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Fall Harvest Ingredients That Enhance Your Skin

Each year growers carefully tend to their crops so we can put food on our table and enjoy many skincare products made with natural ingredients. It’s been a challenging year for growers. In Midwest states, farmers had a late spring planting due to weeks of heavy rain. Floods stripped top soil from fields. Hurricanes hit the East and Gulf states while wildfires burned on the West coast. Still, growers are a resilient lot. Bumper crops, inclement weather, and market competition are forces they face every year. Yet they continue to plant, often generation after generation. When the fall harvest comes, they learn what their toil has brought. Hera are some ways ingredients from the fall harvest act as natural skin enhancers:

  • Collagen stimulators
  • Moisturizers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Cell repairers
  • UV ray protectors
  • Circulation boosters
  • Stress relievers
  • Germ killers

The following fall harvest ingredients may be ingested as food and flavor enhancers or applied topically through skin care products such as oils, masks, serums, soaps, scrubs or lotions.

 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and essential fatty acids. When eaten or applied topically through oils or masks pumpkin can help ward off signs of aging. Don’t forget the seeds. Nutrition expert Joy Bauer calls pumpkin seeds a “skin superfood.” She describes the zinc found in pumpkin seeds as a natural protector of cell membranes that help maintain collagen and promote skin renewal.

 

Olives

California is the lead grower of olive trees and producer of olive oil in the USA. Certified Organic Extra Virgin oil is full of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols, which contain antioxidants. When absorbed into skin, they combat free radicals. Polyphenols also protect against ultraviolet rays and may encourage new cell growth, replacing damaged skin cells. Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil in skin care products is used to soothe and moisturize the skin. Its antioxidants form a protective barrier, trapping moisture on the skin.  YASOU skin care uses certified organic extra virgin olive oil as their main ingredient in there Calityl-O Complex which is in most of the skin care line creams.

 

Apples

Apples contain malic acid, a natural humectant that helps keep skin hydrated. It’s a natural antioxidant with properties that fight free radicals. Mandelic acid reduces discoloration. Most antioxidants are found in the apple peel. Skin care products containing apple extract use it for its toning, exfoliating and rejuvenating benefits.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries contain high amounts of vitamins C, a collagen booster that helps keep skin firm. Natural acids in cranberries act as an exfoliant helping to prevent clogged pores. Its antioxidants are free radical fighters that bring out the glow and suppleness of skin.

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg comes from evergreen trees in the tropical islands of the East Indies. It is a collagen stimulator and protects against UV rays. Nutmeg oil has antibacterial properties and is believed to boost circulation.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties that may diminish acne. Cinnamon is often used in lip plumping products, masks, oils, powders and of course for flavoring food. Cinnamon extracts have highly potent antioxidant properties. For use on the skin, cinnamon oil should be made from tree leaves, not the bark.

 

Carrots

Beta carotene contained in carrots is an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin cell production. The content of flavonoids in carrots is high in autumn. These phytonutrients areantioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits

 

Rosemary

This fragrant herb is used in teas, pure essential oils and as flavoring for food. Rosemary extract is known to tone and firm sagging skin. It helps reduce swelling and puffiness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Almonds

L’Occitane, a popular French beauty company, is so enthralled with the skin care benefits of almonds that it partners with local almond growers that produce high quality product through sustainable practices in Provence. In addition to high protein, almonds are rich in omega-3 and omegea-6 fatty acids, contain powerful antioxidants and moisturizing properties.

 

Beets

Beets contain a mix of healthy nutrients including folate, fiber, vitamins A and C, manganese, iron, and potassium. They help stimulate cell renewal, guarding against premature aging and wrinkles.

 

Kale

Kale contains a powerful range of antioxidants that work from the inside out. Its own antioxidants help protect the plant from damaging UV rays, and thus help protect our skin. Its high Vitamin C content supports firm, soft skin.

 

Lavender

High grade, quality lavender oil regenerates skin and helps in the healing of cuts and scars. Lavender contains antiseptic and antifungal properties. As a bacteria fighter it helps keep acne at bay.  Lavender essential oil is known to have calming and sedative properties, promoting relaxation and sleep. It can be applied directly on the skin, or as an ingredient in skincare products.

 

Seasons affect the concentration of phytochemicals in plants. Phytochemicals are compounds derived from plants that have biological activity in humans.Fall harvest ingredients are nurtured by the soil and sun under the watchful eye of growers. When you use choose skincare products with natural and organic ingredients you are enhancing your skin and supporting growers who know when crops are ripe and ready to be reaped.

Are There Good Alcohols in Skin Care?

When I started YASOU skin care I wondered why is there alcohol in skin care products?  I believe we need to understand why alcohol is used in skin care before we can begin discussing the difference between good and bad types of alcohol.

