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Prepping Skin For Date Night

When date night comes around or any special occasion, including Valentines Day, you can do a few extra things to make your skin look and feel beautiful. Your skin care requires daily maintenance which in the very least means morning and evening cleansing and moisturizing. But here are some tips that will take your skin beyond the ordinary routine into a touch-me skin experience.

Cleansing Dead skin cells, dirt, pollution and oil attach to our skin daily. These particles must be dislodged and washed away with a good cleanser. If you have oily skin try a gel or foam cleanser. If your skin is dry, try a cream cleanser. For date night, try a luxe exfoliating body bar in the bath. Complete a second cleansing on your face to clear your pores. Remember, warm water opens the pores, so rinse with cool water to close pores.

Waxing & shaving. If body hair is a turn off, get rid of it. Before waxing, check your skin for inflammation or open sores as these areas should not be tampered with. Lightly exfoliate, clean and moisturize skin days before waxing. Avoid use of retinol products for up to two weeks before waxing. When shaving, don’t share razors. A women’s razor is designed for female hair growth and a man’s razor for his facial hair growth. If you like shaving in the shower cool the water temperature down before beginning. Shave upward on legs against the way hair grows.

Layer beauty products You may want to add moisturizer right away after cleansing but layering products beginning with the lightest (serums, toner, eye cream) before you moisturize can make these products more effective.

Moisturize Trap moisture in the skin by massaging a luxe wellness hydrating body cream from the neck down after bathing. Go ahead and share a gender-neutral body cream moisturizer with your sweetheart. Take turns massaging the cream onto your bodies. For a clean smooth surface, wait five minutes after applying moisturizer to allow the skin to absorb it, before adding other products. You can brighten your skin by adding facial or body oil after applying the moisturizer. Try a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to plump facial skin and reduce lines.

Makeup Before date night, give your face a break from makeup, especially at night. Your skin needs oxygen in order to complete its natural exfoliating process. Left on makeup can clog pores and increase inflammation that can lead to collagen breakdown and more free radicals. A cellular night cream can nurture your skin during the night hours when blood flow is higher and absorption increases.

After applying lightweight products and waiting the recommended five minutes after moisturizing, apply foundation first and then concealers. Create structure with a bronzer, then add blush. Add a lip balm and let it absorb before applying lipstick. This helps keep lipstick in line and lasting longer. Yasou Skin Care will be introducing a specially formulated lip elixir in 2018 to keep your lips healthy and beautiful.

Colors in eye shadow, liner, mascara and brows should compliment each other. But for date night, go ahead and add some glam by accenting your eyes or lips with color that is out of your ordinary routine. Set your makeup with a powder.

Handholding is a must on date night. Don’t forget to clean up your cuticles, polish your nails and moisturize with a luxe wellness vegan hand cream specially formulated for this layer of skin.

Essence. Add a light aroma of your choice as final preparation for date night and relax. Be you. The first thing your sweetheart may notice is your spirit. These skin care tips can help you feel confident and bring the most romantic side of yourself to the table.

YASOU skin care is Greek inspired and so is the origin of Cupid, a mythical being now associated with Valentine’s Day. He was identified first in Greek mythology as Eros. It was his uniting power of love that brought harmony and order to the chaos of the world. The Greek story of Eros, Psyche and Aphrodite is one of love, loss, and love returning. May love and beauty bring order to your world.

How to Keep Your Hands Beautiful and Clean

We expose our hands to all kinds of bacteria during the day. From workout equipment to office elevator buttons, in handshakes, on grocery cart handles, handrails, doorknobs, and checkout pens while purchasing items are hands are exposed to germs. It’s important to wash your hands often to ward off harmful bacteria and viruses. When hand washing is not practical people often resort to hand sanitizers, which can dry out the hands. If you’re concerned about how to keep your hands beautiful and clean, check out the label of your hand cream. A vegan hand cream that moisturizes, protects, repairs and soothes your hands will help keep your hands looking beautiful, but what about clean?

