How to pick your favorite Morganna’s Alchemy product according to your skin type

All skin types can suffer from dehydration. Each skin type has different needs, however. It is therefore essential to choose the right product:

  • For normal skin: It is necessary to try to distinguish dehydrated skin from dry skin. If it’s dehydrated, it’s best to avoid gel textures as they usually contain alcohol, which can irritate the skin.

Milk is ideal for normal skin


  • For dry or sensitive skin: Use a product with a lipid base. This type of treatment contains fatty molecules that help retain water and nourish the skin.

The cream is ideal for this type of skin.


  • For oily skin: Prefer a treatment with an aqueous base (water-based). In fact, in this case, it is a matter of hydrating the skin while avoiding making it even oilier. The gel-cream has been specially designed for oily skin.


  • For combination skin: Combine a water-based moisturizer in the morning with a lipid-based (not too rich) moisturizer in the evening. The milk can therefore be applied in the morning and the cream (not too rich) in the evening.





What type of lotion to choose? The type of product depends not only on the type of skin but also on individual preferences.

  • Cream : The cream is often oilier and more nourishing and thicker, so it is particularly suitable for combination or dry and sensitive skin. It acts, however, mainly on the surface.
  • Milk : Milk is just as nourishing as cream, but it is sometimes less fatty and is therefore suitable for all skin types. Its texture is also smoother and lighter than cream.


  • Gel or gel-cream: Ideal for oily skin, its aqueous texture allows the skin to be deeply hydrated without leaving a greasy film.
  • The serum: The serum is mainly used under another lotion. Indeed, it penetrates very deeply and thus helps hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, which is essential to fight against the aging process.


  • The oil: The oil is, of course, fatter, more penetrating and more nourishing, although there are dry oils that do not form a greasy film to the touch. It acts more in depth than cream.


For your body, you can choose a balm, a cream, or a milk, according to your preferences. The richer the treatment, the better because,


unlike the face, the body is covered by clothing all day and therefore lacks oxygenation. However, the skin of the body is generally drier than that of the face and the rich treatments penetrate better because they are more oily.

How to take care of dry to very dry skin?


If you have dry skin all the time, but you do not have pathological conditions (redness, peeling (peeling skin), plaques, itching, etc.), the care is as described above. In the event of extreme drought or particular ailments, it is better to choose an adequate treatment adapted to the problem. Thus, atopic skin, for example, can opt for specific care, just like those suffering from psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.


N.B .: to hydrate your skin, you must start by hydrating your body well. So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, especially in summer, but also in winter!


Does Needle-Free Botox Exist?

Spilanthol, a compound derived from the Paracress Plant, is Botox for needle-phobes.


In a clinical study, 75% of users saw the smoothing effect of Spilanthol on fine lines and wrinkles immediately.

How is this possible?

Spilanthol is hardly new, in fact, it’s ancient! Also known as the “toothache plant,” Spilanthol has been used for hundreds of years in South American, African, and Asian traditional medicine due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Thanks to modern chemistry, Spilanthol is formulated for topical use on the skin– and it may be your new favorite anti-aging ingredient!

How does it work?

Years of talking, laughing, smiling, and frowning lead to thousands of daily microcontractions within the skin, which results in fine lines. Spilanthol reduces these wrinkles by myorelaxing the skin (slowing down these muscle contractions) at a subcutaneous level.

Not only does Spilanthol relax the tiny facial muscles, but it has also been shown to reorganize and tighten skin by stimulating collagen production! By reconnecting the epidermis and the dermis and restoring structural integrity, Spilanthol can firm and tighten your skin naturally. 

Spilanthol works within your skin to restore its strength and elasticity.


How effective is this natural Botox?

83% of users saw a reduction in crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes. Clinical results also showed restoration of the cupid’s bow and lip contour, relaxing of wrinkles around the lips and mouth, and a decrease of wrinkle volume by 45%. Fine lines that begin at an early age are the most easily treatable and early prevention can lead to longevity in skin firmness.

Morganna’s Alchemy only uses sustainably harvested organic Paracress that comes from the Regional Natural Park in the Ardèche Mountains in the South of France.

You can discover the powerful anti-aging effects of Spilanthol in both our Paracress Oil and Morganna’s Elixir.

How Brown and Black Skin Can Become Dehydrated and Acne-Prone

Skin that is richer in melanin is in fact the best armed in regions with intense UV radiation: tropical or equatorial zones such as the West Indies, Africa, South-East Asia. Dark skin can protect up to 5 times better from UV rays than fair skin! It also contains fewer sebaceous glands. The two big advantages […]

Anti-Pollution Skincare: Shield Against Harmful Environments

Why Should We Use a Specific Treatment for the Eye Area?

The area around the eye is very fragile.

  1. It is 3 to 5 times thinner than the rest of the face, and not very resistant.
  2. It can be extremely stressed – We blink around with our eyes around 10,000 times every day!
  3. It is very poor in sebaceous glands, therefore, poorly protected against dehydration.
  4. It has many blood vessels, venous and lymphatic circulation that can sometimes become a little lazy.
  5. The result is the accumulation of pigments and toxins which appear transparently through a very thin epidermis. These are dark circles, which can be accompanied by swelling and puffiness.


Why is the face cream not enough?

To respond to the peculiarities of the eye contour area, the skin care cream must also have specific properties:

  1. Be featherweight and non-greasy texture so as not to weigh,
  2. A “non-migrating” formulation to prevent progression in direction of the eye by capillarity,
  3. The absence of strong active ingredients such as vitamin C or fruit acids for example … and of course a good ophthalmic tolerance.
  4. If you look closely at the instructions for your facials, toners or masks, you often see the words: “avoid the eye area” you now have the explanation.

Conversely, the eye contour cream must be particularly moisturizing, astringent to tighten the tissues, it must help to absorb edema, drain and boost circulation.  Vitamin B5 is extremely well known for this.

After a certain age, we loose almost 50% of collagen and hyaluronic acid, we would recomment to start taking a good amount of supplements as well.  There are many good Hyaluronic acid and collagen supplements that will do an amazing job.  THis is the one I use


So how do you pick out an eye cream or gel?

  1. If you have fine fine lines  that are appearing under the lower eyelid, at the corner of the eye? Priorityze hydration and cellular strengthening:  for their lifting, softening and preserving effects of skin elasticity.
  2. If you have dark circles, bags tire the eyes? Priority to drainage, stimulation of microcirculation. It calms and soothes dark circles, gives a fresher and rested look.

What’s My Skin Type? Why Is It Important?

In order to make the right decisions in your skincare it is important to know your skin type. Here is how.

  1. In the morning when you wake up, wash face with my usual cleanser, with your fingertips, without rubbing.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water, neither too hot nor too cold, dry by dabbing without rubbing
  3. Don’t use any moisturizer or cream.
  4. After an hour, apply a paper towel all over your face.


1.Clear, oily marks appear across the entire towel. My pores are dilated especially in the middle area (nose, forehead, and chin).

You get pimples occasionally, when you’re tired or around your period. – My skin doesn’t pull. Your skin is oily.

My pores are enlarged all over my face. I get pimples on a regular basis. – My skin is oily; acne-prone


2 You feel discomfort and your skin tightens. Your skin is oily and dehydrated. Sharp oily marks appear only on the middle area (forehead, nose, chin). pores are hardly visible on the cheeks, more visible on the middle area. –  skin is mixed

  1. Slight greasy marks appear on the entire towel. pores are tight, barely visible all over face. skin is normal .There are no greasy marks.
  2. feel discomfort, skin tightens. My pores are tight, barely visible all over my face. – My skin is dry.

If the irritation, pimples, friction produce dark spots. –  skin tends to be hyperpigmented.


