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Vegan Skin Care for Summer Acne

This summer was brutal for my skin, even at my age I still suffer from adult cystic acne.  My flair ups have been far and few but this summer it was non-stop. I just couldn’t completely clear up the break out and get it into submission.

I sweated more than usual this summer and with this came the breakouts. As often as I cleansed, the hair follicles clogged accumulating sebum and bacteria.   I think you get the picture.  I want to share with you some basic preventative steps that I  have been practicing this summer and finding fast relief and results.

 

1) Keep your hands away from your face. Make sure you wash your hands first before touching your face or neck.

2)  Do not pop pimples or try to, unless they are ready to be popped and use tissue.

3)  Cleanse gently with a glycerin soap and wash with cold water.

4)  Let your skin breathe. Try not using heavy makeup or powders in the summer. Touch up cover up is recommended.

5)  On those extremely humid, hot days tie your hair back in a bun, ponytail or braid so it isn’t touching your face.

6)  Use a natural spray-on sunscreen lightly and bring a hat if you are spending time in direct sun light.

7) Avoid heavy, animal-based moisturizers and products that contain a great deal of fat in them.

8)  Keep your makeup brushes clean. If you are using a towel to pat dry your face after washing, make sure you have a clean one daily or at least every other day for usage.

9).  Touch up treatments for cystic acne is different than regular acne so look into what is best for your situation.  For my cystic acne I’ll do a mixture of Manuka, Tea Tree, Rosemary Verbenone, Juniper and Clary Sage essential oils and dab them on the infected area only.  I’ve also heard Oregano, Clove, Lemongrass, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils can be great alternatives.

10) After removing your makeup and cleansing your face go ahead and dilute some “Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) with some water and a cotton ball. Do a second light cleansing to your skin.  You’ll have to figure out what concentration is right for your skin type. I use it full strength and do not dilute it at all but I don’t recommend this for everyone.

11)  Before bedtime after you have cleansed and applied your vinegar mix go ahead and apply a vegan night cream that contains sodium hyaluronate (this is the plant-based hyaluronate acid. Use lightly and maybe kick back to three or four times a week depending on your skin needs.  YASOU vegan cell renewal night cream has been a huge asset to my summer skin care regime and my cystic acne flair ups, keeping my skin hydrated, balanced and my skin barrier intact.

12)  Use silk pillowcases – it makes all the difference to your skin.

 

I hope you find some of these steps helpful. As basic as they seem they have made a world of difference for my skin this summer.  As you can see all the steps are natural, animal-free solutions.  If you know of any other basic steps please email them to me at terry@yasouskincare.com and we’ll send you a gift.

YASOU!

Serenity Sustains You and Your Skin

Serenity is a sense of feeling calm, peaceful and untroubled. Expressions of this state of being are shared around the world through words and images in all cultures. In Greek, the word for serenity is ηρεμία. In Arabic it is written as سكينة الروح, راحة نفسية .  In China as 寧靜. And in Japanese: セレニティ, 平静, 静けさ. Philosophers from ancient to modern times have spoken of its benefits to mind and body. In a previous post we talked about how gratitude can benefit your skin. Cited in the post was some psychodermatology research that shows how emotions, mind and skin interact. While all of that holds true, I look at serenity a bit differently. Where does it come from? How can we get more of it? Just like our skin, the answers are personal to each of us.

 

Can we soak ourselves in serenity each day in the same way we adhere to a natural skin care routine? I think so. If we seek it, we will find it. We may find a serenity boost through meditation, mindfulness, physical activity or the wisdom of others. Read on.

 

Taoist take the middle road to serenity:

“I have neither hens nor foxes.”Tao proverb

 

Expectations can devour serenity:

“For serenity always prefer the cottage to the palace! – Mehmet Murat Idan

 

Understand the boldness of belief:

“If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”
–Mother Theresa

 

Know your sweet spot:

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks. And all the sweet serenity of books.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

For our skin health we know to avoid certain assaults:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Junk food
  • Lack of sleep

 

These same things can disrupt our sense of serenity. UV rays can damage skin and cause suffering. An anxious mind compromises skin’s protective capacity. Stress sends signals to our nerves, creating hormone imbalances and chemicals that increase oil production. Cortisol disrupts dermal proteins and weakens the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. Junk food starves skin of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. A lack of sleep causes low energy and grumpiness.