YASOU vegan hand cream contains bacteria fighter mastic oil ensuring in-depth skin care and anti-ageing protection. This essential oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as antioxidants. The source of mastic oil is mastic trees Pistacia lentiscus, growing primarily in the southern part of the Greek island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. The resin is obtained from the tree’s bark. Once the resin is secreted from the bark it sets and dries upon exposure to air. It’s then collected by hand, washed and cleaned. It’s been known since ancient times that chewing the resin releases substances that freshen the breath and tighten the gums.

 

Which soap to choose

Another aspect of keeping hands clean and moisturized is the soap you use. An article in the journal Nature Chemical Biology states: “Antibiotics are now commonly found in many consumer cleansing products, including hand soap, body wash and dishwashing soap. In the United States in 2000, a survey showed that 45% of all consumer soaps, and more than 75% of liquid soaps, contained an antibiotic.” It points out that the potential risk of using such products is developing a resistance to the antibiotics. Triclosan is a major antibiotic used in consumer soaps.

Research shows and the Mayo Clinic reports that antibacterial soaps are not more effective than plain soap in killing disease-causing germs. When washing, rubbing your hands is a key step of cleaning. Liquid soap won’t spread germs between people the way a bar of soap does. After washing, we recommend applying YASOU vegan hand cream to moisturize and protect your hands.

 

Which drying method to choose

How you dry your hands after washing is important as well. Jet dryers are known to produce over 60 times more viral contamination than regular dryers using warm air. Paper towels transmit far less so should be your preferred choice when drying hands in public places.

Keeping your hands beautiful and clean is a balancing act. Wash your hands often to keep them clean and apply a vegan hand cream regularly throughout the day to keep them beautiful.

Is the Father in Your Life Comfortable in His Own Skin?

We’re celebrating Fathers Day this year with some questions to ask dad on his special day. Learn more about who this man really is, what he values and how he may have influenced you while growing up or as a partner in raising your own kids.

Make it light and easy. All of our questions refer to the father in your life and use colloquial phrases related to skin.

 

  1. Are you thick-skinned? When did you feel you needed to be thick-skinned about something
  1. Are you thin-skinned? Explain your reasons for being thin-skinned in a certain situation
  1. What gets under your skin?
  1. Are you a skinflint? What financial wisdom can you share?
  1. Have you ever skinny-dipped? When, where?
  1. Describe an incident where you felt it was no skin off your back?
  1. When and how did you escape something by the skin of your teeth?
  1. Do you have skin in the game? Explain.
  1. What issues for you go beyond skin deep?
  1. Do you like the skin your in?

 

Help dad stay comfortable in his skin. Reward him with a special gift from YASOU skincare. Get 15% off on the vegan face cream when you use the code dad15 at checkout.

Please share your questions below using colloquial skin phrases that would delve into dad.

Mothering Lessons From Season to Season

Just as trees, flowers, soil and water change from season to season so does a mother. Nobody can tell you how to be a mother. It’s a part of you that manifests itself in little ways each day. Whether you had a great role model in your own mom, or not, have read books by baby and parenting experts, mothers can look to the natural world and their own natural essence for insight and respite.

If you don’t already, pay attention to the seasons for mothering lessons from the natural world.

Winter
A tree in winter may look ugly and bare but its branches will soon grow buds, leaves, and fruit. Every situation will change. You may want to force a change, but that will often backfire when the conditions are not right. A group of trees does not become a forest because someone said: “grow, grow, grow.” Like the forest, a parent can only show patience, acceptance, and diligence when progress seems slow. Share winter’s wisdom.

Spring
Watch if your children hesitate to bloom. Be curious. Listen, the way you would to crickets chirping. You will hear a chorus of sounds and rhythms. Spring is about promise. What do your children need to overcome their reluctance? Maybe a story about a time you felt hesitant. Maybe a story of a time when they overcame an obstacle in the past. Share what you know about spring.