The use of alcohol in skin care products may be that it is used as a solvent (dissolves something or thins out a mixture), emulsifier allows two different substances to blend together), antiseptic (kills bacteria), buffer (balances the pH), stabilizer (prevents separation or unwanted reactions), preservative (minimizes bacterial growth or spoilage), penetration enhancer (improves delivery of an ingredient into skin), or fragrance fixative.

So as you can see alcohol in itself is a versatile ingredient that can perform a range of functions! Today I want to concentrate on the “good” alcohols.  I have included a chart below with our list of “good and “bad” alcohols for you to use as a beginning guide to help you become aware of certain alcohols when reading your skin care labels. The “bad alcohols” for skin care are on this list because they produce dryness, erosion of the surface of the skin (which is really bad for skin), and a strain how the skin replenishes renews and rejuvenates itself.  These alcohols just weaken the skin and can be considered volatile.

The good alcohols are the fatty alcohols, also called wax alcohols. These fatty alcohols are a wax substance which are usually derived from nuts, coconut, and Palm oil (we don’t recommend using products with palm oil due to the sourcing tactics of this ingredient) making them rich in healthy fats that can feed and nourish the skin in combination with other plant based oils.

Fatty alcohols also tend to be 100% non-irritating (please note this doesn’t mean that people with skin sensitivities won’t have allergic reactions to them because everyone has different skin). The function of fatty alcohols is to act as emulsifiers to help bind the oil and water components of a lotion or cream and keep it from separating. They can thicken a formula making it creamy, thick, luscious and rich. The fatty acid content acts as an emollient, assisting with hydration and forming a protective barrier to the skin once a product is applied.

YASOU skin care only uses fatty alcohols that are nut or fruit derived (vegetable).  We have constructed an alcohol informational graphic listing the ingredients to look for in both “good” and/or “bad” alcohols.  These fatty alcohols can be plant or animal, thus this infographic has been created as a general guide for you.  Should you be seeking vegan fatty alcohols, check with the product’s manufacturer to find out if the wax is plant or animal based, gluten free and natural.  I hope you find this informational graphic helpful.  If you are interested in learning more about any ingredients, or if you would like us to address certain skin care topics, please feel free to drop us an email at Info@yasouskincare.com and let us know what you would like us to cover it.

YASOU!

 

Ingredients for DIY Face Masks

Sometimes I skip face masks mainly because I don’t want to spend any more time on my skin care regime.  If you want to start incorporating them into your daily routine I would look into DIY recipes. I did some research and found some great recipes to pass on to you and will store away for my personal usage as well.

Face and body masks can help tone, tighten, nourish, and hydrate the skin. They can help remove impurities, excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores making your skin glow.

My research revealed some basic DIY ingredients for face masks for common skin problems.  There’s a few I want to try myself.  Let us know if you decide to try one and what kind of
end-results you experienced. If you have a great one you would like to share with us, we will pass it on.  Email us at info@yasouskincare.com.   When mixing these ingredients use your judgement on what kind of consistency you like.   (Infographic Source: Vitamins Plus & Supplements).

 

Three Of The Best Botanical Ingredients For Your Skin

There are three vegan, anti-aging, botanical skin care ingredients (plant and fruit) that we know help improve wrinkles, skin hydration, elasticity and tone. That’s why we include them in our Greek-inspired, YASOU natural skin care. These ingredients also align with our mission to bring you the best, most effective ingredients for a cruelty-free and sustainable beauty regime. Here are the three power plant ingredients you want to look for.

1) Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: When looking for a hyaluronic acid product for your skin, look for a botanical hyaluronic acid. The reason for this is that much of the hyaluronic acid on the market is derived from horses and roosters, which results in an inhumane and questionable product.
Botanical hyaluronic acid is ethically derived from a plant called cassia angustifolia. It is a clean and cruelty free hyaluronic acid that protects the skin, strongly binds to water, and fills in wrinkles and fine lines. Botanical hyaluronic acid has the remarkable ability to hold and attract more than 1000 times its own weight in moisture and it does exactly this when applied to your skin. This translates into ultra-smooth, uber-plump, and seriously upgraded hydration for your skin.

2) Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA): Hydroxy Acids are some of the most widely used anti-aging skincare ingredients. We use them (plant and fruit) in both our vegan cellular day cream and vegan cell renewal night cream. These ingredients are known to have benefits in reversing the effects of photo-aging and significantly improving wrinkles, skin hydration, elasticity and tone.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring carboxylic acids found in many foods, including glycolic acid (sugar cane), lactic acid (milk), citric acid (citrus fruits), and malic acid (apples) among others. The most commonly used alpha-hydroxy acids are glycolic and lactic acids. Of course we prefer the glycolic, citric and malic acids. AHAs act on both the epidermal and the dermal levels, traveling deeper into the dermis where they are known to effectively reverse the signs of photo-aging. In addition improvement to the quality of elastic fibers, increase in collagen density, and increase in dermal thickness to the dermis results in a significant improvement in wrinkles, skin hydration, skin elasticity and tone.

