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YASOU Products Reviewed By FutureDerm

We usually never post reviews on YASOU natural skin care and it’s products, but recently FutureDerm.com, which is an online marketplace that also covers scientific skincare and helps people make sense of marketing claims, reviewed YASOU hydrating body cream and YASOU vegan hand cream. The review was filled with so much great scientific information on our ingredients that we decided to repost it for you. Below you will find the review by Nicki Zevola Benvenuti.

I know most of us don’t pay much attention to body skincare during the summer months, other than sunscreen and (gasp) maybe some body oil. But come this time of year, we start to realize the sun and sand might have taken its toll, and the skin of our bodies might need some TLC.

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two skincare products developed with a blend of science, natural ingredients, and the culture of Greece. Let me explain: The skincare line is plant-derived, gluten-free, and Leaping Bunny Certified. As loyal FutureDerm readers know, I’m typically less-than-enthusiastic about natural products, but the YASOU line also features the Calityl-O Complex, which consists of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids, polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory components to help protect and soothe the skin.

Lastly, the founder, Theodora Novas, lived in Greece as a child and found initial pure, unique, organic ingredients from the farmers market in Archia Feneos, in the Peloponnese region near Corinth. Ingredients like natural essential oils, flowers, indigenous plants, and locally produced, organic beeswax are staples in the YASOU line. Through the founder’s heritage and training in cosmetic chemistry, aromatherapy and skincare, she has formulated a one-of-a-kind line that I’m happy to share with my readers. For reviews of the YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream, read on below!

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream

YASOU Hydrating Body Cream features a lot of skin beneficial ingredients, including Calendula officinalis, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.

First, let’s kick it off with Calendula officinalis. Studies have shown Calendula extract to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent, excellent for taking down redness and irritation (Skin Therapy Letters, 2000). What makes the calendula extract so beneficial is the high level of flavonoids – a type of antioxidants that are found within the plant. These antioxidants work to increase oxygen and blood flow to damaged skin allowing new tissue to grow. All of the powerful properties in this flower help heal your skin!

Next, although most people don’t think of honey as a particularly great skincare ingredient due to its sticky texture and viscosity, it does show some promise. Honey has three popular roles in skin care, according to scientific studies: cleansing, antibacterial, and wound-healing. When using a mixture of olive oil, beeswax and honey, 80% of eczema sufferers with eczema reported reduced itching, oozing, and scaling from their lesions, while 63% of patients with psoriasis also reported improved conditions (Complementary Therapies in Medicine).

As the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery points out, honey’s ability to heal patients’ lesions and wounds may be due in part to its hydrating properties and hydrogen peroxide. When coupled together, these properties give wounds and skin a moist environment where it can regrow skin cells (epithelization), promote granulate tissue growth (which is a sinewy tissue that covers fresh wounds), and overall healthy wound healing. Honey is also able to soothe inflammation and reduce edema (swelling), which improves the pain and irritation sufferers experience from cuts and lesions (Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery).

Lastly, extra virgin olive oil rounds out some of my favorite natural ingredients in YASOU Hydrating Body Cream. Extra-virgin olive oil is more pure, so it doesn’t go through the same synthetic process regular olive oil does. That is why you get twice the benefits with extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil is a spectacular ingredient with beneficial properties ranging from UV protective (Carcinogenesis, Toxicology) to anti-carcinogenic (The Lancet Oncology).

What makes olive oil so special is that it includes resveratrol, a natural protector of cellular activity; squalene, a natural hydrating agent; as well as three classes of distinct protective antioxidant polyphenols (simple phenols, secoridoids, and lignans).

Unlike many other skin care ingredients, olive oil is beneficial when ingested and when topically applied. [Read More: Tomatoes, Lemons, Olive Oil, and More: Are They Food, Skin Care, or Both?]

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream

YASOU Vegan Hand Cream also contains olive oil, but then it is also includes other spectacular ingredients like coconut oil, plant-derived panthenol, and jojoba oil.

First, let’s kick this review off with coconut oil. No, I don’t like coconut oil as much as some beauty bloggers do. Coconut oil is not an antibacterial, despite popular belief, so I won’t use coconut oil-based products without preservatives. (Luckily, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream does have a small amount of phenoxyethanol to keep bacteria and fungi at bay. The mastic essential oil also has some anti-fungal activity). I also typically don’t recommend coconut oil for the face because it contains high doses of lauric acid, which may cause acne for some people. However, YASOU Vegan Hand Cream is designed to be applied (you guessed it) on the hands, which have fewer oil glands and do not typically breakout with the use of lauric acid.

