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Temperature Matters For Seasonal Skin Care

There are two skin care actions to take no matter what the temperature is outside – moisturize and block UV rays. Let’s look at how to protect your skin year round. When it comes to caring for your skin, temperature matters. Ingredients in your skin care products matter too. Products containing shea butter can help protect the skin from UV sunlight and harsh temperatures.

Cold weather can turn silky skin into dry, red, rough skin. Heaters can cause dryness too. Skin care products containing aloe vera and jojoba oil will moisturize and hydrate the skin. Those containing caffeine can help reduce redness caused by inflammation. The best time to apply a moisturizer is immediately after bathing to lock in the water and oils. Water temperature should be warm, not hot. Long, hot showers will deplete rather than nourish the skin. Add a humidifier to keep inside air beneficial for your skin.

If you’re skin is looking dull in winter use products that contain lemon extract, mandarin essential oil and olive oil to brighten the skin. Wear gloves to protect your hands and nails. Snow reflects sunlight so be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF15.

While mild weather during spring and autumn may not seem as threatening to the skin as hot or cold weather, the skin still needs a moisturizer and protection from the sun’s UV rays. Many people don’t think to protect their lips with a SPF15 or higher lip block or lipstick. Ears are identified as being the third most frequent location for skin cancer. Other vulnerable and often neglected, not protected spots are the scalp, eyelids and feet.

Hot temperatures in summer require moisturizing and protecting the skin as well. Sweat and skin oils can clog pores. Products containing sugar cane extract can keep pores open and help eliminate blemishes.

If your skin burns, DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Applying SPF 15 sunscreen 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. Wearing loose, natural-fiber clothing and a hat during summer will protect your skin as well.

No matter what the temperature is outside remember to moisturize and protect your skin year round.

3 Ways To Help Your Skin Be Stress-Free

In exploring the subject of stress-free skin I knew I had to speak with artist and master esthetician Jackie Pesce at the Life Spa in Schaumburg, Ill. Jackie has been in the profession for years and has worked for numerous skin care lines. She coaches her peers on the usage and presentation of Aveda, BioElements, Murad, Kristin Florian, Phytomer and just recently Hydrafacial. Specializing in acne and anti-aging, Jackie is passionate about her career and loves to work one on one with clients.

YASOU: Hello Jackie, thank you for taking the time to chat with me about how to help your skin be stress free.
Jackie: My pleasure. The skin is the largest organ of our body. It is constantly exposed to the environment with UVA, UVB, UVC rays and pollution attacking it everyday. It is also affected by what we eat and what we feel. The end result of our everyday lives comes out in our skin. It’ s not surprising that healthy, radiant looking skin is WORK.

YASOU: It really is work. We need the right information. First, I think we should know what the signs of stressed skin are.

Jackie: Signs of stressed skin are acne (breakouts), redness, broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, sagging, and lack of radiance. These are some signs.

YASOU: Is stressed skin age related?

Jackie: Stress to the skin is not age related but you certainly see more signs of it as an adult.
YASOU: Are females more prone to having stressed skin than men?

Jackie: Females have hormonal fluctuations. This can cause breakouts in the skin on a monthly basis. So, females are more prone because of this.

YASOU: Now that we have a stronger understanding of what stressed skin is how can we help our skin stay stress free? Tell us your top ways to achieve stress free skin.

Jackie: First, reduce everyday stress. A hint for coping with everyday stress is to become aware of your breathing. Take a moment to readjust. Begin by breathing deeper and slower. This can help you alleviate the stress you are feeling which in turn relieves your skin.

Second, reduce inflammation. You can do this by cutting out foods that are rich in refined sugar. Foods with refined sugar are high on the glycemic index. They trigger the body’s insulin (blood sugar) level to quickly rise. A high insulin level puts your immune system on alert, triggering the inflammation response. Inflammation of the skin results in stress acne and other stress-induced skin conditions.

My third suggestion is a list of Do’s and Don’ts
Do the following:
1) Get sleep & rest. This is important to rejuvenate the cells.
2) Exercise. Keeps the blood nourishing cells; helps to regulate hormones.
3) Watch your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
4) Take supplements: daily vitamin C, and Omega 3’s
5) Cleanse. Hydrate topically as well as drinking water.
6) Use skin care formulated for you skin type and what it is experiencing.
7) Apply topical antioxidants.
8) Wear moisturizer and sunscreen.
9) Take time for yourself, calm your mind and do something you enjoy.

Avoid these:
1) Smoke
2) Fried and processed food
3) Refined sugar
4) Drinking alcohol to excess
5) Excess amounts of red meat.

YASOU: Jackie, thank you for taking the time to chat with me. It was truly informative.

Jackie: Terry, thank you so much for your passion in skin care and for developing YASOU. I wish you success and look forward to more natural organic skin care products from YASOU.

How Green is Your Skincare Routine?

Nourishing your skin each day is a routine most people don’t think about except when buying skincare products. Let’s put a spotlight on these few minutes of each day to discover how green your skincare routine is, or can be. How you wash your face, bathe and moisturize your skin can make a difference in the way you live, look and feel. These tiny acts can also have an impact far beyond your bathroom walls.

Are you using more skincare products than necessary?

Make an assessment. Everyday skincare generally consists of twice a day cleansing, and moisturizing. For these basics choose natural, organic products that provide multiple benefits packaged in one recyclable container. Simplify. It saves time, culling minutes off your routine. For each product used there is an environmental impact. Think about the products now on your shelf or surrounding your sink. Choose the right products and less truly is more. Look for multi-tasking ingredients including Rosemary extract, Mandarin oil and Shea butter.

Do your skincare products contain all natural, organic ingredients?

Read the label. It is hard to decipher what all the ingredients are on a label but a rule of thumb is the fewer and the more recognizable the ingredients, the better. Creams, lotions and oils applied to the skin stay on its protective surface. Don’t contaminate that surface with harsh, toxic chemicals or ingredients known to be harmful. Natural moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, olive oil, and beeswax are some of nature’s gifts to our skin.

Are your cleansing tools organic and reusable?

Organic cotton wash cloths forego the processing that may add contaminants. Washcloths are reusable and good for exfoliating skin. The ecosystem where the organic cotton is grown is protected from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Try a natural boar body brush or a natural loofah sponge. Loofah is a climbing plant related to the cucumber. It has been used in Asian cultures for centuries.

Do the skincare companies you buy from support environmentally friendly practices?

Are they themselves green? Is product packaging recyclable? Do they donate to non-profits that support planet friendly initiatives? If so, support of them is another step in feeling good about the choices made in making your skincare routine green.

Natural, organic skincare is one way to feel refreshed in body and mind. When applied, the natural fragrance from essential oils becomes distinct to the individual wearing it. Treating yourself well with skincare that offers a beneficial bouquet of botanicals and plant extracts is anything but routine.