Summer
Feel the joy of summer – its long hours of daylight, warm sun and blue sky. When we are most comfortable may be the best time to get out of the box and travel somewhere new even if its around the block or across the world. Novelty is great for our brains and a change of scene sparks the imagination. To swim in lakes, rivers and oceans rekindles our connection to what sustains all of life. Climbing hills, watching the night sky, and walking prairie paths refreshes our sense of wonder. Share summer’s shimmer.

Fall
Fall is a time of letting go. The tree sheds its leaves with a bright canopy of color. As mothers know, letting go is part of the job. Birds, bears, fish and other members of the animal kingdom know instinctively when its time to let go. But it’s sometimes hard for moms. I read a story by Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State, about when her overprotective mother sent her away to a Swiss boarding school at the age of 10. Ms. Albright cried all the way there (her mother probably did too). But of that year away, she wrote: “I learned French, I learned to ski, I learned to be in a place that I wasn’t at all comfortable in, and I had to make it comfortable for myself. I learned to be independent. That year has stood me in good stead forever.” Share fall’s favors.

Throughout the seasons go ahead and be simple, natural, and confident with your kids. When a friend of mine had a miscarriage the doctors posed biological reasons, her husband assured her they would try again, but it was her mother who said: “Pregnancies are like flowers. Some bloom and others don’t, even when they are planted side by side with the same amount of sun and water.” This simple thought from her mother brought my friend great comfort. We all aim to hit the right chord at the right time. Sometimes, like turtle doves, we do!

To say “Good job” to all mothers, we are offering a free vegan hand cream this week with the purchase of YASOU’s vegan face cream set.

YASOU Products Reviewed By FutureDerm

We usually never post reviews on YASOU natural skin care and it’s products, but recently FutureDerm.com, which is an online marketplace that also covers scientific skincare and helps people make sense of marketing claims, reviewed YASOU hydrating body cream and YASOU vegan hand cream. The review was filled with so much great scientific information on our ingredients that we decided to repost it for you. Below you will find the review by Nicki Zevola Benvenuti.

I know most of us don’t pay much attention to body skincare during the summer months, other than sunscreen and (gasp) maybe some body oil. But come this time of year, we start to realize the sun and sand might have taken its toll, and the skin of our bodies might need some TLC.

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two skincare products developed with a blend of science, natural ingredients, and the culture of Greece. Let me explain: The skincare line is plant-derived, gluten-free, and Leaping Bunny Certified. As loyal FutureDerm readers know, I’m typically less-than-enthusiastic about natural products, but the YASOU line also features the Calityl-O Complex, which consists of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids, polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory components to help protect and soothe the skin.

Lastly, the founder, Theodora Novas, lived in Greece as a child and found initial pure, unique, organic ingredients from the farmers market in Archia Feneos, in the Peloponnese region near Corinth. Ingredients like natural essential oils, flowers, indigenous plants, and locally produced, organic beeswax are staples in the YASOU line. Through the founder’s heritage and training in cosmetic chemistry, aromatherapy and skincare, she has formulated a one-of-a-kind line that I’m happy to share with my readers. For reviews of the YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream, read on below!

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream features a lot of skin beneficial ingredients, including Calendula officinalis, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.

First, let’s kick it off with Calendula officinalis. Studies have shown Calendula extract to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent, excellent for taking down redness and irritation (Skin Therapy Letters, 2000). What makes the calendula extract so beneficial is the high level of flavonoids – a type of antioxidants that are found within the plant. These antioxidants work to increase oxygen and blood flow to damaged skin allowing new tissue to grow. All of the powerful properties in this flower help heal your skin!

Next, although most people don’t think of honey as a particularly great skincare ingredient due to its sticky texture and viscosity, it does show some promise. Honey has three popular roles in skin care, according to scientific studies: cleansing, antibacterial, and wound-healing. When using a mixture of olive oil, beeswax and honey, 80% of eczema sufferers with eczema reported reduced itching, oozing, and scaling from their lesions, while 63% of patients with psoriasis also reported improved conditions (Complementary Therapies in Medicine).

