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Skin Care, Style, and Wellness Quotes to Inspire You


Today, beauty is about the individual and where their dreams and desires take them. We’ve collected some of our favorite quotes from people past and present to inspire your skin care routine, sense of style and well-being.


Natural beauty

“I wear a lot of makeup on set, so I like my skin care to be natural.”
Canadian actress Sarah Jeffery

“The most versatile lipstick you can own is a shade that’s just a bit brighter than your natural lip color.” “The secret to beauty is simple. Be who you are.”
Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, author, entrepreneur

“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.” – Actress Demi Moore


Style beauty

From Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman:

“Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the one you have at 50.”

“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.”

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

“The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.”


From French fashion designer Yves St Laurent:

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.”

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who
is wearing it.”

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”


Calm beauty

“Whenever I’m putting on skin care products… Sometimes it really feels like therapy. I’m taking care of my skin. I’m breathing in essential oils.” – Aimee Song of Song of Style
– author, online influencer. From an interview with Stylecaster.

“It’s not just what substances you put on your skin. Inappropriate inflammation is rooted in diet, how you handle stress, how you rest and your exposure to environmental toxins.”  – Dr. Andrew Weil, integrative and alternative medicine, author

“Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state.” – Jess C. Scott, author 


Royal beauty

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”
Marie Antoinette, 18th century queen of France

“A woman’s age shows on her hand much quicker than anywhere else.”
-Princess Grace of Monaco, who was reportedly always in possession of hand cream.

“The one thing that I cannot live without when I’m traveling is a small container of tea tree oil.” -Duchess Meghan Markle in an interview with Allure


World beauty

In reference to K-beauty skin care routines: “I loved how the beauty standard was about skin, which everyone has, versus features like round eyes or a really high nose. It was just ‘skin is skin’ — it doesn’t matter what color or what age.”
Charlotte Cho, esthetician, author,  from an interview with Bustle.

“I stay out of the sun; it’s terrible for the skin of any woman over 35. If you must have a suntan, at least keep moving while you’re in the sun.” – Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer, founder of House of Schiaparelli in 1927.

“Women need to celebrate their God-given beauty instead of always trying to be something else. Beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin.” – Iman, Somali fashion model, actress, entrepreneur.

“Beauty and fashion is all about illusion… There was a perception that a transgender woman couldn’t be passable and work in fashion magazines and land contracts. I proved that wrong.” – Tracey Norman, first African-American transgender woman model to be featured prominently in the fashion industry, from an article in The Cut.


Healing beauty

“Basically, exfoliation causes the cells to send signals to produce new skin cells. It also stimulates the production of new collagen fibers, replacing the damaged, irregular, and aged collagen fibers.”  – Dr. Anthony Youn, plastic surgeon, author

“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.
Dr. Georgiana Donadio, whole health pioneer, educator, author


Humorous beauty

“At a certain age, you have to choose between your face and your ass.” – Catherine Deneuve, French actress

“You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.” – Jack Black, actor, comedian


Poetic beauty

“Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.”  D.H. Lawrence, writer, poet


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Take this Skin Care Myths vs Fact Quiz

Are your skin care decisions being guided by facts or myths? Common sense skin care may not be as easy as many people think. We are surrounded by marketing hype and skin care myths that can mislead our well-intentioned pursuit of healthy, beautiful skin. See if you can distinguish between fact and myth by taking our skin care quiz.


1.  What is the best product for preventing wrinkles?

a) Topical treatments containing retinoic acid (Retin-A)
b) Sunscreen
c) Over the counter creams


2. What is the best way to keep your skin clean?

a) Regular soap
b) Antibacterial soap
c)Consistent hand-washing


3. What foods cause oily skin and acne?

a) Chocolate
b) Oily foods
c) None


4. What kind of tanning practice is not dangerous?

a) Excessive amount of time in sun
b) Light, gradual exposure to the sun
c) Tanning booths that filter out UVB rays


5. What is the best SPF amount in sunscreen to protect skin?

a) At least 30
b) 10
c) It depends how long and at what time sun exposure occurs


6. What vitamin can make scars fade?

a) C
b) E
c) None



Check your answers with those below to see if you passed our skin care myths quiz.