How To Choose Your SPF According To Your Phototype

  • – Phototype 0: skin that burns very easily and should never be exposed (albino, population without melanocytes). SPF 70, protective clothing and sunglasses
  • – Phototype 1: very fair, white skin, blond or red hair, blue or green eyes and freckles appearing quickly on exposure, easily burns in the sun and never tans. Blue or green eyes: Please make sure to wear sunglasses as the UV goes through your eyes also.
  • >> Very high protection required: SPF 50 + sunglasses
  • – Phototype 2: very fair skin which can become tanned, blond or light brown hair, freckles which appear in the sun, burns easily and tans slightly. Blue or green eyes:

>> Very high protection required: SPF 30 (thick coat)+ sunglasses

  • – Phototype 3: medium skin, blond or brown hair, little or no freckle, burns moderately and tans little by little with brown eyes
  • >> high protection or high protection SPF 30
  • – Phototype 4: dark skin, chestnut or brown hair, no freckles, hardly burns and always tans well. (Eva Longoria type) or Asian skin
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


Dark skin: minimum SPF 15 sun protection Admittedly, the high level of melanin in black and mixed-race skin gives you better protection against UV rays,(BUilt in sunscreen) but this does not completely spare you from the harmful effects of the sun. 

  • – Phototype 5: dark brown skin, naturally pigmented, black hair and eyes: rarely burns and tans a lot.
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


  • – Phototype 6: black skin, black hair and eyes, not burning
  • >> Low protection or medium protection: SPF 15+ Hat


The Exception to the rule for phototype 6

The majority of pigment spots on black and mixed skin are due to an inflammatory phenomenon. Acne, eczema, injuries, hormonal imbalances … will cause inflammation of the skin leading to stimulation of melanin synthesis, which will give more or less dark spots on the skin. We can correct all these spots – or almost – by a thorough treatment that fights against the problem, case by case, at the origin of these spots.

Tip: pair with local anti-dark spot cosmetic treatments to restore uniform color to the skin. In the sun, sun protection is accentuated with an index of 50, no less

Origins of the Prickly Pear and Why It Is Such a Powerful Pro-Aging Ingredient

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

The prickly pear is an oval fruit containing multiple seeds.


Its weight can vary from 50 to 400 g and its color is red, yellow, white or green, depending on its geographical area. The number of seeds is much greater than in most fruits because it can contain 300 seeds per 160 g. (5) This fruit arises from the prickly pear from its botanical name Opuntia ficus-indica.

It is native to Mexico but is strongly present in North and South Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Sardinia, Spain, Corsica …) You will understand, this tree loves heat.

Cosmetic benefits of prickly pear oil For  the face

Prickly pear oil is mainly demanded and appreciated for its dermo-cosmetic properties. Indeed, its composition gives it multiple attributes that sublimate the epidermis and blur the signs of aging. It is the seeds contained in the prickly pear that present an incredible richness.


  1. Anti-aging:

For comparison, prickly pear oil contains 100 mg of vitamin E per 100 g (compared to 60 mg for Argan oil) and 1000 mg of sterols (compared to 130 mg for Argan). Vitamin E and sterols are natural antioxidants which neutralize the action of free radicals resulting in aging of the skin. In addition to protecting cells from precipitated oxidation, sterols hydrate and promote hydro-lipid retention in the skin.

All of its virtues slow the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of aging on the skin.

  1. Softening: Prickly pear seed oil contains palmitic acid which helps to hydrate and protect the skin to make it softer. By providing it with all the elements it needs, the skin is softened for a long time.
  2. Protects and strengthens: a sip of linoleic acid also called Omega 6 (62%), this prodigious oil strengthens and solidifies the skin barrier and helps fight various skin infections such as eczema or psoriasis. This active principle is essential for our organism which cannot synthesize it itself. It is therefore through external input that we must provide the skin with this essential nutrient. Prickly pear oil is perfect for this.
  3. Revitalizes: ideal for dull and lifeless complexions, its unsaturated fatty acids restructure and nourish to give tone and radiance.



Prickly Pear is the richest oil in anti-wrinkle properties due to its linoleic acid and oleic acid content. These two essential fatty acids regenerate cells, provide hydration and firmness to the skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles.

It protects the skin against free radicals, fights against aging and maintains optimal hydration of the skin. Rich in sterols and omega-3 and 6, prickly pear seed oil moisturizes dry skin and hair and regulates the sebum of oily skin.

– Prickly pear seed oil has an effective action to erase scars and stretch marks. It reduces lesions due to eczema and traces of acne pimples. In addition, it unifies the complexion, erases age spots and dark circles by activating the local microcirculation.

It is ideal for nourishing and hydrating young and mature skin. In addition, it refines the skin texture and tightens dilated pores


HOW POLLUTION ATTACKS THE SKIN: Anti-Pollution Skincare Can Help

There are many sources of pollution.

  1. There is indoor pollution such as charcoal from firewood, paint, stains.
  2. Outdoor pollution such as air pollutants (particles, gas, ozone, sulfur dioxide), industrial pollutants, tobacco. In general, all of this creates oxidative stress. “Cells have a hard time getting rid of free radicals. This slows down their repair mechanisms. Concretely, this gives tired, dehydrated and dull skin. Some skin problems are exacerbated like skin spots, acne, skin diseases, sensitivity



  1. Environmental stress & daily aggressions

Today, climate change and the precarious environment that we face impose new challenges on our skin. It becomes all the more important every day, as external aggressions increase: extreme climatic conditions, unforeseen change of environment, increase in temperatures, pollution of urban and even rural areas, natural or technological light radiation, cigarette smoke


  1. Physical (ultraviolet irradiation). These pollutants act alone or in combination with each other on human health, their composition differs widely considered the seasons and regions.



What are anti-pollution cosmetics?

In recent years, the demand for anti-pollution cosmetics has increased sharply. These are generally cosmetics that contain active ingredients such as plant extracts, vitamins or antioxidant complexes. These are active ingredients capable of creating a barrier between the skin and external pollutants, thus preventing them from interacting and penetrating the skin more deeply.



Our skin acts as a protective barrier thanks to “shield cells”, but the ozone alters this natural barrier by oxidizing the lipids in the skin and fine particles infiltrate our cells.

Faced with its repeated attacks, they activate their defense system and exhaust themselves in this fight, leading to deficiencies in vitamin E and C, the main antioxidants in the skin.

It is an oxidative cascade: the collagen is degraded, so the wrinkles grow;

pores are enlarged and the production of sebum stimulated, which increases the number of pimples.

Skin barrier becomes imbalanced and reacts with patches of eczema.

Skin shines on the surface but suffers from dehydration


Here is How to counteract pollution attack on your skin

  1. An anti-dull complexion cleansing

Proper daily cleaning is the first step to avoiding the harmful effects of pollution. A very gentle ritual to remove unwanted particles: “The most important thing is not to alter the hydrolipidic film which protects our skin with overly aggressive products.  Replace the vitamin E deficiency with Morganna’s Prickly Pear cleansing oil

  1. In dept cleansing with mask

Once a week, and to deeply purify your epidermis, it is highly recommended to make a remineralizing and purifying clay mask.

Green, white, pink or yellow clay, choose carefully the clay that best suits your skin type.

1 / To make your mask, mix a little clay with water until you form a smooth and homogeneous paste, or use a ready-to-use mask.

2 / Then apply in a generous layer on the entire face and leave on for ten minutes.

3 / Your mask must not dry to be effective. Remember to re-moisten it if necessary with a little floral water, then rinse with clear water.

  1. Put on a cream or gel with a protective shield. The skin is a protective barrier but it sometimes needs a boost in the face of the aggressions of urban pollutants. Cosmetic innovations incorporate complex active ingredients that do not deplete the antioxidant reserves of cells. They also form a film (non-occlusive to let the skin breathe) preventing fine particles from reaching the skin.

Morganna’s Korean Orchid SC: The virtues of Edelweiss The “glacier flower” owes its multiple benefits to the extreme conditions of its natural environment. To fight against the cold, the wind and other external aggressions, this flower contains free radical scavengers, which fight against the aging of skin cells.

