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Quick Massage Techniques for Healthy Skin

Touch is the first form of communication we learn as babies. We understand this language through our skin. Our skin is constantly changing through cell renewal. Here are some quick massage techniques for healthy skin that can easily become a part of your skincare routine.  Enjoy luxe wellness at home.


Dry brush body massage

A favorite skincare technique used by holistic massage therapist Tayonon Gbala is dry brushing. To dry brush your body, she recommends using a natural bristle brush without water. “Make circular motions on the arms, legs, and back to exfoliate and release toxins naturally. These parts of the body, while not as outwardly visible as the face and hands need attention,” she says. Dry brushing stimulates blood circulation and improves lymphatic functions. Tayonon likes all-natural brushes from Spa Sister and Earth Therapeutics. To reach your back, select a long handle brush. Hydrate the skin after dry brushing with a body moisturizer. To keep skin well hydrated during her tissue body massages, Tayonon applies YASOU hydrating body cream. “I like the natural, vitamin rich ingredients and quick absorption into the skin,” she says.

 

Face massage

Face massage can be as simple as applying slight pressure with fingers while washing your face with a cleanser or applying a moisturizer to damp skin. But there are techniques that can help you keep your skin glowing. Many people hold tension in their face muscles. Some are concerned about signs of aging. We asked estheticians Nikki Seagrest and Kimberly Rosendorn at Enhance Lash Studio about facial massage techniques you can do at home between professional facials. “Massage brings more blood flow to the surface and increases collagen production making it a natural anti-ager,” Nikki says. Kimberly describes a motion technique for home massage. “After applying product, use your hands with gentle pressure to glide from the inner portion of your face out and upward to give yourself a natural face lift.” They recommend using a jade roller at home to help serums penetrate deeply into the skin. When kept in the refrigerator, the jade roller can help reduce puffiness and inflammation.

Based on skin type, Nikki uses a carrier oil to massage. “Jojoba is great for oily skin since it is most similar to the skin’s molecular structure. Grapeseed is a non-comedogenic oil that can be used on all skin types while Rosehip oil is suitable for drier, more mature skin. Adding essential oils like frankincense, tea tree or lavender enhance the experience,” she says. Like many people, their clients are looking for non-invasive, natural solutions to keep skin healthy.

Whatever technique you use, first cleanse the face and remove any makeup. Rub skin care products between your clean hands before applying. The warmth from your hands improves absorption. You can also try steaming your face with a home steamer to soften pores.

 

Breathe

Breath exercises indirectly benefit skin health by providing more oxygen and relieving stress. Tayonon shared this exercise which she uses in her selfcare program. In the morning, to get yourself stimulated start with your tongue at the roof of your mouth and keep mouth slightly open. Rapidly breathe in through the nose three times and exhale through the nose three times for 10 to 15 seconds. Over time try to expand that time to one minute each morning. When you need to relax, inhale four times, hold for seven seconds, then exhale eight times.

Take a few moments each day to get out of your head and into your body. You may discover trigger points, reflexes, over use patterns, where pain originates and pleasure too. The body is good at masking issues but also revealing truths. Use these quick massage techniques and you will become fluent in how touch nourishes healthy skin

Head-to-Toe Total Body Skin Care for Spring

Nature signals a new season with the first buds of flowers. Gardens and street cafés are calling you outdoors again. Is your skin ready? After a long winter you may notice that your skin has become dry, flaky or dull. During the winter months there is less moisture and light. Spring answers the call with April showers and longer daylight hours. It’s a good time to assess your total body skin care regimen from head-to-toe.

 

Total body exfoliation

To rid your body of dulling dead skin cells, exfoliate two to three times a week while in the shower. Use a body brush or a scrub. A simple scrub is easily made with a bit of certified organic extra virgin olive oil and some sugar. Use circular motions and rub gently. A cold rinse at the end of your shower stimulates the skin and shines the hair. Pat your skin dry.

 

Total body hydration

We are water-based creatures so it makes sense to use a water-based moisturizer. Moisturize after your bath or shower to help lock moisture and oils in the skin. Massage Greek-inspired YASOU hydrating body cream across your arms, torso, legs and feet. Remind yourself of how soft your skin can feel.

