Discussions, topics, research on overal skin care using natural, clean, vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, gluten-free, unisex ingredients, DIY concoctions, or treatments.

Skin, The Sense of Touch and More.

 

“A touch isn’t just a touch. It’s a kiss from the soul, onto the skin” . . . .

The words above made me think about how our skin interprets the sense of touch.  It’s mind-boggling if you think deeply into it. One thing I realized is that our skin’s health is so much more than addressing dry skin or aging. It’s deeper than that.

Our skin is the door to feeling touch. How?

RECEPTORS: Your skin has many types of receptors in your body, they are grouped in three categories 1) Thermoreceptors, that do what?  2) Nociceptors, that do what? and 3) Mechanoreceptors, that do what?

Each receptor is a structure that gathers information from the environment. That data is then changed into a signal that can be understood by your nervous system.  The receptors that let the body sense touch are located in the top layers of the skin (the dermis and epidermis). They are small in size and collect super accurate information when touched.  These receptors in the skin allow a person to feel sensations like pressure, pain, temperature and physical change like an object pressing firmly or just brushing against the skin. And of course. . .

Can these receptors transmit emotions and love? Well, there are two touch systems 1) discriminative touch and 2) emotional.  You can do some research to learn more about them if you like. What I have learned from my research is that touch can communicate tenderness, compassion, anger, love, gratitude, happiness and fear within mere seconds. Touch is a fundamental human need from the time we are born and essential for physical, emotional and social health and it all starts with your skin!

The importance of skin health becomes more visible as we age.  When we age our sense of touch starts to deteriorate because our skin is aging.  Aging skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and starts losing the protective fat layer giving an aging person skin disorders such as … Aging can affect the receptors and how they communicate. Our sense of touch, pressure, vibration and temperature control start to diminish.

Taking care of your skin at a younger age can keep it healthier effecting your health and happiness as you age.  Take the time to nurture your skin and celebrate your own sense of touch. Make it a part of your daily regime and lifestyle.

In her poem “A touch isn’t just a touch” Sarah L. Harvey writes about touch:  “It’s the sensation of one’s soul, whispering to one’s fingertips” Think about how touch influences your day.

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 Terry@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 terry@yasouskincare.com   When mixing these ingredients use your judgement on what kind of consistency you like.   (Infographic Source: Vitamins Plus & Supplements).

 

How 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 and 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 terry@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)

 

 

 

Active Bodies Need an Active Skin Care Routine

During the course of a week, healthy adults should be getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, as well as doing strength training for all major muscle groups at least twice according to recommendations by the Department of Health and Human Services. Making exercise a part of your daily routine supports not only cardiovascular health, but your skin too. Increased blood flow naturally nourishes skin cells, provides oxygen and carries away waste. Prepping skin before and after exercise will support this natural process and enhance the overall look of your skin.

 

Cleanse skin before and after exercise

Whether you get moving in the morning or evening, cleanse your face before your exercise regimen begins. Many natural DIY face wipes can be easily made at home and transported in your bag. Starting your workout with a fresh face means removing makeup, especially heavy foundation. Your skin’s pores open up while sweating and allow it to breathe. With makeup on, sweat and oil may clog the pores. That said, makeup on the eyes and lip are okay. For those who never leave home without wearing a foundation, a light weight tinted moisturizer will work. It helps your skin retain water.

Wash your hands before and after a workout. Bacteria is left on workout machines as well as other gym equipment including matts. Avoid touching your face while exercising. At a gym, always use clean towels after washing your face and hands.

Post workout, wash your face to remove oil, toxins and sweat. Your fresh face may be a bit rosy because of increased blood flow. You may even see a natural glow.

 

Hydrate skin before and after exercise

Skin loses water through evaporation. Dehydrated skin causes premature death for skin cells and increases wrinkles. Drinking fluids is important for the body but research shows a more efficient way to hydrate the skin is through a topical moisturizer. Adding a hydrating body cream and hand cream before working out helps skin retain water. Applying moisturizer after exercise restores water levels in skin.

Misting can help but only if you apply a moisturizer to seal the mist in. Without a moisturizer, misting will draw water out and dehydrate the skin.

