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Vegan Summer Skin Care Tips and Guides

We still have a month or so left of summer so lets make it the best summer for your skin before winter comes knocking on the door. It’s challenging to find vegan, cruelty-free, non toxic summer skin care products so I want to offer you some natural tips and guidelines for skin care protection and skin care treatments from two of our most trusted sources.

 

1.  EWG– Environmental Working Group is one of our MUST sources for non-toxic skin care. EWG is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment by educating us with breakthrough research in the areas of agricultural, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.  They also provide YASOU with EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database, which is an online guide with safety ratings for more than 78,000 cosmetics and personal care products

 

EWG’s Tip:  Sunscreen Should Be Your Last Resort

Below are some of their other summer tips for protecting your skin.

A) Wear Clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV ray’s, reducing burn risk by 27%.

B) Plan Around the Sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sk

C) Find Shade – or Make it. Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.

D) Sunglasses Are Essential. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation

You scan also find their Sunscreen 101 list that consists of the Best beach & sport sunscreens, best scoring kid’s sunscreens, and the best moisturizers with SPF.

YASOU hydrating body creams have been EWG verified as non-toxic and cruelty free but it does not contain SPF. Our body creams is meant to be used after your day outdoors and can help soothe, nourish and hydrate skin for the entire family.

 

 

2. Leaping Bunny Certified is the global gold standard for cruelty-free certification for personal care, cosmetics and household products. These are products that do not conduct animal testing or use ingredients that have been tested on animals up to third party suppliers.Overall it means companies with the bunny logo have compassion for animals and do not test on animals or use ingredients that are tested on animals.

Being a cruelty-free brand doesn’t automatically mean the brand or product is vegan so please make sure to check this out before making your purchase if this is important to you.

Leaping Bunny approved brands are listed on their site. It’s a cruelty-free marketplace where you can research and purchase directly from their shopping guide.  They also provide Leaping Bunny ENEWS where they introduce new brands and give you their summer essential picks.

YASOU “a toast to your health” | skin care is leaping bunny certified and offers a vegan lip elixir, vegan hand cream, vegan day cream (for the face) and vegan night cream (for the face).  All YASOU creams are vegan except for the hydrating body creams because they contain honey extract and beeswax, otherwise they are completely plant based/powered.

We hope you find the above sources useful and beneficial.  We believe that you receive more vitamins and minerals from vegan skin care than non-vegan.  We also believe you receive more quality ingredients, a safer and overall healthier experience!

YASOU!

Is Your Skin Ready For Summer?

There are three skin care actions to take no matter what the temperature is outside – exfoliate, moisturize and block UV rays. Just like during winter, taking care of your skin is a priority in the summer season.  When outdoor air is hot and humid you can develop dry, dehydrated, irritated skin. The biggest culprits are spending time in the sun, environment/pollution, swimming pool, and air-conditioning.

 

When it comes to caring for your skin, temperature matters. Increase in temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity and heat, can increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. This makes oily skin appear oilier and dry skin appear rough and patchy.  Ingredients in your skin care products matter too. Products containing shea butter can help protect the skin from UV sunlight and harsh temperatures.

 

Hot temperatures in summer require exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting the skin. Sweat and skin oils can clog pores. Products containing sugar cane extract can keep pores open and help eliminate blemishes. Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. Moisturizing with a hydrating, water-based body cream can help provide long-hasting hydration.

 

Make water your best friend. Keep yourself hydrated from the inside out and apply moisturizer to keep yourself hydrated from the outside in.Shower and shampoo immediately after getting out of the swimming pool, using fresh, clean water and a natural, mild cleanser and exfoliate.  After exfoliating, moisturize and apply sun screen.  I know this sounds repetitive but it’s this repetition of exfoliating, moisturizing and applying SPF that will keep your skin healthy and glowing through the summer months.

 

If your skin burns, DNA in your skin cells have been damaged. Apply 30-50 SPF sunscreen with a broad ultraviolet spectrum. This 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.

