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Skin Care Before and After Dermaroller Micro Needling

If you want to enhance the absorption of luxe wellness topical skin care products to rejuvenate your skin dermaroller micro needling can be an effective and safe choice. Dermaroller micro needling involves repetitive puncturing of the skin with microneedles to create tiny holes called micro-channels on the top layers of the skin. In healing these wounds, the skin generates growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin while also allowing topicals to reach deeper into the skin.

Multiple options exist for adding micro-needling to your skin care regime. I favor first visiting a dermatologist’s office to discuss your skin care concerns and expectations. Get their advice for best treatment options for your skin. If your goal is to reduce acne scars and wrinkles through dermaroller micro needling be aware that needle depth and experience using the tool is important. Ask about home use dermarollers for enhancing absorption of your current skin care products. A dermatologist can demonstrate the best way for using a dermaroller to avoid tearing or harming your skin. You can pose questions on micro-needling to physicians at sites like this one, but these answers are not specific to your skin. If you prefer the more relaxed environment of a spa, seek out estheticians who are trained and certified in dermaroller micro needling.

Skin Care Before Dermaroller Micro Needling

Use a skin cleanser that thoroughly removes impurities including oils, lotions and dirt. Fresh, clean skin improves your complexion and readies it for the micro needling process. Keep your skin well moisturized as dermaroller micro needling can dry the skin temporarily. Immediately before the process, clear off any lotions, makeup or sunscreen. You don’t want impurities entering the exposed skin layers. Never use a dermaroller on inflamed skin or active acne. Wait until the condition has cleared.

Skin Care Afer Dermaroller Micro Needling

Dermaroller micro-needling will cause skin to redden. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Hydrate with a moisturizer that won’t irritate the skin. Be sure to use products you trust that contain healthy nurturing ingredients. Avoid toxic ingredients and chemical peels. Hyaluronic acid from botanicals will hydrate and help reduce redness. Moisturizers containing vitamins A, C and E support the skin in its effort to generate collagen and elastin. These vitamins’ anti-inflammatory abilities can help skin heal after dermaroller micro needling. To avoid potential infection, leave skin bare. Wait 24 hours for micro channels to close before applying makeup.

Micro needling will boost the absorption rate of topical products. Choose your luxe wellness products carefully. Check with your dermatologist or trained aesthetician on what products and ingredients are best for you.

Scientific research and dermatologists’ observations show that micro-needling can repair the structure of skin by building collagen and elastin. It can also normalize skin cell function, treat wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and scars.

Why YASOU Natural Skin Care Does Not Add SPF to its Cellular Face Cream

YASOU natural skin care makes a conscious choice not to add SPF in our cellular day cream. Here are some reasons for why we made this decision.

1) YASOU cellular day cream is a water-based skin care product that works on a cellular level. That means it penetrates beyond the skin’s outer layer.

2) We want to keep the ingredients clean so they can enter the inner layers of the skin and do their job keeping skin healthy, smooth and resilient.

3) We believe that SPF should be the last layer of the skin care regime. To be effective against UVA and UVB rays, sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours. That’s right, sunscreen protection wears out after two hours. Who wants to reapply a face cream every two hours? That is not practical. For all day facial protection we recommend applying a powder sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

4) During testing we found that putting SPF in our day cream made the texture uneven. We like a smooth glide that provides a good tactile experience.

5) SPF is in so many products now. Read your ingredient labels and make a decision on which product with SPF you like and which is practical for your lifestyle.

Below is an infographic from The American Academy of Dermatology on what to look for when selecting a sunscreen. Their list of frequently asked questions about sunscreen provides answers to common questions.

Check out the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Sunscreen Guide for more information about sunscreens. Simple, practical solutions for protecting your face from the sun are to wear a hat and find some shade.

Use about half of a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face. Don’t forget your lips! The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying an SPF of at least 15 to lips when spending time outdoors

Natural Wellness Skincare Tips for Teenagers

When children grow into their teen years they become more conscious of their appearance, including their skin. What they learn now about natural skincare can become a life-long wellness practice. Here are some ideas for teenagers to help them sustain healthy skin naturally and prevent or properly manage skin irritations such as acne.