 

Total body sun protection 

With more daylight hours your skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Add 30+ SPF sunscreen regularly. Get out the wide-brim spring hats, sunglasses and lightweight natural fiber pants, skirts and shirts. You will look good, be protected, and most natural fabrics feel good on your skin.

 

Targeted Skin Care Areas

Face

We recommend daily use of a cellular vegan face cream and cell renewal night cream to protect and nourish facial skin. If your face needs extra moisture try a facial or facemask. Rather than powder, use Japanese beauty papers to diminish shine from T zone areas. Address seasonal acne with your favored product. To get more glow on during spring apply creamy blushes, toners and concealers.

Lips

Protect your lips with a lip block or lipstick that contains high SPF. YASOU will be introducing an all natural lip elixir to its line of luxe wellness products soon. It’s formulated to heal and nourish your lips year round.

Hands & Feet

Hands and feet that were covered up during winter get exposed to fresh air in the spring. They are often in need of skin repair. If you notice cracking, dry skin these areas need a lift. Invest in a good vegan hand cream that will treat your cuticles and strengthen your nails as well as hydrate. Look for organic oils, bacteria fighters and botanicals in the ingredients list. During spring it’s time to show some leg and let your feet breathe again. Soften calloused heels and cracked toes with a hydrating body cream that contains shea butter and jojoba seed oil.

Total body skin care means protecting and nourishing your skin from head-to-toe. Spring may be a good time to visit a dermatologist for skin screening and advice on how to properly protect your skin type. People with fair skin and freckles are particularly sensitive to the sun’s UV rays.

During spring soothe your skin. Enjoy the flowers, gardens and cafes. As Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.”

Clean Skin Reaps Healthy Benefits

Keeping your skin clean goes beyond soap and water. While there are many cleansing products to choose from, skin cleanliness is affected by other factors including how you wash, how often, water temperature, cleanliness of towels, soap dishes and washing machine, as well as clothing. Clean skin reaps healthy benefits. Your skin acts as a protector keeping germs and parasites from getting inside the body. Keep your skin clean by heeding to advice on skin cleanliness you may not have thought of before.

 

Wash your skin

Experts agree that warm water is better for the skin than hot water. A mild soap will clean skin surface. You don’t need strong soaps. Make sure the dish that holds your soap is clean. Wash your entire body daily and limit your time in the shower or bath. Soaking for long periods in hot water will remove the skin’s oils. Wash your face twice daily. Pat dry your skin after washing in order to leave some moisture on the skin. Apply your favorite natural body and face cream to lock that moisturizer in and hydrate your skin. We recommend YASOU hydrating body cream, vegan hand cream and our vegan face cream set.

 

Keep Towels Clean

A study at the University of Arizona revealed that many household towels are a breeding ground for germs. The researchers recommend washing bath towels in hot water after every three uses. Face towels should be washed after every use. The reason to keep towels clean is to avoid re-introducing bacteria to the skin’s pores. If you pat dry with the face towel you can use the same face towel twice. But if removing makeup it’s one time and your done. This is what they say will keep germs and millions of dead skin cells on towels from transferring back to your skin surface. Bacteria like dead skin cells. Also, you may want to not share your towel with anyone else. Sharing towels can introduce organisms to your body it’s not use to causing boils, pimples and infection to occur.

Dry towels as quickly as possible and don’t fold them while damp. Bacteria can grow quickly. An unpleasant odor indicates bacteria, so wash smelly towels on the sanitize cycle of a washer. Use fragrance free detergent to avoid skin irritation. Keep your washing machine clean as well. Odors may indicate mold and mildew. Washing machines can hold buildup from detergents and softeners. Here’s a good article on how to clean front load washers.

 

Keep clothing clean

Clean, fresh clothing helps avoid spreading germs and bacteria to the skin. Historically, wearing linen was one way to keep the skin clean and body odor at bay. Linen is absorbent, drawing away dirt and sweat from the skin into the weave of the fabric. After washing clothes, hanging them in sunshine to dry actually kills some disease causing germs and parasites. It’s the sun’s ultraviolet rays that kill bacteria.

 

Some simple lifestyle changes can help keep your skin clean and healthy. To nourish your skin try some of YASOU’s Greek-inspired luxe wellness products that hydrate and beautify the skin naturally.

