YASOU natural skin care interviews, aestheticians, nutritionists, skin care professionals, wellness practitioners on various subject matters on skin care, ingredients, beauty practices and other related topics.

A Conversation with Wellness Enthusiast and Jeweler Robin Holmer on Crystals and Skin Care

I met Robin Holmer a few years ago at a market where we both were selling our goods. I with YASOU skin and Robin with her beautiful jewelry.  I was drawn to both the jewelry (her work) and her spirit.  Robin has a calmness about her that resonates in way that makes you feel clam as well, I realized that there was something special about her almost sensing that she could possibly be a healer of sort.  I wanted to reach out to her because of this and because of her work with stones, crystals and jewels, as well as being a practitioner of wellness.  There is so much talk out there about crystals in skin care and their healing power so I reached out to Robin to have a chat on this subject matter.


TN: Hi Robin, thank you for doing this interview/chat with us. I’m really excited to be chatting with you. If you can first tell us a little about yourself and how/why you got involved in working with crystals, etc.?


RH:  Hi Terry, thank you again so much for inviting me to join you today. I am honored to be speaking with you on this topic as crystals and health are so dear to my heart.

I have been in love with crystals and basically just nature in general my whole life and felt so connected to their beauty and rawness, and just the way I feel around them. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I started creating headbands and bracelets for myself to wear to events and music festivals from beads and crystals that I’ve collected over the years where I realized how special they are to me and how I want to be surrounded by them everyday and give others the opportunity to experience the beauty and magic that they bring to me in their everyday lives.


TN: Do you believe Crystals have healing powers? And if so give us some examples?


RH:  I strongly believe that crystals have healing powers. It is one of the main reasons that I am attracted to them and use them, wear them and surround myself with them pretty much every day. I actually carry a black tourmaline quartz point in my purse with me everywhere I go because black tourmaline is known to clear away negativity, help you ground, and because it’s also a quartz base crystal these properties are amplified, and together they help you create balance within your body.

I also love wearing stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli, and basically any vibrantly blue crystal around my throat in a choker or necklace because it activates the throat chakra because that is where you speak your truth and communicate with others. Each chakra or energy center within the body is activated by certain crystals’ properties and how they can most easily assist you in your ever day healing. The colors pink and green are connected to the heart chakra and can most greatly benefit you when worn near the heart.

TN: Are certain Crystal for certain skin types?   This is for your eyes Robin.  Check out this article for this question and see if you agree.


RH:  This is a great question! I do know that Rose Quartz and Amethyst are great crystals to wear touching the skin because it greatly enhances their delicate and gentle healing and anti-aging properties. They both are often used in face and skin rollers as they increase the lymphatic flow throughout the body and reduce inflammation within the body.

Rainbow Fluorite is actually used to help with skin problems such as acne as well. It is a great stone in general for bringing emotional stability into one’s life so it can help with your physical appearance and emotional security and confidence, which I know acne can affect.


TN: How can we incorporate a wellness regime with the practice of Crystals and can that effect the skin as well?


RH:  I would say that one of the greatest ways to do this is by doing a lymphatic flush with crystal rollers. The stones have a cooling effect when rolled on the skin in addition to their own individual properties. When you use the rollers, the pressure helps your skin detox and flush out impurities from the lymph to cleanse your system.

You can use stones like rose quartz, amethyst and fluorite to massage any inflamed or negatively affected skin, or even wash with a gemstone infused water.

Crystals are also incredibly powerful when used in meditation practices and can help your mental wellbeing greatly just by praying with them, setting intentions to release what no longer serves you, and what you want to intentionally attract into your life.


TN: How can crystals enhance beauty in our lives?


RH:  Crystals are amazing for enhancing beauty in our lives by just existing as they are. They have their own unique properties, glowing and vibrant colors, and can invoke many positive, healing emotions within us, creating an environment where you feel inspired to thrive as your happiest and healthiest self. I know when I wear opals I feel my most beautiful. They are so incredibly magical, mystical and dazzling to the eye and I feel confident, abundant and surrounded by beauty when I wear them I in turn feel much more beautiful.