 

Protect skin during outdoor exercise

Apply a light moisturizer and protect your skin from sun rays with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Tie your hair back and away from your face. Avoid headbands which can trap skin oils and bacteria while sweating. Don’t apply hair products that can drip onto your face and clog pores.

 

Workout clothing that’s good for the skin

Wear breathable, moisture wicking clothing. These clothes help evaporate sweat away from the skin and help regulate body temperature. They are good especially for acne prone or oily skin. Dark color dyes and synthetic fibers can irritant skin. Loose fitting clothes can irritate the skin because it rubs against the skin while you’re in motion. Natural fabrics are best.

Most fabrics are treated with chemicals so wash them before wearing. Turn workout clothes inside out when washing. Inside is where workout clothes hold sweat, dead skin cells and oil.  Fabric softeners tend to lock in odors and damage stretchy fabrics so avoid using them. Air dry clothes outside if possible. Sunshine has anti-bacterial properties, gives a fresh smell, doesn’t shrink clothes and is energy efficient.

Change out of active wear within 30 minutes, shower, and let skin breathe. Don’t forget to apply your favorite luxe wellness hydrating body cream and vegan hand cream.

Finally, at least once a week, take time to notice and admire your skin in the mirror. Commend yourself for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Gender Neutral Beauty

When developing YASOU skin care I wasn’t thinking about gender neutral beauty or how my skin care line should be unisex. I just wanted to create products that contained quality ingredients, were plant-based, cruelty-free, felt good and really worked. These were and are the requirements on my “Must” list.

After creating my first product YASOU hydrating body cream with essential oils, I noticed my husband and brother loved the body cream. They loved the way it felt, the way it smelled and that it really helped their dry/cracked skin.  I realized that the ingredients and essential oils (aroma) I was using in my line appealed to both genders.

The more research I did concentrating on hydration and replenishing aging skin, the more I learned that if you use quality ingredients that target all skin types, than both men and women can use the same products.  There are huge differences between male and female skin but the key when looking for skin care is to not think about gender but to think about skin type and skin care needs. When tailoring a skin care plan, one should base it on one’s own need, particular issue and what the best ingredients or treatments are needed to solve them.  With all this in mind I knew YASOU skin care was naturally unisex and part of the gender neutral beauty tribe.

Our world and the beauty industry is changing. Traditional stereotypes are beginning to dissolve, looking and feeling out-dated. Gender neutral beauty is becoming a global trend in 2018 and when skin types and skin needs are similar for couples, it’s also cheaper to invest in quality products and share them. Plus there’s less clutter and waste, so it’s good for the environment!

The more I think about Gender Neutral Beauty the more I realize that there is something deep happening.  I believe it’s a sense of freedom for all of us and for our children.  It’s the freedom to try new things,  shop and live in a way where we don’t feel judged or stifled into a gender or category that may sacrifice quality.  Marketing is ingrained in how we live and in how we view ourselves and our beauty.  Marketing is becoming inclusive, more of a reflection of the society we prefer to live in!   It’s the best time to learn about your ingredients and what their benefits are. When shopping, you can invest in something good that works for you and your loved ones. Remember feeding your skin is like feeding your body!  No matter what your gender.

Personalized Skin Care Doesn’t Require DNA Analysis

Personalized skin care has become a market trend in the beauty industry. Many of us want to know the best way to care for our skin. With easy access to skin care DNA analysis kits, we might think DNA knowledge is a targeted solution, but you won’t learn much more than what you probably already know by looking in the mirror or at your parents’ skin, visiting a dermatologist, or assessing your lifestyle.

Our genetic makeup does impact the way our skin ages. Some studies suggest that 50 to 60 percent of how we age can be linked to genes. But a recent study indicates that it’s gene expression patterns that influence the health and beauty of our skin. In the study, women with increased activity in genes associated with basic biologic processes such as DNA repair, cell replication, response to oxidative stress, and protein metabolism had younger looking skin. Lead author of the study, Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH, a dermatologist and President and CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said, “It’s not just the genes you are born with, but which ones turn on and off over time.”

