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A Conversation with Wellness Enthusiast and Jeweler Robin Holmer on Crystals and Skin Care

I met Robin Holmer a few years ago at a market where we both were selling our goods. I with YASOU skin and Robin with her beautiful jewelry.  I was drawn to both the jewelry (her work) and her spirit.  Robin has a calmness about her that resonates in way that makes you feel clam as well, I realized that there was something special about her almost sensing that she could possibly be a healer of sort.  I wanted to reach out to her because of this and because of her work with stones, crystals and jewels, as well as being a practitioner of wellness.  There is so much talk out there about crystals in skin care and their healing power so I reached out to Robin to have a chat on this subject matter.

 

TN: Hi Robin, thank you for doing this interview/chat with us. I’m really excited to be chatting with you. If you can first tell us a little about yourself and how/why you got involved in working with crystals, etc.?

 

RH:  Hi Terry, thank you again so much for inviting me to join you today. I am honored to be speaking with you on this topic as crystals and health are so dear to my heart.

I have been in love with crystals and basically just nature in general my whole life and felt so connected to their beauty and rawness, and just the way I feel around them. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I started creating headbands and bracelets for myself to wear to events and music festivals from beads and crystals that I’ve collected over the years where I realized how special they are to me and how I want to be surrounded by them everyday and give others the opportunity to experience the beauty and magic that they bring to me in their everyday lives.

 

TN: Do you believe Crystals have healing powers? And if so give us some examples?

 

RH:  I strongly believe that crystals have healing powers. It is one of the main reasons that I am attracted to them and use them, wear them and surround myself with them pretty much every day. I actually carry a black tourmaline quartz point in my purse with me everywhere I go because black tourmaline is known to clear away negativity, help you ground, and because it’s also a quartz base crystal these properties are amplified, and together they help you create balance within your body.

I also love wearing stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli, and basically any vibrantly blue crystal around my throat in a choker or necklace because it activates the throat chakra because that is where you speak your truth and communicate with others. Each chakra or energy center within the body is activated by certain crystals’ properties and how they can most easily assist you in your ever day healing. The colors pink and green are connected to the heart chakra and can most greatly benefit you when worn near the heart.

TN: Are certain Crystal for certain skin types?   This is for your eyes Robin.  Check out this article for this question and see if you agree.

 

RH:  This is a great question! I do know that Rose Quartz and Amethyst are great crystals to wear touching the skin because it greatly enhances their delicate and gentle healing and anti-aging properties. They both are often used in face and skin rollers as they increase the lymphatic flow throughout the body and reduce inflammation within the body.

Rainbow Fluorite is actually used to help with skin problems such as acne as well. It is a great stone in general for bringing emotional stability into one’s life so it can help with your physical appearance and emotional security and confidence, which I know acne can affect.

 

TN: How can we incorporate a wellness regime with the practice of Crystals and can that effect the skin as well?

 

RH:  I would say that one of the greatest ways to do this is by doing a lymphatic flush with crystal rollers. The stones have a cooling effect when rolled on the skin in addition to their own individual properties. When you use the rollers, the pressure helps your skin detox and flush out impurities from the lymph to cleanse your system.

You can use stones like rose quartz, amethyst and fluorite to massage any inflamed or negatively affected skin, or even wash with a gemstone infused water.

Crystals are also incredibly powerful when used in meditation practices and can help your mental wellbeing greatly just by praying with them, setting intentions to release what no longer serves you, and what you want to intentionally attract into your life.

 

TN: How can crystals enhance beauty in our lives?

 

RH:  Crystals are amazing for enhancing beauty in our lives by just existing as they are. They have their own unique properties, glowing and vibrant colors, and can invoke many positive, healing emotions within us, creating an environment where you feel inspired to thrive as your happiest and healthiest self. I know when I wear opals I feel my most beautiful. They are so incredibly magical, mystical and dazzling to the eye and I feel confident, abundant and surrounded by beauty when I wear them I in turn feel much more beautiful.

 

TN: For our last question is there anything you may want us to know on this subject matter or leave us with something to think about on this subject matter?