When To See A Dermatologist

Annual routine visits to your dermatologist support good skin health, helping you maintain high self-esteem. When you have any skin, hair or nail issues that are of concern or persistent you should see a dermatologist. YASOU skin care is all about skin so we are going to discuss our top five reasons to visit a dermatologist.

1. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is caused by sun exposure. Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer and the easiest to cure if diagnosed early. Several warning signs to look for are skin growths that have changed in size, shape, color, and thickness. A sign of Melanoma is an irregular growth that is wider than a pencil eraser. Spots on your skin also need to be examined especially if the spots continuously scab, crust, itch, hurt or bleed and if you have family members with abnormal moles or skin cancer.

2. Acne is the most common skin condition. It causes various blemishes on the face that include whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and deep cysts. You can get acne at any age but it is most common in teenagers. Blemishes usually appear on the face, neck, back, chest, under arms and shoulders. Even tho acne is not life threatening it does effect your self-esteem and at times can even be painful. Without proper treatment it can leave permanent scars.

3. Eczema is a term for several chronic skin conditions that cause inflammation, irritations and rashes to the skin. It often causes red, swollen, dry and itchy skin. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. The exact cause is unknown but it’s linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is also found in families with a history of allergies or asthma. Eczema can be managed with medial treatment and by avoiding irritants.

4. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can also affect the eyes. Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It can also extend to the neck, chest and ears. It mostly affects people aged 30 and over with light skin. Rosacea may be triggered when blood vessels expand too quickly because of heat, wind, sunlight, cold, spicy food, alcohol or stress. Some people get little bumps and pimples on the red parts of their face. There is no cure for rosacea but getting treatment from your dermatologist can control the symptoms.

5. Signs of Aging. You may start noticing wrinkles, dryness and/or discolorations often called age spots that make you unhappy. Guess what – it’s time to visit your dermatologist! They have many treatments to help smooth wrinkles and tighten the skin as well as improve the skin’s texture and color. We believe that visiting your dermatologist, along with having a healthy diet and natural skin care regime can help you avoid treatments that are more chemical based. This is a decision you can make with the help of your dermatologist.

There are many more reasons to see a dermatologist than discussed here but we hope that we have given you a few to think about so you can see how important a visit to the dermatologist is in your annual health regime. Remember to love your self and love your skin.

YASOU!

YASOU Products Reviewed By FutureDerm

We usually never post reviews on YASOU natural skin care and it’s products, but recently FutureDerm.com, which is an online marketplace that also covers scientific skincare and helps people make sense of marketing claims, reviewed YASOU hydrating body cream and YASOU vegan hand cream. The review was filled with so much great scientific information on our ingredients that we decided to repost it for you. Below you will find the review by Nicki Zevola Benvenuti.

I know most of us don’t pay much attention to body skincare during the summer months, other than sunscreen and (gasp) maybe some body oil. But come this time of year, we start to realize the sun and sand might have taken its toll, and the skin of our bodies might need some TLC.

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two skincare products developed with a blend of science, natural ingredients, and the culture of Greece. Let me explain: The skincare line is plant-derived, gluten-free, and Leaping Bunny Certified. As loyal FutureDerm readers know, I’m typically less-than-enthusiastic about natural products, but the YASOU line also features the Calityl-O Complex, which consists of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids, polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory components to help protect and soothe the skin.

Lastly, the founder, Theodora Novas, lived in Greece as a child and found initial pure, unique, organic ingredients from the farmers market in Archia Feneos, in the Peloponnese region near Corinth. Ingredients like natural essential oils, flowers, indigenous plants, and locally produced, organic beeswax are staples in the YASOU line. Through the founder’s heritage and training in cosmetic chemistry, aromatherapy and skincare, she has formulated a one-of-a-kind line that I’m happy to share with my readers. For reviews of the YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream, read on below!

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream features a lot of skin beneficial ingredients, including Calendula officinalis, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.

First, let’s kick it off with Calendula officinalis. Studies have shown Calendula extract to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent, excellent for taking down redness and irritation (Skin Therapy Letters, 2000). What makes the calendula extract so beneficial is the high level of flavonoids – a type of antioxidants that are found within the plant. These antioxidants work to increase oxygen and blood flow to damaged skin allowing new tissue to grow. All of the powerful properties in this flower help heal your skin!