3) Hyadisine: is an eco certified, marine-based active ingredient that retains water to smooth the skin. It is one of the newest cosmetic wrinkle fillers based on hyaluronic acid or collagen. It offers a “soft” alternative to injections. It is also one of the latest weapons in anti-aging skin care.

Hyadisine is rich in the same monosaccharide (glucuronic acid) as hyaluronic acid. This means it has a high water retaining capacity so you get immediate and long-lasting moisturization and instant wrinkle reduction.

Below you’ll find some cosmetic properties for HyadisineÒ that were shown in vitro studies conducted by Lipotec, a Lubrizol Corporation that produces Hyadisine:

1) Possesses a higher and faster moisture retaining capacity than hyaluronic acid proving to retain 12.7% more water than the known moisturizing agent.

2) Protects human keratinocytes (a skin cell that produces keratin) from cold stress, increasing their viability up to 60.14%. Making it’s protecting effect higher than hyaluronic acid.

3) Offers an increase of skin hydration superior to hyaluronic acid.

4) Provides immediate moisture to the skin.

5) Presented in studies a moisturizing long-lasting effect showing an average of 37.2% of skin hydration increase 20 days after applying the cream containing this active ingredient.

6) Instantly improved wrinkle appearance showing a wrinkle reduction of 11.1% and 8.4% two and eight hours after using the cream/treatment.

You’ll find this amazing eco-certified marine-based ingredient in our vegan cell renewal night cream. Next time you are shopping for skin care don’t forget to check your product labels for these power house, anti-cruelty ingredients in your skin care products

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.

Introducing The Best Natural Facial Oils To Hydrate, Protect & Rejuvenate Skin

Our skin tells a story. Sometimes it’s a dramatic show, sometimes a quiet tale.

act-1 ACT I: The Quest. What does skin crave? It wants antioxidants to act as protectors of surface layers and lock in moisture. Vitamins, minerals and fatty acids too. Sounds like what the stomach might want, but your skin needs nourishment too. Pure, natural oils contain properties good for your skin’s surface layers and also act as carriers delivering vital nutrients beneath the skin’s surface to a cellular level. The plot thickens. What are the most effective natural oils to hydrate, protect and restore skin?

 

Act-2 ACT II: Main Characters. We believe the star characters in the best skin story are certified organic extra virgin olive oil and certified organic jojoba oil. The CO extra virgin olive oil, referred to by some as “Liquid Gold” is a natural moisturizer. It contains fatty acids, including oleic acid that strengthens cell membranes and fights free radicals. Olive oil contains similar content to the oils that the skin produces naturally. It absorbs quickly and delivers vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant. Its anti-oxidant component is known to help protect against skin cancer. Hydroxytyrosol is a rare, powerful antioxidant found in olive oil and a key component in YASOU’s Calityl-O Complex.

 

CO Jojoba oil holds a chemical structure similar to our skin. Containing zinc and copper along with vitamins B and E it strengthens skin by carrying healthy ingredients deep into the skin. It also absorbs quickly. Known as the “Gold of the Desert” Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is an excellent moisturizer. It penetrates the skin like no other natural oil. Coconut oil is a supporting actor in the story of beautiful skin. It’s a powerful moisturizer that helps restore dry skin. It supports skin tissue and helps eliminate dead skin cells. Containing vitamin E, it can help delay wrinkles.

 

Act-3 ACT III: The Dilemma. Which oil should you choose? How do you apply it? Is it messy? YASOU skin care products combine these oils so you don’t have to choose one over the other. Certified organic extra virgin olive oil and jojoba oil soothe and moisturize the skin. The oils form a protective barrier that traps moisture on your skin while vitamins, minerals and fatty acids promote elasticity and radiance. In YASOU day and night face creams these good for your skin oils carry other beneficial ingredients to your skin including extracts from grape seed, cucumber, fruits and green tea. To get all the benefits in a simple package order a YASOU skin care product.

If choosing to use a natural facial oil alone, apply a small amount before your moisturizer. Buy only cold pressed, unrefined, pure oils.

 

Act-4 ACT IV: The Story Doesn’t End. Always be ready. Natural facial oils help make-up stay in place. You’re on and you look great. Whatever happens, your skin will live happily ever after.

Benefits of Both Water and Oil in Skin Care

Lines may be drawn between those who favor water-based over oil-based skin care products and vice versa. We maintain it is not a matter of one over the other but a combination of the two that works best to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Water and oil do mix when carefully formulated to protect and nourish the skin. The role of moisturizing skin care products is to add water to your skin and keep it there. The right combination of water and oils is needed for this to be effective.

