Skin, The Sense of Touch and More. How Skin Senses Touch

 

“A touch isn’t just a touch. It’s a kiss from the soul, onto the skin” . . . .

The words above made me think about how our skin interprets the sense of touch.  It’s mind-boggling if you think deeply into it. One thing I realized is that our skin’s health is so much more than addressing dry skin or aging. It’s deeper than that.

Our skin is the door to feeling touch. How?

RECEPTORS: Your skin has many types of receptors in your body, they are grouped in three categories 1) Thermoreceptors, that do what?  2) Nociceptors, that do what? and 3) Mechanoreceptors, that do what?

Each receptor is a structure that gathers information from the environment. That data is then changed into a signal that can be understood by your nervous system.  The receptors that let the body sense touch are located in the top layers of the skin (the dermis and epidermis). They are small in size and collect super accurate information when touched.  These receptors in the skin allow a person to feel sensations like pressure, pain, temperature and physical change like an object pressing firmly or just brushing against the skin. And of course. . .

Can these receptors transmit emotions and love? Well, there are two touch systems 1) discriminative touch and 2) emotional.  You can do some research to learn more about them if you like. What I have learned from my research is that touch can communicate tenderness, compassion, anger, love, gratitude, happiness and fear within mere seconds. Touch is a fundamental human need from the time we are born and essential for physical, emotional and social health and it all starts with your skin!

The importance of skin health becomes more visible as we age.  When we age our sense of touch starts to deteriorate because our skin is aging.  Aging skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and starts losing the protective fat layer giving an aging person skin disorders such as … Aging can affect the receptors and how they communicate. Our sense of touch, pressure, vibration and temperature control start to diminish.

Taking care of your skin at a younger age can keep it healthier effecting your health and happiness as you age.  Take the time to nurture your skin and celebrate your own sense of touch. Make it a part of your daily regime and lifestyle.

In her poem “A touch isn’t just a touch” Sarah L. Harvey writes about touch:  “It’s the sensation of one’s soul, whispering to one’s fingertips” Think about how touch influences your day.

Quick Massage Techniques for Healthy Skin

Touch is the first form of communication we learn as babies. We understand this language through our skin. Our skin is constantly changing through cell renewal. Here are some quick massage techniques for healthy skin that can easily become a part of your skincare routine.  Enjoy luxe wellness at home.


Dry brush body massage

A favorite skincare technique used by holistic massage therapist Tayonon Gbala is dry brushing. To dry brush your body, she recommends using a natural bristle brush without water. “Make circular motions on the arms, legs, and back to exfoliate and release toxins naturally. These parts of the body, while not as outwardly visible as the face and hands need attention,” she says. Dry brushing stimulates blood circulation and improves lymphatic functions. Tayonon likes all-natural brushes from Spa Sister and Earth Therapeutics. To reach your back, select a long handle brush. Hydrate the skin after dry brushing with a body moisturizer. To keep skin well hydrated during her tissue body massages, Tayonon applies YASOU hydrating body cream. “I like the natural, vitamin rich ingredients and quick absorption into the skin,” she says.

 

Face massage

Face massage can be as simple as applying slight pressure with fingers while washing your face with a cleanser or applying a moisturizer to damp skin. But there are techniques that can help you keep your skin glowing. Many people hold tension in their face muscles. Some are concerned about signs of aging. We asked estheticians Nikki Seagrest and Kimberly Rosendorn at Enhance Lash Studio about facial massage techniques you can do at home between professional facials. “Massage brings more blood flow to the surface and increases collagen production making it a natural anti-ager,” Nikki says. Kimberly describes a motion technique for home massage. “After applying product, use your hands with gentle pressure to glide from the inner portion of your face out and upward to give yourself a natural face lift.” They recommend using a jade roller at home to help serums penetrate deeply into the skin. When kept in the refrigerator, the jade roller can help reduce puffiness and inflammation.

