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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.

Natural Skincare Satisfies Boomer Generation

The back to nature, give peace a chance, forever young generation of baby boomers is not slowing down the way their parents did. Today’s boomers are more active and health conscious than previous generations. As they take note of what they are putting into their bodies they are also taking a closer look at what they put on their bodies. They are embracing natural skincare products that contain safe, natural ingredients.

For them, the young and pretty ideal image of youth is being replaced with a wise and healthy look. Skin changes over the decades and so do routines, priorities and products. That’s why Boomers are keeping up on what’s new and effective. They are looking into boutique natural skincare products that support skin vitality.

Some of the factors that determine how skin ages are lifestyle, heredity and diet. Boomers may notice their skin getting rougher, looser, thinner and flatter than it once was. The skin starts loosing elasticity as people enter their 30’s and 40s. But lifestyle choices can mitigate some of the effects of aging on skin.

Obesity is a problem that plagues the boomer generation. Nearly 36 percent of them are categorized as such. Obesity can affect the skin. It is linked to an increased risk of skin infection, poor wound healing, malignant melanoma and an increased risk of inflammatory diseases including psoriasis.

Some Boomers may also experience skin problems relating to medication use. Rashes, skin flora disturbance (where bacteria or fungi normally found on the skin are altered, allowing other skin diseases to set in), or aggravation of an existing skin condition may be linked to medications. Such skin symptoms should be checked by a doctor.

One of the best lifestyle decisions Boomers can make for their skin is to exercise daily. In one study, researchers found that those age 40 and even those over age 65 who started exercising frequently have healthier and thicker layers in their skin composition compared with their sedentary contemporaries. The mature exercisers’ skin composition actually compared more favorably with much younger adults in their 20s and 30s.

At YASOU we believe all can obtain a healthy look. No matter what your age, feeling comfortable in your own skin projects confidence. Like exercising, a daily routine of applying natural skincare with moisturizing and protective properties, will strengthen and enhance your skin.

SuperFruits For Glowing Skin, From The Inside Out

It’s simple. One of the secrets to healthy, glowing skin is how you consume and apply the power of superfruits.

In your diet: Fruits and vegetables consumed internally are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.

In your skincare: Fruits and vegetables for topical use are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other nutrients.

Why super fruits? They are packed with all the ingredients you need to help you live longer, look better, and prevent disease.

Here at YASOU natural skin care we believe “good health = happiness = beauty”. We also believe that diet alone isn’t going to accomplish these goals for you but it is the MOST important step in that direction. By thinking about what you put in your body will also help you to start thinking about what you put on your body. They should be the same ingredients! Only then can you achieve the ultimate health and beauty benefits you are striving for.

So let’s look at some of the superfruits you can start incorporating into your diet daily and seeking in your skincare products.

1) Apples
• A great fiber source, the red and green skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that packs   antihistamine and anti-inflammatory power.
• Promote the health of skin cells and rejuvenates them.
• A good source of vitamin B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C.
• Contains toning and exfoliating benefits for the skin.

2) Cantaloupe
• A Collagen-boosting super fruit that is packed with vitamin A and C (beta-carotene) that supports   healthy collagen formulation essential for keeping the skin firm and resilient.
• It’s folic acid promotes youthful elasticity and cellular regeneration.
• High in water content which helps hydrate the skin from the inside out.

3) Red Grapes
• The skin and seeds of red grapes contain resveratrol that controls the ageing process.
• Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant that helps maintain the health of the skin.
• A great source of vitamin E and vitamin C that helps protect the skin from pollution and toxin damage.
• Repairs and boosts collagen in your body.

4) Acai Berries
• Difficult to find but extremely high in vitamin C.
• Contain antioxidant properties that fight cell-damaging free radicals which damage and age the skin.

5) Blueberries
• Contain antioxidants that protect you from premature aging.
• Improve’s the skin’s clarity, firmness and glow.
• Alleviates redness and inflammation.

6) Aronia Berries also know as Chokeberries.
• Packed with polyphenos which helps reduce inflammation, minimizing acne and wrinkles!

7) Ciiturs Fruits
a) Lemon.
• Exfoliates, brightens and clears acne for smoother skin.
• Naturally bleaches the skin and quickens the rate in which dark spots, scars,
  sun spots, acne scars and age spots fade.
• Helps keep skin hydrated.

b) Oranges.
• Reduces sunburn, blemishes and dark spots.
• Has mild bleaching properties.
• Rich in Vitamin E and is full of antioxidants.
• Works to prevent wrinkles and lines.
• Can correct the oil balance of the skin.
• Best known for its astringent and toning properties.
• Helps restore collagen in our body.