Why Water?
We are water-based creatures. Skin absorbs water faster than it does oil. Up to 60% of the human body is made of water held in cells, tissues, bones and organs. Water is the body’s natural distributor of essential nutrients on the cellular level and removes waste that organs reject.

Water has a lighter texture than oil and is less likely to clog up pores. Water based products used at night allow the skin to rejuvenate along a natural cycle with the rest of the body. However, water-based skin care products do require preservatives to prevent contamination from micro-organisms. Read the label to understand what preservatives are used and in what volume.

Why Oils?
Oils such as Jojoba and Olive attract water and provide a gentle way of hydrating and cleansing by breaking up dirt. These oils absorb into inner layers of the skin but don’t reach the cellular level as water does. Natural oils balance excess oil production so they can be used effectively on oily skin type. Natural oils help your skin get its glow on without harsh chemicals. Their anti-oxidants create a protective barrier and trap moisture.

Both Oil and Water
Throughout the day water is much more likely to leave the skin than enter it. The amount of water in your skin is higher than that in the air that surrounds you. Unless you apply a barrier such as a moisturizer to hydrate the skin, it will dry and flake and cell turnover will slow down. Humectants such as glycerol help moisturizers keep water in the skin.

Without enzymes, skin cells can lose their ability to retain water and shed old skin cells. Being water soluble, amino acids and salts that retain moisture on the skin’s surface can be washed away by harsh soaps and detergents. An oil and water based product gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s surface. It also delivers anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients to cells.

Certified organic extra virgin olive oil is great for your skin because it’s LOADED with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, It penetrates deep into the skin, repairing sun damage while promoting elasticity to your skin and ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Certified organic jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum (the oil naturally produced by skin), making it effective for a wide range of skin types and conditions. Dry or oily, young or mature, jojoba helps bring balance to skin. They are both amazing carrier oils. That’s why we love them.

Skin care products that contain water and natural oils deliver benefits to the skin that one or the other alone will not provide.

Learn To Understand Your Product Labels

REPOST We are reposting this article because we feel it is filled with basic 101 tips that can help you learn about your skincare products.

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 product 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 product labels a good habit.

Ingredients
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. If you want to avoid synthetics (petroleum/chemical based) ingredients
look for botanicals containing plant-based nutrients. The order in which ingredients are listed is important. The highest concentrations are listed first, the lowest last. The right amount of active ingredients in the skin care product is essential to get the results you are looking for.

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.

Origins
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.

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 the label 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 Organics www.thorne.com that we thought was an excellent reference source 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

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.

Why Choose Skin Care With Fruit And Plant-Derived Ingredients

Fruit and plant-derived skincare ingredients work with nature to protect the skin’s barriers, texture, tone and appearance. When used properly, they rarely cause any side effects and won’t strip away your skin’s natural oils. Science is showing that natural ingredients derived from fruits and plants are gentle and effective in protecting and nourishing the skin.

Synthetics-free, natural skincare doesn’t assault the skin’s natural abilities or leave questionable residue on the skin’s surface. It does not contain harmful chemicals, GMOs, or petrochemicals. Similar to the “clean food” movement, “clean skin” is now being embraced by health and eco-conscious consumers seeking alternatives to chemical synthetics.

If you want to keep synthetics off your skin, here is a run down on how fruit and plant-derived skincare ingredients effectively enhance, hydrate and protect your skin naturally.

Strengthen Skin Structure
While prescription retinoids are known to be highly effective, a natural alternative is alpha hydroxy acids. They are derived from fruits including apples and grapes. This group of acids helps exfoliate dead skin cells and also firms your skin by thickening the deep layers of its structure. They brighten and smooth skin texture. In skincare products alpha hydroxy acids should be used in a concentration of 10 percent or less to avoid skin irritation.

Hydrate and Moisturize
You won’t find any synthetic chemicals that work better in hydrating the skin than shea butter and olive oil. Along with Vitamin B3 and grape seed extract these plant-derived skincare ingredients work with the body’s ability to produce moisture. Forget synthetics such as petrolatum and silicones, natural ingredients can lock moisture in.

Curb Inflammation
Inflammation manifests itself as skin sensitivity or redness. Turmeric has been shown to inhibit an inflammation enzyme. Vitamin B, aloe vera and almond oil are also known to naturally curb inflammation.

Synthetic-free Clean Skin
Facial cleansers made of natural oils that contain vitamins and anti-oxidants will remove dirt and makeup while nourishing your skin. You don’t have to rely on artificial ingredients in soaps. It’s important to keep your skin’s pH level balanced. Synthetic-free clean skin is void of residue and synthetic chemicals. Apply day and night creams that contain natural ingredients and that feeling of synthetic-free clean skin will last all day.

Today, you will find that fruit and plant-derived skincare ingredients offer the same if not better results than most of the synthetic chemicals. You can have beautiful, healthy skin the natural way.