Looking at research, studies, tested analysis on different ingedients their properties and benefits for the skin. Studies that educate us on clean beauty, natural skin care overall wellness. How different emotions or seasonal weather or what we eat effect our skin and health.

Sunscreen Knowledge Keeps Evolving

What we once knew about protecting our skin from the sun’s rays began centuries ago when the ancient Greeks used olive oil to hydrate their skin and help keep it from burning. Our knowledge on how to protect our skin continues to evolve with a recent pilot study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all drugs including topicals such as sunscreen.

 

The study raised some questions and confirmed a theory. Of the four active sunscreen components tested – avobenzone, octocrylene, oxybenzone, ecamsule – it was proven they were absorbed by the skin and entered the bloodstream. This does not mean they are unsafe. But because they are absorbed into the bloodstream after only one day of use and accumulate in the body with continued use, the pilot study raised questions about the safety of sunscreen ingredients, as well as usage, forms, and absorption rates.

 

The FDA began regulating sunscreen in the 1970s. There are multiple reasons for further testing now:

  • Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. More people are using more sunscreen to diminish their chances of such a diagnosis.
  • Formulations of sunscreen products use more active ingredients, in higher concentrations and are found in more products.
  • These active ingredients are often combined with other ingredients.
  • Scientists’ ability to measure benefits and risks are better now than they were then.

 

If you are concerned, the FDA did spotlight two active sunscreen ingredients that were proven to be safe and effective – Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – both of which are minerals that provide broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation. Of course, you can also seek shade, wear lightweight clothing and hats. Another ways is to know which topicals and ingested ingredients can offer some protection as well. You can find alternative skin protection ideas here.

 

We always advocate for reading labels on products. The label will inform you on what ingredients the product contains, where it comes from, and how to use it. Be aware that some active ingredients in sunscreen may prevent sunburn but do nothing to prevent skin cancer and premature aging due to sun exposure.

 

The FDA study has brought attention to product safety issues, product labeling, UVA protection, and delivery systems including sprays. Sunscreen is found in more products than you might think. It is added to some face primers, moisturizers, setting sprays, matte tints, correcting creams and lip balms making it hard to know what dosage your skin is actually getting. You may want to read why YASOU Skincare does not contain sunscreen.

 

Previous government tests on oils have affirmed what the ancient Greeks practiced in protecting their skin. Tests showed that among the fixed oils tested, olive oil had the highest SPF value at 7.5. Coconut oil had the second highest value at 7.1. These natural oils contain tocopherols, carotenoids and essential fatty acids which are all good for the skin. However, don’t mistake these as a substitute for proven UVB and UVA protection.

 

As we increase our knowledge about sunscreen and how best to protect our skin and our bloodstream, we hope natural oils will be recognized informulating cosmetics and skincare products. Afterall, oil is a priority element in the formulation of lotions and creams. Here are just some of the benefits from olive oil in your skincare product

How Environment Influences Skin Barriers

Researchers now have an explanation for how the environment impacts skin changes. Results from the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden show that the skin regulates itself based on air conditions. These new insights on how skin functions are always of interest to us.

The skin’s outer layer is described as a thin, film like barrier. They found that this outer layer changes properties, allowing more or less water to penetrate its surface, depending on whether the surrounding air is moist or dry. The mechanism for such changes occurs on a molecular level. What’s fascinating is how the skin regulates itself based on the environment. Changes in the nanostructure inside the skin’s barrier film were examined using X-ray and microscopy.

The researchers also found that properties of secondary barrier films such as skin cream play a role. “A layer of skin cream can serve as an additional barrier that can open or close due to changes in humidity. The cream can also be designed so as to release its active substance better or worse, depending on whether the air is dry or humid,” says Emma Sparr, who led the study with Dr. Kevin Roger.

It’s interesting to know that by changing external conditions, such as humidity levels, it’s possible to affect the barrier function. While this may all sound rather geeky, knowing what lets more molecules through is of practical use when formulating a skin care product. The science behind such research also guides us on how best to recommend usage of our products.

Understanding the science behind how the skin regulates itself and how substances penetrate the skin can lead to healthy skin benefits. It’s an example of the awesome power of science and nature working together for better skin care solutions.

A Man’s World Now Includes Skin Care

While Brazil was getting ready for the 2016 Olympics, one quarter of Brazilian men reported spending more time tending to their facial skin than they had in the prior 6 months. Their biggest skincare concerns were ones shared by North American and European men – aging skin and oily skin, according to Mintel consumer research.

Euromonitor International research shows Egyptian men’s purchases of shaving products including creams, foams, razors and blades edged up last year. Sophistication and incomes are rising in Indonesia along with men’s concerns over their image. A simple grooming routine is what the majority of men reported wanting.