 

Be encouraged that any assault can be assailed. Marinade your mind with comforting thoughts such as these:

“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”  ― Jane Austin, Sense and Sensibility

 

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

 

“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

 

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”   ― Lao Tzu

 

“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.”   ― C. JoyBell C.

 

Give yourself a serenity boost every day. Poetry can reflect and instill a sense of serenity. Float with this one across the sky, under a tree, into a sea of daffodils.

 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
― William Wordsworth

 

Make serenity as natural as a skin care routine. It will sustain you and your skin. Peace.  Ειρήνη (Greek), Síocháin (Irish), ᏙᎯᏱ(Cherokee), ཞི་བདེ(Tibetan)  שלום (Hebrew).

 

To your health, YASOU!

Six Pleasures of Sensual Skin Care

Skin invites intimacy. Think of the difference between lying in bed with clothes on and clothes off. Or holding a loved one’s hand with gloves on and gloves off. That layer of cloth separates. When appropriate, skin-to-skin contact offers a sensual experience that says I am vulnerable, vibrant, and cared for. Nerve endings close to the skin create waves of sensation when skin is touched, tickled and teased. If stimulated suggestively, sexual arousal can occur across the body via its blanket of skin. Sensual skin care invites everyone to experience these pleasures.

 

Presence

Skin helps us be aware of what or who is in contact with our body. If you see or feel skin disruptions, tend to it. Nurture it. Fully inhabit your body. Enjoy the feel of a summer breeze on your bare feet. A whisper into the ear. Silk sheets. A kiss on the neck or inner wrist. A new scent. Skin communicates sensations. It may physically respond with goosebumps, sexual arousal or relaxation. It varies by person. If you aren’t present, you will miss it.

 

Tension

Sometimes the timing isn’t right for touch. Respect this. When it is right, let your sensual pleasure build. Linger your touch with a pause, move toward the lower abdomen or up the thigh and then retreat. Leave a trail with your fingers. Teasing builds tension and raises pleasure when released. Your brain gets flushed with feel good hormones. Blood vessels open wide and skin may blush red.

 

Pressure

Touch has many degrees. To be interesting, modulate between soft and deep touch. Apply different amounts of pressure. A kiss on the eyelid is different from a tongue thrust in the mouth. Stroke, tickle, grab, cup, brush. Whatever is welcomed. A brush to the skin of your inner arm can be more sensually intense than a grab. Changing up your touch can be as easy as bathing together with soap, applying body cream, or massaging with essential oils.

 

Boundaries

Skin doesn’t come with a map showing designated boundaries. You draw them. Your skin should be a safe place. A beautiful place that allows you to connect to your surroundings, people and purpose. There are vulnerable spots. For some it’s the belly, armpit or feet. Feel free to designate detours. When you own your body you practice self-care, identify and communicate what’s off limits, and forgive any flaws. Give attention to all areas of the skin, not just what is visible.

 

Novelty

In his article “The Strange Phenomenon of Musical Skin Orgasms,” David Robson writes: “If a song follows the conventions too closely, it is bland and fails to capture our attention; if it breaks the patterns too much, it sounds like noise. But when composers straddle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar, playing with your expectations using unpredictable flourishes, they hit a sweet spot that pleasantly teases the brain, and this may produce a frisson.” He defines a frisson as a skin orgasm that causes chills, shivers down the spine, or goosebumps. In essence, don’t let your sensual skin care pleasures become routine. Shake it up. Tingle.

 

Desire

Sensual skin care stories are not limited to soft, youthful suppleness. People have callouses, scars, imprints from tight pants, bruises, wrinkles and a variety of colors on their skin. Don’t worry about the warts, celebrate what’s unique. Indulge your desire to apply creams to your skin. Take care of your skin and it will enhance sensual rewards. If your skin has kept you away from the sensual life you want to live, change the story line – when you feel desirable you are desired.

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Is Your Skin Ready For Summer?