 

Summer means that you should ease up on the makeup. Wear minimal facial makeup to allow the skin to breathe better. Humidity and heat suppress the skin’s ability to breathe and stresses it out. Avoid anything heavy on the face. Use a matte day cream, tinted moisturizer, a vegan lip treatment, tinted lip balm, and protective eyewear this summer to give your skin some rest.

 

What we eat has a lot to do with how we look and feel.  Go for seasonal fruits, vegetables and natural juices to feel fresh and stay away from sugary drinks.

 

Wearing loose, natural-fiber clothing and a hat during summer will protect your skin as well. Lastly. . .

 

. . . Have a great summer!

 

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Fall Harvest Ingredients That Enhance Your Skin

Each year growers carefully tend to their crops so we can put food on our table and enjoy many skincare products made with natural ingredients. It’s been a challenging year for growers. In Midwest states, farmers had a late spring planting due to weeks of heavy rain. Floods stripped top soil from fields. Hurricanes hit the East and Gulf states while wildfires burned on the West coast. Still, growers are a resilient lot. Bumper crops, inclement weather, and market competition are forces they face every year. Yet they continue to plant, often generation after generation. When the fall harvest comes, they learn what their toil has brought. Hera are some ways ingredients from the fall harvest act as natural skin enhancers:

  • Collagen stimulators
  • Moisturizers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Cell repairers
  • UV ray protectors
  • Circulation boosters
  • Stress relievers
  • Germ killers

The following fall harvest ingredients may be ingested as food and flavor enhancers or applied topically through skin care products such as oils, masks, serums, soaps, scrubs or lotions.

 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and essential fatty acids. When eaten or applied topically through oils or masks pumpkin can help ward off signs of aging. Don’t forget the seeds. Nutrition expert Joy Bauer calls pumpkin seeds a “skin superfood.” She describes the zinc found in pumpkin seeds as a natural protector of cell membranes that help maintain collagen and promote skin renewal.

 

Olives

California is the lead grower of olive trees and producer of olive oil in the USA. Certified Organic Extra Virgin oil is full of linoleic acids, oleic acids, palmitic acids and polyphenols, which contain antioxidants. When absorbed into skin, they combat free radicals. Polyphenols also protect against ultraviolet rays and may encourage new cell growth, replacing damaged skin cells. Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil in skin care products is used to soothe and moisturize the skin. Its antioxidants form a protective barrier, trapping moisture on the skin.  YASOU skin care uses certified organic extra virgin olive oil as their main ingredient in there Calityl-O Complex which is in most of the skin care line creams.

 

Apples

Apples contain malic acid, a natural humectant that helps keep skin hydrated. It’s a natural antioxidant with properties that fight free radicals. Mandelic acid reduces discoloration. Most antioxidants are found in the apple peel. Skin care products containing apple extract use it for its toning, exfoliating and rejuvenating benefits.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries contain high amounts of vitamins C, a collagen booster that helps keep skin firm. Natural acids in cranberries act as an exfoliant helping to prevent clogged pores. Its antioxidants are free radical fighters that bring out the glow and suppleness of skin.

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg comes from evergreen trees in the tropical islands of the East Indies. It is a collagen stimulator and protects against UV rays. Nutmeg oil has antibacterial properties and is believed to boost circulation.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties that may diminish acne. Cinnamon is often used in lip plumping products, masks, oils, powders and of course for flavoring food. Cinnamon extracts have highly potent antioxidant properties. For use on the skin, cinnamon oil should be made from tree leaves, not the bark.

 

Carrots

Beta carotene contained in carrots is an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin cell production. The content of flavonoids in carrots is high in autumn. These phytonutrients areantioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits

 

Rosemary

This fragrant herb is used in teas, pure essential oils and as flavoring for food. Rosemary extract is known to tone and firm sagging skin. It helps reduce swelling and puffiness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Almonds

L’Occitane, a popular French beauty company, is so enthralled with the skin care benefits of almonds that it partners with local almond growers that produce high quality product through sustainable practices in Provence. In addition to high protein, almonds are rich in omega-3 and omegea-6 fatty acids, contain powerful antioxidants and moisturizing properties.

