Ingredients for natural skin care and their benefits for skin care. Ingredients and their properties that benefit your skin and wellness. Ingredients to look out for in your products that are not so good for you.

Natural Skin Care Lessons Learned from Other Cultures

From its beginning YASOU Natural Skin Care made a conscious decision to create effective skin care products for people of every ethnicity, race, skin type and skin color. Our multicultural approach influences the ingredients we select and the processes we use in creating our products. The origins of our ingredients are a history lesson in cultural Influences where cultures depend on one another. Each of our products exists because of the contributions and collaboration of multiple cultures.

 

The list of ingredients in YASOU body cream with essential oils is an example. Mandarin essential oil was originally cultivated in the 12th century in southern China. Cypress oil comes from trees in the mountains of northern Mexico and the eastern Mediterranean. Use of the Aloe Vera plant in skin care has a history in Africa, India, and China. It was the Egyptians who shared the plant’s skin care secrets with the Greeks and Romans. Clinical tests now show its ability to accelerate cellular regeneration as well as hydrate and soften the skin. Shea butter comes from the fruit nut of the Karite trees growing in the savanna grasslands of West Africa. The harvesting of the tree nuts and extraction of its butter is often done by women working in cooperatives that provide consistent employment and paychecks. An estimated three million African women work with shea butter according to the UN Development Program. Our purchasing power supports rural communities as well as women’s empowerment. Marigold flowers contain Calendula oil and are native to southwestern Asia, the Mediterranean and western Europe. This oil helps prevent acne and skin inflammation.

 

We don’t pretend to know all about these cultures, but we’re open to new ideas and learning. We’re curious about people, geographies and ingredients cultivated. More often than not business owners find common ground and respect the ingenuity of others that may be unlike ourselves. Something may seem strange to us because it doesn’t fit with our assumptions. But it’s never too late to learn. These are just some of the natural skin care lessons we’ve embraced by working with people, not stereotypes; with cultures, not systems.

 

  • You always look better wearing a smile and offering kindness.
  • We have something to learn from everyone we meet no matter their position or place of origin.
  • While skin is somewhat genetically inherited, culture is learned.
  • Skin care is dynamic, not static. New ingredients are introduced from around the world. Research studies confirm or negate myths, legends, and viral messages on social media.
  • Natural skin care is holistic and not positioned as high or low culture.
  • History and geography help shape development in the skin care industry across cultures.
  • How natural skin care products are produced, packaged and distributed depends on a country’s economy and politics.
  • Who uses natural skin care products is often a social construct. Skin care product consumption by South Korean men is huge compared with the U.S. and Europe.

 

These global lessons have helped YASOU skin care establish core values. We celebrate the histories, geographies, contributions and collaboration of multiple cultures by creating a natural skin care line that you can trust and believe in.

How To Naturally Boost and Build Collagen

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

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

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

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

 

Collagen Supplements

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

 

Power Foods

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

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

 

Natural Skin Cream

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

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

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

(Image: Daria Shertsova | Pexels)

The Power of Aloe Vera For Beautiful Skin

The Aloe Vera plant dates as far back as 6,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. It was regarded as a sacred plant the “blood” of which held the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Aloe Vera also has a long history of use as a moisturizer, hydrating the skin of our early ancestors in Africa, Persia, Greece and Italy. Its properties are cherished for soothing the skin. Certified organic Aloe Vera, derived from the plant’s leaf, offers the purest experience.

 

In skincare, today we know that one of the secrets behind Aloe Vera’s virtues is its ability to stimulate the fibroblast cells, causing them to regenerate faster. Cells produce collagen and elastin giving our skin a smooth, firm and healthy glow. The Mayo Clinic has reported on benefits of Aloe Vera in treating wounds, burns and minor skin infections. Leaves from the Aloe Vera plant contain anti-oxidants and other nutrients including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.

 

The gel found inside the Aloe Vera leaf contains chemicals that enhance circulation through blood vessels in the skin and can help kill bacteria. The plant’s benefits do not stop there. Aloe Vera can help relieve itching, burns (including sun burn), wounds, psoriasis and inflammation.

 

Other uses of the versatile gel from the Aloe Vera plant range from makeup remover, shaving cream, bug bite soother, to skin exfoliator. Acne, blisters, and surface sores can all be soothed with Aloe Vera.

 

Aloe Vera comes in various forms such as gel, oil or juice. It has a bitter flavor so it’s not the most pleasant tasting plant, however when blended into a smoothie with other ingredients such as berries, coconut milk and green vegetables like cucumber and spinach, it provides a nutrient-rich super drink that will cleanse your system and benefit you skin.