There are three skin care actions to take no matter what the temperature is outside – exfoliate, moisturize and block UV rays. Just like during winter, taking care of your skin is a priority in the summer season.  When outdoor air is hot and humid you can develop dry, dehydrated, irritated skin. The biggest culprits are spending time in the sun, environment/pollution, swimming pool, and air-conditioning.

 

When it comes to caring for your skin, temperature matters. Increase in temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity and heat, can increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. This makes oily skin appear oilier and dry skin appear rough and patchy.  Ingredients in your skin care products matter too. Products containing shea butter can help protect the skin from UV sunlight and harsh temperatures.

 

Hot temperatures in summer require exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting the skin. Sweat and skin oils can clog pores. Products containing sugar cane extract can keep pores open and help eliminate blemishes. Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. Moisturizing with a hydrating, water-based body cream can help provide long-hasting hydration.

 

Make water your best friend. Keep yourself hydrated from the inside out and apply moisturizer to keep yourself hydrated from the outside in.Shower and shampoo immediately after getting out of the swimming pool, using fresh, clean water and a natural, mild cleanser and exfoliate.  After exfoliating, moisturize and apply sun screen.  I know this sounds repetitive but it’s this repetition of exfoliating, moisturizing and applying SPF that will keep your skin healthy and glowing through the summer months.

 

If your skin burns, DNA in your skin cells have been damaged. Apply 30-50 SPF sunscreen with a broad ultraviolet spectrum. This will defend your skin from sun damage for approximately two hours. After that, sunscreen should be reapplied. If you are swimming or sweating a lot, apply more often.

 

Summer means that you should ease up on the makeup. Wear minimal facial makeup to allow the skin to breathe better. Humidity and heat suppress the skin’s ability to breathe and stresses it out. Avoid anything heavy on the face. Use a matte day cream, tinted moisturizer, a vegan lip treatment, tinted lip balm, and protective eyewear this summer to give your skin some rest.

 

What we eat has a lot to do with how we look and feel.  Go for seasonal fruits, vegetables and natural juices to feel fresh and stay away from sugary drinks.

 

Wearing loose, natural-fiber clothing and a hat during summer will protect your skin as well. Lastly. . .

 

. . . Have a great summer!

 

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Unleash Your Skin Care Superpower

While the Avengers demonstrate their superpowers on the silver screen you can unleash your skin care superpower by blasting away the negative effects of aging, dry skin, and inflammation. Iron Man’s protective suit of armor automatically wraps itself around him. Try a natural hydrating body cream to form a protective barrier on your skin trapping moisture in, keeping your skin soft and supple. Don’t let dry, aging skin destroy your look!

 

In Avengers movies accidental exposure to gamma radiation transforms a mild-mannered scientist into the super strong, green-skinned Hulk. You can brighten your skin and add a beautiful glow with a vegan cellular face cream containing lemon and orange extract. Sugar cane extract protects skin from toxins. Green tea extract won’t turn your skin green. But it will help protect your skin from free radicals and promote healthy collagen production.

 

Hulk’s ability to heal any wounds makes him immortal. He won’t face aging concerns, but we will. Super natural skin care ingredients can fend off the signs of aging while sleeping. Choose vegan cell renewal night cream to save your skin and our planet too. Vitamin rich shea butter is a strong anti-aging moisturizer. Marine based Hyadisine®smooths skin, moisturizes and reduces wrinkles. Cucumber seed extract combats fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Wasp is a female super hero in the Avengers movies. She is fun-loving, fashion focused and fierce. Her superpower comes from her hands and an ability to shrink or grow in size. She harnesses her body’s bio energy to project yellow electrical blasts or “stingers” from her hands. You can protect, repair and soothe your hands with a luxe vegan hand cream. Super oils including olive, jojoba, coconut, aloe vera, evening primrose and mastic essential oils along with plant-based extracts keep your hands looking and feeling sensational as you take on the day.

 

No matter what her size, Wasp won’t let her pretty lips get chapped, thin and flat. She need not settle for anything less than a revolutionary vegan lip elixir that plumps and softens lips naturally. Her love interest, Yellow Jacket, may like it too.

 

With his strong-man muscles and flowing blonde hair, Thor is the god of thunder who can fly and control the weather. He distrusts technology, has great stamina and can breathe anywhere, even in outer space. Applying natural ingredients that work with the skin allow it to “breathe” and reap maximum benefits from vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Don’t accept defeat, smash old habits. Avoid suffocating your skin.