 

Beets

Beets contain a mix of healthy nutrients including folate, fiber, vitamins A and C, manganese, iron, and potassium. They help stimulate cell renewal, guarding against premature aging and wrinkles.

 

Kale

Kale contains a powerful range of antioxidants that work from the inside out. Its own antioxidants help protect the plant from damaging UV rays, and thus help protect our skin. Its high Vitamin C content supports firm, soft skin.

 

Lavender

High grade, quality lavender oil regenerates skin and helps in the healing of cuts and scars. Lavender contains antiseptic and antifungal properties. As a bacteria fighter it helps keep acne at bay.  Lavender essential oil is known to have calming and sedative properties, promoting relaxation and sleep. It can be applied directly on the skin, or as an ingredient in skincare products.

 

Seasons affect the concentration of phytochemicals in plants. Phytochemicals are compounds derived from plants that have biological activity in humans.Fall harvest ingredients are nurtured by the soil and sun under the watchful eye of growers. When you use choose skincare products with natural and organic ingredients you are enhancing your skin and supporting growers who know when crops are ripe and ready to be reaped.

Head-to-Toe Total Body Skin Care for Spring

Nature signals a new season with the first buds of flowers. Gardens and street cafés are calling you outdoors again. Is your skin ready? After a long winter you may notice that your skin has become dry, flaky or dull. During the winter months there is less moisture and light. Spring answers the call with April showers and longer daylight hours. It’s a good time to assess your total body skin care regimen from head-to-toe.

 

Total body exfoliation

To rid your body of dulling dead skin cells, exfoliate two to three times a week while in the shower. Use a body brush or a scrub. A simple scrub is easily made with a bit of certified organic extra virgin olive oil and some sugar. Use circular motions and rub gently. A cold rinse at the end of your shower stimulates the skin and shines the hair. Pat your skin dry.

 

Total body hydration

We are water-based creatures so it makes sense to use a water-based moisturizer. Moisturize after your bath or shower to help lock moisture and oils in the skin. Massage Greek-inspired YASOU hydrating body cream across your arms, torso, legs and feet. Remind yourself of how soft your skin can feel.

 

Total body sun protection 

With more daylight hours your skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Add 30+ SPF sunscreen regularly. Get out the wide-brim spring hats, sunglasses and lightweight natural fiber pants, skirts and shirts. You will look good, be protected, and most natural fabrics feel good on your skin.

 

Targeted Skin Care Areas

Face

We recommend daily use of a cellular vegan face cream and cell renewal night cream to protect and nourish facial skin. If your face needs extra moisture try a facial or facemask. Rather than powder, use Japanese beauty papers to diminish shine from T zone areas. Address seasonal acne with your favored product. To get more glow on during spring apply creamy blushes, toners and concealers.

Lips

Protect your lips with a lip block or lipstick that contains high SPF. YASOU will be introducing an all natural lip elixir to its line of luxe wellness products soon. It’s formulated to heal and nourish your lips year round.

Hands & Feet

Hands and feet that were covered up during winter get exposed to fresh air in the spring. They are often in need of skin repair. If you notice cracking, dry skin these areas need a lift. Invest in a good vegan hand cream that will treat your cuticles and strengthen your nails as well as hydrate. Look for organic oils, bacteria fighters and botanicals in the ingredients list. During spring it’s time to show some leg and let your feet breathe again. Soften calloused heels and cracked toes with a hydrating body cream that contains shea butter and jojoba seed oil.

Total body skin care means protecting and nourishing your skin from head-to-toe. Spring may be a good time to visit a dermatologist for skin screening and advice on how to properly protect your skin type. People with fair skin and freckles are particularly sensitive to the sun’s UV rays.

During spring soothe your skin. Enjoy the flowers, gardens and cafes. As Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.”

Mothering Lessons From Season to Season

Just as trees, flowers, soil and water change from season to season so does a mother. Nobody can tell you how to be a mother. It’s a part of you that manifests itself in little ways each day. Whether you had a great role model in your own mom, or not, have read books by baby and parenting experts, mothers can look to the natural world and their own natural essence for insight and respite.

If you don’t already, pay attention to the seasons for mothering lessons from the natural world.