Morganna’s Radiant skin (STEP2) with White horeround to protect from urban pollution : http://

  1. Inside purer atmosphere: The air we breathe is 10 times more polluted: “It’s domestic pollution. Formaldehydes (a gas released from synthetic materials, furnishings or cleaning products) released by furniture, combustion and heating products, scented candles, pollute our homes. Without forgetting tobacco, household products, paints or DIY products, animal hair, humidity … the list goes on. This may seem obvious, but to dilute the pollution, open the windows at least 10 minutes a day in each room!


  1. Protecting your skin against pollution also involves targeting your diet: prefer products rich in vitamin C (parsley, kiwi, pepper, red fruits, broccoli, etc.) and vitamin E (wheat germ oil, fish fat, sunflower seeds, …). Certain food supplements can also help you. Thus protected, the skin is armed to fight against external aggressions and the effects of pollution.

TOP 10 Mistakes To Avoid When You Have Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Around 30% of adults age 35 to over 50, report having the occasional breakout or just plain old suffer from acne due to oily skin.  Oily skin concerns almost every skin type and every person.

Sebaceous glands produce sebum on the skin.  When there is an over production of sebum, it clogs the pores on your skin.

Through the oxygen that is in the air they turn into black heads and, acne.

Male hormones favor the production of sebum

Here is a list we have compiled to help you minimize these breakout and the formulation of black heads.


  1. The use of aggressive cleansing systems: Brushes, AHA’s BHA’s , purifying masks etc. use soft mousse
  2. Never forget to remove your makeup. We have all been guilty of this, but try cleansing oil. No cleansing wipes, use a soft cloth designated only for your face.


  1. Not hydrate your skin enough. Your skin is glowing, looks to oily; it might be because it is dehydrated.  Sebum is there to protect your skin, it is produced every day.  Use a very moisturizing emulsion with Mango butter, reapply if needed



  1. Don’t Be afraid to use vegetable oils. They can be great for oily skin, try light ones.  Nourish your skin with Nigell oil, or Jojoba oil. 3 drops heat in your hands and apply during one minute.
  2. PUT AWA THE Mattifying products, powders, mattifying creams its an aggression on your skin, and it makes the sebum just come back because you are annoying your skin.
  3. When you are using prescribed medications such as retinoids, anti acne etc: put it only on the spot where it is needed. As soon as you are better, forget about those products!!! They break the skin barrier and provoque dehydration
  4. Stop switching products constantly.  Try a a new products for at least two cycle of 3 weeks , if it works stay with this product
  5. Purifying masks: Clay etc… we will talk about this in a separate blog post (SERIOUS ACNE) apply 2 drops of oil, apply the green clay a thick coat, NEVER EVER LET IT DRY. IF you have serious acne with REDNESS and sensitivity try the yellow or white clay instead
  6. Cleanliness: Wash your hair, it can bring oil to your skin, do not touch your face, (bacteria) do not add wash your hands) Wash your brushes, Use your own towel dedicated to your face only

Change your diet (NO CHICK FILLET) No dairy…. Fruits and vegetables (carrots are best eaten cooked they give you 5 times more Provitamin A, haricots blanc, Omega3 linseed oil a small teaspoon full, selenium, zinc.

What is the Supercritical CO2 Process of Plant Actives?

Why Do we pick actives based on supercritical CO2?

Here are the primary reasons.


– It is a natural product, abundant in nature and available.

– It is non-toxic, inert, odorless, colorless and tasteless.

– Its use does not alter the products, and does not generate polluting residues.

– Inexpensive, it makes the technique attractive and viable.

The supercritical CO2 extraction technique is simply the solvent extraction technique, but using carbon dioxide in the supercritical state as solvent. Any supercritical fluid can be used as a solvent, but its low critical temperature (31 ° C) makes CO2 an easy to obtain solvent.

At the start of the supercritical CO2 extraction, the crushed plants are placed in cylindrical “baskets” fitted with filters at both ends. The baskets are then placed in the extractor, where a pump ensures the circulation of CO2 in the supercritical state. The essential oil is then dissolved in CO2 in the form of a fluid. This is then returned to the gaseous state and separates from the extracted compound, before being sent to the liquefier to be reused.


CO2, unlike some widely used solvents such as hexane, is not flammable and therefore safer.

Known for almost 25 years and frequently used in the food industry, pharmacy, chemistry and biochemistry, it is not yet widespread in the perfume industry, despite its many advantages :



  1. A) No chemical used


1) Odor very close to natural odor


The extraction is “clean”: no chemical which would distort the aroma of the plant is used. In addition, the critical point of CO2 being at 31 °, we can work at low temperature and avoid denaturing the product.


2) No CMR (Carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic)


Most solvents or synthesis aids (products used in the composition of perfumes and aromas) used in perfumery are CMRs: that is to say Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic. Companies that use supercritical CO2 reduce the risk of employee exposure during operations, as well as the risk of air, water and soil pollution in the event of an incident during storage or handling.


  1. B) Very little loss compared to an ordinary solvent


6 Tips to Avoid a Double Chin and Firm Your Neck

You should treat your neck with the same love and care as your face. You may not realize it, but our necks have sebaceous glands that weaken our skin. Makeup residue alone can cause skin damage and tarnish the appearance of our neck.

The neck is where makeup residue, sweat, dirt and bacteria collect. The skin of your neck then becomes darker than that of your face!

On top of that, do you know that the skin on your neck is even thinner than the skin on your face, which leads to signs of aging like sagging skin and fine lines?



  1. Remember daily simple exercises: Bend your head all the way backwards….. Place the tongue on the palate, and then make it reach the back of the mouth. Holding, lengthen the neck to the maximum and maintain the position for about thirty seconds. Speak a series of 10 “X’s”, forcing on the muscles until they grimace.


  1. Don’t apply to much perfume on your neck. Perfumes contain a lot of alcohol, and other synthetics ingredients, that make the skin on your neck less strong.  Try sticking to applying and reapplying to the back of your ears and on the wrists.


  1. Restrain from wearing heavy jewelry. They are beautiful, but they can put pressure on the skin around the neck; London Plastic Surgeon Simon Moise says there is a 20% that accessories cause problems on feet and neck.



  1. Posture: If you are constantly bent down this can be quite bad for the neck. Try to keep you phone at eye level and don’t bend down.


  1. Apply Morganna’s Neck-Collete cream specifically made for the region: Remember to exfoliate as well, and when applying your cream do upward motions.



  1. Eat foods, high in Vitamin C and Omega oils: Olive oil, fish, nuts


Watch our video on the subject:

How to Prevent Dry and Cracked Hands

The Corona virus has certainly helped to raise our awareness of the importance on hand washing, several times a day. We have all felt the very drying effect from the use of soap and hand sanitizers.  There are also many other several causes and aggravating factors behind the appearance of this skin problem.

Here are a few:

  1. Frequent hand washing
  2. Frequent or prolonged exposure to irritants such as soaps, chemicals or household cleaning
  3. Frequent use of gels or antibacterial soaps, which are irritating and drying on the skin
  4. Skin diseases (for example, eczema or psoriasis)
  5. Hot showers or baths
  6. Ambient air is too dry
  7. Lack of hydration
  8. Prolonged exposure to cold, wind or sun.

How to care for your dry and cracked hands with soap

The soap removes lipids and protective ingredients from the surface of the skin, which has the effect of drying it out.

But hand cleaners aren’t the only cause of dryness. Indeed, too hard water can also play a role.

The very act of washing your hands deteriorates and attacks the hydrolipidic film which is on the surface of our skin

For a hand cleansing gel, here is the ideal composition to respect your skin:

– Mild surfactant like Cocamidopropyl Betaine (skin-friendly and non-irritant)

– Water (solvent)

– Glycerin (humectant / moisturizer)

Flower hydrosol (scent)

Vegetable oil (nourishing)

Preservative (keep the product)

  • Make sure you get enough hydration by drinking lots of water.
  • When washing dishes, cleaning or in contact with irritants, protect your hands by wearing rubber or plastic gloves.
  • In the sun, apply sun protection to the skin.
  • If the ambient air is very dry, use a humidifier.


