Meet the Maker: YASOU Skin Care

Meet the Maker: YASOU Skin Care

Meet the Maker: Terry Ntovas, Founder of YASOU Skin Care

Tell us about yourself. How did you get into developing a skincare line?

The first reason and the most personal one- because it was a way for me to reconnect with my Greek heritage from which I had distanced myself. 

The second reason was because I saw a need for a luxe wellness line that felt like the high-end products in the department stores but contained only good natural ingredients without those high levels of preservatives and parabens that the department stores had at the time.

The third reason was because I wanted to be involved in manufacturing- or rather bringing back manufacturing on a local level.

What did you want to do differently with your line?

I wanted my line to be about wellness and promote how wellness is really luxurious.  So I wanted to use medicinal ingredients that contain many properties that are super good for you but also make sure that they felt good too. I wanted to make sure the application experience was as good as the department store products.

How do you compare with other brands out there? What sets you apart?

What makes me different is that I am a water-based skin care line that uses certified organic carrier oils and essential oils for aroma. Most indie brands are all oil based!  I’m so proud to be a water-based line and be as clean as I am because it’s tricky with water.  The reason it was important for me to be water-based was because I wanted my customers to receive the best results and benefits from using YASOU “a toast to your health” skin care products! Those results come from water because water with oils can absorb to the deepest layers of the skin (and that is because of the water). Why? Because we are water creatures – humans are about 60% water.

What are the top 3 rules of skincare, according to you?
  1. Listen and learn your skin-which means your skin type. As an example, do you have a mixture of oily and dry skin? You cannot create a result-driven skin care regime without knowing your skin-type. You may need to visit an esthetician or dermatologist to figure this out. I think it’s the first step to good skin care.
  2. Cleansing your skin! This is so important! This is also when you start making decisions on what kind of products you may start using natural or not. You start thinking more about your skin because of how to cleanse and what to cleanse with.
  3. Moisturizer. This is the last step to my top three rules. A good moisturizer will be everything! Try to find one that gives you multiple properties. As an example YASOU vegan cellular day cream not only moisturizes but it also lightly exfoliates and tones all in one jar. Maybe you just need hydration and you don’t need it to have multiple properties – it is all about your age and skin type and what needs you need to fulfill. Whatever your needs you NEED a good moisturizer. We also can’t forget SPF these days so you need to also get some in your routine, however, I prefer it to NOT be in the moisturizer. I know you asked for my top 3 but I need to get the SPF in there! It should be your last layer of product.

If a consumer is a no-fuss kind of person, what are the must-haves in their skincare routine?

A cleanser and a moisturizer! Done!

What is your philosophy on aging when it comes to skincare?

We can’t stop aging so embrace your age! I think graceful aging is about doing that and if you can honestly and genuinely do that your skin will show it. I love being the age I am and sure it crosses my mind that I am getting older but hey it’s okay. I take care of myself, my skin, my body and I feel healthy. Feeling that way is more important than how old I am.

What is your favorite product in your line?

This is such a tough question for me – honestly I love and use all my creams. I cannot answer this but I can tell you I couldn’t live without my vegan face cream set.

What do you love most about what you do?

Il love meeting all the people that I meet — customers and other fellow makers! I also love hearing when my products make my customers happy.

What do you like the least?

I really don't like packing and unpacking all my items when I do markets — it's my least favorite thing! LOL.

What is new for 2021?

I'm so excited because I am working on a facial cleanser as I write. Early stages — not quite at the prototype stage but getting close so stay tuned!

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