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.

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.

Thoughts On Nature’s Form Raw African Black Soap

We received an email from Barbara of Nature’s Form asking us to review their new authentic raw African Black Soap from Ghana, Africa. We have not done any reviews on products outside of YASOU skin care before. But how this soap is made, working with nature and using all raw natural ingredients, was of interest to me. For centuries African Black Soap has been known for its cleansing and healing power.

The first step in making the soap is drying the skins of the Plantain fruit to a precise texture in the hot African sun. The skins are then roasted in a clay oven to achieve a particular color, texture and fragrance. The longer they are dried the darker the color of the soap. Then the base is carefully mixed with Palm Oil (which contains the hard to find toctrienols, members of the vitamin E family) and Palm Kernel Oil. Generous amounts of Ivory Shea Butter are then mixed in. The soap is hardened by being put into molds and left for days in the African sun. It is packaged into air-tight bags in Africa to preserve its integrity.

The soap is said to be used for many skin conditions and in many skin treatments including Psoriasis scalp, Eczema, dry skin, skin lightening and whitening, Dermatitis and Acne. The impressive list of natural ingredients consists of organic Palm Oil, organic Cocoa Pod, organic Palm Kernel Oil, organic Coconut Oil, organic unrefined Shea Butter (38%), organic Plantain Skin Ash, Purified Water, Natural Vitamin E and Natural Sodium.

I primarily tested the soap by using it to cleanse my body during showers. I found the soap texture to be smooth but I did notice that the soap quickly dissipated when the water was hitting it, meaning the soap would almost melt with the water. The smell was not pleasant to me at first but then I barely noticed a smell at all. It did not lather excessively which is okay with me because that’s a sign that it is all natural.

After my shower as I was drying off I noticed my skin felt softer and not so dry. The second time I used the soap I had the same experience but I applied YASOU hydrating body cream with essential oils and it was a great combo with the soap. My skin felt smooth, silky and supple. I like Nature’s Form’s Raw African Soap and I do recommend it with one cautionary note. Don’t leave it in the shower letting water pour over it because it may not last very long. Strategically place it someplace dry before, during and after you shower or place it in a soap container. Will it cure your acne? I’m not sure because I have only tested it for a few weeks. However, I believe in natural raw ingredients and do think it’s worth giving it a try!

African black soap or ose dudu originated with the Yoruba people in Nigeria and the Yoruba communities in Benin and Tog. The Yoruba words ose (“soap”) and dudu (“black”) literally translates to “the black soap.” To learn more about “The Black Soap,” how the black soap is made, and where to purchase it, visit Naturesform.net.

Thank you, Barbara, for sending us your African Black Soap and giving us the opportunity to try it.

Balance Your Skin pH Level Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

How do we know so much about keeping hands healthy and beautiful? YASOU Skin Care is launching its newest wellness skin care product – a vegan hand cream that invites you to touch the world with beautiful hands. It’s a gluten free hand cream and Leaping Bunny certified that moisturizes, repairs and protects your hands using the best natural ingredients. Coming soon so check back in with us at www.yasouskincare.com

SuperFruits For Glowing Skin

It’s simple. One of the secrets to healthy, glowing skin is how you consume and apply the power of superfruits.

In your diet: Fruits and vegetables consumed internally are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.

In your skincare: Fruits and vegetables for topical use are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other nutrients.

Why super fruits? They are packed with all the ingredients you need to help you live longer, look better, and prevent disease.

Here at YASOU natural skin care we believe “good health = happiness = beauty”. We also believe that diet alone isn’t going to accomplish these goals for you but it is the MOST important step in that direction. By thinking about what you put in your body will also help you to start thinking about what you put on your body. They should be the same ingredients! Only then can you achieve the ultimate health and beauty benefits you are striving for.

So let’s look at some of the superfruits you can start incorporating into your diet daily and seeking in your skincare products.

1) Apples
• A great fiber source, the red and green skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that packs   antihistamine and anti-inflammatory power.
• Promote the health of skin cells and rejuvenates them.
• A good source of vitamin B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C.
• Contains toning and exfoliating benefits for the skin.

2) Cantaloupe
• A Collagen-boosting super fruit that is packed with vitamin A and C (beta-carotene) that supports   healthy collagen formulation essential for keeping the skin firm and resilient.
• It’s folic acid promotes youthful elasticity and cellular regeneration.
• High in water content which helps hydrate the skin from the inside out.

3) Red Grapes
• The skin and seeds of red grapes contain resveratrol that controls the ageing process.
• Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant that helps maintain the health of the skin.
• A great source of vitamin E and vitamin C that helps protect the skin from pollution and toxin damage.
• Repairs and boosts collagen in your body.

4) Acai Berries
• Difficult to find but extremely high in vitamin C.
• Contain antioxidant properties that fight cell-damaging free radicals which damage and age the skin.

