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.

Why Choose Gluten Free Vegan Skincare?

Plant derived, vegan skincare is effective, safe, and nourishing to the skin with minimal negative impact on the environment. No toxic chemicals, no animal testing and no animal products are used in vegan skincare. Instead what you apply daily to your skin are ingredients derived from plants.

People who choose gluten free vegan skincare appreciate the effort it takes to bring these crafted products to the market. For them, it’s personal. They respect natural beauty, ageless beauty, which manifests itself internally and externally.

Looking and feeling good is about small decisions and personal preferences. Most of us want to live well, be happy and stay peaceful. If you are worried about using skincare products that contain gluten, avoid them. There are good options today with natural skincare lines such as YASOU. I appreciate when people call or write to ask if our line is gluten free or vegan. It tells me they are engaged in making decisions that are right for them.

If you want to protect animals from cruelty and inhumane living conditions buy products that are plant-derived. Living your values through what you purchase indicates an authentic life.

Honestly, my decisions in creating a natural, healthy skincare line were focused on finding the best ingredients to nourish the skin. I was not focused on being gluten-free or making vegetarians happy. Both of these came to be because of YASOU’s focus on natural ingredients and wellness – how a woman feels good in her own skin.

The beauty of using botanicals in skincare is not only their skin-enhancing properties, but also their appeal to all the senses – a mist, an aroma, and textures all share a subtleness that when combined create a potent protector and ageless defender of the skin. It’s like the difference between wearing natural cotton or synthetic clothes.

The reasons for choosing gluten free vegan skincare may be health-related and/or socially conscious choices. We appreciate you making the choices that are best for you.

Natural Sunscreens Offer Alternative Skin Protection

Our bodies need sunlight to produce a critical nutrient, Vitamin D. It plays a vital role in immune function, bone building, mood, cognitive function, and cardio vascular health.

You need sun— a daily 10-minute dose is recommended by health experts, but you’ll still have to make choices for sun protection and those choices can have an impact on your health. Not all sunscreens are created equal and some contain risky chemical ingredients that can cause more harm than good, so READ the ingredients label carefully.

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide ingredients are natural mineral-based sunscreens that offer broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation but they are chemical compounds so they are not 100% natural. For those who want the most natural sun, wind and heat protection consider these 100% Natural Skin care options:

1) Limit your sun intake (especially during peak hours of the day) and avoid tanning booths. In winter/colder weather cover your face, wear goggles or glasses to protect your skin because the wind can cause as much damage to your skin as the sun does.

2) Red Raspberry Seed Oil is an ingredient to look for in your sunscreen products because it is known to provide the highest broad spectrum UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays and contains exceptionally high levels of Alpha Tocopherois, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Some sources state that Red Raspberry Oil has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) as high as 28-50.

3) Other Oils to look for in your products that provide natural protection against the sun, wind and heat are Hemp Seed Oil (SPF 6), Macadamia Oil (SPF6),Sesame Oil (SPF 4), Shea Butter (SPF 4), Jojoba Oil (SPF 4), and Coconut Oil (SPF2).

4) Lycopene is a natural sunscreen that helps minimize wrinkles as well! Make sure you include it in your daily diet. You can find it in cooked tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato paste and sauce.

5) Saturated Fat-Eat plenty of it! By bumping up your saturated fat intake you can improve your UV resistance. As if you needed a good reason to add butter to your diet. Palm oil and coconut oil are also good sources of saturated fat that can protect the skin when eaten before sun exposure.

6) Proanthocyanidins, found in wine, grape seeds, blueberries, chokeberries, hazelnuts, pistachios, and grains like sorghum and barley, can be effective in preventing UV damage. So drink a glass of wine and include fruits and nuts as part of your diet.

7) Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant that helps reduce damage caused by ultra violet radiation from the sun and is also an internal sunscreen. It may be difficult to get therapeutic amounts of astaxanthin through food alone. You’d have to consume three-quarters of a pound of wild-caught sockeye salmon, which contains the highest amounts of astaxanthin of all the marine foods, to receive the same amount of astaxanthin you’d get in a 4mg capsule.

8) Shea Butter used topically has natural anti-aging properties that cause reactivations of collagen synthesis, resulting in younger looking skin and a resistance to photo-aging caused by the sun.

9) Beeswax when used topically is known to lock in moisture, nurture skin cells and protect the skin from damaging environmental factors.

10) Chaparral, an herb used in tea and oils, is known to have amazing healing benefits. It offers sun protection and increases your skin’s tolerance of the sun and other weather conditions when used regularly.

Research and consider these 100% natural ways to protect your skin from sun, wind and heat. What methods will you try?

Have A Great Summer!

