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Dark Chocolate May Be The Perfect Valentine For Your Skin

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

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

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

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

Love and Skin Care: What’s It All About

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To express love you could write a poem, play a heart rendering song, attend a candlelit dinner, pick up roses, or wrap a box of jewelry. However you do it, to love and be loved is a pleasure that supports healthy skin. Plant kisses, offer a massage,  or sit in the back at a romantic movie. Feel-good emotions help reduce stress and build skin cell immunity. Indulge yourself.

 

Love lets you face the world

When your skin looks and feels good you are ready to face the world. Caring for your skin is a way of expressing self love. Healthy skin is one path our bodies and brains use to indicate what’s stirring inside. When you love the skin you’re in, it shows.

 

Let the glow grow

Love can help you get your glow on. A happy, joyful person releases endorphins causing increased blood flow that may manifest as skin glow. Endorphins spread like confetti from your brain when it’s trying to keep pain and stress at bay. Some lovely ways to increase endorphins are to eat, laugh, make love, listen to music, drink, exercise with others and sniff lavender.

 

Love reduces stress

Self-care is important for healthy skin. Desire lights our fire but stress, sadness and anger can cause inflammation that leads to skin disruptions such as acne and rosacea. Happiness and joy reduce inflammation through chemical reactions that include endorphins and neurotransmitters. Stress increases cortisol levels and inhibits enzymes responsible for the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

 

Love is mindful

The nerve endings in skin are continually communicating with the brain. If you or your significant other experience chronic stress or disturbing emotional issues it may show up on the skin. The mind-skin connection was reported years ago in Harvard Health Publications, Women’s Health Watch. Consider the blush, if you question the skin’s ability to decipher emotions.

 

Love makes skin stronger

Positive emotions increase skin cell immunity. Strong skin cells are less prone to infection and quicken the skin’s ability to heal. Skin tells a story of how we cope, love, fear, desire and explore. It shows what we’ve been through and how we choose to live life.

A team of researches from Duke University recently demonstrated how emotions can be “seen” using a functional MRI scan. While fascinating, it’s more wonderful to see joy in real life on the faces and in the arms of our loved ones. Our skin allows us to touch and feel. Nurture your skin with natural moisturizing skin cream and you’ll be ready for all that love has to offer.

Share the love and make it special this Valentine’s Day with YASOU natural skin care.

YASOU Skin Care Blog Topics In 2019

Happy 2019! We hope you had wonderful holidays. It’s a new year with new goals and ambitions. Here at YASOU Skin Care we are excited and energized to present skin care posts that educate and entertain.  We want to bring you the best and most current topics in natural skin care. We have a lot to talk about! Here are just some of the topics we will cover in this blog during 2019.

Individual Beauty Begins with Your Skin. Whatever you put on it, whatever color it is, nobody’s skin is the same as yours. It’s like a map showing contours, origins, physical and cultural features that reveal the uniqueness of you. Not only where you’ve been, but where you’re going.

Social Media Devas Don’t Look Good All The time. People are taking photos and sharing them on social media 24 hours a day. Those who are confident in who they are and what they look like are posting pics that reflect real life, not magazine covers. Mastering a natural skin care look can rid you of the demand for glamour shots with something more real. When you feel good, you look good.

+MORE.   Take a look at our info graphic for more subjects we plan on talking about this year. Make sure you register for our newsletter so you can stay informed about our newest promotions, events, sales and giveaways. Looking forward to 2019 with you.

YASOU!

Don’t Just Give a Gift, Present It

Estheticians know their customers want change not only in an improved physical appearance but also in their confidence or self-esteem. It’s more than just a look, the feel is important. A face, hands or body become a canvas. A hydrating body cream soothes. A vegan hand cream is pure. Include touch during your gift giving moment. It may be a kiss, hug, handshake or pat on the back. Touch always adds intimacy.  