  1. If you answered (b) Sunscreen you are correct! According to Harvard Health Publishing the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use sunscreen and not smoke.
  2. Regular soap (a) is the best way to keep your skin clean. Daily use of antibacterial soap may lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Consistent hand washing helps prevent the spread of infection.
  3. No identified foods create oily skin or acne, so the answer is (c) None. The skin creates and secretes sebum, an oily substance, on its own. There’s no evidence to indicate eating a specific food causes acne.
  4. Light, gradual exposure to the sun (b) is considered safe for your skin. Tanning booths are not safe. Even without UVB rays, your skin is still exposed to UVA rays that actually penetrate deeper into the skin possibly leading to premature aging and skin cancers.
  5. This one’s a bit tricky but most doctors recommend at least SPF 30 (a). If you are outside during peak daylight for more than two to three hours a higher SPF may be called for. So, if you answered (c) we will give it to you.
  6. You may be told by a well-meaning friend or advertiser that vitamin E reduces the appearance of a scar, but this claim is not backed by evidence. The answer is (c) None. If you need advice about a scar, consult a surgeon or dermatologist.


We hope you enjoyed the quiz! Stay alert to facts versus myths when deciding how best to protect and nourish your skin!  (photo: Madison Inouye | Pexels)

Tidy Up Your Skin Care Shelf

There comes a time when you ask yourself – ‘Why am I holding on to all these skin care products?’ Many people have an abundance of products that they are not using but the bottles, jars and tubes remain on the shelf. Maybe it seemed like a good purchase at the time. Maybe it didn’t meet your expectations, feels bad on your skin, or you think when the seasons change it will come in handy. For some reason, you are holding on to a bottle of toner with a broken sprayer but because you can see a bit at the bottom you don’t want to waste it. You say to yourself, ‘use it or lose it’ but the bottle remains. Maybe you suspect the product has passed its expiration date but are unsure. It’s time to simplify your skin care arsenal and tidy up your skin care shelf.


Whatever the reason, like unworn clothes in your closet, toss what you don’t use. When you tidy up your skin care shelf you’ll see how easy your routine can be. What products do you really need to keep your skin clean, healthy, and let’s add, radiant? Whatever your skin type – dry, oily or combination – it remains relatively consistent though it may become more extreme during a change of season. To evaluate what you need on your shelf, here’s a list of the must-haves.



Your face is special and deserves a proper, gentle cleaning whenever you work up a sweat and at night. Avoid harsh scrubbing and hot water so the skin’s natural oils and moisture remain intact. As far as cleansing goes, for most people it’s okay to simply rinse your face with warm water in the morning and not use a facial cleanser. If you have dry skin avoid facial cleansers containing alcohol or fragrance. An oil-free option may be best if your skin is oily.



A good toner contains ingredients that add and restore the skin’s nutrients creating a smooth, soft look. Apply after washing your face.



Don’t let your skin dry out! Apply a moisturizer every time after you cleanse or rinse with water. This applies to your face as well as to the rest of your body. While the skin is still a bit damp use a moisturizer to seal in moisture.



UV exposure wreaks havoc on the skin causing wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. While some skin care products include SPF protection it may be below the recommended amount of 30, so applying sunscreen daily is required to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.


A Few Options



To increase skin cell turnover, use an exfoliant once or twice a week. Apply after cleansing and before moisturizing.



If you have issues with skin texture, firmness, or redness serums containing antioxidants may improve skin condition. They serve as collagen stimulators. Collagen strengthens the skin and its structure while also playing a role in replacing dead skin cells.


These are the skin care products that protect and nourish your skin. Look at everything on your shelf and consider letting go. Decide what you really need and toss the rest. If you can’t find an expiration date assume that opened products are good for one year from the manufactured date. If the product color has changed or looks and smells different from when you bought it, trash it. Your skin care shelf may be one of the first things you look at in the morning. Kick out the clutter. Organize what’s left. Feel the calm and carry on.

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Natural Skin Care Through the Ages

The use of natural ingredients in skin care has an enduring history throughout the ages. Influenced by culture, geography and of course aesthetics you may be surprised at what natural skin care remedies of yesteryear have in common with today’s skin care products. Relying on natural ingredients begins with the Egyptians and has evolved to the present day. Such knowledge can take your skin care into the next decade with confidence.