As the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery points out, honey’s ability to heal patients’ lesions and wounds may be due in part to its hydrating properties and hydrogen peroxide. When coupled together, these properties give wounds and skin a moist environment where it can regrow skin cells (epithelization), promote granulate tissue growth (which is a sinewy tissue that covers fresh wounds), and overall healthy wound healing. Honey is also able to soothe inflammation and reduce edema (swelling), which improves the pain and irritation sufferers experience from cuts and lesions (Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery).

Lastly, extra virgin olive oil rounds out some of my favorite natural ingredients in YASOU Hydrating Body Cream. Extra-virgin olive oil is more pure, so it doesn’t go through the same synthetic process regular olive oil does. That is why you get twice the benefits with extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil is a spectacular ingredient with beneficial properties ranging from UV protective (Carcinogenesis, Toxicology) to anti-carcinogenic (The Lancet Oncology).

What makes olive oil so special is that it includes resveratrol, a natural protector of cellular activity; squalene, a natural hydrating agent; as well as three classes of distinct protective antioxidant polyphenols (simple phenols, secoridoids, and lignans).

Unlike many other skin care ingredients, olive oil is beneficial when ingested and when topically applied. [Read More: Tomatoes, Lemons, Olive Oil, and More: Are They Food, Skin Care, or Both?]

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream also contains olive oil, but then it is also includes other spectacular ingredients like coconut oil, plant-derived panthenol, and jojoba oil.

First, let’s kick this review off with coconut oil. No, I don’t like coconut oil as much as some beauty bloggers do. Coconut oil is not an antibacterial, despite popular belief, so I won’t use coconut oil-based products without preservatives. (Luckily, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream does have a small amount of phenoxyethanol to keep bacteria and fungi at bay. The mastic essential oil also has some anti-fungal activity). I also typically don’t recommend coconut oil for the face because it contains high doses of lauric acid, which may cause acne for some people. However, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream is designed to be applied (you guessed it) on the hands, which have fewer oil glands and do not typically breakout with the use of lauric acid.

However, coconut oil does have its own benefits. Coconut oil is an emollient that’s gentle enough to use in baby formulas on infants’ thinner, more delicate skin (Indian Pediatrics). In fact, one study found it in 44.4% of products for newborns that they tested when looking for allergens (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology). Another study found that virgin coconut oil could be used for its antibacterial and emollient qualities to treat contact dermatitis (Dermatitis). It can also help to heal burn wounds, though the researchers did not uncover why exactly, hypothesizing that it is because coconut has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (Indian Journal of Pharmacology). And coconut does have some UV protection — blocking about 20% of UV (the study didn’t specify UVA or UVB)(Pharmacology Reviews), so take that with a grain of salt and use sunscreen anyway.

Panthenol is another great ingredient in YASOU Vegan Hand Cream.

Studies have indicated that Panthenol is good for speedy wound recovery (University of Maryland Medical Center). Panthenol is a special kind of moisturizer, called a humectant. What separates humectants from your every-day moisturizer is that it puts a protective film on your skin (or hair) while pulling in moisture from your surroundings and depositing it in layers of skin. For the best results, find a creram with 1-5% panthenol. Plus, panthenol is a great hair and nail-strengthening agent (Panthenol – The Beautifier). A study by Jerajangi et al. found that panthenol was also key in reducing skin dispigmentation (from scarring, pimples, etc) and reds (Indian Journal of Dermatology).

Bottom Line

Overall, YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two fantastic skincare products for the body, and I am a true fan. I highly recommend using these products to keep skin protected, hydrated, and feeling soft and smooth!

We hope you found FutureDerm.com‘s review as informative as we did. YASOU!

YASOU Hand Cream: TLC For Doctors And Nurses

Medical professionals’ hands are exposed to a grueling routine —especially when working in a hospital operating room. Before every surgery—up to ten times a day—these doctor’s and nurses spend five minutes scrubbing their hands with strong soap and abrasive sponges.