Refresh This Spring With Natural Skin Care

Like gardeners nurturing plants from seeds, we at YASOU natural skin care are experiencing a spring awakening. We continue to find the best plant-derived ingredients to grow and improve our natural skin care line.

We’re excited to be introducing a luxe, all natural hand cream this summer. Our packaging is being revitalized. Customers and fans will have a new way to find information and interact with us. Coming soon is a video series featuring myself as founder of YASOU and other professionals who care deeply about healthy, beautiful skin. What kind of spring awakening is calling out to you?

At this time of year, we like to think of YASOU as a garden for your skin. Our natural, boutique skincare products are made with some of nature’s finest gifts. Our products don’t sit on store shelves for years. No harsh chemical preservatives are needed. We know our customers care about what they put in their body as well as what they put on their body. That’s why we include Mother Nature in every jar.

Gifts from the Garden
We’ve got “an apple a day” for your skin by including apple extract, a great source of B-complex and C vitamins.

Cucumber extract from a vegetable rich in vitamins A & C – an effective combo to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Grape seed extract supports cell renewal and boosts collagen development, helping skin remain firm.

Lemon extract exfoliates, brightens and nurtures skin relying on its citric acids.

Mandarin essential oil helps circulate the blood and lymph, arousing and rejuvenating skin.

Olive oil (organic, extra virgin) moisturizes and contains vitamin E to help keep skin supple.

Orange extract is rich in vitamin E and carries loads of antioxidants that keep the skin well toned.

By applying vitamin-rich topical creams and eating nutritious food you are improving your skin’s health from both the inside and outside.

Spring is a time to refresh and renew. Mother nature teases us with warm breezes, earthy aromas, and budding botanicals. It’s a time to switch your wardrobe, fabrics, color schemes and possibly your skincare routine to reflect a lighter, more natural way of living

The Benefits Of Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil In Your Skin Care

YASOU natural skin care takes great pride in using certified organic extra virgin olive oil in all of our products. Why? Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 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. The same qualities and benefits you receive when ingesting extra virgin olive oil, you receive, when used in your skin care regime.

Using extra virgin olive oil on your face, when used correctly, will NOT contribute to oily skin. It can actually help it. In order to understand why olive oil will not make your skin oily, you’ll need to understand why skin becomes oily in the first place. This may be another blog post topic to come in the near future.

We use Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in all of our products because the oleic acid is 1% higher than regular olive oil. It remains in it’s purest state not going through a synthetic process like regular olive oil. A higher count of oleic acid combined with other ingredients allows our products to achieve a higher level of benefits to the skin. In addition to oleic acid, high quality certified organic extra virgin olive oil is full of linoleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols. The acids trap water into your skin, ensuring that your skin is hydrated.

Polyphenols are very beneficial to our skin because they are antioxidants. When absorbed into our skin, they combat free radicals, preventing them from doing damage. Polyphenol also offers protection against ultraviolet rays and encourages new cell growth.

We use certified organic extra virgin olive oil, to minimize impurities in our skincare line and to maximize essential elements for healthy skin.

Fact: Olive oil – sometimes referred to as “liquid gold” – is closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil! It penetrates and hydrates efficiently and naturally!

We would love to know your thoughts or experiences about using extra virgin olive oil. Do you have any extra virgin olive oil DIY tips to share?

Ancient Greek Skin Care Secrets Still Used Today

The Ancient Greeks were lovers of physical beauty. They sought new ways to improve their appearance through nutrition, athletics, cosmetics and staying in tune with the body’s natural aging process.

Cosmetics were an important part of the life and culture in Ancient Greece. The word “cosmetic” comes from the Greek word “kosmetikos,” meaning a sense of harmony, order and tranquility. Most beauty products in ancient Greece were made from ingredients found in their natural environment such as olive oil and honey.

Ancient Greeks created many of their own skin care products and treatments using local, natural ingredients. They made skin-softening lotions from a combination of oils and herbs. One of the most popular treatments involved mashing up a paste of fresh berries and mixing it with milk. The paste was massaged into the face and left to absorb for several hours before being removed. Grecian women may have invented the concept of a facial mask!

Some Ancient Greek Ingredients that are still used today are:
1) Olives & Olive Oil

Olives. They were stone grounded and used as a facial mask to exfoliate. Olives have a high mineral content and contain antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as anti-aging actions.

Olive Oil. Ancient Greek women were the first to use olive oil as a moisturizer. Still today, it helps revitalize dry skin and contributes to the cell renewal process.

Because olive trees were naturally abundant in Greece, olive oil became the lifeblood in ancient Greek culture. Initially it was extracted for making fragrance oils but later the Greeks began using it for food, lighting, pharmaceutical purposes and cosmetic use. It became a staple for daily personal hygiene and body care. Especially, for Greek women, it was used as a beautifying skin cleanser, and an after-bath moisturizer.