Based on skin type, Nikki uses a carrier oil to massage. “Jojoba is great for oily skin since it is most similar to the skin’s molecular structure. Grapeseed is a non-comedogenic oil that can be used on all skin types while Rosehip oil is suitable for drier, more mature skin. Adding essential oils like frankincense, tea tree or lavender enhance the experience,” she says. Like many people, their clients are looking for non-invasive, natural solutions to keep skin healthy.

Whatever technique you use, first cleanse the face and remove any makeup. Rub skin care products between your clean hands before applying. The warmth from your hands improves absorption. You can also try steaming your face with a home steamer to soften pores.

 

Breathe

Breath exercises indirectly benefit skin health by providing more oxygen and relieving stress. Tayonon shared this exercise which she uses in her selfcare program. In the morning, to get yourself stimulated start with your tongue at the roof of your mouth and keep mouth slightly open. Rapidly breathe in through the nose three times and exhale through the nose three times for 10 to 15 seconds. Over time try to expand that time to one minute each morning. When you need to relax, inhale four times, hold for seven seconds, then exhale eight times.

Take a few moments each day to get out of your head and into your body. You may discover trigger points, reflexes, over use patterns, where pain originates and pleasure too. The body is good at masking issues but also revealing truths. Use these quick massage techniques and you will become fluent in how touch nourishes healthy skin

How A Good Nights Sleep Supports Skin Health and Well Being

I have always heard that a good night’s sleep supports well being, and took this advice at face value, without putting too much more thought into it.  Several years ago I faced some serious health issues and remember my doctor asking me if I got enough sleep at night.  Well my husband snored and I was NOT getting a good night sleep. In fact, I was more irritable and not feeling well at all.  My doctor’s advice was to have my husband sleep in the guest room for a while, so I could get a good night sleep. He told me that if I didn’t, I would not get healthier because my body needed sleep in order to heal itself. That is when I took an interest in what it means to get a good night of sleep and why it’s important.

The brain and body do not shut down during sleep; rather they perform important tasks that promote mental and physical health, such as producing hormones that help repair cells and fight off illnesses.

Science tells us that good sleep is essential for repairing, regenerating and restructuring the skin.  Sleep is the foundation for building and maintaining health, well being and guarding against stress and age-related diseases.  The list can go on and on. Since we are a natural skin care blog, we are going to concentrate on skin!

Lack of sleep can decrease collagen production in skin as well as increase water loss.  The loss of intracellular water is the ultimate pathway to aging because it severely impacts skin cells and skin connective tissue (collagen and elastin).

Eight hours of good sleep from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is the best quality time for good skin health.  That’s because every night your skin undergoes a natural rejuvenation process where your cells divide and replicate the fastest.  This process is controlled by a biological rhythm that kicks in around 11:00 p.m., Get your best sleep then and you will reap the maximum skin health benefits!  This is also a good time to apply a good collagen-boosting moisturizing night cream to your skin. The actives in the cream will work synergistically with your skin’s natural renewal cycle for superior, graceful aging results.  Sleep is a period of net water loss in your body. It is important to encourage the body to hold as much healthy water in cells and connective tissue as possible. This is another reason why an extra hydrating night cream should be part of an overall skin care regiment that helps preserve and promote the health and strength of the skin’s barrier.

The concept of beauty sleep is not a myth. Good sleep is essential for good skin health, well-being and overall health!  Here are some quick tips on getting a good night sleep.

  • Turn off all blue-light sources, including smart phones, tablets, TVs and computers one hour before going to bed.
  • If you must nap, do it early in the day and not for more than 20 minutes.
  • Make sure your pillow aligns with the natural curve of your neck.
  • Keep your bedroom temperature between 68 and 72 degrees.
  • A consistent sleep routine helps create a natural sleep-wake schedule

We wish you all good sleep!

YASOU.

Active Bodies Need an Active Skin Care Routine

During the course of a week, healthy adults should be getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, as well as doing strength training for all major muscle groups at least twice according to recommendations by the Department of Health and Human Services. Making exercise a part of your daily routine supports not only cardiovascular health, but your skin too. Increased blood flow naturally nourishes skin cells, provides oxygen and carries away waste. Prepping skin before and after exercise will support this natural process and enhance the overall look of your skin.