How can you bring more joy to your gift giving experience? Employ thoughtful aesthetics and authentic gestures to your gift giving moment. We may venture to multiple shops looking for the perfect gift, but how much thought do we give to the moment when a gift is given? This moment could be the beginning of a new tradition or a once only event. The idea is to surprise, engage and intrigue. In other words, don’t just give a gift, present it. Make your gift giving moment memorable. Here are some ideas from professions that rely on aesthetics and authentic gestures to create memorable moments. 

To enhance a diner’s experience chefs know they must prepare a delicious meal, but they also need to present it well. For example, they choose the right size and color of plate to serve the food. They don’t overcrowd the plate or add too many sizes, textures and shapes. These decisions add to the diner’s delight. If your gift has color in it, choose a wrapping paper with a similar or complementary color. Fit the box size to the gift size.  

Designers use their creativity to express ideas in an original way. Composition is key. They look at multiple elements and bring them together. When presenting a gift, design the moment in a way that only you can. What will you be wearing when you give the gift? What scent is in the room? Is music playing? What about the lighting – candles or twinkling tree lights?

Writers know the power of story. When giving a gift offer a short backstory – why you think they would like it, where you got it from, why you want them to have it. Offer a complement that is heart-felt and revealing. It should tell the person something you adore about them while also revealing something about you and your relationship to that person. For example: “Every time you (do whatever), it reminds me of what a special person you are.”

This season YASOU skin care added all of the elements above to create a special skin care gift package that contains a 8oz hydrating body cream aroma free with two hand crafted Lavender, Bergamot bath bombs gift wrapped that we think will be appreciated by all gift givers as well as those receiving your gift. Moments are what make our life beautiful and memorable. Enjoy yours. Happy holidays!

Fall Harvest Ingredients That Enhance Your Skin

Each year growers carefully tend to their crops so we can put food on our table and enjoy many skincare products made with natural ingredients. It’s been a challenging year for growers. In Midwest states, farmers had a late spring planting due to weeks of heavy rain. Floods stripped top soil from fields. Hurricanes hit the East and Gulf states while wildfires burned on the West coast. Still, growers are a resilient lot. Bumper crops, inclement weather, and market competition are forces they face every year. Yet they continue to plant, often generation after generation. When the fall harvest comes, they learn what their toil has brought. Hera are some ways ingredients from the fall harvest act as natural skin enhancers:

  • Collagen stimulators
  • Moisturizers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Cell repairers
  • UV ray protectors
  • Circulation boosters
  • Stress relievers
  • Germ killers

The following fall harvest ingredients may be ingested as food and flavor enhancers or applied topically through skin care products such as oils, masks, serums, soaps, scrubs or lotions.

 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and essential fatty acids. When eaten or applied topically through oils or masks pumpkin can help ward off signs of aging. Don’t forget the seeds. Nutrition expert Joy Bauer calls pumpkin seeds a “skin superfood.” She describes the zinc found in pumpkin seeds as a natural protector of cell membranes that help maintain collagen and promote skin renewal.

 

Olives

California is the lead grower of olive trees and producer of olive oil in the USA. Certified Organic Extra Virgin oil is full of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols, which contain antioxidants. When absorbed into skin, they combat free radicals. Polyphenols also protect against ultraviolet rays and may encourage new cell growth, replacing damaged skin cells. Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil in skin care products is used to soothe and moisturize the skin. Its antioxidants form a protective barrier, trapping moisture on the skin.  YASOU skin care uses certified organic extra virgin olive oil as their main ingredient in there Calityl-O Complex which is in most of the skin care line creams.

 

Apples

Apples contain malic acid, a natural humectant that helps keep skin hydrated. It’s a natural antioxidant with properties that fight free radicals. Mandelic acid reduces discoloration. Most antioxidants are found in the apple peel. Skin care products containing apple extract use it for its toning, exfoliating and rejuvenating benefits.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries contain high amounts of vitamins C, a collagen booster that helps keep skin firm. Natural acids in cranberries act as an exfoliant helping to prevent clogged pores. Its antioxidants are free radical fighters that bring out the glow and suppleness of skin.

