Topics, research and information on achieving a more holistic whole-of-life experience that can achieve emotional and physical health creating energy, happiness and beauty in one’s life.

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

A Spa Day For You and Your Skin

With so many different Spa Treatments to choose from it can become overwhelming. There are treatments to simply unwind and relax at popular resorts, to wellness clinics or day spas. Deciding what you want your end results to be can help you determine which treatments may be best for you.

Today we are going to focus on our top four spa treatments for your skin. You can choose to do all four in a day or incorporate one or more in your spa day. Either way they will enhance your health, beauty and well-being!

1) Body Exfoliation Treatment
An exfoliating treatment is practiced upon the entire body and prepares the skin for better re-mineralization. The combination of massage and exfoliation facilitates hydration, removes dead cells from the skin and essentially speeds up the skin renewal process. It is only when you exfoliate, that your skin can allow its healthy cells to surface, further reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment will also have your skin feeling incredibly soft. It can also have a detoxifying effect on your entire system. We also recommend that you ask to have moisturizer applied to your body after this treatment.

2) LED Light Therapy Facial
This facial treatment uses three different light modes – red, blue and white.
Red light modes on an LED light therapy mask are the most universal LED light because they stimulate collagen production. They may also reduce inflammation, promote circulation and target your skin’s oil glands to reduce substances that can cause chronic acne if your skin is acne-prone.

Blue light modes on an LED light are known for antimicrobial effects because it causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill the bacteria specific to acne without damaging surrounding healthy skin. The great thing about using blue LED light to treat acne is that it doesn’t cause any dryness or peeling.

White light modes on an LED light therapy mask have the longest wavelengths and therefore goes the deepest into the skin. The white light is used for a variety of skin rejuvenating effects, including tightening and toning the skin, healing acne scars, erasing sun damage or dark spots, and reducing inflammation.

LED facial masks, also known as Color Light Therapy, use UV-free specific wavelengths to boost collagen production, promote circulation, treat existing acne, kill bacteria, and accelerate skin recovery. By harnessing the natural power of LED light, these facials may create remarkable skin rejuvenation effects that last for weeks.

Make sure to have your face cleansed before your treatment and moisturize after your treatment!

3) Paraffin Treatment for Hands and Feet
Paraffin is a soft, liquid wax—plain, or juiced-up with essential oils. Because of its heat-conducting and moisture-retaining properties, the ingredient is most commonly used to hydrate, soften and relax dry skin, or prep hands and feet pre-mani or pedicure. The result is soft, moisturized skin devoid of cracks or dry patches. We love it!

4) Thalassotherapy Treatment
This treatment is therapeutic utilizing seawater, seaweed, and other natural elements from the sea (i.e., salt scrubs, algae wraps, etc.). The name comes from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”). It is the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy.

Thalassotherapy has the capability to improve a number of conditions, including aches, pains, migraines, stress, chronic disease, and skin problems. Increasingly, people are turning to thalassotherapy for its anti-aging treatments. It has become a favorite treatment for cellulite reduction and muscle toning both for its effectiveness as well as its calming approach. The causes of cellulite are generally attributed to poor blood circulation and a build-up of toxins, so an overall thalassotherapy treatment can release these agents while providing other benefits. Some spas offer this treatment but to receive a “true” thalassotherapy treatment you need the use of sea water and marine based products for health and beauty. The only sea water spa we found which was classified as a thalassotherapy spa center in the United States was at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, New York.

Giving yourself a spa day is not just about a day of fun and pampering. It’s really about giving yourself a day of wellness, offering your mind, body, and skin immediate health benefits!

YASOU!

What’s Love Got to Do With Skin Care?

To express love you could write a poem, play a heart rendering song, attend a candlelit dinner, pick up roses, or wrap a box of jewelry. However you do it, to love and be loved is a pleasure that supports healthy skin. Plant kisses, offer a massage, or sit in the back at a romantic movie. Feel-good emotions help reduce stress and build skin cell immunity. Indulge yourself.

Love lets you face the world
When your skin looks and feels good you are ready to face the world. Caring for your skin is a way of expressing self love. Healthy skin is one path our bodies and brains use to indicate what’s stirring inside. When you love the skin you’re in, it shows.

