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Trace Your Skin Texture Across the Body Landscape

Trace Your Skin Texture Across the Body Landscape
Go ahead, explore your body landscape. Create your own map of where the rough spots are, where the smooth and winding curves intertwine. Where is it soft, bumpy, scratchy, or discolored? People tend to focus more on their face, but we are not backyard explorers, we want to see the world, in this case our whole body from head to toe. Revelations will occur just as if you are on a road trip discovering different landforms. Your skin’s surface is alive with texture. What condition is it in? How smooth does your skin feel?


Let’s start with arid, dry areas.
The most common places where you may find dry skin areas is in your lower legs, hands and arms. When that’s the case, your skin barrier or the acid mantle layer which is the top thin layer of the skin has likely been impaired by a lack of healthy fats or an increase in the skin’s PH levels. This top layer contains natural oils that trap moisture in keeping the skin soft and smooth. A lack of moisture on this layer, high Ph levels and diminished oils results in dry skin. Your skin may turn red like the sandstone cliffs in Utah. It can become flaky or itchy as if walking the sand dunes in Southern California.


In arid landscapes, erosion processes mold the landforms. It’s a delicate balance and so it is with our skin surfaces. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells leaving a smoother, brighter appearance. Dehydrators may include dry air but also fragrance, soaps formulated to remove oil, and hard water that leaves a film on the skin blocking moisturizers from absorbing. Natural skin care products such as YASOU body cream containing vitamins A and C can counteract deposits from hard water and leave the skin smooth and supple. Hot showers and aggressive washing can upset the skin surface balance causing dryness. Water plays a role in all surfaces including our skin. It hydrates cells, plumping them so drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.


Explore rough or porous areas
Whether you are exploring the Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon or your own skin surfaces environment plays a role. Sun exposure, pollution, chemicals or dirt can create rough textures in your skin. Such elements may strip the skin of natural collagen and elasticity. A mineral zinc-based formula sunscreen can protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Regular gentle cleansing morning and night followed with moisturizer will nourish the skin. Think calming creek rather than crashing waves to smooth out the rough areas.


Porous areas are found throughout the body but unseen by the naked eye. Hair follicles are pores that lubricate the skin and are found everywhere except on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet. Sweat pores cool the body. They cluster under the arms, on the hands and feet and in the groin but they too are found throughout the body. These pores allow water to pass through your skin. Like crevices carved by rivers in mountains and canyons. Pore size and visibility is determined from where we came – genetics, and where we’ve been – age. However, it can be manipulated the way a dam might do for a river. Deep cleaning and exfoliating regularly along with facials or a light peel can help. If it’s a concern, talk over options with a dermatologist. Pore size and visibility do get bigger as we age. Preserving elasticity of the skin refines the texture.


Under each of those pores is a sebaceous gland that creates oils. Oily skin is also genetically linked and age related, but it may also depend on where you live, the seasons, and lifestyle choices such as choosing the right skin care products.


Hold on at bumpy, dull areas
The buildup of dead skin cells is the most likely culprit for bumpy, dull skin. Exfoliate regularly and you will see a brighter, smoother skin texture. Like the morning sun over a mesa after a rainfall. In the natural world glaciers with their large ice sheets were effective at erosion, rounding off ridges of mountains and enlarging valleys. You can do the same with a brush and a scrub covering your whole body, smoothing it out to a soft shimmering plain where hands can happily roam through its softness.


You’ve arrived
Just like putting on a seatbelt before you hit the road, there are preventive steps to always ensure a smooth ride ahead for your skin. Hydrate your whole body with a natural body cream you love. Apply when your skin is still damp to lock in the moisture. Don’t wait until your skin feels dry. Eat healthy foods, get at least seven hours of sleep each night, exercise, and drink several glasses of water each day.


Whatever you discover while exploring your skin textures we hope you enjoy the journey! (photo: breaking pic | pexels)

Cleansing Your Face Naturally

I have been cleansing my face naturally with just glycerin soap and cold water for the past several years during the winter months. In the summer after my soap wash I’ve added a rinse of raw apple cider vinegar diluted in water and applied with a cotton ball. This routine has been working for me but lately I’ve started wearing makeup again. I now find myself needing a makeup remover or a cleanser that removes makeup and cleanses. So I started doing some research and want to share it with you.