 

Super ingredients in YASOU skin care penetrate, moisturize, restore elasticity, and support cellular renewal. Each of the original Avenger super heroes rely on their superpowers to save the universe but they are also everyday people. We love this sentiment expressed in an article by writer Alex Abad-Santos for Vox on the final Avengers movie, Endgame:

 

“Directors Anthony and Joe Russo … understand that the ‘best’ doesn’t just mean the strongest, fastest, smartest, or more powerful. The ‘best’ also applies to heroes’ spirits and souls; at the end of the day, when the world is crashing down, they are going to show us how refusing to give up, powers or no powers, makes us, well, super.”

 

After a day of clashes, colossal triumphs and startling surprises it’s time for you to relax. Pamper yourself with Greek-inspired luxe wellness skin care products that are 99.4 – 99.8% natural, with certified organic oils and botanicals. Unleash the power of your skin care before it’s too late!

How Naps Benefit Your Skin

Sleep might be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.  I have never had problems with getting 7-8 hours of good sleep before, but as I’m aging I tend to wake up more often through out the night. Napping has become more important for my health and beauty routine these days.  I have always loved taking naps.  Naps can range in duration from 5 minutes up to 90 minutes. The best time to nap is in the afternoon between 3:00-5:00pm for about 90 minutes. During these hours you fall asleep faster. This sleep is said to be  more “efficient” because you experience deep sleep or “slow wave sleep.” During this mid-afternoon nap you go through a complete sleep cycle from the lightest stage through the deepest stage and back again, so you’ll wake feeling refreshed.

One of the biggest benefits to “deep sleep” napping is the effect of anti-aging and the reduction of cortisol in body.  Cortisol also called “the stress hormone,” is secreted in higher levels during the body’s fight or flight response to stress experienced in our daily lives.  Napping can help reduce cortisol in the blood and restore a state of hormone equilibrium thus giving your skin “beauty sleep.”

Napping (beauty sleep) is a natural way of improving skin for both women and men according to a study from University Hospital’s Case Medical Center.  Napping can help you have fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and even out the skin tone.

Skin repairs itself when we are in a deep sleep. It makes new collagen preventing the skin from sagging giving us plumper skin!  During sleep our bodies boost blood flow to skin which means when we wake we have a healthier glow. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin creating dullness.  I prefer a boost of blood flow especially as I’m aging. People who don’t get enough rest appear less healthy.

Napping your way to better skin gives a whole new meaning to beauty rest. The research from University Hospitals Case medical center published in Science Daily found this to be true.  Scientists discovered that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the rate of recovery from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure. These are four good reasons to start napping if you aren’t already. So go ahead and take some naps if you need them. Napping may be the easiest way to good health and beautiful skin.

YASOU!

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YASOU Skin Care Word Search

We decided to have some fun and created a skin care word search for your amusement.  How many skin care terms can you find.  All you have to do is print the graphic, grab some juice or coffee and give it a go.  All the terms for you to find are listed on the right hand side so you can cross them off as you find them.  Hope you enjoy and maybe learn a new term or two.

 

Can CBD Improve Your Skin

The new wonder ingredient Cannabidiol Oil also known as CBD is popping up everywhere and in everything these days. To be clear CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are two different oils that contain completely different compounds. The benefits differ as well so you need to make sure to not mistake them for the same oil.

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, not the seeds. Also, the quality of CBD oil can vary so you’ll need to do your research and read your labels.  It has different extraction methods as well as purity levels.

After a great deal of research here is what I found.  CBD rocks in reducing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is common among conditions in which your skin displays extreme dryness, rashes, sores and redness. It is also known to have antioxidant benefits.

 

There are three types of CBD oil we should all learn about in order to make smarter purchases.

1. Full Spectrum:  This type of CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana (Hemp) plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.

2. Isolate:  This type of CBD is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. It contains only CBD.All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that is CBD and nothing more.