5) Blueberries
• Contain antioxidants that protect you from premature aging.
• Improve’s the skin’s clarity, firmness and glow.
• Alleviates redness and inflammation.

6) Aronia Berries also know as Chokeberries.
• Packed with polyphenos which helps reduce inflammation, minimizing acne and wrinkles!

7) Ciiturs Fruits
a) Lemon.
• Exfoliates, brightens and clears acne for smoother skin.
• Naturally bleaches the skin and quickens the rate in which dark spots, scars,
sun spots, acne scars and age spots fade.
• Helps keep skin hydrated.

b) Oranges.
• Reduces sunburn, blemishes and dark spots.
• Has mild bleaching properties.
• Rich in Vitamin E and is full of antioxidants.
• Works to prevent wrinkles and lines.
• Can correct the oil balance of the skin.
• Best known for its astringent and toning properties.
• Helps restore collagen in our body.

8) Kiwi
• Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
• Keeps the skin firm.
• Prevents wrinkles.
• Stimulates collagen production.

9) Tomatoes
• Contains Lycopene-the best antioxidant for anti-aging.
• Moisturizes skin, keeping it healthy and shiny.
• Shrinks pore size.
• Revives the skin’s glow.
• High amounts of vitamin C which is know to brighten the skin.

10) Pumpkin
• Packed with fruit enzymes and alph hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase
cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
• Contains antioxidants vitamin A and C which helps soften and soothe the skin.
• Boost collagen production that helps prevent the signs of aging.
• Treats dull complexions, aging skin and pigmentation.

You may already be eating these superfruits, if so bravo. If not, start now and look for skin care products that contain some of them. Consider that what you put on your body may be just as important as what you put in it. YASOU skin care products contain several of these superfruits. To find out more visit us at www.yasouskincare.com and check out our ingredients. Remember “good health = happiness = beauty.”

YASOU!

Why Preservatives are a Must Have in Skincare

Of all the ingredients in skin care formulations preservatives are the most important, especially in store bought skin care products. The reason is because they keep that product fresh (bacteria free) for 2 to 3 years. Preservatives have become the most controversial and debatable topic in the skin care industry.

I myself pondered sleeplessly over the topic when developing YASOU natural skin care. I knew I wanted high quality, Greek-inspired natural and organic ingredients in YASOU’s products. That part was exciting, fun and came easily when working with my formulator. The difficulty came with the preservative system, so I asked myself these questions:

1) What is the role of preservatives? Preservatives are synthetic chemicals that kill bacteria, fungi and mold. Only products that contain water (which are most products) need a preservative. Oil-based skin care products and anhydrous (water-free) skin care products do NOT need preservatives.

2) Are there effective natural preservatives? Well, I found some folks that argue yes and others that argue no. The people that argue yes use natural ingredients as preservatives, which only gives the product a 3 to 6 month (safe) shelf life span. And the folks that say no argue that natural substances are not active against the most threatening microbes, and pseudomonads (bacteria). Other ingredients used as natural preservatives such as essential oils require very high concentrations to be effective. Some of these oils also have offensive odors and coloring that are just NOT acceptable and most of them become inactivated by manufacturing procedures and other factors.

In addition these natural preservatives can change the density and experience of the product. For example, YASOU cellular day cream does not have much glide during application which is due to the extra natural preservative called Biovert that we added in it.

The only natural products that are really all natural are the ones handcrafted by you in your home, which can be used immediately and stored for a short time in the refrigerator. These are the only natural products that are not in need of any kind of preservative.

Store bought products need to be designed to remain fresh during the long span between the time of manufacture and the time the customer finishes using it. Without some type of preservative, store bought products would expose consumers to mold, bacteria, adverse skin reactions that can lead to serious skin infections and even blindness with products used around the eye area.

As you can see, there was a lot to consider when it came to YASOU’s preservative system. I am not pro synthetic preservatives because most of today’s commercial products are typically loaded with these synthetic and potentially carcinogenic (cancerous) preservatives.

YASOU’s foremost priority is the safety of our customer’s. Our products are luxuriously rich and we knew as a start up company we would need at least a two-year (safe) shelf life span. With that in mind we proceeded in developing the most natural /organic products using top quality ingredients as well as natural ingredients and natural preservatives and began testing. It was at that time we discovered we needed to add a little more protection into our products so we carefully decided on Phenoxyethanol.

Phenoxyethanol offered a universal, highly effective broad-spectrum protection for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold, yeast and fungi. It is NOT formaldehyde releasing agent and probably the most paraben free and propylene glycol free preservative on the market. It works extremely well in small amounts with natural preservatives.
Phenoxyethanol is created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. Each ingredient individually could cause harm, but when they react together they chemically create a safe and effective preservative.

YASOU natural skin care products contain less than .06% phenoxyethanol. We let you know that upfront because our priority is you and your safety!

4 Reasons to Read Skin Care Labels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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