When the above measures are not enough and your hands still get damaged, here are 2 steps to help them repair themselves:

  • Practice weekly hand bath oil


When your hands are much damaged, it is possible to immerse them in an oil bath once a week.

Pour Castor oil (also strengthens the nails) or Olive oil in a deep dish and bathe your hands and fingers for ten minutes.

Then rinse off with lukewarm water, and dry with soft towel up the excess.

Finish with a gentle massage of the most damaged areas and extremities.

Recipe number 2

It is also possible to concoct a recipe which consists of cutting half of a cucumber to marinate in a bath of wheat germ oil for several days, then filter everything and knead your hands with the resulting mixture


Coming Out of Lockdown as Your Best Self—The Budget-Friendly Way

It seems like only yesterday that we were ordered to shelter in place because of COVID-19.

Now, people everywhere are gearing up for the end of lockdowns and rejoining a world that is yet to fully shake off the threat of a disruptive killer virus. Of course, after months in quarantine, you’ll want to be at your absolute best as you venture out into the wild—not to mention being strong and healthy enough to fend off further risks of infection. In fact, even if you’re not exactly planning to take the new normal by storm and only intend to ease into it for the time being, it will still serve you to put your best foot forward. So without further ado, here’s how you can get yourself ready for what’s out there without breaking the bank.


Feel good.


With COVID-19 far from vanquished, it’s more important than ever to be at your healthiest and your fittest. The reason for this is simple enough. When you’re fit and healthy, your immune system is at the top of its game, giving your body a fighting chance at warding off viruses, including the coronavirus. Moreover, the risk of contracting other diseases is also greatly reduced, which is very important as COVID-19 has more serious implications for those with underlying health conditions.


With this in mind, your diet is one of the most important considerations as good health really does begin in the kitchen; ergo, what you put into your body. Now, being in quarantine or having to social distance can make it somewhat more challenging to acquire fresh and healthy food at fair prices and, by extension, eat clean. However, you may be surprised at how it’s more than possible to prepare well-balanced meals without having to spend more in groceries, using the stuff you already have in your pantry, like soup and sandwiches, a healthier mac-n-cheese bowl, and even an empty-the-pantry stew.


Of course, regular exercise is equally important, if you want to feel and look your best. If there’s one thing that the lockdown has proved, it’s that working out at home is relatively easy to do, thanks to the many and often free virtual exercise classes available. Now might also be a good time to start getting more sunshine and fresh air by working out outside—as long as you take social distancing and safety precautions, that is. If you need some extra motivation for your workouts, why not treat yourself to some new athletic wear? Stores like Nordstrom Rack or Target are great places to score quality active wear without paying a fortune.


Look good.


Now, aside from keeping you healthy, it’s a known fact that diet and exercise can also do wonders to make you look like a million bucks. It’s also the most foolproof way to fend off the dreaded quarantine-15 weight gain, which is definitely not a bad way to come out of lockdown.


Doubtless, not to be overlooked is good old-fashioned skincare. In fact, every self-care routine should have some focus on the skin—though, it’s also perfectly understandable if this has fallen by the wayside while you’re in isolation. But as you get ready for the world at large, it’s a great idea to start paying more attention to your beauty regimen. Thankfully, you can find quality skincare products at affordable prices through sites like Morganna’s Alchemy.


Be good.


After months in lockdown, it can, indeed, be hard to wrap your head around having to leave the safety of home to brave the outside, not-quite-virus-free world. For this reason, it’s absolutely crucial to do whatever it takes to stick to your healthy habits and routines, as well as to maintain social distancing practices. For instance, even if you’re already raring to go back to the gym, keep working out at home or outdoors for the time being as it’s not only safer, but also free. Or you can hold off on dining out for now and save money in the process. The possibilities are endless!


Indeed, the lockdown was going to end eventually, and whether the world is ready for it or not remains to be seen. But the most important thing is, you are prepared, and that is by staying healthy, looking great, and not blowing through your budget. Good luck!

Author: Brad Krause

Have You Heard About Vegetable Botox ?

Why the Paracress flower bud is my favorite?

Otherwise known as the toothache plant (Acmella Oleracea) The Paracress flower’ properties are what make us truly believe in the pure, potent power of plants and, their extracts.

It’s a story of a little plant that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years! The Incas were the first to thoroughly understand this flower and, used it in the form of a paste to treat any mouth ailments, thus the name toothache plant.  It has a powerful numbing effect and works great for inflammation of the gums, lips and mucous membranes of the mouth.

Oh’ and it’s pretty….. It is a small yellow bud with a red top; who would think it to have such powerful properties. Its uses around the world are vast. However, It is the main active ingredient of the plant, spilanthol , concentrated in the flower, leaves and roots, which is responsible for the particular taste, medicinal and cosmetic properties of the plant, and where our interest lies the most. The flowers and leaves of Paracress (A. oleracea )are known for their strong odor and pronounced taste, often referred to as an astringent.


Our  Spilanthol, is from Madagascar and helps us to obtain products that are fabulous anti-aging, densifying, firming, film-forming, which hydrate, sculpt the oval of the face and provide a lifting and smoothing effect!

How is Spilanthol so powerful?

There are 40  species  of the gene  Spilanthes and Acmella that are very important in all traditional medicines on the planet.  Here is the group of molecules that work together in a sort of entourage effect

The main classes of therapeutic constituents include alkamides (mainly spilanthol), coumarins, flavonoids, terpenoids and polysaccarides

Thanks to those molecules here is a list of applications for Paracress (electric daisy) flower


The plant would have powerful anesthetic, diuretic, digestive, antiscorbutic properties. It used to be used to make toothpaste. Crunched, the leaves stop the toothaches.

Malagasy doctors recommend consuming watercress to combat malaria and heat fatigue.

  1. Culinary preparations

The raw and cooked leaves of (Paracress) mafane brède are used in much the same way as spinach and other leafy vegetables in salads and ready meals. Cooking tends to reduce the pronounced taste of the leaves.

The Dried or powdered leaves and flowers are also used as a spice or as a flavoring in chewing tobacco and beverages.

The flower bud has an initial grassy taste, followed by a pungent or anesthetic sensation that often increases salivation and provides a refreshing effect in the throat.

Spilanthol, the main active ingredient in the plant, is generally recognized as safe when consumed as a flavoring or food. It is usually eaten in parts of Asia and South America. It is relatively new in North America and Europe, except in sub-populations where it is part of the diet

You can even put it in your butter:


Put 4 handfuls of leaves at the bottom of a container and add 100 g softened butter on top. The next day, you can collect the butter and separate it from the leaves. Keep some to form a case worthy of interest.


There is now a rum based on the Paracress flower check out the formula 

Rhum ambré de République Dominicaine 35°
+ Sucre de canne bio d’Amérique du sud
+ Miel bio d’Issigeac (Dordogne)
+ Fleurs de brèdes Mafane Bio (44)



  1. In traditional medicine : The leaves and flowers are used  in analgesic and anti-inflammatory preparations  for the treatment of dental pain. They  are also used  in stimulant preparations and antifungals for dermatological use. The roots are used strictly for therapeutic purposes to treat fever, rheumatism, flu, cough, malaria, obesity and snake bites.

Spilanthol the active ingredient is anti-inflammatory and anesthetic and is recommended in affections of the mouth (mouth ulcers, gingivitis) in the form of an infusion of the leaves to be used in gargling (30 g of leaves for 1 liter of boiling water). To treat abscesses, pain and tooth decay, it is advisable to chew fresh leaves

  1. In skincare cosmetics!

We saved the best for last

“Spilanthol the active ingredient in Paracress flower is used in various types of cosmetics preparation as a way to decrease the expression lines and to sculpt the jaw line”

We know that as our skin ages, there is a progressive disorganization of the dermal structure occurs that is responsible for the loss of firmness and elasticity.