 

RH:  Yes! I often get asked if crystals are as effective if they are touching the skin or not. This can be difficult in certain pieces depending on how the stones are set, but is often very easy for pieces like crystal bracelets which directly touch the skin.

I personally believe that it is your intention placed and your belief in the crystal’s natural healing powers that most greatly effect this. However, I do see the benefit in the crystals actually touching the skin because there is direct contact. I am a strong believer in the natural metaphysical properties of the crystals and believe that if you trust and believe in them, they will in turn provide value and healing for you. Some of my favorite stones like rainbow moonstone and clear quartz I especially believe this to be true because they are amplifiers of energy.

 

TN:  Thank you Robin for chatting with us and sharing your knowledge I love your work and I think our audience will as well so please share your link and info.  Much love your way- YASOU!

 

RH:  Thank you so much Terry! I adore you, your mission and your work, and am obsessed with your hand cream, it is literally all that I use.  I have been focusing on creating a new line of jewelry that will debut in the spring I am excited to post about.

You can find me on Instagram @KenzaCollection, my website is www.kenzacollection.com and I am also on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KenzaCollection.

I love working on custom pieces, they are my absolute favorite so please feel free to reach out at any time, I would love to connect.

(image: Deena | Pexles)

How Skin Responds to Moments That Move Us

Moments that move us can be simple or grand. Generously tipping wait staff at a restaurant, smiling at a coworker, listening to a street musician, talking with a stranger, eating something with the perfect taste and texture, watching a bird migration, looking down from a mountainside, laughing with a friend, receiving a postcard, gazing into the eyes of someone we love. With each moment that moves us our body reacts. Experiencing many good moments has rewards for your health and skin.

 

Fall in love

When feeling love the body experiences a physiological process that produces the hormone oxytocin also known as the attachment hormone. When oxytocin levels are high, the body may produce less cortisol, a stress hormone that can increase oil production in the skin glands, leading to acne breakouts and clogged pores. Oxytocin is known to reduce some inflammatory processes. When the body contains more oxytocin, your skin may show more glow and less irritation. Go ahead, fall in love.

 

Stay excited

Your body gets excited during physical activity such as while exercising, during a hot shower or having sex, but it also responds to internal excitement. Reading a poem, admiring a painting, attending a performance can all excite the same kind of response. The capillaries in your skin dilate giving a smooth, rosy, well-hydrated look to your face.

 

Reduce stress

Skin does not differentiate between types of stress whether it be physical, environmental, emotional or psychological. The body views stress as a kind of attack. To defend itself it creates inflammatory cells that can trigger a flare-up in skin conditions. These cells may break down collagen, a protein that helps keep skin smooth and strong, and may contribute to decreased levels of hyaluronic acid.  The natural fight-or-flight response associated with stress increases adrenaline and cortisol which can dry skin and reduce its ability to retain moisture. The body directs blood away from the skin and to your muscles. Too much cortisol weakens the immune system and enlarges blood vessels which can enhance dark circles under the eyes.

 

Find ways to reduce and release stress. Exercise, meditation and love can help most people feel less stress.

 

Add pleasure, not pain

Sadness can cause your blood vessels to restrict, casting a paler than normal look to your skin. Crying can cause your face to puff up and salty tears can dehydrate your skin. Seek out pleasure in whatever way is best for you. Invite a friend and share a moment together. The bond you feel will boost your spirits and your oxytocin levels.

 

Moments that move us are important to experience every day not just for our psychological and emotional well-being, but for our skin as well. When your lover says “Your beautiful” on Valentine’s Day, allow the compliment to flush through your body. Your skin will naturally respond with a blush prettier than roses.

(image: Trung Nguyen | pexels)

How to Naturally Detox Your Skin

Removing toxins from your body is not the job of your skin. Your kidneys and liver are in charge of that. When we talk about naturally detoxing your skin what we are referring to is protecting your skin surface and building a skin defense against toxins. Even as the skin releases about three ounces of water a day through sweat, the sweat does not contain toxins. What the skin is good at is shedding dead cells and exerting a barrier against infection. Every minute your skin sheds tens of thousands of dead skin cells. This process slows when we don’t take the proper steps to protect our skin and as we age. Skin also acts as a physical defense against harmful microbes. Reducing exposure to toxins from the environment, our diet and lifestyle choices can result in brighter, healthier skin.