Next, although most people don’t think of honey as a particularly great skincare ingredient due to its sticky texture and viscosity, it does show some promise. Honey has three popular roles in skin care, according to scientific studies: cleansing, antibacterial, and wound-healing. When using a mixture of olive oil, beeswax and honey, 80% of eczema sufferers with eczema reported reduced itching, oozing, and scaling from their lesions, while 63% of patients with psoriasis also reported improved conditions (Complementary Therapies in Medicine).

As the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery points out, honey’s ability to heal patients’ lesions and wounds may be due in part to its hydrating properties and hydrogen peroxide. When coupled together, these properties give wounds and skin a moist environment where it can regrow skin cells (epithelization), promote granulate tissue growth (which is a sinewy tissue that covers fresh wounds), and overall healthy wound healing. Honey is also able to soothe inflammation and reduce edema (swelling), which improves the pain and irritation sufferers experience from cuts and lesions (Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery).

Lastly, extra virgin olive oil rounds out some of my favorite natural ingredients in YASOU Hydrating Body Cream. Extra-virgin olive oil is more pure, so it doesn’t go through the same synthetic process regular olive oil does. That is why you get twice the benefits with extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil is a spectacular ingredient with beneficial properties ranging from UV protective (Carcinogenesis, Toxicology) to anti-carcinogenic (The Lancet Oncology).

What makes olive oil so special is that it includes resveratrol, a natural protector of cellular activity; squalene, a natural hydrating agent; as well as three classes of distinct protective antioxidant polyphenols (simple phenols, secoridoids, and lignans).

Unlike many other skin care ingredients, olive oil is beneficial when ingested and when topically applied. [Read More: Tomatoes, Lemons, Olive Oil, and More: Are They Food, Skin Care, or Both?]

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream also contains olive oil, but then it is also includes other spectacular ingredients like coconut oil, plant-derived panthenol, and jojoba oil.

First, let’s kick this review off with coconut oil. No, I don’t like coconut oil as much as some beauty bloggers do. Coconut oil is not an antibacterial, despite popular belief, so I won’t use coconut oil-based products without preservatives. (Luckily, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream does have a small amount of phenoxyethanol to keep bacteria and fungi at bay. The mastic essential oil also has some anti-fungal activity). I also typically don’t recommend coconut oil for the face because it contains high doses of lauric acid, which may cause acne for some people. However, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream is designed to be applied (you guessed it) on the hands, which have fewer oil glands and do not typically breakout with the use of lauric acid.

However, coconut oil does have its own benefits. Coconut oil is an emollient that’s gentle enough to use in baby formulas on infants’ thinner, more delicate skin (Indian Pediatrics). In fact, one study found it in 44.4% of products for newborns that they tested when looking for allergens (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology). Another study found that virgin coconut oil could be used for its antibacterial and emollient qualities to treat contact dermatitis (Dermatitis). It can also help to heal burn wounds, though the researchers did not uncover why exactly, hypothesizing that it is because coconut has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (Indian Journal of Pharmacology). And coconut does have some UV protection — blocking about 20% of UV (the study didn’t specify UVA or UVB)(Pharmacology Reviews), so take that with a grain of salt and use sunscreen anyway.

Panthenol is another great ingredient in YASOU Vegan Hand Cream.

Studies have indicated that Panthenol is good for speedy wound recovery (University of Maryland Medical Center). Panthenol is a special kind of moisturizer, called a humectant. What separates humectants from your every-day moisturizer is that it puts a protective film on your skin (or hair) while pulling in moisture from your surroundings and depositing it in layers of skin. For the best results, find a creram with 1-5% panthenol. Plus, panthenol is a great hair and nail-strengthening agent (Panthenol – The Beautifier). A study by Jerajangi et al. found that panthenol was also key in reducing skin dispigmentation (from scarring, pimples, etc) and reds (Indian Journal of Dermatology).

Bottom Line

Overall, YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two fantastic skincare products for the body, and I am a true fan. I highly recommend using these products to keep skin protected, hydrated, and feeling soft and smooth!

We hope you found FutureDerm.com‘s review as informative as we did. YASOU!

What do Eco-Luxe, Eco-Beauty and Eco-Friendly Really Mean?

