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.



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

Tayonon Holistics: Why You Should Be Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing involves a gentle scrubbing down of the entire body with a soft but firm brush to remove the thin layer of dry dead skin.  It’s an ancient technique that has resurfaced today and has existed in different cultures for centuries as a beauty and health practice. Each culture has its own preference on incorporating ingredients and style to this technique.   All of them are AMAZING with similar and beneficial end-results. The treatment is known to enhance circulation to the lymph and digestive system as well as hydration to the skin when you apply moisturizer after the brushing.

Today we are speaking with one of our favorite wellness partners Tayonon Gbala of Tayonon Holistics to ask her some question about Dry Brushing and why we should do it.

YASOU: Hello Tayonon.   Thank you for speaking with us today about Dry Bushing but first can you give us a short overview about what you do and what services you offer?

Tayonon:  Your very welcome, it’s always a pleasure to share. I am a business owner, entrepreneur, and a holistics massage therapist. I am an expert in my field of self-care and personal well-being with 18 ½ years of professional experience under my belt.  I take an integrative approach to my work. I teach and facilitate awareness. My services center around guidance on how to connect my clients deeper sense of awareness to healthful action. The service offerings are based in traditional western style massage therapy, body treatments, aromatherapy, guided breath work, meditation and Asian body work. One on one education, implementation and life integration of daily self-care practices and regimes. More specifically Swedish, Myofascial, and Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy massage, essential oil consultations, Japanese Shiatsu pressure point work, table and floor Thai massage and programs.

YASOU: You have a lot of experience that’s why we wanted to speak with you. We have been wellness partners now for about three years and we have learned so much from you about what wellness means and the connection of it to health and beauty.   With all that said. Why is Dry Brushing important?

Tayonon:  Dry brushing is important for many reasons. The most important is that your skin is the largest organ in your body and is responsible for a significant amount of our body’s daily detoxification process. Dry brushing your skin improves the process of toxin removal, it increases blood circulation and helps your skin absorb nutrients. Dry brushing on a regular basis sets your skin up perfectly to receive proper hydration. Properly hydrated skin equals healthy skin.

YASOU: What are the health and skin benefits of it?

Tayonon: The health and skin benefits of regular dry brushing are vast,  a few of the best benefits in my opinion are improvement of internal body functions like digestion, kidney function and rejuvenation of  your nervous system that promotes stress relief. The Skin benefits are brighter, smoother exfoliated skin with a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and the removal of dead skin cells that promotes cell renewal bringing forth fresh newly regenerated skin.

YASOU:You have created a dry brushing treatment for YASOU skin care called “Nero” Dry Brushing treatment can you tell our audience about it?

Tayonon: YASOU! (YASOU in Greek means “a toast to your health”) This treatment is a toast to your health and a celebration of your skin. Nero is the Greek word for water meaning to restore moisture. The “Nero” dry brushing body treatment  was designed to detoxify the body, boost your immunity, rehydrate your skin and reduce stress. This service consist of a full body dry skin brushing technique, a hot towel compress that soothes and cleanses your exfoliated skin. Next your skin will have a swedish massage treatment applying YASOU hydrating body cream which will quickly be absorbed into your skin on a cellular level. This application will thoroughly rehydrate your skin and set in your body’s relaxation response significantly reducing stress in your mind and body that will last long after your treatment.

YASOU:Why did you create this treatment?

Tayonon:  I created this treatment to teach and encourage my clients to implement and integrate the healthful practice of dry skin brushing and hydrating your skin as a home care routine. In addition I recommend receiving a professional treatment seasonally and making it a staple of your seasonal wellness regime. This promotes an ease of health in your mind & body during the transitions from one season to the next.

Lastly, I want to express how important water is to the proper function of our bodies and to life itself. Regularly replenishing your water through drinking fluids, eating hydrating foods and using topical water based products like YASOU skin care can help your body replenish the daily loss of water it experiences. This is very important because if water is not replenished adequately in our bodies it can cause dysfunction and damage to your health.  Replenishing the water in your body makes a tremendous difference in whether or not you experience OPTIMAL total health

YASOU: Can you please give us info. on how someone can book an appointment with you to have the “Nero”  Dry Brushing Treatment?