Research indicates that an ICU nurse should wash his or her hands 200 times a shift in order to follow proper infection control practices. This means washing before touching a patient and washing after touching a patient. The proper method requires a nurse to smear the alcohol rub around for 1 minute during each washing. That’s more than 3 hours of hand-washing a shift!

A more typical range of hand washing is 100-120, and most use an alcohol-based gel that quickly sanitizes and dries while moving on to the next task. Research also shows that a lot of nurses and doctors are skipping washing their hands after every new patient. Some reasons for them skipping hand washing were their hands are too full when they walked into a patient’s room, too much soap dried out their hands and the placement of sinks and gel dispensers were inconvenient (taken from a 2009 report from the Joint Commission, a group that accredits more than 19,000 hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers).

This is a serious problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 20,000 patients die each year from infections that could have been prevented if hospitals had enforced strict hand-washing policies.

The reality is that when washing procedures are followed the hands take a severe beating. They become dry, chapped and cracked. These conditions can become so severe that bleeding may occur on a daily basis. After researching the above and before creating YASOU vegan hand cream, I came to the realization that the hand cream should be something that can be used for medical professionals as well as the average patient (consumer). I began with the following criteria (benefits) and ingredients in mind.

Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil soothes and moisturizes. Olive oil’s antioxidants form a protective barrier, trapping moisture on your skin. Jojoba oil’s vitamins, mineral and fatty acids promote elasticity and radiance.

Shea Butter is vitamin-rich and one of the best anti-aging moisturizers.

Glycerin is a good re-hydrant that helps moisturize the skin without making it oily. It attracts moisture and holds it within the skin making skin supple.

Coconut Oil is a powerful moisturizer that helps restore dry or flaking skin. It helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminates dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin. Containing Vitamin E, coconut oil helps delay wrinkles and can soothe skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and psoriasis.

Certified Organic Aloe Vera moisturizes and hydrates the skin.

Evening Primrose essential oil can help with age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues such as redness, firmness, roughness, and fatigue resistance. It is also effective in relieving many symptoms of eczema.

Lemon Extract exfoliates, brightens and diminishes acne for smoother skin. It naturally bleaches the skin and quickens the rate in which dark spots, scars, sunspots, acne scars and age spots fade.

Grape Seed Extract boosts collagen development in your body. Collagen helps your skin stay firm, supple and moisturized. It aids in the renewal of skin cells. Grape Seed Extract contains compounds called procyanidins, which bond with collagen resulting in healthier and more elastic skin.

Tocopherol also known as vitamin E, is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin. It also promotes cell regeneration, creating an anti-aging effect making your skin look and feel younger.

Vitamin A/ Retinyl Palmitate has great anti-aging, superb anti-oxidants and moisturizing capabilities. It accelerates cell renewal and stimulates the fibroblast and collagen in the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It helps promote softer, smoother skin.

Mastic essential oil contains antioxidants along with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It possesses therapeutic benefits for the skin due to its soothing, softening and healing properties. Mastic oil is used in many personal hygiene products for its antiseptic assets.

I wanted to include the Mastic essential oil in the product with doctors and nurses in mind. Why? Because it’s a bacteria fighter! It has antibacterial and antifungal properties so instead of sanitizing the hands constantly they could be moisturizing them and keeping them bacteria free. Can it replace a hand sanitizer? No it cannot, but it can reduce the usage of hand sanitizer. This can be extremely beneficial to doctors, nurses and patients (general public). In addition, we wanted to leave the hands feeling moisturized, silky, soothed and grease–free. YASOU vegan hand cream gives hands the TLC they need and deserve!

Visit us at www.yasouskincare.com. Learn more about us and our hand cream.

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.

Prevent and Heal Dry Chapped Hands

Your hands make an impression just as your clothes, hair and face do. Hands are also reliable and versatile tools. Just think of all you do in one day with your hands. When your hands become dry and chapped they no longer serve as beauty ambassador and resilient instrument. They are diminished. Here are some ways you can prevent and heal dry chapped hands. Always begin with prevention.