 

Environmental pollutants

Anti-oxidants can prevent or decrease the impact of certain environmental pollutants, but they don’t remove the free radicals that cause damage to the skin. Ingesting foods or applying natural skin care products that contain antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals. Vitamins A, C and E are rich in antioxidants so look for foods and skin care products containing these vitamins.

 

Avoid sun exposure, smog, cigarette smoke, and use of pesticides to reduce the environmental impact on your skin. Twice daily washing followed with applying natural moisturizers, sunscreen and serums to create a protective layer can keep pollutants and chemicals from settling deeply into skin.

 

Replace products filled with artificial chemicals that touch your skin with products containing natural organic ingredients. A friend who suffered from eczema for years went to her doctor three times a year to receive steroid injections to soothe her symptoms. Recently, the doctor told her to try replacing all products containing perfumes, dyes, coloring, and artificial chemicals in soaps and lotions with those containing only natural organic ingredients. After doing so, her eczema went away. “It changed my life,” she said. It’s important to work with your doctor or dermatologist when assessing how to proceed with any skin condition.

 

 

A natural skin care routine

Cleanse. This does not mean just washing, which you should do morning and evening. Drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day to help your body flush out toxins from the inside.

 

Hydrate. Apply moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate to boost hydration levels and lock moisture in.

 

Protect. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you venture outside. Even with an overcast sky, the sun’s rays are absorbed by your skin. Damage to your skin accumulates over the years and can lead to cancerous lesions.

 

Diet. Minimize foods containing high amounts of sugar, refined carbs and dairy. Alcohol also has a negative impact on skin. Eat the recommended amount of five servings per day of fruits and vegetable.

 

Product and cell buildup

Skin care products do not remove toxins. What products can do is reduce excess sebum (body’s natural oils) and dead skin cells. Product buildup hinders the skin’s ability to absorb it. Rubbing is not the solution. The product collects on the top of skin. This can happen when using too many products or using them in the wrong order. Skin care products should be applied from thinnest to thickest. For example, start with a water based serum and end with a thick cream.

 

Exfoliate. Skin care products are less effective when encountering a build-up of dead skin cells. Dead cells dull the complexion and can lead to breakouts. The natural way to combat dead skin cells is to use a dry bristle brush on the entire body before showering. This action also improves circulation and stimulates lymphatic fluid. Be gentle with the brush. Don’t overdo it. Same holds true for scrubs used on the face. In India, a popular scrub is made by grinding walnuts into a paste, mixing in some sugar and a few drops of olive oil. They scrub the face for 10 seconds twice a week. Products containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids are good for removing dead skin cells.

 

Massage and facials

Massage skin with almond, coconut or olive oil. Olive oil’s high content of vitamin E and antioxidants promotes cell regeneration. For facials, Kaolin and Niacinamide clays can help refine pores and balance skin tone. Charcoal masks can clean and smooth skin.

 

Learning how to naturally detox and protect your skin will provide years of enjoying the skin you’re in. YASOU!

(Photo: Elias Ficavontade | Pexels)

Coronavirus: Skin Care and Well-Being

Our lives changed overnight with the coronavirus pandemic and probably will never be the same again. Our sense of security and well-being has been challenged and yet we are all dealing with what has fallen upon us.  Our well-being is crucial during this time and here are some things you can do right now from home to stay mentally healthy.

 

1. Give: Your time, words and presence are very important and can still be done virtually-it’s all about cultivating a spirit of generosity and promoting active participation in social and community life.

 

2. Be Active: Exercise! Join a virtual Pilates class or plug in a yoga tape-just move. Evidence suggests that physical activity can increase self-belief and the ability to cope with difficult situations.

 

3. Keep Learning: Read a book, work on a puzzle or take an online course that you always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time to do so. Doing this will improve your self-esteem and has been known to be effective in preventing depression.