Some say soap and water (Micellar water) works better than makeup wipes. Flat cotton pads are  an excellent initial step in removing makeup—in fact, they’re best used to remove makeup before cleansing the face. Using water and a natural face wash is what’s really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen. I believe you need to remove your makeup first. Make a ritual out of it, go slow, be loving while removing your makeup. Maybe do a short eye massage and then move into a cleanser or soap and water wash.  A few natural ingredients to remove makeup are:


1. Coconut Butter or oil. I use this a lot because it works for me and my skin type plus coconut butter can thicken thin eye lid skin

2. Olive Oil. Known to work for all skin types.

3. Jojoba oil (or Olive Oil) mixed with natural beeswax (yellow).  About ¼ cup of oil and 1 tablespoon of beeswax.

4. Cucumber Cleanser.  Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, so they help soothe irritated and/or acne-prone skin.  Use a blender, mash the cucumber until it’s pasty, add a little Olive Oil and you’re ready to apply.

5. Wash your face twice a day?  This really makes a difference.

6. Apply a raw apple cider rinse and then a good moisturizer.


If you just don’t have the time to work with the above natural recommendations there are many naturally-derived cleansers and makeup removers in the market.  Just do a little research, read your labels to find what sounds right for you and your skin type.  Avoid harsh sulfates, added fragrances, a lot of stabilizers and harmful preservatives.  Look for naturally-derived:


Surfactants. Remove dirt, oil and debris from the skin. They are often combined with other ingredients.

Emollients. Natural emollients can be plant- or animal-based so if you are vegan make sure to ask. They help reduce the amount of moisture lost in the skin when washing.

Exfoliant. Natural exfoliants remove dead, dull skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter and feeling clean and fresh.

Humectant. Humectants work in a similar manner to emollients to help your skin retain moisture while cleansing. A common natural humectant added to face cleanser is glycerin.  I love glycerin.


YASOU is researching and hoping to launch a cleanser/makeup remover sometime this year so stay tuned. We hope you find the above info useful.  Let us know if you have a favorite ingredient or product you love to cleanse with that also removes your make up. We love to hear from you!  Email us at   (photo: cotton bro | pexels)



Coronavirus: Skin Care and Well-Being

Our lives changed overnight with the coronavirus pandemic and probably will never be the same again. Our sense of security and well-being has been challenged and yet we are all dealing with what has fallen upon us.  Our well-being is crucial during this time and here are some things you can do right now from home to stay mentally healthy.


1. Give: Your time, words and presence are very important and can still be done virtually-it’s all about cultivating a spirit of generosity and promoting active participation in social and community life.


2. Be Active: Exercise! Join a virtual Pilates class or plug in a yoga tape-just move. Evidence suggests that physical activity can increase self-belief and the ability to cope with difficult situations.


3. Keep Learning: Read a book, work on a puzzle or take an online course that you always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time to do so. Doing this will improve your self-esteem and has been known to be effective in preventing depression.


4. Take Notice: Appreciate the little things. Practice being in the moment and savor it. Increasing awareness of what is immediately happening both physically and mentally within and around us can improve well-being.  This includes finding gratitude (like for our first responders), forgiveness, reflection and the development of meaning, like maybe we will be stronger once we come out of this nightmare.


5. Connect: Give a family member, friend or neighbor a phone call, or send an email. Check in on them to see how they are doing. Do they need anything or just say hello. Send a care gift to ones in need right now.  Fostering relationships with other’s is important to well-being. Talk. listen, be there and feel connected.