TN: For our last question is there anything you may want us to know on this subject matter or leave us with something to think about on this subject matter?


RH:  Yes! I often get asked if crystals are as effective if they are touching the skin or not. This can be difficult in certain pieces depending on how the stones are set, but is often very easy for pieces like crystal bracelets which directly touch the skin.

I personally believe that it is your intention placed and your belief in the crystal’s natural healing powers that most greatly effect this. However, I do see the benefit in the crystals actually touching the skin because there is direct contact. I am a strong believer in the natural metaphysical properties of the crystals and believe that if you trust and believe in them, they will in turn provide value and healing for you. Some of my favorite stones like rainbow moonstone and clear quartz I especially believe this to be true because they are amplifiers of energy.


TN:  Thank you Robin for chatting with us and sharing your knowledge I love your work and I think our audience will as well so please share your link and info.  Much love your way- YASOU!


RH:  Thank you so much Terry! I adore you, your mission and your work, and am obsessed with your hand cream, it is literally all that I use.  I have been focusing on creating a new line of jewelry that will debut in the spring I am excited to post about.

You can find me on Instagram @KenzaCollection, my website is www.kenzacollection.com and I am also on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KenzaCollection.

I love working on custom pieces, they are my absolute favorite so please feel free to reach out at any time, I would love to connect.

(image: Deena | Pexles)

Let’s Talk Skin with Peggy Karadimas

Peggy Roin’s Karadimas is a licensed aesthetician and skin therapist with 20 years of experience who is presently with Levato Salon and Skin Lab in Hinsdale, Il and is an Educator for HydroPeptide. We are so excited to spend this time with Peggy and talk about one of our favorite subjects- skin!

YASOU: Peggy thank you for joining us today, to share your expertise on skin and skin care. Can you give us some background on yourself and your experience.

PK: Hi Terry! Thank you so much for chatting with me. I started my career in skin care when I turned 30! Before that, I received a degree in merchandising and marketing and worked in retail sales. I had always liked helping people enhance their lives through beauty. I have primarily worked in day spas, providing esthetic services such as facials, waxing, lash perming, and makeup. And recently I have started working for a skin care company as an Educator. I have been married 26 years and I have a 17 year old son and love to travel and eat good food!

YASOU: Why is it important to see an aesthetician?

PK: I believe skin care is self care. And we are in essence skin care coaches who you can partner up with to maintain healthy skin, change your skin’s condition and provide stress relief.

YASOU: Is there a difference in being a licensed aesthetician vs a skin therapist or do they

PK: When I worked with the skin care line Dermalogica, for 15 years, the company always referred to us as skin therapists, and skin therapists are Licensed aestheticians who specialize in treating the skin. So do they co-mingle? I would say so. Though now, I see so many specialized titles for esthetician: skin care specialist, waxing specialist, facialist all of them fall under the scope of licensed aesthetician.

YASOU: How important is knowing your true skin type in caring for your skin? And at what age does this become important?

PK: We all have a genetic predisposition to our skin type–dry, oily, normal and combination–that’s our skin type. Then we have skin conditions–that are caused by internal factors such as diet and hormones, and external factors such as environment and stress. So when we are talking about how to best take care of your skin, I take into account their genetic skin type and what condition the skin is in at any given time. And that is how you achieve great skin . I would say that this really becomes important as early as preteen years.

YASOU: Peggy I believe that we should be teaching our children about skin care at an early age. I don’t think there’s enough skin care education preparing young teens for puberty and acne- which effects one’s self esteem. What are your thoughts on this?

PK: Young girls have access to so much information these days! All I had was Seventeen magazine! And yet there is such a thing as information overload. So this is where
aestheticians are so vital in preparing young teens for puberty and acne. We can educate, treat, pamper and coach them. Of course, this process has to start with the parents bringing them in for services regularly.

YASOU: There’s a green movement that’s happening in the beauty and skin care industry, what are your thoughts on it? And how is it changing things in the spa and salon industry?