Spilanthol is made from handpicked, flowers by selective harvesting of only the upper buds.  This automatically helps to protect the environment.

Our Face and body contours lose their definition and, we

acts deeply in the skin. By stimulating fibroblasts’ activity, it provides support to the collagen fiber network and restores firmness and smoothness of the facial skin and body


Done through Molecular distillation of alkyl amides,contained in the flower bud. There is also a long  screening of several purification technologies performed through short path distillation. This helps us to obtain an optimal concentration in active fraction.

The purity and high concentration of the active is what visibly smoothes skin and reduces crow’s feet wrinkles from the very first day of usage.

We also did Clinicals


  1. Improves Skin firmness and elasticity
  2. Reduces crepey appearance on the neck and décolleté
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According to the book “Plantas antimaláricas de Tumaco: costa pacífica Colombiana” (Page 316), Spilanthes americana is used against malaria in Tumacos in Colombia.

According to the book “Tzotzil Botany of Zinacantan” (Page 248), Spilanthes americana is used for wounds and fevers among the Mayan Tzotzil of Chiapas in Mexico.


How to Keep Your Skin Looking its Best During Confinement

The good part is at least most of us, are able to go out every day for a jog or a very long walk.  However, this also means more exposure to the sun than we used to, as the gyms are not open yet.  THIS TRANSLATES TO A NEED FOR SKIN PROTECTION

We all love to take advantage of the sun and know its benefits: it boosts morale and promotes the production of vitamin D. However, we sometimes forget that it can also be dangerous.

I know, you don’t like to think about them but UV rays should be a big concern for us all.  They can cause irreversible damage, and in the most serious cases, fatal


Exposure to the sun poses risks:

  • It causes sunburn, premature aging, allergies and, in the most serious cases, cancers (melanomas and carcinomas).
  • For the eyes, serious lesions may appear in the short term such as ophthalmia (a “sunburn” of the eye), or in the longer term, such as cataracts or degeneration

. Everyone is affected but we are not equal facing the sun. You are particularly fragile if:

You have fair skin, red or blond hair, light eyes and you tan with difficulty;

  • You have many moles (over 50);
  • You have congenital moles (present from birth) or atypical (wide, irregular);
  • You have a family history of melanoma;
  • You are undergoing medical treatment or taking medicines which may make you

“Photosensitive”, that is to say more sensitive to the sun.

So be very careful in the sun. Have your skin checked regularly by your doctor


Now that you know we are all concerned when it comes to sunburn, Protect your skin from the sun by doing the following ALWAYS:


FIND THE SHADE and AVOID direct SUNLIGHT between noon and 4 p.m

It is during these hours that the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are most intense.

For all your outdoor activities, look for shaded places. Don’t forget that at the beach, the parasol is useful but it does not fully protect you because of the reflection of the sun’s rays on the sand.


Wear a T-shirt, glasses and hat

Even light clothing (dry) filters UV rays and is the best protection against the sun.

  • Sunglasses are essential. Choose an enveloping shape and make sure that they carry the CE standard for real protection. • A hat protects the eyes and the face. Prefer a wide-brimmed hat that also covers the neck.

APPLY sunscreen regularly

Sunscreen should be applied in a sufficient and thick layer on all parts of the body not covered by clothing. Choose the high SPF’ (minimum index 30, even 50 for extreme conditions), active against both UVB and UVA rays.

  • Repeat the application every 2 hours and, of course, after each swim.
  • Warning ! Just because you apply sunscreen doesn’t mean you can be exposed longer. The only total screen is clothing.
  • Babies should never be exposed to the sun. • Children and adolescents must particularly protect themselves. EVEN as they reach puberty, the skin and eyes are fragile and more sensitive to UV rays. Sunburn and repeated exposure during puberty are a major cause of the development of skin cancer (melanoma) in adulthood.



  1. TRUE OR FALSE? UV sessions in the tanning salon prepare the skin for the sun.


Artificial tanning has no protective effect and does not prepare the skin for tanning. On the contrary, artificial UV rays received in the tanning booth only add to those received from the sun and increase the risk of cancer. The use of tanning booths is therefore strongly discouraged.

  1. Sunscreen is enough to protect the skin from the sun.


Even the most effective sunscreens do not filter out all of the UV: “the full screen” does not exist. For example, applied in the recommended doses, the same sunscreen index 50+ will still allow 2% of UV rays to pass. Its use therefore does not allow exposure longer.

  1. Even tanned, you must continue to protect yourself.


Tanning is a natural “barrier” made by the skin to protect itself from the sun. It represents a protection index between 3 and 5, but is superficial and only filters part of the UV. Tanned skin is less susceptible to sunburn, but is not protected against the risk of cancer.

  1. The risk is not related to heat but to the intensity of UV rays.


Beware of false impressions of security when it is cooler, under a cloudy sky or with wind because UV rays pass! The danger comes only from sunburn.


It also comes from “doses” of UV received throughout life. With each new unprotected exposure, the UV rays received accumulate and increase the risks for the skin and eyes:



The Plant Stem Cell Revolution: A 10-Year Rejuvenating Facial

Stem cells are versatile cells found in the human body that can play any role in the body.

They are more common in newborns, as well as in adulthood, but in smaller quantities. Stem cells are found in almost all tissues, including the skin.

These types of cells, for example in the skin, are the only ones that can proliferate throughout life and create new skin cells.

Thus, stem cells help keep our skin young thanks to a constant process of renewal.

But with age, the number and viability of stem cells and their ability to create new skin cells decrease. If the number of stem cells in the body decreases with age, the most logical conclusion would be to add them. Experiments with human stem cells are carried out for medical purposes for the benefit of human health, but such experiments are still very controversial






Humans have used plants for medicinal and cosmetic purposes for centuries.  As science has progressed, it has been possible to look far beyond conventional properties such as taste or effect. Or rather, more deeply – perhaps studied what plant cells offer us. IT ALL STARTED WITH AN APPLE! A variety of apple called Uttwiler Spatlauber initially caught the eye of researchers as a fruit that could stay on the shelf for months without wilting. The researchers therefore began to study it in the laboratory and it was discovered that a solution of this apple stem cell promoted the growth of human cells by 80% more than human cells growing in solution without apple stem cells.  When both solutions were bombarded with UV rays at the same time, 50% of the cells growing in the normal solution were killed, but almost no cells were killed in the solution with apple stem cells. Cell life has also been extended. So what does this mean? This means that the stem cells of this variety of apple have an amazing property to stimulate the growth of human cells and prolong their life. In rural languages, this means that our skin rejuvenates and stays young for a long time. This rejuvenating effect was also observed in a laboratory where 20 women used a cream enriched with these stem cells twice a day – they found a reduction in 15% of wrinkles around the eyes in just two weeks.




In plants, as in the human body, there are stem cells that play an appropriate role in different parts of the plant (stem, leaf, flower, etc.). Our technology has advanced so much that we can find this stem cell in a plant with remarkable properties that we need and apply its beneficial effects on an appropriate medium.These tiny cells are powerful and can be used for purposes quite similar to the plants used by our grandmothers. Stem cells can provide, among other things, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating or antioxidant effects, among others. But their effect is a thousand times more powerful, because they can stimulate the regeneration of stem cells in our own skin, thus creating a rejuvenating effect.However, although each plant has stem cells, few plants have been found whose stem cell properties would work wonders on our skin. This makes stem cell cosmetics extremely popular and valuable. The most common plants whose stem cells have been used in cosmetics are, for example, Swiss apples, alpine hare legs, roses and date palms.




Morganna’s Alchemy is a luxurious skin care line created by chemist Maya Hyppolite, some of which also use plant stem cells as active ingredients. Extremely powerful active ingredients have been carefully selected for each product, which in synergy guarantees the best results in the shortest time possible.

These are hypoallergenic, paraben-free and durable products.

The creator of Morganna’s Alchemy is based on the principle that aging is not just the wrinkles that appear on our faces.

Aging is associated with many problems such as sagging skin, pigmentation spots, dry skin, roughness, etc.