Eco-Luxe, Eco-Beauty, and Eco-Friendly are terms that have gained a great deal of momentum and are becoming part of a new vocabulary for discussing luxury, beauty, fashion and our overall standard of living today. What do these terms mean and why have they become relevant?

Environmentally friendly or environment-friendly, (also referred to as eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green) refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment.* This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy.

If we want to live on a planet with clean water, fresh air and a diversity of plants and animals, we have to do everything we can to protect the Earth’s health. Being environmentally friendly means choosing a lifestyle that helps the Earth more than it hurts it, and speaking up when you see the world around you being harmed. Conserving water, driving less often, gardening, and caring about animals are all good ways to start helping. The key is to make a concerted effort to live your life in a way that is conscious of the earth, it’s beautiful creatures and eco-systems.

Eco-Luxe means ecologically-friendly luxury. Some say that ‘Eco’ (design based in environmental sustainability) and ‘Luxe’ or luxury, cannot exist simultaneously and are contradictory. This may be true in the older definition of ‘excessive consumption’, however, the way people define luxury is changing. Today’s definition moves away from heavily marketed mass-manufactured brands put together in massive factories in foreign countries to local hand-made products created by artisans with love and reflecting the local culture. People want to relax in the knowledge of where, how and by whom their products were made. Today’s luxury is ‘guilt-free’ and tells its own story.

The new ‘luxury’ returns to products of quality that provide a unique experience of ‘immersion’- embracing the natural environment and the unique culture of a place, it operates in the face of globalization and its mono-culture. It is not necessarily showy – it’s all about details. Today’s luxury indulges the soul not the ego.

Eco-beauty. When it comes to beauty, we can ask as ourselves “how do the products I buy and the companies I support, contribute to the Earth’s well being, as well as my own?” Are these products good for me and good for the earth? Are these products cruelty-free, meaning the ingredients are not tested on animals or harmful to one’s health and the environment? Is the packaging eco-friendly and biodegradable? The answers to these questions are about wellness, for yourself and the earth. Many companies like YASOU natural skin care have emerged with this in mind.

The terms eco-luxe, eco-beauty and eco-friendly have become more than marketing terms, these are being embraced by eco-conscious consumers around the globe. It’s a new movement that is returning to quality and responsibility. It is not about ego but about ones beliefs.

Today’s well-off and eco-conscious consumers are turning to eco-luxe products, ranging from cosmetics to diamonds to cars that are beautiful, luxurious ⎯ and eco-friendly.

* wikipedia

Natural Fixes For Dark Under-Eye Circles

We have researched some great natural remedies for you to try or explore to treat those dark under-eye circles but first I think it’s important to know that even if you have gotten plenty of sleep and you still wake up with those dark under-eye circles it doesn’t mean it’s about fatigue. Mayo Clinic’s staff has defined that what appears to be dark circles under the eyes are sometimes just shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under the eyes that develop as a normal part of aging. That’s right aging, something that none of us can escape from. Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen are common as you age and can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious, sun exposure and rubbing or scratching your eyes are also common causes of under-eye circles.

So the question is how can you prevent them and what natural home remedies can treat them. Our research found a ton of natural fixes but we picked our top seven favorites for you and they are:

1) Watch your diet. You can never dispose of dark circles on the off chance that you don’t take care of your diet. Here are a few tips for you to increase a proper diet and lifestyle to get rid of those dark circles.

a. Drink lots of water (8 to 10 glasses) to avoid water maintenance.
b. Have a greater amount of green verdant vegetables.
c. Reduce salt intake in your diet.
d. Have substances rich in vitamins A, C, E and K.
e. Exercise.

2) Get enough Sleep. Bloodshot eyes, bags, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness can all be reduced, if not completely erased, by getting enough sleep. To further reduce puffiness and darkness under your eyes, sleep on your back with head slightly elevated. This posture allows fluids to drain from your face. Use an extra pillow so that your head is at least a couple inches above your body.

3) Use Cold compresses Bags of ice, cold spoons, tea bags or frozen vegetables-place
them over your eyes for a few minutes to decrease swelling. The cold works by constricting blood vessels and preventing the flow of fluid into the eye’s tissues. Cucumber is, by a wide margin the most applied home remedy to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. It contains various antioxidants that help reduce discoloration and inflammation. Place chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyes, and the cool temperature helps in backing off the puffiness by diminishing aggregation of liquid under the eyes. Potatoes are great as well- they stay cold for a long time and are rich in various antioxidants, they also are known to have natural bleaching agents that lighten the skin.