3. Broad Spectrum:  This type of CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” (when many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence) without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

 

Skin Benefits of topical usage of CBD Oil

1. Known to slow down the skin’s aging process.
2. A more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Known to neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin keeping it tight and youthful in appearance.
4. Known to help soothe skin irritations.
5. Known to fight bacterial skin infections.
6. Known to improve the production of collagen.
7. Boosts the skin’s protective shield.
8. Known to treat and prevent acne.<

 

Overall, you need to do your research and experiment.  I believe that CBD is here to stay. I am presently researching CBD for YASOU’s next addition, an eye serum.  I’m still not sure it’s “THE” wonder ingredient that is more effective for your skin than other non-CBD skin care ingredients out there. Everyone has different skin with different needs so read your labels, research the ingredients and experiment.  YASOU! (photo: Michael Fischer/Pexels)

 

Sources:
ediatric Dermatology, Volume 35, Number 4, 1 July 2018
Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009 Aug; 30(8): 411–420.
CBD exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

Self-Care is a Beauty Routine

Springtime!  The sun’s light shines longer. The air and soil warm. Trees sprout leaves. Seeds grow, flowers bloom, birds sing. From nature’s beautiful emergence from dormancy to life, we can all learn a lesson about beauty routines and self-care. Spring is the best time to plant vegetable seeds. Will those seeds grow into strong, healthy plants without water, sunlight, soil, space and someone to tend to them? Will we grow strong and healthy if our personal needs are unmet? Can we live life well without seeing the beauty within and amongst us? Opening ourselves up to beauty and to self-care is the surest way to tend to our physical and emotional well-being. In other words, self-care is a beautyroutine with beauty going way beyond the way we look, to the way we feel, hear, taste, smell and see the world.

 

You and your needs are important. A happy, confidant person takes risks and pushes their potential. However, do not create goals or expectations for your self-care beauty routine. It isn’t a to-do list, but it should be a priority. It’s supposed to feel slightly indulgent. Nature takes care of itself in wonderous ways. You can too.

 

Self-care beauty in the morning

Drink water when you wake up to hydrate your body and lift your mood. Nourish your skin with a vegan cellular day cream. Walk around the block or go workout in a gym. Enjoy a morning ritual of your own creation. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, reading a poem or doing an early morning stretch, make it your own. Brushing your teeth doesn’t count, though that is important.

 

Self-care beauty in the moment

Let your senses bring you to the present moment wherever you are. Forget about the past and future, focus on now. What’s in front of you? Behind you? Above or below you? Does it move? Is there color, texture, smell? Relish the moment. Be mindful. This simple act of mindfulness can reduce stress and rumination while boosting working memory, focus, cognitive flexibility and self-insight. It can eliminate that feeling of always being busy and rushed. Now that’s a beautiful thing.

 

Self-care beauty at work

Take short breaks during your workday to stay happy, motivated and productive. Go outdoors to feel the wind in your hair. Walk through office hallways. Say hello to someone you don’t know. Ask others about their work. Write down the things you like about your work. Whether you’re standing or sitting most of the day, watch your posture. Good posture reducesfatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles as well as stress on your spine. Also, protect your private life by setting boundaries between your personal and professional life. You don’t need to be accessible 24 hours a day.

 

Self-care beauty in the evening

Get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. During sleep your brain merges memories, eliminates toxins and creates neural pathways. Give it enough time to do its thing. Remember to apply a vegan cell renewal night cream so that your skin can do its thing during sleep – repair damaged cells, build up collagen and hyaluronic acid molecules, and moisturize.

 

Self-care beauty any time

Each day create a happiness moment. Be aware of what makes you happy. Laugh, cry, hug. Expressing emotion is a release.

Your brain loves novelty so shake up your routine. Take a different route to work. Change your nail color. Wear new makeup or put on a flirty spring dress to change your look.

Eat healthy. Create your own menu for the week that includes fresh foods. This can help you avoid impulse eating due to a lack of time. Set a regular meal time. Enjoy your meal, whether you are alone or with others. Consume protein and carbs to stay fueled.

Stop the negative self-talk. Once you hear that voice replace it with a thought you enjoy – a fun vacation, a beautiful mountain or prairie, a loved one’s smile. Beauty outweighs the negative.

Nurturing a plant or garden has therapeutic benefits. Nurturing others through volunteer work can be self-care since what you give is often returned tenfold. Good Karma.