 

4. Take Notice: Appreciate the little things. Practice being in the moment and savor it. Increasing awareness of what is immediately happening both physically and mentally within and around us can improve well-being.  This includes finding gratitude (like for our first responders), forgiveness, reflection and the development of meaning, like maybe we will be stronger once we come out of this nightmare.

 

5. Connect: Give a family member, friend or neighbor a phone call, or send an email. Check in on them to see how they are doing. Do they need anything or just say hello. Send a care gift to ones in need right now.  Fostering relationships with other’s is important to well-being. Talk. listen, be there and feel connected.

 

I hope the above will be helpful. I have found this info via mentalhealth.org and incorporated ideas that can be done virtually from your home. If you know of anyone who is out of work or having a difficult time right now, please send us their information and we’ll be happy to send them a 4oz hydrating body cream as a self-care gift, letting them know that it’s from you and YASOU skin care.  We will also cover shipping and it’s one cream per person. You can only submit one person this offer lasts while inventory is in stock so it’s a first come, first serve basis until we run out of our 4oz hydrating body cream.  Email us at terry@yasouskincare.com and let us know why this person deserves this gift, their name, mailing address and your name. Maybe we can bring a bit of happiness and some self-care to someone who can use it right now.  This offer only applies to people in the USA.

 

Now for skin care, it’s so important right now especially for your hands.  We need to wash our hands constantly with soap and water and sanitize often during this time!  The drawback to this is that our hands will or are becoming painfully dry and cracked because we are following the widespread advice to frequently wash to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  We need to also be aware of a less widely cited hygiene recommendation which is to moisturize your hands as well. Somehow that got left out of the equation and it’s important to include, so let your family and friends know.

 

“Keeping skin moisturized is important,” states Craig Shapiro, (attending physician in pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital in Delaware). “If the skin is breaking down or raw, then the soap and alcohol disinfectants do not work as well. Also, when skin is chapped and broken, it’s uncomfortable, and people can be less likely to wash their hands to prevent transmission of germs and infection.”

 

Moisturize your hands right away after washing leaving, them a bit damp before adding cream. Moisturize them well at night before bedtime. After applying the moisturizer wear cotton gloves all night.  This will help absorb the cream or lotion.  We recommend hand cream that contains water and oils to be the best because the moisturizer will reach to a cellular level of your skin.  Also look for hand cream that contains aloe Vera.  Aloe Vera is an excellent solution for dry skin, because not only does it moisturize but it also stimulates healing. Look for shea butter, to help “lock in” the moisture and look for oils like jojoba or certified organic olive oil. All of these ingredients are nourishing, healing, soothing and hydrating, which will be effective in healing those dry and cracked hands as well as saving the skin’s barrier which protects you from the environment. Visit us at yasouskincare.com and make sure you look at our promotions, incentives and our vegan hand cream.

 

Keep praying, stay safe, stay healthy!

Fabrics Your Skin Will Love

Materials that we choose to wear effect the health of our skin and well being, as well as our stance on sustainability and living a cruelty free lifestyle! I was so excited to research this subject and report my findings to you. Some materials we will be discussing are plant based and vegan, others are not. We want to give you choices of materials that we found interesting and good for your skin, giving you information that can help you make better choices for your lifestyle and needs. Overall, we believe natural fabrics are always the best choice for your skin and health.

 

Natural materials:

 

  1. Organic Cotton (GOT cotton). GOT is a certification that the cotton is organic. Organic cotton minimizes environmental impact by removing the use of cancer-causing pesticides and other chemicals in the production process. Instead it focuses on a holistic process that puts sustainability first. Cotton is also better for your body – being a natural fiber, it is very breathable, hypoallergenic, natural, vegan and cruelty-free

    NOTE: When buying products made of cotton, look out for certified organic labeling, and make sure it isn’t a blend fabric.

 

  1. Linen. Linen is an ancient sustainable fabric made from the stem of the flax plant. It is super durable and becomes softer and stronger the more that it is used. It also warms you in winter and cools you in warmer weather.It is natural, vegan and cruelty-free.