Cleansing and moisturizing routines are key. They may differ depending on whether the skin is normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. Determine yours and read on. Other factors influencing skin health that we can control are diet and protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Identify Skin Type
Identifying skin type (which may fluctuate with the seasons and hormone levels) is important to caring for your skin.

Normal skin appears smooth and clear. It maintains a natural balance of oil and water. Wash your face with a mild soap two to three times a day. The body’s natural oils prevent water loss.

Oily skin may appear shiny. It shows open pores and is acne prone. Use soap and water three times a day to keep the face clean. Don’t touch or squeeze pimples. Avoid any products that clog the pores. Tanning the skin will not improve acne it may actually worsen it.

Dry skin looks dull. Moisturizing is important after a twice-daily wash. Natural moisturizers containing Shea butter and olive oil help lock in moisture. Do not use products that contain fragrance or alcohol, which can make the skin drier. Avoid scrubbing. Such action on the skin’s surface can make it drier.

Combination skin on a teenager may have areas that are dry and areas that are oily. You can remove excess oil by washing three times a day with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas only.

Cleanse
Oil, dirt and sweat accumulate on the face. Wash it away at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening after brushing teeth. Use warm water and mild soap or a foaming facial cleanser. Don’t shock the pores with hot or cold water while washing.

During the day, avoid touching your face with your fingers. Bacteria can spread causing pores to clog and inflame. Keep hands, eyewear and hair clean for this same reason. Pay attention to the forehead, nose and chin area.

Hydrate
After cleansing, hydrate with a moisturizer containing all natural ingredients. A moisturizer is especially important for those with dry skin. Body moisture moves from inside the skin’s deepest layers to its outer layers. Lock it in with a good natural moisturizer.

Eat Well, Avoid Sun Exposure
Refined sugars and processed foods fuel inflammation. Skin needs fresh, healthy food just as our other organs do. Forego the soft drinks and replenish with a nice cool drink of water.

When going outside, apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen year round to protect your skin from damage now and later in life. Like eating well and exercising, teenagers can improve and protect their skin naturally. If acne becomes severe and long lasting, talk with a dermatologist to find a treatment method for your skin type

Mother Daughter Wisdom Flows Both Ways

Even as a small child, I understood that women had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.” ―Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

A few years ago a UK-based greeting card company conducted a research study to identify some of the pearls of wisdom our mothers pass on to us. After studying 2,000 adults their findings showed that we not only listen to mom while growing up but we hold onto her wisdom as adults and pass it on to the next generation. So if you catch yourself sounding like your mother, there is a good reason for that. Some of the most common bits of shared wisdom are “Always try your best” and “Get an education, no one can take that away from you.”

Mom advice covers the gamut of how to live a happy and productive life. She may have shared her thoughts on education, food/eating, finances, respect, and etiquette. But does mom’s advice still hold up under the changing role of motherhood? In 2012, the Pew Research Center reported that twenty percent of children lived in a two-parent home with a stay-at-home mother compared with forty percent in 1970. Statistics on breastfeeding, discipline, childcare, and mommy guilt along with the groundswell of sources of information including the Internet and social media may steer you to think that a lot has changed. It has and it hasn’t. “Stay true to yourself,” “Respect others” and “Save money” have been, and still are, good pieces of advice.

Stay out of the sun” is another piece of advice moms often share with their daughters. But, moms who listen to their daughters grow in wisdom too. I have seen the affect moms and daughters have on each other when they are purchasing skin care products. Daughters are looking for preventative solutions that keep their skin healthy and youthful. They research online to find natural, organic, sustainable skin care from boutique firms that share their values.

Their mothers may still be relying on chemically processed skin care products advertised in magazines and on television. Once they learn how well these natural products work and how good they feel, they are liberated from routine ways of thinking. In some ways, what’s new in skin care is actually returning to the values of previous generations. Keep it simple, educate yourself, and receive compliments gracefully.

Chances are you also remember how your mother’s touch and smile brought you comfort without any words being spoken. This Mother’s Day say Thank you with a gift from YASOU Skin Care.

Balance Your Skin pH Level Naturally

Healthy skin has a pH balance of 5.5. When its acid-alkaline ratio (pH) deviates from that you may be exposing your skin to unhealthy elements including bacteria and pollutants. Keeping the skin’s pH level balanced invites moisture in and keeps contaminants out.