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg comes from evergreen trees in the tropical islands of the East Indies. It is a collagen stimulator and protects against UV rays. Nutmeg oil has antibacterial properties and is believed to boost circulation.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties that may diminish acne. Cinnamon is often used in lip plumping products, masks, oils, powders and of course for flavoring food. Cinnamon extracts have highly potent antioxidant properties. For use on the skin, cinnamon oil should be made from tree leaves, not the bark.

 

Carrots

Beta carotene contained in carrots is an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin cell production. The content of flavonoids in carrots is high in autumn. These phytonutrients areantioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits

 

Rosemary

This fragrant herb is used in teas, pure essential oils and as flavoring for food. Rosemary extract is known to tone and firm sagging skin. It helps reduce swelling and puffiness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Almonds

L’Occitane, a popular French beauty company, is so enthralled with the skin care benefits of almonds that it partners with local almond growers that produce high quality product through sustainable practices in Provence. In addition to high protein, almonds are rich in omega-3 and omegea-6 fatty acids, contain powerful antioxidants and moisturizing properties.

 

Beets

Beets contain a mix of healthy nutrients including folate, fiber, vitamins A and C, manganese, iron, and potassium. They help stimulate cell renewal, guarding against premature aging and wrinkles.

 

Kale

Kale contains a powerful range of antioxidants that work from the inside out. Its own antioxidants help protect the plant from damaging UV rays, and thus help protect our skin. Its high Vitamin C content supports firm, soft skin.

 

Lavender

High grade, quality lavender oil regenerates skin and helps in the healing of cuts and scars. Lavender contains antiseptic and antifungal properties. As a bacteria fighter it helps keep acne at bay.  Lavender essential oil is known to have calming and sedative properties, promoting relaxation and sleep. It can be applied directly on the skin, or as an ingredient in skincare products.

 

Seasons affect the concentration of phytochemicals in plants. Phytochemicals are compounds derived from plants that have biological activity in humans.Fall harvest ingredients are nurtured by the soil and sun under the watchful eye of growers. When you use choose skincare products with natural and organic ingredients you are enhancing your skin and supporting growers who know when crops are ripe and ready to be reaped.

Are There Good Alcohols in Skin Care?

When I started YASOU skin care I wondered why is there alcohol in skin care products?  I believe we need to understand why alcohol is used in skin care before we can begin discussing the difference between good and bad types of alcohol.

The use of alcohol in skin care products may be that it is used as a solvent (dissolves something or thins out a mixture), emulsifier allows two different substances to blend together), antiseptic (kills bacteria), buffer (balances the pH), stabilizer (prevents separation or unwanted reactions), preservative (minimizes bacterial growth or spoilage), penetration enhancer (improves delivery of an ingredient into skin), or fragrance fixative.

So as you can see alcohol in itself is a versatile ingredient that can perform a range of functions! Today I want to concentrate on the “good” alcohols.  I have included a chart below with our list of “good and “bad” alcohols for you to use as a beginning guide to help you become aware of certain alcohols when reading your skin care labels. The “bad alcohols” for skin care are on this list because they produce dryness, erosion of the surface of the skin (which is really bad for skin), and a strain how the skin replenishes renews and rejuvenates itself.  These alcohols just weaken the skin and can be considered volatile.

The good alcohols are the fatty alcohols, also called wax alcohols. These fatty alcohols are a wax substance which are usually derived from nuts, coconut, and Palm oil (we don’t recommend using products with palm oil due to the sourcing tactics of this ingredient) making them rich in healthy fats that can feed and nourish the skin in combination with other plant based oils.

