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Wellness Skincare Trends for 2016

We see, and agree with, a holistic wellness approach to skincare. Holistic skincare addresses beauty and health. Everyone deserves beautiful skin. How that comes about goes beyond buying products, though the right products are important. Lotions were once viewed as the only way to achieve beautiful skin. Science is showing us that lifestyle choices including nutrition, exercise and stress reduction are key components as well. Advances in technology along with the traditional ways of ancient civilizations are influencing the wellness approach to healthy skin in 2016.

While we don’t think the fast pace of American Life will slow down, we do think people are becoming more conscientious about how to find balance. Below is what we see for wellness skincare trends in 2016.

Skincare and nutrition
Companies are adding nutrients and antioxidants to food and drink in an effort to support healthy bodies and skin. While there is a convenience factor in these functional foods that many people will enjoy, eating real food (mostly plants and minimally processed food) remains the best way for skin to get the nutrients it needs. We will see functional foods and drinks target particular areas of concern such as aging, acne and brightening. The idea is to promote beauty from within.

In addition to a return to real food, plants, and herbs consumers will enjoy organic juice bars, off the shelf nut milks and homemade berry or sea vegetable smoothies. All of these contain healthy nutrients and anti-oxidants that benefit the skin.
Skincare and exercise

Exercise has become a holistic health activity rather than just a means to a lean body. It promotes healthy circulation, which is a key element in keeping skin vibrant. Blood flow nourishes skin cells and flushes cellular debris, cleaning the skin from within. Exercise also reduces stress, a factor in some cases of acne and eczema. Clean, natural (no makeup) skin is best when exercising.
Athletic wear will continue to show innovation. Fabrics that provide focused support and stability for muscles, that whisk away moisture from the body, contain high stretch yarn that keeps its shape, and sun protective clothing are all welcomed improvements to help protect the skin while exercising.

Skincare and stress relief
For thousands of years meditation and yoga have been practiced for stress relief. With scientific data that supports the health benefits of these practices people are not only meditating in their homes and offices but also in groups. Adding a good night’s sleep and a mindful approach to living gives balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Ancient traditions and global access
Spreading to American spas are a number of culturally diverse beauty and health traditions.

Forest bathing is a Japanese concept based on physically walking through woods. It is a sensory walk focused on sounds and surroundings known to help the immune system.

Salt caves such as those found in Las Vegas, NV, Santa Barbara, CA, Asheville, SC and Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL profess to help aid in health and beauty. With roots in late 1800’s Poland, the promoted healing power of salt through inhalation is now often accompanied with yoga sessions.

Atlanta-based Teavana created Organic Imperial Grade Matcha green tea using ancient Japanese techniques. The tealeaf is dried and grinded down to a powder that preserves its high vitamin and fiber content. It can easily be mixed with hot water.

Stable packaging for skincare products
Antioxidants and other desirable skin care ingredients can be degraded if they are exposed to light and air. Containers that require a consumer to dip fingers can be unsanitary. Bacteria from one’s fingers may transfer into the product and onto the body as well. Thus the move away from jars to more stable packaging such as pumps and tubes. Environmentally safe and recyclable packaging continues to please consumers.

Lifestyle and skincare choices
People view themselves as individuals. They are not being constrained by gender stereotypes or marketing demographics. Men are showing interest in keeping their skin healthy and vibrant. Women may not be swayed by the latest marketing efforts or fashion trends as much as by what they know about themselves and their bodies. People are looking for natural ingredients and formulation practices that are effective and aligned with their values. They may choose gluten-free, cruelty-free, or vegan skincare products as an expression of those values.

If setting appointments at outside venues is daunting, more beauty services are being delivered in the comfort of home – massage, manicures and facials can all be ordered. As an alternative, YASOU natural skincare products are designed to bring the spa experience home. Like haircuts and workouts, making skincare a priority is a health and beauty decision. Celebrate your healthy choices in 2016.

Love the Planet Luxe Gift Ideas

This holiday season we’re making it easy to purchase luxe, cruelty-free, and vegan gifts for the special people in your life. Gift giving doesn’t have to be a hassle. YASOU is offering a Holiday Body Care Gift Set this year that will please anyone on your list. It’s just one of the fabulous gift ideas that evoke personal beauty and respect for the natural world.