8) Kiwi
• Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
• Keeps the skin firm.
• Prevents wrinkles.
• Stimulates collagen production.

9) Tomatoes
• Contains Lycopene-the best antioxidant for anti-aging.
• Moisturizes skin, keeping it healthy and shiny.
• Shrinks pore size.
• Revives the skin’s glow.
• High amounts of vitamin C which is know to brighten the skin.

10) Pumpkin
• Packed with fruit enzymes and alph hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase
  cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
• Contains antioxidants vitamin A and C which helps soften and soothe the skin.
• Boost collagen production that helps prevent the signs of aging.
• Treats dull complexions, aging skin and pigmentation.

You may already be eating these superfruits, if so bravo. If not, start now and look for skin care products that contain some of them. Consider that what you put on your body may be just as important as what you put in it. YASOU skin care products contain several of these superfruits. To find out more visit us at www.yasouskincare.com and check out our ingredients. Remember “good health = happiness = beauty.”

YASOU!

Why Preservatives are a Must Have in Skincare

Of all the ingredients in skin care formulations preservatives are the most important, especially in store bought skin care products. The reason is because they keep that product fresh (bacteria free) for 2 to 3 years. Preservatives have become the most controversial and debatable topic in the skin care industry.

I myself pondered sleeplessly over the topic when developing YASOU natural skin care. I knew I wanted high quality, Greek-inspired natural and organic ingredients in YASOU’s products. That part was exciting, fun and came easily when working with my formulator. The difficulty came with the preservative system, so I asked myself these questions:

1) What is the role of preservatives? Preservatives are synthetic chemicals that kill bacteria, fungi and mold. Only products that contain water (which are most products) need a preservative. Oil-based skin care products and anhydrous (water-free) skin care products do NOT need preservatives.

2) Are there effective natural preservatives? Well, I found some folks that argue yes and others that argue no. The people that argue yes use natural ingredients as preservatives, which only gives the product a 3 to 6 month (safe) shelf life span. And the folks that say no argue that natural substances are not active against the most threatening microbes, and pseudomonads (bacteria). Other ingredients used as natural preservatives such as essential oils require very high concentrations to be effective. Some of these oils also have offensive odors and coloring that are just NOT acceptable and most of them become inactivated by manufacturing procedures and other factors.

In addition these natural preservatives can change the density and experience of the product. For example, YASOU cellular day cream does not have much glide during application which is due to the extra natural preservative called Biovert that we added in it.

The only natural products that are really all natural are the ones handcrafted by you in your home, which can be used immediately and stored for a short time in the refrigerator. These are the only natural products that are not in need of any kind of preservative.

Store bought products need to be designed to remain fresh during the long span between the time of manufacture and the time the customer finishes using it. Without some type of preservative, store bought products would expose consumers to mold, bacteria, adverse skin reactions that can lead to serious skin infections and even blindness with products used around the eye area.

As you can see, there was a lot to consider when it came to YASOU’s preservative system. I am not pro synthetic preservatives because most of today’s commercial products are typically loaded with these synthetic and potentially carcinogenic (cancerous) preservatives.

YASOU’s foremost priority is the safety of our customer’s. Our products are luxuriously rich and we knew as a start up company we would need at least a two-year (safe) shelf life span. With that in mind we proceeded in developing the most natural /organic products using top quality ingredients as well as natural ingredients and natural preservatives and began testing. It was at that time we discovered we needed to add a little more protection into our products so we carefully decided on Phenoxyethanol.

Phenoxyethanol offered a universal, highly effective broad-spectrum protection for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold, yeast and fungi. It is NOT formaldehyde releasing agent and probably the most paraben free and propylene glycol free preservative on the market. It works extremely well in small amounts with natural preservatives.
Phenoxyethanol is created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. Each ingredient individually could cause harm, but when they react together they chemically create a safe and effective preservative.

YASOU natural skin care products contain less than .06% phenoxyethanol. We let you know that upfront because our priority is you and your safety!

Time for a Mother Daughter Skincare Talk

Proper skincare should be one of the things mothers and daughters and even grandmothers should take time to talk about. The wisdom of cross-generational experiences, concerns, and observations can often be very helpful. The key is to listen to each other, share experiences, talk about concerns in an encouraging and supportive way, and offer observations only if asked.