Yoga and meditation merge mind, body and spirit. A daily practice of even several minutes a day can reap lots of benefits for your well-being. Increase your energy, while reducing blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

Lighten your load, literally. Only carry what you truly need and want. Baggage slows us down and wreaks havoc on our posture.

Fresh flowers, a glass of wine, a bath and an all-natural hydrating body cream will please your senses. Keeping your skin moisturized and smooth to the touch is an easy way to pamper your body. It creates a soothing sensation that makes you feel prized.

Create moods with lighting, candles, music, a good book or movie. Take time to relax. Invite friends or just breathe and sit with your own thoughts. Write down a few things you are grateful for. This will shift your mindset to one of abundance rather than scarcity.

Finally, respect your own mind-body-spirit needs. Your health and beauty practices are different from anyone else. Do what’s right for you.

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How Skin Reflects Your Individuality

 

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
― Rita Mae Brown

 

One of our most important natural assets that evolution has given us is our skin. Skin protects, insulates, and regulates our body. Each body contains its own genetic and geographic remnants. What your skin looks like reflects your individuality in multiple ways. Sometimes the look is made through choices and some are ingrained.  Either way, let your skin tell the story of who you are.

 

Skin as identifier
Your skin can literally identify who you are. Your fingerprints are unique to you. The thin epidermis layer of skin on your fingers begins to form while still in your mother’s womb. When a baby starts using fingers to touch, the pressure interaction with surfaces starts to form faint “friction ridges.” If burned or cut, fingerprints will grow back over time exactly as they were. Skin elasticity does decrease as we age so fingerprint ridges are less prominent in seniors.

Skin also contains personalized bacterial communities. What we touch leaves an imprint on an object’s surface. Research studies show that skin-associated bacteria can be recovered from surfaces. It can be used to differentiate objects handled by different individuals. Our skin actually leaves a trail of our personal touch.

 

Beauty diversified
At the age of 20 French-American model Maeva Giani Marshall had a stroke and was treated for kidney problems that caused hyperpigmentation on her face. The burn marks from medication faded into dark smudged like freckles. Of her look, she says: “I want to show people that you’re allowed to be different and don’t have to change for anyone.”

When Salem Mitchell posted selfies on her twitter account people made fun of her freckles. But her speckled tawny brown skin and personal confidence grabbed the attention of Ford Models Agency, where she is now signed.

Women of the Middle Ages used ointments, dyes, and cosmetics to hide what they considered skin flaws, including freckles. They wanted pale skin which was associated with high status. This goes to a point art critic Jerry Saltz made recently in his article How to Be an Artist for New York magazine: “Don’t be reined in by other people’s definition of skill or beauty or be boxed in by what is supposedly high or low.”

Birth marks, scars, and skin disease such as vitiligo all tell a story of who you are. Rather than diminishing your look it can enhance by emphasizing your individuality. Consider it a twist on conventional beauty.

 

Skin Color and adaptation
The color of your skin tells its own story of geography and sun exposure. Through the ages skin has adapted to conditions. When humans started walking on two legs in Africa, they lost much of their body hair and their skin increased the number of sweat glands to keep them cool in a hot climate. Their skin produced a lot of melanin to keep skin dark, acting as a natural sunscreen against the sun’s harsh UV rays.

A person’s skin color (melanin found in skin cells) is related to their ancestry and heritage. When humans moved to milder cooler climates where UV rays were less strong, the skin adapted to a paler color to better absorb Vitamin D from sun rays and folic acid. Melanin content varies by gender and age and differs on body parts as well. Consider the palms of your hands and feet.

 

Skin and emotion
Skin blushes, gets goosebumps and regulates temperature according to how we are feeling. Some professional training companies analyze a person’s emotional reactions to situations by reading their skin temperature. Skin may help you to understand your own emotional intelligence. A study on facial thermal response measured skin temperature at the tip of the nose when showing positive, neutral and negative pictures to participants. The skin temperature remained the same when participants were shown the neutral picture but changed to warmer when viewing the positive and cooler when viewing the negative pictures. It seems the skin of your nose knows.

Being one of your most important natural assets, protect and nurture your skin. Let your skin reflect your individuality and prove you’re one of a kind.

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