 

Cleanse skin before and after exercise

Whether you get moving in the morning or evening, cleanse your face before your exercise regimen begins. Many natural DIY face wipes can be easily made at home and transported in your bag. Starting your workout with a fresh face means removing makeup, especially heavy foundation. Your skin’s pores open up while sweating and allow it to breathe. With makeup on, sweat and oil may clog the pores. That said, makeup on the eyes and lip are okay. For those who never leave home without wearing a foundation, a light weight tinted moisturizer will work. It helps your skin retain water.

Wash your hands before and after a workout. Bacteria is left on workout machines as well as other gym equipment including matts. Avoid touching your face while exercising. At a gym, always use clean towels after washing your face and hands.

Post workout, wash your face to remove oil, toxins and sweat. Your fresh face may be a bit rosy because of increased blood flow. You may even see a natural glow.

 

Hydrate skin before and after exercise

Skin loses water through evaporation. Dehydrated skin causes premature death for skin cells and increases wrinkles. Drinking fluids is important for the body but research shows a more efficient way to hydrate the skin is through a topical moisturizer. Adding a hydrating body cream and hand cream before working out helps skin retain water. Applying moisturizer after exercise restores water levels in skin.

Misting can help but only if you apply a moisturizer to seal the mist in. Without a moisturizer, misting will draw water out and dehydrate the skin.

 

Protect skin during outdoor exercise

Apply a light moisturizer and protect your skin from sun rays with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Tie your hair back and away from your face. Avoid headbands which can trap skin oils and bacteria while sweating. Don’t apply hair products that can drip onto your face and clog pores.

 

Workout clothing that’s good for the skin

Wear breathable, moisture wicking clothing. These clothes help evaporate sweat away from the skin and help regulate body temperature. They are good especially for acne prone or oily skin. Dark color dyes and synthetic fibers can irritant skin. Loose fitting clothes can irritate the skin because it rubs against the skin while you’re in motion. Natural fabrics are best.

Most fabrics are treated with chemicals so wash them before wearing. Turn workout clothes inside out when washing. Inside is where workout clothes hold sweat, dead skin cells and oil.  Fabric softeners tend to lock in odors and damage stretchy fabrics so avoid using them. Air dry clothes outside if possible. Sunshine has anti-bacterial properties, gives a fresh smell, doesn’t shrink clothes and is energy efficient.

Change out of active wear within 30 minutes, shower, and let skin breathe. Don’t forget to apply your favorite luxe wellness hydrating body cream and vegan hand cream.

Finally, at least once a week, take time to notice and admire your skin in the mirror. Commend yourself for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Head-to-Toe Total Body Skin Care for Spring

Nature signals a new season with the first buds of flowers. Gardens and street cafés are calling you outdoors again. Is your skin ready? After a long winter you may notice that your skin has become dry, flaky or dull. During the winter months there is less moisture and light. Spring answers the call with April showers and longer daylight hours. It’s a good time to assess your total body skin care regimen from head-to-toe.

 

Total body exfoliation

To rid your body of dulling dead skin cells, exfoliate two to three times a week while in the shower. Use a body brush or a scrub. A simple scrub is easily made with a bit of certified organic extra virgin olive oil and some sugar. Use circular motions and rub gently. A cold rinse at the end of your shower stimulates the skin and shines the hair. Pat your skin dry.

 

Total body hydration

We are water-based creatures so it makes sense to use a water-based moisturizer. Moisturize after your bath or shower to help lock moisture and oils in the skin. Massage Greek-inspired YASOU hydrating body cream across your arms, torso, legs and feet. Remind yourself of how soft your skin can feel.

 

Total body sun protection 

With more daylight hours your skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Add 30+ SPF sunscreen regularly. Get out the wide-brim spring hats, sunglasses and lightweight natural fiber pants, skirts and shirts. You will look good, be protected, and most natural fabrics feel good on your skin.

 

Targeted Skin Care Areas

Face

We recommend daily use of a cellular vegan face cream and cell renewal night cream to protect and nourish facial skin. If your face needs extra moisture try a facial or facemask. Rather than powder, use Japanese beauty papers to diminish shine from T zone areas. Address seasonal acne with your favored product. To get more glow on during spring apply creamy blushes, toners and concealers.