With those ground rules, let the conversation about skincare begin. You can start with these questions but feel free to add or ignore as you see fit. I’m including some answers we got from mothers and daughters on an informal survey we conducted.

The only advice I got from my mom about skincare was […fill in the blank]. But times have changed and I think we can do better than that.

Our survey showed that older moms received very little advice from their moms except an occasional warning to stay out of the sun. One mom said: “I have no memory of skin care advice from my mom other than beware of too much sun because it makes your skin leathery.”

There are some things I feel are important for ust to share about skin care. Can we talk now?

Some of the things moms and daughters shared included information about hereditary traits, proper cleansing, moisturizing, skin problems, protecting skin from sun damage, healthy eating and exercise. Also, how skin changes as one ages. One mom shared this about aging with her daughter: “I am open to more anti-aging, natural products as I age. And certainly I use more sunscreen!”

One mom said: “I’ve talked with her about the importance of proper skincare. I’ve gotten her facials and helped her get higher quality skin care since she was around 12.”

About proper cleansing one mom wrote: “My daughter doesn’t always remove her makeup at night and we definitely go head to head about that one.”

A daughter wrote saying: “I wish my mom would consider using natural organic skincare rather than the chemical based products she uses.”

What do you credit for your complexion?

This is a good question because it lets you know how each other thinks about your skin and your approach to healthy skin. Do you owe it to something fixed like heredity or current age? Or do you attribute it to skincare products, stress, healthy eating or other lifestyle choices?

How do you define beauty?

Listen to hear if she defines beauty beyond physical characteristics. If not, share with her your definition of beauty that includes deeper values.

One mom from the survey said: “Beauty is the aura that comes from living true to who you are.” Another said: “Self-assured grace that emits from the inside out.”

Do you disagree with anything I’ve brought up? Is there anthing you think I should know about?

Be ready to listen, because moms and daughters may have a lot to say to each other. Here is a memory one mom shared:

“My mom did something wonderful for me. She bought me a makeup lesson and facial when I was 13. She thought I was a little heavy handed on the blue eye shadow. I learned about skincare and how to apply makeup so I didn’t look like a hooker!”

Skincare can be a topic that brings moms and daughters together in a special way. This mom used it as a bridge for bonding.

“My daughter and I have gotten massages and facials together. It’s a bonding moment that we share a couple of times a year. Somewhat so that she takes care of her skin, but mostly so that she knows how important it is to manage self care and treat herself like a queen sometimes, even if no one else does. We all deserve some pampering.”

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

Why Choose Gluten Free Vegan Skincare?

Plant derived, vegan skincare is effective, safe, and nourishing to the skin with minimal negative impact on the environment. No toxic chemicals, no animal testing and no animal products are used in vegan skincare. Instead what you apply daily to your skin are ingredients derived from plants.

People who choose gluten free vegan skincare appreciate the effort it takes to bring these crafted products to the market. For them, it’s personal. They respect natural beauty, ageless beauty, which manifests itself internally and externally.

Looking and feeling good is about small decisions and personal preferences. Most of us want to live well, be happy and stay peaceful. If you are worried about using skincare products that contain gluten, avoid them. There are good options today with natural skincare lines such as YASOU. I appreciate when people call or write to ask if our line is gluten free or vegan. It tells me they are engaged in making decisions that are right for them.

If you want to protect animals from cruelty and inhumane living conditions buy products that are plant-derived. Living your values through what you purchase indicates an authentic life.

Honestly, my decisions in creating a natural, healthy skincare line were focused on finding the best ingredients to nourish the skin. I was not focused on being gluten-free or making vegetarians happy. Both of these came to be because of YASOU’s focus on natural ingredients and wellness – how a woman feels good in her own skin.

The beauty of using botanicals in skincare is not only their skin-enhancing properties, but also their appeal to all the senses – a mist, an aroma, and textures all share a subtleness that when combined create a potent protector and ageless defender of the skin. It’s like the difference between wearing natural cotton or synthetic clothes.

The reasons for choosing gluten free vegan skincare may be health-related and/or socially conscious choices. We appreciate you making the choices that are best for you.

Natural Sunscreens Offer Alternative Skin Protection

Our bodies need sunlight to produce a critical nutrient, Vitamin D. It plays a vital role in immune function, bone building, mood, cognitive function, and cardio vascular health.