Ancient times

Ancient Egyptians created do-it-yourself remedies consisting of sesame, castor and moringa oils to diminish wrinkles. They cleansed their skin with a soapy paste using bentonite clay and olive oil, a combination still sold today in some soaps and face mask products. The most famous of Egyptian women, Cleopatra, was said to have used these to preserve her beautiful skin.


The ancient Greeks looked no further than fresh berry bushes, olive trees and honeybees to mix, mash and extract surrounding bounties to create oils and pastes with anti-aging and hydration properties.


Middle ages

During Medieval times and the Renaissance years in Europe smooth, white skin was highly praised. Women turned to herbs, seeds, and flowers for their face masks and sported hats to shade their skin from the sun. Saunas and sweat cleansing came into vogue for both men and women.


Later, in the 1800s the white porcelain doll look continued to be pursued by using lemon juice to naturally lighten the shade of skin.


20th Century change


It wasn’t until the 1930s when Coco Chanel returned from a Mediterranean cruise with a glowing bronzed tan that year-round tans became the desired look for skin. Prior to that tanned skin had been associated with field work. Routines for skin care often included ten steps.


Cold cream, moisturizers, and sunscreen all became easily accessible in the 1940s. During the 1950s do-it-yourself skin care face masks staged a comeback. Sunbathing was seen as glamorous. Powder compacts reduced skin shine.


During the 1960s skin damage from UVB and UVA rays became known, but many did not heed the warnings until decades later. Following the cake mascara psychedelic sixties, the 1970s ushered in a soft, natural look with minimal makeup and organic skin care products that harkened back-to-the earth sentiments. Natural beauty reigned as represented by popular celebrities Goldie Hawn, Ali McGraw, Sissy Spacek and let’s not forget men including Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.


The 1980s were the yuppy years when designer names were blazed on clothing. In skin care, anti-aging products with collagen, natural extracts and acne cleansers were introduced. Face scrubs and exfoliation became common in skin care routines. Sculpted, defined features were highlighted. Matte makeup gave skin a natural look.


By the 1990s escalating skin cancer concerns brought sunscreen to the forefront and became a regular accompaniment for men and women’s morning skin care routine. Herbal essence shampoo filled shower stalls; body powder and body lotions crowded bathroom cabinets. AHAs – alpha hydroxy acids – were introduced to help diminish fine lines, promote blood flow, brighten and exfoliate skin.


21st Century solutions


Let’s forget Britney Spear’s body glitter in the 2000s and Victoria Secret’s Love Spell fragrance and move onto natural body butter, cellular face creams, and vegan hand lotions that promote bright healthy skin.


The 2020s  will continue to embrace natural, sustainable skin care products. Global diversity has provided an influx from other cultures. The toffee-colored, healthy skin of celebrities such as Alex Rodriguez, Halle Berry and Beyonce is now admired.


Serums, refillable products, body and face creams, lip elixirs and other organic skin boosting, skin smoothing remedies harken back to the ages when natural bounties were relied upon. What we know is that there is no one and done process in skin care. It’s an everyday effort. Take your skin care into the next decade with convenient, effective, natural, organic, and sustainable solutions.


Cleopatra would be jealous.


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YASOU Skin Care Song List Celebrates Natural Body Beauty

Tis’ the season to celebrate the holidays with song and gifts. For the ages, humankind has soothed its soul with music and its skin with natural, protective products that nourish and hydrate. If you’re tired of Christmas carols, we’ve compiled a list of favorite songs that celebrate body beauty. These musicians are inspired by the natural beauty of the body, face, eyes, lips, and hands. We share that inspiration in our line of luxe wellness skincare products.

Tis’ the season to suspend reality and enter a fantasy world where everyone creates their own holiday album. Here’s the YASOU Skincare song list that celebrates natural body beauty.