Tayonon: You can book and receive your “Nero Dry Brushing Treatment” at the private boutique office of Tayonon Holistics located in the Chicago neighborhood of River North 820 North Orleans St., Chicago, IL 60610 or at Serenity Acupuncture located at 503 Madison Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304

Please call or email for your appointment 630-235-8954 tayonongbala@gmail.com

YASOU:  Thank you Tayonon for speaking with us today and for all you do.  We love you!

Top 3 Facials You Need to Try

Summer brings longer, brighter, hotter and drier days all of which can impact your skin. To get some relief and keep your skin glowing, try some of the new facials that can soothe, cleanse, soften and hydrate the skin no matter what your age or skin type. Facials can help detour damage to your skin now and into the future. It’s important to find a licensed aesthetician who will assess the condition of your skin, make recommendations, and customize treatments based on your skin type and personal objectives. Seek out a comfortable and relaxing place for your facial. It should be a good sensory experience. Ask if a soothing face and neck massage is included.

Hydra Facial
The hydra facial offers deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction. Impurities and dead skin cells are removed. The skin is quenched and nourished with nutrients including hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants and peptides that give the skin a healthy glow. It’s a soothing experience with no-side effects such as redness or tingling. The glycolic/salicylic acid peel is gentle to the skin. A collagen-rich serum supports skin elasticity and hydrates while firming skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Facial
We all want to age gracefully. Anti-aging facials are a preventive measure for people in their late twenties through their forties. Such facials nourish and hydrate the skin. They focus primarily on exfoliation, deep-pore cleansing with extraction, moisturizing, and may include enzymes, anti-oxidant serums, chemical peels, and scrubs to brighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. “Paying attention to your skincare now will help you avoid more costly and invasive procedures later in life.”

The Brightening Facial emphasizes evening out skin tone. It targets hyperpigmentation and uses Vitamin C and other strong anti-oxidants to support the skin’s natural defenses. Topically applied masks and acid treatments are used.

The Fruit Acid Facial relies on the many natural acids contained in fruit. When mixed in scrubs and cleansers these acids deliver many benefits to the skin. Lemon brightens. The malic acid in apples exfoliates. Pineapple and papaya may be mixed into an exfoliating paste. A cranberry-enzyme peel may be used for extraction. Fruit acid-infused facials cleanse, hydrate, and improve the skin’s tone and texture.

The teenage years may be over but many adults still have breakouts. Fruit enzymes along with antioxidants and hydrating agents offer a deep cleanse to reduce the appearance of blemishes and redness. Another fruit acid facial is the Alpha Hydroxy Acid facial that relies on AHA acids derived from fruits and flowers. Formulated into a cream and applied topically AHAs are known for nourishing skin.

Reverse the Sign of Time Facial
By the time you’ve reached your fifties, sixties and older your skin begins to thin. If not well cared for throughout the previous years dry, dull skin with lines and wrinkles may be the first thing you see when looking at yourself in the mirror. The Reversing Sign of Time facials can help soften the appearance of aged skin. However, it may be a longer and more expensive process than during the anti-aging facial years.

Contouring facials strengthen the face muscles using a tool that can help define features such as cheekbones. LED facials use special lights to stimulate cell regrowth and diminish spots. Laser toning energizes the skin, evens out pigmentation and texture, and stimulates long-term collagen production. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical option for what some describe as an “instant facelift.” A tool used buffs away the surface of the skin stimulating collagen production and cellular renewal. It leaves the skin soft and minimizes the appearance of skin damage. The Botinol Line Defense Facial provides a Botox like effect, using a combination of peptides with Vitamin A. Fine lines and wrinkles are relaxed without the use of needles.
Your aesthetician will recommend how often treatments are required to keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated.

While doing our research we uncovered some interesting, nature-focused facial products being introduced for facials. Here are a few of them.