Let the glow grow
Love can help you get your glow on. A happy, joyful person releases endorphins causing increased blood flow that may manifest as skin glow. Endorphins spread like confetti from your brain when it’s trying to keep pain and stress at bay. Some lovely ways to increase endorphins are to eat, laugh, make love, listen to music, drink, exercise with others and sniff lavender.

Love reduces stress
Self-care is important for healthy skin. Desire lights our fire but stress, sadness and anger can cause inflammation that leads to skin disruptions such as acne and rosacea. Happiness and joy reduce inflammation through chemical reactions that include endorphins and neurotransmitters. Stress increases cortisol levels and inhibits enzymes responsible for the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

Love is mindful
The nerve endings in skin are continually communicating with the brain. If you or your significant other experience chronic stress or disturbing emotional issues it may show up on the skin. The mind-skin connection was reported years ago in Harvard Health Publications, Women’s Health Watch. Consider the blush, if you question the skin’s ability to decipher emotions.

Love makes skin stronger
Positive emotions increase skin cell immunity. Strong skin cells are less prone to infection and quicken the skin’s ability to heal. Skin tells a story of how we cope, love, fear, desire and explore. It shows what we’ve been through and how we choose to live life.

A team of researches from Duke University recently demonstrated how emotions can be “seen” using a functional MRI scan. While fascinating, it’s more wonderful to see joy in real life on the faces and in the arms of our loved ones. Our skin allows us to touch and feel. Nurture your skin with natural moisturizing skin cream and you’ll be ready for all that love has to offer.

Share the love and make it special this Valentine’s Day with YASOU natural skin care.

Gratitude Supports Well Being and Healthy Skin

People who are aware of the inter-connectedness of life are more likely to practice, feel and express gratitude than those who think achievements come from one’s own efforts. Those who recognize a benefit and never take that benefit for granted are able to express gratitude. People who express gratitude tend to have more and stronger personal relationships. They are psychologically and physically healthier. They also tend to be more empathetic and less angry. A gratitude attitude reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It is said that after Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India he sat for seven more days paying homage to the tree that had given him shelter. He was grateful for the shade the tree provided.

If we stop to think for a moment about the inter-connectedness of our own body, we will find much to be grateful for including our skin. It acts as a 24-hour barrier against the elements, bacteria and viruses. It regulates body temperature and gives us physical sensations through a network of nerve cells. In an interview with WebMD Karen Mallin, a doctor of psychology (PsyD), said, “A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin …”

By reducing stress and fostering well being, a daily dose of gratitude may influence your skin health. Here are a few of our favorite quotes on gratitude to uplift your emotions and bring awareness of the benefits of expressing gratitude.

Open up
“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero

Elevate Others
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
Charles Schwab

Recognize beauty
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Wake Up
“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” Brother David Steindl-Rast

Be Happy
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 
” G.K. Chesterton

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth

Get Rid of Fear
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” 
Anthony Robbins

Practice
“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” Albert Schweitzer

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

Create
“Saying ‘thank you’ creates love.” Daphne Rose Kingma

Research studies show that when we open our hearts our brain responds by firing up positive pathways for neurons that can help diminish distress and increase joy. YASOU natural skin care is grateful for all that nature gives us to protect and nurture our skin and health and to all the people who have supported us throughout the years. Thank you!

Natural Wellness Skincare Tips for Teenagers

When children grow into their teen years they become more conscious of their appearance, including their skin. What they learn now about natural skincare can become a life-long wellness practice. Here are some ideas for teenagers to help them sustain healthy skin naturally and prevent or properly manage skin irritations such as acne.

Cleansing and moisturizing routines are key. They may differ depending on whether the skin is normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. Determine yours and read on. Other factors influencing skin health that we can control are diet and protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Identify Skin Type
Identifying skin type (which may fluctuate with the seasons and hormone levels) is important to caring for your skin.

Normal skin appears smooth and clear. It maintains a natural balance of oil and water. Wash your face with a mild soap two to three times a day. The body’s natural oils prevent water loss.

Oily skin may appear shiny. It shows open pores and is acne prone. Use soap and water three times a day to keep the face clean. Don’t touch or squeeze pimples. Avoid any products that clog the pores. Tanning the skin will not improve acne it may actually worsen it.