Body Talk by Donna Summer

Your Body is Wonderland by John Mayer

Body Language by Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick



My Brave Face by Paul McCartney

Your Smiling Face by James Taylor

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack



Lips of an Angel by Hinder

Felt Good on My Lips by Tim McGraw

Lips Like Sugar by Echo & the Bunnymen

Lipstick Vogue by Elvis Costello



Sexy Eyes by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel



Hands by Jewel

Willie and The Hand Jive by Eric Clapton

Take My Hand by Dido

Hand in Hand by Phil Collins



Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

Born This Way by Lady Gaga

Natural Beauty by Neil Young



We end our Christmas album with two songs that have lasted the ages because they celebrate the beauty of each person and the world that surrounds us.

Your Song by Elton John

Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong


Let us know if you have any body beauty favorite songs. If you still need gifts check out our specials for your special someone. We wish you the best this holiday season!

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Happy Thanksgiving from YASOU natural skin care

I love Thanksgiving! It’s the only holiday where I really reflect on my gratitude.  This internal acknowledgement does something to me in a deeper way than outward forms of expression.

Like many people I am thankful for my health, my family and friends but also for all of you who have supported our all-natural, luxe wellness, skin care products!


I am also thankful for where facts and humor can take us. With that in mind here are some fun Thanksgiving facts I came across and want to share with you.


  1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration. It is believed that ducks, geese, venison, oysters, lobster, eel, fish, pumpkins and cranberries were the actual stars of the festivities, served by the English settlers and Native Americans.


  1. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.Originally, Jingle Bells was an 1857 song titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” and its composer, James Pierpont, intended it to be a Thanksgiving Day song. Instead, it became so popular around December 25, that in 1859 the title was changed to “Jingle Bells” and the rest is history!


  1. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.In 1989, the 42nd president pardoned the first turkey ever after noticing the 50-pound bird looked a little antsy at his official Thanksgiving proclamation.
    Since then, every president has upheld the tradition and a few of the turkeys have gone on to serve a different purpose. Thank you, President George H. W. Bush!


  1. There are three small towns in the United States named after this bird.They are Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Louisiana. There are also two townships in Pennsylvania called
    Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.


  1. Thanksgiving leftovers inspired the first-ever TV dinner.In 1953, the TV-dinner company Swanson overestimated the demand for turkey by over 260 tons, (according to Smithsonian Magazine).  The owners of the company had no idea what to do with all the leftovers and enlisted the help of company salesman Gerry Thomas. Taking inspiration from airplane meals, Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, loaded them with the turkey leftovers and created the first TV dinner.


The definition of Thanksgiving per Wikipedia is: A day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.


May your harvest be bountiful, full of all the rewards you worked hard for and deserve.  Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. YASOU!

What Native Americans Could Have Taught Pilgrims About Skin Care

Jamestown colonist John Smith observed that Powhatan Indians in Virginia followed a daily regime of bathing in waterways each morning before the sun appeared. They would then make an offering to the sun spirit and return home for breakfast. In cleansing every day and eating healthy foods the Native Americans had established a natural skin care routine. One the Pilgrims seemed to have ignored.


When the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, they bathed only a few times a year. They believed the water to be unhealthy. According to Kathleen M Brown, author of Foul Bodies, pilgrims believed the textiles they wore would absorb dirt and body sweat. They wrongly associated moral and spiritual purity with physical cleanliness. Half of the Mayflower occupants died within the first two months of their arrival, mostly to contagious disease while still aboard the ship.


In their villages, Native American tribes built sweat lodges near a waterway. About eight people, one of whom was a healer, would enter the lodge once it was heated. A central hearth was lined with bark and large hot stones. The healer would drip droplets of water on the stones creating steam and then sprinkle water on the people inside the lodge. They would remain in the lodge’s intense heat for as long as they could, then rushed out and plunged their bodies into the waterway nearby. Such rituals were used to heal, give thanks, and purify the mind and body.


Heat increases the blood flow at the surface of the skin and may help with some skin disorders. Today, celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, and Demi Moore are reportedly visiting urban sweat lodges that use electric blankets and infrared technology to raise their body temperature to create a radiant skin glow. Doctors will say that sweating detoxifies the skin and body in a natural way. So, the native Americans were definitely on to something. Sweat actually rids the skin of dirt and impurities, much more efficiently than textiles ever will. However, it is important to build up a heat tolerance and drink plenty of water to replenish the body if you want to benefit from a sweat lodge or sauna experience.