 

  1. Pinatex (Pineapple Leather). The leaves of the pineapple plant have recently become one of the most sustainable vegan leather alternatives on the market. This material is made from pineapple leaf fiber. It’s a new, innovative fabric conceptualized by Ananas Anam. It is natural, vegan and biodegradable.

 

  1. Upcycled Leather. By employing the practice of upcycling, we avoid creating new materials which minimizes waste and saves natural resources such as energy and water. Leather is a durable, strong, breathable, eco-friendly material that lasts forever and gets better within time.  If you choose not to endorse animal products, there are some great alternative leather options that are made from plants such as cork and pineapple.

 

  1. Lyocell. This material is made from wood pulp. It is a great substitute for silk. It’s soft and drapes well. It can be washed, dyed and even woven to mimic the qualities of suede, leather, moleskin or wool. Lycocell keeps the skin warm in cooler weather and cool in warmer weather. It is also, eco-friendly, vegan, biodegradable, highly absorbent and an antibacterial fabric that is safe for sensitive skin.It’s just a great fabric!

 

  1. 100% Pure Silk. Silk is a natural fiber, but it is not vegan. It is extremely soft, non-irritate to even the most sensitive skin, free of any chemicals, hypoallergenic, decreases skin’s loss of moisture, and promotes rejuvenation of the skin. Thus it helps prevent some effects of aging, relieves dry, flaky skin conditions by locking moisture in and ensuring it stays on the skin. Silk keeps you cool on hot days and warm on cold ones. It is highly absorbent, dries fast and is extremely strong.

 

  1. SeaCell (Seaweed). Dried seaweed is crushed coarsely, ground, and simultaneously introduced into cellulose fiber, from which materials for a wide variety of textiles, known as SeaCell, are manufactured. Brown algae is used in this material and supposedly activates cell regeneration, re-mineralizes skin, limits inflammation, soothes itchiness and detoxifies the body. The porous structure of the SeaCell textile fibers promotes humidity intake and release, which keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

 

  1. Hemp. We just couldn’t leave this one out. These days it’s everywhere and in everything (at least some form of it). Hemp comes from the stem of the plant. It is one of the oldest fibers in the world, and one of the most sustainable fabrics! It is similar to linen in feel and breathability, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer and becomes softer with time. It is also a highly UV-resistant fabric, so it’s great for beachwear.

    NOTE: Make sure natural dyes are used when purchasing hemp clothing to negate the detrimental effects of harsh chemical dyes on people and plane.

 

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Serenity Sustains You and Your Skin

Serenity is a sense of feeling calm, peaceful and untroubled. Expressions of this state of being are shared around the world through words and images in all cultures. In Greek, the word for serenity is ηρεμία. In Arabic it is written as سكينة الروح, راحة نفسية .  In China as 寧靜. And in Japanese: セレニティ, 平静, 静けさ. Philosophers from ancient to modern times have spoken of its benefits to mind and body. In a previous post we talked about how gratitude can benefit your skin. Cited in the post was some psychodermatology research that shows how emotions, mind and skin interact. While all of that holds true, I look at serenity a bit differently. Where does it come from? How can we get more of it? Just like our skin, the answers are personal to each of us.

 

Can we soak ourselves in serenity each day in the same way we adhere to a natural skin care routine? I think so. If we seek it, we will find it. We may find a serenity boost through meditation, mindfulness, physical activity or the wisdom of others. Read on.

 

Taoist take the middle road to serenity:

“I have neither hens nor foxes.”Tao proverb

 

Expectations can devour serenity:

“For serenity always prefer the cottage to the palace! – Mehmet Murat Idan

 

Understand the boldness of belief:

“If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”
–Mother Theresa

 

Know your sweet spot:

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks. And all the sweet serenity of books.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

For our skin health we know to avoid certain assaults:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Junk food
  • Lack of sleep

 

These same things can disrupt our sense of serenity. UV rays can damage skin and cause suffering. An anxious mind compromises skin’s protective capacity. Stress sends signals to our nerves, creating hormone imbalances and chemicals that increase oil production. Cortisol disrupts dermal proteins and weakens the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. Junk food starves skin of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. A lack of sleep causes low energy and grumpiness.