 

Tatine Garden + Forest Infusion Candle Collection
These candles are made with GMO-free vegetable soy wax with a blend of essential oils and botanicals. Candles are contained in heavy weight, recyclable glassware. Gift wrapping is available. Price: $38

Tatiana Garde & Forest Infusion Candle Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ella + mila Dream Collection
This is a beautiful selection of quick dry and chip resistant vegan nail polishes. It’s a “5-free” product that contains no harsh chemicals and is long lasting. Price: $70
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YASOU Holiday Body Care Gift Set
Packaged in a beautiful holiday box, the gift set includes an exclusive (just for the holidays) handcrafted lemon body scrub and a natural hydrating body cream with essential oils. The luxe ingredients pamper the skin. Price: $37.5

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Palace of the Wind Satya Jewelry Earrings
These stylish 2-inch sterling silver earrings with chain tassels nearly touch the shoulder. Adds some glamour to any outfit. Price: $89
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Beauty Counter Cosmetic Brush Collection
Five brushes for use on the face, eyes and cheeks made with allergen free, taklon bristles that are weighted for great color application. A cruelty free alternative to animal hair brushes. Price: $110
Beauty Counter Cosmetic Brush Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavanila Healthy Fragrance
The Vanilla Lavender Healthy Fragrance is a lovely blend of pure essential oils. This fragrance contains only natural, healthy ingredients. Price: $58

 

 

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A Balanced You Holistic Massage Therapy (Chicago area)
Choose from a variety of massage types including deep tissue, Swedish and more by Tayonon Gbala, an Illinois State licensed Massage Therapist, Thai Body worker, Zen Shiatsu practitioner, and owner of A Balanced You. Best signature massage ever! Price depends on massage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the holiday season!

4 Reasons to Read Skin Care Labels

Before putting any skin care product on your body, read the label. You may trust the product’s reputation or be lured by beautiful packaging, but reading skin care labels will tell you what ingredients are included, if it is recyclable; where it was packaged, manufactured or distributed, and proper usage. One or all of these things might matter to you in a significant way. Take a few minutes before buying and make reading skin care labels a good habit.

What ingredients does it contain?
The list of ingredients should matter to everyone, not just those with sensitive skin or people prone to allergic reactions. If you are looking for a particular benefit from the skin care product, such as moisturizing properties, look for ingredients known to moisturize (Aloe vera, Olive oil, Shea butter). If you want to avoid synthetics (petroleum/chemical based) ingredients look for botanicals containing plant-based nutrients(Calendula (Extract).

The order in which ingredients are listed is important. The highest concentrations are listed first, and than anything 1% and under. The 1% and under ingredients do not have to be listed in any order. The right amount of active ingredients in the skin care product is essential to get the results you are looking for.

Is it recyclable?
If you want eco-friendly skin care products that won’t harm the environment during production, use, and disposal, read the label. Overcrowded landfills may be one concern of yours but also think about what you are washing down the drain everyday. Do not dispose of nail polish, polish remover, or medication in your sinks. Water systems and the life that depends on it may be affected. Clogged pipes are another reason for not washing toxins down the sink.

Packaging and containers for lip balm, soaps, lotions, body wash, shaving cream and hand lotion are just some of the materials that can be recycled. Look for “recyclable” on the label.

Where does it come from?
Where a skin care product is packaged, manufactured, or distributed may be another concern. Some people want only products made in the U.S.A. Some don’t want to invest in products from countries that don’t adhere to stringent quality controls, decent wages for their workers, or environmental controls. If these things are important to you look at how and where the product is manufactured.

What is the proper usage?
Who knows better than the manufacturer how the product is best used? Some times you can find some great skin care tips. Look to see if there are any warnings about use. If you are concerned about the safety of a product do an online search, relying only on the most reputable sources such as Mayo Clinic. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, always do a test on your skin before lathering it all over your body.

Read skin care labels if you want to be intentional about your skin care product purchases. It’s a small thing that can help you feel good about your decision.

Did I miss anything? Let me know what you look for on a skin care product label.

NO LIST
Below is a NO list that was compiled by Thorne Research. www.thorne.com We think it is an excellent reference to help you when checking your skin care product labels.