2) Honey. The use of honey as a cosmetic in Ancient Greece dates back
to 5000 BC, when skincare was based on bee products, goats milk, herbs, and olive oil.
Honey was used to make facemasks and body scrubs. It has anti-inflammatory actions and helps shed dead skin cells. Ancient Greek women enjoyed honey and milk baths as part of their nightly beauty regime. Today it’s still a major ingredient in contemporary Greek beauty products.

O3) Milk & Yogurt
Milk. Widely used in Egypt and ancient Greece because it had softening properties. However, it was considered a luxury item and only the wealthiest
could afford it. A combination of milk & honey were used in many cosmetic and anti-aging preparations.

Yogurt. Greek yogurt was considered a miraculous ingredient because it soothed and nourished the skin. It was primarily used to relieve the skin against sunburns. Lactose, proteins, vitamins, and minerals are all found in yogurt, which can soothe sunburn and shed dead skin cells.

4) Flowers, Herbs and Natural Pigments
Many herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits indigenous to Greece found their way into ancient cosmetics. Roses, anemones, mulberries, lotus flowers, marigolds, lavender, chamomile and cypress oil are just a few examples. The ancient Greeks were also known to create beauty products from natural pigments, plant roots, red wine and mastic – an aromatic resin.

Greeks considered roses as the “queen of flower”. They used its oil and water to soothe and nourish dry skin. Rose water cleanses, hydrates and is packed with nourishing vitamins A and E. It also prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores.

5) Sea Salt
Ancient Greeks along with Egyptians used sea salt to exfoliate, rejuvenate and enrich their face and body with natural minerals. Sea Salt & sugar were mixed with olive oil as a popular exfoliate.

Sea salt is also a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. It increases circulation and has antiseptic effects. It also softens the skin without a greasy feeling and reduces fluid retention.

Ancient Greeks and Romans both used warm seawater as a therapy to help them relax. This is now called thalassotherapy, a word derived from the old Greek word thalassa, which means sea.

These ancient ingredients are still used today. With modern technology and science they are mixed with other nutrients and ingredients in safe increments making them extremely beneficial, achieving multiple benefits for healthy, beautiful skin!

For your health and beauty, YASOU!

The Virtues of Aloe Vera For Skin Care

The Aloe Vera plant has a long history of use as a moisturizer, hydrating the skin of our early ancestors in Africa, Persia and Egypt as well as in 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.

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 skin care ingredient that holds many virtues. Indulge your skin with good things from nature.

Organic Olive Oil In Skin Care

Olive Oil is very good for your health but did you know that it’s very good for your skin too? Referred to as “liquid gold” by the Greek poet Homer, it is known to be closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil. It penetrates and hydrates the skin efficiently and naturally.

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea Europaea), a traditional tree grown in the Mediterranean region. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and can help balance your skin’s moisture. It has a unique ability to mix well with water helping moisturize the skin without clogging the pores, leaving it smooth and silky.

Blackheads and a host of other problems are caused by oxidized oils. Because olive oil has a naturally lower oxidation rate than your skin’s natural oils, it is a perfect barrier to protect your skin from irritants.

Olive oil has a heavy texture and can vary in color from a pale golden yellow to a dark green. The purest form is “extra virgin” which is the lightest in color.

Certified organic extra virgin olive oil in skin care products is the most beneficial for you skin. The Oleic Acid is 1% higher than regular olive oil and it remains in it’s purest state. Oleic Acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid (omega-9 fatty acid) found naturally in many plant and animal sources and is considered one of the healthiest sources of fat.

Extra virgin olive oil does not go through a synthetic process like regular olive oil. High quality olive oil, like certified organic extra virgin, is full of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols. These acids actually work by trapping water into your skin, ensuring that your skin is hydrated.

Polyphenols are extremely beneficial to your skin for a variety of reasons.

1). They are antioxidants that will combat the free radicals, preventing them from doing skin damage.

2). They offer protection against ultraviolet rays.

3). They encourage new cell growth, replacing the damaged skin cells.

Ceritified organic extra virgin olive oil also contains Vitamin E – which is a rich beauty powerhouse that can help you look younger, keeping your skin feeling supple and your skin tone even.

When using certified organic extra virgin olive oil in your skin care products you are minimizing the impurities that you are putting into your skin and maximizing the healthy and essential elements for your skin. You are receiving twice the benefits than regular olive oil.

You can achieve ultimate benefits for your health and your skin by using certified organic extra virgin olive oil in both your food and your skin care products. Look for skin care products that carry certified organic extra virgin olive oil and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

We do not recommend you directly apply the certified organic olive oil to your skin because it can trap dirt, other oils and bacteria that can cause comeclones or acne pimples.