 

Be encouraged that any assault can be assailed. Marinade your mind with comforting thoughts such as these:

“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”  ― Jane Austin, Sense and Sensibility

 

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

 

“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

 

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”   ― Lao Tzu

 

“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.”   ― C. JoyBell C.

 

Give yourself a serenity boost every day. Poetry can reflect and instill a sense of serenity. Float with this one across the sky, under a tree, into a sea of daffodils.

 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
― William Wordsworth

 

Make serenity as natural as a skin care routine. It will sustain you and your skin. Peace.  Ειρήνη (Greek), Síocháin (Irish), ᏙᎯᏱ(Cherokee), ཞི་བདེ(Tibetan)  שלום (Hebrew).

 

To your health, YASOU!

Six Pleasures of Sensual Skin Care

Skin invites intimacy. Think of the difference between lying in bed with clothes on and clothes off. Or holding a loved one’s hand with gloves on and gloves off. That layer of cloth separates. When appropriate, skin-to-skin contact offers a sensual experience that says I am vulnerable, vibrant, and cared for. Nerve endings close to the skin create waves of sensation when skin is touched, tickled and teased. If stimulated suggestively, sexual arousal can occur across the body via its blanket of skin. Sensual skin care invites everyone to experience these pleasures.

 

Presence

Skin helps us be aware of what or who is in contact with our body. If you see or feel skin disruptions, tend to it. Nurture it. Fully inhabit your body. Enjoy the feel of a summer breeze on your bare feet. A whisper into the ear. Silk sheets. A kiss on the neck or inner wrist. A new scent. Skin communicates sensations. It may physically respond with goosebumps, sexual arousal or relaxation. It varies by person. If you aren’t present, you will miss it.

 

Tension

Sometimes the timing isn’t right for touch. Respect this. When it is right, let your sensual pleasure build. Linger your touch with a pause, move toward the lower abdomen or up the thigh and then retreat. Leave a trail with your fingers. Teasing builds tension and raises pleasure when released. Your brain gets flushed with feel good hormones. Blood vessels open wide and skin may blush red.

 

Pressure

Touch has many degrees. To be interesting, modulate between soft and deep touch. Apply different amounts of pressure. A kiss on the eyelid is different from a tongue thrust in the mouth. Stroke, tickle, grab, cup, brush. Whatever is welcomed. A brush to the skin of your inner arm can be more sensually intense than a grab. Changing up your touch can be as easy as bathing together with soap, applying body cream, or massaging with essential oils.

 

Boundaries

Skin doesn’t come with a map showing designated boundaries. You draw them. Your skin should be a safe place. A beautiful place that allows you to connect to your surroundings, people and purpose. There are vulnerable spots. For some it’s the belly, armpit or feet. Feel free to designate detours. When you own your body you practice self-care, identify and communicate what’s off limits, and forgive any flaws. Give attention to all areas of the skin, not just what is visible.

 

Novelty

In his article “The Strange Phenomenon of Musical Skin Orgasms,” David Robson writes: “If a song follows the conventions too closely, it is bland and fails to capture our attention; if it breaks the patterns too much, it sounds like noise. But when composers straddle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar, playing with your expectations using unpredictable flourishes, they hit a sweet spot that pleasantly teases the brain, and this may produce a frisson.” He defines a frisson as a skin orgasm that causes chills, shivers down the spine, or goosebumps. In essence, don’t let your sensual skin care pleasures become routine. Shake it up. Tingle.

 

Desire

Sensual skin care stories are not limited to soft, youthful suppleness. People have callouses, scars, imprints from tight pants, bruises, wrinkles and a variety of colors on their skin. Don’t worry about the warts, celebrate what’s unique. Indulge your desire to apply creams to your skin. Take care of your skin and it will enhance sensual rewards. If your skin has kept you away from the sensual life you want to live, change the story line – when you feel desirable you are desired.