Moisturize to prevent dry chapped hands
Dryness means your hands are lacking moisture. It may be caused by a lack of humidity in the air or excessive hand washing. To retain water you need to apply a moisturizer onto the skin not just once a day but multiple times during the day, everyday. Hand cream moisturizers act as a barrier to evaporation and prevent moisture loss. Drinking water will not prevent evaporation. That’s the job of your moisturizing hand cream.

Dry hands are a result of moisturizing neglect. Remind yourself to moisturize your hands often. Place your hand moisturizer near where you apply makeup. Carry a travel size moisturizer in your purse. After each hand washing using warm water and a mild soap, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

Hand washing may be a part of your job especially for those working in hospitals, gyms or restaurants. Hand sanitizers may be readily available but they typically contain 60% alcohol that evaporates quickly and may cause dryness. An alternative for people who practice natural body care is a vegan and gluten-free hand cream that contains moisturizing certified organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, bacteria fighters, and other soothing botanicals. For example YASOU vegan hand cream contains Mastic essential oil which offers antioxidants along with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It will support your hand sanitizer while moisturizing your hands.

Emollients such as Jojoba oil lubricate the skin’s surface. Humectants including glycerin carry moisture from the air to the skin’s outer layer.

Ways to heal dry chapped hands
A thick, rich moisturizers containing shea butter and olive oil may help heal dry chapped hands. Apply at night and cover your hands with cotton gloves until morning. Continue moisturizing. You can try adding a humidifier to increase moisture in the air. If your hands are severely chapped and the cracks or fissures persist you should see a dermatologist who can help with the inflammation and identify a probable cause.

Make a good impression with your hands. Protect them. Soothe them. When you make moisturizing a habit you will keep your hands smooth and supple.

Why Add Massage to Your Skin Care Regime?

Massage feels good so you may think you are simply indulging yourself. However, massage has a variety of health benefits. Two primary benefits for the skin are how massage increases blood flow and decreases stress. The pressure applied during massage infuses the skin tissue with circulating blood. The increased flow of blood nourishes the skin and gets it glowing.

Blood flow also supports the lymphatic system, which drains toxins away from cells making room for nutrients to move in. A dull complexion may become brighter.

People like massage because it is often relaxing and soothing. When a person’s stress level is reduced, particular skin conditions such as rosacea can be relieved and may occur less often. Studies show that massage can help relieve depression and anxiety by reducing a person’s cortisol levels.

What to look for
Not all massages are alike. The amount of pressure, movements and techniques can vary. Oils, aromatic essences and lotions may be used. Some massages rely on stimulating acupressure points to activate the body’s energy flow. Some may rely more heavily on rubbing or manipulating muscles. Reflexology uses hand, finger and thumb techniques to stimulate areas on the feet and hands. Tayonon Gbala, a licensed massage therapist and owner of A Balanced You in Chicago, takes a holistic approach. She offers massage as a platform and pathway to total wellness www.abalancedyoumassage.com>

If you want massage to be a part of your skin care regime consider the following:

– Identify any problem areas with your skin and express those to your masseuse. (For serious skin conditions discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor.)

– What style of massage and techniques will the masseuse use?

– If you are concerned about products used on your skin ask about ingredients.

– Will they personalize your massage to benefit your skin care type?

– Is the masseuse state certified? Some hold dual licenses as massage therapist and aesthetician.

– You can also learn self-massage techniques and make it a daily practice.

If you like using oil or lotion with massage Gbala offers three essential oil blends including Lavender and Sandalwood for calming and centering, Eucalyptus and Orange blossom for awaking and brightening, and Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit for emotional balance. She also uses YASOU Body Cream that contains extra virgin olive, coconut, and jojoba oil with other natural ingredients that are good for the skin.

