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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 info@yasouskincare.com. We would love to hear from you. Your feeback is important to us.

YASOU!

Natural Skin Care Tips for Summer

While our skin needs to be protected year round, the bulk of sun damage tends to occur during the summer months. With just a few tweaks to your routine you can protect your skin in a natural, healthy way and still enjoy all your favorite summer activities.

Adding a layer of sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. To ensure you get into this habit find a sunscreen you like. There are multiple kinds with different textures, absorption, coloration and scents. Choose one with at least SPF 15. I recommend natural, physical sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. They contain the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. A natural sunscreen that rates high amongst environmental groups and consumers is UV Natural.

Make sure your sunscreen filters both UVB light (sunburn, cancer) and UVA light (premature aging, cancer). If you are a swimmer, or sweat a lot, water resistance is important. Find an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Keep in mind that you may need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are outdoors for many hours.

On the face, apply sunscreen before your day cream and underneath makeup. Sunscreen alone is a better protector from UV rays than makeup with SPF in it. If you need a touchup during the day there are some natural foundation powders that can help such as Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Mineral Powder with SPF 20. Protect your lips as well. Dermatologists recommend applying a lip balm with SPF every two hours while outside in the sun. Avoid glossy, pale colors.

Another way to deflect the effect of the sun’s harmful rays on your skin is to wear a broad brim hat. Clothing lines with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating show how much of the sun’s light the fabric absorbs. To beat the rays, wardrobe choices in summer might include tightly woven, dark or bright fabrics. That’s right, save white for winter. Wear sunglasses with a UV 400 protection to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin areas around them.

On particularly hot and humid days a facial mist containing natural minerals can help replace those lost through sweat. Pores appear larger during summer heat and humidity so you may want to exfoliate one extra time during the week.

You can keep your bronze glow by using natural sunless tanning products that contain sunscreen. Lavera Self Tanner includes all natural and organic ingredients.

After long summer days your skin deserves a luxe body cream that moisturizes and hydrates. Your best bet of course is YASOU body cream with certified organic extra virgin olive oil, organic aloe vera, shea butter, essential oils and other natural ingredients that pamper and nurture your skin.

Don’t forget to visit your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce such as tomatoes, avocados, citrus and berries all of which contain anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties that can protect your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Enjoy your summer while protecting your skin.

YASOU!

Take our Natural Skin Care Quiz

Do you know what is good for you when it comes to natural skincare?
Take our quick quiz to test your knowledge.

1. You can tell a skincare product has parabens by reading the label.
a. True
b. False

2. Chemicals put on our skin won’t be absorbed into our body.
a. True
b. False

3. The FDA approves all cosmetics for safety.
a. True
b. False

4. The benefits of certified extra virgin olive oil in skincare products are:
a. Oleic acid is 1% higher than in regular olive oil making it more effective for trapping water into your skin.
b. Includes Polyphenols which are antioxidants. When absorbed into our skin, they combat free radicals, preventing them from doing damage.
c. Closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil.
d. All of the above

5. Fragrance should be avoided in skin care products.
a. True
b. False

6. I use a moisturizer with sunscreen.
a. True
b. False

7. There are natural skincare products that can repair damaged skin.
a. True
b. False

8. What can a licensed aesthetician do to help me with my skin? Check all that apply
a. Provide skin exfoliation, massage, aromatherapy and facials.
b. Analyze your skin type.
c. Prescribe medications.
d. Provide recommendations on skin care products.

Answers to the Natural Skin Care Quiz

1. a. True. Parabens are chemicals frequently used in cosmetics and care products to prevent bacterial growth. These chemicals seep into the skin and repeated exposure has been linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive problems and immune-system deficiencies. On the ingredients label look for pamethylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben or butylparaben, or better yet, choose products that are labeled paraben-free.

2. b. False. Studies show that chemicals are transported from the outer surface of the skin into both the Inner layers of the skin and into the bloodstream.

3. b. False. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market.

4. Answer: d. Certified extra virgin olive oil is at it’s purest form, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and one of the most effective ingredients for hydrating the skin. Regular olive oil goes through a synthetic process therefore only giving you half the benefits.

5. a. True. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture, and among those commonly used are Phthalates. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the most common allergens. Choose fragrance-free skincare products to avoid exposure to these chemicals.

6. b. False. We don’t believe that sunscreen should be included in your moisturizer. You’re moisturizer should be the first product applied to your face or body. Because 60 to 80% of it will be absorbed into your skin we don’t recommend it being mixed with your sunscreen. Sunscreen should be used as the last layering of your regime or if included in with any skin care item we would recommend it to be mixed in with your foundation.

7. a. True. With the right ingredients and care you can repair your skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ingredients such as retinoids (chemical compounds derived from vitamin A), peptides (smaller proteins that stimulate collagen production), and growth factors (compounds that act as chemical messengers between cells and play a role in collagen production) have the ability to repair skin damage from sun exposure or other toxic chemicals. Because the Food and Drug Administration does not verify claims made by skincare and cosmetic firms, check the label for ingredients such as these that have been scientifically proven to repair skin.

8. Answer: a. b. d, b. Licensed estheticians can be found in beauty salons, resorts, fitness clubs and spas. An aesthetician receives specialized training related to beauty and skin care can provide noninvasive skin care treatments such as facials and exfoliation. They can help you understand your skin type and what ingredients and products will work best for you. For serious skin problems you should see a dermatologist, a medical doctor who can prescribe medications for conditions such as acne, rosacea, or other skin problems.

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