Dry skin looks dull. Moisturizing is important after a twice-daily wash. Natural moisturizers containing Shea butter and olive oil help lock in moisture. Do not use products that contain fragrance or alcohol, which can make the skin drier. Avoid scrubbing. Such action on the skin’s surface can make it drier.

Combination skin on a teenager may have areas that are dry and areas that are oily. You can remove excess oil by washing three times a day with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas only.

Cleanse
Oil, dirt and sweat accumulate on the face. Wash it away at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening after brushing teeth. Use warm water and mild soap or a foaming facial cleanser. Don’t shock the pores with hot or cold water while washing.

During the day, avoid touching your face with your fingers. Bacteria can spread causing pores to clog and inflame. Keep hands, eyewear and hair clean for this same reason. Pay attention to the forehead, nose and chin area.

Hydrate
After cleansing, hydrate with a moisturizer containing all natural ingredients. A moisturizer is especially important for those with dry skin. Body moisture moves from inside the skin’s deepest layers to its outer layers. Lock it in with a good natural moisturizer.

Eat Well, Avoid Sun Exposure
Refined sugars and processed foods fuel inflammation. Skin needs fresh, healthy food just as our other organs do. Forego the soft drinks and replenish with a nice cool drink of water.

When going outside, apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen year round to protect your skin from damage now and later in life. Like eating well and exercising, teenagers can improve and protect their skin naturally. If acne becomes severe and long lasting, talk with a dermatologist to find a treatment method for your skin type

Mother Daughter Wisdom Flows Both Ways

Even as a small child, I understood that women had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.” ―Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

A few years ago a UK-based greeting card company conducted a research study to identify some of the pearls of wisdom our mothers pass on to us. After studying 2,000 adults their findings showed that we not only listen to mom while growing up but we hold onto her wisdom as adults and pass it on to the next generation. So if you catch yourself sounding like your mother, there is a good reason for that. Some of the most common bits of shared wisdom are “Always try your best” and “Get an education, no one can take that away from you.”

Mom advice covers the gamut of how to live a happy and productive life. She may have shared her thoughts on education, food/eating, finances, respect, and etiquette. But does mom’s advice still hold up under the changing role of motherhood? In 2012, the Pew Research Center reported that twenty percent of children lived in a two-parent home with a stay-at-home mother compared with forty percent in 1970. Statistics on breastfeeding, discipline, childcare, and mommy guilt along with the groundswell of sources of information including the Internet and social media may steer you to think that a lot has changed. It has and it hasn’t. “Stay true to yourself,” “Respect others” and “Save money” have been, and still are, good pieces of advice.

Stay out of the sun” is another piece of advice moms often share with their daughters. But, moms who listen to their daughters grow in wisdom too. I have seen the affect moms and daughters have on each other when they are purchasing skin care products. Daughters are looking for preventative solutions that keep their skin healthy and youthful. They research online to find natural, organic, sustainable skin care from boutique firms that share their values.

Their mothers may still be relying on chemically processed skin care products advertised in magazines and on television. Once they learn how well these natural products work and how good they feel, they are liberated from routine ways of thinking. In some ways, what’s new in skin care is actually returning to the values of previous generations. Keep it simple, educate yourself, and receive compliments gracefully.

Chances are you also remember how your mother’s touch and smile brought you comfort without any words being spoken. This Mother’s Day say Thank you with a gift from YASOU Skin Care.

Why Add Massage to Your Skin Care Regime?

Massage feels good so you may think you are simply indulging yourself. However, massage has a variety of health benefits. Two primary benefits for the skin are how massage increases blood flow and decreases stress. The pressure applied during massage infuses the skin tissue with circulating blood. The increased flow of blood nourishes the skin and gets it glowing.

Blood flow also supports the lymphatic system, which drains toxins away from cells making room for nutrients to move in. A dull complexion may become brighter.

People like massage because it is often relaxing and soothing. When a person’s stress level is reduced, particular skin conditions such as rosacea can be relieved and may occur less often. Studies show that massage can help relieve depression and anxiety by reducing a person’s cortisol levels.

