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YASOU Skin Care Blog Topics In 2018

Happy 2018! 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 2018.

Mindful Workouts For Your Skin We all know that good health and glowing skin starts from the inside out and then outside in, but we also want to talk about how to bring awareness to your skin and what that means for your skin care routine.

The Language of Beauty (Clean vs natural, marketing vs facts) With so many new brands and information at our disposal, are we really getting the facts? What’s the difference between organic and natural or green and clean beauty? Is there a difference? We will be bringing you our research insights on this.

+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 2018 with you.

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Add Gratitude to Your Skin Care Routine

Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the time to give thanks for all we have. If you expand this holiday tradition of gratitude throughout the year you can reap benefits to your health, well-being and skin. Through scientific observation researchers at The Greater Good Science Center have observed and gathered data that supports the mind/body impact of positive traits such as gratitude on our health and well being. Affiliated with the University of California the researchers include psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists. What they observed was that people who practice gratitude, that is people who readily acknowledge the good things in life, sleep better, are less depressed, have less fatigue, have more self-confidence, and less systemic inflammation in their bodies.

If there were a product or pill that would do all of that for a person it would surely be a best seller. That’s why I am suggesting you add gratitude to your daily skin care routine. Practice gratitude morning and night and any time in between.

To begin, stop worrying and start listing the things you are grateful for. This shift in thought causes a biological response in your body. Social/biological psychologist Dr. Wendy Mendes of the University of California, San Francisco, measured the impact of gratitude on health and longevity. She conducted a study that reflected participants’ daily lives in their normal setting. Biological markers from people exhibiting a gratitude trait had lower resting blood pressure responses, their cholesterol levels were good, and better kidney function was observed. Data from blood draws showed positive restoration and regeneration of cells related to the cardio vascular system. Participants who held fond views of how they were cared for as children had better migration of cells than those with less optimistic views of their childhood. Just the recollection or memory of this caused a biological response.

Most of us know that anxiety and stress can bring about worst cell functioning. Your skin moves through a regenerative cell cycle. Stress releases cortisol that can wreak havoc on other hormones, stimulating an inflammatory process that can cause breakouts in your skin. Stress causes your blood vessels to constrict and may deprive the skin of oxygen and nutrients.

This connection between mind and skin is called psychodermatology. The skin is wrapped around our organs and connects to a lot of nerve endings. Emotions, being neurological events can be expressed through the skin. How can you increase your positive emotions and the likelihood of healthy skin? Try a dose of gratitude. Daily.

Find a positive mantra or phrase that means something to you and say it during your morning and evening skin care routine. Something as simple as: “Thank you for this day and everyone in it.” Repeat it during the day and before sleep.

Enter a relaxed state through meditation. Doing so can release chemicals that counteract the stress hormones. Eliminate toxins through the breath. Oxygenate the body. Yoga poses can stimulate blood flow and oxygenate the body as well.

Look for beauty in small things. Focus on the good. Keep a gratitude journal that you can refer back to from time to time.

Celebrate, compliment, and congratulate those around you. Doing so will make you feel good as well as boost their day. It’s a win-win.

To increase positive feelings, focus on the present moment – beyond your own activities. Don’t allow your thoughts to wander to the past or future, redirect them to the present. Try concentrating on your breath or body. You may be amazed at what you see, what you become aware of when focusing on the present.

To feel less negative, practice being nonjudgmental. Notice when your casting dispersions on yourself and others. Simply observe and articulate what’s going on. Use your five senses. Acknowledging and accepting negative emotions helps dissipate them.

What were the top three things most often mentioned in gratitude journals by participants in a study on gratitude? Family, friends, and the weather. What are you grateful for? Share it with others this Thanksgiving. As always, we are grateful for your continued support of YASOU products and this blog.

Benefits of a Good Eye Cream

Beautiful eyes have inspired poets, painters and philosophers since the beginning of time. In Love’s Labour’s Lost William Shakespeare wrote:

“For where is any author in the world 
Teaches such beauty as a woman’s eye?”

Think of the skin around your eyes as a canvas and you will surely take the steps to keep your eyes beautiful and radiant. A good eye cream is specially formulated for the more delicate skin around the eye. Active ingredients target special problems unique to the eye area. Botanical hyaluronic acid moisturizes and improves elasticity. Skin surrounding the eye is prone to dryness. We know what dry skin results in – wrinkles, fine lines and a look of fatigue. This may be true from teen years to late in life. Such a situation would not have inspired Longfellow to write in Spirit of Poetry:

“Within her tender eye
The heaven of April, with its changing light.”