Therefore, a 30-day facial treatment  with 10 days includes four different products, each with a different function. And the stem cells included in the kit allow you to achieve a much more effective effect in the products compared to conventional plant extracts. The use of stem cells is also environmentally friendly, as the plants are grown on a small area without excessive consumption of water and fertilizers. Stem cells are produced in the laboratory by Morganna’s Alchemy herself.

Do You Know About Anti-Pollution Skincare?

There exist many ingredients that can help to reduce the amount of pollution that our skin is exposed to every day. They work by forming a shield on your face or on your body to stop pollutants from penetrating too far into the epidermis.  Many skin conditions such as comedones and black heads are often aggravated by the pollutants we are exposed to everyday.

Today, 54% of the global population is urbanized and this figure is growing steadily;

Pollution has become a major public health concern.

The levels of pollution are now monitored and the number of studies on the impact of inhaled pollution on lungs and general health is increasing fast.

The number of publications about the consequences of atmospheric pollution on the human health is increasing dramatically.

(recent developments with COVID-19 and how it has affected our lives is just one more piece of evidence of the environmental pollution)

Air pollution is particularly bad phenomenon: Beijing, Mumbai, Paris, London, Bangkok, Mexico city are regularly pointed out for the bad quality of the air.

It is called an “airpocalypse” in some extreme cases.


. What are air pollutants?


Air pollutants are numerous and come in different forms: particulate (microparticles derived from

combustion and dust), gas (ozone, for example), chemicals (fertilisers, metals, dioxin, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)) or physical (ultraviolet irradiation).

These pollutants act alone or in combination with each other on human health, their composition differs widely considered the seasons and regions.



When it comes to the skin, there is little data published on how pollution can damage it.

One Epidemiological study on European and Chinese populations show that pollution by atmospheric or

household microparticles is correlated with skin defects and premature ageing of the skin: the presence of

lines and wrinkles as well as age spots


Enter the Horehound plant and its ability to form a shield on skin to keep out the harmful effects of everyday pollutants on our skin.

It is rich in phenylpropanoids that enduce the skin’ endogenous defense mechanisms

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties were already described by Pliny the Elder, the Greek physician Dioscorides and more recently by Linnaeus.

Widely used in phytotherapy, in the form of Infusion, maceration or decoction of white horehound leaves is either drunk to calm coughs, stomach aches or applied on severe and infected wounds.

In Europe, it has long been considered a high therapeutic value plant. It is part of the many forgotten

plants in the first part of the 20th century because of the development of the pharmaceutical industry.

fight against the effects of the pollutant Mercury.

We are so happy that Horehound is the primary active ingredient contained in Morganna’s Radiant gel.

Step 2 of your 10 years younger routine.


It comes in the form of a light gel that can be added on top of almost any other cream or serum, to form a day time barrier on your face.

Our studies have shown that it improves the grain of your skin and can even help to prevent the redness that can build up around your nose, due to allergens. 

Find out more:




Reinforcement for your skin barrier is one of the most important aspects of skin homeostasis.

A less effective barrier facilitates entry into the body of many elements whether chemical or biological.

The epidermis being the first frontier, disorders are then numerous: sensitive skin, dryness, and redness…










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5 Reasons Why Collagen is Essential

  1. It’s anti-aging!

Collagen is an essential component of our skin, keeping the skin taut and supple. Consequently, the first signs of aging begin to appear on the skin in the form of dryness and wrinkles. As a dietary supplement, it helps maintain youth and reduce wrinkles.

The study, L’étude  which involved 69 women, found that after eight weeks of regular use of a collagen supplement, women had better skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles and smoother, smoother skin. It is important to note here that the effective daily amount of collagen should start at five grams (5000 mg).


  1. helps reduce cellulite and restores the vitality of hair and nails!

Due to the gradual decrease in collagen, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner as it ages. The “side effect” of this process makes cellulite more visible – everything that was hidden is now visible.

Consuming a collagen supplement helps make the skin more elastic. As a result, the skin looks smoother and the ugly bumps are hidden again.

In addition to the rejuvenating effect of the skin, the consumption of collagen helps shine discolored hair and make the nails more elastic and stronger.


  1. Help prevent age-related joint problems!

Do you think that at 40 you are no longer as flexible as your twenties? When you go up the stairs, do your knees show creaking or pain? Because collagen is an important component in muscles, joints, cartilage and even bones, a collagen supplement can reduce these sensations. In recent years, the use of collagen has also been studied in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.



Example: 147 athletes who experienced joint pain were tested during which they regularly consumed collagen for 24 weeks. The result – a significant reduction in joint pain. ont été testés

  1. Supports metabolism and muscles!

Collagen contains many essential amino acids that the body needs to function effectively on a daily basis. For example, glycine supports muscles and metabolism by being involved in the process by which glucose is converted into energy. Therefore, it is good to consume a collagen supplement after sports and also for people who work hard on a daily basis

  1. Supports the heart and many other important processes in the body!

Supplements containing hydrolyzed collagen also contain almost 20 different essential amino acids, each of which plays an important role in our bodies. For example, proline is an amino acid whose function in the body is to help prevent the calcification of arteries and the deposition of fatty substances on the arterial wall.


Collagen supplementation is certainly not a panacea for all diseases, but it has been shown in various studies that it has a positive effect on our body and our skin. So why not try a few lessons yourself?

Warning! The loss of collagen in the body is caused not only by aging, but also by stress, smoking, lack of sleep, excessive exposure to the sun and even many diseases. Therefore, try to gradually reduce the harmful factors that can cause you to prematurely age. And the collagen supplement helps you on your way to a beautiful, young and healthy lifestyle!

What is Dry Oil? How to Pick the Best Oils for Face and Body

It’s oil that does not leave an oily feeling on the skin while providing good skin hydration. Dry oil is fluid and quickly absorbed. It nourishes the skin and enhances it. Its application is pleasant and it leaves a satin finish that pleases women.

It is ideal in summer to enhance your tan! It has the same advantages as classic body oil, without the disadvantages (no greasy effect, does not leave marks on clothes …) It is a simple and quick beauty treatment to adopt daily.

In addition, it is suitable for all skin types! These are vegetable oils that are full of benefits.

The vegetable oils contained in dry oils are particularly rich in unsaturated fatty acids (omaga 3 and omega-6). They also each have specific properties for targeted actions because they have more affinity for the skin. Dry oil will therefore be easily absorbed by the epidermis, while leaving a slightly satiny effect.

How are dry oils obtained?

To obtain dry oil, a vegetable texture agent and an emollient agent derived from coconut are added to the vegetable oils, which will make it possible to reduce the fatty aspect of the oils and give a slippery effect.

There is a wide variety of dry oils, due to the very large number of vegetable oils


The advantage of these oils is that you can use them for EVERYTHING! They are mainly intended for hydration of the body, but they can also be applied to the face, hair or even in the bath.

Surprising, isn’t it?

One product to do it all, the concept is tempting!


How does dry oil make your skin beautiful?

It strengthens the lipid barrier of the epidermis. It nourishes it in depth and restores its suppleness.

***best applied on damp skin***

How is dry oil used?

1.On the face, it is better to use it in the evening because of its slightly satin effect. You can apply your pure dry oil or by mixing a few drops with your night cream.

2.On the body, vegetable oil can be used on all dry areas using light massages. It can also be used on exposed parts for a touch of shine.


3.Dry oil can also Help tan or décolleté.



4.In the bath water, pour a few drops and take full advantage of its moisturizing properties

  1. It is also excellent for your hair:

Ideal for dry or brittle hair, it can be applied: A few minutes before shampooing to nourish the hair without weighing it down.
PRO TIP: Do a hair mask before bed, apply the oil all over the hair, massage the scalp thoroughly to nourish and stimulate it, and then brush to distribute the oil evenly.

Remember to put a towel on your pillow to avoid staining your sheets.

Shampoo next morning


How do you choose the right dry oil?