Native Americans brushed their teeth with charcoal from the fire, using a finger to rub the teeth, and then rinsed with water. They had no soaps or disinfectants. They turned to plants to moisturize and heal their skin. They ground up corn to cleanse and exfoliate their skin. Berries from evergreen shrubs were used in teas. They found roots’ inner stems could be dried and powdered to act as rubs for the face during cold winter months. Chapped skin was treated with a grass wash. Wild native plants contained essential oils that released scents and soothed skin.


The Wampanoag Indians in Plymouth ate fowl, fish, nuts and cranberries – all organic. Their diet was high in protein with low sodium and no fat. Some tribe members lived to be 100 years old. They believed all living beings are related and that we are all equal. They held celebrations throughout the seasons including New Year in the spring, strawberries and corn in the summer; cranberries in the fall, and the solstice in winter.


In October of 1621 in southeastern Massachusetts, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 53 Pilgrims gathered to celebrate the settlers’ first harvest. Under the candlelight, the good feelings from fellowship were sure to make their skin glow. A modern-day member of the Wampanoag tribe, Randy Joseph, expressed a thought we can all learn from: “The great Creator who created all life gave us all that we needed to live a healthy life. In return, we give thanks every day.”

Scary Skin Care Stories. . . Halloween Makeup Removal Tips

Halloween has arrived and I’ve been hearing some scary skin care stories. Don’t try to trick your skin, treat it well and avoid mistakes as described in these tales.


Horrifying breakouts from heavy makeup

A friend’s teenage daughter left her Halloween makeup on all night and woke up with a shiny, red, bumpy face. Her mom created a scrub using two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water to cleanse and exfoliate her daughter’s skin. Oily, heavy makeup left on the skinmixes with dead skincells to clog pores, trapping bacteriainside and causing acne. Halloween face makeup is usually oil-based, heavier and thicker than every day makeup so don’t get spooked by clogged pores. While makeup may be a safer alternative to wearing a Halloween mask, don’t forget to cleanse well before the witching hour and don’t go to bed without washing your face no matter how much fun you’ve had!


Bacteria communities

Here’s a creepy, yet healthy discovery made by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Our skin is crawling with hundreds of kinds of bacteria in moist creases behind our ears and under our neck, to the webs of our toes, the navel and the fold between our eyes. Dry areas of the skin also contain bacteria, but it is less diverse. “Our results underscore that skin is home to vibrant communities of microbial life, which may significantly influence our health,” said researcher Elizabeth A. Grice. Another harmless, but unsettling reality is that microscopic mites graze on oils, skin cells and other microbes on our face.   This is a good reason we recommend you prep your skin for Halloween by cleansing, moisturizing well and using a primer before applying your Halloween make-up.


Face mask mistakes

If you decide to apply a facial mask, make sure your young children are away or asleep. A friend covered her face with a green, organic facial mask to refresh her skin. When her two-year old son saw her, he screamed and ran away in fear of not knowing what had happened to his mother’s face. She had to wash off the expensive mask in order to calm him down.  As a final step to cleansing your skin after removing your Halloween makeup especially for dry or sensitive skin we recommend applying a hydrating, calming mask followed by a vegan night moisturizer.


Check Your Skin Care and Makeup Labels

After finding an old jar of moisturizer in her bathroom, a woman started using it again only to find her skin inflamed with sensations of burning and irritation. If you notice any change in your product’s texture, color, or smell throw it away.  For Halloween makeup invest in some professional theatre-level makeup instead of the cheap options at the local drug store this can help you avoid the possibility of a nightmare scenario for your skin.


Check your labels for harmful ingredients such as heavy metals, formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers and petrolatum. Look for comedogenic ingredients like, acetylated lanolin, D&C red and octyl stearate, as well as, occlusive ingredients to name a few and say no thank you!