Winter
A tree in winter may look ugly and bare but its branches will soon grow buds, leaves, and fruit. Every situation will change. You may want to force a change, but that will often backfire when the conditions are not right. A group of trees does not become a forest because someone said: “grow, grow, grow.” Like the forest, a parent can only show patience, acceptance, and diligence when progress seems slow. Share winter’s wisdom.

Spring
Watch if your children hesitate to bloom. Be curious. Listen, the way you would to crickets chirping. You will hear a chorus of sounds and rhythms. Spring is about promise. What do your children need to overcome their reluctance? Maybe a story about a time you felt hesitant. Maybe a story of a time when they overcame an obstacle in the past. Share what you know about spring.

Summer
Feel the joy of summer – its long hours of daylight, warm sun and blue sky. When we are most comfortable may be the best time to get out of the box and travel somewhere new even if its around the block or across the world. Novelty is great for our brains and a change of scene sparks the imagination. To swim in lakes, rivers and oceans rekindles our connection to what sustains all of life. Climbing hills, watching the night sky, and walking prairie paths refreshes our sense of wonder. Share summer’s shimmer.

Fall
Fall is a time of letting go. The tree sheds its leaves with a bright canopy of color. As mothers know, letting go is part of the job. Birds, bears, fish and other members of the animal kingdom know instinctively when its time to let go. But it’s sometimes hard for moms. I read a story by Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State, about when her overprotective mother sent her away to a Swiss boarding school at the age of 10. Ms. Albright cried all the way there (her mother probably did too). But of that year away, she wrote: “I learned French, I learned to ski, I learned to be in a place that I wasn’t at all comfortable in, and I had to make it comfortable for myself. I learned to be independent. That year has stood me in good stead forever.” Share fall’s favors.

Throughout the seasons go ahead and be simple, natural, and confident with your kids. When a friend of mine had a miscarriage the doctors posed biological reasons, her husband assured her they would try again, but it was her mother who said: “Pregnancies are like flowers. Some bloom and others don’t, even when they are planted side by side with the same amount of sun and water.” This simple thought from her mother brought my friend great comfort. We all aim to hit the right chord at the right time. Sometimes, like turtle doves, we do!

To say “Good job” to all mothers, we are offering a free vegan hand cream this week with the purchase of YASOU’s vegan face cream set.

Refresh This Spring With Natural Skin Care

Like gardeners nurturing plants from seeds, we at YASOU natural skin care are experiencing a spring awakening. We continue to find the best plant-derived ingredients to grow and improve our natural skin care line.

We’re excited to be introducing a luxe, all natural hand cream this summer. Our packaging is being revitalized. Customers and fans will have a new way to find information and interact with us. Coming soon is a video series featuring myself as founder of YASOU and other professionals who care deeply about healthy, beautiful skin. What kind of spring awakening is calling out to you?

At this time of year, we like to think of YASOU as a garden for your skin. Our natural, boutique skincare products are made with some of nature’s finest gifts. Our products don’t sit on store shelves for years. No harsh chemical preservatives are needed. We know our customers care about what they put in their body as well as what they put on their body. That’s why we include Mother Nature in every jar.

Gifts from the Garden
We’ve got “an apple a day” for your skin by including apple extract, a great source of B-complex and C vitamins.

Cucumber extract from a vegetable rich in vitamins A & C – an effective combo to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Grape seed extract supports cell renewal and boosts collagen development, helping skin remain firm.

Lemon extract exfoliates, brightens and nurtures skin relying on its citric acids.

Mandarin essential oil helps circulate the blood and lymph, arousing and rejuvenating skin.

Olive oil (organic, extra virgin) moisturizes and contains vitamin E to help keep skin supple.

Orange extract is rich in vitamin E and carries loads of antioxidants that keep the skin well toned.

By applying vitamin-rich topical creams and eating nutritious food you are improving your skin’s health from both the inside and outside.

Spring is a time to refresh and renew. Mother nature teases us with warm breezes, earthy aromas, and budding botanicals. It’s a time to switch your wardrobe, fabrics, color schemes and possibly your skincare routine to reflect a lighter, more natural way of living

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.