During the study, researchers collected data at the molecular, cellular and tissue level from sun-exposed skin (face and forearm) and sun-protected skin (buttocks). Their work confirmed that ultraviolent (UV) exposure is a main driver and accelerator of skin aging. Even if you have healthy genes, when you expose your skin often to UV rays the damage will be done.

In fact, proper personalized skin care may rely more on lifestyle than DNA knowledge because lifestyle choices are within your control. We suggest you personalize your skin care by investing time and money in these lifestyle choices that benefit your skin:

Hydrate – drink water and apply face creams that work on a cellular level day and night

Sleep – get enough sleep daily to let skin rejuvenate naturally

Eat right – dark, leafy greens, vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants, add protein for collagen

Exercise – detoxify the body, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve stress

Avoid UV rays – apply sun screen when outdoors, wear a hat and clothing to cover exposed skin

If you want to resolve a skin care curiosity through a DNA test, before making any purchase be careful about how any company uses your DNA sample since it will contain information about your health and heritage. Bridget Small, consumer education specialist at the Federal Trade Commission, recommends that you read privacy policies, learn how information will be used and shared, and select protective options rather than the default options on a company website. “When you read a privacy policy, find out what information a company will collect and why; how the company will control the personal information it collects; how it will use the information, and whether it provides information to third parties. If you have questions or concerns about a company’s privacy policy, contact the company.” Remember that policies can change at any time.

While DNA testing kits may help you discover some skin sensitivities, be aware that most anti-aging skin treatments are based on the well-known mechanics of how skin ages and are useful for everybody, including men. With YASOU Greek-inspired skin care products you won’t need to worry about market trends. Our luxe wellness approach lets you enjoy the skin you’re in.

The Secret To Beauty Is Water

Water is the essence of life. We can survive three weeks without food, but only three days without water according to some estimates. It was H.H. Mitchell, scholar and lead author of The Chemical Composition of the Adult Human Body, who deciphered the average adult human body is between 50 to 65% water.

The majority of emerging skin care brands in today’s “clean beauty” era are primarily oil based. We see new marketing consistently popping up that tells us water isn’t necessary.  I prefer to differ with this line of thinking and want to explore this subject more!

When creating Greek-inspired YASOU skin care I chose to be a water-based skin care line knowing that I would have challenges with the preservation aspect. Mold can grow in water with organic nutrients, especially when oxygen enters the picture.  I’m not going to elaborate on the science of this but wanted to touch on the reason why so many brands today are oil based. They feel like they don’t need to worry as much about preservatives as you do with water-based products.  Beware of this because oil based products still need to have preservatives. Many of these brands use 190 proof alcohol which is drying to the skin.

 

Top reasons why I chose YASOU skin care to be a water-based skin care line are:

  • Humans are water-based creatures. I wanted our certified organic oils, active ingredients and purified water to absorb to the inner layers of theskin reaching a cellular levelto give you optimal benefits.
  • High water content in skin care products is more compatible with a wider variety of skin types.
  • We focus on deep hydration by packing moisture into the dermis and infusing our formula into the skin thus hydrating with active ingredients, nutrients and antioxidants without disrupting the moisture barrier.
  • With up to 65 percent of the body composed of water and the skin as the largest organ, it makes perfect sense that water would be essential in the natural balance of the skin cell membrane.
  • Water helps keep your skin tight and toned, cleansed and flushed of toxins. Your body naturally fills cells with water to make them firm and tight, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.

 

Cleansing with water

Do you use soap?  What kind of cleanser?  The bottom line is that we are all different and you’ll have to experiment with what works for you.  Personally, I stopped using soap on my face years ago. I only use water and have seen a vast improvement to my skin. When I used cleansers and/or soap my face became drier and broke out with acne even more.  Not anymore!

Currently, I am looking at filters for better, cleaner water and investing my money in this area. I use YASOU vegan face cream set daily.  I came across some info that I thought you would appreciate on face washing by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Water is an essential beauty product from the inside to the outside of your body.  You can enhance your skin by taking advantage of the benefits of water for your body. Drink water daily and use water-based skin care that also contains certified organic oils.

YASOU!