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Quick Massage Techniques for Healthy Skin

Touch is the first form of communication we learn as babies. We understand this language through our skin. Our skin is constantly changing through cell renewal. Here are some quick massage techniques for healthy skin that can easily become a part of your skincare routine.  Enjoy luxe wellness at home.


Dry brush body massage

A favorite skincare technique used by holistic massage therapist Tayonon Gbala is dry brushing. To dry brush your body, she recommends using a natural bristle brush without water. “Make circular motions on the arms, legs, and back to exfoliate and release toxins naturally. These parts of the body, while not as outwardly visible as the face and hands need attention,” she says. Dry brushing stimulates blood circulation and improves lymphatic functions. Tayonon likes all-natural brushes from Spa Sister and Earth Therapeutics. To reach your back, select a long handle brush. Hydrate the skin after dry brushing with a body moisturizer. To keep skin well hydrated during her tissue body massages, Tayonon applies YASOU hydrating body cream. “I like the natural, vitamin rich ingredients and quick absorption into the skin,” she says.

 

Face massage

Face massage can be as simple as applying slight pressure with fingers while washing your face with a cleanser or applying a moisturizer to damp skin. But there are techniques that can help you keep your skin glowing. Many people hold tension in their face muscles. Some are concerned about signs of aging. We asked estheticians Nikki Seagrest and Kimberly Rosendorn at Enhance Lash Studio about facial massage techniques you can do at home between professional facials. “Massage brings more blood flow to the surface and increases collagen production making it a natural anti-ager,” Nikki says. Kimberly describes a motion technique for home massage. “After applying product, use your hands with gentle pressure to glide from the inner portion of your face out and upward to give yourself a natural face lift.” They recommend using a jade roller at home to help serums penetrate deeply into the skin. When kept in the refrigerator, the jade roller can help reduce puffiness and inflammation.

Based on skin type, Nikki uses a carrier oil to massage. “Jojoba is great for oily skin since it is most similar to the skin’s molecular structure. Grapeseed is a non-comedogenic oil that can be used on all skin types while Rosehip oil is suitable for drier, more mature skin. Adding essential oils like frankincense, tea tree or lavender enhance the experience,” she says. Like many people, their clients are looking for non-invasive, natural solutions to keep skin healthy.

Whatever technique you use, first cleanse the face and remove any makeup. Rub skin care products between your clean hands before applying. The warmth from your hands improves absorption. You can also try steaming your face with a home steamer to soften pores.

 

Breathe

Breath exercises indirectly benefit skin health by providing more oxygen and relieving stress. Tayonon shared this exercise which she uses in her selfcare program. In the morning, to get yourself stimulated start with your tongue at the roof of your mouth and keep mouth slightly open. Rapidly breathe in through the nose three times and exhale through the nose three times for 10 to 15 seconds. Over time try to expand that time to one minute each morning. When you need to relax, inhale four times, hold for seven seconds, then exhale eight times.

Take a few moments each day to get out of your head and into your body. You may discover trigger points, reflexes, over use patterns, where pain originates and pleasure too. The body is good at masking issues but also revealing truths. Use these quick massage techniques and you will become fluent in how touch nourishes healthy skin

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.

Natural Wellness Skincare Tips for Teenagers

When children grow into their teen years they become more conscious of their appearance, including their skin. What they learn now about natural skincare can become a life-long wellness practice. Here are some ideas for teenagers to help them sustain healthy skin naturally and prevent or properly manage skin irritations such as acne.

Cleansing and moisturizing routines are key. They may differ depending on whether the skin is normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. Determine yours and read on. Other factors influencing skin health that we can control are diet and protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Identify Skin Type
Identifying skin type (which may fluctuate with the seasons and hormone levels) is important to caring for your skin.

Normal skin appears smooth and clear. It maintains a natural balance of oil and water. Wash your face with a mild soap two to three times a day. The body’s natural oils prevent water loss.

Oily skin may appear shiny. It shows open pores and is acne prone. Use soap and water three times a day to keep the face clean. Don’t touch or squeeze pimples. Avoid any products that clog the pores. Tanning the skin will not improve acne it may actually worsen it.

Dry skin looks dull. Moisturizing is important after a twice-daily wash. Natural moisturizers containing Shea butter and olive oil help lock in moisture. Do not use products that contain fragrance or alcohol, which can make the skin drier. Avoid scrubbing. Such action on the skin’s surface can make it drier.