Anti-aging skin care products work more effectively when your skin’s pH level is balanced. If the skin’s outer layer is compromised it’s harder for the anti-aging ingredients to penetrate it.

Dermatologists recommend keeping your skin’s pH balanced by cleansing your face with warm water (not hot) and a gentle cleanser (without surfactants) morning and night. If your skin is too alkaline it becomes dry. Dead skin cells cling rather than shed, preventing the natural process of exfoliation. If your skin is oily it may need more acids.

What can trigger a pH skin imbalance? Harsh soap actually increases oil production. It raises your skin’s pH level. Don’t use washcloths or buff your skin because such action can increase oil secretion. Use your hands when washing your face. Avoid hot water because it strips away the skin’s protective layer.

Keep your skin pH balanced naturally. Check out the active ingredients in your face cream and night cream. Do they contain vitamins and natural antioxidants that promote cell turnover? Do they work naturally with skin oils to keep a healthy pH level?

Here are some natural skincare ingredients we use in YASOU products that help keep skin’s pH level balanced. They penetrate, restore and renew while allowing skin to breathe.

Certified orgnaic era virgin olive oil contains 1% higher oleic acid than regular olive oil. It also contains linoleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols (antioxidants). The acids trap water into your skin, ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Working with the skin’s natural oils, extra virgin olive oil helps create a barrier to protect your skin from irritants.

Hyadisine® is an active marine-based ingredient that retains water to smooth the skin, moisturize, and reduce wrinkles.

Sugar Cane Extract is known as a natural exfoliator. It won’t clog pores and helps eliminate blemishes. It restores balance to the skin’s oils.

Lemon Extract exfoliates, brightens and clears acne for smoother skin.

Orange Exract is rich in Vitamin E and contains powerful antioxidants. It helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines while correcting the skin’s oil balance.

Malic Acid is used to adjust a skincare product’s pH level. It is an ingredient derived from unripe fruit and also occurs naturally in the human body.

Unitrienol T27 helps regulate moisture and oil levels in the skin while promoting elasticity. Research shows that unitrienol reduces the appearance of wrinkle depth and is also known as a cell regenerator.

A carefully selected combination of natural ingredients can also help keep skin balanced and healthy. YASOU’s Calityl-O is rich in important antioxidants. It helps form a protective, nourishing barrier that keeps environmental damage and toxins out, while infusing and keeping moisture in.

Time for a Mother Daughter Skincare Talk

Proper skincare should be one of the things mothers and daughters and even grandmothers should take time to talk about. The wisdom of cross-generational experiences, concerns, and observations can often be very helpful. The key is to listen to each other, share experiences, talk about concerns in an encouraging and supportive way, and offer observations only if asked.

With those ground rules, let the conversation about skincare begin. You can start with these questions but feel free to add or ignore as you see fit. I’m including some answers we got from mothers and daughters on an informal survey we conducted.

The only advice I got from my mom about skincare was […fill in the blank]. But times have changed and I think we can do better than that.

Our survey showed that older moms received very little advice from their moms except an occasional warning to stay out of the sun. One mom said: “I have no memory of skin care advice from my mom other than beware of too much sun because it makes your skin leathery.”

There are some things I feel are important for ust to share about skin care. Can we talk now?

Some of the things moms and daughters shared included information about hereditary traits, proper cleansing, moisturizing, skin problems, protecting skin from sun damage, healthy eating and exercise. Also, how skin changes as one ages. One mom shared this about aging with her daughter: “I am open to more anti-aging, natural products as I age. And certainly I use more sunscreen!”

One mom said: “I’ve talked with her about the importance of proper skincare. I’ve gotten her facials and helped her get higher quality skin care since she was around 12.”

About proper cleansing one mom wrote: “My daughter doesn’t always remove her makeup at night and we definitely go head to head about that one.”

A daughter wrote saying: “I wish my mom would consider using natural organic skincare rather than the chemical based products she uses.”

What do you credit for your complexion?

This is a good question because it lets you know how each other thinks about your skin and your approach to healthy skin. Do you owe it to something fixed like heredity or current age? Or do you attribute it to skincare products, stress, healthy eating or other lifestyle choices?

How do you define beauty?

Listen to hear if she defines beauty beyond physical characteristics. If not, share with her your definition of beauty that includes deeper values.