Organic cosmetic certified dry oils are made from natural ingredients that comply with environmental standards. Conversely, the conventional cosmetic industry has developed various processes intended to improve the texture and preservation of the vegetable oils contained in dry oils. These techniques are not very respectful of the environment and alter the benefits of vegetable oil.

Avoid hydrogenated or esterified oils.  Whether they are hydrogenated, esterified or refined, they are obtained through chemical processes with harmful environmental impact. Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction.

It involves adding a molecule of dihydrogen by catalysis to modify the structure of fatty acids contained in vegetable oil. This industrial technique has the consequence of producing an instability of the molecule composing vegetable oil – transformed into saturated fatty acids -, deteriorating it and therefore altering its virtues.

Esterification is a chemical process that involves mixing vegetable oil with another natural or synthetic ingredient such as triglycerides (derived from palm oil), caprates or cocoglycerides (fatty substances derived from coconuts).

Esterification is a hot reaction that will alter the active ingredients in vegetable oil.

Without forgetting that this process often requires the addition of synthetic solvents, that is to say from petrochemicals. Esterified oil therefore contains fewer nutrients and more solvents than natural vegetable oil.


Should I massage it in?

Yes, just a few drops+ heat well in the hands to increase penetration + massage gently for a couple of minutes.

What is the Definition of Phytotherapy?

Phytotherapy, as the name suggests is a treatment (therapy) by plants (phyto).

It is one of the oldest medicines in the world. The druids of old Europe (600 years BC), made common use of it and were aware of the virtues of mistletoe against sterility.

Our grandmothers knew how to use chamomile to revive blond hair, rose to lighten the complexion, borage to cleanse skin.

In fact, plants are rich in minerals and trace elements which are carried by the sap. Their therapeutic properties are due to the active ingredients located in their different organs: Leaves, fruits, flowers, roots, rhizomes …

In recent years, we have noticed a thirst for balance, and returning to nature, it seems that herbal teas, capsules, essential oils and flower essences have never been so successful.

 We are going back to basics.

In cosmetology, essential oils are often used, a steam distillation of aromatic plants to extract the essence. These active ingredients are used in the composition of products for the face and body, in creams, masks, massage oils, wraps, etc.

Plants are complex, but with time we have gotten to know many of them and their beneficial properties.

Check out more about phytotherapy research here:

For example:

Use Aloe Vera activates hydration, softening, calms burning effect on our skin after sunbathing

Chamomile is Soothing, softening, lightening, relaxing compress, rinsing water, products

Anti-inflammatory, stimulating and antiseptic

Juniper (Juniper) Calms tired feet

Ivy to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight-loss treatment

Peruvian creeper: to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight loss treatment

Witch hazel: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

Horse Chestnut: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

St. John’s Wort: astringent, softening, protective, regenerating

Green tea: hydrating, demineralizing, antioxidant

Red vine: Circulatory problems help to reduce superfluous bulbs

Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Know the Difference

 In a nutshell Dry skin is hungry while dehydrated skin is thirsty



The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin.

If dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different states, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products.


The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is caused by the alteration of the skin’ barrier.

The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines.

In dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant, they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because the skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

How can I really tell the difference?

There are some typical clinical signs in dry skin:

  1. Tugging all the time,
  2. is rough / rough to the touch: we are talking about the “crocodile skin” effect,
  3. tends to be dull
  4. shows visible signs of dryness such as flaking (it is “peeling skin”) or sores (dry and scaly patches on the epidermis)
  5. lack of flexibility


  • You have dehydrated skin if:

. 1. Experience regular tightness, especially after being cleaned, in winter and in periods of high pollution

  1. Feel itching in specific spots: cheeks / cheekbones,
  2. NO flaking (white veil)
  3. Lacks flexibility
  4. Reveals the presence of dehydration fine lines at the corners of the eyes.
  5. Skin appears dull, lackluster and less supple


Dry or dehydrated skin makes the difference between hydration and nourishment


Are you going to nourish or hydrate?

Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue, it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Trans epidermal Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.


In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need hydrating care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort. To have less dry skin, it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids.

This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin

How to treat dehydrated skin at home?

The First and always best answer! Water

To soothe dehydrated skin, the first simple and effective gesture: drink lots! You have to bring water to the skin tissue, and the hydration comes first through your diet. Try to drink enough (1 liter – 1.5 liters) throughout the day. This will relieve the feeling of tightness, but will also allow your body to eliminate a maximum of toxins.

What your skincare regiment should look like.

In the morning, boost the hydration of your skin with a serum and a day cream rich in fresh active ingredients


Try to use a gentle cleanser with no surfactants

Cleanse and remove make-up from your face only once a day, in the evening.

This will remove all makeup and pollution residue, which can speed up the dehydration process. Try using only a cleansing oil, in order to avoid irritating the epidermis

Opt for a night cream which will facilitate the regeneration of your skin tissue during the night.

The Definitive Virtues of Vitamin C: Inside and Out

Vitamin C is found naturally in fruits such as cherries, strawberries and oranges.  It is not synthesized by the body (not found naturally) and we need to consume it.

The Vitamin C that we consume

This form is also called bioidentical. It is a synthetic vitamin C which is identical to the natural form: L-ascorbic acid. This synthetic acid is made from the fermentation of cereals (most often corn). It is therefore of natural origin. But we cannot say that it is a natural ascorbic acid since it comes from various transformations which we use in chemistry.


  • Reduced mental and physical fatigue
  • Good psychological functioning
  • Regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
  • The proper functioning of energy metabolism
  • The proper functioning of the immune system
  • The protection of cells against oxidative stress
  • The proper functioning of the nervous system
  • Normal collagen formation for the skin and for proper functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
  • The proper functioning of the immune system during and after intensive physical activity

In addition to the above mentioned:

Promotes good skin health

Vitamin C participates in the polymerization (synthesis) process of collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that plays a vital role in the maintenance and regeneration of bone mass, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and the skin.

It gives elasticity and resistance to the various organs and tissues of our body. Vitamin C therefore helps the body to form scar tissue and heal wounds.

High vitamin C intakes have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles and dry skin

Increases the assimilation of iron and calcium

Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. This property is important because iron is an absolutely essential mineral for the body which needs it for the production of hemoglobin and the regulation of cerebral and muscular functions. Adequate absorption of iron is therefore necessary to avoid anemia and fatigue.

Fights free radical damage

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals like cigarette smoke.

Free radicals can build up in the body and contribute to the development of health problems such as cancer, heart disease or arthritis. Free radicals form when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to smoke, tobacco, or radiation.

Improves physical performance

Some studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C would increase physical performance and muscle strength, improve oxygen delivery during physical exercise, and reduce blood pressure.




Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in several ways in the body:

  • General fatigue
  • Lack of appetite and weight loss
  • weakened immune system (repeated infections, colds, flu)
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Slow healing

There are different qualities on the market. More than 95% of world production comes from China, the rest from Scotland or the USA.

The quality criteria are as follows:

  • Purity: the manufacturing process must result in a 100% ascorbic acid product, that is to say 100% pure.
  • It must be dextrorotatory L-ascorbic acid, the only form which is in plants and which has a vitamin power.
  • Traces of solvents: the solvents used for its manufacture must be undetectable
  • Traces of toxic: pesticides and heavy metals from corn cultivation must also be undetectable in analyzes



Puffiness and Under Eye Circles

Dark circles and puffiness are Age and gravity related First and foremost!

Age-related skin aging is the main factor in the appearance of various types of dark circles and puffiness. Sooner or later, everyone faces the appearance of these pockets that make the eyes look tired. As we age the covering of adipose tissue which protects the eyeball from its bone cavity and from external aggressions disappears with time. The very delicate skin below the eye, which loses collagen over the years, is also affected by gravity, which draws fat down by stretching the skin.

With age, the orbicular muscle in turn slides down and no longer holds the underside of the eye. Thus manifests the ptosis (sagging) of the fatty tissues which maintain the structure of the face, in particular at the level of the cheekbone.