Lips

Protect your lips with a lip block or lipstick that contains high SPF. YASOU will be introducing an all natural lip elixir to its line of luxe wellness products soon. It’s formulated to heal and nourish your lips year round.

Hands & Feet

Hands and feet that were covered up during winter get exposed to fresh air in the spring. They are often in need of skin repair. If you notice cracking, dry skin these areas need a lift. Invest in a good vegan hand cream that will treat your cuticles and strengthen your nails as well as hydrate. Look for organic oils, bacteria fighters and botanicals in the ingredients list. During spring it’s time to show some leg and let your feet breathe again. Soften calloused heels and cracked toes with a hydrating body cream that contains shea butter and jojoba seed oil.

Total body skin care means protecting and nourishing your skin from head-to-toe. Spring may be a good time to visit a dermatologist for skin screening and advice on how to properly protect your skin type. People with fair skin and freckles are particularly sensitive to the sun’s UV rays.

During spring soothe your skin. Enjoy the flowers, gardens and cafes. As Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.”

YASOU Skin Care Blog Topics In 2018

Happy 2018! We hope you had wonderful holidays. It’s a new year with new goals and ambitions. Here at YASOU Skin Care we are excited and energized to present skin care posts that educate and entertain. We want to bring you the best and most current topics in natural skin care. We have a lot to talk about! Here are just some of the topics we will cover in this blog during 2018.

Mindful Workouts For Your Skin We all know that good health and glowing skin starts from the inside out and then outside in, but we also want to talk about how to bring awareness to your skin and what that means for your skin care routine.

The Language of Beauty (Clean vs natural, marketing vs facts) With so many new brands and information at our disposal, are we really getting the facts? What’s the difference between organic and natural or green and clean beauty? Is there a difference? We will be bringing you our research insights on this.

+MORE Take a look at our info graphic for more subjects we plan on talking about this year. Make sure you register for our newsletter so you can stay informed about our newest promotions, events, sales and giveaways. Looking forward to 2018 with you.

YASOU!

Add Gratitude to Your Skin Care Routine

Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the time to give thanks for all we have. If you expand this holiday tradition of gratitude throughout the year you can reap benefits to your health, well-being and skin. Through scientific observation researchers at The Greater Good Science Center have observed and gathered data that supports the mind/body impact of positive traits such as gratitude on our health and well being. Affiliated with the University of California the researchers include psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists. What they observed was that people who practice gratitude, that is people who readily acknowledge the good things in life, sleep better, are less depressed, have less fatigue, have more self-confidence, and less systemic inflammation in their bodies.

If there were a product or pill that would do all of that for a person it would surely be a best seller. That’s why I am suggesting you add gratitude to your daily skin care routine. Practice gratitude morning and night and any time in between.

To begin, stop worrying and start listing the things you are grateful for. This shift in thought causes a biological response in your body. Social/biological psychologist Dr. Wendy Mendes of the University of California, San Francisco, measured the impact of gratitude on health and longevity. She conducted a study that reflected participants’ daily lives in their normal setting. Biological markers from people exhibiting a gratitude trait had lower resting blood pressure responses, their cholesterol levels were good, and better kidney function was observed. Data from blood draws showed positive restoration and regeneration of cells related to the cardio vascular system. Participants who held fond views of how they were cared for as children had better migration of cells than those with less optimistic views of their childhood. Just the recollection or memory of this caused a biological response.

Most of us know that anxiety and stress can bring about worst cell functioning. Your skin moves through a regenerative cell cycle. Stress releases cortisol that can wreak havoc on other hormones, stimulating an inflammatory process that can cause breakouts in your skin. Stress causes your blood vessels to constrict and may deprive the skin of oxygen and nutrients.

This connection between mind and skin is called psychodermatology. The skin is wrapped around our organs and connects to a lot of nerve endings. Emotions, being neurological events can be expressed through the skin. How can you increase your positive emotions and the likelihood of healthy skin? Try a dose of gratitude. Daily.