NO
1. Animal Testing
2. Animal B-Products
3. Artificial Colors
4. Artficial Fragrances
5. Benzene
6. Bisphenol A
7. Dimethicone
8. EDTA
9. Formaldehyde
10. Gluten
11. GMO’s
12. Hydrogenated Oils
13. MEA-,DEA-, or TEA(Triethanolmine)
14. Mineral Oil
15. Parabens
16. Petrolatum
17. Plastic/Phthalates
18. PVC’s
19. PEG’s 1,4-Dioxane
20. Silicates
21. Silicones
22. (SLS) Sodium Sulfates or Laureth Sulfates
23. Wheat

Sneak Peak at New Products From YASOU Natural Skin Care

We are so excited to announce that YASOU will be adding a new addition to our skin care line – YASOU moisturizing hand cream. Our moisturizing vegan hand cream is plant –derived and will be in a PET (biodegradable) 2oz tube. It’s filled with goodness, including our Calityl O Complex (certified organic extra virgin olive oil), coconut oil, shea butter, certified organic aloe vera, certified organic jojoba oil, Vitamin E and more with mastic and lemon essential oils. All designed to keep your hands soft and beautiful.

YASOU moisturizing hand cream will keep your hands and fingers supple and healthy by preventing chapping, cracking and severe dryness. When used daily it can thwart wrinkles while repairing your skin’s tissue. We have added some Lauric Acid (coconut oil) and Mastic oil which contain properties that are antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing.

Why a vegan hand cream? Your hands go through a lot each day. They are exposed to winter and summer weather, to chemicals when cleaning our homes and our clothes. Hands show aging maybe even more so than your face so they need TLC! That is why we have created a hydrating hand cream that will leave your hands supple and silky, looking younger and beautiful and feeling soft! We will be launching our new hand cream sometime in July. Stay tuned for our announcement and make sure you request a sample!

What else is new? Our hydrating body cream with essential oils will be repackaged in a new PET pump bottle! This way you don’t have to keep dipping your hand into the jar to apply it to your entire body. It also allows us to reduce our price to you by 10%. An 8oz hydrating body cream with essential oils will be costing $54.00 instead of $60.00. We will also be offering an 8oz variation of the hydrating body cream without the essentials for our customers that may be sensitive to aroma. Okay there’s more, both of these versions will also be available in 4oz PET pump jars which is perfect for travel!

As you can see we have a lot going on which will be coming soon. Keep an eye and ear out for our new hydrating hand cream and our new packaging and prices for the hydrating body cream with essential oils.

If you have any opinions, thoughts or questions please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at terry@yasouskincare.com. We would love to hear from you. Your feeback is important to us.

YASOU!

How Green is Your Skincare Routine?

Nourishing your skin each day is a routine most people don’t think about except when buying skincare products. Let’s put a spotlight on these few minutes of each day to discover how green your skincare routine is, or can be. How you wash your face, bathe and moisturize your skin can make a difference in the way you live, look and feel. These tiny acts can also have an impact far beyond your bathroom walls.

Are you using more skincare products than necessary?

Make an assessment. Everyday skincare generally consists of twice a day cleansing, and moisturizing. For these basics choose natural, organic products that provide multiple benefits packaged in one recyclable container. Simplify. It saves time, culling minutes off your routine. For each product used there is an environmental impact. Think about the products now on your shelf or surrounding your sink. Choose the right products and less truly is more. Look for multi-tasking ingredients including Rosemary extract, Mandarin oil and Shea butter.

Do your skincare products contain all natural, organic ingredients?

Read the label. It is hard to decipher what all the ingredients are on a label but a rule of thumb is the fewer and the more recognizable the ingredients, the better. Creams, lotions and oils applied to the skin stay on its protective surface. Don’t contaminate that surface with harsh, toxic chemicals or ingredients known to be harmful. Natural moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, olive oil, and beeswax are some of nature’s gifts to our skin.

Are your cleansing tools organic and reusable?

Organic cotton wash cloths forego the processing that may add contaminants. Washcloths are reusable and good for exfoliating skin. The ecosystem where the organic cotton is grown is protected from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Try a natural boar body brush or a natural loofah sponge. Loofah is a climbing plant related to the cucumber. It has been used in Asian cultures for centuries.

Do the skincare companies you buy from support environmentally friendly practices?

Are they themselves green? Is product packaging recyclable? Do they donate to non-profits that support planet friendly initiatives? If so, support of them is another step in feeling good about the choices made in making your skincare routine green.

Natural, organic skincare is one way to feel refreshed in body and mind. When applied, the natural fragrance from essential oils becomes distinct to the individual wearing it. Treating yourself well with skincare that offers a beneficial bouquet of botanicals and plant extracts is anything but routine.