Sales of skincare products for men are surging in part because of Millennial men who are now reaching their mid twenties and older. They are more knowledgeable of product benefits and more aware of how to enhance their image than older generations of men.

Men’s salons that offer massages, facials and waxing are tapping into the pleasure and practicality of men’s self care. Beard control, pore treatment, skin firmers, moisturizers, and sun protectors are some of the personal care products that appeal to male consumers. They are willing to spend money on skincare but often need a second opinion on which products to buy. Quality of ingredients and a positive sensory experience are things they look for in skin care products. They want their products to be effective, smell good and feel good.

Within the top selling men’s personal care products are body moisturizers, facial cleansers and facial moisturizers. According to Mintel research, 12 percent of men use eye cream. Fifty nine percent say personal care products boost their self-esteem.

Connected to world influences by social media, men are finding skin care tips and use acceptance from global sources. Paris Vogue deemed South Korea a “utopia of grooming” and highlighted some of the best-selling man inspired Korean products and treatments. In South Korea cleansing, moisturizing and staying out of the sun are lessons parents teach to both boys and girls. In the USA male awareness of skin care benefits is increasing. An estimated 43 percent of American men are using skincare products to moisturize their skin, stall aging, conceal flaws and cleanse their faces.

YASOU natural skin care is a unisex brand that appeals to both women and men. They like its feel, quality of ingredients, aroma and effectiveness. Another benefit men especially like is easy product purchase. It’s simple to order YASOU skin care products online. Beautiful skin and well-being are available to all.

Green Guide To Natural Skincare

Natural skincare is a niche product ready to be embraced by the mainstream. Like organically grown food, natural skincare will be the first choice for people who care about making healthy lifestyle decisions. Scientists have determined that skin will absorb up to 60 percent of applied lotions, soaps, creams and oils. Unlike food, which is first metabolized in the liver, what skin absorbs has direct entry to the bloodstream. It matters how you cleanse, hydrate, soothe and protect your skin.

As people learn more about the benefits of natural skincare products and the detriments from not using them, future growth in use is undeniable. Here is a summary guide to going green with your skincare.

Develop a green skincare routine
Regularly read labels on all of your skincare products. Know what ingredients may pose health risks. Check for expiration dates and discard if the date has passed. Don’t rely on a supposed skin type definition, for example, oily or dry. Look at your skin each day to see if adjustments need to be made to your routine.

Natural face cleansers
Whenever washing your face use tepid water and pat dry with a towel. Cleansers can come in different forms including soaps, oils and foams. Try them out to see which one you like best. Avoid cleansers with synthetic fragrances and chemicals known to pose health risks. Scent can come from essential oils or herbal ingredients.

Glycerin soaps made with olive oil extract and honey are effective in keeping the skin moisturized and pores open. Cleansing oils may consist of lightweight blends of natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, vitamins and fruit extracts. Foam cleansers can include plant extracts and organic juices to gently clean the skin.

Natural toners
Toners are optional in a skincare routine but can serve as a multi-tasking tool when your face needs a refresher. Small spray bottles of toner can be used after a workout to replenish skin. Or use the spray to prep your face before moisturizing. If it’s well formulated (read the label) it can hydrate, exfoliate, and diminish brown spots and signs of aging. Some of the best toners are formulated with floral water.

Natural moisturizers
Skin needs to be moisturized. We lose on average of one pint of water through our pores each day. Moisturizers contain emollients to soften, heal, and hydrate the skin. Humectants attract moisture from the air bonding with water molecules. The best green humectants are glycerin and sorbitol that have been derived from natural sources. Emulsifiers bind ingredients. Green emulsifiers may be made up of plant-derived waxes. Water and essential oils are penetrators that allow the skin to absorb. Extracts act as active ingredients that restore balance to the skin’s oils, exfoliate and brighten, and diminish wrinkles. Green active ingredients include citrus extracts and green tea extracts.

Natural body care
Plant derived cleansing agents from olives, sugar beets and coconuts are green alternatives to sulfates. Pure plant oils including jojoba, almond or grape seed extracts are fantastic skin moisturizers. Vitamin E and caffeine are known to hold skin-firming properties.

Natural sun protection
Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium oxide have a wide spectral range to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If you don’t want to layer multiple products choose a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Another green way of protecting your skin is wear a hat and lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants. Drinking green tea has also shown to offer some protection from sun radiation.

Natural aroma
A process for extracting oils from flowers through distillation was first introduced by a Persian doctor sometime around AD 100 and refined later by the Romans. Essential oils including Cypress, lavender and Mandarin are known to have calming effects as well as a subtle, pleasurable scent. Synthetic perfumes weren’t introduced until the 20th century.

Just as our skin cells are constantly renewing so is our ability to accept, preserve and protect nature’s gifts.