One mom from the survey said: “Beauty is the aura that comes from living true to who you are.” Another said: “Self-assured grace that emits from the inside out.”

Do you disagree with anything I’ve brought up? Is there anthing you think I should know about?

Be ready to listen, because moms and daughters may have a lot to say to each other. Here is a memory one mom shared:

“My mom did something wonderful for me. She bought me a makeup lesson and facial when I was 13. She thought I was a little heavy handed on the blue eye shadow. I learned about skincare and how to apply makeup so I didn’t look like a hooker!”

Skincare can be a topic that brings moms and daughters together in a special way. This mom used it as a bridge for bonding.

“My daughter and I have gotten massages and facials together. It’s a bonding moment that we share a couple of times a year. Somewhat so that she takes care of her skin, but mostly so that she knows how important it is to manage self care and treat herself like a queen sometimes, even if no one else does. We all deserve some pampering.”

4 Reasons to Read Skin Care Labels

Before putting any skin care product on your body, read the label. You may trust the product’s reputation or be lured by beautiful packaging, but reading skin care labels will tell you what ingredients are included, if it is recyclable; where it was packaged, manufactured or distributed, and proper usage. One or all of these things might matter to you in a significant way. Take a few minutes before buying and make reading skin care labels a good habit.

What ingredients does it contain?
The list of ingredients should matter to everyone, not just those with sensitive skin or people prone to allergic reactions. If you are looking for a particular benefit from the skin care product, such as moisturizing properties, look for ingredients known to moisturize (Aloe vera, Olive oil, Shea butter). If you want to avoid synthetics (petroleum/chemical based) ingredients look for botanicals containing plant-based nutrients(Calendula (Extract).

The order in which ingredients are listed is important. The highest concentrations are listed first, and than anything 1% and under. The 1% and under ingredients do not have to be listed in any order. The right amount of active ingredients in the skin care product is essential to get the results you are looking for.

Is it recyclable?
If you want eco-friendly skin care products that won’t harm the environment during production, use, and disposal, read the label. Overcrowded landfills may be one concern of yours but also think about what you are washing down the drain everyday. Do not dispose of nail polish, polish remover, or medication in your sinks. Water systems and the life that depends on it may be affected. Clogged pipes are another reason for not washing toxins down the sink.

Packaging and containers for lip balm, soaps, lotions, body wash, shaving cream and hand lotion are just some of the materials that can be recycled. Look for “recyclable” on the label.

Where does it come from?
Where a skin care product is packaged, manufactured, or distributed may be another concern. Some people want only products made in the U.S.A. Some don’t want to invest in products from countries that don’t adhere to stringent quality controls, decent wages for their workers, or environmental controls. If these things are important to you look at how and where the product is manufactured.

What is the proper usage?
Who knows better than the manufacturer how the product is best used? Some times you can find some great skin care tips. Look to see if there are any warnings about use. If you are concerned about the safety of a product do an online search, relying only on the most reputable sources such as Mayo Clinic. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, always do a test on your skin before lathering it all over your body.

Read skin care labels if you want to be intentional about your skin care product purchases. It’s a small thing that can help you feel good about your decision.

Did I miss anything? Let me know what you look for on a skin care product label.

NO LIST
Below is a NO list that was compiled by Thorne Research. www.thorne.com We think it is an excellent reference to help you when checking your skin care product labels.

NO
 1. Animal Testing
 2. Animal B-Products
 3. Artificial Colors
 4. Artficial Fragrances
 5. Benzene
 6. Bisphenol A
 7. Dimethicone
 8. EDTA
 9. Formaldehyde
10. Gluten
11. GMO’s
12. Hydrogenated Oils
13. MEA-,DEA-, or TEA(Triethanolmine)
14. Mineral Oil
15. Parabens
16. Petrolatum
17. Plastic/Phthalates
18. PVC’s
19. PEG’s 1,4-Dioxane
20. Silicates
21. Silicones
22. (SLS) Sodium Sulfates or Laureth Sulfates
23. Wheat

Skin Care Factors for Different Complexions

When we talk about complexion we are referring to the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially on the face. A person’s complexion may be described as clear or clogged, bright or dull, smooth, glowing or rosy. What’s important for all complexions is to keep healthy circulation and blood flow to the skin.