PK: I love the fact that in today’s beauty and skin care industry, we have choices. We have the green movement, the wellness aspect, the holistic, the clinical , etc — and everyone can choose what is best for their lifestyle, their skin and their budget. The beauty industry is a billion dollar industry and the reason I believe for that is because we can mix and match to truly customize our ideal beauty routine. My personal beauty routine looks something like this: I use vegan body care, I work with essential oils, I indulge in great skin care as well as receiving quarterly clinical peels and injections. And to heal my body I get monthly massages.

YASOU: What is the most important part in a skin care regime?

PK: Believe it or not. Cleansing. The first step in any great skin care routine is a thorough, proper cleansing with the right kind of cleanser for your skin type and condition, and doing it day and night without fail. I have seen all skin types ruined by improper removal of makeup, and not thorough enough cleansing. When that first step of having real clean skin is achieved, then all your other products such as serums and moisturizers can do their job. And clean skin also means less bacteria and irritation to the skin, which means less skin problems.

YASOU: For us aging folks is there one ingredient we should be looking for on our labels that’s “A MUST” in choosing a skin care product?

PK: There are so many great ingredients, it’s difficult to choose . However, I have to say that the one ingredient that never fails to impress my clients is a stable form of Vitamin C. It addresses: collagen, capillary activity, clarity, circulation and color. It’s my go to!

YASOU: Do you have a favorite skin care tip you can share and leave us with?

PK: Choose an esthetician and make them your partner in skin care, listen to their recommendations when it comes to products and services. Find the one that matches your beliefs/lifestyle: whether its clinical, green, holistic, pampering etc. With so many influencers out there now in our society, I still think that a dedicated, educated, and experienced licensed esthetician, is the best professional option for serious skin care health.

YASOU: Peggy thank you for your time, answers, thoughts and expertise. I so appreciate it and am looking forward to speaking with you more in the future!

PK: Thanks for chatting with me!

Interview with Tayonon Gbala of “A Balanced You Holistic Massage Therapy”

At YASOU natural skin care we believe that “Health = Happiness=Beauty.” To achieve this you need to look at your beauty regime in a big picture sort of way. That is why we are thrilled to have Tayonon Gbala of A Balanced You Holistic Massage Therapy spend some time with us to talk about what this all means!

YASOU: Hi Tayonon! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be speaking with you today on how “A Balanced You” connects to Health, Happiness and Beauty. Can you tell us about what A Balanced You means and why it’s important?

Tayonon: A Balanced you means to me bringing proportion, physical equilibrium and mental/emotional/ spiritual steadies to my clients through practicing the art of Holistic Massage Therapy. Cultivating balance is tremendously important because it translates to a longer health span and quality of life.

YASOU: What got you on the path to wellness and starting “A Balanced You “?

Tayonon: What got me on my path to wellness and starting A Balanced You was I was going through my own personal holistic health transformation. I researched finding the right personal trainer for me and made health and fitness my first priority. In the 3 years I’ve been in business I have maintained a fifty pound weight loss.

YASOU How long have you been a Massage Therapist and what is different about Holistic Massage Therapy from regular Massage?

Tayonon: I have been a Massage Therapist for 15 years. What’s different about Holistic Massage is having an open-minded perspective; training and learning more than just western style massage modalities. Learning for myself, applying and teaching my clients that massage therapy is one facet of the greater landscape of being well and whole. The focus is on proving the most effective combination of Massage, Breath and Asian bodywork. Incorporating YASOU hydrating body cream into my signature deep Swedish massage further deepens and empowers my clients’ wellness landscape.

YASOU: We all know how important exercise and eating the right food is for ones well being. Is what we apply on our skin part of a wellness regime?

Tayonon: Absolutely! What we apply to our skin is equally as important as what we eat. Optimal health and vitality comes from the inside out. The combination of exercise, eating healthy and applying nourishing YASOU natural skin care is the way to optimal health.

YASOU Does having healthy skin affect one’s mental health?