Fatty alcohols also tend to be 100% non-irritating (please note this doesn’t mean that people with skin sensitivities won’t have allergic reactions to them because everyone has different skin). The function of fatty alcohols is to act as emulsifiers to help bind the oil and water components of a lotion or cream and keep it from separating. They can thicken a formula making it creamy, thick, luscious and rich. The fatty acid content acts as an emollient, assisting with hydration and forming a protective barrier to the skin once a product is applied.

YASOU skin care only uses fatty alcohols that are nut or fruit derived (vegetable).  We have constructed an alcohol informational graphic listing the ingredients to look for in both “good” and/or “bad” alcohols.  These fatty alcohols can be plant or animal, thus this infographic has been created as a general guide for you.  Should you be seeking vegan fatty alcohols, check with the product’s manufacturer to find out if the wax is plant or animal based, gluten free and natural.  I hope you find this informational graphic helpful.  If you are interested in learning more about any ingredients, or if you would like us to address certain skin care topics, please feel free to drop us an email at Info@yasouskincare.com and let us know what you would like us to cover it.

YASOU!

 

Ingredients for DIY Face Masks

Sometimes I skip face masks mainly because I don’t want to spend any more time on my skin care regime.  If you want to start incorporating them into your daily routine I would look into DIY recipes. I did some research and found some great recipes to pass on to you and will store away for my personal usage as well.

Face and body masks can help tone, tighten, nourish, and hydrate the skin. They can help remove impurities, excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores making your skin glow.

My research revealed some basic DIY ingredients for face masks for common skin problems.  There’s a few I want to try myself.  Let us know if you decide to try one and what kind of
end-results you experienced. If you have a great one you would like to share with us, we will pass it on.  Email us at info@yasouskincare.com.   When mixing these ingredients use your judgement on what kind of consistency you like.   (Infographic Source: Vitamins Plus & Supplements).

 

How A Good Nights Sleep Supports Skin Health and Well Being

I have always heard that a good night’s sleep supports well being, and took this advice at face value, without putting too much more thought into it.  Several years ago I faced some serious health issues and remember my doctor asking me if I got enough sleep at night.  Well my husband snored and I was NOT getting a good night sleep. In fact, I was more irritable and not feeling well at all.  My doctor’s advice was to have my husband sleep in the guest room for a while, so I could get a good night sleep. He told me that if I didn’t, I would not get healthier because my body needed sleep in order to heal itself. That is when I took an interest in what it means to get a good night of sleep and why it’s important.

The brain and body do not shut down during sleep; rather they perform important tasks that promote mental and physical health, such as producing hormones that help repair cells and fight off illnesses.

Science tells us that good sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring the skin.  Sleep is the foundation for building and maintaining health, well being and guarding against stress and age-related diseases.  The list can go on and on. Since we are a natural skin care blog, we are going to concentrate on skin!

Lack of sleep can decrease collagen production in skin as well as increase water loss.  The loss of intracellular water is the ultimate pathway to aging because it severely impacts skin cells and skin connective tissue (collagen and elastin).

Eight hours of good sleep from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is the best quality time for good skin health.  That’s because every night your skin undergoes a natural rejuvenation process where your cells divide and replicate the fastest.  This process is controlled by a biological rhythm that kicks in around 11:00 p.m., Get your best sleep then and you will reap the maximum skin health benefits!  This is also a good time to apply a good collagen-boosting moisturizing night cream to your skin. The actives in the cream will work synergistically with your skin’s natural renewal cycle for superior, graceful aging results.  Sleep is a period of net water loss in your body. It is important to encourage the body to hold as much healthy water in cells and connective tissue as possible. This is another reason why an extra hydrating night cream should be part of an overall skin care regiment that helps preserve and promote the health and strength of the skin’s barrier.

The concept of beauty sleep is not a myth. Good sleep is essential for good skin health, well-being and overall health!  Here are some quick tips on getting a good night sleep.