Poor blood flow creates a sluggish cellular system that may block nutrients and oxygen from nurturing the skin. Good circulation boosts collagen production, which helps keep skin firm.

Here are some skin factors to consider for different complexions. Evaluate your skin type – oily, normal or dry to address skin tone issues. What matters most for skin whether a fair complexion or dark complexion is daily care. During the day, consider using a multi-tasking natural day face cream that exfoliates, brightens and tones on a cellular level.

Color
The lightness or darkness of your complexion is due to the amount of melanin in the tissues. When there is more melanin in the tissues, the darker the skin. Going out in the sun whether you have a fair or dark complexion will impact melanin levels. Fair skin needs to be protected against burning. Darker skin has some natural protection but it is still vulnerable to skin cancer, spots or wrinkles. It’s important to get in the habit of always protecting your skin while outdoors. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and add sunglasses to protect your eye area.

Uneven discoloration, redness, or dark circles may be a reaction to lifestyle choices or indicate something for you to explore with a dermatologist.

Select a complementary foundation color and a concealer color that is one tone lighter than your skin tone. When using products, check the ingredients carefully.

Texture
To support your skin’s texture, cleanse your face with a mild soap in moderate temperature water twice a day. If your skin is dry to normal you can rinse only with water in the morning. Exfoliate once or twice a week. Gently scrub to remove dead skin cells. Don’t overdo it.

Moisturize twice a day after washing no matter what your skin type. Skin needs to stay hydrated even if your skin type is oily, dark or fair. Eat green leafy vegetables and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Don’t forget the benefits of ancient-greek-skin-care-secrets-still-used-today and the-benefits-of-certified-organic-extra-virgin-olive-oil-in-your-skin-care for your skin’s complexion.

Appearance
Dullness or prominent pores can be a concern for many women. Wash regularly and thoroughly. You may want to follow up with a hydrating mist to seal in skin care products. Face oil can give your complexion an instant glow.

Complexions can be improved through better eating (protein helps with skin cell turnover and helps keep skin moisturized). And through better sleeping (skin produces collagen and elastin during sleep). Use a night face cream that works in tandem with your skin’s natural repair cycle.

Get to know your face and nourish it with proper lifestyle choices and selective skin care products.

Sneak Peak at New Products From YASOU Natural Skin Care

We are so excited to announce that YASOU will be adding a new addition to our skin care line – YASOU moisturizing hand cream. Our moisturizing hand cream is plant –derived and will be in a PET (biodegradable) 2oz tube. It’s filled with goodness, including our Calityl O Complex (certified organic extra virgin olive oil), coconut oil, shea butter, certified organic aloe vera, certified organic jojoba oil, Vitamin E and more with mastic and lemon essential oils. All designed to keep your hands soft and beautiful.

YASOU moisturizing hand cream will keep your hands and fingers supple and healthy by preventing chapping, cracking and severe dryness. When used daily it can thwart wrinkles while repairing your skin’s tissue. We have added some Lauric Acid (coconut oil) and Mastic oil which contain properties that are antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing.

Why a hand cream? Your hands go through a lot each day. They are exposed to winter and summer weather, to chemicals when cleaning our homes and our clothes. Hands show aging maybe even more so than your face so they need TLC! That is why we have created a hydrating hand cream that will leave your hands supple and silky, looking younger and beautiful and feeling soft! We will be launching our new hand cream sometime in July. Stay tuned for our announcement and make sure you request a sample!

What else is new? Our hydrating body cream with essential oils will be repackaged in a new PET pump bottle! This way you don’t have to keep dipping your hand into the jar to apply it to your entire body. It also allows us to reduce our price to you by 10%. An 8oz hydrating body cream with essential oils will be costing $54.00 instead of $60.00. We will also be offering an 8oz variation of the hydrating body cream without the essentials for our customers that may be sensitive to aroma. Okay there’s more, both of these versions will also be available in 4oz PET pump jars which is perfect for travel!

As you can see we have a lot going on which will be coming soon. Keep an eye and ear out for our new hydrating hand cream and our new packaging and prices for the hydrating body cream with essential oils.

If you have any opinions, thoughts or questions please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at info@yasouskincare.com. We would love to hear from you. Your feeback is important to us.

YASOU!