I hope the above will be helpful. I have found this info via and incorporated ideas that can be done virtually from your home. If you know of anyone who is out of work or having a difficult time right now, please send us their information and we’ll be happy to send them a 4oz hydrating body cream as a self-care gift, letting them know that it’s from you and YASOU skin care.  We will also cover shipping and it’s one cream per person. You can only submit one person this offer lasts while inventory is in stock so it’s a first come, first serve basis until we run out of our 4oz hydrating body cream.  Email us at and let us know why this person deserves this gift, their name, mailing address and your name. Maybe we can bring a bit of happiness and some self-care to someone who can use it right now.  This offer only applies to people in the USA.


Now for skin care, it’s so important right now especially for your hands.  We need to wash our hands constantly with soap and water and sanitize often during this time!  The drawback to this is that our hands will or are becoming painfully dry and cracked because we are following the widespread advice to frequently wash to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  We need to also be aware of a less widely cited hygiene recommendation which is to moisturize your hands as well. Somehow that got left out of the equation and it’s important to include, so let your family and friends know.


“Keeping skin moisturized is important,” states Craig Shapiro, (attending physician in pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital in Delaware). “If the skin is breaking down or raw, then the soap and alcohol disinfectants do not work as well. Also, when skin is chapped and broken, it’s uncomfortable, and people can be less likely to wash their hands to prevent transmission of germs and infection.”


Moisturize your hands right away after washing leaving, them a bit damp before adding cream. Moisturize them well at night before bedtime. After applying the moisturizer wear cotton gloves all night.  This will help absorb the cream or lotion.  We recommend hand cream that contains water and oils to be the best because the moisturizer will reach to a cellular level of your skin.  Also look for hand cream that contains aloe Vera.  Aloe Vera is an excellent solution for dry skin, because not only does it moisturize but it also stimulates healing. Look for shea butter, to help “lock in” the moisture and look for oils like jojoba or certified organic olive oil. All of these ingredients are nourishing, healing, soothing and hydrating, which will be effective in healing those dry and cracked hands as well as saving the skin’s barrier which protects you from the environment. Visit us at and make sure you look at our promotions, incentives and our vegan hand cream.


Keep praying, stay safe, stay healthy!

Six Pleasures of Sensual Skin Care

Skin invites intimacy. Think of the difference between lying in bed with clothes on and clothes off. Or holding a loved one’s hand with gloves on and gloves off. That layer of cloth separates. When appropriate, skin-to-skin contact offers a sensual experience that says I am vulnerable, vibrant, and cared for. Nerve endings close to the skin create waves of sensation when skin is touched, tickled and teased. If stimulated suggestively, sexual arousal can occur across the body via its blanket of skin. Sensual skin care invites everyone to experience these pleasures.



Skin helps us be aware of what or who is in contact with our body. If you see or feel skin disruptions, tend to it. Nurture it. Fully inhabit your body. Enjoy the feel of a summer breeze on your bare feet. A whisper into the ear. Silk sheets. A kiss on the neck or inner wrist. A new scent. Skin communicates sensations. It may physically respond with goosebumps, sexual arousal or relaxation. It varies by person. If you aren’t present, you will miss it.



Sometimes the timing isn’t right for touch. Respect this. When it is right, let your sensual pleasure build. Linger your touch with a pause, move toward the lower abdomen or up the thigh and then retreat. Leave a trail with your fingers. Teasing builds tension and raises pleasure when released. Your brain gets flushed with feel good hormones. Blood vessels open wide and skin may blush red.



Touch has many degrees. To be interesting, modulate between soft and deep touch. Apply different amounts of pressure. A kiss on the eyelid is different from a tongue thrust in the mouth. Stroke, tickle, grab, cup, brush. Whatever is welcomed. A brush to the skin of your inner arm can be more sensually intense than a grab. Changing up your touch can be as easy as bathing together with soap, applying body cream, or massaging with essential oils.



Skin doesn’t come with a map showing designated boundaries. You draw them. Your skin should be a safe place. A beautiful place that allows you to connect to your surroundings, people and purpose. There are vulnerable spots. For some it’s the belly, armpit or feet. Feel free to designate detours. When you own your body you practice self-care, identify and communicate what’s off limits, and forgive any flaws. Give attention to all areas of the skin, not just what is visible.