Tayonon: Yes! Health and vitally are shown through the skin, and when your skin is healthy and vibrant, it directly affects a positive mental self-perception and attitude.

YASOU: If you had one tip to help us get on a path to a more balanced lifestyle what would that be?

Tayonon: The best tips I can offer to help you kick-start your path to balance is to be curious and educate yourself. Ok that’s two tips but I think you need both.

YASOU: Tayonon thank you so very much for partnering with YASOU natural skin care and for chatting with us. We really appreciate it. Before letting you go can you please give us your info and mention a few of your services. I have tried you’re signature massage and your Thai Massage and love them!

Tayonon: I’m so glad you enjoyed My Signature Deep Swedish featuring your amazing YASOU Hydrating Body Cream, and the Thai massage. One of my favorite services I offer is called PR&R- Pause (Breathe) Relax (Stretch) Restore (meditate) it’s a session of Breath work, Zen-Shiatsu stretching and Meditation practice. The session provides my clients with the tools to create their own daily grounding and centering practice. This service acts as a foundation for building the framework of a balanced life.

Thank you so much YASOU Skin Care From A Balanced You.

FEEL, BE, & GROW For more info please visit my website at abalancedyoumassage.com

YASOU: It was really a pleasure. Remember Love Your Self, Love Your Skin. YASOU!

Holistic Health Coach Sarah Nicole Baker Connects Beauty with Nutrition and Health

Sarah Nicole Baker is a certified plant-based nutrition & holistic health coach, TV & media personality, and motivational speaker. She is the founder of Balanced Babe.com, BeHealthful an innovative series of health and wellness retreats and conferences.

I recently attended Behealthful’s Retreat: Spring Awakening and had such a great day that I reached out to Sarah to see if she would spend a little one-on-one-time with YASOU natural skin care to give us inside wisdom and guidance in our quest for a healthier beauty awareness.

Hello Sarah and thank you for spending some time with us!

YASOU: Sarah, how did your passion for health and wellness begin? Was there an aha moment, when you knew this is what you wanted to do?

SB: My passion for nutrition research and holistic health was a process that started to take hold when I was in my late teens, but I was modeling and acting full time which consumed my life. I lived in a small area in Istanbul, always cooked from scratch, and ate nothing but plant-based foods – all fresh and local produce. I transformed my lifestyle abroad and realized that I needed to promote this way of life in my community.

Being in the modeling industry is also very tough. There is a lot of criticism and it seems as if there is constantly a microscope on the model’s body image. I’ve been around a lot of young girls who have very poor self-esteem and extremely bad eating habits. Istanbul is an international meeting point for models all around the world. That trip turned a light bulb on in my head. I actually started Balanced Babe while living in Turkey and it evolved from there!

YASOU: People often associate good health with nutrition and exercise, but what about incorporating health into beauty routines? Are women waking up to the fact that they need to make better choices in their skincare and beauty products?

SB: The Balanced Babe lifestyle is all about bringing balance to your being which includes: nutrition, beauty, fitness, lifestyle, work, personal growth, personal life and more. We are definitely promoting home remedies for beauty routines and we stress the relationship between nutrition and beauty. A lot of what we consume shows on the outside. Our skin is the largest organ on our body and shows when we have impurities going on within us. When you feed yourself junk food, processed foods, sugars and alcohol, it will show on your skin. When you feed yourself natural, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and complex carbs, you will also see it on your skin.

Women are starting to realize the importance of what you put ON your skin as well as maintaining beauty from the inside out. Harsh chemicals in products are absorbed into our system through our skin, and it’s starting to be eminent in the wellness industry. Natural, cruelty-free and plant-based products are definitely taking over!

YASOU: What is it that you look for in the skin care products you use? What should women look out for?

SB: It all depends on what I’m using the products for. I look for botanicals, flower essences, essential oils and other natural ingredients first. For example in my hair I always use products with Jojoba oil. The number one thing I look for when shopping for skin care is that my products are paraben and cruelty-free. I love products that have Green Tea to calm inflammation and vitamin A and C to jump start cellular turnover.