Combination skin on a teenager may have areas that are dry and areas that are oily. You can remove excess oil by washing three times a day with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas only.

Cleanse
Oil, dirt and sweat accumulate on the face. Wash it away at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening after brushing teeth. Use warm water and mild soap or a foaming facial cleanser. Don’t shock the pores with hot or cold water while washing.

During the day, avoid touching your face with your fingers. Bacteria can spread causing pores to clog and inflame. Keep hands, eyewear and hair clean for this same reason. Pay attention to the forehead, nose and chin area.

Hydrate
After cleansing, hydrate with a moisturizer containing all natural ingredients. A moisturizer is especially important for those with dry skin. Body moisture moves from inside the skin’s deepest layers to its outer layers. Lock it in with a good natural moisturizer.

Eat Well, Avoid Sun Exposure
Refined sugars and processed foods fuel inflammation. Skin needs fresh, healthy food just as our other organs do. Forego the soft drinks and replenish with a nice cool drink of water.

When going outside, apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen year round to protect your skin from damage now and later in life. Like eating well and exercising, teenagers can improve and protect their skin naturally. If acne becomes severe and long lasting, talk with a dermatologist to find a treatment method for your skin type

Prevent and Heal Dry Chapped Hands

Your hands make an impression just as your clothes, hair and face do. Hands are also reliable and versatile tools. Just think of all you do in one day with your hands. When your hands become dry and chapped they no longer serve as beauty ambassador and resilient instrument. They are diminished. Here are some ways you can prevent and heal dry chapped hands. Always begin with prevention.

Moisturize to prevent dry chapped hands
Dryness means your hands are lacking moisture. It may be caused by a lack of humidity in the air or excessive hand washing. To retain water you need to apply a moisturizer onto the skin not just once a day but multiple times during the day, everyday. Hand cream moisturizers act as a barrier to evaporation and prevent moisture loss. Drinking water will not prevent evaporation. That’s the job of your moisturizing hand cream.

Dry hands are a result of moisturizing neglect. Remind yourself to moisturize your hands often. Place your hand moisturizer near where you apply makeup. Carry a travel size moisturizer in your purse. After each hand washing using warm water and a mild soap, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

Hand washing may be a part of your job especially for those working in hospitals, gyms or restaurants. Hand sanitizers may be readily available but they typically contain 60% alcohol that evaporates quickly and may cause dryness. An alternative for people who practice natural body care is a vegan and gluten-free hand cream that contains moisturizing certified organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, bacteria fighters, and other soothing botanicals. For example YASOU vegan hand cream contains Mastic essential oil which offers antioxidants along with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It will support your hand sanitizer while moisturizing your hands.

Emollients such as Jojoba oil lubricate the skin’s surface. Humectants including glycerin carry moisture from the air to the skin’s outer layer.

Ways to heal dry chapped hands
A thick, rich moisturizers containing shea butter and olive oil may help heal dry chapped hands. Apply at night and cover your hands with cotton gloves until morning. Continue moisturizing. You can try adding a humidifier to increase moisture in the air. If your hands are severely chapped and the cracks or fissures persist you should see a dermatologist who can help with the inflammation and identify a probable cause.

Make a good impression with your hands. Protect them. Soothe them. When you make moisturizing a habit you will keep your hands smooth and supple.

Why Your Skincare Routine Should Include Exercise

Most people are aware that exercise is good for the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) and for bones but many may not know how good exercise is for the skin. Keeping skin vibrant relies on healthy blood circulation. Your skin’s working cells receive nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream. Every time you increase blood flow through exercise your skin cells are being nourished. For this reason, exercise should be a part of your natural skin care routine.

It’s never too late to start. No matter what your age, research shows that people who exercise have healthier and thicker skin compositions than those who don’t exercise. Here are some suggestions on how to get the most benefits to your skin naturally, while exercising.

Work Up A Sweat
Skin is one of the body’s six organs that secrete debris. Working up a sweat flushes out waste products including free radicals, which are damaging to skin. This natural release process helps bring toxins to the surface, where they can be washed away.

Here are several natural skin care tips for getting the most from a workout.

Breathe
Let your skin breathe while exercising. Go natural and leave the makeup at home.

Cleanse
Dermatologists recommend washing the skin as soon as possible after exercising so your pores don’t get clogged. Such clogging can cause bacterial or fungus infections.

Hydrate
Dehydration leads to dead skin cells and clogged pores. Drink water before, during and after a workout.