In his article “The Strange Phenomenon of Musical Skin Orgasms,” David Robson writes: “If a song follows the conventions too closely, it is bland and fails to capture our attention; if it breaks the patterns too much, it sounds like noise. But when composers straddle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar, playing with your expectations using unpredictable flourishes, they hit a sweet spot that pleasantly teases the brain, and this may produce a frisson.” He defines a frisson as a skin orgasm that causes chills, shivers down the spine, or goosebumps. In essence, don’t let your sensual skin care pleasures become routine. Shake it up. Tingle.



Sensual skin care stories are not limited to soft, youthful suppleness. People have callouses, scars, imprints from tight pants, bruises, wrinkles and a variety of colors on their skin. Don’t worry about the warts, celebrate what’s unique. Indulge your desire to apply creams to your skin. Take care of your skin and it will enhance sensual rewards. If your skin has kept you away from the sensual life you want to live, change the story line – when you feel desirable you are desired.

(photo: Alexander Krivitskiy/Pexels)

Unleash Your Skin Care Superpower

While the Avengers demonstrate their superpowers on the silver screen you can unleash your skin care superpower by blasting away the negative effects of aging, dry skin, and inflammation. Iron Man’s protective suit of armor automatically wraps itself around him. Try a natural hydrating body cream to form a protective barrier on your skin trapping moisture in, keeping your skin soft and supple. Don’t let dry, aging skin destroy your look!


In Avengers movies accidental exposure to gamma radiation transforms a mild-mannered scientist into the super strong, green-skinned Hulk. You can brighten your skin and add a beautiful glow with a vegan cellular face cream containing lemon and orange extract. Sugar cane extract protects skin from toxins. Green tea extract won’t turn your skin green. But it will help protect your skin from free radicals and promote healthy collagen production.


Hulk’s ability to heal any wounds makes him immortal. He won’t face aging concerns, but we will. Super natural skin care ingredients can fend off the signs of aging while sleeping. Choose vegan cell renewal night cream to save your skin and our planet too. Vitamin rich shea butter is a strong anti-aging moisturizer. Marine based Hyadisine®smooths skin, moisturizes and reduces wrinkles. Cucumber seed extract combats fine lines and wrinkles.


Wasp is a female super hero in the Avengers movies. She is fun-loving, fashion focused and fierce. Her superpower comes from her hands and an ability to shrink or grow in size. She harnesses her body’s bio energy to project yellow electrical blasts or “stingers” from her hands. You can protect, repair and soothe your hands with a luxe vegan hand cream. Super oils including olive, jojoba, coconut, aloe vera, evening primrose and mastic essential oils along with plant-based extracts keep your hands looking and feeling sensational as you take on the day.


No matter what her size, Wasp won’t let her pretty lips get chapped, thin and flat. She need not settle for anything less than a revolutionary vegan lip elixir that plumps and softens lips naturally. Her love interest, Yellow Jacket, may like it too.


With his strong-man muscles and flowing blonde hair, Thor is the god of thunder who can fly and control the weather. He distrusts technology, has great stamina and can breathe anywhere, even in outer space. Applying natural ingredients that work with the skin allow it to “breathe” and reap maximum benefits from vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Don’t accept defeat, smash old habits. Avoid suffocating your skin.


Super ingredients in YASOU skin care penetrate, moisturize, restore elasticity, and support cellular renewal. Each of the original Avenger super heroes rely on their superpowers to save the universe but they are also everyday people. We love this sentiment expressed in an article by writer Alex Abad-Santos for Vox on the final Avengers movie, Endgame:


“Directors Anthony and Joe Russo … understand that the ‘best’ doesn’t just mean the strongest, fastest, smartest, or more powerful. The ‘best’ also applies to heroes’ spirits and souls; at the end of the day, when the world is crashing down, they are going to show us how refusing to give up, powers or no powers, makes us, well, super.”


After a day of clashes, colossal triumphs and startling surprises it’s time for you to relax. Pamper yourself with Greek-inspired luxe wellness skin care products that are 99.4 – 99.8% natural, with certified organic oils and botanicals. Unleash the power of your skin care before it’s too late!