The lymphatic system becomes slower and, is most likely responsible for the puffiness under the eyes.  The fluid contains white bloods cells, and other organic residue which purifies the body is no longer moving fast.

Vessels in the lymphatic system which drain these residues lodged in the tissues can result in small edemas if their circulation, slows down more.


1. Blue dark circles

They are called vascular circles and correspond to the appearance of a bluish circle around the eye. In this case, dark circles are caused by a dysfunction of the blood and lymphatic circulation, which normally drains several elements and in particular, the pigments of the blood. Accumulated, blood pigments can form a heap under the thinnest layers of the skin. Age or  genetic reasons, cause microcirculation of the lower eyelid becomes less effective.

The blood capillaries, mainly composed of collagen, thus become more distended and a venous stasis appears until pigmenting the skin.


The mechanisms leading to their formation are varied. Since the epidermis and dermis of the lower eyelid are really very thin (less than 0.6 mm thick), the skin easily shows excess pigment and  the accumulation of melanin pigments in the surface layers of the epidermis.

Dark circles tend to appear most frequently in India and the Middle East, Caribbean where people have darker skin tones. They also often appear in people with a family predisposition to produce melanin in the areas around the eyes.

When they are due to hyperpigmentation they are

very difficult to treat, and the demand is great, especially for ethnic skin so far Peeling gives the best results.

3. Violet colored dark circles

Before treating them, it is necessary to know the causes of the appearance of Hereditary dark circles or signs of aging, they appear on people with thin and transparent skin. These dark circles are accentuated by poor blood circulation. Dark circles can also be the result of a side effect of certain diseases or allergies


4. Sunken eyes

Finally, a distinction is also made between so-called pigmentary rings and dark circles called hollows. They are often the result of the disappearance of the fat which is between the skin (very thin on the lower eyelid) and the orbital bone: this phenomenon is called “skeletonization” or “orbitalization” of the eyes. You can then see the edge of the orbital bone through the skin.


OTHER CAUSES OF dark circles

But dark circles can appear in other circumstances.

  • For example, bile or liver problems can cause dark circles.
  • In some cases of constipation or poor elimination, the eyelids may even turn green.
  • Periods of hormonal changes such as menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can also cause the appearance of dark circles.


There are two main causes for the  under the eye pockets

  1. Water retention

The edema responsible for swelling under the lower eyelid can have multiple origins: lack of sleep, too rich a diet, alcohol or tobacco, which is known to be harmful for venous and lymphatic microcirculation. All these factors contribute to the retention of liquids in the body and cause the appearance of puffiness.

Did you know that salt can promote the appearance of puffiness under the eyes and the swelling effect on the eyes?

Dark circles that are a bit more swollen are due to water retention and come from salty food.

Avoid adding too much eating salt can help you avoid dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Cold to eliminate puffiness the cold is a good ally for removing bags under the eyes. The cold helps tighten the skin and reduce the effect of puffy and ringed eyes.

Here is a quick tip to immediately reduce swelling under the eyes

 Take two ice cubes and place them in a small towel.

  • Place the towel under your eyes. -Never place the ice cubes directly on the skin
  • Leave on for 5 minutes to reduce puffiness.
  1. Fatty Deposits

Over the years, fatty deposits can also build up under the eyes. It is a displacement of the fat which protects the eye and which is normally found in the orbit. It can be a simple sagging of the skin and muscles around the eye due to aging, but it can also occur in a congenital or hereditary field.


Here are some of the best ways to reduce dark circles, puffiness and Sunken eyes


1. Blepharoplasty

One of the best options for maintaining a bright, rested look throughout the day is surgery. There are of course many natural remedies to help reduce puffy dark circles, but when the cause of the problem is an excess of fat and skin in this area of ​​the face blepharoplasty is the best way to remove dark circles.

It consists of correcting the appearance of the pockets under the lower eyelid,by allowing the excess tissue to be repositioned and strengthen the muscles surrounding the lower part of the eyeball.

2. lipofilling method.

It consists of injecting the person’s own fat to restore volume and fill a void. The Do make sure to choose the right specialist, who must absolutely master the technique. In fact, unlike what happens with hyaluronic acid, the fat is not absorbable and, once the injection is made, the result is long lasting

3.Moisturizing creams

To prevent the appearance of dark circles, it is especially important to moisturize the eye area, with moisturizing creams and serums enriched with antioxidants. After thirty, bet on anti-aging treatments that will plump and smooth the eye area.

Gels:  for the eye area are real allies to stimulate micro-circulation and decongest the eyes to reduce bluish circles or puffiness


4. Vitamin K

It is important to remember that a good intake of vitamin K has a concealer effect. And yes, vitamin K is essential for hemostasis (blood clotting) and the metabolism of bones and other tissues.

Vitamin K is found in …

  • Certain vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, spinach, peas, cauliflower, artichoke, lettuce, celery, chicory, leek, potato)
  • Certain herbs and roots such as parsley and chicory.
  • Certain cereals such as oats



5. Makeup

Use concealer. It is the most effective trick to fight against the shadows created by the hollow of your dark circles. Choose a color very close to your natural complexion.

Careful, the concealer may make you look even more tired. Tap the material with your finger in the hollow. Then apply a little highlighter in the inner corner of the eye. To gain volume under your eyes, you can also use a silicone eraser and apply over your concealer









Simple Ways to Get Healthier

We all know health is important, but do we prioritize it? Many of us have such busy lives that our own well-being winds up falling to the wayside. It’s easy to feel like there’s simply no time to take care of yourself. However, there are some simple things you can do that, done consistently, will have a big impact on your health.


  1. Take a break


One often-overlooked tool you can use to improve your health is taking a break. In today’s do-everything world, many people run themselves ragged day in and day out. This kind of schedule is unhealthy and unsustainable; do it long enough, and Mayo Clinic points out that eventually, the stress on your mind and body may force you to take a break. Constant pressure can lead to fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.


If you relate to the feeling of being “always on,” consider taking a getaway to decompress. Some time apart from your regular space and stressors will allow you to recharge, both physically and mentally.


  1. Get your vitamins


You probably already know that there are serious health issues that can occur if you’re not getting enough of certain vitamins. However, you don’t have to be at scurvy levels of deprivation to need a boost. Many people are slightly behind on their vitamin intake. Healthline explains this can be a sneaky health issue. Although it’s subtle enough to easily ignore, it can cause fatigue, weight gain, mood issues, and more serious problems in the long run.


One simple way to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins you need is to take a daily multivitamin supplement. However, make sure you do your research to find a vitamin you can trust. Many contain unnecessary ingredients or don’t have the nutrients they claim to. Another thing to consider is whether your body is getting the electrolytes it needs to function properly. If you’re having issues with dehydration or cramping, an electrolyte supplement can help. You may also want to consider a fat-burning supplement to maximize your diet and exercise routine. Before buying, be sure to thoroughly research each product’s features and formula.


  1. Sleep tight


Poor sleep is a major health issue, and one that many of us face every day. A third of adults in the US report consistent difficulties falling or staying asleep. There are tons of health ramifications to missing the quality sleep we need, from mental health problems to increased risk of heart disease.


Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If this seems like a difficult task, consider taking steps to improve your sleep hygiene. Simple measures, such as reducing screen time at night and avoiding snacks close to bedtime can dramatically improve your sleep quality.


  1. Hit the gym


Exercise is a universally recognized part of a healthy lifestyle, but many of us neglect it anyway. However, making the effort to get 30 minutes of exercise every day will have a noticeable, dramatic effect on your well-being. Not only will it have a huge impact on your long-term health, but you will also feel more energized day-to-day.


Yoga, Pilates, even regular walks around the neighborhood will do wonders. A great exercise outfit can inspire you to get into the habit.


Taking care of your health every day doesn’t have to be daunting. These simple tasks will keep you on track for a long and happy life. Fit them into your daily schedule, and you will feel the effects in no time.


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Author: Jennifer McGregor