(photo: Alexander Krivitskiy/Pexels)

How Naps Benefit Your Skin

Sleep might be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.  I have never had problems with getting 7-8 hours of good sleep before, but as I’m aging I tend to wake up more often through out the night. Napping has become more important for my health and beauty routine these days.  I have always loved taking naps.  Naps can range in duration from 5 minutes up to 90 minutes. The best time to nap is in the afternoon between 3:00-5:00pm for about 90 minutes. During these hours you fall asleep faster. This sleep is said to be  more “efficient” because you experience deep sleep or “slow wave sleep.” During this mid-afternoon nap you go through a complete sleep cycle from the lightest stage through the deepest stage and back again, so you’ll wake feeling refreshed.

One of the biggest benefits to “deep sleep” napping is the effect of anti-aging and the reduction of cortisol in body.  Cortisol also called “the stress hormone,” is secreted in higher levels during the body’s fight or flight response to stress experienced in our daily lives.  Napping can help reduce cortisol in the blood and restore a state of hormone equilibrium thus giving your skin “beauty sleep.”

Napping (beauty sleep) is a natural way of improving skin for both women and men according to a study from University Hospital’s Case Medical Center.  Napping can help you have fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and even out the skin tone.

Skin repairs itself when we are in a deep sleep. It makes new collagen preventing the skin from sagging giving us plumper skin!  During sleep our bodies boost blood flow to skin which means when we wake we have a healthier glow. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin creating dullness.  I prefer a boost of blood flow especially as I’m aging. People who don’t get enough rest appear less healthy.

Napping your way to better skin gives a whole new meaning to beauty rest. The research from University Hospitals Case medical center published in Science Daily found this to be true.  Scientists discovered that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the rate of recovery from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure. These are four good reasons to start napping if you aren’t already. So go ahead and take some naps if you need them. Napping may be the easiest way to good health and beautiful skin.

YASOU!

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Can CBD Improve Your Skin

The new wonder ingredient Cannabidiol Oil also known as CBD is popping up everywhere and in everything these days. To be clear CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are two different oils that contain completely different compounds. The benefits differ as well so you need to make sure to not mistake them for the same oil.

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, not the seeds. Also, the quality of CBD oil can vary so you’ll need to do your research and read your labels.  It has different extraction methods as well as purity levels.

After a great deal of research here is what I found.  CBD rocks in reducing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is common among conditions in which your skin displays extreme dryness, rashes, sores and redness. It is also known to have antioxidant benefits.

 

There are three types of CBD oil we should all learn about in order to make smarter purchases.

1. Full Spectrum:  This type of CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana (Hemp) plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.

2. Isolate:  This type of CBD is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. It contains only CBD.All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that is CBD and nothing more.

3. Broad Spectrum:  This type of CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” (when many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence) without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

 

Skin Benefits of topical usage of CBD Oil

1. Known to slow down the skin’s aging process.
2. A more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Known to neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin keeping it tight and youthful in appearance.
4. Known to help soothe skin irritations.
5. Known to fight bacterial skin infections.
6. Known to improve the production of collagen.
7. Boosts the skin’s protective shield.
8. Known to treat and prevent acne.<

 

Overall, you need to do your research and experiment.  I believe that CBD is here to stay. I am presently researching CBD for YASOU’s next addition, an eye serum.  I’m still not sure it’s “THE” wonder ingredient that is more effective for your skin than other non-CBD skin care ingredients out there. Everyone has different skin with different needs so read your labels, research the ingredients and experiment.  YASOU! (photo: Michael Fischer/Pexels)

 

Sources:
ediatric Dermatology, Volume 35, Number 4, 1 July 2018
Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009 Aug; 30(8): 411–420.
CBD exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,

An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;

An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they

Are growin more beautiful day after day;

Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,

Buildin’ the old family circle again;

Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,

Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door

And under the old roof we gather once more

Just as we did when the youngsters were small;

Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.

Father’s a little bit older, but still

Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.

Here we are back at the table again

Tellin’ our stories as women an men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;

Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.

Home from the east land an’ home from the west,

Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.

Out of the sham of the cities afar

We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.

Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,

Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun

When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;

Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,

Let me sit down with the ones I love best,

Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,

See the old faces unblemished by wrong,

See the old table with all of its chairs

An I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

~ By (Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)