How Naps Benefit Your Skin

Sleep might be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.  I have never had problems with getting 7-8 hours of good sleep before, but as I’m aging I tend to wake up more often through out the night. Napping has become more important for my health and beauty routine these days.  I have always loved taking naps.  Naps can range in duration from 5 minutes up to 90 minutes. The best time to nap is in the afternoon between 3:00-5:00pm for about 90 minutes. During these hours you fall asleep faster. This sleep is said to be  more “efficient” because you experience deep sleep or “slow wave sleep.” During this mid-afternoon nap you go through a complete sleep cycle from the lightest stage through the deepest stage and back again, so you’ll wake feeling refreshed.

One of the biggest benefits to “deep sleep” napping is the effect of anti-aging and the reduction of cortisol in body.  Cortisol also called “the stress hormone,” is secreted in higher levels during the body’s fight or flight response to stress experienced in our daily lives.  Napping can help reduce cortisol in the blood and restore a state of hormone equilibrium thus giving your skin “beauty sleep.”

Napping (beauty sleep) is a natural way of improving skin for both women and men according to a study from University Hospital’s Case Medical Center.  Napping can help you have fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and even out the skin tone.

Skin repairs itself when we are in a deep sleep. It makes new collagen preventing the skin from sagging giving us plumper skin!  During sleep our bodies boost blood flow to skin which means when we wake we have a healthier glow. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin creating dullness.  I prefer a boost of blood flow especially as I’m aging. People who don’t get enough rest appear less healthy.

Napping your way to better skin gives a whole new meaning to beauty rest. The research from University Hospitals Case medical center published in Science Daily found this to be true.  Scientists discovered that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the rate of recovery from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure. These are four good reasons to start napping if you aren’t already. So go ahead and take some naps if you need them. Napping may be the easiest way to good health and beautiful skin.


(image: pixby/pexels)

Can CBD Improve Your Skin

The new wonder ingredient Cannabidiol Oil also known as CBD is popping up everywhere and in everything these days. To be clear CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are two different oils that contain completely different compounds. The benefits differ as well so you need to make sure to not mistake them for the same oil.

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, not the seeds. Also, the quality of CBD oil can vary so you’ll need to do your research and read your labels.  It has different extraction methods as well as purity levels.

After a great deal of research here is what I found.  CBD rocks in reducing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is common among conditions in which your skin displays extreme dryness, rashes, sores and redness. It is also known to have antioxidant benefits.


There are three types of CBD oil we should all learn about in order to make smarter purchases.

1. Full Spectrum:  This type of CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana (Hemp) plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.

2. Isolate:  This type of CBD is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. It contains only CBD.All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that is CBD and nothing more.

3. Broad Spectrum:  This type of CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” (when many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence) without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.


Skin Benefits of topical usage of CBD Oil

1. Known to slow down the skin’s aging process.
2. A more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Known to neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin keeping it tight and youthful in appearance.
4. Known to help soothe skin irritations.
5. Known to fight bacterial skin infections.
6. Known to improve the production of collagen.
7. Boosts the skin’s protective shield.
8. Known to treat and prevent acne.<


Overall, you need to do your research and experiment.  I believe that CBD is here to stay. I am presently researching CBD for YASOU’s next addition, an eye serum.  I’m still not sure it’s “THE” wonder ingredient that is more effective for your skin than other non-CBD skin care ingredients out there. Everyone has different skin with different needs so read your labels, research the ingredients and experiment.  YASOU! (photo: Michael Fischer/Pexels)


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Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009 Aug; 30(8): 411–420.
CBD exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

Self-Care is a Beauty Routine

Springtime!  The sun’s light shines longer. The air and soil warm. Trees sprout leaves. Seeds grow, flowers bloom, birds sing. From nature’s beautiful emergence from dormancy to life, we can all learn a lesson about beauty routines and self-care. Spring is the best time to plant vegetable seeds. Will those seeds grow into strong, healthy plants without water, sunlight, soil, space and someone to tend to them? Will we grow strong and healthy if our personal needs are unmet? Can we live life well without seeing the beauty within and amongst us? Opening ourselves up to beauty and to self-care is the surest way to tend to our physical and emotional well-being. In other words, self-care is a beautyroutine with beauty going way beyond the way we look, to the way we feel, hear, taste, smell and see the world.