However, coconut oil does have its own benefits. Coconut oil is an emollient that’s gentle enough to use in baby formulas on infants’ thinner, more delicate skin (Indian Pediatrics). In fact, one study found it in 44.4% of products for newborns that they tested when looking for allergens (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology). Another study found that virgin coconut oil could be used for its antibacterial and emollient qualities to treat contact dermatitis (Dermatitis). It can also help to heal burn wounds, though the researchers did not uncover why exactly, hypothesizing that it is because coconut has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (Indian Journal of Pharmacology). And coconut does have some UV protection — blocking about 20% of UV (the study didn’t specify UVA or UVB)(Pharmacology Reviews), so take that with a grain of salt and use sunscreen anyway.

Panthenol is another great ingredient in YASOU Vegan Hand Cream.

Studies have indicated that Panthenol is good for speedy wound recovery (University of Maryland Medical Center). Panthenol is a special kind of moisturizer, called a humectant. What separates humectants from your every-day moisturizer is that it puts a protective film on your skin (or hair) while pulling in moisture from your surroundings and depositing it in layers of skin. For the best results, find a creram with 1-5% panthenol. Plus, panthenol is a great hair and nail-strengthening agent (Panthenol – The Beautifier). A study by Jerajangi et al. found that panthenol was also key in reducing skin dispigmentation (from scarring, pimples, etc) and reds (Indian Journal of Dermatology).

Bottom Line

Overall, YASOU Hydrating Body Cream and YASOU Hand Cream are two fantastic skincare products for the body, and I am a true fan. I highly recommend using these products to keep skin protected, hydrated, and feeling soft and smooth!

We hope you found FutureDerm.com‘s review as informative as we did. YASOU!

Thoughts On Nature’s Form Raw African Black Soap

We received an email from Barbara of Nature’s Form asking us to review their new authentic raw African Black Soap from Ghana, Africa. We have not done any reviews on products outside of YASOU skin care before. But how this soap is made, working with nature and using all raw natural ingredients, was of interest to me. For centuries African Black Soap has been known for its cleansing and healing power.

The first step in making the soap is drying the skins of the Plantain fruit to a precise texture in the hot African sun. The skins are then roasted in a clay oven to achieve a particular color, texture and fragrance. The longer they are dried the darker the color of the soap. Then the base is carefully mixed with Palm Oil (which contains the hard to find toctrienols, members of the vitamin E family) and Palm Kernel Oil. Generous amounts of Ivory Shea Butter are then mixed in. The soap is hardened by being put into molds and left for days in the African sun. It is packaged into air-tight bags in Africa to preserve its integrity.

The soap is said to be used for many skin conditions and in many skin treatments including Psoriasis scalp, Eczema, dry skin, skin lightening and whitening, Dermatitis and Acne. The impressive list of natural ingredients consists of organic Palm Oil, organic Cocoa Pod, organic Palm Kernel Oil, organic Coconut Oil, organic unrefined Shea Butter (38%), organic Plantain Skin Ash, Purified Water, Natural Vitamin E and Natural Sodium.

I primarily tested the soap by using it to cleanse my body during showers. I found the soap texture to be smooth but I did notice that the soap quickly dissipated when the water was hitting it, meaning the soap would almost melt with the water. The smell was not pleasant to me at first but then I barely noticed a smell at all. It did not lather excessively which is okay with me because that’s a sign that it is all natural.

After my shower as I was drying off I noticed my skin felt softer and not so dry. The second time I used the soap I had the same experience but I applied YASOU hydrating body cream with essential oils and it was a great combo with the soap. My skin felt smooth, silky and supple. I like Nature’s Form’s Raw African Soap and I do recommend it with one cautionary note. Don’t leave it in the shower letting water pour over it because it may not last very long. Strategically place it someplace dry before, during and after you shower or place it in a soap container. Will it cure your acne? I’m not sure because I have only tested it for a few weeks. However, I believe in natural raw ingredients and do think it’s worth giving it a try!