 

In an average day we expose our skin to pollutants, chemicals, sunlight and a variety of allergens. Natural skincare products rely on nature’s gifts and a history of benefits recorded by our early ancestors to modern day researchers. Aloe Vera is a bona fide super skin care ingredient that holds many virtues. Indulge your skin with good things from nature.

Sunscreen Knowledge Keeps Evolving

What we once knew about protecting our skin from the sun’s rays began centuries ago when the ancient Greeks used olive oil to hydrate their skin and help keep it from burning. Our knowledge on how to protect our skin continues to evolve with a recent pilot study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all drugs including topicals such as sunscreen.

 

The study raised some questions and confirmed a theory. Of the four active sunscreen components tested – avobenzone, octocrylene, oxybenzone, ecamsule – it was proven they were absorbed by the skin and entered the bloodstream. This does not mean they are unsafe. But because they are absorbed into the bloodstream after only one day of use and accumulate in the body with continued use, the pilot study raised questions about the safety of sunscreen ingredients, as well as usage, forms, and absorption rates.

 

The FDA began regulating sunscreen in the 1970s. There are multiple reasons for further testing now:

  • Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. More people are using more sunscreen to diminish their chances of such a diagnosis.
  • Formulations of sunscreen products use more active ingredients, in higher concentrations and are found in more products.
  • These active ingredients are often combined with other ingredients.
  • Scientists’ ability to measure benefits and risks are better now than they were then.

 

If you are concerned, the FDA did spotlight two active sunscreen ingredients that were proven to be safe and effective – Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – both of which are minerals that provide broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation. Of course, you can also seek shade, wear lightweight clothing and hats. Another ways is to know which topicals and ingested ingredients can offer some protection as well. You can find alternative skin protection ideas here.

 

We always advocate for reading labels on products. The label will inform you on what ingredients the product contains, where it comes from, and how to use it. Be aware that some active ingredients in sunscreen may prevent sunburn but do nothing to prevent skin cancer and premature aging due to sun exposure.

 

The FDA study has brought attention to product safety issues, product labeling, UVA protection, and delivery systems including sprays. Sunscreen is found in more products than you might think. It is added to some face primers, moisturizers, setting sprays, matte tints, correcting creams and lip balms making it hard to know what dosage your skin is actually getting. You may want to read why YASOU Skincare does not contain sunscreen.

 

Previous government tests on oils have affirmed what the ancient Greeks practiced in protecting their skin. Tests showed that among the fixed oils tested, olive oil had the highest SPF value at 7.5. Coconut oil had the second highest value at 7.1. These natural oils contain tocopherols, carotenoids and essential fatty acids which are all good for the skin. However, don’t mistake these as a substitute for proven UVB and UVA protection.

 

As we increase our knowledge about sunscreen and how best to protect our skin and our bloodstream, we hope natural oils will be recognized informulating cosmetics and skincare products. Afterall, oil is a priority element in the formulation of lotions and creams. Here are just some of the benefits from olive oil in your skincare product

Natural Retinol Has Arrived

Hello to natural retinol the new alternative to man-made and animal products derived retinol. Natural retinoids (plant-based) are super skin friendly, have serious graceful aging properties and do not contain any animal or animal-by-products.  I have been contemplating for a year now on creating an eye serum to add to the YASOU “a toast to your health” skin care family. What I knew right off the bat was it had to be a natural retinol formula.

 

Some people swear that there is no replacement for retinol and that may be true, but my research is showing that there are some plant-derived ingredients out there that may change that mindset.  I’d like to share with you some of the ingredients I have found, which I am considering using for my up and coming eye serum. It’s time to educate ourselves on natural retinol.

 

Beta-carotene or carotenoids are words to look for when exploring natural retinol. What is beta carotene? Basically it’s vitamin A (retinol) which also acts as a powerful antioxidant. It’s a prototype of all other natural retinoids. The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol) which we need for healthy skin, mucus membranes, immune system, eye health and vision.

 

Ingredients (extracts & oils) that are rich in beta-carotene are mango butter, carrot, pumpkin, apricot, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, and green leafy plants (like kale, collards and alfalfa) to name a few.

 

Cacay Oil is a pure Organic nut oil cold pressed from the nuts of Cacay trees located in Columbia.  The oilhas high levels of retinol content. It is known to have more than three times the amount of retinol present in rosehip oil making it ideal for reducing wrinkles and lines, and evening out overall skin tone. It also stimulates collagen, improves elasticity, and hydrates.

 

Anogeissus tree bark (African Birch) has been found to have significant antioxidant activity, increasing the skin’s production of fibrillin, a structural protein of skin. Fibrillin is necessary for the skin to build elastin, which keeps the skin firm.