Age, sun exposure, or genes may cause dark circles under the eye. A good eye cream that contain vitamins C, K and B3 can lighten that circular darkness. Puffy eyes can occur from body fluids that pool in the skin. Caffeine helps reduce swelling or puffy eyes, by increasing circulation. Cold temperatures can also reduce puffiness.

Rather than thumbing through books, today we are more likely to be squinting at screens. Dry eye may occur and that small gesture of squinting may be creating unwanted burrows beneath your brows. Apply a good eye cream and like a sponge, the skin around the eye absorbs what it needs.

Emerson writes in Conduct of Life, Behavior:

“Eyes are bold as lions —roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages. They wait for no introduction…”

You shouldn’t wait to get the benefits of a good eye cream. Most people apply cream or serums at night and it works fine. But if you wake up in the morning with puffy, irritated eyes moisture may have moved the cream into your eyes. Avoid this by applying in the morning. Or you may have applied cream too close to the eyes.

Whether morning or night, eye cream should be applied with your ring finger beginning with a tiny dab below the inner corner of the eye. Add more tiny dabs about one quarter of an inch a part along the orbital bone. Avoid the eyelid and eyelash. Smooth onto skin and finish at the upper outer corner of the eye where crow’s feet may be. Do not rub or pull on the skin, an easy glide with the ring finger is best.

In Tis Sweet to Think Thomas Moore wrote:

“And the world’s so rich in resplendent eyes,
‘Twere a pity to limit one’s love to a pair.”

Get inspired. Enhance the Beauty of your eyes and reap the benefits of a good eye cream. Treat yourself to luxe wellness products like YASOU hydrating body cream, vegan face creams and vegan hand cream. Eye cream coming in the future!

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.

Introducing The Best Natural Facial Oils To Hydrate, Protect & Rejuvenate Skin

Our skin tells a story. Sometimes it’s a dramatic show, sometimes a quiet tale.

act-1 ACT I: The Quest. What does skin crave? It wants antioxidants to act as protectors of surface layers and lock in moisture. Vitamins, minerals and fatty acids too. Sounds like what the stomach might want, but your skin needs nourishment too. Pure, natural oils contain properties good for your skin’s surface layers and also act as carriers delivering vital nutrients beneath the skin’s surface to a cellular level. The plot thickens. What are the most effective natural oils to hydrate, protect and restore skin?

 

Act-2 ACT II: Main Characters. We believe the star characters in the best skin story are certified organic extra virgin olive oil and certified organic jojoba oil. The CO extra virgin olive oil, referred to by some as “Liquid Gold” is a natural moisturizer. It contains fatty acids, including oleic acid that strengthens cell membranes and fights free radicals. Olive oil contains similar content to the oils that the skin produces naturally. It absorbs quickly and delivers vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant. Its anti-oxidant component is known to help protect against skin cancer. Hydroxytyrosol is a rare, powerful antioxidant found in olive oil and a key component in YASOU’s Calityl-O Complex.

 

CO Jojoba oil holds a chemical structure similar to our skin. Containing zinc and copper along with vitamins B and E it strengthens skin by carrying healthy ingredients deep into the skin. It also absorbs quickly. Known as the “Gold of the Desert” Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is an excellent moisturizer. It penetrates the skin like no other natural oil. Coconut oil is a supporting actor in the story of beautiful skin. It’s a powerful moisturizer that helps restore dry skin. It supports skin tissue and helps eliminate dead skin cells. Containing vitamin E, it can help delay wrinkles.

 

Act-3 ACT III: The Dilemma. Which oil should you choose? How do you apply it? Is it messy? YASOU skin care products combine these oils so you don’t have to choose one over the other. Certified organic extra virgin olive oil and jojoba oil soothe and moisturize the skin. The oils form a protective barrier that traps moisture on your skin while vitamins, minerals and fatty acids promote elasticity and radiance. In YASOU day and night face creams these good for your skin oils carry other beneficial ingredients to your skin including extracts from grape seed, cucumber, fruits and green tea. To get all the benefits in a simple package order a YASOU skin care product.

If choosing to use a natural facial oil alone, apply a small amount before your moisturizer. Buy only cold pressed, unrefined, pure oils.

 

Act-4 ACT IV: The Story Doesn’t End. Always be ready. Natural facial oils help make-up stay in place. You’re on and you look great. Whatever happens, your skin will live happily ever after.