• Hungarian massage techniques that boost circulation with hot & cold herbal masks

• Skin purifying treatment with essential tea tree and white thyme oils to diminish spots.

• Pleasant aromas and antioxidant infusion products made entirely of fruits, herbs and vegetables.

• Moisturizing and plumping skin with algae masks.

Don’t forget your home skincare after having your facial. Apply SPF to protect skin from sun damage, add a cellular day cream in the morning and a cellular night cream at bedtime.

Our next blog post will cover skincare tips for brides. If you or anyone you know is getting married soon please come back and read it. The tips are applicable

A Spa Day For You and Your Skin

With so many different Spa Treatments to choose from it can become overwhelming. There are treatments to simply unwind and relax at popular resorts, to wellness clinics or day spas. Deciding what you want your end results to be can help you determine which treatments may be best for you.

Today we are going to focus on our top four spa treatments for your skin. You can choose to do all four in a day or incorporate one or more in your spa day. Either way they will enhance your health, beauty and well-being!

1) Body Exfoliation Treatment
An exfoliating treatment is practiced upon the entire body and prepares the skin for better re-mineralization. The combination of massage and exfoliation facilitates hydration, removes dead cells from the skin and essentially speeds up the skin renewal process. It is only when you exfoliate, that your skin can allow its healthy cells to surface, further reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment will also have your skin feeling incredibly soft. It can also have a detoxifying effect on your entire system. We also recommend that you ask to have moisturizer applied to your body after this treatment.

2) LED Light Therapy Facial
This facial treatment uses three different light modes – red, blue and white.
Red light modes on an LED light therapy mask are the most universal LED light because they stimulate collagen production. They may also reduce inflammation, promote circulation and target your skin’s oil glands to reduce substances that can cause chronic acne if your skin is acne-prone.

Blue light modes on an LED light are known for antimicrobial effects because it causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill the bacteria specific to acne without damaging surrounding healthy skin. The great thing about using blue LED light to treat acne is that it doesn’t cause any dryness or peeling.

White light modes on an LED light therapy mask have the longest wavelengths and therefore goes the deepest into the skin. The white light is used for a variety of skin rejuvenating effects, including tightening and toning the skin, healing acne scars, erasing sun damage or dark spots, and reducing inflammation.

LED facial masks, also known as Color Light Therapy, use UV-free specific wavelengths to boost collagen production, promote circulation, treat existing acne, kill bacteria, and accelerate skin recovery. By harnessing the natural power of LED light, these facials may create remarkable skin rejuvenation effects that last for weeks.

Make sure to have your face cleansed before your treatment and moisturize after your treatment!

3) Paraffin Treatment for Hands and Feet
Paraffin is a soft, liquid wax—plain, or juiced-up with essential oils. Because of its heat-conducting and moisture-retaining properties, the ingredient is most commonly used to hydrate, soften and relax dry skin, or prep hands and feet pre-mani or pedicure. The result is soft, moisturized skin devoid of cracks or dry patches. We love it!

4) Thalassotherapy Treatment
This treatment is therapeutic utilizing seawater, seaweed, and other natural elements from the sea (i.e., salt scrubs, algae wraps, etc.). The name comes from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”). It is the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy.

Thalassotherapy has the capability to improve a number of conditions, including aches, pains, migraines, stress, chronic disease, and skin problems. Increasingly, people are turning to thalassotherapy for its anti-aging treatments. It has become a favorite treatment for cellulite reduction and muscle toning both for its effectiveness as well as its calming approach. The causes of cellulite are generally attributed to poor blood circulation and a build-up of toxins, so an overall thalassotherapy treatment can release these agents while providing other benefits. Some spas offer this treatment but to receive a “true” thalassotherapy treatment you need the use of sea water and marine based products for health and beauty. The only sea water spa we found which was classified as a thalassotherapy spa center in the United States was at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, New York.

Giving yourself a spa day is not just about a day of fun and pampering. It’s really about giving yourself a day of wellness, offering your mind, body, and skin immediate health benefits!