 

Bakuchiol the new buzz ingredient is a plant extract coming from the seeds and leaves of the “babchi” plant.  It is known to improve fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, skin elasticity and firmness, as well as increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen production. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 

Vegan bakuchiol is the natural alternative to retinol giving you the same results that man- made retinol does (study) published in The British Journal of Dermatology) but without skin irritation of scaling and stinging the skin like retinol may. You can also use bakuchiol in the daytime. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is safe to use during the day unlike retinol that tends to cause mild inflammatory responses in daylight. You still need to apply your SPF.  It is a “win, win” natural ingredient that gives the same benefits as retinol but is vegan, and non-irritant to most skin types.  You may want to do a test to make sure it is agreeable to your skin.

 

Bakuchiol is a great retinol alternative for everyone that is sensitive to retinol side effects, is vegan, or wants to practice a natural skin care regime.  I am going to consider this ingredient for YASOU skin care’s eye serum. I’ve fallen in love with it!   (photo source: venusian glow)

Can CBD Improve Your Skin

The new wonder ingredient Cannabidiol Oil also known as CBD is popping up everywhere and in everything these days. To be clear CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are two different oils that contain completely different compounds. The benefits differ as well so you need to make sure to not mistake them for the same oil.

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, not the seeds. Also, the quality of CBD oil can vary so you’ll need to do your research and read your labels.  It has different extraction methods as well as purity levels.

After a great deal of research here is what I found.  CBD rocks in reducing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is common among conditions in which your skin displays extreme dryness, rashes, sores and redness. It is also known to have antioxidant benefits.

 

There are three types of CBD oil we should all learn about in order to make smarter purchases.

1. Full Spectrum:  This type of CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana (Hemp) plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.

2. Isolate:  This type of CBD is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. It contains only CBD.All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that is CBD and nothing more.

3. Broad Spectrum:  This type of CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” (when many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence) without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

 

Skin Benefits of topical usage of CBD Oil

1. Known to slow down the skin’s aging process.
2. A more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Known to neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin keeping it tight and youthful in appearance.
4. Known to help soothe skin irritations.
5. Known to fight bacterial skin infections.
6. Known to improve the production of collagen.
7. Boosts the skin’s protective shield.
8. Known to treat and prevent acne.<

 

Overall, you need to do your research and experiment.  I believe that CBD is here to stay. I am presently researching CBD for YASOU’s next addition, an eye serum.  I’m still not sure it’s “THE” wonder ingredient that is more effective for your skin than other non-CBD skin care ingredients out there. Everyone has different skin with different needs so read your labels, research the ingredients and experiment.  YASOU! (photo: Michael Fischer/Pexels)

 

Sources:
ediatric Dermatology, Volume 35, Number 4, 1 July 2018
Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009 Aug; 30(8): 411–420.
CBD exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

Dark Chocolate May Be The Perfect Valentine For Your Skin

Why? Dark chocolate contains lots of healthy antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins that nourish your skin. Made from beans harvested from the cocoa tree, delicious dark chocolate contains more than 60 percent of cocoa solids, is low in sugar and made with cocoa butter, a saturated fat not associated with elevating LDL (bad) cholesterol. Valentine’s Day can be made even more special with dark chocolates made from organic or fairly traded cocoa beans. Like skin care products, the benefits reaped are only as good as the ingredients.

For its ability to nourish the body, dark chocolate is included in The Healing Foods Pyramid developed by the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan. They recommend eating up to 7 ounces a week or 1 ounce per day. Other researchers found that dark chocolate is a richer source of polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice. Flavonols are clinically proven to help protect skin from sunburn and other damage caused by UV rays. Cocoa can even reduce stress hormones. Less stress means less collagen breakdown and less wrinkles.

You may be wondering whether milk chocolate or white chocolate contain the same benefits. No, they don’t. Because milk binds to antioxidants in chocolate the health benefits are cancelled. So forget the chocolate milk and hot cocoa as a dark chocolate substitute. For the same reason, avoid drinking milk while eating dark chocolate.  White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids so it won’t include the antioxidant benefit either.

If your sweetie doesn’t present you with a box of dark chocolates, you can still order a delicious dessert of fruit dipped in melted dark chocolate after a romantic meal at your favorite restaurant. If you don’t get chocolates or a meal, relax at home with a jar of YASOU hydrating body cream. You’re skin will love it.  (photo of chocolate: Lisa Folios/pexels)

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 Terry@yasouskincare.com and let us know what you would like us to cover it.

YASOU!

 

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