You and your needs are important. A happy, confidant person takes risks and pushes their potential. However, do not create goals or expectations for your self-care beauty routine. It isn’t a to-do list, but it should be a priority. It’s supposed to feel slightly indulgent. Nature takes care of itself in wonderous ways. You can too.


Self-care beauty in the morning

Drink water when you wake up to hydrate your body and lift your mood. Nourish your skin with a vegan cellular day cream. Walk around the block or go workout in a gym. Enjoy a morning ritual of your own creation. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, reading a poem or doing an early morning stretch, make it your own. Brushing your teeth doesn’t count, though that is important.


Self-care beauty in the moment

Let your senses bring you to the present moment wherever you are. Forget about the past and future, focus on now. What’s in front of you? Behind you? Above or below you? Does it move? Is there color, texture, smell? Relish the moment. Be mindful. This simple act of mindfulness can reduce stress and rumination while boosting working memory, focus, cognitive flexibility and self-insight. It can eliminate that feeling of always being busy and rushed. Now that’s a beautiful thing.


Self-care beauty at work

Take short breaks during your workday to stay happy, motivated and productive. Go outdoors to feel the wind in your hair. Walk through office hallways. Say hello to someone you don’t know. Ask others about their work. Write down the things you like about your work. Whether you’re standing or sitting most of the day, watch your posture. Good posture reducesfatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles as well as stress on your spine. Also, protect your private life by setting boundaries between your personal and professional life. You don’t need to be accessible 24 hours a day.


Self-care beauty in the evening

Get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. During sleep your brain merges memories, eliminates toxins and creates neural pathways. Give it enough time to do its thing. Remember to apply a vegan cell renewal night cream so that your skin can do its thing during sleep – repair damaged cells, build up collagen and hyaluronic acid molecules, and moisturize.


Self-care beauty any time

Each day create a happiness moment. Be aware of what makes you happy. Laugh, cry, hug. Expressing emotion is a release.

Your brain loves novelty so shake up your routine. Take a different route to work. Change your nail color. Wear new makeup or put on a flirty spring dress to change your look.

Eat healthy. Create your own menu for the week that includes fresh foods. This can help you avoid impulse eating due to a lack of time. Set a regular meal time. Enjoy your meal, whether you are alone or with others. Consume protein and carbs to stay fueled.

Stop the negative self-talk. Once you hear that voice replace it with a thought you enjoy – a fun vacation, a beautiful mountain or prairie, a loved one’s smile. Beauty outweighs the negative.

Nurturing a plant or garden has therapeutic benefits. Nurturing others through volunteer work can be self-care since what you give is often returned tenfold. Good Karma.

Yoga and meditation merge mind, body and spirit. A daily practice of even several minutes a day can reap lots of benefits for your well-being. Increase your energy, while reducing blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

Lighten your load, literally. Only carry what you truly need and want. Baggage slows us down and wreaks havoc on our posture.

Fresh flowers, a glass of wine, a bath and an all-natural hydrating body cream will please your senses. Keeping your skin moisturized and smooth to the touch is an easy way to pamper your body. It creates a soothing sensation that makes you feel prized.

Create moods with lighting, candles, music, a good book or movie. Take time to relax. Invite friends or just breathe and sit with your own thoughts. Write down a few things you are grateful for. This will shift your mindset to one of abundance rather than scarcity.

Finally, respect your own mind-body-spirit needs. Your health and beauty practices are different from anyone else. Do what’s right for you.

(photo: Daria Shevtsova/pexels)

How Skin Reflects Your Individuality


“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
― Rita Mae Brown


One of our most important natural assets that evolution has given us is our skin. Skin protects, insulates, and regulates our body. Each body contains its own genetic and geographic remnants. What your skin looks like reflects your individuality in multiple ways. Sometimes the look is made through choices and some are ingrained.  Either way, let your skin tell the story of who you are.