Find a positive mantra or phrase that means something to you and say it during your morning and evening skin care routine. Something as simple as: “Thank you for this day and everyone in it.” Repeat it during the day and before sleep.

Enter a relaxed state through meditation. Doing so can release chemicals that counteract the stress hormones. Eliminate toxins through the breath. Oxygenate the body. Yoga poses can stimulate blood flow and oxygenate the body as well.

Look for beauty in small things. Focus on the good. Keep a gratitude journal that you can refer back to from time to time.

Celebrate, compliment, and congratulate those around you. Doing so will make you feel good as well as boost their day. It’s a win-win.

To increase positive feelings, focus on the present moment – beyond your own activities. Don’t allow your thoughts to wander to the past or future, redirect them to the present. Try concentrating on your breath or body. You may be amazed at what you see, what you become aware of when focusing on the present.

To feel less negative, practice being nonjudgmental. Notice when your casting dispersions on yourself and others. Simply observe and articulate what’s going on. Use your five senses. Acknowledging and accepting negative emotions helps dissipate them.

What were the top three things most often mentioned in gratitude journals by participants in a study on gratitude? Family, friends, and the weather. What are you grateful for? Share it with others this Thanksgiving. As always, we are grateful for your continued support of YASOU products and this blog.

Clean Skin Reaps Healthy Benefits

Keeping your skin clean goes beyond soap and water. While there are many cleansing products to choose from, skin cleanliness is affected by other factors including how you wash, how often, water temperature, cleanliness of towels, soap dishes and washing machine, as well as clothing. Clean skin reaps healthy benefits. Your skin acts as a protector keeping germs and parasites from getting inside the body. Keep your skin clean by heeding to advice on skin cleanliness you may not have thought of before.

 

Wash your skin

Experts agree that warm water is better for the skin than hot water. A mild soap will clean skin surface. You don’t need strong soaps. Make sure the dish that holds your soap is clean. Wash your entire body daily and limit your time in the shower or bath. Soaking for long periods in hot water will remove the skin’s oils. Wash your face twice daily. Pat dry your skin after washing in order to leave some moisture on the skin. Apply your favorite natural body and face cream to lock that moisturizer in and hydrate your skin. We recommend YASOU hydrating body cream, vegan hand cream and our vegan face cream set.

 

Keep Towels Clean

A study at the University of Arizona revealed that many household towels are a breeding ground for germs. The researchers recommend washing bath towels in hot water after every three uses. Face towels should be washed after every use. The reason to keep towels clean is to avoid re-introducing bacteria to the skin’s pores. If you pat dry with the face towel you can use the same face towel twice. But if removing makeup it’s one time and your done. This is what they say will keep germs and millions of dead skin cells on towels from transferring back to your skin surface. Bacteria like dead skin cells. Also, you may want to not share your towel with anyone else. Sharing towels can introduce organisms to your body it’s not use to causing boils, pimples and infection to occur.

Dry towels as quickly as possible and don’t fold them while damp. Bacteria can grow quickly. An unpleasant odor indicates bacteria, so wash smelly towels on the sanitize cycle of a washer. Use fragrance free detergent to avoid skin irritation. Keep your washing machine clean as well. Odors may indicate mold and mildew. Washing machines can hold buildup from detergents and softeners. Here’s a good article on how to clean front load washers.

 

Keep clothing clean

Clean, fresh clothing helps avoid spreading germs and bacteria to the skin. Historically, wearing linen was one way to keep the skin clean and body odor at bay. Linen is absorbent, drawing away dirt and sweat from the skin into the weave of the fabric. After washing clothes, hanging them in sunshine to dry actually kills some disease causing germs and parasites. It’s the sun’s ultraviolet rays that kill bacteria.

 

Some simple lifestyle changes can help keep your skin clean and healthy. To nourish your skin try some of YASOU’s Greek-inspired luxe wellness products that hydrate and beautify the skin naturally.

Top 3 Facials You Need to Try

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Moisturizing and plumping skin with algae masks.

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

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