You need sun— a daily 10-minute dose is recommended by health experts, but you’ll still have to make choices for sun protection and those choices can have an impact on your health. Not all sunscreens are created equal and some contain risky chemical ingredients that can cause more harm than good, so READ the ingredients label carefully.

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide ingredients are natural mineral-based sunscreens that offer broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA radiation but they are chemical compounds so they are not 100% natural. For those who want the most natural sun, wind and heat protection consider these 100% Natural Skin care options:

1) Limit your sun intake (especially during peak hours of the day) and avoid tanning booths. In winter/colder weather cover your face, wear goggles or glasses to protect your skin because the wind can cause as much damage to your skin as the sun does.

2) Red Raspberry Seed Oil is an ingredient to look for in your sunscreen products because it is known to provide the highest broad spectrum UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays and contains exceptionally high levels of Alpha Tocopherois, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Some sources state that Red Raspberry Oil has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) as high as 28-50.

3) Other Oils to look for in your products that provide natural protection against the sun, wind and heat are Hemp Seed Oil (SPF 6), Macadamia Oil (SPF6),Sesame Oil (SPF 4), Shea Butter (SPF 4), Jojoba Oil (SPF 4), and Coconut Oil (SPF2).

4) Lycopene is a natural sunscreen that helps minimize wrinkles as well! Make sure you include it in your daily diet. You can find it in cooked tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato paste and sauce.

5) Saturated Fat-Eat plenty of it! By bumping up your saturated fat intake you can improve your UV resistance. As if you needed a good reason to add butter to your diet. Palm oil and coconut oil are also good sources of saturated fat that can protect the skin when eaten before sun exposure.

6) Proanthocyanidins, found in wine, grape seeds, blueberries, chokeberries, hazelnuts, pistachios, and grains like sorghum and barley, can be effective in preventing UV damage. So drink a glass of wine and include fruits and nuts as part of your diet.

7) Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant that helps reduce damage caused by ultra violet radiation from the sun and is also an internal sunscreen. It may be difficult to get therapeutic amounts of astaxanthin through food alone. You’d have to consume three-quarters of a pound of wild-caught sockeye salmon, which contains the highest amounts of astaxanthin of all the marine foods, to receive the same amount of astaxanthin you’d get in a 4mg capsule.

8) Shea Butter used topically has natural anti-aging properties that cause reactivations of collagen synthesis, resulting in younger looking skin and a resistance to photo-aging caused by the sun.

9) Beeswax when used topically is known to lock in moisture, nurture skin cells and protect the skin from damaging environmental factors.

10) Chaparral, an herb used in tea and oils, is known to have amazing healing benefits. It offers sun protection and increases your skin’s tolerance of the sun and other weather conditions when used regularly.

Research and consider these 100% natural ways to protect your skin from sun, wind and heat. What methods will you try?

Have A Great Summer!

Put a Little Luxe in Your Life

People may have different ideas of what luxe means. Is it short for deluxe (sumptuous) or luxury (lavish)? The word luxe isn’t found in a dictionary. But when you feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it, or see it, you know it. Adding some luxe to your life isn’t another goal to obtain. It’s a way of being good to your self. Life has its challenges – but also its rewards.

A luxe experience may be as simple as noticing the light from wax candles that don’t burn too fast. A luxe product may not be exclusive, but the way you use it, is. Luxe doesn’t mean over-the-top expensive. It’s reasonably priced with a benefit that convinces you of its value.

At YASOU skin care, luxe is an idea that we embrace. It is an experience or product that awakens your sense of the good life. It is the stylish handbag with a grip that feels good and looks fabulous in your hand or slung over your shoulder.

It’s the soft and cozy texture of a blanket made of organic cotton.

The brief scent of essential oils.

A tranquil get away spot.

A piece of dark chocolate from pastry Chef Katherine Clapner.

Soaking in a tub to soothe a desire.

A bright sunflower-colored table cloth made in France.

An elegant gesture.

A funky artisan boutique versus a big box store.

I think you understand what we are trying to say.

We describe YASOU skin care as a luxe product because of the richness of its natural ingredients, the luxurious feeling when applied, and its ability to protect and nurture the skin. YASOU body cream evokes a relaxing spa-like experience in the comfort of your home. YASOU face creams shelter the ageless, natural beauty that surrounds your smile and eyes. Putting a little luxe in your life brings about a special awareness of being pampered and cared for. A feeling that says: “This is the best and and healthiest way to live.”

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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 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 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!