Skin as identifier
Your skin can literally identify who you are. Your fingerprints are unique to you. The thin epidermis layer of skin on your fingers begins to form while still in your mother’s womb. When a baby starts using fingers to touch, the pressure interaction with surfaces starts to form faint “friction ridges.” If burned or cut, fingerprints will grow back over time exactly as they were. Skin elasticity does decrease as we age so fingerprint ridges are less prominent in seniors.

Skin also contains personalized bacterial communities. What we touch leaves an imprint on an object’s surface. Research studies show that skin-associated bacteria can be recovered from surfaces. It can be used to differentiate objects handled by different individuals. Our skin actually leaves a trail of our personal touch.


Beauty diversified
At the age of 20 French-American model Maeva Giani Marshall had a stroke and was treated for kidney problems that caused hyperpigmentation on her face. The burn marks from medication faded into dark smudged like freckles. Of her look, she says: “I want to show people that you’re allowed to be different and don’t have to change for anyone.”

When Salem Mitchell posted selfies on her twitter account people made fun of her freckles. But her speckled tawny brown skin and personal confidence grabbed the attention of Ford Models Agency, where she is now signed.

Women of the Middle Ages used ointments, dyes, and cosmetics to hide what they considered skin flaws, including freckles. They wanted pale skin which was associated with high status. This goes to a point art critic Jerry Saltz made recently in his article How to Be an Artist for New York magazine: “Don’t be reined in by other people’s definition of skill or beauty or be boxed in by what is supposedly high or low.”

Birth marks, scars, and skin disease such as vitiligo all tell a story of who you are. Rather than diminishing your look it can enhance by emphasizing your individuality. Consider it a twist on conventional beauty.


Skin Color and adaptation
The color of your skin tells its own story of geography and sun exposure. Through the ages skin has adapted to conditions. When humans started walking on two legs in Africa, they lost much of their body hair and their skin increased the number of sweat glands to keep them cool in a hot climate. Their skin produced a lot of melanin to keep skin dark, acting as a natural sunscreen against the sun’s harsh UV rays.

A person’s skin color (melanin found in skin cells) is related to their ancestry and heritage. When humans moved to milder cooler climates where UV rays were less strong, the skin adapted to a paler color to better absorb Vitamin D from sun rays and folic acid. Melanin content varies by gender and age and differs on body parts as well. Consider the palms of your hands and feet.


Skin and emotion
Skin blushes, gets goosebumps and regulates temperature according to how we are feeling. Some professional training companies analyze a person’s emotional reactions to situations by reading their skin temperature. Skin may help you to understand your own emotional intelligence. A study on facial thermal response measured skin temperature at the tip of the nose when showing positive, neutral and negative pictures to participants. The skin temperature remained the same when participants were shown the neutral picture but changed to warmer when viewing the positive and cooler when viewing the negative pictures. It seems the skin of your nose knows.

Being one of your most important natural assets, protect and nurture your skin. Let your skin reflect your individuality and prove you’re one of a kind.

(photo: Milena Fotografia/pexels)

REPOST: Mary Greenwell: How To Make Up Hooded Eyes

Hello everyone,


As I am aging I am finding that the skin on my eyelids has become super sensitive, maybe you are as well. The skin in this area is known to be the thinnest on the entire body, along with our lips. I am also finding that I need to relearn how to apply my eye make up because I’m getting a bit of what is called “hooded eyes”.  My eyes seem smaller and I’m not fond of this. So, I decided to reach out and booked an appointment with Bridgett the owner of Odalisque Beauty Apothecary, to re-teach me how to apply my eye make up correctly, to achieve my new needs.

Bridgett passed this video on to watch before my appointment and it’s so informative that I thought I’d pass it on to you. I hope you find it useful.

Thank you Bridgett and thank you Mary Greenwell for this informative and helpful video that also talks about skin sensitivities and other issues.


Theodora Ntovas
founder of YASOU skin care