Moisturize
You lose moisture when you perspire so it’s important to moisturize. Moisturizers help retain the skin’s water.

Relax
Exercise reduces stress, which can have an effect on skin. Stress can cause fluctuations in hormones that may impact skin.

AVoid the Sun
Sun exposure effects the distribution of elastin and collagen in the skin. Exercise indoors or when outdoors apply sunscreen to protect your skin.

Exercise Tones Muscles
Firm muscles support the skin and can make skin appear firmer and more flexible. Toned muscles also support a healthy body image. When you love your body, you will take good care of it.

Exercise often, stay out of the sun and apply a natural organic moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and vibrant, naturally.

Let Your Skin Breathe

Stop! Please take a moment right now and ask yourself:
Today I used how many products on my skin?

If you answered this question honestly than you may be surprised to realize that you could be overdosing your skin with product usage; possibly clogging your pores and hurting the health of your skin.

Be kind to your skin and don’t’ take it for granted. Your skin is constantly protecting you. It keeps infections out of your body, and it keeps you from getting sick. So, keep it clean and take a break from products at least twice a week allowing your skin to breathe. It’s your largest organ and it needs air in order to be healthy.

Think about the material of your clothing, towels and bedding. Are they breathable materials? For facial skin, just washing your face with soap and water isn’t the best way to care for your skin. If you apply makeup to your face during the day, you should make sure that all of it is properly removed before going to sleep. Makeup particles and environmental dirt left on your skin can lead to clogging of the pores which can attract bacteria and other microbes, which causes acne and skin infections. Scary stuff! Not cleaning your skin properly and not allowing it to return to it’s true nature can possibly lead to early development of wrinkles and fine lines.

Take these few steps below. Proper cleansing in addition to giving your skin a break from products will help it remain healthy and glowing for a longer time.

1) Gentle wash your face daily before bedtime using a face wash or cleanser that is right for your skin type.

2) Remove eye makeup that adheres to the eyelids, lashes and under eye area.

3) Exfoliate your skin only once or twice a week depending on your skin type.

4) When using brushes for makeup application or sponges for makeup removal make sure they are cleaned on regular basis and DO NOT share them with others.

5) Use warm water to wash your face and gently pat dry with a soft towel or a cotton ball. Lastly, when you are done apply your YASOU cell renewal night cream.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject so please drop us a line at terry@yasouskincare.com

YASOU!

Skincare Layering Technique for Better, Brighter Skin

Just as a well-prepared canvas can improve a painting, a well-layered skincare routine can improve your skin. Do you know which products should be added first? Or how to blend products to get the result you want? Someone asked me recently how to layer the skincare products she owned for best results. It’s a good question because how you layer will have an impact on the products’ effectiveness.

One mistake people often make in their skincare routine is not applying products in an order that makes them most effective. Another is hastily adding creams and oils before the skin has had time to absorb them. Here’s a simple skincare layering technique that works.

First, add a day cream that works on a cellular level and contains anti-oxidants. Painters often add a solid color to their white canvas to create a toned background. It helps them increase the speed in creating a painting. To avoid extra steps in your skincare routine, your day cream should be a multi-tasking solution providing moisturizing, exfoliation, brightening and firming properties that penetrate the skin’s surface layer. Jojoba and olive oils are ingredients to look for as well in a day cream to enhance elasticity and skin radiance. Wait a few moments to let the day cream absorb. Maybe pick out what clothes you will be wearing while the day cream absorbs.

If you use serums, you can apply them after the day cream. They are thin and efficient in delivering active ingredients. Wait a few moments to let the skin absorb the serum. In the time it takes to brush your teeth, the serums will have been absorbed. In painting, this may be equivalent to priming a canvas with gesso.

After applying your day cream and serums, add sunscreen. The anti-oxidants contained in your day cream, especially vitamin C, will improve the efficacy of the sunscreen. It’s like blending different paint colors to get a desired effect. Instead of a stand-alone sunscreen you may choose to apply a foundation that contains sunscreen (SPF20). You can find it at a favorite department store or apothecary. I get mine at Odalisque beauty apothecary.

At night, remove makeup and wash your face with warm water. Apply a night cream with moisturizing, vitamin rich ingredients that rejuvenate and nourish your skin. If using serums add those after the night cream.

With a palette of multi-functioning skincare products it’s easy to know where to begin and how to end. Step back and appreciate the big picture – healthy, glowing skin.

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.