African black soap or ose dudu originated with the Yoruba people in Nigeria and the Yoruba communities in Benin and Tog. The Yoruba words ose (“soap”) and dudu (“black”) literally translates to “the black soap.” To learn more about “The Black Soap,” how the black soap is made, and where to purchase it, visit Naturesform.net.

Thank you, Barbara, for sending us your African Black Soap and giving us the opportunity to try it.

Natural Skincare Suggestions for Sagging Skin

With age comes wisdom and sagging skin. A loss of collagen is one of the age related reasons for sagging skin. Another reason is the loss of healthy facial fat. At around age 35, collagen, elastin and muscle tone start to decrease. By ages 50 or 60 the skin’s outer layer thins, gets rougher and starts to sag. Subaceous glands produce less oil, leaving skin dry and susceptible to wrinkles and sagging.
The layer of fat on the face diminishes. How can you be proactive about preventing skin that sags?
Here are some suggestions.

Age, smoking, sun exposure and quick weight loss all contribute to collagen and elastin breakdown. Skin elasticity will conform better with a gradual weight loss. Hydrate the skin, moisturize, apply sunscreen, and exfoliate.

Get enough sleep. To help prevent sagging skin sleep on your back suggests Dr. Michael Edwards, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Nutrition is a key component to overall skin health. Protein is beneficial to skin elasticity. Strawberries contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports collagen fibers.

Consider a weekly massage or facial to improve circulation. Use a dry brush with natural soft fibers prior to washing your face. It helps exfoliate your skin and increases circulation. Good circulation brings important nutrients to the skin.

Be proactive in protecting your skin. Exfoliating gels, natural scrubs and facial masks may be effective in preventing further damage and delay sagging.

Read ingredients lists on skincare product labels to ensure you are getting the best natural formula to boost collagen.

Don’t bother doing facial exercises. Doctors agree that facial exercises do not tighten or firm sagging skin. It can actually be detrimental by causing expression lines. Yes, over action of facial muscles may cause wrinkles. It doesn’t tighten skin but stretches it out.

Know what works and what doesn’t when addressing or preventing sagging skin. Makeup artists emphasize keeping the skin clean, and using a firming cream by day and a night cream with good active ingredients. Estheticians say keep the skin well moisturized and exfoliate. Some recommend adding a lifting serum to a skin care regimen.

Even plastic surgeons sometimes recommend non-surgical options for sagging skin. The right formula in topical creams can help while also providing preventative qualities. Ingredients that help lift and firm the skin naturally include extracts of green tea, cucumber and grape seed; jojoba oil and vitamin C all of which alert the body to produce collagen naturally. Relying on the body’s natural healing processes can support the internal structure of the skin keeping it firm and elastic.

Why YASOU Appreciates Those Who Cover Natural Skin Care Topics

Before 2015 winds into high gear I want to thank the following publications, editors and beauty bloggers for their foresight in covering topics on natural skin care and boutique skin care companies including YASOU skin care. They have helped us get the word out on the benefits of natural skin care and continue to provide information that educates the consumer on natural skin care products.

Boutique skin care companies are up against a lot of competition from the big skincare manufacturing firms. We believe demand will grow for crafted, natural skin care formulas that have the feel and refinement of high-end luxury brands.

Here are some of the articles published during 2014:

1. INTERVIEW With LIVING-POSTCARDS GREECE:Theodora Ntovas of YASOU skin care answers our questions.

2. NEWS 247 Greece: How YASOU is Gaining Interest In America.

3. PRODUCT REVIEW-SKIN CARE: YASOU cellular day care.

4. Les Mousquetettes of France reviews YASOU face creams.

5. Green Day Editor’s Pick: YASOU body cream

6. Chicago StartUp YASOU Natural Skin Care Builds Momentum

7. Ultimate Skincare & Beauty Report (REVIEW) Cell Renewal Night Cream From YASOU Skin Care

8. Does Mommy Love it: YASOU SKIN CARE

9. Andrea’s Top Picks: YASOU Skin Care; Beauty Reviews by Andrea

10. BeautySweetSpot: 5 Favorites by Jeannine Morris

11. SunTimes Splash: Things We Love

12. MODERN SALON: YASOU Skin Care Introduces Natural Face Creams

13. CS Magazine: New Obession Creme de la Creme

As people become more educated on how ingredients from nature nurture the skin, their quest for health and beauty will be met in a balanced way. These publications, editors and beauty bloggers are leading the way.