What to look for
Not all massages are alike. The amount of pressure, movements and techniques can vary. Oils, aromatic essences and lotions may be used. Some massages rely on stimulating acupressure points to activate the body’s energy flow. Some may rely more heavily on rubbing or manipulating muscles. Reflexology uses hand, finger and thumb techniques to stimulate areas on the feet and hands. Tayonon Gbala, a licensed massage therapist and owner of A Balanced You in Chicago, takes a holistic approach. She offers massage as a platform and pathway to total wellness www.abalancedyoumassage.com>

If you want massage to be a part of your skin care regime consider the following:

– Identify any problem areas with your skin and express those to your masseuse. (For serious skin conditions discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor.)

– What style of massage and techniques will the masseuse use?

– If you are concerned about products used on your skin ask about ingredients.

– Will they personalize your massage to benefit your skin care type?

– Is the masseuse state certified? Some hold dual licenses as massage therapist and aesthetician.

– You can also learn self-massage techniques and make it a daily practice.

If you like using oil or lotion with massage Gbala offers three essential oil blends including Lavender and Sandalwood for calming and centering, Eucalyptus and Orange blossom for awaking and brightening, and Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit for emotional balance. She also uses YASOU Body Cream that contains extra virgin olive, coconut, and jojoba oil with other natural ingredients that are good for the skin.

Self massage techniques
Begin your self-massage in a quiet place. Rub body parts with your fingertips, thumbs, or palms. A short kneading motion in circles or back and forth will work. Begin gently and increase pressure to a level that is comfortable for you.

Face massage
On your face, use gentle upward strokes towards the ears, around the eyes and lips. Use circular motion on the cheeks and forehead.

Hand massage
For your hands, soak them first in warm water. Begin with strong circular strokes as if you are washing your hands. At the base of each finger gently pull outward to the fingertips. With the thumb, rub the palm of the hand in circular motions. With the palm down make long strokes with the thumb between the bones toward your wrists. Another hand massage technique is to position one of your palms upward and use the other hand to press the palm-up fingers back toward your wrist. Hold for several seconds. After massaging your hands apply YASOU’s vegan hand cream to hydrate and soothe them www.yasouskincare.com

Limb massage
Use long up and down strokes on your limbs and circular motions on your joints. If they are dry with rough spots apply YASOU body cream to moisturize.

Scalp massage
Boost blood flow to your scalp and reduce dandruff by massaging your scalp. Rub your fingertips in small circular motions around the scalp and ears.

Foot massage
Begin a foot massage with clean hands and feet. Sit in a comfortable position with your foot on your thigh. With both hands rotate the foot at the ankle. For the sole, put one hand on top and the other on your sole. With short strokes rub your hands across the foot back and forth. Gently stretch your toes back.

Whether you go to a professional or perform self-massage, learning how to relax and improve blood circulation through massage is a step toward well being and healthy skin.

Make Skin Care A Part of Your Wellness Plan

A wellness plan goes beyond caring for the physical body. But it’s the body that has a way of alerting us when the multiple dimensions of our life are out of balance. For example, we know that stress can influence acne and other skin conditions. A holistic wellness plan considers a person’s environment, occupation, spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social life. Here are some ideas on why skin care should be part of your wellness plan.

Wellness Goal
Write down your specific wellness goals. Your list should take into consideration mind, body and soul. Taking care of your body may include increasing exercise and reducing stress but it may also include enjoying a massage or pampering your body with a luxe, all natural body cream at www.yasouskincare.com.

Act Everyday
Use your skin care routine to promote daily routines. Each day without much thought you wash your face, apply moisturizer, add sunscreen, cleanse at night and apply a skin protecting night cream. Make your wellness actions a habit too. If you’re goal is to reduce stress write down three actions you will take each day and when.

This could be as simple as meditating for 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening. Yogis and mindfulness proponents often begin by relaxing the muscles in the face. Inducing this kind of relaxation response diminishes muscle tension, lowers blood pressure and slows heart rates. Beneficial effects are also seen in the immune system. In one study of people with psoriasis, those who meditated regularly healed four times faster than those who didn’t meditate.

Choose Wisely
Don’t try to do everything at once. But do persist at what you’ve decided to do. Keeping your skin healthy does not require using a lot of different products with multiple ingredients. In fact, some ingredients can cancel each other out or in combination can cause skin irritation. Like many wellness activities, the simpler it is, the better because you are more likely to stick to it.