Dirty, yucky makeup brushes

Perhaps the most often committed skin sin is not cleaning your makeup brushes. Unwashed makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for dirt and bad bacteria that causes breakouts in the skin.  Rashes, blisters, irritation, clogged pores and other skin ailments can occur when using dirty makeup brushes. A friend who admitted to not cleaning her brushes regularly, saw a small cyst forming on her face. She thought it would go away, but years later the bump remains on her face. Dirt also diminishes the performance of your brushes. What was once blending can appear as streaks making makeup application a hassle.  For Halloween we suggest purchasing brushes that you can dispose after usage, let them go!


Alternative costumes

Instead of heavy makeup costumes think of Halloween characters or concepts that do not involve a great deal of makeup.  Some ideas Cat woman, Wednesday Addams, Cousin It, Men in Black, paper doll costume and Miss Universe to name a few.  Think of concepts that may involve building or creating items, using clothes or wigs to enhance your Halloween costume!


Don’t be haunted by these scary skin care stories. Love your skin, use the tips and these potential skincare nightmares will turn into sweet dreams.

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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.


How Skin Reflects Your Individuality


“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
― Rita Mae Brown


One of our most important natural assets that evolution has given us is our skin. Skin protects, insulates, and regulates our body. Each body contains its own genetic and geographic remnants. What your skin looks like reflects your individuality in multiple ways. Sometimes the look is made through choices and some are ingrained.  Either way, let your skin tell the story of who you are.


Skin as identifier
Your skin can literally identify who you are. Your fingerprints are unique to you. The thin epidermis layer of skin on your fingers begins to form while still in your mother’s womb. When a baby starts using fingers to touch, the pressure interaction with surfaces starts to form faint “friction ridges.” If burned or cut, fingerprints will grow back over time exactly as they were. Skin elasticity does decrease as we age so fingerprint ridges are less prominent in seniors.

Skin also contains personalized bacterial communities. What we touch leaves an imprint on an object’s surface. Research studies show that skin-associated bacteria can be recovered from surfaces. It can be used to differentiate objects handled by different individuals. Our skin actually leaves a trail of our personal touch.


Beauty diversified
At the age of 20 French-American model Maeva Giani Marshall had a stroke and was treated for kidney problems that caused hyperpigmentation on her face. The burn marks from medication faded into dark smudged like freckles. Of her look, she says: “I want to show people that you’re allowed to be different and don’t have to change for anyone.”

When Salem Mitchell posted selfies on her twitter account people made fun of her freckles. But her speckled tawny brown skin and personal confidence grabbed the attention of Ford Models Agency, where she is now signed.

Women of the Middle Ages used ointments, dyes, and cosmetics to hide what they considered skin flaws, including freckles. They wanted pale skin which was associated with high status. This goes to a point art critic Jerry Saltz made recently in his article How to Be an Artist for New York magazine: “Don’t be reined in by other people’s definition of skill or beauty or be boxed in by what is supposedly high or low.”

Birth marks, scars, and skin disease such as vitiligo all tell a story of who you are. Rather than diminishing your look it can enhance by emphasizing your individuality. Consider it a twist on conventional beauty.


Skin Color and adaptation
The color of your skin tells its own story of geography and sun exposure. Through the ages skin has adapted to conditions. When humans started walking on two legs in Africa, they lost much of their body hair and their skin increased the number of sweat glands to keep them cool in a hot climate. Their skin produced a lot of melanin to keep skin dark, acting as a natural sunscreen against the sun’s harsh UV rays.

A person’s skin color (melanin found in skin cells) is related to their ancestry and heritage. When humans moved to milder cooler climates where UV rays were less strong, the skin adapted to a paler color to better absorb Vitamin D from sun rays and folic acid. Melanin content varies by gender and age and differs on body parts as well. Consider the palms of your hands and feet.


Skin and emotion
Skin blushes, gets goosebumps and regulates temperature according to how we are feeling. Some professional training companies analyze a person’s emotional reactions to situations by reading their skin temperature. Skin may help you to understand your own emotional intelligence. A study on facial thermal response measured skin temperature at the tip of the nose when showing positive, neutral and negative pictures to participants. The skin temperature remained the same when participants were shown the neutral picture but changed to warmer when viewing the positive and cooler when viewing the negative pictures. It seems the skin of your nose knows.

Being one of your most important natural assets, protect and nurture your skin. Let your skin reflect your individuality and prove you’re one of a kind.

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