’t necessary.  I prefer to differ with this line of thinking and want to explore this subject more!

When creating Greek-inspired YASOU skin care I chose to be a water-based skin care line knowing that I would have challenges with the preservation aspect. Mold can grow in water with organic nutrients, especially when oxygen enters the picture.  I’m not going to elaborate on the science of this but wanted to touch on the reason why so many brands today are oil based. They feel like they don’t need to worry as much about preservatives as you do with water-based products.  Beware of this because oil based products still need to have preservatives. Many of these brands use 190 proof alcohol which is drying to the skin.

 

Top reasons why I chose YASOU skin care to be a water-based skin care line are:

  • Humans are water-based creatures. I wanted our certified organic oils, active ingredients and purified water to absorb to the inner layers of theskin reaching a cellular levelto give you optimal benefits.
  • High water content in skin care products is more compatible with a wider variety of skin types.
  • We focus on deep hydration by packing moisture into the dermis and infusing our formula into the skin thus hydrating with active ingredients, nutrients and antioxidants without disrupting the moisture barrier.
  • With up to 65 percent of the body composed of water and the skin as the largest organ, it makes perfect sense that water would be essential in the natural balance of the skin cell membrane.
  • Water helps keep your skin tight and toned, cleansed and flushed of toxins. Your body naturally fills cells with water to make them firm and tight, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.

 

Cleansing with water

Do you use soap?  What kind of cleanser?  The bottom line is that we are all different and you’ll have to experiment with what works for you.  Personally, I stopped using soap on my face years ago. I only use water and have seen a vast improvement to my skin. When I used cleansers and/or soap my face became drier and broke out with acne even more.  Not anymore!

Currently, I am looking at filters for better, cleaner water and investing my money in this area. I use YASOU vegan face cream set daily.  I came across some info that I thought you would appreciate on face washing by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Water is an essential beauty product from the inside to the outside of your body.  You can enhance your skin by taking advantage of the benefits of water for your body. Drink water daily and use water-based skin care that also contains certified organic oils.

YASOU!

7 Simple Skin Care Tips for Brides

Relax. A most wonderful aspect of any bride is the happiness she shares on her wedding day. Whether a bold or timid bride, your happiness is what people remember. Your smile shows it. Your eyes confirm it. Your arms embrace it. Your legs dance to it. All these parts of you combine to tell a story of happily ever after. However, you do want to look your best. You want your dress to show well, your shoes to fit, and your skin to be healthy and beautiful. One of our go-to sources for special occasion skin care advice is Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Educator LaTasha Y. Benn. She helps brides celebrate their inner and outer beauty. Here are seven simple skin care tips for brides that can help you put your best self forward.

 

Timing
advance skin treatments, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, extractions, or enzyme treatments should be done no later than a month before the wedding date. Brides should not try any new or advanced treatments within two weeks to avoid any harsh reactions so close to the wedding day.

A facial can be done two weeks prior and the same goes for waxing. If the bride is used to getting waxed and knows how her skin reacts, she can schedule as early as she wants. LaTasha recommends waxing a week before to ensure any redness or minor breakouts are cleared up before the wedding date.

 

Balance and hydrate
It’s important to start, or continue with, a consistent routine. To obtain soft and supple skin look for balance (not too oily or dry) and hydrate. Drink plenty of water. Wash your face day and night. Moisturize day and night. Tone to balance and exfoliate weekly with a gentle scrub or enzyme mask.

 

Smooth and brighten
If you want to smooth out the texture of your skin and brighten it, LaTasha thinks a chemical peel is best. It exfoliates through multiple layers of skin. After two to three days your skin will feel like silk. It will appear brighter and clearer, as the peel reduces hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and blemishes. Follow up with a vegan cellular day cream and vegan cell renewal night cream.

 

When a dermatologist can help
Cystic acne, which includes large pustules & papules; large comedones (blocked pores), severe scarring or Rosacea should be treated by a dermatologist.

 

Keep your glow on
To keep your makeup in place, hydrate! LaTasha suggests using a good setting spray or rose water. “A bride shouldn’t have to reapply anything but her lipstick on the day of her wedding. I recommend a good setting powder, setting spray/rose water, and waterproof mascara and eyeliner. A good lip stain, such as Motives All Day Liquid Lipsticks will last all day.”

 

Don’t forget your hands
On your wedding day, many people will be looking at the new ring on your finger. Keep your hands soft and supple with a vegan hand cream that moisturizes, protects, repairs and soothes your hands.

 

Smile
Feeling beautiful and surrounding yourself with the people you love brings about a natural smile. While posing for pictures don’t be afraid to touch, laugh, keep your chin down, or look away. Be you. Love the skin your in.