Eat Well
What we put in our body affects our skin and our energy level. Shun processed food. Opt for organic fruits and vegetables especially the ones loaded with anti-oxidants, Vitamins A, E and C as well as extra virgin olive oil all of which are known to support healthy skin. Drink water to keep your skin moist and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Give it some time
Don’t be too quick to abandon your routine or judge its effectiveness. It may take some time. For example, changing skin care products every few weeks may be counterproductive. Finish what you started and then make an assessment.

Reward Yourself
Well-being begins with how we view the world, how we plan and how we act. Chances are that achieving your wellness goal will be its own reward. You will look and feel better. Your skin is the outward appearance of the healthy choices you’ve made.

Wellness Skincare Trends for 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Tayonon Gbala of “A Balanced You Holistic Massage Therapy”

At YASOU natural skin care we believe that “Health = Happiness=Beauty.” To achieve this you need to look at your beauty regime in a big picture sort of way. That is why we are thrilled to have Tayonon Gbala of A Balanced You Holistic Massage Therapy spend some time with us to talk about what this all means!

YASOU: Hi Tayonon! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be speaking with you today on how “A Balanced You” connects to Health, Happiness and Beauty. Can you tell us about what A Balanced You means and why it’s important?

Tayonon: A Balanced you means to me bringing proportion, physical equilibrium and mental/emotional/ spiritual steadies to my clients through practicing the art of Holistic Massage Therapy. Cultivating balance is tremendously important because it translates to a longer health span and quality of life.

YASOU: What got you on the path to wellness and starting “A Balanced You “?

Tayonon: What got me on my path to wellness and starting A Balanced You was I was going through my own personal holistic health transformation. I researched finding the right personal trainer for me and made health and fitness my first priority. In the 3 years I’ve been in business I have maintained a fifty pound weight loss.

YASOU How long have you been a Massage Therapist and what is different about Holistic Massage Therapy from regular Massage?

Tayonon: I have been a Massage Therapist for 15 years. What’s different about Holistic Massage is having an open-minded perspective; training and learning more than just western style massage modalities. Learning for myself, applying and teaching my clients that massage therapy is one facet of the greater landscape of being well and whole. The focus is on proving the most effective combination of Massage, Breath and Asian bodywork. Incorporating YASOU hydrating body cream into my signature deep Swedish massage further deepens and empowers my clients’ wellness landscape.

YASOU: We all know how important exercise and eating the right food is for ones well being. Is what we apply on our skin part of a wellness regime?

Tayonon: Absolutely! What we apply to our skin is equally as important as what we eat. Optimal health and vitality comes from the inside out. The combination of exercise, eating healthy and applying nourishing YASOU natural skin care is the way to optimal health.

YASOU Does having healthy skin affect one’s mental health?

Tayonon: Yes! Health and vitally are shown through the skin, and when your skin is healthy and vibrant, it directly affects a positive mental self-perception and attitude.

YASOU: If you had one tip to help us get on a path to a more balanced lifestyle what would that be?

Tayonon: The best tips I can offer to help you kick-start your path to balance is to be curious and educate yourself. Ok that’s two tips but I think you need both.

YASOU: Tayonon thank you so very much for partnering with YASOU natural skin care and for chatting with us. We really appreciate it. Before letting you go can you please give us your info and mention a few of your services. I have tried you’re signature massage and your Thai Massage and love them!

Tayonon: I’m so glad you enjoyed My Signature Deep Swedish featuring your amazing YASOU Hydrating Body Cream, and the Thai massage. One of my favorite services I offer is called PR&R- Pause (Breathe) Relax (Stretch) Restore (meditate) it’s a session of Breath work, Zen-Shiatsu stretching and Meditation practice. The session provides my clients with the tools to create their own daily grounding and centering practice. This service acts as a foundation for building the framework of a balanced life.

Thank you so much YASOU Skin Care From A Balanced You.

FEEL, BE, & GROW For more info please visit my website at abalancedyoumassage.com

YASOU: It was really a pleasure. Remember Love Your Self, Love Your Skin. YASOU!