On-the-Go Food That’s Good For Your Skin

What you eat matters when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and vibrant. Because of our busy lifestyles we sometimes grab whatever is convenient to appease our appetite. Here are some on-the-go foods that contain properties known to nurture the skin. These whole, natural foods and beverages are good choices when you find yourself hungry and in a hurry. If you don’t have time to sit in a restaurant or prepare food, choose convenient food that’s good for your skin.

Greek yogurt
Pick up a single serving of Greek yogurt at the grocery store to support a smooth complexion. Greek yogurt contains more protein, vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin than regular yogurt. Make sure you are picking up more authentic Greek yogurt- it should be thick!

Walnuts
A handful of walnuts is a good snack that delivers skin nurturing Omega 3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid to improve skin elasticity.

Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E and other anti-oxidants that help fight off inflammation that may cause acne. They help protect against damage from the sun. The essential fatty acid content of sunflower seeds is also beneficial to the skin.

Olives
Olive oil contains mono-saturated fatty acids, antioxidants including Vitamin E, and polyphenols such as oleic acid that are known to reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. You can increase your consumption by choosing an olive oil based dressing at a salad bar or select appetizers that contain olive oil such as spreads, dips, or sauces. You can buy a jar of olives and eat them as a snack. Add an olive to your drink.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal breakfast and snack bars are readily available in most convenient stores. Oatmeal contains protein and fiber and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Some bars are better than others. Read the nutrition label for sugar content, number of calories, and grams of protein and fiber.

Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonols that help protect your skin from UV light damage. Flavonols also battle free radicals and increase blood flow. Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cacao. When calories are a concern, limit consumption to one ounce per day.

BEVERAGES

Water
Drinking a bottle of water will help you stay hydrated and avoid sugary drinks. Drop a lemon or orange peel inside to add flavor and limonene, which is an oil in the peel that can help protect the skin from UV light.

Green tea
Order a cup of green tea or purchase it by the bottle to get the polyphenols known to support more elastic skin and a smooth complexion. They also can reduce damage caused by the sun. Catechins in green tea deliver nutrients to skin cells.

Coffee
A research study with women showed that coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer. Caffeine also has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce redness in skin.

When you find yourself in a hurry choose convenient, natural foods to satisfy your hunger as well as your skin. Let us know if you have any good for your skin convenient foods we should add to the list.

In our next post we will be sharing our Five Best Do-It-Yourself all natural recipes to help cleanse the skin.

Benefits of Both Water and Oil in Skin Care

Lines may be drawn between those who favor water-based over oil-based skin care products and vice versa. We maintain it is not a matter of one over the other but a combination of the two that works best to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Water and oil do mix when carefully formulated to protect and nourish the skin. The role of moisturizing skin care products is to add water to your skin and keep it there. The right combination of water and oils is needed for this to be effective.

Why Water?
We are water-based creatures. Skin absorbs water faster than it does oil. Up to 60% of the human body is made of water held in cells, tissues, bones and organs. Water is the body’s natural distributor of essential nutrients on the cellular level and removes waste that organs reject.

Water has a lighter texture than oil and is less likely to clog up pores. Water based products used at night allow the skin to rejuvenate along a natural cycle with the rest of the body. However, water-based skin care products do require preservatives to prevent contamination from micro-organisms. Read the label to understand what preservatives are used and in what volume.

Why Oils?
Oils such as Jojoba and Olive attract water and provide a gentle way of hydrating and cleansing by breaking up dirt. These oils absorb into inner layers of the skin but don’t reach the cellular level as water does. Natural oils balance excess oil production so they can be used effectively on oily skin type. Natural oils help your skin get its glow on without harsh chemicals. Their anti-oxidants create a protective barrier and trap moisture.

Both Oil and Water
Throughout the day water is much more likely to leave the skin than enter it. The amount of water in your skin is higher than that in the air that surrounds you. Unless you apply a barrier such as a moisturizer to hydrate the skin, it will dry and flake and cell turnover will slow down. Humectants such as glycerol help moisturizers keep water in the skin.

Without enzymes, skin cells can lose their ability to retain water and shed old skin cells. Being water soluble, amino acids and salts that retain moisture on the skin’s surface can be washed away by harsh soaps and detergents. An oil and water based product gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s surface. It also delivers anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients to cells.

Certified organic extra virgin olive oil is great for your skin because it’s LOADED with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, It penetrates deep into the skin, repairing sun damage while promoting elasticity to your skin and ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Certified organic jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum (the oil naturally produced by skin), making it effective for a wide range of skin types and conditions. Dry or oily, young or mature, jojoba helps bring balance to skin. They are both amazing carrier oils. That’s why we love them.

Skin care products that contain water and natural oils deliver benefits to the skin that one or the other alone will not provide.

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.

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