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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!

Let Your Skin Breathe

Stop! Please take a moment right now and ask yourself:
Today I used how many products on my skin?

If you answered this question honestly than you may be surprised to realize that you could be overdosing your skin with product usage; possibly clogging your pores and hurting the health of your skin.

Be kind to your skin and don’t’ take it for granted. Your skin is constantly protecting you. It keeps infections out of your body, and it keeps you from getting sick. So, keep it clean and take a break from products at least twice a week allowing your skin to breathe. It’s your largest organ and it needs air in order to be healthy.

Think about the material of your clothing, towels and bedding. Are they breathable materials? For facial skin, just washing your face with soap and water isn’t the best way to care for your skin. If you apply makeup to your face during the day, you should make sure that all of it is properly removed before going to sleep. Makeup particles and environmental dirt left on your skin can lead to clogging of the pores which can attract bacteria and other microbes, which causes acne and skin infections. Scary stuff! Not cleaning your skin properly and not allowing it to return to it’s true nature can possibly lead to early development of wrinkles and fine lines.

Take these few steps below. Proper cleansing in addition to giving your skin a break from products will help it remain healthy and glowing for a longer time.

1) Gentle wash your face daily before bedtime using a face wash or cleanser that is right for your skin type.

2) Remove eye makeup that adheres to the eyelids, lashes and under eye area.

3) Exfoliate your skin only once or twice a week depending on your skin type.

4) When using brushes for makeup application or sponges for makeup removal make sure they are cleaned on regular basis and DO NOT share them with others.

5) Use warm water to wash your face and gently pat dry with a soft towel or a cotton ball. Lastly, when you are done apply your YASOU cell renewal night cream.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject so please drop us a line at terry@yasouskincare.com

YASOU!

3 Ways To Help Your Skin Be Stress-Free

In exploring the subject of stress-free skin I knew I had to speak with artist and master esthetician Jackie Pesce at the Life Spa in Schaumburg, Ill. Jackie has been in the profession for years and has worked for numerous skin care lines. She coaches her peers on the usage and presentation of Aveda, BioElements, Murad, Kristin Florian, Phytomer and just recently Hydrafacial. Specializing in acne and anti-aging, Jackie is passionate about her career and loves to work one on one with clients.

YASOU: Hello Jackie, thank you for taking the time to chat with me about how to help your skin be stress free.
Jackie: My pleasure. The skin is the largest organ of our body. It is constantly exposed to the environment with UVA, UVB, UVC rays and pollution attacking it everyday. It is also affected by what we eat and what we feel. The end result of our everyday lives comes out in our skin. It’ s not surprising that healthy, radiant looking skin is WORK.

YASOU: It really is work. We need the right information. First, I think we should know what the signs of stressed skin are.

Jackie: Signs of stressed skin are acne (breakouts), redness, broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, sagging, and lack of radiance. These are some signs.

YASOU: Is stressed skin age related?

Jackie: Stress to the skin is not age related but you certainly see more signs of it as an adult.
YASOU: Are females more prone to having stressed skin than men?

Jackie: Females have hormonal fluctuations. This can cause breakouts in the skin on a monthly basis. So, females are more prone because of this.

YASOU: Now that we have a stronger understanding of what stressed skin is how can we help our skin stay stress free? Tell us your top ways to achieve stress free skin.

Jackie: First, reduce everyday stress. A hint for coping with everyday stress is to become aware of your breathing. Take a moment to readjust. Begin by breathing deeper and slower. This can help you alleviate the stress you are feeling which in turn relieves your skin.

Second, reduce inflammation. You can do this by cutting out foods that are rich in refined sugar. Foods with refined sugar are high on the glycemic index. They trigger the body’s insulin (blood sugar) level to quickly rise. A high insulin level puts your immune system on alert, triggering the inflammation response. Inflammation of the skin results in stress acne and other stress-induced skin conditions.

My third suggestion is a list of Do’s and Don’ts
Do the following:
1) Get sleep & rest. This is important to rejuvenate the cells.
2) Exercise. Keeps the blood nourishing cells; helps to regulate hormones.
3) Watch your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
4) Take supplements: daily vitamin C, and Omega 3’s
5) Cleanse. Hydrate topically as well as drinking water.
6) Use skin care formulated for you skin type and what it is experiencing.
7) Apply topical antioxidants.
8) Wear moisturizer and sunscreen.
9) Take time for yourself, calm your mind and do something you enjoy.

Avoid these:
1) Smoke
2) Fried and processed food
3) Refined sugar
4) Drinking alcohol to excess
5) Excess amounts of red meat.

YASOU: Jackie, thank you for taking the time to chat with me. It was truly informative.

Jackie: Terry, thank you so much for your passion in skin care and for developing YASOU. I wish you success and look forward to more natural organic skin care products from YASOU.