Self massage techniques
Begin your self-massage in a quiet place. Rub body parts with your fingertips, thumbs, or palms. A short kneading motion in circles or back and forth will work. Begin gently and increase pressure to a level that is comfortable for you.

Face massage
On your face, use gentle upward strokes towards the ears, around the eyes and lips. Use circular motion on the cheeks and forehead.

Hand massage
For your hands, soak them first in warm water. Begin with strong circular strokes as if you are washing your hands. At the base of each finger gently pull outward to the fingertips. With the thumb, rub the palm of the hand in circular motions. With the palm down make long strokes with the thumb between the bones toward your wrists. Another hand massage technique is to position one of your palms upward and use the other hand to press the palm-up fingers back toward your wrist. Hold for several seconds. After massaging your hands apply YASOU’s vegan hand cream to hydrate and soothe them www.yasouskincare.com

Limb massage
Use long up and down strokes on your limbs and circular motions on your joints. If they are dry with rough spots apply YASOU body cream to moisturize.

Scalp massage
Boost blood flow to your scalp and reduce dandruff by massaging your scalp. Rub your fingertips in small circular motions around the scalp and ears.

Foot massage
Begin a foot massage with clean hands and feet. Sit in a comfortable position with your foot on your thigh. With both hands rotate the foot at the ankle. For the sole, put one hand on top and the other on your sole. With short strokes rub your hands across the foot back and forth. Gently stretch your toes back.

Whether you go to a professional or perform self-massage, learning how to relax and improve blood circulation through massage is a step toward well being and healthy skin.

Natural Hand Care Tips That Work For You and Your Admirers

Touch, feel, grasp, pitch, pull, dig, pinch, hold, or shake – whatever you are doing with your hands, chances are you rely on them to accomplish what needs to get done each and every day. Your hands are busy when you are reading a book or writing a letter. Taking a photograph or painting a picture. Washing the dishes or driving a car. Stop for a minute to admire them.

The outer layer of the skin is busy at work. A cycle of new cells is forming at its bottom while old cells are rising to the top. This cell renewal cycle starts slowing down as we age. The thin skin on the top of our hands becomes drier as we age and is the first place to show it as we mature.

Because our hands are so busy, it’s important to give them the care they need. Here are several natural hand care tips that will keep them working well for you and your admirers.

Wash with a mild soap in tepid water
You don’t want to over wash your hands stripping them of their natural occurring oils. Nor do you want to wash with very hot water. Check the temperature before plunging your hands into hot water that can dry out your hands. Use a soap with natural moisturizing ingredients such as sunflower oil and soybean oil. No detergents.

Limit use of hand sanitizers
Primarily composed of alcohol that evaporates quickly, sanitizers may contribute to dry hands. If you are a frequent user of sanitizers follow up with a moisturizing hand cream. For a natural solution look for one with mastic essential oil which– contains anti-oxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Moisturize and condition
Moisturize your hands throughout the day and before going to bed. Choose a non-greasy and absorbent hand cream that locks moisture in. Shea butter, aloe vera, glycerin and extra virgin olive oil are some of the ingredients to look for.

Protect from the elements
In the winter, protect your hands from the cold wind by wearing gloves. When working with detergents and cleaning agents wear plastic gloves. Apply sunscreen when outside.

Diminish wrinkles and rough skin
Select a natural hand cream containing extra virgin olive oil. It is a great moisturizer with omega 3 fatty acids that help smooth out rough skin. Shea butter is another vitamin-rich, moisturizing ingredient known for its anti-aging properties. Grape seed extract is known to boosts collagen development and that can help keep hands supple and more elastic. Coconut oil is known to strengthen skin tissue. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) promote younger looking skin.

Lighten age spots
Lemon extract exfoliates and brightens skin quickening the rate at which spots fade.

Keep nails and cuticles strong
Vitamin B7 can help prevent brittle nails. Foods with B7 include walnuts, brown rice and green peas. Watch out for nail polish that can dry your nails out. Formaldehyde is known to do so. You can use creams containing vitamin E over the nail and cuticle to moisturize them.

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