  • Turn off all blue-light sources, including smart phones, tablets, TVs and computers one hour before going to bed.
  • If you must nap, do it early in the day and not for more than 20 minutes.
  • Make sure your pillow aligns with the natural curve of your neck.
  • Keep your bedroom temperature between 68 and 72 degrees.
  • A consistent sleep routine helps create a natural sleep-wake schedule

We wish you all good sleep!

YASOU.

Skin Care Before and After Dermaroller Micro Needling

If you want to enhance the absorption of luxe wellness topical skin care products to rejuvenate your skin dermaroller micro needling can be an effective and safe choice. Dermaroller micro needling involves repetitive puncturing of the skin with microneedles to create tiny holes called micro-channels on the top layers of the skin. In healing these wounds, the skin generates growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin while also allowing topicals to reach deeper into the skin.

Multiple options exist for adding micro-needling to your skin care regime. I favor first visiting a dermatologist’s office to discuss your skin care concerns and expectations. Get their advice for best treatment options for your skin. If your goal is to reduce acne scars and wrinkles through dermaroller micro needling be aware that needle depth and experience using the tool is important. Ask about home use dermarollers for enhancing absorption of your current skin care products. A dermatologist can demonstrate the best way for using a dermaroller to avoid tearing or harming your skin. You can pose questions on micro-needling to physicians at sites like this one, but these answers are not specific to your skin. If you prefer the more relaxed environment of a spa, seek out estheticians who are trained and certified in dermaroller micro needling.

Skin Care Before Dermaroller Micro Needling

Use a skin cleanser that thoroughly removes impurities including oils, lotions and dirt. Fresh, clean skin improves your complexion and readies it for the micro needling process. Keep your skin well moisturized as dermaroller micro needling can dry the skin temporarily. Immediately before the process, clear off any lotions, makeup or sunscreen. You don’t want impurities entering the exposed skin layers. Never use a dermaroller on inflamed skin or active acne. Wait until the condition has cleared.

Skin Care Afer Dermaroller Micro Needling

Dermaroller micro-needling will cause skin to redden. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Hydrate with a moisturizer that won’t irritate the skin. Be sure to use products you trust that contain healthy nurturing ingredients. Avoid toxic ingredients and chemical peels. Hyaluronic acid from botanicals will hydrate and help reduce redness. Moisturizers containing vitamins A, C and E support the skin in its effort to generate collagen and elastin. These vitamins’ anti-inflammatory abilities can help skin heal after dermaroller micro needling. To avoid potential infection, leave skin bare. Wait 24 hours for micro channels to close before applying makeup.

Micro needling will boost the absorption rate of topical products. Choose your luxe wellness products carefully. Check with your dermatologist or trained aesthetician on what products and ingredients are best for you.

Scientific research and dermatologists’ observations show that micro-needling can repair the structure of skin by building collagen and elastin. It can also normalize skin cell function, treat wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and scars.

101 Information On Adult Acne and Your Skin

As an adult I thought I would out grow acne but I didn’t. I suffer from Cystic Acne  which is noted on the information graphic below as Cyst/Nodule.  It is the most severe form of acne because it is very deep rooted in the inner layers of the skin and the nodules are painful.  I started seeing a dermatologist in my youth around 16 years old and still visit them today.   I have educated myself and have learned acne is triggered differently for each person (see the section “Types” on the infographic). For example, my acne stems from stress and hormones.  I have also learned how to treat my acne, using my dermatological products and my Greek inspired YASOU skin care products as a total skin care regime. Today I am proud to say my skin has never looked healthier.

The one thing I can pass on to you is that cleaning your skin every day and being gentle to it is very important. You can find some great DIY cleansers and information in the article “Keep Your Skin Clean With DIY Natural Skin Cleansers.”  I also came across the infographic below and thought it was informative, offering basic information that could be helpful, so please take a look.  The more information you have about adult acne, the wiser you will be in learning how to treat it and care for your skin.  Please drop us a line at info@yasouskincare.com with any tips or information on adult acne that would be beneficial to pass on to others.  YASOU!

(infographic courtesy of Besskincare.com)