4) Massage. Mix coconut oil and almond oil and massage gently in circular motion around the eyes (be careful to not put into the eye). Leave it on for about an hour. This should be done daily.

5) Pastes. Turmeric has been utilized since old times to nourish the skin and give it a healthy natural gleam. The curcumin component of turmeric is an excellent antioxidant and has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can help reduce inflammation, reduce damage caused by free radicals and diminish wrinkles and fine lines.

Try this Turmeric-Pineapple paste:
2 tsp of Turmeric powder
1-2 tsp. of fresh pineapple juice.

Mix the pineapple juice with the turmeric powder to get a paste. Apply this to the area around your eyes covering your dark circles totally. Leave for 20-30 minutes. Wash with water and if required lukewarm water because turmeric stains a lot.

6) Avoid extreme time in the sun. Wear sun glasses when you need to go out into the sun.

7) Moisturize. Unlike the skin on the rest of your face, the eye area does not contain oil glands that can help keep this skin moist, so applying moisturizer under your eyes can keep them healthy looking. Creams created specifically for the eye area prevent fluid build-up by restricting the blood vessels around the eyes and tightening the loose skin. We recommend you seek out natural/organic, plant-derived ingredients that contain a good source of antioxidants and vitamins.

These are a few of our favorite tips for natural fixes for dark under-eye circles if you try the above and are still having problems, consult your physician. Let us know if you have some great tips that we should have added to our list, we are always interested in hearing from you. Email us at info@yasouskincare.com, Attn: Natural tips for Dark Under-Eye Circles.

YASOU!

Natural Wellness Skincare Tips for Teenagers

When children grow into their teen years they become more conscious of their appearance, including their skin. What they learn now about natural skincare can become a life-long wellness practice. Here are some ideas for teenagers to help them sustain healthy skin naturally and prevent or properly manage skin irritations such as acne.

Cleansing and moisturizing routines are key. They may differ depending on whether the skin is normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. Determine yours and read on. Other factors influencing skin health that we can control are diet and protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Identify Skin Type
Identifying skin type (which may fluctuate with the seasons and hormone levels) is important to caring for your skin.

Normal skin appears smooth and clear. It maintains a natural balance of oil and water. Wash your face with a mild soap two to three times a day. The body’s natural oils prevent water loss.

Oily skin may appear shiny. It shows open pores and is acne prone. Use soap and water three times a day to keep the face clean. Don’t touch or squeeze pimples. Avoid any products that clog the pores. Tanning the skin will not improve acne it may actually worsen it.

Dry skin looks dull. Moisturizing is important after a twice-daily wash. Natural moisturizers containing Shea butter and olive oil help lock in moisture. Do not use products that contain fragrance or alcohol, which can make the skin drier. Avoid scrubbing. Such action on the skin’s surface can make it drier.

Combination skin on a teenager may have areas that are dry and areas that are oily. You can remove excess oil by washing three times a day with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas only.

Cleanse
Oil, dirt and sweat accumulate on the face. Wash it away at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening after brushing teeth. Use warm water and mild soap or a foaming facial cleanser. Don’t shock the pores with hot or cold water while washing.

During the day, avoid touching your face with your fingers. Bacteria can spread causing pores to clog and inflame. Keep hands, eyewear and hair clean for this same reason. Pay attention to the forehead, nose and chin area.

Hydrate
After cleansing, hydrate with a moisturizer containing all natural ingredients. A moisturizer is especially important for those with dry skin. Body moisture moves from inside the skin’s deepest layers to its outer layers. Lock it in with a good natural moisturizer.

Eat Well, Avoid Sun Exposure
Refined sugars and processed foods fuel inflammation. Skin needs fresh, healthy food just as our other organs do. Forego the soft drinks and replenish with a nice cool drink of water.

When going outside, apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen year round to protect your skin from damage now and later in life. Like eating well and exercising, teenagers can improve and protect their skin naturally. If acne becomes severe and long lasting, talk with a dermatologist to find a treatment method for your skin type

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!

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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.