YASOU: With Spring upon us what should we be incorporating into our diets to help revive our skin after this long winter season?

SB: Definitely foods that are high in water content! Instead of constantly guzzling water to stay hydrated this season, eat water dense foods such as cucumber, watermelon, and asparagus. The foods highest in water content are fruits and veggies – you can never go wrong with fruits and veggies!

YASOU: What is one of your favorite wellness tips to help one start a path to a healthier lifestyle?

SB: The art of crowding out. I talk about this a lot in interviews and workshops. Crowding out is the exact opposite of cutting out. When you focus on the foods you need to cut out, you can end up getting discouraged and may feel deprived. Crowding out is done by focusing on foods to ADD to your diet, like the food groups I mentioned above. Experiment with nutrient dense recipes that you love. Once you start craving your favorite plant based recipes and focus on all of the options you have to cook with, you will naturally start to cut down on processed foods.

YASOU: I think we have touched on skin care, and nutrition but really we need to incorporate exercise and mental wellness to really be balanced, right? All these things really combine to result in better health and beauty. What would you suggest is a simple mental exercise one can start practicing?

SB: One trick I use that definitely helps me stay sane during the week is to make your to-do list before you go to bed. By doing this, you are planning the day ahead of you which allows you to get a better sleep. When I don’t have a to-do list all set on my night stand, I wake up in the middle of night forgetting something that I needed to do which disrupts my sleeping schedule and makes me groggy the next day. This trick is extremely simple to do and is a great step towards keeping your schedule organized, and your stress levels low!

YASOU: Can one practice happiness?

SB: Definitely! This can be done by investing time in YOURSELF. Do this right now: write down what makes you happy. Is that time with friends? Time with family? Alone time? Figure out what your “happy-place” is, and schedule time in your planner to do that at least one hour a day. Stop working past 7 p.m. and spend time with family. Waking up earlier is a lot better than going to bed later after staring at a computer screen! Make plans with friends over the weekend, call your family if they are in another state. Humans are meant to be connected with one another, love is a universal language. Practicing love can easily translate to happiness, and the easiest way to love and be loved is by having those human connections.

YASOU: Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us! We really enjoyed speaking with you.

Why YASOU Appreciates Those Who Cover Natural Skin Care Topics

Before 2015 winds into high gear I want to thank the following publications, editors and beauty bloggers for their foresight in covering topics on natural skin care and boutique skin care companies including YASOU skin care. They have helped us get the word out on the benefits of natural skin care and continue to provide information that educates the consumer on natural skin care products.

Boutique skin care companies are up against a lot of competition from the big skincare manufacturing firms. We believe demand will grow for crafted, natural skin care formulas that have the feel and refinement of high-end luxury brands.

Here are some of the articles published during 2014:

1. INTERVIEW With LIVING-POSTCARDS GREECE:Theodora Ntovas of YASOU skin care answers our questions.

2. NEWS 247 Greece: How YASOU is Gaining Interest In America.

3. PRODUCT REVIEW-SKIN CARE: YASOU cellular day care.

4. Les Mousquetettes of France reviews YASOU face creams.

5. Green Day Editor’s Pick: YASOU body cream

6. Chicago StartUp YASOU Natural Skin Care Builds Momentum

7. Ultimate Skincare & Beauty Report (REVIEW) Cell Renewal Night Cream From YASOU Skin Care

8. Does Mommy Love it: YASOU SKIN CARE

9. Andrea’s Top Picks: YASOU Skin Care; Beauty Reviews by Andrea

10. BeautySweetSpot: 5 Favorites by Jeannine Morris

11. SunTimes Splash: Things We Love

12. MODERN SALON: YASOU Skin Care Introduces Natural Face Creams

13. CS Magazine: New Obession Creme de la Creme

As people become more educated on how ingredients from nature nurture the skin, their quest for health and beauty will be met in a balanced way. These publications, editors and beauty bloggers are leading the way.